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African-American Man Killed for Sleeping in a Drive-through; Protesters Hold Abandoned Precinct; Eleven Neighborhoods Locked Down in Beijing, China; U.S. COVID Crisis Far from Over; Minneapolis, Minnesota is Considering How to Reform or Transform its Police Department; Arrests After Violent Weekend Clashes in London; Philippine Journalist Maria Ressa was Convicted of Cyber Libel; The White House Faces Pandemic and Growing Protest Movement; U.S. Futures Down Sharply Over COVID-19 Concerns; White House Considers $2 Trillion Stimulus Plan; Some E.U. Travel Restrictions Lifting. Aired 3-4a ET

Aired June 15, 2020 - 03:00   ET




NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: Welcome to our viewers joining us from here in the United States and all around the world. You are watching CNN Newsroom live from Atlanta. I'm Natalie Allen.

Ahead this hour body cam footage reveals the moments leading up to the fatal shooting of yet another African American man Rayshard Brooks here in Atlanta, Georgia with comes against the backdrop of 20 straight days now of nationwide protests over police brutality and racism.

And of course, all of this going on amid a global pandemic. Analysis of America's two crises coming up this hour.

Thank you for joining us.

Our top story, powerful public demonstrations from coast to coast, packed U.S. streets for a 20th straight day. As protesters continue to speak out against police brutality and racial injustice. These protests playing out both day and night, have now found new momentum and renewed anger after a black man was shot and killed by an Atlanta police officer on Friday.

Rayshard Brooks was killed outside a fast food restaurant. Police had been called after he fell asleep in his car in the drive-through. And we are now getting a clear look at the moments leading up to that shooting. The deadly encounter was captured on police body cam and other video.

CNN's Boris Sanchez has more from the scene.

BORIS SANCHEZ, CNN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: Large crowds of people have come and gone from this Wendy's in South Atlanta, where Rayshard Brooks was sought shot and killed on Friday night. Many of them protesting, some of them setting up a makeshift memorial.

What is captured on camera of the incident Friday night paints a complex picture. Brooks at different points joking with police officers and engaging in polite conversation. But in one fell swoop, everything changes. We should warn you some of this video is graphic and difficult to watch.

Responding to a call from a Wendy's in South Atlanta Friday night, Officer Devin Brosnan approaches Rayshard Brooks.


DEVIN BROSNAN, POLICE OFFICER, ATLANTA POLICE DEPARTMENT: What's up, man. Hey. Man. Hey. Hey, man, you're parked in the middle of the drive-through line here. Hey. Sir. What's up, man? You're park in the drive-through right now. Hey, sir. Are you all right?


SANCHEZ: Asleep at the drive-through lane police body cam footage shows the 27-year-old's does not respond right away.


BROSNAN: Are you tired? All right, man, I'll pull my car. Just pull over and take a nap. All right. All right. Are you good?


BROSNAN: All right.


SANCHEZ: Brooks eventually wakes up and agrees to move his car before he appears to fall asleep again.


BROSNAN: Hey, man. If you want go back to sleep, you got to move your car. You went back to sleep.


SANCHEZ: Brooks moves to a nearby parking spot where Brosnan asks.


BROSNAN: How much did you drink tonight?


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Not much? How much is not much? You say one drink what kind of drink was it?


BROSNAN: How about, you don't do drugs today?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I don't do drugs.


SANCHEZ: Brooks struggles to find his license and tries to step out of the car.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I want to get out.

BROSNAN: No. Just stay in the car, man.


SANCHEZ: Brosnan then radios for another officer to conduct a DUI test. He's pretty out of it. Definitely got some sticking with him right now.


SANCHEZ: When Officer Garrett Rolfe arrives, Brooks denies ever having been asleep.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The reason why we're here is because somebody called 911 because you were asleep behind the wheel while you're in the drive-through, right? Do you recall that?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I don't. I don't.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You don't recall that? You don't recall just minutes ago where you are passed out behind the wheel in the drive- through?



SANCHEZ: He agrees to a breathalyzer test. Says he can't remember how much he had to drink and then he tells police.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I know you just doing your job.


SANCHEZ: When Rolfe tries to handcuff Brooks, he resists.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Hey, stop that.


SANCHEZ: Witness video shows Brosnan readying his taser.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You're going to get tased.


