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Protests continue as defiant Trump addresses nation with protester-attacking photo opportunity

Jun 02, 2020 6:35 am

Marches continued around the United States June 1, as President Donald Trump gave a defiant address to the nation about militarizing the response to protests about the police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week. Military police then shot tear gas at a peaceful gathering, and cleared out protesters and priests from across the White House so that Trump could hold a Bible up in front of a church for a photo opportunity. When asked by a reporter, "Is that your Bible?" he replied, "It's a Bible." Bishop Marian Budde of the Episcopal Diocese of D.C. said her church was not notified about being a backdrop for his photo op, and that, “what we are witnessing now is the shredding of our national fabric.” In this state, New York City implemented a curfew for the first time, but Albany did not. There were large protests in Brooklyn and Manhattan, mostly peaceful, but with looting and police confrontations later in the evening. In Albany, the Times Union reported the protests throughout the day were mostly peaceful marches. But after 9:30 p.m. there was a standoff at the city's police headquarters as some near the crowd of 300 shot off loud fireworks and police shot back tear gas around Henry Johnson Boulevard. The Buffalo News reported that in the Western New York city, two law enforcement officers were injured when an SUV with two people with gunshot wounds in it drove through a line of police officers in a rush to get medical attention. Locally, the Daily Freeman reported that Ulster County Sheriff Juan Figueroa posted on Facebook May 31 about two absolutes that are not accurate. "Not one member in law enforcement condones the actions that led to this tragic crime," Figueroa wrote. "Law enforcement is the only profession where if a police officer commits a murder or crime in another state, all police officers are considered responsible," Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan said that Ulster County officials, "have zero tolerance for any form of police brutality in our county."