A protester throws a US flag into a burning barricade during a demonstration near the White House on May 31, 2020 in Washington, DC.
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Cities across America are reeling from a weekend of unrest during protests that erupted after George Floyd died during an arrest in Minneapolis.
The unarmed black man died after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes despite cries from Floyd that he could not breathe.
Many local governments instituted curfews over the weekend in an effort to dissolve mass gatherings. Still, the protests continued into the early hours of Monday in some places.
CEOs and business leaders are largely voicing support for the demonstrators and calling for aggressive and intentional efforts to reduce socioeconomic inequalities.
This is CNBC’s live blog covering all the latest news on the demonstrations gripping the U.S. This blog will be updated throughout the day as the news breaks.
Boeing CEO issues memo vowing zero tolerance for discrimination
4:18 p.m. ET — Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun issued a memo to employees on Friday regarding the death of George Floyd and said the plane manufacturer has zero tolerance for internal discrimination among employees. He added that the company has already terminated employees for engaging in “unacceptable” discriminatory behavior.
“As a leader, I will stand up for those targeted unfairly by others,” Calhoun said. “I expect all Boeing leaders to do the same in our company, and I encourage them to do so in their communities as well.”
He also listed resources for employees to raise concerns, including a hotline employees can use to report incidents. —Hannah Miller
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces a curfew for New York City
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks at his daily briefing at New York Medical College during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Valhalla, New York, May 7, 2020.
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4:13 p.m. ET — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced New York City will be under curfew Monday night starting at 11 p.m. and lasting until 5 a.m. Tuesday.
Cuomo said during an interview with WAMC public radio that he and Mayor Bill de Blasio will reexamine whether to renew the curfew in the morning.
The New York City Police Department will also double its presence to help prevent violence and property damage, Cuomo and de Blasio said. The additional reinforcement will be deployed to areas like lower Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn where violence and property damage occurred during weekend protests.
Earlier, Cuomo said he believes the New York Police Department shouldhave enough personnel, but he will call in the state National Guard if they need more backup. —Noah Higgins-Dunn
George Floyd’s family calls for first-degree murder charges against former cop in light of independent autopsy
3:53 p.m. ET — The family of George Floyd, the unarmed black man killed by police in Minneapolis last week, is pushing for a first-degree murder charge to be filed against former cop Derek Chauvin, the officer who was filmed kneeling on Floyd’s neck before he died.
The push for a first-degree charge comes after an independent autopsy report revealed that Floyd died of asphyxiation from sustained pressure on his neck and back.
Last week, Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder following the release of an autopsy report that suggested Floyd’s underlying heart conditions, in conjunction with the restraint and “potential intoxicants in his system,” likely led to his death. Read more on the independent autopsy from CNBC’s Dan Mangan. —Yelena Dzhanova
San Francisco mayor extends city’s curfew indefinitely
A protest earlier in the day in San Francisco devolved into roaming groups of looters along a stretch of Market Street and in the Union Square area following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 30, 2020 in California, United States.
3:36 p.m. ET — San Francisco Mayor London Breed extended the city’s curfew indefinitely after saying that she was not going to tolerate violence in her city, according to the Associated Press.
“I was extremely upset because unfortunately with some of the vandals, they thought this was a game, they thought this was funny,” Breed said.
San Francisco Police arrested at least 80 people after widespread looting and vandalism Sunday, some of which targeted the city’s Union Square shopping district, with people stealing shoes from the Coach and Salvatore Ferragamo stores, NBC Bay Area reported.
Other Bay Area cities such as San Jose and Oakland have also extended their curfew orders. —Riya Bhattacharjee
Photos reveal intensity of widespread protests
3:16 pm ET — Photos from around the country this weekend show the intensity of protests and extent of destruction in some places. Pictures of protesters and police squaring off, huge fires, looting and aggressive arrests illustrate the tension and violence that took place in major U.S. cities. However, other images show peaceful demonstrations, communities working together and protesters wearing face masks in protection against the coronavirus as they demand social justice. —Hannah Miller
Protesters clash with police in Chicago, on May 30, 2020 during a protest against the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died while while being arrested and pinned to the ground by the knee of a Minneapolis police officer.