SANCHEZ: Brooks grabs it out of his hand.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Get off the (muted).


SANCHEZ: Breaking free Brooks punches Rolfe, who fires his stun gun as Brooks takes off.


And here's the moment the altercation becomes deadly, we slow this down for you, you can see Rolfe chasing Brooks, each man now carrying a taser. Watch as Rolfe moves his taser from his right hand to his left and reaches towards his handgun. That's when Brooks turns and fires the taser, and Rolfe shoots firing three times at Brooks as he flees.

Bystanders almost immediately began cursing and shouting at the officers.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Both of your careers are definitely done because you just shot a man for no reason.


SANCHEZ: A few minutes after he shot, Officers Rolfe and Brosnan begin to provide medical treatment.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Mr. Brooks, keep breathing.


SANCHEZ: A short time later, Brooks is rushed by ambulance to a nearby hospital where he is later pronounced dead. And Officer Rolfe who opened fire has been terminated, Officer Brosnan who first responded to the scene here has been placed on administrative duty, and Erica Shields, the chief of police in Atlanta resigned over the weekend. Of course, there is an ongoing investigation, potentially with charges coming this week.

Boris Sanchez, CNN in Atlanta.

ALLEN: As the U.S. grapples with racism and police violence, the mayor of Atlanta says America will get through this but more needs to be done. Keisha Lance Bottoms tell CNN there is a bigger conversation this country needs to have.


MAYOR KEISHA LANCE BOTTOMS (D-GA): This has been hard and it is really been difficult for me to put aside my own anger and sadness during this time and really be able to articulate what our communities need to hear. Because the reality is what can you say?

I've watched the body cam video. I watched it for 30 minutes. I watched the interaction with Mr. Brooks, and it broke my heart when he talked about his daughter's birthday party that he was planning for. People are looking to us to lead, but when these things continue to happen over and over and over again. We are asking ourselves the same questions; how do we lead during this time?


ALLEN: The district attorney here in Fulton County, Georgia says the decision on whether to bring charges for the killing of Rayshard Brooks could come as soon as Wednesday. He spoke with CNN after watching the police body cam video of the shooting and here's what he told CNN's Fredricka Whitfield.


PAUL HOWARD, DISTRICT ATTORNEY, FULTON COUNTY, GEORGIA: Well, this one good thing about video, Fredricka, because in the video we actually get a chance to hear the officer's first statement after the shooting took place. And with the officer said is not that his life was saved but a statement, what his statement was, he said, I got him.


ALLEN: And here's what the Brooks family attorney told CNN's Ana Cabrera about the officer's statement.


JUSTIN MILLER, ATTORNER FOR BROOKS FAMILY: That was a very disturbing to myself, my partner, Chris and Tameka, his widow. Very disturbing.


ALLEN: Joining me now from Los Angeles is retired Los Angeles Police Sergeant Cheryl Dorsey. She is also the author of "Black and Blue. Sergeant Dorsey, thanks so much for coming on.


ALLEN: First question for you. The district attorney has said he will decide this week whether charges are filed in the death of Rayshard Brooks. What are the questions the D.A. will be looking to answer as this footage is reviewed?

DORSEY: Well, I listen, probable cause is a very low threshold, and he is already telegraphed, he's there. This was an unjustified shooting. Mr. Brooks was compliant, he was polite in the beginning and what ultimately happen is inherent to police work. When you tell someone they're about to go to jail or when you make a move to put a handcuff on someone, it's not uncommon for someone to run.

And so, these officers dropped the ball, they should have anticipated this, they spent 20 minutes with Mr. Brooks. And as I'm watching and listening, the more I hear the more problematic it is.

You have someone who is asleep behind the wheel of a car, and you wake them up and you tell them to drive some distance away and park it? What if he had driven and been involved in a traffic collision and killed someone? Those officers would be liable.

ALLEN: Right. They asked him to go park the car there in the -- from the drive-through. Well I'm going to ask you when a person you are trying to arrest as they were attempting to do, takes off running, he did strike the officer, he had his taser gone, but how are officers trained, vis-a-vis, using deadly force when someone is running away from them?


DORSEY: You can only use that force reasonable to overcome resistance. You can't use deadly force because you can't catch someone physically. And so, we know we've seen now, we hear the officer fired his taser and it was ineffective.

