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Emotional debate erupts over anti-lynching legislation as Cory Booker and Kamala Harris speak out against Rand Paul amendment - CNN
In an emotional exchange on the Senate floor, Democratic Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California spoke out Thursday against an amendment that GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky was trying to add to anti-lynching legislation.
NIH chief worried vaccine "skepticism" might cause some to skip coronavirus vaccine - CNN
Vaccine skepticism may cause some people to skip the coronavirus vaccine, NIH director Francis Collins says.
Protesters, ACLU sue over use of force at White House ahead of Trump's church visit - CNN
Several protesters and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging the federal use of force to disperse a peaceful protest in Washington, DC, ahead of President Donald Trump's photo-op at a local church.
Washington (CNN)Several protesters and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging the federal use of force to disperse a peaceful protest in Washington, DC, ahead of President Donald Trump's photo-op at a local church. The lawsuit says the administration-directed police had "no legitimate basis to destroy the peaceable gathering" of people protesting the death of George Floyd. "This case is about the President and Attorney General of the United States ordering the use of violence against peaceful demonstrators who were speaking out against discriminatory police brutality targeted at Black people," reads the lawsuit. Trump's walk across Lafayette Square on Monday evening to St. John's Episcopal Church that took place after authorities forcibly pushed out peaceful protesters has drawn criticism from lawmakers and public figures, including former Defense Secretary James Mattis. During the police effort to clear the crowd Monday, there were reports and eyewitness accounts that canisters were shot in the crowd, putting off thick smoke that contained an irritant that made people choke and cough. Attorney General William Barr defended those actions Thursday, saying at a news conference that difficulties with relocating authorities had forced the clash. Barr maintained that his decision to disperse the crowd followed signs that the crowd was "becoming increasingly unruly," and had nothing to do with the photo-op at the church. "There was no correlation between our tactical plan of moving the perimeter out by one block and the President's going over to the church," Barr said. The episode -- showing federal forces move in on peaceful protesters -- sparked a national outcry, including within the district where Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser denounced what she described as an attack against protesters. On Tuesday, Trump took a victory lap on Twitter after declaring "no problems" in DC or Minneapolis Monday night, using terms like "overwhelming force" and "domination." Plaintiffs in Thursday's lawsuit seized on those words. "For Defendants to describe their actions as 'domination' is telling. To dominate is to establish supremacy by subjugation of others. It is precisely such domination -- in the form of centuries of white supremacy and subjugation of Black lives -- that was the core focus of the peaceful demonstration in Lafayette Square," the lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the District of Columbia, reads. Plaintiffs include residents of Washington, DC, and Maryland who attended the demonstration. The lawsuit also seeks damages for sustained injuries. Thursday's lawsuit was filed by the ACLU of DC, Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the law firm of Arnold & Porter on behalf of Black Lives Matter D.C. and individual protesters who were in Lafayette Park on Monday evening. The ACLU is also filing lawsuits across the country in response to use of force against journalists. "The President's shameless, unconstitutional, unprovoked and frankly criminal attack on protesters because he disagreed with their views shakes the foundation of our nation's constitutional order," Scott Michelman, legal director of the ACLU of the District of Columbia, told CNN. "And when the nation's top law enforcement officer becomes complicit in the tactics of an autocrat, it chills protected speech for all of us." CNN previously reported it was ultimately Barr who ordered the move to clear protesters. Barr and other top officials from agencies responsible for securing the White House had planned to secure a wider perimeter around Lafayette Square in response to fires and destruction on Sunday night. Trump said Wednesday he was unaware of the tactics used to clear the park ahead of his visit to the church. "When I said go to the church, I didn't know, protesters or not, nobody tells me that. They say, 'Yes sir, we'll go to the church,'" he said. Trump claimed law enforcement in the area "didn't use tear gas," which is untrue, according to the definition of tear gas used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. House Democrats have also sought answers from the administration about the events that transpired Monday. Four Democratic chairmen wrote to Barr, Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf this week seeking information and a briefing about who gave the order to clear the park, which federal agencies were involved and what measures and authorizations were used. "We want to be clear: the use of federal personnel to prevent American citizens from exercising their Constitutional right to peaceably assemble represents a direct threat to our democracy," the lawmakers said. CNN's Jeremy Herb and David Shortell contributed to this report.
