Live Coverage: The latest on George Floyd protest in Harrisburg

By: - June 1, 2020 4:57 pm

A protester yells at Harrisburg police chief Thomas Carter during a June 1, 2020 Black Lives Matter protest in response to the death in police custody of George Floyd (Capital-Star photo).

Good evening, everyone. Capital-Star Staff Reporters Stephen Caruso and Elizabeth Hardison are on the streets of Harrisburg this Monday night to bring you up to the minute coverage of this evening’s protest in support of the late George Floyd and against the excessive use of force by law enforcement that led to his death.

We’ll be updating this live coverage post as often as events warrant, so we hope you’ll keep checking back for updates.

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The protest starts to disperse

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That might be a wrap, folks.


Last updated: 8:08 pm

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Protest returns to the Capitol

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Stephen Caruso reports:


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More from Philadelphia:

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Report: Trump could invoke Insurrection Act

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NBC News reports that President Donald Trump could invoke the 213-year-old Insurrection Act, which would deploy the military to keep order. The last time it was invoked was 1992 during the L.A. Riots.

Via NBC News:

“I am mobilizing all federal and local resources, civilian and military, to protect the rights of law abiding Americans,” Trump said in the extraordinary address, which was delivered as police fired tear gas outside to push protesters back from the White House.

“If a city or state refuses to take the actions necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them,” Trump said, referring to himself as “your president of law and order and an ally of all peaceful protesters.”

To activate the military to operate in the U.S., Trump would have to invoke the 213-year-old Insurrection Act, which four people familiar with the decision had told NBC News he planned to do.

The military police forces would come from Fort Bragg in North Carolina and possibly Fort Belvoir in Virginia and could arrive in Washington within hours, these people said.

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Video of the march in Harrisburg

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Via PennLive:

And Elizabeth Hardison:

Last updated: 7:12 pm

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The national picture – Trump vows to call in U.S. military to quell violence

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Last updated: 7:07 pm

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More on marchers on the move in Harrisburg

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More, from Elizabeth Hardison:


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Marchers on the move in Harrisburg

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Stephen Caruso reports:



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Gov. Tom Wolf speaks in Philly

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“In Harrisburg, we need to dedicate ourselves to addressing racism and oppression in Pennsylvania,” Wolf said. “We have to rededicate ourselves to addressing these issues.”

With Pa. primary looming amidst COVID and protests, Wolf extends mail-in ballot deadline for 6 counties

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Harrisburg Chief takes a knee – the crowd takes him to task

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Harrisburg Police Chief Thomas Carter, a Harrisburg native, has taken a knee to apologize. As Stephen Caruso reports, not all in the crowd are taking it well.

Last updated: 6:16 pm

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More from the scene at the Pa. Capitol

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From Elizabeth Hardison:

There are calls for Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse, who is not present:

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Erie mayor ‘outraged by officer, outside agitators’

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The Times-News of Erie has more on the incident involving a city police officer. The newspaper reports that “Erie Mayor Joe Schember said he is committed to a “full investigation” into the riot that occurred Saturday in downtown Erie, including the conduct of a city police officer who was recorded kicking a protester.”


Last updated: 6:11 pm

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Harrisburg Police Chief Thomas Carter addresses the crowd

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Harrisburg Police Chief Thomas Carter is among the speakers at the Harrisburg rally. He is apparently having some issues getting his message across:


Last updated: 6:06 pm

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In Philadelphia, Gov. Tom Wolf addresses protests, more

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Associate Editor Cassie Miller is keeping tabs:


Last updated: 6:01 pm

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In Philadelphia, a confrontation between protesters and police

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The Inquirer reports:

The Inquirer notes that this happened “minutes after hundreds of protesters gathered a distance away from an armored SWAT vehicle that had parked on the Parkway. Kneeling or putting their hands up in the air, they chanted ‘Hands up, don’t shoot!’”

Last updated: 5:57 pm

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A look at the planning for Monday’s rally

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Elizabeth Hardison reports:

Last updated: 5:54 pm

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Live video of Harrisburg rally

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Our friends at PennLive have live video of the Harrisburg event:

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In Erie, a video of a police officer kicking a protester rages on

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During a mid-afternoon briefing, Erie Police Chief Daniel P. Spizarny Sr. addressed the still-simmering national controversy over a viral video that appears to show a city police officer kicking a defenseless protester during a riot on Saturday night.

Capital-Star Erie Correspondent Hannah McDonald has the full story on the incident involving 21-year-old Hannah Silbaugh, of Erie, and city officials’ attempts to deal with the controversy.

Spizarny told reporters that the officer shown in the video kicking Silbaugh identified himself to the chief of police on Sunday morning after learning about the video. The department is not releasing any identifying details about the officer at this time. An internal investigation is being done to determine how to handle the situation

Erie Mayor Joseph Schember told reporters there are currently no plans to lift the state of emergency declared in the city as a result of the unrest Saturday.


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And the scene in Pittsburgh

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Meanwhile, in Philadelphia: Cops disperse protesters as curfew approaches

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Last updated: 5:38 pm

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State Rep. Patty Kim speaks at Harrisburg protest

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Live from Harrisburg

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A map of protests across Pennsylvania

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The Capital-Star’s Elizabeth Hardison has been mapping demonstrations across Pennsylvania. You can find them in this interactive map.

Last updated: 5:15 pm

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