U//FOUO Info on Civil Unrest

Critical Infrastructure Partners,

For your situational awareness, please see the attached DHS Intelligence Notes and Situation Report on the ongoing civil unrest across the country, as well as the below Media Summary of emergency response actions in various states and cities.

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  • U//FOUO Civil Disturbances - Situation Report - United States - 06-02-20 (Update 06)


Overview: The President of the United States announced Monday in a Rose Garden statement that he is mobilizing all available federal resources, civilian and military, to end "the violence and restore security and safety in America.” The president said his measures would be effective “immediately” and said he has “strongly recommended” to every governor to deploy the National Guard in “sufficient numbers that we dominate the streets.” The president said mayors and governors must establish an “overwhelming law enforcement presence until the violence has been quelled.” If the city or state refuses to take the actions, the president said he would deploy the U.S. military.

As of Monday, 26 states across the country, and Washington, D.C. have activated their National Guard to respond to disturbances. According to a National Guard official, over 17,000 National Guard members are responding to civil disturbances in support of local authorities. There have been around 4,000 people arrested across the United States since disturbances began on Tuesday, according to a tally by CNN as of Monday morning.

Media reports indicated on Monday that neo-Nazi, and other paramilitary far-right groups, are calling for terror attacks during the ongoing unrest throughout the United States. A series of Telegram accounts linked to a wider network of paramilitary far-right extremists, have indicated that ongoing disturbances are spreading America’s police forces thin, making this the ideal time to strike with a strategic attack. One account, with thousands of followers and links to several neo-Nazi terror groups like The Base and the Nordic Resistance Movement, called for attacks on critical infrastructure.

For the first time in 25 years, the entire Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) system and all of its facilities are under a complete lockdown. The lockdown was prompted by large gatherings and rioting across the United States. The bureau had already been operating under what it calls “an enhanced modified operational model,” or a modified lockdown, to promote social distancing and mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. However, the BOP says it implemented an additional, temporary security measure that results in a complete lockdown of all inmates to ensure the safety and security of both staff and inmates.

A Twitter account that posted a call to violence and claimed to represent the position of “Antifa” was reportedly created by a known white supremacist group, Twitter said Monday. Twitter removed the account for violating its policies by inciting violence and creating a fake account . Although the account only had a few hundred followers, it is an example of white supremacists seeking to inflame tensions in the United States.

Alabama: The Alabama governor’s office announced Monday that it has given authorization to officials with the Alabama National Guard to activate up to 1,000 guardsmen, should the need arise in response to the unrest. However, no National Guard personnel have been deployed yet.

A state of emergency was declared in the city of Birmingham and a 7 p.m. local time Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday curfew has been issued, the mayor’s office announced Monday. Large crowds caused damage in many locations in Birmingham Sunday evening, including to the Alabama Power building.

California: The California Department of Human Resources sent a directive to close all California state buildings “with offices in downtown city areas” on Monday.

About 500 California National Guard troops began arriving in Sacramento on Monday. In Sacramento, city officials said the National Guard troops will help protect key infrastructure, while Sacramento police officers respond to any reports of violence and destruction of property. A citywide curfew will be in effect from 8 p.m. local time to 5 a.m.

Danville declared a state of emergency due to civil unrest. A curfew will be in effect from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. and will remain in effect until further notice.

In Santa Clara, officials declared a local state of emergency Monday and implemented a curfew that will be in effect from 8:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. until further notice.

Los Angeles County and several other southern California cities declared sweeping curfews for their residents on Monday. The curfew for Los Angeles County went effect on 6 p.m. Monday and will last through 6 a.m. Tuesday, with the possibility to extend it, according to a signed ordinance from county officials. The Los Angeles city mayor’s office extended a previous curfew, which will be in effect for the same period as the county. Beverly Hills extended both of its curfews after looters targeted the city over the weekend. Residents in Culver City were placed under a curfew, in effect from 4 p.m. Monday through 5:30 a.m. Tuesday. Officials in Riverside implemented a citywide curfew that takes effect 7 p.m. on Monday and lasts through 6 a.m. Tuesday morning. Long Beach issued a curfew for Monday.

