Trump had initially planned a campaign rally in Tulsa on Friday but later rescheduled to Saturday after learning about the significance of the holiday.
“The president said he was coming on June 19,” Sharpton said to boos from the audience, which were watching in the rain, and slammed the president for admitting he did not know about Juneteenth.
Trump issued a statement Friday honoring the "indomitable spirit of African Americans" as the nation celebrates Juneteenth, which commemorates the ending of slavery.
Juneteenth is a state or ceremonial holiday in 47 states and Washington, D.C., and is being marked by peaceful demonstrations, rallies and celebrations. This year, it is playing out against a backdrop of nationwide protests, marches and legal action following the death of George Floyd during an arrest by a white police officer in Minneapolis last month.
A closer look at some recent developments:
Breonna Taylor's death: Louisville police is firing officer Brett Hankison, one of three officers to fire weapons at her apartment. Taylor was shot eight times and died.
Rayshard Brooks' funeral will be held Tuesday at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. Thursday, police officers called out sick to protest the firing of Garrett Rolfe, the officer who shot him.
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Records show discipline history of ex-Atlanta officer who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks
Atlanta Police Department records list 12 incidents in former officer Garrett Rolfe's discipline history, including a written reprimand for use of firearms in 2017.
Rolfe has been charged with multiple counts, including felony murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, in connection with the death of Rayshard Brooks. Rolfe was previously cleared of wrongdoing in a 2015 shooting that punctured a man's lung, The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.
Police records generated June 14 date to 2014 and list multiple vehicle accidents and citizen complaints. In many cases, Rolfe was listed as exonerated in his conduct.
In a 2017 incident, Rolfe was reprimanded for pointing a gun out of a passenger side widow toward a fleeing vehicle. The reprimand says officers were not to point their weapon at a person "unless the discharge of that firearm would be justifiable."
The latest entry in the log is for a firearm discharge, dated soon after Brooks' death.
– Joel Shannon
Rev. Sharpton slams Trump at Tulsa Juneteenth celebration
About a mile from the arena where President Trump will hold a Saturday rally, the Reverend Al Sharpton spoke to a field filled with people on the campus of Oklahoma State University - Tulsa, near where the city's infamous 1921 race massacre took place.
Sharpton, one of several speakers for this year’s Juneteenth celebration in Tulsa, said “they tell their children that Lincoln freed the slaves. The fact is the slaves freed Lincoln.” He also rejected claims that protesters for the Black Lives Matter movement were violent.
“We are not violent, we're fighting violence,” he said to the crowd.
Sharpton said Juneteenth needed to be a federal holiday, because “it's the first date this country stepped toward living up to the model that announced that all men were created equal.”
Several lawmakers have introduced legislation to make the day a holiday.
Louisville police to fire officer involved in Breonna Taylor shooting
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced Friday that Louisville Metro Police is terminating officer Brett Hankison, one of three officers who fired weapons at Breonna Taylor's apartment, killing her.
Taylor was shot March 13 as the officers entered to serve a no-knock warrant. Her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired a shot as officers entered, thinking they were intruders, and Taylor was hit eight times in the ensuing gunfire from officers.
Hankison is accused by the department's interim chief, Robert Schroeder, of "blindly" firing 10 rounds into the apartment, creating a substantial danger of death and serious injury.
"I find your conduct a shock to the conscience," Schroeder wrote in a Friday letter to Hankison laying out the charges against him. "I am alarmed and stunned you used deadly force in this fashion."
Sam Aguiar, a Louisville-based attorney for Taylor's family, said of the impending firing: "It's about damn time."
The other two officers have been placed on administrative reassignment.
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron has not indicated when his office will conclude its probe into the case.
– Maureen Groppe and Tim Willert
Trump warns 'protesters, anarchists, agitators' to stay away from Tulsa; mayor lifts emergency curfew
While President Donald Trump warned "protesters, anarchists, agitators, looters or lowlifes" Friday not to come to Oklahoma during his weekend campaign rally in Tulsa, the mayor of the city lifted a "civil emergency" curfew saying the Secret Service said it was no longer necessary.
The president, who has charged that some cities and states led by Democrats have not cracked down on protest violence, tweeted that demonstrators headed for Oklahoma will find "a much different scene!." He did not elaborate.
