Protesters march out of Civic Center Park in Denver on June 4, 2020. Photo: Hyoung Chang/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

A federal judge in Colorado issued a temporary restraining order on Friday night banning the Denver Police Department from using chemical weapons or projectiles against peaceful demonstrators, NPR reports.

Why it matters: The order comes as police across the U.S. are being criticized for their tactics in response to demonstrators as they continue to protest the killing of George Floyd.

What he's saying: Judge R. Brooke Jackson called some of DPD's behavior against demonstrators to be "disgusting." The ruling follows a lawsuit filed by a group of protesters against the police department alleging officers violated their First Amendment rights, per NPR.

  • "I seek to balance citizens' constitutional rights against officers' ability to do their job," Jackson wrote. "However, the time is past to rely solely on the good faith and discretion of the Denver Police Department and its colleagues from other jurisdictions."

Yes, but: Jackson said that officers do need to be able to protect themselves against violent demonstrators and he provided guidelines for when law enforcement can use non-lethal weapons against protesters.

The state of play: In Denver, the City Council has already called for an investigation into the police department's use of force during the Floyd protests, which resulted in both injured demonstrators and journalists, The Denver Post reports.

  • Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen previously said the department will investigate the allegations as well, per the Post.

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The state of play: Axios' Stef Kight writes public parades and fireworks displays around much of the country are being canceled to prevent mass gatherings where the virus could spread. Hot-dog contests and concerts will play to empty stands and virtual audiences — all while American pride treads an all-time low.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 1 p.m. ET: 11,137,846 — Total deaths: 526,156 — Total recoveries — 6,003,824Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 1 p.m. ET: 2,809,108 — Total deaths: 129,509 — Total recoveries: 883,561 — Total tested: 34,213,497Map.
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  4. Public health: U.S. coronavirus infections hit record highs for 3 straight days.
  5. Politics: Trump extends PPP application deadlineKimberly Guilfoyle tests positive.
  6. World: Mexican leaders call for tighter border control as infections rise in U.S.
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The big picture: The number of coronavirus cases increased in the vast majority of states over the last week, and decreased in only two states plus the District of Columbia, Axios' Andrew Witherspoon and Caitlin Owens report.