Al Sharpton announces new March on Washington led by families of black people killed by police - CNN
The Rev. Al Sharpton announced Thursday that he's organizing a March on Washington in late August to mark the 57th anniversary of the historic demonstration for civil rights as protests over the death of George Floyd sweep the nation.
Washington (CNN)The Rev. Al Sharpton announced Thursday that he's organizing a March on Washington in late August to mark the 57th anniversary of the historic demonstration for civil rights as protests over the death of George Floyd sweep the nation. Sharpton said the event will be led by the families of black people who have died at the hands of police officers, including Floyd's family. Sharpton made the announcement while speaking at Floyd's memorial service on Thursday. "On August 28, the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington, we're going back to Washington," Sharpton said as he delivered a eulogy for Floyd, a black man who was killed last week by a white police officer in Minneapolis, during the memorial service. "We're going back this August 28 to restore and recommit that dream (of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.) ... We need to go back to Washington and stand up, black, white, Latino, Arab, in the shadows of Lincoln and tell them this is the time to stop this," Sharpton said. Sharpton said the march is going to be led by the families that "know the pain" and know what it's like to be "neglected," including the families of Floyd and Eric Garner, a black man who was choked to death in 2014 by a police officer in New York. The reverend also said the march is "going to be getting us ready to vote, not just for who's going to be in the White House, but the statehouse and the city councils that allow these policing measures to go unquestioned." "We are going to change the time," he declared to mourners present at Floyd's memorial service. The plans will likely raise significant questions about the safety of the event's participants as public health officials are still recommending against holding large gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic. The original 1963 event, officially titled the "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom," was led by King and others, and is perhaps best remembered for the late civil rights leader's famous "I Have a Dream Speech," which he delivered at the Lincoln Memorial. More than 200,000 people participated in the march to focus attention on civil rights and the need to create a level playing field for American workers. On the 50th anniversary of the march in 2013, thousands rallied at the National Mall to mark the occasion during an event that included leaders from civil rights, religious and civic organizations. 'We cannot use Bibles as a prop' Sharpton also took aim at President Donald Trump during his eulogy on Thursday, blasting the President for using a Bible earlier this week "as a prop" when he visited a historic church in Washington that was partially damaged during protests sparked by Floyd's death. "I saw somebody standing in front of a church the other day which had been boarded up as a result of violence. Held the Bible in his hand. I've been preaching since I was a little boy, I've never seen anyone hold a Bible like that, but I'll leave that alone," Sharpton said. "First of all, we cannot use Bibles as a prop." The reverend implored Trump to "read Ecclesiastes (chapter) three: 'To every season there is a time and a purpose.' And I think that it is our job to let the world know when we see what is going on in the streets of this country, and in Europe, (and) around the world, that you need to know what time it is." On Monday, peaceful protesters were cleared from a park near the White House by authorities using tear gas, flash grenades and rubber bullets so that Trump and an entourage of administration officials and security personnel could walk to historic St. John's Episcopal Church where the President posed for photos while holding a bible that he did not quote from. This story has been updated with more from the memorial.
Barr defends use of force at Monday's White House protest - CNN
Attorney General William Barr defended the shocking use of force on peaceful protesters outside the White House Monday, saying at a news conference on Thursday that difficulties with relocating authorities earlier in the day had forced the clash.