Tulsa Mayor G. T. Bynum had declared a "civil emergency" and imposed the curfew, citing expected crowds of more than 100,000, planned protests and civil unrest, including a warning of organized, violent gangs heading for the city. Trump, however, announced the lifting of the curfew on Twitter.
Meanwhile, another potential rally stumbling block fell Friday after the Oklahoma Supreme Court denied a request for a temporary injunction to block the event over health concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic.
– John Fritze, David Jackson and Nicholas Wu
Man charged with arson in Minneapolis police station fire returning to Minnesota
A Minnesota man arrested in Colorado on suspicion of setting some of the fires that destroyed a Minneapolis police station during protests over the death of George Floyd is returning to his home state to face prosecution.
Dylan Shakespeare Robinson, 22, waived his right to have procedural hearings in Denver federal court Friday. He will be able to instead fight his detention in Minnesota federal court, where he is charged with aiding and abetting of arson.
Robinson was arrested Sunday in the ski resort community of Breckenridge after being initially tracked to Denver.
Crane swoops away 112-year-old Confederate monument in Georgia
Hundreds gathered and watched a crane remove a stone obelisk in Decatur, Georgia, on the eve of Juneteenth amid jeers and chants of “Just drop it!”
The monument in the Atlanta suburb was among those around the country that became flashpoints for protests over police brutality and racial injustice in recent weeks following the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis. The monument to the Lost Cause that was erected by the United Daughters of the Confederacy was often vandalized and marked by graffiti.
Senators plan to introduce bill to designate Juneteenth as national holiday
Sen. Kamala Harris announced Thursday that a group of Senate Democrats will introduce a bill that declares Juneteenth a national holiday.
“Together with my colleagues Cory Booker, Tina Smith, and Ed Markey, we are proposing that Juneteenth be a national holiday. And we are dropping that bill saying that Juneteenth should be a national holiday," Harris told MSNBC's Joy Reid.
Harris' announcement comes after Sen. John Cornyn said Thursday he would introduce similar legislation. "Texans have celebrated this end to slavery for 155 years. It's an opportunity to reflect on how far we've come and a reminder of how far we still have to go," Cornyn said on Twitter.
Pennsylvania cop fired for 'derogatory' email about Black people, journalists and politicians
A longtime Pennsylvania police officer was fired Thursday after sending a "racist and derogatory" email to the mayor and local news reporters.
Erie Mayor Joe Schember announced the firing of 62-year-old Sgt. Jeff Annunziata at a press conference, alongside Police Chief Dan Spizarny. In his email, Annunziata said Black people seeking social justice “cannot take care of their own or anyone else without playing the race card.” He also defended his profession and criticized journalists.
“Sgt. Jeff Annunziata sent an email to members of the media containing racist and derogatory statements,” Schember said. “I condemn these statements. I am appalled and disgusted by the racial insensitivity of this email.”
– Kevin Flowers and Madeleine O’Neill, Erie (Pa.) Times-News
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Rayshard Brooks' funeral scheduled for Tuesday; won't be open to public
Rayshard Brooks' funeral will take place Tuesday at Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church and won't be open to the public or media, the law firm representing his family said. The service will be livestreamed.
There will be a viewing at the same church the day before, scheduled for 3-7 p.m. and open to the public but with no cameras allowed. Organizers said masks will be required and social distance guidelines will be followed at both events.
Portraits of House Speakers who served in Confederacy removed
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered the removal of four portraits in the U.S. Capitol of former Speakers of the House who served in the Confederacy, a symbolic gesture to honor Juneteenth on Friday as the country continues to protest over systemic racism and police brutality.
Pelosi, at her weekly news conference, said she wrote a letter to House Clerk Cheryl Johnson requesting the removal of portraits of the four former House Speakers, who all served in the 1880s, because "there's no room in the hallowed halls of this democracy, this temple of democracy to memorialize people who embody violent bigotry and grotesque racism of the Confederacy."
She said the removal would be happening Friday, which would mark the Juneteenth holiday, but instead the large portraits were taken down Thursday afternoon, just hours after Pelosi sent her letter to Johnson.
– Christal Hayes
Contributing: The Associated Press
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Ex-Atlanta cop discipline files; Breonna Taylor officer fired: Updates