Park Service to remove White House fencing after George Floyd protests

Officials are also in discussions regarding the reopening of Lafayette Park.

The death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died in Minneapolis on Memorial Day after a white police officer was filmed kneeling on his neck as three other officers stood by, has sparked widespread outrage, anti-racist protests and calls for police reform across the United States and around the world.

The Minneapolis Police Department fired all four officers after video of the incident surfaced.

The officer who prosecutors say pinned Floyd down for nearly nine minutes, Derek Chauvin, has since been charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The three other officers each have been charged with second-degree aiding and abetting felony murder as well as second-degree aiding and abetting manslaughter.

Latest developments:

  • Park Service to remove White House fencing
  • Jacksonville removing all Confederate statues in city
  • NYPD officer who shoved protester to ground turns himself in
  • Police reform bill passes in Colorado Senate
  • This story is being updated throughout the day. Please check back for updates. All times Eastern.

    9:07 p.m.: Park Service to remove White House fencing

    National Park Service officials say the fencing around the south side of the White House will be removed "on or about" Wednesday, but it appears that Lafayette Park will remain closed for the time being.

    After saying earlier that parts of the park would reopen by Wednesday, officials now say the Secret Service is in "continuing discussions" with the U.S. Park Police regarding the temporary security fencing in and around the park.

    The White House is seen through the security fencing put in place to prevent protestors from approaching through Lafayette Park during demonstrations over the death of George Floyd, June 7, 2020, in Washington, D.C.
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    In the meantime, the National Museum of African American History and Culture and other Smithsonian museums tell ABC News that they are in discussions about how to preserve signs and protest-related artifacts that have been placed along the fence outside the White House.

    6:02 p.m.: NJ corrections officer suspended after mocking Floyd's death

    A New Jersey Department of Corrections senior officer has been suspended after participating in what officials described as a "hateful and disappointing" video mocking the death of George Floyd.

    A FedEx employee has also been suspended from his position for his role in the video.

    Protesters in Franklin Township Tuesday caught footage of a group of men filming their friend reenact Floyd's death. The men were allegedly heard yelling, "Black lives matter to no one," "All lives matter" and "Police lives matter" to marchers. They stood before a backdrop of Trump banners, American flags, and police flags strung up on pickup trucks, with a handmade "All Lives Matter" sign posted on a stack of firewood.

    The Franklin Township Committee and its police department said it is "appalled and saddened" by the counterdemonstration.

    "Make no mistake about it -- under absolutely no circumstance do we condone nor will we ever tolerate actions and expressions of discrimination, harassment and hatred based on race, faith, skin color, national origin, nationality, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or disability," the NJ PBA Local 105 union said in a statement.

    The NJ Department of Corrections confirmed the news of the officer's suspension and said that an investigation into the incident is ongoing.

    4:29 p.m.: Jacksonville removing all Confederate statues in city

    In the wake of the George Floyd protests, officials from Richmond to Indianapolis to Louisville have decided to remove local Confederate statues.

    A person holds up a fist as people gather around the Robert E. Lee statue on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia, June 4, 2020, amid continued protests over the death of George Floyd in police custody.
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    And around 4 a.m. Tuesday, city crews in Jacksonville, Florida, started removing a Confederate statue that had been in the city park since 1898, reported First Coast News, an ABC Jacksonville affiliate.

    A monument featuring a statue of a Confederate soldier is seen in Hemming Park, Aug. 20, 2017, in Jacksonville, Florida.
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    Later in the day Tuesday, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry announced that all confederate statues in the city will be taken down.

    "My staff will work with the Jacksonville Cultural Council to convene experts in history and art to ensure we acknowledge our past in a full and complete way," Curry said. "A way forward that leaves no person's heritage or experience behind."

    The Navy will now prohibit the Confederate flag on all Navy installations, ships, aircraft and submarines, a spokesman for the Chief of Naval Operations said Tuesday.

    On Monday, the University of Alabama announced that it will remove its three plaques that commemorate the university students who served in the Confederate Army and those who defended the campus.

    There are also 10 Army installations named after Confederate leaders, including Fort Lee in Virginia and Fort Bragg in North Carolina.

    "The Secretary of the Army is open to a bi-partisan discussion," about renaming Army bases named after Confederate military leaders, Army spokesperson Cynthia Smith told ABC News on Monday.

    Defense Secretary Mark Esper is also "open to a bi-partisan discussion," an Army official confirmed to ABC News on Monday.