Several cities across the San Francisco Bay Area have imposed curfews. Walnut Creek enacted a curfew, which began at 6 p.m. Sunday. Santa Rosa issued citywide curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. for the next three nights, beginning Monday and ending Thursday morning. In Fremont, residents must remain inside their homes from the hours of 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through June 8.

Hayward, San Leandro, and Union City instituted curfews as the ongoing unrest spawned a police shooting of a looting suspect in Hayward, and the ransacking of the Bayfair Center in San Leandro. Hayward imposed a curfew from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. until June 8. San Leandro’s curfew is in effect from 6 p.m. until 5 a.m. until June 8

The Alameda County Sheriff’s Department issued a curfew order for the entire county beginning at 8 p.m. on Monday.

Lemon Grove imposed a citywide curfew, effective from 7 p.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Adelanto declared a local emergency and enacted a curfew beginning Monday, starting at 6:00 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday, and then daily at 6 p.m., and ending at 6 a.m.

A nightly curfew is in effect for Berkeley, beginning at 8 p.m. Monday until 5 a.m. The curfew is set to expire Wednesday morning.

A Richmond police officer suffered minor injuries after being hit by a car when police responded to Hilltop Mall Monday evening following reports of vandalism and looting. No officers were shot while responding to the mall but, the officer was struck by a vehicle.

Santa Monica has issued a curfew that went into effect at 1 p.m. on Monday for the business district, followed by a citywide curfew at 4 p.m.

Over 200 people were arrested in Santa Monica on Sunday. At least nine fires were set in the city on Sunday - four to buildings, four to cars, and one in a dumpster.

Shortly past midnight on Monday in Oakland, shots were fired at a police administration building. One Oakland Police Department officer was injured and taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Roughly 60 people were arrested for crimes ranging from suspicion of shooting at officers, vandalism, looting, and possession of firearms overnight Sunday.

Colorado: Denver’s Regional Transportation District extended the suspension of bus and rail service through the end of the service day on Monday. Service was initially suspended on Friday afternoon.

Dozens of individuals threw fireworks, pushed dumpsters into the streets, smashed windows, and ripped off protective boarding on storefronts hours after the 8 p.m. curfew began in Denver Sunday.

Delaware: The Dover mayor’s office declared a state of general emergency on Sunday night. Police announced that a person had been stabbed in the area of the Capital Inn.

Florida: Curfews for Miami-Dade and Broward counties in Florida will remain in effect on Monday. The curfews started at 9 p.m. on Monday and expire at 6 a.m. Tuesday morning . City of Miami leaders also ordered a curfew to be in effect, starting at 8 p.m. Monday and continuing until 6 a.m. Tuesday.

The city of West Palm Beach declared a state of local emergency

Broward County imposed a countywide curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

The Fort Lauderdale mayor’s office declared a state of emergency and ordered a curfew from 9 p.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Just before 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, Fort Lauderdale police said that a dispersal order had been issued. Windows were blown out at the county government center and a few shops on Las Olas Boulevard were looted.

Georgia: The city of Atlanta extended a curfew for a third straight night on Monday. The curfew will run from 9 p.m. on Monday through sunrise on Tuesday.

Illinois: A disaster proclamation has been issued for nine Illinois counties. These counties include Champaign, Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Macon, Madison, Sangamon, and Will. In addition, 250 more Illinois National Guard members will be activated to give support to affected counties. The Illinois State Police has also been ordered to provide an additional 300 troopers to municipalities.

The Peoria Police Department in Illinois responded to multiple scenes throughout late Sunday and early Monday related to unrest in the area. Between 10:00 p.m. local time Sunday and 4:30 a.m. Monday, Peoria firefighters responded to more than 10 vehicle fires and several dumpster fires.

Indiana: The Indiana governor’s office announced Monday that the Indiana National Guard Reactionary Force was deployed to protect state property. The National Guard was activated on Saturday but had not been deployed until Monday. The state also announced the signing of an executive order that lifts restrictions on local declarations of emergency which "allows local governments to place more stringent travel restrictions than the state has in place.”

In Lafayette, individuals threw bricks and at least one explosive device at the Tippecanoe County Courthouse just days before Tuesday’s primary election. Officials plan to hold elections as normal.

Iowa: A Davenport police officer was shot and wounded early Monday in what officials described as an ambush and two people were killed in shootings as unrest continued in the area. Police announced that two people died, and a third person was injured in separate shootings. By early Monday, police had responded to 45 serious disturbance calls.