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Los Angeles Police Department commander Cory Palka stands among several destroyed police cars as one explodes while on fire during a protest over the death of George Floyd, Saturday, May 30, 2020, in Los Angeles.
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Police officers kneel during a rally in Coral Gables, Florida on May 30, 2020 in response to the recent death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died while being arrested and pinned to the ground by a Minneapolis police officer.
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Miami mayor says protests pose a setback to reopening efforts
3:06 p.m. ET — Miami Mayor Francis Suarez said that protests will set back the city’s plans to reopen.
“It sets it back, but it’s an ongoing effort,” Suarez said on CNBC’s “Power Lunch.”
Miami has the highest number of Covid-19 cases in Florida. Suarez himself tested positive, although he said he is now in good health. More than 2,000 Floridians have died after contracting the virus.
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez postponed the reopening of public beaches in the county after the protests. —Amelia Lucas
The music industry is calling for a “Blackout Tuesday” in response to the death of George Floyd
2:57 p.m. ET — Two executives from Atlantic Records have launched a social media hashtag #TheShowMustBePaused as part of an industry-wide call for a “Blackout Tuesday” in response to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and “other black citizens at the hands of police.”
The blackout calls for the music industry to stop operations on Tuesday to bring awareness to the police brutality and racial injustice in the U.S.
“Tuesday, June 2nd is meant to intentionally disrupt the work week,” Brianna Agyemang and Jamila Thomas, senior directors of marketing at Atlantic Records, wrote on Instagram. “The music industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. An industry that has profited predominantly from Black art. Our mission is to hold the industry at large, including major corporations [and] their partners who benefit from the efforts, struggles and successes of Black people accountable.”
Among those supporting the Blackout Tuesday message are: Warner Music Group, Interscope Records, RCA Records, Columbia Records, Capitol Music Group and Republic Records. —Sarah Whitten
Governors lash out at Trump
2:34 p.m. ET — Two Democratic governors, Michigan’s Gretchen Whitmer and Jay “J.B.” Pritzer condemned President Donald Trump’s words about how the nation’s governors have handled protests and riots following the police killing of George Floyd.
Whitmer, in a statement after governors had a conference call with Trump, said the president’s comments were “dangerous” and “deeply disturbing,” while Pritzker said they were “inflammatory” and made the situation “worse.”
Whitmer said Trump “repeatedly and viciously attacked governors, who are doing everything they can to keep the peace while fighting a once-in-a-generation global pandemic.”
“The president’s dangerous comments should be gravely concerning to all Americans, because they send a clear signal that this administration is determined to sow the seeds of hatred and division, which I fear will only lead to more violence and destruction,” she said.
Pritzker told Trump during that call, “I’ve been extraordinarily concerned about the rhetoric that’s been used by you,” according to a transcript of their exchange tweeted by New York Times reporter Katie Rogers.
“It’s been inflammatory, and it’s not okay for that officer to choke George Floyd to death,” Pritzker said. “The rhetoric that’s coming out of the White House is making it worse.” —Dan Mangan, Michael Wayland
Uber, Lyft and DoorDash suspending service in some cities due to curfews
2:12 p.m. ET — Uber, Lyft and DoorDash are pausing services in a handful of cities across the nation in order to comply with curfew orders in the wake of demonstrations.
Uber has suspended service in Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco and parts of Minneapolis, the company said. Lyft said it is following local guidance to comply with curfews. DoorDash will also pause operations in cities that have curfews in effect. —Jessica Bursztynsky, Deirdre Bosa
Facebook employees are protesting the decision to not moderate Trump’s posts on looting
1:59 p.m. ET — Several Facebook employees announced they are participating in a “virtual walkout” in protest of the company’s decision to not moderate recent posts by President Donald Trump.
