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5 Things To Know On Tuesday, June 2, 2020

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Posted at 4:56 AM, Jun 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-02 06:30:40-04

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1. FHP troopers kneel in solidarity with demonstrators in Boca Raton
About 200 protesters lined an intersection of Boca Raton on Monday to call for peace and denounce the death of George Floyd.

Protesters held signs that said "I can't breathe" and "America was never great."

Florida Highway Patrol troopers knelt in solidarity with the protesters, including one trooper putting his arm around a man in a show of support.

FHP troopers kneel in solidarity with protesters in Boca Raton

Other protests were held Monday in Boynton Beach and outside the Treasure Coast Square mall in Jensen Beach.

2. Fort Lauderdale officer suspended after being caught on video pushing kneeling woman at protest
Video showed Officer Steven Pohorence walking towards the crowd protesting before pushing the woman who was kneeling on the ground with her hands up.

Immediately after pushing the woman, the officer's colleagues quickly pushed him away and down the street. In the video, protesters could be heard thanking his colleague for saving the protester.

Florida officer suspended after being caught on video pushing kneeling woman

3. Protesters cleared with tear gas before Trump visits church
Officers advanced aggressively, firing tear gas and deploying flash bangs into the crowd to disperse them from the Lafayette Park.

It was a jarring scene before President Donald Trump delivered remarks and then made a surprise visit to St. John’s Church, which had been damaged by protesters Sunday night.

The church's bishop issued the statement below condemning Trump's use of force.

4. Eight people arrested after Walmart looted in Greenacres
Multiple cars pulled into the parking lot, and a large van backed up into the cement blocks that protect the front doors.

Once the door was pried open, a crowd of people rushed into the store and looted the ladies apparel, jewelry, infant, shoes, bakery and electronics departments.

Eight people, including three underage teenagers, were taken into custody.

Juan Castellon, Aaron Burgess, Bobby Jones, De’Andre Mosley and Brenton Johnson (right to left)
Juan Castellon, Aaron Burgess, Bobby Jones, De’Andre Mosley and Brenton Johnson (right to left)

5. Health experts warn of coronavirus spike due to protesting as Florida tests less
Some health leaders say days of demonstrations across the country could lead to an earlier second wave of the coronavirus as tens of thousands of new cases were found nationwide in a month.

At the same time, testing is not keeping up. Gov. Ron DeSantis says while drive through testing sites have the capacity to do at least 10,000 tests a day, they usually only have about half the demand.

Florida has now given more than a million coronavirus tests, but still needs to test more to get a better grasp of the virus.


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On This Day In History
Timothy McVeigh was convicted for the Oklahoma City bombing on June 2, 1997.

Timothy McVeigh parked a massive truck with a bomb outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. The blast collapsed the north face of the nine-story building, instantly killing more than 100 people and trapping dozens more in the rubble. Emergency crews raced to Oklahoma City from across the country, and when the rescue effort finally ended two weeks later, the death toll stood at 168 people, including 19 young children who were in the building’s day-care center at the time of the blast.

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