NATIONAL GUARD DEPLOYS TO RALEIGH DURING SECOND NIGHT OF UNREST: Hundreds of people gathered in front of the Wake County Courthouse on Sunday; more filled the streets around the Capitol. Confrontations between police and protesters began early in the evening as police fired tear gas to scatter a crowd, and continued until well after midnight. At almost 12:30 a.m. Monday, the Raleigh Police Department announced that the National Guard had been deployed. From 7 p.m. until midnight, downtown Raleigh was a running series of confrontations between protesters and police that eventually deteriorated into widespread vandalism and street fires. Around downtown, windows were broken at more offices and businesses — at least a few of the same ones that had been broken into on Saturday. Several young men broke in to the Reliable Jewelry and Loan shop on Wilmington Street. Throughout the evening, protesters diffused confrontations and de-escalated situations among themselves. Some protesters knocked down a metal barrier outside the governor’s mansion, others put it back upright.
GOVERNOR COOPER CALLS FOR RESTRAINT, BUT ADDS "BLACK LIVES DO MATTER": "We must stop this destruction," he said. "But I want to remind everyone of something vitally important: We cannot focus so much on property damage that we forget why people are in the streets in the first place." "Black lives do matter," he said. The governor said Floyd's death "broke open painful wounds" and that racism, white supremacy and the litany of inequalities that stem from them are very real. He said scars "mark generations of trauma that black people and other communities of color continue to suffer." "We have to have these hard conversations, then move beyond them to do the work of fighting racism, building safe, thriving communities for everyone," Cooper said. The governor said he wants to give people "room and space and time" to make their points in protest, and that "people are more important than property." He encouraged local leaders to meet with protesters. He said guard members being deployed are trained in the "protection of public structures" and "that is how they will be used."
GOVERNOR ORDERS 3-WEEK MORATORIUM ON EVICTIONS AND 60 DAY EXTENSION BANNING UTILITY CUT-OFFS: Gov. Roy Cooper has issued a three-week, statewide moratorium on evictions effective Saturday, his office said. The executive order also extends the prohibition of utility shut-offs for another 60 days. It’s meant to relieve residential tenants and businesses who lost income and struggle to make rent during the COVID-19 pandemic and to reduce the risk of homelessness, Cooper said. “North Carolinians need relief to help make ends meet during the pandemic,” Cooper said in a statement Saturday. “Extending housing and utility protections will mean more people can stay in their homes and stay safe as we all work to slow the spread of this virus.” The order also prevents landlords from assessing late fees or other penalties for late or nonpayment, prevents the accumulation of additional interest, fees or other penalties for existing late fees while the order is in effect, and requires landlords to give tenants at least six months after the order ends to pay outstanding rent.
TRUMP MOVES TO DECLARE ANTIFA AS A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION: The Trump administration on Sunday intensified its effort to pin blame on the far-left “antifa” movement for violent demonstrations over police killings of black people, as the president vowed on Twitter to designate antifa a terrorist organization and Attorney General William P. Barr asserted that it and other groups’ activities constituted “domestic terrorism.” Trump cannot, for practical and legal reasons, formally designate antifa a terrorist organization, and neither he nor his attorney general has made public specific evidence that the far-left movement is orchestrating the fiery protests that have erupted in dozens of U.S. cities. In Minnesota, where the unrest began after 46-year-old George Floyd died after police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes, officials have alleged the violence was fueled by different external forces, including white supremacists and drug cartels. They, too, have not offered detailed evidence to support those claims. Protests — especially those of the scale seen in the United States in recent days — are complicated affairs, often drawing participants with a range of political ideologies and motivations, including some with bad intentions. But some observers said they see in Trump’s targeting of antifa an attempt to shift focus away from what sparked the demonstrations: outrage over killings of black people by police. “The idea of antifa ‘masterminding’ what’s happening over the last few days — if you know anything about the subject — is ludicrous,” said Mark Bray, a historian and author of the 2017 book “Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook.” “There’s a real investment on the part of the administration and their allies in portraying these recent protests as organized from the top down, and not a spontaneous outpouring of rage.”
NEW YORK POLICE DRIVE SUV'S INTO PEDESTRIAN PROTESTERS: The brief video clip, widely circulated on social media and on the national news, seemed to capture a wanton act of police brutality: One police cruiser, and then a second, jolting into a crowd of protesters in Brooklyn, sending people sprawling across the street. At a news conference on Sunday, the mayor called for an investigation, but also took pains to try to explain the officers’ actions, saying that the situation “was created by a group of protesters blocking and surrounding a police vehicle, a tactic that we had seen before in the last few days, a tactic that can be very, very dangerous to everyone involved.” He added: “And we’ve seen direct attacks on police officers, including in their vehicles.” Several of his former aides took the remarkable step of voicing their displeasure publicly on Twitter, in addition to privately discussing the mayor’s actions in a separate thread, according to two people involved in those conversations. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the nation’s best-known progressive leader, said “defending and making excuses” for the Police Department was wrong, and that the mayor would be better served by trying to de-escalate tensions in the city. “Running SUVs in crowds of people should never, ever be normalized,” Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat who represents parts of Queens and the Bronx, wrote on Twitter on Sunday. “No matter who does it, no matter why.” By Sunday evening, more than 786 people had been arrested in New York City, according to John Miller, the city’s counterterrorism chief. Early Sunday morning, the police said 33 officers had been injured and 47 police vehicles had been damaged or destroyed, several of them set on fire. More than a dozen stores in Lower Manhattan were also looted.