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2 killed during demonstrations in town outside Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Officials in the Chicago suburb of Cicero say two people were killed during unrest as protests continued over the killing of George Floyd by a white Minneapolis police officer.

Town spokesman Ray Hanania said in addition to the deaths, 60 people were arrested Monday. He didn’t provide additional information about those killed, but claimed “outside agitators” deterred by the closing of downtown Chicago entered the town.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is defending her decision to put tight restrictions on downtown saying Monday that vandalism and violence following protests over Floyd’s death “spread like a wildfire” to neighborhoods.


Marion County goes 12th day with no new positive coronavirus cases; 23 more deaths reported statewide      

The Marion County Health Department reports the county has gone a 12th day without a new positive coronavirus case.   The department reports of the 51 positive cases reported to date, 49 have recovered.  The number of negative test results are now up to 1,364.

Clinton County has reported five new positive cases over the weekend, bringing the total number of positives to 187.  The health department reports 64 remain on home quarantine and one remains hospitalized.   The death total remains at 17.   105 have been released from isolation.   There have 906 negative test results.

There was one new positive case reported in Fayette County.   It is in a juvenile.  The county has had three deaths.  The other 20 cases have all recovered.

Jefferson County had no new cases over the weekend.  Of the 104 positive cases, 90 have been released from isolation.  There have also been 1,392 negative test results.

Washington, Clay, and Wayne County Health Departments reported no new cases over the weekend and have no active cases remaining.

Statewide, 974 new cases were reported on Monday, including 23 additional deaths.   All 23 deaths were in Cook County and the suburban counties around Chicago.

There have now been a total of 121,234 cases, including 5,412 deaths.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total tests from May 25–May 31 is down to 6%.

Sunday protest

Centralia Police Chief reacts to death of George Floyd; praises peaceful Centralia protestors  

The crowd that gathered in Carillon Park in downtown Centralia Sunday night.   Photo by Caden Cole.

Centralia Police Chief Greg Dodson is expressing disgust with the senseless and tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

At the same time, Dodson says he is proud of the members of the Centralia community who have chosen to express their outrage and gather to protest their actions in a positive non-violent or destructive way.

“When you look around the country and some of the other things that have happened that we see on TV, it just makes you just that much more proud of the members of our community  that we didn’t devolve into that and that we expressed ourselves in an appropriate manner that leads towards leading us forward together instead of dividing us.”

Dodson briefly talked to about two dozen of the protestors Sunday night, encouraging them to protest in a safe way and out of the way of traffic.

In response to the video of Floyd’s death, Dodson was saddened by what he observed.  He feels police should be held to the highest standard.  As law enforcement leaders, Dodson says it is our responsibility to hold officers accountable when violations of the use of force occur.

Dodson adds they have an obligation to provide proper training to their officers involving procedural justice, use of force, and de-escalation techniques.  When incidents such as this occur, the chief feels it violates the oath they took as police officers to treat all individuals with dignity and respect.

Dodson says these incidents erode the trust built by the police officers across the country who have dedicated their lives to a career of service.  He reports actions like this cannot be tolerated.  Dodson concludes his comments by saying he does not want the actions of these four officers in Minneapolis to define the police profession or the values of the Centralia Police Department, as actions like these couldn’t be further from what we stand for.

Centralia Police Patch

Sandoval man arrested for DUI after nearly striking protestors in Centralia  

A 37-year-old Sandoval man has been arrested for driving under the influence after his car nearly struck some of the protestors in downtown Centralia Sunday night.

Centralia Police Chief Greg Dodson says Frederick Rowcliff was headed northbound on Elm Street near the Bell Tower Park when he reportedly came close to some of the protestors as he sped past.

Dodson doesn’t believe Rowcliff was intentionally trying to hit anyone but was just intoxicated.

Rowcliff later posted bond and was released.


Democratic governors including JB Pritzker reject Trump’s call to send in military

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Some Democratic governors are resisting President Donald Trump’s threat to deploy the U.S. military unless they dispatch National Guard units to “dominate the streets” in reaction to the violence that has gripped the country.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker says he doesn’t believe the federal government can send military troops into his state. He accuses Trump of creating an “incendiary moment” by threatening to do so.

Demonstrations against the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis while in police custody have turned violent across the country, with people breaking into businesses and stealing, smashing car windows, and setting buildings on fire.

Lori Lightfoot

Chicago mayor defends downtown restrictions as unrest spread

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is defending her decision to put tight restrictions on downtown saying Monday that vandalism and violence following protests over George Floyd’s death “spread like a wildfire” to neighborhoods. She says the city’s 911 center got 65,000 calls in a 24-hour period ending at midnight, which is 50,000 more than usual.

Police Superintendent David Brown says officers arrested about 700 people Sunday, the majority on the south and west sides of Chicago. That followed about 240 arrests the day before, largely in downtown.

Several aldermen are criticizing Lightfoot for not doing enough to protect neighborhoods, which she dismissed.

National News

George Floyd protest live updates: Officers shot in Vegas, St. Louis

Mostafa Bassim/Anadolu Agency via Getty ImagesBy JON HAWORTH and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — The death of George Floyd, a black man who died on Memorial Day after he was pinned down by a white Minnesota police officer, has sparked outrage and protests in Minneapolis and across the United States.Murder and manslaughter charges have…read more »

Six Atlanta police officers charged in forceful arrests of college students in car

vmargineanu/iStockBy CHRISTINA CARREGA, ABC News(ATLANTA) — Six Atlanta police officers have been charged after forcefully pulling two college students out of a car, smashing its windows and using a stun gun in the course of an arrest as protests continued nearby, a prosecutor announced Tuesday.Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said that arrest warrants were…read more »

Funeral and memorial services for George Floyd schedule announced

cmannphoto/iStockBy CHRISTINA CARREGA, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Family, friends and supporters of George Floyd will honor his memory in three cities starting on Thursday.Floyd died on May 25 after being apprehended by police, as seen in a video that quickly spread across the nation, prompting over a week of demonstrations against police violence and racism.The…read more »

Fifty Spelman grads learn their student debt has been paid

ABC NewsBy HALEY YAMADA, ABC News(ATLANTA) — One couple has donated more than $1 million to Spelman College, a historically black institution for women in Atlanta, in order to pay the remaining tuition of nearly 50 graduates.The donors, Frank Baker and Laura Day Baker, said they realized that college debt can steal graduation dreams and…read more »

COVID-19 has made food insecurity worse in Puerto Rico

Michelle Valentin is shown in this photo, helping distribute food in Puerto Rico. – (Courtesy Michelle Valentin)By CHRISTINA CORUJO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — With the COVID-19 pandemic, the phone at the Food Bank of Puerto Rico hasn’t stop ringing. The food organization’s president, Denise Santos, says that ever since the island went into lockdown in…read more »