Jun 2, 2020

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 500 words, a 2-minute read.

⚡️ Situational awareness: Former president George W. Bush said in a statement today that "lasting peace in our communities requires truly equal justice." Go deeper.

1 big thing: American carnage

Protesters race up a hill to avoid tear gas in Philadelphia, June 1. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

The list of victims has swiftly grown since George Floyd died in police custody just eight days ago.

The big picture: Protests against police brutality have turned into a showcase of police brutality, with tear gas and rubber bullets deployed against crowds. The police have the arsenals at their disposal, but we’re also seeing law enforcement officers becoming targets.

  • The AP reports the wounded toll is in the dozens from vehicles plowing into crowds, police officers suffering head injuries and broken bones, and protesters ending up in emergency rooms.
  • Police officers have also been shot in St. Louis and Las Vegas, CNN reports.

Among those killed across the U.S. since Floyd's death:

  • David McAtee, 53, shot by law enforcement in Louisville, Kentucky. None of the officers had body cameras activated at the time. Police claimed today that it appears McAtee fired first, citing new surveillance video footage.
  • Dave Patrick Underwood, 53, shot while on duty as law enforcement in Oakland, California. The FBI hasn't announced a motive in his death.
  • Chris Beaty, 38, shot in Indianapolis, Indiana. Police haven't confirmed whether it was related to the protests.
  • Calvin L. Horton Jr., 43, shot outside a pawn shop in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The owner was booked but has yet to be charged.
  • James Scurlock, 22, shot by a bar owner after an altercation in Omaha, Nebraska. Local authorities won't press charges, saying it was self-defense.
  • Italia Kelly, 22, shot when trying to get into a friend's car while leaving a protest in Davenport, Iowa.

The bottom line: Untold others have injuries ranging from bruises to potential coronavirus exposure to the aftereffects of tear gas.

Pic du jour

Photo: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

Protesters demonstrate during a Black Lives Matter protest in New York City, where the curfew will be 8 p.m. tonight after widespread looting last evening.

  • Gov. Andrew Cuomo today: "The NYPD and the mayor did not do their job last night."
  • "Use the police. Protect property and people. Look at the videos. It was a disgrace."
2. Catch up quick
  1. Vice President Joe Biden called Floyd’s dying words “a wake-up call for our nation" in a civil rights speech from Philadelphia. Go deeper.
  2. Some Republicans criticized Trump's photo op: "If your question is, 'Should you use tear gas to clear a path so the president can go have a photo op,' the answer is no," said Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina. Go deeper.
  3. Six Atlanta police officers were charged with using excessive force after video footage emerged showing they pulled two students from a car on Saturday. Go deeper.
  4. The Sun unleashed a strong solar flare for the first time since 2017, potentially signaling that it's ramping up after a long period of quiescence. Go deeper.
3. 1 helpful thing

D.C. resident Rahul Dubey had an eventful evening, sheltering roughly 70 protesters from police.

  • Dubey told WJLA that "at about 8:30 p.m., he was sitting outside and saw police set up a brigade ... that turned into a holding area. People started sitting on his porch and asked if they could charge their phone and use his bathroom."

Dubey kept them safely inside his home despite police efforts to gain access.

  • “They started spraying pepper spray in through the window," he told MSNBC.

At 6 a.m., the curfew lifted and they were free to go.

  • "I hope that my 13-year-old son grows up to be just as amazing as they are," Dubey told WJLA.
Mike Allen