    3:17 p.m.: NYPD officer who shoved protester to ground turns himself in

    An NYPD officer who allegedly violently shoved a protester to the ground has turned himself in.

    Protesters chanting "No justice, no peace" and "George Floyd" gather at the Barclays Center as they rally against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in Brooklyn, New York, June 2, 2020.
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    Officer Vincent D'Andraia, 28, was charged in a criminal complaint with assault, criminal mischief, harassment and menacing, according to the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office.

    The incident, which was caught on video, took place on May 29 while D'Andraia was assigned to monitor a big crowd of protesters by Brooklyn's Barclays Center, prosecutors said.

    D'Andraia told a 20-year-old woman in the street to move, and when she asked why, he "allegedly smacked her cell phone out of her hand, and violently shoved her to the ground," prosecutors said.

    She was "seen rolling on the street and into a curb," but D'Andraia and other officers continued walking, prosecutors said.

    The victim was hospitalized for a concussion, seizure, and head and back pain.

    Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said he's "deeply troubled by this unnecessary assault" and vowed to "seek to hold this defendant accountable."

    D'Andraia was released without bail following his arraignment. The judge approved an order of protection for the victim, barring him from contacting her. He is due back in court Oct. 15. He hasn't entered a plea.

    3 p.m.: Police reform bill passes in Colorado Senate

    A bipartisan bill for police reform and police accountability bill passed in the Colorado Senate on Tuesday.

    Demonstrators crowd into Civic Center Park during a rally calling for more oversight of the police, June 7, 2020, in Denver.
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    A placard with a portrait of George Floyd is held above demonstrators as they march calling for more oversight of the police, June 7, 2020, in Denver.
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    The Law Enforcement Integrity and Accountability Act passed with a 32-1 vote. Among the bill's requirements are: that all local police departments give body cameras to their officers; all recordings from an incident must be released to the public within 14 days; officers must wear their body cameras when interacting with the public.

    The bill will now go to the House where it's expected to pass later in the week, reported ABC Denver affiliate KMGH.

    1:45 p.m.: George Floyd's family, friends gather at funeral service in Houston

    Family and friends of George Floyd gathered Tuesday in his hometown of Houston for an emotional funeral service and celebration of life.

    Gianna Floyd, the daughter of George Floyd, sits with Roxie Washington as they attend the funeral service for George Floyd at The Fountain of Praise church, June 9, 2020, in Houston.
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    Mourners raise their hands during the funeral for George Floyd on June 9, 2020, at The Fountain of Praise church in Houston.
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    Among those in attendance were Rev. Al Sharpton, Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, and Houston Texans player J.J. Watt.

    "His crime was that he was born black," Green said of Floyd. "That was his only crime."

    Members of the Texas South University police department pause by the casket of George Floyd during a funeral service at the Fountain of Praise church, in Houston, June 9, 2020.
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    The casket of George Floyd is placed in the chapel during a funeral service for Floyd at the Fountain of Praise church, in Houston, June 9, 2020.
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    "George Floyd deserved the dignity and the respect that we accord all people, simply because they are children of a common God," Green told the crowd. "It's very unfortunate that we have to be here, but we're gonna celebrate the life of George Floyd today."

    The service at The Fountain of Praise church will be followed by a burial at the Houston Memorial Gardens cemetery in the suburb of Pearland.

    Floyd will be laid to rest next to his mother, whom he had called out for while he was pinned down.

    Family members react as they view the casket during the funeral of George Floyd on June 9, 2020, at The Fountain of Praise church in Houston.
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    Pallbearers bring the coffin into The Fountain of Praise church in Houston for the funeral for George Floyd on June 9, 2020.
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    ABC News is presenting special coverage of Tuesday's private funeral. The network is providing a special report anchored by "World News Tonight" anchor David Muir from Houston on the ABC Television Network, beginning at 12 p.m. ET. Muir will also anchor a special edition of "World News Tonight," and Byron Pitts will anchor a special edition of "Nightline."

    ABC News Live will live stream the network special report on the services for Floyd on Tuesday and report the developments on "ABC News Live Prime" at 7 p.m. ET and 9 p.m. ET.

    11:15 a.m.: 4 of the 5 NYC district attorneys issue joint statement on chokeholds, accountability

    The district attorneys for Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx issued a joint statement on Tuesday, saying they "stand in support of proposed city and state legislation that would criminalize the use of chokeholds and similar restraints by law enforcement officers."