(CNN)Attorney General William Barr defended the shocking use of force on peaceful protesters outside the White House Monday, saying at a news conference on Thursday that difficulties with relocating authorities earlier in the day had forced the clash. Flanked by federal law enforcement leaders at the Justice Department in his first public remarks since the extraordinary episode, Barr maintained that his decision to disperse the crowd followed signs that the crowd was "becoming increasingly unruly" and had nothing to do with a photo-op staged by President Donald Trump at a nearby church that took place minutes later. "There was no correlation between our tactical plan of moving the perimeter out by one block and the President's going over to the church," Barr said. The explanation came after criticism had mounted over the situation, with lawmakers and public figures, including the President's first defense chief, Jim Mattis, decrying the violent spectacle. Barr said that officials had decided on Monday morning that they would expand a protective barrier around the White House north by one block to create "more of a buffer," after instances of "very serious rioting" over the weekend. At 2 p.m. that day, Barr said, he met with officials to set a tactical plan to move the perimeter. "It was our hope to be able to do that relatively quickly before many demonstrators appeared that day. Unfortunately, because of the difficulty in getting appropriate forces -- units -- into place, by the time they were able to move a perimeter up to us there had been a large number of protesters had assembled," Barr said. Floyd's death 'exposes concerns' in justice system Barr also said Thursday that George Floyd's death had "driven home" a longstanding breakdown in the criminal justice system, acknowledging in his starkest remarks on the topic yet that many African Americans face unfair scrutiny by police. "George Floyd's death was not the first of its kind and it exposes concerns that reach far beyond this particular case. While the vast majority of police officers do their job bravely and righteously, it is undeniable that many African Americans lack confidence in our American criminal justice system. This must change," Barr said. Barr said he had been talking with law enforcement leaders across the country in recent days and vowed to "find constructive solutions" in the weeks and months ahead "so that Mr. Floyd's death will not be in vain." "Our Constitution mandates equal protection of the laws and nothing less is acceptable," Barr said. "We will work hard to bring good out of bad." A federal civil rights investigation into Floyd's death is "moving quickly," FBI Director Christopher Wray said at the news conference. Barr again singled out Antifa on Thursday and said extremist groups are "hijacking" mainly peaceful protests "to pursue their own separate and violent agenda." The Justice Department has claimed since protests first turned violent late last week that extremist groups were behind the mayhem, and Barr has largely sided with Trump to lay the blame squarely on far-left groups, like Antifa. The first set of federal charges out of the nationwide protests to include extremist ties, however, were levied on Wednesday against three Nevada men allegedly connected to the anti-government and far-right Boogaloo movement. Throughout the hour-long news conference Thursday, Barr mentioned Antifa several times, but only mentioned one other extremist movement by name -- the Boogaloos -- after being prompted by a reporter referencing the federal charges related to the group. Barr said the Justice Department had evidence that "Antifa and other similar extremist groups, as well as actors of a variety of different political persuasions, have been involved in instigating and participating in the violent activity." He added that there are cases being built by prosecutors against extremists, including some from Antifa. Asked why he did not point out other extremist groups also involved in the violent activity, Barr denied that he was giving outsized attention to Antifa, saying, "I do think it's important to point out the witch's brew that we have of extremist individuals and groups that are involved and that's why in my prepared statement I specifically said in addition to Antifa and other extremist groups like Antifa, there are a variety of groups and people of a variety of ideological persuasions, so I did make that point."
YouTuber Jake Paul has been charged with trespassing and unlawful assembly after he was at a mall that was being looted - CNN
Paul, 23, was present during the looting and property destruction that occurred on Saturday at Fashion Square mall in Scottsdale, Arizona, police said.
(CNN)YouTuber Jake Paul has been charged with criminal trespass and unlawful assembly after video showed him at a Scottsdale, Arizona, mall as it was being looted, police said. Paul, 23, was present during the looting and property destruction that occurred at the city's Fashion Square mall on Saturday, the Scottsdale Police Department said in a Facebook post on Wednesday. "The Scottsdale Police Department has received hundreds of tips and videos from the community in response to Saturday nights events at Fashion Square Mall," the department said in a statement. "During our ongoing investigation it was confirmed that social media influencer Jake Paul was in attendance and remained inside of the mall after an unlawful assembly was declared and has been charged with Criminal Trespass and Unlawful Assembly." CNN has reached out to the Scottsdale Police Department for further comment. Video taken by his photographer and posted by another user to Twitter appeared to show Paul outside the mall as people were attempting to break in. Later, the footage appears to show him inside the mall along with others after it had closed. It is unclear whether Paul took anything, and he has not been charged with any theft or vandalism that occurred. Paul said that he nor anyone else he was with was engaged in looting or vandalism, and that his group was tear gassed by police. "We filmed everything we saw in an effort to share our experience and bring more attention to the anger felt in every neighborhood we raveled through; we were strictly documenting, not engaging," Paul said in a statement posted to Twitter on Sunday. "I do not condone violence, looting, or breaking the law; however I understand the anger and frustration that led to the destruction we witnessed," he added. "While it's not the answer, it's important that people see it and collectively figure out how to move forward in a healthy way." CNN was not able to reach Paul immediately for comment. Court records from the city of Scottsdale indicate that Paul's arraignment is scheduled for July 8.
