Protests in response to George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis continue as President Trump promises a heavy-handed military response to riots ad looting. And nearly half of counties cleared to reopen parts of their economies didn’t meet the standards Gov. Gavin Newsom had previously put into place.
It’s Arlene Martínez with news for Monday.
And speaking of Newsom, he met with faith leaders on Monday before making remarks in a South Sacramento church, urging peace but also calling for fundamental changes to racist institutions and minds.
“The black community is not responsible for what’s happening in this country right now,” he said. “We are. Our institutions are responsible. We are accountable to this moment.”
George Floyd, an African American man, died a week ago after a Minneapolis police officer pinned his knee on Floyd’s neck for over eight minutes. The officer has been fired and charged with Floyd’s murder.
Let’s start with some headlines:
Calling the profits ad looting “acts of domestic terror,” President Trump says he’ll send in military troops to stop the riots ad looting. Earlier in the day, he called governors “weak” for failing to control their states.
Agencies in Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Long Beach reported nearly 1,200 arrests during protests that occurred Sunday, many of them misdemeanors for violating curfews. About 4,500 members of the National Guard have been called up to help cities across the state cope with the response.
The head of California’s schools, and the only African American elected state official, wants more training for teachers on racism and implicit bias.
Facebook employees lashed out over how the company handles President Trump’s posts, in particular, one he made referencing looting and shooting; some took part in a virtual walkout on Monday.
A protest Saturday in Visalia turned violent after a Jeep displaying American and President Donald Trump Keeping America Great flags knocked down at least two protesters walking in the middle of the road.
In Los Angeles, Denver, Minneapolis, Tallahassee, New York and beyond, vehicles have plowed into groups of demonstrators.
Santa Monica businesses hit by unrest: “Our life’s work being destroyed.”
Over three days, hundreds of protesters gathered in Thousand Oaks.
Riverside County put into place a 6 p.m. curfew for Monday, leading at least one planned gathering to protest the treatment of African Americans to postpone. Another is planned in Palm Springs on Saturday.
Journalists have been blinded, injured and arrested covering the George Floyd protests, and in some cases appear to have been purposely targeted by police and protesters.
The New York Times used surveillance video by adjacent stores, bystander video and official documents to re-create the last 8 minutes, 46 seconds of George Floyd’s life.
Uber suspends service in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Oakland to comply with curfews set there; Lyft and DoorDash are also suspending their services for now.
“Never have I wanted sports more. Never have we needed them less.” (Opinion)
Why this time may be different … and for police, a history of secrecy
The uprisings following George Floyd’s death are different from other recent ones that followed the deaths of African Americans at the hands of police.
“This outbreak of demonstrations is not just about George Floyd,” said Cat Brooks, who co-founded the Anti-Police Terror Project after Oscar Grant was shot to death in Oakland by a BART Police officer. “It’s about Philando Castile, Breonna Taylor and all the other victims, and about rage by black and brown people that has been going on for many years.
California has long had some of the most stringent laws when it comes to keeping police conduct private, but it’s hardly alone. This investigation by the USA TODAY Network from last year took a deep dive into that veil of secrecy.
State prisons home to worst COVID-19 outbreaks
Two state prisons have become the sources of California’s biggest coronavirus outbreaks, according to the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Leading the pack is Chuckawalla Valley State Prison in Blythe with 671 cases. It’s followed by Avenal State Prison in Kings County, which has had 596 positive cases.
Avenal’s population is 43% over capacity. It is designed to hold 2,920 people but it has 4,197. Health officials in the county announced 376 new cases Sunday, the largest single-day spike of any Central California county to date. All but three were connected to correctional facilities.
Santa Cruz burns, cooling centers open, missing affordable housing and just saying no
A fire on the largest of the Channel Islands off the coast of Ventura County soared to 700 acres but was 80% contained as of Monday afternoon.
Six years into a seven-year regional housing plan to ensure units of all incomes and types are built, none of the 10 Ventura County cities are even halfway to meeting allocations for people on low and very-low income incomes.
14 cooling centers adapted to keep people safe during the coronavirus were set to open Monday in Riverside County as temperatures prepare to soar.
Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislators well need to tell their friends “no” for the foreseeable future, one that includes deficits for years to come (Commentary).
Half of counties failed to hit benchmarks before getting cleared to reopen
It was a point Gov. Gavin Newsom made repeatedly, how counties would have to meet multiple criteria before getting the OK to open. It could be “many, many months,” he said at one point.
Then, he eased up.
Counties soon began receiving the green light to restore portions of their economies even though many regions still struggled to show a significant downward trend in COVID-19 cases and lacked resources to track and respond to potential upticks.
Of the 49 counties that received approval to speed along this quicker path to normalcy, 49% failed to meet at least one of the reopening criteria mandated by the state, an analysis by The Desert Sun shows.
Find out if your county was one of them here.
What else we’re talking about
A bar owner upset with having to temporarily shut down compared his experience to waiting in line for the gas chambers. He painted “Make Palm Desert Great Agai-n!!” on the roof of his bar, replacing what he wrote a few weeks ago: “Save jobs! Hang a politician.”
Some houses of worship reopened on Sunday, including in the North State. It was the first time since mid-March they’d been allowed to gather in person.
In California is a roundup of news from across USA TODAY Network newsrooms. Also contributing: San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Long Beach Press-Telegram, New York Times, CalMatters.