Nationwide tensions appeared to ease Wednesday as thousands of demonstrators launched peaceful protests across the U.S. over the death of George Floyd while he was being subdued by Minneapolis police. Major cities plan to continue enacting earlier curfews and beef up law enforcement resources after days of violence.
Three former Minneapolis police officers will be criminally charged in connection with the death of George Floyd, court record show. In addition, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is increasing charges against Derek Chauvin, a former officer who had already been charged with third-degree murder in the case. Chauvin will now be charged with second-degree murder, the records show.
President Donald Trump hasn’t spoken publicly since Monday, when he threatened military action in U.S. cities.
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.
Esper regrets using the term ‘battle space’
U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper visits DC National Guard military officers guarding the White House amid nationwide unrest following the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in Washington, U.S., June 1, 2020.
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5 p.m. ET — Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said he regretted using the term “battle space” when referring to civil unrest in U.S. cities spurred by the death of George Floyd.
During a call with President Donald Trump and governors on Monday, a recording of which was obtained by NBC News, Esper urged states “to dominate the battle space” when dealing with nationwide protests.”
“It is part of our military lexicon that I grew up with and it’s what we use to describe that area of operations,” Esper said. “In retrospect, I would use different wording so as not to distract from the more important matters at hand or allow some to suggest that we are militarizing the issue,” he added.Two retired four-star generals took to Twitter to condemn Esper’s comments on Monday, by saying the language was inappropriate. —Amanda Macias
Anti-racism protests continue across Europe
When Remainers protested against Brexit: Thousands of protesters gather in London on September 09, 2017 in London, England.
3:30 p.m. ET — Demonstrators across Europe continued to protest over the death of George Floyd, at times clashing with police on Wednesday, according to Reuters.
In London, tens of thousands of people took part in a peaceful march against the death of George Floyd, chanting “no justice, no peace” and “black lives matter.” At Parliament Square, Trafalgar Square and other locations, thousands of demonstrators took a knee. A few officers lining the route who were urged by demonstrators to take a knee also did so.
Reuters also reported that brief scuffles broke out between protesters and police close to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Downing Street office. In Paris, thousands assembled in memory of Adama Traore, a young black Frenchmen whose death in a 2016 police operation has been likened to the death of George Floyd. At an anti-racism rally in Rotterdam, the Netherlands’ second largest…