Kentucky: Shots were fired at Louisville police and members of the National Guard during a gathering early Monday morning near the intersection of South 26th Street and Broadway. Police reportedly returned fire, killing one person.

Maryland: The Baltimore Police Department has activated the Maryland State Police to assist with crowds in the downtown Baltimore area, said the department on Twitter on Tuesday. “Officers have observed members in the crowd setting off illegal fireworks and throwing objects near peaceful [gatherings] and officers,” said the tweet. The police said they were receiving assistance from the Maryland National Guard in transporting personnel and resources throughout the city.

Massachusetts: A number of Boston police officers were injured during the disturbances Sunday night, which saw 40 people arrested. Seven injured officers were taken to the hospital, more were treated on scene, and at least 21 police cruisers were damaged, said the police department.

Minnesota: A senior official in Minnesota announced Monday that an executive order has been signed to extend the curfew in Minneapolis and St. Paul for two more days. The curfew will run from 10 p.m. local time to 4 a.m. The official also announced that some members of the National Guard who had been deployed to Minneapolis and St. Paul will start returning home as soon as Monday afternoon.

More than 350 people were arrested in Minneapolis and St. Paul over the weekend as authorities initiated a combined response to the unrest. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety said early Monday that 362 people were taken into custody since the Multi-Agency Command Center was established Friday.

Missouri: Four police officers in St. Louis were shot on Tuesday. Their injuries were believed to be non-life-threatening, according to police. Officers were still reportedly taking gunfire in the downtown. One police source says that people were shot at multiple locations in the downtown area.

Nevada: There were reports of possibly two shootings in the Las Vegas area, one near Bridger and Las Vegas Boulevard and also near Circus Circus on Las Vegas Boulevard. There were gatherings that were reportedly taking place in the area.

New Jersey: Trenton officials instituted an 8 p.m. curfew on Sunday. Media reported damage to stores and police vehicles on Monday during overnight unrest in Trenton. At least one police SUV was burned and individuals also smashed what are believed to be at least three unmarked police SUVs. Officials said several individuals were arrested.

New York: Authorities said that two officers were hospitalized after a car attempted to drive through a police line in Buffalo Monday night. Injuries appear serious in nature. There were also reports that two people have been struck by gunfire.

A senior state official added that 8,000 police officers will be out Monday night in New York City. The city issued a curfew from 11 p.m. Monday to 5 a.m. Tuesday. The mayor’s office announced the curfew will be extended into Tuesday and begin earlier. The second curfew will start Tuesday night at 8 p.m. and will remain in effect until 5 a.m. Wednesday.

New York City police say 200 people were arrested Sunday across the city, bringing the total of people arrested over four days of unrest to nearly 1,000.

North Carolina: The Greensboro mayor’s office issued a city-wide curfew on Monday effective immediately after unrest in the area led to multiple businesses reporting damages. The curfew will be from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. until modified or rescinded.

Raleigh enacted a curfew starting Monday night, after two nights of unrest led to street fires, store break-ins, and fireworks being thrown at officers. The curfew will run each night from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. and will remain in place until officials decide to rescind it.

On Sunday, a senior state official authorized 450 North Carolina National Guardsmen to mobilize between Raleigh and Charlotte.

Overnight Sunday, four were arrested from incidents at Triangle Town Center with three arrests stemming from North Hills. Also, stores such as Target, Ross, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Walmart, were damaged around Triangle Town Center.

Ohio: Authorities in Cincinnati detained four people in a vehicle after one of them pointed an AR-15 rifle at a media crew Monday. A handgun was also recovered from the vehicle.

The Cleveland mayor’s office extended a curfew set in the city on Saturday to 8 p.m. local time Tuesday. It means the central business district and the West 25th Market district were closed.

Officers arrested a person seeking to commit arson with an “incendiary device” in the downtown area of Cleveland over the weekend, according to a law enforcement official. FBI agents assisted with the arrest.

Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania amended its disaster emergency declaration Monday, adding Erie, Delaware, and Montgomery counties as they respond to gatherings that turned violent over the weekend. These counties join Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Dauphin counties, which were in the original declaration.