This is a veteran officer. He should have known that quite possibly at this taser was an ineffective than the one in the possession of Mr. Brooks could've conceivably be been ineffective. And so, you don't get to shoot and kill somebody because you can't catch them.

And listen, I said from the very beginning, this was about punishing Mr. Brooks, because after all he did take his taser. And now we've heard the officer in his own words, he took my f-fing taser. That's what bothered him and then when he got him, he did a little victory lap by saying I got him. This was punishment. It was unnecessary.


ALLEN: And Mr. Brooks also offered to walk home, he said his sister lived nearby. Could that have been an option they would consider, or no?

DORSEY: Not an option I would've considered if you believe that he's under the influence. Now he's in your care and custody, and you have an affirmative responsibility to make sure that that person gets somewhere safely.

Now that somewhere if you don't want to make an arrest and, you know, the officers have great discretion, if you do want to arrest him then take him to the police station and call a family member to come and pick him up. But you can't leave him on the street, you can't allow him to drive away, because by their own admission, he was under the influence.

Again, city liability, if he gets involved in a traffic collision and hurt someone or himself, the officers are liable because they knew that and they allowed him to continue on behind the wheel.

ALLEN: As this country grapples with how to restructure police departments, Sergeant Dorsey, do you believe from serving in the LAPD for so many years, that officers necessarily wouldn't want some of their duties to respond to everything and anything reduced?

DORSEY: Well, listen, there are certain things that officers respond to that, you know, some are not equipped and don't feel comfortable handling, but you know, that's part of the job as well. When we become police officers you understand it. Part of what we do is keeping the peace. Part of what we do is resolving conflict, it's counseling.

You know, we respond to domestic disputes where folks are not getting along, there are disputes and we are there to keep the peace and we are there to counsel, we're there to be a cooler head to give advice. And that's inherent to police work. And so, if that's not really what you want to do then you are probably in the wrong profession. You have to do it based on your training and a little common sense and good judgment.

ALLEN: Right. And you know, I think it's what's been troubling for so many people. But this particular story is that it started out just as someone falling asleep in a drive-through at a fast food joint, you know, and we saw George Floyd die because he allegedly passed a 20- dollar counterfeit bill. That hurts.

DORSEY: Listen, and what if -- what if Mr. Brooks was having a medical emergency? It's almost as if police officers when they are dealing with black folks don't think that maybe we could be suffering from some kind of a medical emergency, this is not the first time a black man has fallen asleep at a drive-through.

Willie McCoy in Vallejo, California shot and killed. Officers didn't take into consideration that maybe this wasn't someone who was under the influence of drugs or someone who had been drinking, maybe they were having a medical emergency because we get sick too.

ALLEN: We appreciate your expertise and your insight, thank you so much, Sergeant Cheryl Dorsey for us. Thank you.

DORSEY: Thank you.

ALLEN: Protesters in Seattle, Washington continue to hold a six- block area around an abandoned police precinct, they are calling it an autonomous zone where artists and performers are now calling the shots.

But as CNN's Dan Simon explains police eventually went back in. DAN SIMON, CNN CORRESPONDENT: It is a beautiful and sunny afternoon

here in Seattle, and that is pushed the crowds to a level that I don't think we have seen throughout this occupation. We you penned the camera you can see, all the people down there and it is like this festival setting where you have barbecues and live music, and different speakers on the stage.

Behind me you can see some Native Americans, they have been doing a drum ceremony, you see the T.P. there. The centerpiece of this occupation is the police precinct behind me. And when officers vacated the precinct early last week, it did have its desired effect, it did de-escalate the tensions that existed between protesters and police.

But the question now is, when might the officers get back into that station? The police chief was asked about that today. Take a look.


CARMEN BEST, CHIEF OF POLICE, SEATTLE POLICE DEPARTMENT: I wish I had the answer to how long it might last, I can tell you that we want to move it forward as quickly and efficiently as possible.


But my concern as a police chief besides that, we want to be back in our precinct doing the work is that we don't want to -- we don't want anyone there to be harmed. We don't want this to be something that devolves into a forced situation. So, we are really trying to take a methodical practical approach to reach a resolution where everyone gets out of here safely.


