A protester lies on the road, in front of police, during a rally against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in Los Angeles, California, U.S., May 30, 2020. REUTERS/Kyle Grillot

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

NOTE: This is a Special Edition of the Sunday Daily Executive Briefing. With the intense media focus on the protests and riots this weekend, we have shifted our lens to produce today’s briefing. The Covid-19 Briefing will return to its regular schedule tomorrow. 

Protests erupted across the country for a fifth night on Saturday to challenge the death of George Floyd and other unarmed black Americans at the hands of the police. Minneapolis, where Floyd was killed, along with multiple cities nationwide such as Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York, saw peaceful protests transform into riots with fires and looting. Looting has been thought of as the “most righteous anti-white supremacist tactics available.” 

Chicago protests resulting in fires, damaged businesses, and looting in the downtown area prompted Mayor Lori Lightfoot to enact a curfew, raise drawbridges and reroute the city’s trains. Meanwhile, Flint, Michigan-area police joined protests in marching to seek justice for Floyd. Hundreds attended the peaceful protest.

In New York, more than 300 people were arrested and 47 police vehicles were damaged, while 500 were arrested in downtown Los Angeles. Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in L.A. and several cities in Southern California enacted curfews in an effort to quell violence, mirroring the steps taken in other cities experiencing unrest.

Minnesota deployed more than 700 members of the National Guard Friday, increasing military presence after the state saw massive protests. At this time, the Trump Administration announced it will not invoke federal authority over the National Guard. 

Mayor Bill De Blasio received criticism after defending the New York City Police Department’s decision to drive SUVs into a crowd during Saturday’s protests. Other government officials have spoken to the unrest, including Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, who said black Minnesotans are justified in their fear of local police. Newark, New Jersey Mayor Ras Baraka said he supported the George Floyd protest planned in his city and would attend. 

Protests in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement overflowed outside the U.S., prompting events in Berlin, London, and Toronto. Some pointed out the “U.K. is not innocent” when it comes to racism. 

Sunday morning revealed the aftermath of some violent protest. Dozens took to the streets to begin cleaning up the destruction left in Philadelphia. Atlanta saw more damage that came after Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms placed a 9 p.m. curfew on the city. Some residents in Minneapolis and St. Paul say the damage is less severe Sunday morning, though protests are set to continue into the day.

UNDERSTANDING THE PROTESTS

‘Massive eruption,’ like Minneapolis protests, is what drives change: Experts – ABC News – 5/29/2020
Protesters have been calling for an end to police brutality against black Americans — and, simply, to be heard in their calls against racism. These are calls that have been made before.

‘Riots,’ ‘violence,’ ‘looting’: Words matter when talking about race and unrest, experts say – USA Today – 5/31/2020
After a trail of vandalism across downtown Louisville, Kentucky, where EMT Breonna Taylor was fatally shot by police earlier this month, Mayor Greg Fischer said the “violence and destruction is absolutely unacceptable.” President Donald Trump called the protesters in Minneapolis “thugs.” But historians and sociologists say reflexively condemning the actions as reckless or self-defeating minimizes the extent of people’s rage.

Massive protests raise fears of new virus outbreaks – Associated Press – 5/31/2020
The mayor of Atlanta, one of dozens of U.S. cities hit by massive protests, has a message for demonstrators: “If you were out protesting last night, you probably need to go get a COVID test this week.”

What’s It Like To Be Black In America Right Now? – NPR – 5/31/2020
NPR would like to hear about your reaction to these stories and the ongoing demonstrations as well as your personal experience as a black person in America.

WHAT INFLUENCERS ARE SAYING

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Kevin McCarthy @GOPLeader 31 May This is about more than George Floyd. Now is the time to come together and solve deep-seated problems in our communities.We can only be catalysts for change through nonviolent action—in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and @repjohnlewis.

Khaya Dlanga @khayadlanga 31 May Often, black people in senior positions of society fear speaking out on racism for fear of retribution. The fear of retribution for speaking out in a democracy is a clear demonstration of the injustice in society.

David Beard @dabeard 31 May ‘You start to wonder if it should be all black people who wear body cams, not the cops’ – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2020-05-30/dont-understand-the-protests-what-youre-seeing-is-people-pushed-to-the-edge … @kaj33 @latimes #GeorgeFloyd

yvette nicole brown @YNB 31 May I have enjoyed hearing from St. Paul Mayor @melvincarter3 on @amjoyshow these past 2 days. He’s a black man who’s father was a police officer. He spoke of learning from his dad what a principled cop is & then meeting up with his fellow cops once he was a black man driving.

BET News @BETNews 31 May Today marks 99 years since the beginning of the Tulsa, Oklahoma, race massacre. The successful Black area, known as “Black Wall Street,” was destroyed.

CONTENT FACTS

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