Three employees posted on Twitter their participation in the walkout, saying they were disappointed and ashamed in Facebook’s leadership for not moderating a Thursday post by Trump in which he said, “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”
The company’s community standards state that Facebook will “remove language that incites or facilitates serious violence.” —Salvador Rodriguez
D.C. mayor announces earlier curfew after ‘significant damage’ Sunday night
Protesters rally around a bonfire in the midst of protests against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd near the White House in Washington, May 31, 2020.
Jonathan Ernst | Reuters
1 p.m. ET — Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser said she will impose a 7 p.m. curfew after violent protests over the death of George Floyd caused “significant damage” in her city.
Bowser, a Democrat, had imposed an 11 p.m. curfew on Sunday night, when throngs of protesters clashed with police near the White House. Property damage, multiple fires and dozens of arrests were reported. “We will not allow the continued destruction of our hometown, by people who are coming here to protest or by D.C. residents,” Bowser said at a press conference Monday morning, NBC News reported.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany criticized Bowser on Fox News earlier Monday morning. “The mayor of D.C. didn’t issue a curfew until 11 p.m. Well guess what? At 10 p.m., you had St. John’s church burning,” McEnany said. —Kevin Breuninger
Trump calls governors facing protests ‘weak’
U.S. President Donald Trump answers questions while meeting with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in the Oval Office of the White House on April 28, 2020 in Washington, DC.
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12:30 p.m. ET — President Donald Trump tore into governors on a teleconference call addressing the police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, in Minneapolis last week.
“You have to dominate, if you don’t dominate you’re wasting your time. They’re going to run over you, you’re going to look like a bunch of jerks,” Trump told the governors, according to audio of the call first obtained by CBS News.
“You’ve got to arrest people, you have to track people, you have to put them in jail for 10 years and you’ll never see this stuff again,” Trump continued. Violent protests broke out in several states over the weekend, as the sixth day of protests nationwide continues. Those protesting have been critical of the response by the police, who in some cases have plowed through protesters and allegedly maced a child. —Yelena Dzhanova
Kansas City mayor calls for governments to work more with black-owned businesses
Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas addresses demonstrators with a bullhorn during a protest at the Country Club Plaza on May 31, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri.
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12 p.m. ET — Kansas City, Missouri Mayor Quinton Lucas called for governments to work with black-owned businesses more as a way to support equality long-term.
“I think when we talk about American business, one thing that is important is an ongoing and sustained approach to procuring services and supplies from black-owned vendors and black-owned businesses,” Lucas said on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street.”
Demonstrators hold signs during a protest at the Country Club Plaza on May 31, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri.
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Lucas said that in Kansas City the inner-city small businesses were hardest hit by stay-at-home orders because they did not have strong relationships with banks.
The mayor also said that cities need to rethink how they recruit and train police officers to solve “the root” of the problem. —Amelia Lucas
Oakland police arrest 60 during Sunday protests
A demonstrator runs to kick a crowd-control canister during a protest against the death of African-American man George Floyd under Minneapolis police custody, in Oakland, California, May 29, 2020.
Stephen Lam | Reuters
11:30 a.m. ET — Oakland police arrested around 60 people during Sunday night’s demonstrations for crimes including shooting at officers, vandalism, looting and illegal possession of firearms, according to NBC Bay Area.
Police also detained three people following a report of shots fired at the department’s administrative building. No injuries were reported, according to police. Videos posted on social media showed significant looting, with severe damage to storefronts as protesters faced off with police in riot gear, even as they city’s mayor imposed a curfew. —Riya Bhattacharjee
Barack Obama applauds activists, condemns violence
11:19 a.m. ET — Former President Barack Obama penned a blog post advising activists on how to turn the outrage over George Floyd’s death at the hands of a police officer into meaningful reform.
