Washington State House Democrats


Tuesday, June 2

Protests over police treatment of black people have sparked concerns over the possible spread of COVID-19. Here, a protestor marches with a cloth mask stating

Protests Over Racism Versus Risk Of COVID: ‘I Wouldn’t Weigh These Crises Separately’
Mass protests that have erupted over police brutality toward black people in America are raising concerns about the risk of spreading the coronavirus. But some health experts, even as they urge caution, say they support the demonstrations — because racism itself also poses a dire health threat. Continue reading at KUOW. (Getty Images)

SWAT officers scatter protesters from Fourth Avenue downtown on Saturday. The protests were sparked by the killing of George Floyd, a Black man who died after being pinned to the ground by the knee of a Minneapolis police officer for several minutes. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

George Floyd protests spotlight need for police reform, even in times of coronavirus
If the events of the past week have taught us anything, it’s that now is not the time to take our foot off the gas of police accountability. The devastating death of George Floyd, a Black man who died after being pinned beneath the knee of a white Minneapolis police officer, has sparked widespread protests nationwide, including fiery confrontations between protesters and police in Seattle on Saturday night. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Dean Rutz)

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee puts on his face mask after speaking to the media, Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in Tumwater, Wash., about the state’s effort at contact tracing amid the coronavirus pandemic. THE SEATTLE TIMES VIA AP, POOL STEVE RINGMAN

“We can’t allow violence to hijack peaceful protest,” Gov. Inslee says
Those who have committed violent acts during the demonstrations in Seattle and other cities “need to be criminally prosecuted as appropriate and they will be,” the governor said at a press conference. “We will not allow that to obscure the justice of the underlying protest; the peaceful protesters’ efforts to challenge all of us to raise our eyes on the prize to have a more just society.” Continue reading at The Bellingham Herald. (Steve Ringman)


Associated Press
Trump threatens military force against protesters nationwide
Mostly peaceful Seattle protests turn violent at night
Officials to screen all detainees at immigration jail
Medical examiner: Floyd’s heart stopped while restrained
Seattle under another curfew; National Guard deployed
Seattle-based fishing trawler docks with 86 coronavirus cases
Officials to screen all detainees at immigration jail
Fishing trawler in Washington state has 86 coronavirus cases
US heads into a new week shaken by violence and pandemic
Brooms in hand, people patch up stores damaged in protests
Inslee activates National Guard following Floyd protests
King County seeks further easing of COVID-19 restrictions
Democratic governors reject Trump’s call to send in military
Inslee slams Trump, Seattle George Floyd protests continue
April construction spending falls 2.9% as virus upends work

Auburn Reporter
Looting hits Auburn mall and nearby stores; mayor imposes 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew
Looters break into 26 Tukwila businesses Sunday night; 9 arrests made

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Inslee to extend moratorium on COVID-19 evictions
Basic Food emergency supplement benefits due to coronavirus extended through June
‘We were really disappointed’ — changes delay Whatcom from filing for Phase 2 Monday
Whatcom surpasses 400 total coronavirus cases Monday, reduces death total by 3
Whatcom guide to gathering when it’s OK: From bring-your-own food to staying outside
Here’s what Whatcom leaders, police are saying about racial injustice
Fieldwork to resume on Ecology’s Bellingham waterfront cleanup project
“We can’t allow violence to hijack peaceful protest,” Gov. Inslee says
North Cascades National Park increasing access for day use starting Friday
Seattle cop seen on video kneeling on man’s neck during arrest at Floyd protest
Health department announces Whatcom processing facility sees active COVID-19 outbreak
Coronavirus updates: Inslee issues guidance for higher education, workforce training
Washington state reports 275 new COVID-19 cases and 6 deaths Monday
Are kids falling behind in school due to pandemic? Most WA parents think so, poll says
Watch: Gov. Jay Inslee spoke Monday to address demonstrations in Washington state
‘Let’s start a riot.’ Illinois man accused of bringing homemade bombs to protests
Trump says he could use US military in George Floyd protests. What does the law say?
Trump threatens to mobilize military to suppress violent protests over George Floyd
Pepper balls and tear gas: Here’s how police crowd-control measures affect the body
Americans now less worried about catching coronavirus at doctor offices, poll says

Capital Press
USDA makes deal to settle suit over killing mammals in Washington

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Snohomish County submits application for Phase Two clearance
Inslee embraces peaceful demonstrators, condemns looters
Fear of destruction brings curfews, closures and police
Viewpoints: Why we need rule breakers as much as followers
Bloomberg: Commentary: Women, black leaders filled void left by Trump

Federal Way Mirror
Federal Way raises pride flag for first time in city history (Wilson)
Multiple Federal Way stores hit by looters
Islands’ Weekly
How to reduce your waste impact during COVID-19 times

Issaquah Reporter
Issaquah orders 8 p.m. curfew for June 1-3
Bellevue businesses see damage, looting amid George Floyd protests