SIMON: Now the chief has a valid concern because, she says, because officers are not in that station, it is taking triple the amount of time to respond to calls in this area. Of course, we would like to get our officers back in that station as soon as possible, but right now, there seems to be no plan or strategy for that to happen.

Dan Simon, CNN, Seattle.

ALLEN: We'll have more on other U.S. states protesting later this hour. But after a quick break new details on why some U.S. states are seeing another spike in coronavirus cases.


ALLEN: In China, Beijing is placing at least 11 neighborhoods now on lockdown after reporting 79 new coronavirus cases since Thursday. On Sunday alone, at least 59 people tested positive for the virus, most linked to a market in the Chinese capital which has been closed.


Beijing had gone nearly two months without reporting a single local infection. Let's bring in CNN senior producer Steven Jiang, he joins us live from

Beijing. So, this is obviously a setback, Steven. The government must be extremely concerned with this resurgence.

STEVEN JIANG, CNN SENIOR PRODUCER: That's right, Natalie. As you mentioned, the capital had seen no new cases for almost two months until last Thursday. And since then, almost all of the newly emerged cases are linked to the Xinfadi wholesale food market which housed thousands of vendors and so huge crowds on a daily basis.

That's is why the authorities are now conducting very extensive contact tracing, as well as mass testing for anyone who visited this market since May 30th and their close contacts. And on Sunday alone, they tested more than 76,000 people and this process is ongoing as we speak.

Now they have not only shut down the market, they also sealed it off along with its surrounding area. They are also placing a growing number of neighborhoods with newly-reported cases under very strict lockdown, and we also see the kind of obsessive health checks and screening measures, making a strong comeback across the city after things had been easing up for a few weeks.

School students who are just return to school, for example, are now being told they have the option of studying from home again, really, another sign of how seriously concerned the authorities are -- they are about this situation, which has been described as severe with a lot of lingering uncertainty. Natalie?

ALLEN: Well, we know that the genesis of the coronavirus was that wild animal market in Wuhan, but what do we know about this market that they have now close there in Beijing?

JIANG: That's right. This is a wholesale food market that sells everything from vegetables, fruits to meat and seafood. It is the biggest of its kind in the country. Now it used to supply 70 percent of the city's vegetables and 10 percent of its pork, so when it was shut down on Saturday it cost quite a bit of concern among the population about their fruit supplies.

So, there was a bit of initial panic buying online, but the government has since reassure the public saying they would deploy supplies from elsewhere to ensure the non-disruption of food supplies in the capital city.

But the other concern coming from the fact that authorities have found traces of the virus in multiple environmental samples taken from the market including on chopping boards of imported salmon, so that has caused many restaurants and supermarkets to pull the fish off of their shelves and menus.

And even though officials say they are not sure how the surface got contaminated, they are now vowing to strengthen inspections of all imported cargo shipments. Natalie?

ALLEN: All right. Troubling setback there in Beijing. Steven Jiang for us. Thank you so much, Steven, as always.

The United States is seeing another spike of coronavirus cases sweeping across several states as more states reopen and summer has people swarming, of course, to vacation spots like the beach. Florida reported more than 2,500 new positive cases on Friday, that's according to Johns Hopkins University.

But New York which had earlier been the epicenter of the virus in the U.S., looks to have made a dramatic turnaround.


GOV. ANDREW CUOMO (D-NY): We've done it. We have tamed the beast. We are now 180 degrees on the other side.


ALLEN: But Governor Cuomo warned there that if people violate coronavirus policies and it results in the virus spreading again, then there's a, quote, "very real possibility that reopening would be rolled back."

And Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force told British newspaper, The Telegraph, I would hope to get to some degree of real normality within a year or so, but I don't think it's this winter or fall, we'll be seeing it for a bit more.

Joining me now from Naperville, Illinois, Dr. Raj Kalsi, emergency medical physician. Thanks so much. It's good to see you again, doctor. Thanks for coming on.


ALLEN: Well, as we heard from Dr. Fauci there, you know, always letting everyone know this is so very likely not far from over. But what lessons can be learned for states now seeing spikes from what we just saw in New York with their success in making this dramatic turnaround when they were the hardest hit state in the U.S.?