    "The NYPD has long recognized the danger of chokeholds, and banned its use nearly three decades ago," they said.

    "We also acknowledge the need for increased accountability," they continued. "We support the efforts of the Council today to pass legislation to amend the administrative code to respect the right to record police activities, to require visible shield numbers and rank designations, and to establish procedures for an early intervention system with record-keeping and reporting requirements that will allow the police department to identify officers who may be in need of enhanced training or monitoring."

    Police watch as hundreds of protesters march in downtown Brooklyn over the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis Police officer, June 05, 2020, in New York City.
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    NYPD officers look on as demonstrators denouncing systemic racism and the police killings of black Americans take to the streets, June 6, 2020 in New York City.
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    The only New York City district attorney who did not sign the statement was the one who represents Staten Island, which was where Eric Garner died in 2014, at the hands of police who restrained him with a chokehold.

    9:45 a.m.: Most fencing, barriers around White House expected to come down

    Most of the fencing and barriers around the White House are expected to be taken down on Tuesday, reopening parts of Lafayette Park and most of the walkways near the White House on Wednesday, according to the National Park Service.

    Police clear the area around Lafayette Park and the White House in Washington, as demonstrators gather to protest the death of George Floyd, June 1, 2020.
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    "Some areas of Lafayette Park will remain closed to allow the park to address damages and safety hazards," NPS spokesperson Katie Liming said.

    The White House is seen through the security fencing put in place to prevent protestors from approaching through Lafayette Park during demonstrations over the death of George Floyd, June 7, 2020, in Washington, D.C.
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    Liming did not say what will happen to the posters and other memorials that have been placed around the park.

    Pinned on the fence are stories of racial inequality, personal experiences of racism and flowers paying tribute to all black lives taken at the hands of police.

    People look at signs on the police fence at in Lafayette Park, June 8, 2020, near the White House in Washington, after days of protest over the death of George Floyd.
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    A couple reads signs hung on a fence at Lafayette Square near the White House, during ongoing protests against police brutality and racism, June 7, 2020, in Washington, D.C.
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    7:43 a.m.: Sen. Kamala Harris speaks out on police reform

    Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., said Tuesday that police reform and investment in local communities "should not be a partisan issue."

    A man walks through a make shift cemetery near the intersection of 38th and Chicago in front of the Cup Foods, June 8, 2020.
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    "This is about the fact that good policing is good for America, that racism hurts all Americans regardless of their race," Harris told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview on "Good Morning America."

    Harris on Monday joined Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass (D-Calif.) along with Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) in introducing a bill titled the "Justice in Policing Act of 2020," sweeping legislation to overhaul policing in the United States by holding officers accountable, changing the culture of law enforcement and building trust between law enforcement and communities.

    "We all witnessed the tragic murder of George Floyd. People protesting in the streets are protesting what has been a longstanding issue in America that needs to be addressed, and it can be done in a way that does not require us to create fear in people," Harris said on "GMA." "The status-quo way of thinking about achieving safety is really wrong when it assumes that the best way to achieve more safety is to put more police on the streets."

    Sen. Kamala Harris appears on "Good Morning America," June 9, 2020.
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    "I support investing in communities so that they become more healthy and therefore more safe," she added. "Right now, what we're seeing in America is many cities spend over one-third of their entire city budget on policing. But meanwhile, we've been defunding public schools for years in America. We've got to re-examine what we're doing with American taxpayer dollars and ask the question, are we getting the right return on our investment? Are we actually creating healthy and safe communities?"

    President Donald Trump and his allies have slammed progressive Democrats for supporting calls from protesters to defund police departments. Trump has insisted there would be no defunding, dismantling or disbanding of the country's police forces.

    Harris and other Democratic leaders, including presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, have distanced themselves from the "defund the police" push in recent days.

    "We need to recognize that if you invest in communities, they will be healthy, they will be strong and we won't have a need for the militarization of police," Harris said on "GMA." "We have to stop the militarization of police, but that doesn't mean we get rid of police. Of course not. We have to be practical about this."

    6:58 a.m.: London mayor launches commission to review landmarks to reflect diversity

    London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced Tuesday a commission to review landmarks in the U.K. capital.

    The Commission for Diversity in the Public Realm aims to "improve diversity across London's public realm to ensure the capital's landmarks suitably reflect London's achievements and diversity." The newly-formed commission "will focus on increasing representation among Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, women, the LGBTQ+ community and disability groups," according to a statement from the mayor's office.