Philadelphia’s citywide curfew went back into effect on Monday night as members of the National Guard have arrived in the city. The curfew will last from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. Tuesday . Philadelphia will start their nightly curfew at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, due to the primary election. Polls in Philadelphia will be open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Benjamin Franklin Bridge was closed in both directions on Monday due to gatherings. I-676 was closed in both direction between I-95 and I-76. All downtown bus, trolley, and subway stops closed at noon.

Over the weekend, there were 429 arrests and 250 fire calls in Philadelphia. Close to 20 police officers have been injured, including an officer who was hit by a vehicle and several hit with bricks, according to city officials.

Pittsburgh extended their curfew for another night Monday. The curfew went into effect \at 8:30 p.m. and will last until 6 a.m. Tuesday morning. Officials on Monday said over a dozen FBI agents are helping track down suspects related to unrest in the area.

Tennessee: Memphis mayor’s office declared Monday that a citywide curfew went into effect at 10 p.m. local time Monday. It will remain in effect until 6 a.m. Tuesday. Officials said the curfew could remain in effect in the coming days and would remain as long as necessary.

The Tennessee National Guard was present in Memphis on Sunday.

Virginia: Virginia authorized leaders of the city of Virginia Beach to implement a curfew. The curfew started at 8 p.m. Monday and will end at 6 a.m. on Thursday, unless extended by an executive order. Virginia Beach police also confirmed that they are being supplemented with National Guard troops.

Lynchburg has declared a local emergency Monday. A voluntary curfew went into effect Monday at 8 p.m.

Windows were shattered with rocks, lamps were broken in the riots, and police cars were damaged in Lynchburg Sunday night

Washington: Police declared a gathering in the Capitol Hill area of Seattle a riot after people started throwing rocks, bottles, and fireworks at officers Monday. They are also reportedly tried to breach barricades one block from the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct. The Washington State Patrol close I-5 in both directions between I-90 and Highway 520 for “precautionary purposes” on Monday.

Washington State Patrol temporarily shut down I-5 in Seattle Sunday night due large gatherings.

Washington’s King County, which includes the city of Seattle, declared a state of emergency due to "violence and thefts associated with some of the local [disturbances].” The statement said the country activated its Emergency Operations Center on Saturday to respond to “significant civil emergency.”

Washington, D.C.: The President of the United States said he is also taking “swift action” to protect Washington, D.C., including dispatching "thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel, and law enforcement officers to stop the rioting, looting, vandalism, assaults, and the wanton destruction of property.” He also said the 7 p.m. curfew in the city will be “strictly enforced.” Washington, D.C., reissued a citywide curfew earlier Monday. An active-duty military police battalion consisting of 200 to 250 personnel was deployed to Washington, D.C. The Pentagon said 600 to 800 National Guard troops were being sent to Washington, D.C. Pentagon officials said the primary role of the new National Guard forces would be to defend national monuments, protect the White House, and coordinate with the District’s police . The additional National Guard forces are coming from Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Utah, according to the officials . U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel have been deployed to the National Capital Region to assist law enforcement partners. The U.S. Department of the Army reportedly sent an alert to the 82nd Airborne Division, green lighting the deployment of an Immediate Response Force to the D.C. area. Arlington County police officers from Virginia who were assisting U.S. Park Police during gatherings in Washington, D.C., were ordered “to immediately leave.” The county announced that all Arlington County police officers left at 8:30 p.m.

Over the weekend, 61 U.S. Park Police officers and seven Washington, D.C., police officers were hurt. Three Park Police officers were hospitalized. A total of 88 people were arrested.

West Virginia: The U.S. Attorneys from the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia, along with the FBI employed the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force to identify criminal organizers and instigators during the ongoing unrest, coordinating federal resources with state and local partners, and seeking federal prosecutions where applicable.

Wisconsin: The Wisconsin National Guard and other local law enforcement agencies assisted the Madison Police Department in containing unrest in Madison on Sunday night. Fifteen people were arrested overnight, one of whom was accused of looting while carrying a handgun. Individuals carried rifles, stole an assault-style rifle from a police car, 75 businesses were broken into, and squad cars were destroyed and burned

In Racine, people set fire to a Community Oriented Policing house at 2 a.m. local time following a confrontation with police. The fire was put out by 2:36 a.m. local time.

Source: Various media sources

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