KALSI: I think the lesson to be learned is that every uptick is important and has to be scrutinized very carefully by us doctors, scientist, epidemiologist. New York clearly was the hardest hit in the country, and perhaps they are primed to be more apt to protect themselves moving forward, and maybe that is part of the momentum of their success.


Because they saw so much death and destruction, so much in terms of hospitalizations, ventilations, whereas, maybe like a state like Florida didn't see that, and so they be a bit more lax into how they are going to process that type of exposure.

ALLEN: What do you make of these alarming spikes we're seeing now in some 21 states? To hear some tell it's because there's more testing. Is there validity in that raising? KALSI: There is. Absolutely. You know, we are exponentially testing

more people, Natalie, which is a wonderful thing. This is what we asked for early on, if you remember, the chimes it was more testing. Everybody needs to be tested, whoever needs a test from the executive branch should get a test. And we're not quite there yet but we are getting there.

And so, my bigger number I want to look at is hospitalizations, the length of stay for patients in the hospital, and of those people who stay in the hospital, how many of them die. Those are the most important facts for me as a doctor.

ALLEN: And do you believe that the increases are reflection in some respect of what happened three weeks ago Memorial Day weekend. What are you seeing, in particular in your practice?

KALSI: It's a wonderful question. And you know, when you and I spoke about Easter a few weeks ago, we did see an uptick and when people got together for that holiday. We are seeing a little bit of an uptick, but I'll tell you that in the Chicago suburbs and the rural counties around Chicago, we're starting to see a steady decline, which is wonderful.

And of those people who are coming in with COVID-19 they're -- they seem less sick and we can send more people home because we're just better training this now, and we're not doing things that we fundamentally thought were helpful to patients, but it turned out to be harmful. So, we're getting -- we're getting better and smarter as time goes on.

ALLEN: They're less sick, that's a very, very positive statement and good to hear. Let's talk about South Carolina, in particular, because the chief health officer of that state -- of that state is seeing its biggest daily increases in cases, says, the reasons for it are simple. Some people act like this must be over because the state is opening.

More and more there seems to be complacency over the wearing mask and social distancing which really isn't that hard. How do you see that?

KALSI: You know, as a doctor, the hardest diseases for me to convince a patient to take seriously are the one without symptoms. For instance, high cholesterol. There is really no symptoms, Natalie, for high cholesterol until you have a heart, attack or a stroke.

High blood pressure, again, no symptom, until you start having what could be a fatal outcome with that. And COVID-19 is now different. For many Americans it doesn't have a symptom and it hasn't breached their home so it may not be affecting them.

One of the things that makes us an amazing country is also one that is frustrating and challenging is that, we are not well at being told what to do. And going about and wearing masks and social distancing is just not our status quo, it's not our typical norm.

And this is -- this is challenging to get that message across especially when there's no symptoms involved initially. And the counterpoint is, this is a disease that your actions affect your neighbor and affect your loved ones because you can transmit the virus to them.

ALLEN: Absolutely. People may not like it, but it sure can make a difference, can it not? We always appreciate your insights and your expertise, Dr. Raj Kalsi. Thank you so much.

KALSI: Thank you, Natalie. Take care.

ALLEN: You too.

Next here, new follow in the U.S. city of Minneapolis where George Floyd's killing launched a wave of protests across the United States and the world.



NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: It has been three weeks since George Floyd, an unarmed black man, was killed by police in Minneapolis, Minnesota. And after massive street protests, the city is considering how to reform or transform its police department. There already are some changes underway. Lucy Kafanov explains what's happening.


LUCY KAFANOV, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, CNN can confirm that at least seven Minneapolis police officers are resigning. According to Minneapolis Star Tribune, more than a dozen more could be in the process of leaving the police department.

We are told that as of Wednesday, H.R. has processed seven separations of employment since Memorial Day. That number does not include the four officers involved in the killing of George Floyd, former officers at this point, as per why they're leaving the information is not public.

A police department spokesman telling CNN "people seem to leave employment for a myriad of reasons. The Minneapolis Police Department is no exception." Now, this comes as the department is facing pressure here within the state as well as nationwide to change its practices. They are under a state human rights investigation.

There are also growing calls to defund and even abolish the Minneapolis Police Department. The city council is taking the first step in that direction on Friday, launching a year-long process to liaise with the local community to look into options that would be an alternative to policing.