Journal of the San Juan Islands
A look at COVID-19 contact tracing
Black Lives Matter protest in Friday Harbor, June 5
Prepare for the annual playwrights festival
Letter to the community from the superintendent

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Inexperienced, dubious companies among many aiming to cash in on coronavirus antibody tests
The man behind the Manette mural of George Floyd: list of black men killed ‘hits very hard’
Hundreds protest against police brutality in march from Wright Park to Tacoma’s North End

News Tribune (subscription required)
Police officers and a wall of dumpsters stand between Tacoma Mall and looters
Downtown Tacoma businesses looted by small group at end of peaceful protest
Pierce County Council approves Phase 2 application; Dammeier’s signature all that’s needed
Coronavirus updates: Inslee issues Safe Start proclamation for re-opening Washington
UW athletic director Jennifer Cohen listening to student-athletes in wake of George Floyd’s death
Tacoma businesses, services close early as people gather to protest killing of George Floyd
Seahawks’ Bobby Wagner was at downtown Seattle protest Saturday. What he saw. What he asks

New York Times
The Military’s Newest Target: Protesters
Lawmakers Begin Bipartisan Push to Cut Off Police Access to Military-Style Gear
How Minneapolis, One of America’s Most Liberal Cities, Struggles With Racism
As Virus Toll Preoccupies U.S., Rivals Test Limits of American Power
As Trump Calls Protesters ‘Terrorists,’ Tear Gas Clears a Path for His Walk to a Church
E.P.A. Limits States’ Power to Oppose Pipelines and Other Energy Projects

Olympian (subscription required)
Protests in Olympia extend into third evening, as two demonstrations merge
1 new case increases Thurston County COVID-19 total to 155
Washington state reports 275 new COVID-19 cases and 6 deaths Monday
Basic Food emergency supplement benefits due to coronavirus extended through June
Inslee to extend moratorium on COVID-19 evictions
Olympia residents clean up debris from Sunday night protest
Sunday night protest in downtown Olympia results in 13 misdemeanor and felony arrests
Seahawks Bobby Wagner, black Americans see this as an opportunity. Are whites listening?

Peninsula Daily News
City Council to consider supporting Snake River dam removal
Peninsula businesses start to open doors
Quilt club makes over 4,500 face masks for health workers

Puget Sound Business Journal
Black workers face new economic risks
US retailers step up security as looting continues
States warn that virus may doom climate projects
Aerospace job fair comes against the backdrop of industry turmoil — and that’s the point
Boeing’s jilted regional jet partner reports sales drop, but there’s reason for optimism
Sources: Boeing wins 747 freighter deal, in talks to sell more jumbos

Renton Reporter
Some Renton businesses see property damage amid looting reports Sunday
Looters break into 26 Tukwila businesses Sunday night; 9 arrests made

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Coronavirus daily news updates, June 2: What to know today about COVID-19 in the Seattle area, Washington state and the world
George Floyd protests continue in Seattle area; one turns chaotic on Capitol Hill
Inslee rebukes Trump for calling governors ‘weak’ over George Floyd protests
George Floyd protests spotlight need for police reform, even in times of coronavirus
Coronavirus has closed courthouses, stopped trials. How does Washington’s justice system come back?
Which phase is your county in? And what can you do under the modified Phase 1 of Washington’s reopening?
West Seattle Bridge is a surprise crisis, but plenty of other aging Seattle bridges are also vulnerable

Seattle Weekly
New guidelines for Phase 2 reopenings in King County

Skagit Valley Herald
County considers budget cuts in wake of COVID-19
County must re-apply to enter Phase 2

Snoqualmie Valley Record
Rates of COVID-19 lower in the Valley
Bellevue businesses see damage, looting amid George Floyd protests

Spokesman Review
Spokane sheriff, police chief blame Sunday’s violence on outside agitators
Coming back from stay-home restrictions, downtown businesses work to recover from riot impact

Tri-City Herald
2020 Water Follies hydro races postponed for first time in 54 years
2 more COVID deaths in Tri-Cities. Fewer total deaths in May
700 food boxes to be given away June 3 in Kennewick
Demonstrators rally in Pasco for racial justice

USA Today
‘A national disgrace’: 40,600 deaths tied to U.S. nursing homes
Your next stimulus check could be higher, if the HEROES Act gets signed as House Democrats want
US coronavirus map: Tracking the outbreak

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Increased COVID testing at nursing homes is smart move
Columbia County applies for Phase 3
Walla Walla County preps for mid-June move to Phase 3
COVID-19 numbers still going up in Umatilla, Walla Walla counties
How Democratic Party fundraiser and former ambassador Suzi LeVine came to run embattled state unemployment system (Keiser)

Washington Post
As nation convulses with fiery protests, leaders struggle to address deep racial despair
Trump, Congress face huge economic decisions over aid as country is rocked by protests
Trump threatens military action to quell protests, and the law would let him do it
The central feature of Trump’s presidency: False claims and disinformation
Election officials contradict Barr’s assertion that counterfeit mail ballots produced by a foreign country are a ‘real’ worry

Yakima Herald Republic
“Don’t shoot! Justice now!” Yakima marchers protest the death of George Floyd.
Health officer: Yakima County will need to wait on Phase 1.5, too, until metrics improve
Opinion: Surrounded by tech know-how, how did the state get scammed?


