Daily Brief: Donald Trump Threatens to Use the American Military Against Americans

Also high-speed chases across L.A., protests amp up COVID-19 concerns, and more

» Donald Trump threatened on Monday to deploy the U.S. military against Americans. In a statement, he referenced an 1807 law that might give him such authority, but has rarely been invoked. [NBC News]

» Also, in response to rumors that he’d spent the weekend cowering in an underground bunker, Trump emerged from the White House on Monday to stand in front of a nearby church awkwardly holding a Bible while photos and video were taken of him. To achieve the photo op, authorities cleared the area of peaceful protesters by shoving them with shields and shooting rubber bullets and tear gas canisters into the crowd. [The Washington Post]

» Law enforcement engaged in multiple high-speed pursuits after the countywide curfew went into effect on Monday evening. [KTLA]

» Public health officials are expressing concern about how the protests may speed the spread of COVID-19, and what may happen to those who contract the virus. Barbara Ferrer noted that it is “impossible not to connect” the racial inequities in law enforcement that have sparked the protests to the racial inequities in health care. [Los Angeles Times]

» At least 1,600 protest-related arrests have been made in Los Angeles so far. More are expected in the coming days. [Los Angeles Times]

»  In Louisville, Kentucky, a person has been shot and killed by police at protests similar to those in L.A. Some accounts say the police and National Guard troops may have been “returning fire” after an initial shot from the crowd. The governor has called on the police to release bodycam video of the altercation.  [Newsweek]

» For some, now might be a good time to read up on anti-racism.  Author Ibram X. Kendi shares his book suggestions. [The New York Times]


» Peaceful Protests and Looting in Santa Monica as Anger Over Injustice Continues Scenes from another day of protests

» In L.A., Race and Income Remain Major Factors in Coronavirus Deaths Black and Latino Angelenos are dying at higher rates than their white neighbors

» Mayor Garcetti’s Budget, Which Includes a Bump in LAPD Funding, Will Now Go to the City Council A coalition of activists is calling on the council to make a last-minute move to reassess city spending priorities


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