    The review of landmarks "will be wide in scope and consider murals, street art, street names, statues and other memorials," according to the statement.

    A worker cleans the statue of Winston Churchill in Parliament Square in London on June 8, 2020, after it had been spray-painted with the words "was a racist" during protests over the weekend.
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    "Our capital's diversity is our greatest strength, yet our statues, road names and public spaces reflect a bygone era," Khan said. "It is an uncomfortable truth that our nation and city owes a large part of its wealth to its role in the slave trade and while this is reflected in our public realm, the contribution of many of our communities to life in our capital has been willfully ignored."

    "This cannot continue. We must ensure that we celebrate the achievements and diversity of all in our city, and that we commemorate those who have made London what it is -- that includes questioning which legacies are being celebrated," he added. "The Black Lives Matter protests have rightly brought this to the public's attention, but it's important that we take the right steps to work together to bring change and ensure that we can all be proud of our public landscape."

    The announcement comes after the statue of former U.K. Prime Minister Winston Churchill, located outside the Houses of Parliament, was spray-painted with the words "was a racist" during anti-racism protests over the weekend. Meanwhile, in the English port city of Bristol, protesters toppled a statue of 17th-century slave-trader Edward Colston and tossed it into the harbor.

    5:35 a.m.: Virginia judge grants 10-day injunction on removal of Robert E. Lee monument

    A circuit court judge has granted a 10-day injunction on the removal of the Robert E. Lee monument in Virginia's capital.

    Richmond ABC affiliate WRIC reports that the temporary injunction was approved on Monday. The order prohibits for 10 days the removal of the statute of the Confederate general, located on Monument Avenue in Richmond.

    The news comes on the same day that crews were called to inspect the statue, as part of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's plan to take it down as soon as possible and put it into storage.

    PHOTO: An inspection crew from the Virginia Department of General Services takes measurements as they inspect the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia, on June 8, 2020.
    An inspection crew from the Virginia Department of General Services takes measurements as they inspect the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia, on June 8, 2020. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has ordered the removal of the statue.
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    Northam's spokesperson, Alena Yarmosky, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that administration is still reviewing the order.

    "Governor Northam remains committed to removing this divisive symbol from Virginia's capital city, and we're confident in his authority to do so," Yarmosky said.

    Officials in states across the country have announced the removal of Confederate-era monuments amid widespread civil unrest following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody.

    4:56 a.m.: Black activist who trained police on implicit bias seriously injured in protests

    A Black activist who trained San Jose police officers on implicit bias was seriously injured during protests in the California city, the mayor's office said.

    Derrick Sanderlin "suffered potentially permanent injuries caused by a rubber bullet at a recent demonstration," according to a statement Monday from San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo.

    San Jose police form a line as they prepare to advance on protesters in San Jose, California, on May 29, 2020.
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    Liccardo has called for a ban on the police's use of rubber bullets in crowds, expanding the authority of San Jose's civilian independent police auditor as well as a full review of the city's use of force policies, among other measures. He has also called for greater accountability for police misconduct "so bad cops can be fired faster," according to the statement.

    However, Liccardo said that defunding police budgets "will hurt the very people who have suffered the most from systemic racism in this nation."

    "Rich, white communities and businesses in suburban malls will just accelerate the hiring of private security guards," the mayor said in the statement Monday.

    3:44 a.m.: Public viewing for George Floyd draws more than 6,300 visitors

    Thousands of mourners lined up in the blazing heat to view the casket of George Floyd in his hometown of Houston on Monday.

    More than 6,300 people attended the six-hour public viewing at The Fountain of Praise church in southwest Houston. The average wait was about 30 minutes, and four people had to be transported to a local hospital for heat exhaustion, according to Dallas Jones, a deacon at the church.

    Mourners wait to view the casket of George Floyd during a public visitation at The Fountain of Praise church in Houston, Texas, on June 8, 2020.
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    Visitors were required to wear masks and gloves to comply with coronavirus-related guidelines.

    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott was among the attendees at the public viewing.

    Pallbearers move the casket of George Floyd after a public viewing at The Fountain of Praise church in Houston, Texas, on June 8, 2020.
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    ABC News' Christina Carrega, Stephanie Ebbs, Josh Hoyos, Aaron Katersky, Elizabeth McLaughlin, Ben Stein, Gina Sunseri and Ben Gittleson contributed to this report.

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