In our news wrap Tuesday, police in Albuquerque, New Mexico, have arrested a man after a shooting during a protest Monday night. It happened as demonstrators tried to tear down a Spanish conquistador’s statue and confronted armed men who were reportedly part of a militia. Also, U.S. deaths from COVID-19 have now surpassed the number of American troops killed in World War I, with over 116,700.
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President Trump has outlined his agenda for how to begin to reform policing in America. He signed an executive order today aimed at getting police to adopt new training and use of force standards. It also creates a database to track police misconduct.
Surrounded by law enforcement officials, Mr. Trump said the reforms go hand in hand with his call for law and order.
President Donald Trump:
Americans believe we must support the brave men and women in blue who police our streets and keep us safe.
Americans also believe we must improve accountability. Reducing crime and raising standards are not opposite goals. They are not mutually exclusive. They work together. They all work together.
Earlier, the president met with the families of several people killed by police. We will look at his agenda after the news summary.
The president's announcement came as Senate Republicans worked on their own package of police reforms. At a hearing today, members of both parties said the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis marked a turning point.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.:
Being a cop is no easy thing. You make a lot of snap decisions, where your life is threatened and that of the community. But we have got to realize that taking another human being's life while in police custody is something we should be better at in 2020 than we are.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.:
If we are silent, we are complicit. If we stand there and demand dominance and wave Bibles, we're no better than monsters. But if we act and actually do something and get this bill passed, well, then we're lawmakers. And that will be the legacy of George Floyd.
Meanwhile, New York City announced today that police must now release all body camera footage of shootings or other deadly use of force within 30 days.
And Seattle's City Council voted last night to ban tear gas and pepper spray, among other crowd control devices.
Police in Albuquerque, New Mexico, have arrested a man after a shooting during a protest last night. It happened as demonstrators tried to tear down a Spanish conquistador's statue and confronted armed men. The men reportedly were part of an unregulated militia.
Police say protesters attacked one man, and he opened fire, wounding one of them.
U.S. deaths from COVID-19 have now passed the number of American troops killed in World War I, at well over 116,700.
That news came today as Vice President Pence argued in The Wall Street Journal that talk of a second wave of infections is overblown. Meanwhile, China reimposed travel restrictions in parts of Beijing, as it faces a new outbreak.
The chairman of the Federal Reserve warned today that an economic recovery from the pandemic is uncertain. Jerome Powell told a Senate hearing that, first, the public has to regain confidence. And, in the meantime, he said, low-income workers are being hit the hardest.
Chairman Jerome Powell:
The burden of the downturn has not fallen equally on all Americans. Instead, those least able to withstand the downturn have been affected most.
If not contained and reversed, the downturn could further widen gaps in economic well-being that the long expansion had made some progress in closing.
Powell also repeated his earlier statements that Congress will likely have to consider additional steps, including extended unemployment benefits.
Despite the Fed's fears, stocks shot up on news that retail sales jumped nearly 18 percent in May. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 526 points to close at 26290. The Nasdaq rose 169 points, and the S&P 500 added 58.
In the Himalayas, a border dispute between India and China turned deadly overnight for the first time in decades. New Delhi says that 20 Indian troops were killed in Ladakh region, as soldiers fought with iron rods and stones. We will examine the longstanding border dispute later in the program.
North Korea dramatically escalated tensions on the Korean Peninsula today. The North blew up an empty building housing a liaison office with South Korea just north of their heavily armed border. Officials in Seoul warned of repercussions if anything else happens.
Kim You-Geun (through translator):
The South Korean government makes it clear that the responsibility for all the resulting situations is entirely on North Korea. We sternly warn that, if North Korea continues to take measures that aggravate the situation, we will strongly respond to it.
North Korea has also cut communications with Seoul recently, and threatened to abandon peace agreements.
We will return to this later in the program.
Back in this country, the U.S. Justice Department has ordered executions of federal death row inmates to resume in mid-July. They would be the first since 2003. Attorney General William Barr issued the directive after a months-long legal fight.
And Pacific Gas & Electric pled guilty today to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter in Northern California. It stems from a 2018 wildfire that destroyed most of the town of Paradise. The fire was ignited by PG&E's equipment. No executives will be charged. Instead, the utility faces a maximum fine of $3.5 million.