We are also hearing from police officers themselves for the first time since the killing of George Floyd. Last week, an open letter signed by 14 Minneapolis police sergeants and lieutenants condemned the killing and also accused Derek Chauvin of failing as a human "by stripping Floyd of his dignity and humanity." They wrote, this is not who we are. One source is telling CNN internally, this sends a strong message.

Lucy Kafanov, CNN, Minneapolis.


ALLEN: Of course, this isn't just confined to the U.S. We've seen similar protests spring up around the world. In London, this weekend, we saw Black Lives Matter protests, counter-protests, and some really ugly scenes. Our Salma Abdelazis has been covering this all weekend. She joins me now live. Good morning to you, Salma.

SALMA ABDELAZIZ, CNN PRODUCER: Good morning, Natalie. I just want to start by explaining to you where we are today. We are just out Waterloo station and this is the scene of those cautious over the weekend. There were right-wing demonstrators here facing off with supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement.


ABDELAZIS: And Black Lives Matter actually cancelled the demonstration over the weekend. But Patrick Hutchinson says he knew that some young people would come out anyways, and he wanted to act as a peacekeeper. Take a listen to our interview.


ABDELAZIS (on camera): Is this you in the photograph?


ABDELAZIS (on camera): Can you describe to me what's happening in this picture?

HUTCHINSON: My friends and I are caught around this man. He was on the stairs, lying in the fetal position. You know, anything was about to happen to him. The first time I saw him was when I saw (INAUDIBLE) picked him up.

ABDELAZIS (on camera): And you could've looked at this man and thought, he is my enemy. Why did you choose to help him?

HUTCHINSON: There was a particular thought I had. You know, you have to show some sort of, you know, love for your fellowman, OK, regardless because -- I was saying that if the other three officers that were present when George Floyd was unfortunately murdered, if they -- just one of them had stepped in and stopped, you know, their fellow officer from doing what he did, he'd be alive today.

ABDELAZIS (on camera): And you put him on your shoulder, you carried him over to the police, then what happens?

HUTCHINSON: I am carrying him. My friends are surrounding me, protecting myself and the man on my shoulder. He was, you know, still sort of receiving blows. You could feel people trying to hit him. I carried him over to the police and I said here you are. One of the police officers said, thank you, you did a good thing there.

ABDELAZIS (on camera): What do you want people to take away when they look at that picture?

HUTCHINSON: I think hopefully they'll take away breaking down the race barriers and realize and see that we are all one people, that we are all one race.


ABDELAZIS: And this is what is so amazing about the Black Lives Matter movement, Natalie, is there is not one group. There's not one address, one leader. It is really about how you interpret the idea behind it. And Patrick Hutchinson, who had never attended any of the demonstrations, interpreted that idea as one of keeping peace during these clashes.

He came out, he helped this man, who he says he had no idea who he was, still doesn't know who he is, but he hopes that if he sees this picture, it might make him think differently, might make him see people more equally, and might make him reconsider any prejudices that he holds. Natalie?

ALLEN: Yeah, maybe we'll hear from him, as well. Good thing that Patrick showed up at the rally. And that picture, that will stay with a lot of people for a long time, as it should. Salma Abdelaziz. Thank you so much, Salma.

Here's another story that we are following, this development happened just a few hours ago, a court in the Philippines has found journalist Maria Ressa guilty of cyber libel. Maria Ressa is a former CNN bureau chief and the founder and CEO of the news site Rappler, which has produced extensive coverage of President Rodrigo Duterte and his deadly war on drugs.

Her case hinged on a story written in 2012, which had linked a businessman to illegal drugs and human trafficking. Press freedom groups say the charges against Ressa are a politically-motivated prosecution by the Duterte government.

My colleague Michael Holmes spoke with Ressa shortly after the verdict. She says the outcome won't affect her organization, Rappler's coverage.


MARIA RESSA, FOUNDER AND CEO OF RAPPLER, PHILIPPINE JOURNALIST FOUND GUILTY OF CYBER LIBEL: When power, great power tries to hang a Damocles sword over your head, if you allow it to affect you, they succeed, because you are not doing the kind of journalism, the investigative journalism we should be doing.