Republican senators shrug off Mattis' criticism of Trump: 'It's his opinion' - CNN
Republican senators are dismissing the scathing criticism leveled against President Donald Trump by his former defense secretary, James Mattis, the latest sign that Republicans by and large are showing unwavering support for the leader of their party during t…
(CNN)Republican senators are dismissing the scathing criticism leveled against President Donald Trump by his former defense secretary, James Mattis, the latest sign that Republicans by and large are showing unwavering support for the leader of their party during this high-stakes election year. Mattis, who has widespread support among Senate Republicans for his long military service to the country, contended that Trump "does not even pretend to try" to unite the country and is instead engaged in a "deliberate effort" to divide the country, while lacking "mature leadership." Mattis excoriated Trump's decision to hold a photo-op Monday at a church near the White House, saying troops were ordered to "violate the Constitutional rights of their fellow citizens" who were protesting but were cleared out by police with force to make way for the President's visit. The criticism, however, was met with a shrug of the shoulders by several senior Republicans on Thursday. "It's Gen. Mattis' opinion, he's free to express it," Sen. Ron Johnson, chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, told CNN. Asked again if he agreed with any of the criticism, Johnson said: "All I'm going to say about Gen. Mattis is I do respect him. He's a great American. It's his opinion to express it." Johnson also would not weigh in on how the Monday event took place, contending "I still haven't seen any footage of how the crowd was cleared out." Leaving the floor on Thursday morning, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was silent when asked twice about Mattis' criticism, returning to his office and ignoring a reporter's questions. The reaction reflects how many top Republicans on Capitol Hill have calculated that their fortunes in the 2020 elections rest in large part on Trump's performance at the polls -- and a messy, internecine war with a President with an itchy Twitter finger would amount to a fruitless and damaging endeavor. Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham said that while Mattis is "an American hero" and has "every right to criticize President Trump," he said: "I think he's missing a lot here." "It's just politically fashionable to blame Trump for everything -- and I'm not buying it," Graham, a South Carolina Republican, told CNN about Mattis' criticism. "And he jumped into politics -- Gen. Mattis did. And I think he's missing a lot about what's going on in America politically." Graham, though, still questioned the need for Trump to hold the Monday photo-op in front of the church while holding up the Bible. The White House argued Trump was showing strength after a fire was set on the property the night before. "I never understood," Graham said about the Monday event. "Going over to visit church is fine. But waving the Bible -- I don't know what that was all about." Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma, who was critical of the Monday event after it occurred and then was singled out by Trump on Twitter, seemed to temper his criticism on Thursday, saying "the longer we go on, the more questions there are on how it started out." Lankford said that it could have been "reasonable" to use force if the protesters were being violent, citing statements made by the US Park Police, especially since violence occurred the night before. "We don't know yet," Lankford said when asked if force against protesters could have been justified Monday evening. "So let's get the facts out on it." Asked about the criticism from Mattis that Trump is purposefully dividing the country, Lankford said: "What's interesting is when I go back 10 years, that was the same criticism I was hearing about President [Barack] Obama at this time -- that they were saying he was dividing the country." Sen. John Kennedy, a Louisiana Republican, also urged the President to "ignore the criticism in politics" when asked about the Mattis comments. "I don't know that him saying this is especially helpful to the various crises that we're going through right now," Kennedy told reporters Thursday when asked about the former defense secretary. "But if he feels the need to express himself he can." CNN's Cat Gloria contributed to this report.
US Navy veteran detained in Iran has been released - CNN
Michael White, an American detained in Iran, was released on Thursday after more than a year in custody.
