This is your June 2, 2020, Daily Update. Follow the daily updates here.
A sense of “meltdown” continues across the United States. Protests, often violent, and looting persists in major cities. The Federal Bureau of Prisons instituted a temporary national lockdown in response to the protests. The pattern of the protests has developed a level of consistency. In the daytime hours, predominantly peaceful demonstrations fill the streets. In the nighttime hours, violence surges from both sides of the protest lines and law enforcement.
Four police officers shot in St. Louis. Multiple injuries among law enforcement in New York City, including an officer run over by a speeding black sedan. There were numerous accounts of police officers hit with cars in different cities across the country. Widespread curfews are in place across the country. Police and civilians shot in Las Vegas. Multiple cities across the US included overnight reports of police and protester shootings. Across the south old Confederate monuments are being taken down or moved in an apparent move to appease the rising tide of protests.
President Trump delivered a historic address to the nation last night. He invoked an 1807 law to say, “If a city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them.” The President added, “As we speak, I am dispatching thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel, and law enforcement offices to stop the rioting, looting, vandalism assaults and the wanton destruction of property.” Democratic leaders responded to the speech with outrage describing the President’s threats as fascism. Many Republicans and Conservatives also expressed abhorrence at the President’s threat to send federal troops against Americans.
In the background of the President’s Rose Garden speech, the sound of protests and exploding flashbangs filled the air from the other side of the White House. Earlier yesterday in a conference call with the nation’s governors, President Trump called the governors weak and said, “You have to dominate, or you’ll look like a bunk of jerks…”
Pandemic – June 2, 2020, Daily Update
The US reported more than 22,000 newly confirmed cases in the last 24 hours. A new report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services states more than 25,000 nursing home residents have died of the coronavirus in the US. A second report shows that Americans see the pandemic primarily through partisan filters. That means the two numbers at the beginning of this paragraph will be understood very differently by Republicans and Democrats.
Yesterday included the first reported coronavirus death in a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh. The pandemic threat to refugee populations has been a concern since the pandemic began, and this death may trigger the onset of a very dire new level of catastrophe.
As Russia sits firmly in third place position for the nations with the most confirmed cases around the globe, Vladimir Putin has called for a special election that will allow him to stay in power longer. Russia currently has more than 420,000 confirmed cases and 5,000 deaths, although most of the world recognizes Russia’s correct death total unknown and unspoken.
Even as reported numbers demonstrate clearly that much of Latin America, now the epicenter for the pandemic, has not reached the peak of the virus’s spread, many nations are ending their restrictions.
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared a second Ebola outbreak in Congo.
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