Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms of Atlanta, who is reportedly on Joe Biden’s vice presidential short list, said on Monday that she had tested positive for coronavirus, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.
A crowd of shouting protesters yanked down the Christopher Columbus statue near Little Italy, dragged it to the edge of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and rolled it with a splash into the water as fireworks went off around the city on the night of the Fourth of July, the Baltimore Sun reports.
Associated Press: “The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has confirmed a report by the Associated Press that some of the service members who were mobilized to Washington, D.C., last month in response to civil unrest over the killing of George Floyd were issued bayonets.”
One third of Toledo City Council was arrested Tuesday on federal bribery and extortion charges, the Toledo Blade reports.
“Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney ordered the immediate removal of all Confederate statues on city land, saying he was using his emergency powers to speed up the healing process for the former capital of the Confederacy amid weeks of protests over police brutality and racial injustice,” the AP reports.
Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas (D) posted a message he received to his Facebook page using a racial slur against him and saying he should “hang from a tree” after he required the wearing of masks in public, The Hill reports.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said New York City might have to delay going into its third phase of reopening — the start of reopening indoor dining at restaurant — because of reports that people are not following social distancing guidelines.
A Republican city councilman in Arizona mocked the dying words of George Floyd during a protest he organized against a local order to wear face masks amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Ahead of President Trump’s visit to Arizona on Tuesday, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego (D) has a message for the president: set an example and wear a mask, ABC 15 reports.
Said Gallego: “While I do not believe an event of this magnitude can be held safely, particularly as Arizona sees rising COVID cases, the president has decided to continue with this rally.”
“The day before Attorney General William Barr abruptly announced plans to replace Geoffrey Berman as the Manhattan U.S. Attorney, supervisors in Mr. Barr’s Justice Department asked Mr. Berman to sign a letter criticizing New York Mayor Bill de Blasio for the city’s enforcement of social-distancing rules to block religious gatherings but not recent street protests,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
“Mr. Berman refused to sign the letter Thursday, after engaging in a brief back-and-forth drafting process, the people said. Mr. Berman voiced strong objections to the letter, particularly its assertions that Mr. de Blasio imposed a double standard, and described the letter as a political stunt that would strain relations between his office and the city.”
“In a stunning about face, Tulsa leaders say they have reversed their decision regarding a curfew for the downtown area ahead of President Trump’s rally,” KFOR reports.
A curfew was implemented for areas around the BOK Center ahead of President Trump’s scheduled campaign rally, Tulsa World reports.
From Mayor G.T. Bynum (R): “I have received information from the Tulsa Police Department and other law enforcement agencies that shows that individuals from organized groups who have been involved in destructive or violent behavior in other states are planning to travel to the City of Tulsa for purposes of causing unrest in and around the rally.”
President Trump warned that he would take Seattle back from the “ugly Anarchists” protesting over George Floyd’s death if the city and state leaders do not act.
Tweeted Trump: “Radical Left Governor Jay Inslee and the Mayor of Seattle are being taunted and played at a level that our great Country has never seen before. Take back your city NOW. If you don’t do it, I will. This is not a game. These ugly Anarchists must be stooped IMMEDIATELY. MOVE FAST!”
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan responded: “Make us all safe. Go back to your bunker.”
Inslee also responded: “A man who is totally incapable of governing should stay out of Washington state’s business. ‘Stoop’ tweeting.”
A majority of the Minneapolis City Council vowed on Sunday to disband the local police department and replace the office with what members have said will be a new model of public safety, the New York Times reports.
New Yorker: “The record for the most notorious radio appearance made by a New York City mayor has long been held by Rudy Giuliani, who, on his weekly WABC call-in show, berated a ferret-loving constituent for showing an ‘excessive concern with little weasels’ and advised him to seek psychiatric help. The baton has now been passed. On Friday morning, Mayor Bill de Blasio called in to the weekly Ask the Mayor segment on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show…”
“What followed was a thirty-minute performance of defensiveness, denial, and bizarre false equivalence.”
Protesters booed Mayor Jacob Frey and told him to leave the protest after he said he supported police reform but not abolishing the department altogether.
In a heated and contentious debate in the Oval Office last Monday morning, President Trump demanded the military put 10,000 active duty troops into the streets immediately, CBS News reports.
Attorney General William Barr, Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley objected to the demand.
“Massive crowds flooded major U.S. cities on Saturday to protest police brutality, racial injustice and the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who was killed in Minneapolis police custody on May 25,” The Hill reports.