Obama said the nationwide demonstrations over Floyd’s death made him “hopeful” while condemning the violence and destruction that has grown out of the protests.
The former president urged activists to reject feeling cynical about the importance of voting: “The bottom line is this: if we want to bring about real change, then the choice isn’t between protest and politics. We have to do both.” Obama worked as a community organizer in Chicago before running for elected office. He has endorsed Joe Biden, his former vice president, in the 2020 election. —Kevin Breuninger
People take part in a protest on May 31, 2020 in New York City.
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Minneapolis police rendered 44 people unconscious with neck restraints in five years
Police aim a tear gas gun during a protest on May 28, 2020 in St. Paul,
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10:09 a.m. ET — The neck restrained used by a Minneapolis police officer to subdue a prone and handcuffed George Floyd is not uncommon for the city’s law enforcement. Since early 2015, Minneapolis Police Department officers have rendered people unconscious with neck restraints 44 times, an NBC News analysis found.
Experts told NBC that number appears to be unusually high.
“It’s common sense,” said Plumas County, California, Deputy Sheriff Ed Obayashi — an attorney and an expert on use of force. “Any time you cut off someone’s airway or block blood flow to the brain, it can lead to serious injury or death as we have seen in so many of these tragedies. By using this tactic, it’s a self-fulfilling tragedy.” —Terri Cullen
Officials warn protests could help virus spread
Protesters gather at Lafayette Square Park outside the White House on May 31, 2020 in Washington, DC.
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10:07 a.m. ET — As protests erupt across the U.S., officials are sounding the alarm that such mass gatherings could allow the coronavirus spread throughout the population.
“I think there’s going to be a lot of challenges coming out of the events of the past week,” former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said in an interview on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Monday. “One of them’s going to be that probably chains of transmission will have gotten lit by large gatherings. I don’t think there’s really a question about that.”
States have eased restrictions meant to curb the spread of the virus in recent weeks, particularly as some studies indicate the virus doesn’t spread as easily outdoors. However, the protests present a significantly larger risk to increasing spread of the virus, Gottlieb said.
“This isn’t a day at the beach or going out to a picnic where you’re outside and you might be in larger groups but there’s some social distancing and you’re able to take some precautions,” he said. “In these kinds of gatherings, in these kinds of crowds, many of which lost control of the crowds, you’re not going to be able to take those kinds of precautions.” —Will Feuer
Disclosure: Scott Gottlieb is a CNBC contributor and is a member of the boards of Pfizer and biotech company Illumina.
Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier calls on business leaders to create jobs amid pandemic
9:54 a.m. ET — In discussing the connection between the coronavirus and the protests stemming from the death of George Floyd, Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier said leaders in the business community can be a “unifying force” and have the ability to create new jobs, CNBC’s Amelia Lucas reports.
“Joblessness leads to hopelessness,” Frazier told CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”
“Hopelessness leads to what we see in the streets.” More than 41 million Americans have lost their jobs since mid-March amid the economic devastation caused by the pandemic. —Hannah Miller
Protests break out nationwide
Facebook staff members speak out against policy on Trump posts
BET founder calls for $14 trillion in reparations for slavery
9:12 a.m. ET — “Now is the time to go big” to keep America from dividing into two separate, unequal societies. That’s from Robert Johnson, founder of BET, in an interview with CNBC following a weekend of widespread protests over George Floyd’s death at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis.
Decrying inherent racial inequality in America, Johnson called for massive wealth transfer in the form of $14 trillion in reparations for slavery.
“Think about this. Since 200-plus-years or so of slavery, labor taken with no compensation is a wealth transfer. Denial of access to education, which is a primary driver of accumulation of income and wealth, is a wealth transfer,” Johnson said.
Read Matthew Belvedere’s full article about Johnson’s call for reparations here. —Elisabeth Butler Cordova
Read CNBC’s previous coverage of the nationwide demonstrations: U.S. crisis deepens as protests erupt over police brutality amid deadly pandemic and record unemployment