Experts concerned coronavirus cases could rise with Seattle protests
Tacoma businesses looted by overnight vandals
Seattle police deem protests in Capitol Hill a ‘riot’ Monday night
Coronavirus updates: Snohomish County officially applies for Phase 2 of reopening
Some governors reject President Trump’s call to send in military on protesters
Seattle pediatrician has concerns about schools not reopening in the fall
City of Kirkland urged shops to close prior to peaceful demonstration

Seattle police declare Capitol Hill protest a ‘riot’
Seattle PD, FBI ask public for photos, video to help find suspects wanted for looting, vandalism
‘We cannot allow violence to hijack peaceful protest,’ Gov. Inslee says
Bellevue police chief says looters are part of organized crime ring
Seattle officers take a knee to show solidarity with protesters
Peaceful protest held in Olympia Monday on heels of violent night
Seattle city council members criticize police response to protests
Prayer vigil follows unrest in Seattle

Tear gas fired as hours of peaceful demonstrations turns raucous again in Seattle
Hundreds rally in downtown Seattle during peaceful interfaith vigil
Statewide COVID-19 death toll increases by 6 amid weekend protests
Police seize firearms, make arrests during Portland protests
Gov. Inslee says Trump aims to ‘fan the flames of division’
Seattle Police ask for videos, photos to investigate destruction, violence during protests
King County to apply to move to next phase as it seeks to allow businesses to reopen
Curfews in effect in Seattle, Renton as George Floyd protests continue
SPD: 57 arrests during Saturday’s riots in Seattle

PHOTOS: Hundreds gather in Tacoma to protest police brutality
LISTEN: Black church leaders gather in Tacoma to pray amid nationwide unrest
LISTEN: Tacoma mayor reflects on police violence, numbness plaguing her city
Volunteers, Seattle workers gather to clean up vandalism in city’s International District
All-electric commuter plane begins flight testing in Moses Lake
COVID-19 hit these Tacoma homeless shelters early on. Then the outbreaks stopped.

Updates on demonstrations in Seattle and Western Washington
News and updates on the Covid-19 pandemic in Washington state
Park Police Tear Gas Peaceful Protesters To Clear Way For Trump Church Photo-Op
‘He Did Not Pray’: Fallout Grows From Trump’s Photo-Op At St. John’s Church
An amazing feeling of solidarity, then the flashbangs
Nearly 26,000 Nursing Home Residents Have Died From COVID-19, Federal Data Show
What Is The Insurrection Act That Trump Is Threatening To Invoke?
White House Coronavirus Testing Czar To Stand Down
‘None Of This Is True’: Protests Become Fertile Ground for Online Disinformation
George Floyd Independent Autopsy: Homicide By Asphyxia
Protests Over Racism Versus Risk Of COVID: ‘I Wouldn’t Weigh These Crises Separately
Trump Weighing Options On Protest Response, White House Official Says
Attorney General Steps Up Federal Law Enforcement Response To Protests

Q13 TV (Fox)
Seattle protest declared a riot hours after curfew begins
12,000 complaints filed against Seattle Police officers after weekend protests, riots
Democratic governors reject Trump’s call to send in military
Tacoma youth host peaceful protest in response to George Floyd’s death
SPD: 57 arrests, ‘hundreds’ of buildings damaged during weekend’s riots
Seattle cop removes fellow officer’s knee from neck of man detained during riots, video shows
Peaceful protests in Seattle as widespread looting happens in Bellevue, Tukwila, Renton
People grab rifles and board up to protect Kirkland businesses from looters
George Floyd Protesters in Renton leave feeling empowered
Inslee: President Trump ‘incapable of governing’
Businesses, government buildings close across Puget Sound region ahead of more planned protests


Lack of behavioral health care in WA forces families apart
Debate over policing in Seattle continues after years of federal oversight
Opinion: Tribal nations in WA helped prove police accountability is possible

Police Pepper Spray Protesters Over Pink Umbrella, Escalating Fourth Day of Police Brutality Protests
Inslee Addresses Police Brutality Protests as Fourth Day of Uprising Commences
SPD Officer Jared Campbell Was Not Deploying Pepper Spray
Seattle Police Still Using the Knee-on-Neck Hold, Proven Deadly in the George Floyd Case
How to Protect Yourself From Tear Gas
Seattle City Council Members Respond to Weekend’s Demonstrations
Joe Biden Vows to Create Federal Police Oversight and Fight Racism