Washington (CNN)Michael White, an American detained in Iran, was released on Thursday after more than a year in custody. His mother, Joanne White, confirmed in a statement that he has been freed, saying "the nightmare is over." White traveled to Iran in July 2018. In January 2019, the Iranian government confirmed that White had been arrested in the city of Mashhad "a while ago." The State Department said he had been detained since 2018 and was serving a 13-year sentence. He had been charged with insulting Iran's Supreme Leader and posting private information online. President Donald Trump touted the 48-year-old Navy veteran's release in a tweet Thursday. "We expect him to be home with his family in America very soon," Trump wrote. "I will never stop working to secure the release of all Americans held hostage overseas!" Trump thanked the Swiss government for its assistance in securing White's release. Because the US does not have diplomatic relations with Iran, Switzerland represents US interests there. Joanne White said,"For the past 683 days my son, Michael, has been held hostage in Iran by the (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) and I have been living a nightmare. I am blessed to announce that the nightmare is over, and my son is safely on his way home." "We understand there is great interest in Michael's story. In time, Michael will tell it himself, his way," Joanne White said, asking for privacy. Joanne White offered her prayers to the families of Morad Tahbaz and Baquer and Siamak Namazi, Americans who remain detained in Iran, as well as "the families of so many other wrongfully detained Americans around the world." She thanked the State Department, Swiss diplomats, and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, family spokesperson Jonathan Franks, lawyer Mark Zaid and TV personalityMontel Williams, who she said made it possible for Franks to spend so much time on her son's case. Richardson said in a statement that he was "glad and relieved that that Mike is on his way home to get treated and rejoin Joanne and his family," but noted that it "should have and could have been done earlier." According to the Richardson Center, the former governor and diplomat "met with senior Iranian officials regularly, including Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and Ambassador of Iran to the United Nations Majid Ravanchi." "The negotiations were complicated, especially given the high tensions and exchange of violence between the U.S. and Iran in recent months," the center said. Their statement also thanked the Qatari government for its assistance. According to a State Department official, US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook was in Switzerland Thursday to meet Michael White when he lands. Michael White is expected to return to the US and eventually go to Arizona to be with his mother. This official said there are currently no plans for a White House visit, but that could change. The State Department has not commented on Michael White's release. As coronavirus swept the globe, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called for Iran to release Americans who are being wrongfully detained and warned that the US would hold Tehran responsible if any of them died from the coronavirus. "Our response will be decisive," Pompeo warned in a statement in March. White had been admitted to hospital with Covid symptoms Michael White, whose family said he has underlying medical conditions, was released on medical furlough in March. He was admitted to the hospital later that month with Covid-related symptoms. According to the Richardson Center, he was diagnosed with coronavirus and released to a hotel room after being discharged from the hospital.He remained out on furlough at the time of his release to the US. On Wednesday, Michael White received a medical evaluation and was sent to buy new clothes, according to a person familiar with the negotiations, signaling that his release was imminent. In a phone call with his family shortly after Christmas 2019 -- the audio of which was exclusively shared with CNN -- Michael White described the conditions of his imprisonment. "They've done everything to press me," he said. "They put me in isolation. They subjected me to torturous conditions, deprivation of food and water, numerous times." "I'm going crazy. This place is a junk hole," Michael White said. "It got so bad, I didn't know if they were ever going to let me out. I tried to hang myself there." At the time of CNN's report on the audio in January, Iranian officials had not responded to requests for comment on Michael White's allegations. Michael White was freedafter an Iranian scientist was returned to the country after being detained by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Dr. Sirous Asgari was taken into custody for "circumventing US trade sanctions" and acquitted in 2019 by a US court, Iranian state news agency IRNA reported. He was later detained by ICE, according to IRNA. US officials denied that Asgari's return to Iran was part of a prisoner exchange for White. "The United States has tried to deport Sirous Asgari since December 2019, but the Iranian government repeatedly has held up the process. As the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed today, Mr. Asgari is not and has never been a participant in any prisoner swap with Iran," State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said earlier this week. CNN's Kylie Atwood and Nick Valencia contributed to this report.
Thousands of Hong Kongers defy police ban to remember Tiananmen Square - CNN
Thousands of Hong Kongers defied a police ban Thursday to gather in the city's Victoria Park and mark the 31st anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.
Gregory and Travis McMichael hearings could provide a peek into prosecution in Ahmaud Arbery killing - CNN
The preliminary hearings of Travis and Greg McMichael in the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery, the unarmed black jogger, got underway with the defendants appearing via video link Thursday morning.