So what we have learned at Rappler is, we swat it away and we keep our eye on the ball. It makes me wonder and worry, what is the government afraid of? Why are they afraid of journalists? Why must they always make me feel their power? I think I'm a nice person. I ask very respectfully. Our reporters are very respectful. I think they just don't like questions. We need to get back to this idea of checks and balances.


ALLEN: Maria Ressa says she does plan to appeal the verdict. We will keep you posted on that. The U.S. treasury secretary faces criticism for refusing to disclose businesses that received coronavirus bailout funds. Why is he holding back? We'll have that story next.




ALLEN: As a third week of protests against police brutality gets underway in the United States, it's important to remember that it's happening against the backdrop of a pandemic, leaving the White House to juggle two different crises. CNN's John Harwood has more.


JOHN HARWOOD, CNN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: President Trump begins the week with no sign that he is leaving the country any closure of resolving the two major challenges he faces right now. One is broad protests for racial justice and police reform, and the second is stopping the coronavirus pandemic.

On police reform, the president continues to label peaceful protesters in American cities is Antifa militants. He has rejected calls to rename military bases, that now on our confederate generals, even though his military has suggested that they have some interest in having that conversation.

The president has also equivocated on police reform measures like banning chokeholds. Now, negotiations are expected to intensify this week with Democrats once Senate Republicans released their proposals.

On the coronavirus, the president has stopped trying to provide leadership altogether. Over the weekend, he criticized Democratic mayors and governors for lockdowns that they instituted to try and suppress the virus.

He has scheduled a major rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the end of the week, where participants will be asked to promise not to sue if they get sick, but not required to wear masks. Of course, President Trump does not wear a mask himself.

The effect of all of this has been to isolate the president politically. He is trailing Joe Biden nationally, trailing him in the significant battleground states. The president is defiant about that fact. He tweeted Sunday evening, "The silent majority is stronger than ever."

The president's problem is that he doesn't, the polls show, anything close to a majority right now.

John Harwood, CNN, the White House.


ALLEN: Global stocks could be heading for another volatile week. U.S. stock futures are down as investor concerns increase over the possibility of a second wave of COVID-19 cases. Several U.S. states that reopened weeks ago are reporting a rising number of infections and hospitalizations.


ALLEN: In the meantime, the White House is considering a fourth stimulus package that will be at least $2 trillion, if not more. CNN's John Defterios is with me now from Abu Dhabi on the story. It is always good to see you, John. You know, markets are down again.


ALLEN: What is going on Wall Street, and for that matter, in global markets?

DEFTERIOS: Well, it's all about the snapback, Natalie, and concerns of what this means as the big unknowns in the second half of 2020, and even spilling into 2021, as well. And we are talking about the number one and number two economies, the United States and China. We saw those cases emerge in Beijing, which created some alarm, and we know about the cases in the United States, well above two million.

Let us take a look at the Asian markets and you'll see exactly what I'm talking about. We can have the viewers start at the lower right hand corner, go counterclockwise, one percent, two percent, better than three percent, and over four percent in South Korea.

We had China's industrial production figures in the positive, but they were lower than expectations. Retail sales again were in improvement, but, again, below the bar of what investors were looking for. Then, they saw the snapback cases reported, which created that alarm.

Let's take a look at the Dow futures and those of the NASDAQ and the S&P 500, were off the lows in the last 45 minutes of trade here, improvement of nearly one percent. But again, we are looking at losses of two, two and a half, perhaps even three percent by the time of the opening bell.

And I think there is a realization, Natalie, that we've had 44 million people in the United States filed for jobless claims here. That is a quarter of the working population. We are not clear, because of the snapback, how many of those Americans will be rehired.

There is always this assumption it would go straight up and have this recovery as we open. Now, that is being brought into question. There is no longer disconnection between Wall Street and Main Street, if you will.

ALLEN: Initially, John, the White House was against further stimulus for the economy. Now, it changed its tune. Why is that?

DEFTERIOS: I'll tell you, did they change? That was a huge (INAUDIBLE) month. Right, Natalie?

ALLEN: Yeah.

DEFTERIOS: He went from a case of zero for additional stimulus and now we are seeing better than $2 trillion. This was released by Peter Navarro, the trade adviser to the White House, who has a protectionist tinge. This has a lot to do with ensuring that America -- trying to bring American companies back from overseas where there were low cost producers in the past, and say we will give you a payroll tax cut as an incentive to do so.

This is at odds with Larry Kudlow, who suggested on our program State of the Union with Jake Tapper that the economy is on the mend and small businesses doing just fine. He raises the question, why do you need another stimulus? Let's take a listen to Kudlow.


LARRY KUDLOW, WHITE HOUSE ECONOMIC ADVISER: You've got new business applications skyrocketing. And by the way, small businesses are now about 80 percent reopening. So this is all positive news coming off of the pandemic. We are in the recovery stage.


DEFTERIOS: Which raises the question, if the White House is suggesting a stimulus, investors are asking, what are seeing in the second half of the year that we don't see, which actually has created this fervor in the market at the same time.

That number, better than $2 trillion, is two times the level that Trump ally Mitch McConnell in the U.S. Senate was suggesting most recently. It might be quite a battle here for the White House to push this through, especially with the tax cut from corporations.

ALLEN: All right. We always appreciate you. Thanks so much. John Defterios for us in Abu Dhabi.

DEFTERIOS: Thanks, Natalie.

ALLEN: In some E.U. countries, cross-border travel is back after weeks of restrictions over the pandemic. That plus changes in England to tell you about. We will have live reports coming up.




ALLEN: Some E.U. countries are reopening their borders today after weeks of coronavirus-related travel restrictions. Germany has lifted border controls with its neighbors. Greece and France have followed suit. Spain wants to wait another week. It says it will reopen its borders to E.U. travellers except Portugal on June 21st.

After 82 days, retail shops in England are now allowed to reopen. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is making that announcement on Sunday. He reminded shops to meet all guidelines to keep everyone safe. Other parts of the U.K., however, are still keeping only essential stores open.

CNN's Anna Stewart is at the heart of London's shopping district on Oxford Street, and she joins me now. Good morning to you, Anna.

ANNA STEWART, CNN REPORTER: Good morning, Natalie. Yes, it's been nearly three months since the stores that sell things like books and fashion, nonessential retail stores were forced to shut. And today, they can reopen here in England. But the shopping experience, like much of the world, will feel really very different.

You have to queue outside shops to limit how many people are inside. There will be one-way systems around those shops. For fashion, the changing rooms will be shut, so you won't get to try clothes on. There will be barriers at check out. There will be sanitizing station. You name it.

And the worry is, of course, that none of these procedures will do much to boost consumer appetite. Will people be coming out in droves? That's what these retailers really want and need. And the wider economy, the retail sector employs the most out of any sector in the U.K. As we know from last week, the economy in the U.K. actually shrank by nearly a quarter in just two months, which is a really alarming figure.

It's likely to be a fairly slow start, I think to the retail experience today, despite the government really wanting to see people out with the cash and spending. One statistic actually from the official body here shows that only 37 percent of adults in the U.K. actually feel safe to leave their homes.


STEWART: If we take that into account, the idea that people will be out here buying clothes and brooks, well, I don't think they will be coming out in the thousands at all. So we the shops haven't opened yet, but we will be looking forward to speaking to people who have come out, see what they make the whole new experience. Natalie?

ALLEN: Yeah, absolutely, and how they deal with the restrictions, as well. What about restaurants and bars, Anna? When will they reopen?

STEWART: Yes. This is an interesting one. Those aren't expected to reopen until next month, nor hairdressers, which is what I probably miss the most. There is a very interesting thing going on though with the government. Currently, the regulations say that you should try and keep two meters distance wherever you go, but particularly within businesses now, particularly the restaurants, the bars, the cafes. That is going to be incredibly difficult.

And lots of hospitality sector has said that they simply won't be able to reopen if two meters is the distance to be kept. The government is now looking at potentially reducing that, speaking to scientists. We are expecting them to make a decision on that in the coming weeks. And that will be a big boost, I think, to hospitality sector, which is very, very worried about how they can reopen in the coming weeks. Natalie?

ALLEN: Absolutely. Thank you, Anna. And you are having a good hair day. Don't worry about.


ALLEN: Take care.

STEWART: Thanks.

ALLEN: Thank you so much for watching. I'm Natalie Allen in Atlanta. I want to invite you to follow me on Instagram or Twitter and to please stay with me for another hour of "CNN Newsroom."



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