(CNN)The preliminary hearings of Travis and Greg McMichael in the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery, the unarmed black jogger, got underway with the defendants appearing via video link Thursday morning. The son and father face murder and aggravated assault charges. William "Roddie" Bryan Jr., the man who filmed the February shooting in Georgia waived his right to appear. He was arrested last month on charges that include felony murder. Lawyers for the McMichaels opened the proceeding by requesting their clients be physically present in the courtroom, which Glynn County Chief Magistrate Judge Wallace Harrell denied. The McMichaels appeared wearing face masks from the Glynn County Detention Center a few miles away from the courthouse. Also in the courtroom will be Arbery's mother, Wanda Cooper, family attorney S. Lee Merritt said. She is not expected to make a statement. Cooper has said her son was out for a jog when he was killed. Gov. Brian Kemp has promised a substantial police presence and issued a warning to any "bad actors" seeking to disrupt the proceedings and heretofore peaceful protests in the county. The hearings are unfolding amid a week of protests over another killing -- that of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis -- and protesters nationwide have also called for justice in Arbery's case. Witnesses and evidence expected Though they're only preliminary hearings, the defense and prosecution are expected to provide a peek into their strategies. Harrell will decide after the hearing if the cases will be sent to superior court for trial. Prosecutor Jesse Evans, of Cobb County in metro Atlanta, opened saying the evidence would show the McMichaels "chased, hunted down and ultimately executed" Arbery. He called Georgia Bureau of Investigation Assistant Special Agent in Charge Richard Dial to outline the charges. The state police agency took over the investigation after Glynn County police and two prosecutors declined to press charges. Atlantic Judicial Circuit District Attorney Tom Durden became the third prosecutor to recuse himself after the GBI assistance he requested promptly yielded charges. Bryan's attorney, Kevin Gough, may call as many as five witnesses Thursday, court documents indicate. He also is expected to raise the issue of bail, though no bail hearing has been set. Larry English, who owned an under-construction home where Arbery stopped before he was shot, will not testify Thursday, attorney Elizabeth Graddy said. He wasn't subpoenaed, she said. The prosecution has set aside the entire day for the hearing, Holmes' team said. Men's attorneys proclaim innocence Bryan's attorney has repeatedly insisted that his client was merely an observer and has questioned why state police charged the man he labels the prosecution's "star witness." Travis McMichael, who is accused of the actual February 23 shooting outside of Brunswick, is not guilty, his attorneys say, as "compelling evidence" will demonstrate. "Travis has been vilified before his voice could even be heard," the lawyers said in a statement. "The truth in this case will exonerate Travis." Gregory McMichael, Travis' father, who called 911 about Arbery and was seen on Bryan's video in the back of a pickup truck when his son shot Arbery three times, is also a victim of a rush to judgment, his attorney said. "So often the public accepts a narrative driven by an incomplete set of facts, one that vilifies a good person," defense attorney Laura Hogue said in a statement. Added co-counsel Frank Hogue, "The full story, to be revealed in in time, will tell the truth about this case." State prepares for protests Seating will be limited due coronavirus concerns, and an overflow room has been set up to handle those wishing to watch the proceedings. Demonstrations are expected. The NAACP has organizes a protest for 5:45 p.m. outside the courthouse. Kemp has warned "bad actors" not to mar what have "been very peaceful gatherings in that community for well over a month now." "Let me be clear once again: We will not tolerate disruptive or dangerous behavior, including criminal conduct, and we will put the safety of our citizens first," he said in a news conference. The Georgia State Patrol, state Department of Natural Resources officers, National Guard troops and state Emergency Management Agency officials will be on hand to assist local authorities, the governor said. Gregory and Travis McMichael were arrested May 7 in the shooting death in the Satilla Shores neighborhood. The father and son pursued Arbery after suspecting him in a rash of area break-ins, the elder McMichael told police, according to an incident report. The McMichaels armed themselves and, with Bryan's help, tried to head off Arbery as he ran through their neighborhood, but on their first two attempts, the 25-year-old doubled back and ran in the other direction, Greg McMichael told police, according to the report. Bryan's video picks up before the third attempt, and Arbery is seen trying to avoid the McMichaels' pickup truck, which is stopped in the road, before abruptly turning toward Travis McMichael in front of the truck. A shot goes off as they struggle over the gun. The two disappear off the left side of the screen. Gregory McMichael draws a handgun but does not shoot. A second blow is heard as Arbery and the younger McMichael are off screen. As the men come back into view, the two continue fighting for the shotgun. Arbery appears to throw a punch at Travis McMichael's head as a third shot is heard. Arbery steps back as blood appears on his T-shirt under his left rib cage. He stumbles and falls in the middle of the street as Travis McMichael walks away. The Justice Department has launched a hate crime investigation in the case, Merritt has said. CNN's Angela Barajas, Lindsay Benson and Martin Savidge contributed to this report.