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|Downtown D.C. burns after another night of protests and provocation near the White House
Protesters clashed with law enforcement for the third straight evening outside the White House, and numerous businesses were vandalized by rioters defying a citywide curfew.
POSTED JUNE 01, 2020 8:17 AM
|8 Minutes and 46 Seconds: How George Floyd Was Killed in Police Custody
On May 25, Minneapolis police officers arrested George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, after a deli employee called 911, accusing him of buying cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill. Seventeen minutes after the first squad car arrived at the scene, Floyd was unconscious and pinned beneath three police officers, showing no signs of life.By combining videos from bystanders and security cameras, reviewing official documents and consulting experts, The New York Times reconstructed in detail the minutes leading to Floyd's death. The Times' video shows officers taking a series of actions that violated the policies of the Minneapolis Police Department and turned fatal, leaving Floyd unable to breathe, even as he and onlookers called out for help.The day after Floyd's death, the Police Department fired all four of the officers involved in the episode, and on Friday the Hennepin County attorney, Mike Freeman, announced murder and manslaughter charges against Derek Chauvin, the officer who can be seen most clearly in witness videos pinning Floyd to the ground. Chauvin, who is white, kept his knee on Floyd's neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, according to the criminal complaint against him. The Times' video shows that Chauvin did not remove his knee even after Floyd lost consciousness, and for a full minute after paramedics arrived at the scene.The three other former officers, Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao -- all of whom can be seen in The Times' video participating in Floyd's arrest -- remain under investigation.This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2020 The New York Times Company
POSTED JUNE 01, 2020 4:33 PM
|A New York police officer drew his gun on protesters. Mayor Bill de Blasio says he 'should have his gun and badge taken away.'
The mayor appears to have taken a stricter tone with police violence, some of which has trended on social media.
POSTED JUNE 01, 2020 1:01 PM
|The officer who stood by as George Floyd died is Asian American. We need to talk about that.
“People don't have a baseline of an understanding of what anti-blackness even is,” a Hmong American organizer told NBC Asian America.
POSTED JUNE 01, 2020 6:43 PM
|WHO pushes to keep ties with 'generous' U.S. despite Trump's exit move
The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday praised the United States' "immense" and "generous" contribution to global health in a push to salvage relations after President Donald Trump said he was severing ties with the U.N. agency. Accusing it of pandering to China and overlooking an initially secretive response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Trump said on Friday he was ending Washington's relationship with the WHO. "The United States' contribution and generosity towards global health over many decades has been immense, and it has made a great difference in public health all around the world," he said.
POSTED JUNE 01, 2020 11:51 AM
|Hong Kong's Tiananmen commemoration banned by police for first time in three decades
Hong Kong police on Monday banned an upcoming vigil marking the Tiananmen crackdown anniversary citing the coronavirus pandemic, the first time the gathering has been halted in three decades. The candlelight June 4 vigil usually attracts huge crowds and is the only place on Chinese soil where such a major commemoration of the anniversary is still allowed. Last year's gathering was especially large and came just a week before seven months of pro-democracy protests and clashes exploded onto the city's streets, sparked initially by a plan to allow extraditions to the authoritarian mainland. But police rejected permission for this year's rally saying it would "constitute a major threat to the life and health of the general public", according to a letter of objection to organisers obtained by AFP. Hong Kong has managed to keep the virus mostly in check, with just over 1,000 infections and four deaths. Bars, restaurants, gyms and cinemas have largely reopened in recent weeks. In the last two days five local infections were reported, breaking nearly two weeks of zero tallies. Organisers accused police of using the virus as an excuse to ban the rally. "I don't see why the government finds political rallies unacceptable while it gave green lights to resumption of schools and other services ranging from catering, karaoke to swimming pools," said Lee Cheuk-yan, chairman of the Hong Kong Alliance which has organised every vigil since 1990.
POSTED JUNE 01, 2020 8:54 AM
|Cities push back as airlines seek dozens of new service cuts. Is your airport on the list?
The proposed flight cuts come as there are signs that airline demand may finally pick up after the coronavirus sent the travel industry into a spiral.
POSTED JUNE 01, 2020 12:23 PM
|Biden Proposes Training Cops to Shoot Attackers in the Leg to Reduce Fatalities
Joe Biden on Monday suggested that police forces could train officers to shoot attackers in the legs in order to reduce potential fatalities.There is "the idea that instead of standing there and teaching a cop when there's an unarmed person, coming at him with a knife or something, to shoot him in the leg instead of in the heart," Biden said. "There's a lot of different things [policies] that can change."Biden made his remarks while meeting with African American community leaders at the Bethel AME Church in Wilmington, Del. The former vice president was discussing the widespread protests touched off by the killing of George Floyd, an African American man, at the hands of white police officers in Minneapolis, Minn.Protests have spread from Minneapolis to major U.S. cities including New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles. The demonstrations have been widely varied in makeup, with some instances of peaceful protests and others that have devolved into riots with widespread looting.Members of Biden's staff have donated to groups attempting to free jailed rioters on bail. Campaign spokesman Andrew Bates told Reuters that Biden opposes cash bail as the equivalent of a "modern day debtors prison." It was not clear whether the donations were coordinated by the campaign or made individually.President Trump condemned the donations on Saturday, saying they "would financially support the mayhem that is hurting innocent people and destroying what good people spent their lives building."
POSTED JUNE 01, 2020 3:38 PM
|Cuomo Cooks Coronavirus Numbers to Defend Controversial Nursing Home Policy
A nursing home resident who becomes sick at their nursing home and then dies five minutes after arriving at a hospital is not counted in the state’s tally of nursing home deaths.
POSTED MAY 31, 2020 8:00 PM
|Protesters tear through D.C. after National Guard troops and Secret Service keep them from the White House
Downtown Washington, D.C., was filled with flames and broken glass in the early hours of Sunday morning as large groups of protesters moved through the city for the second straight night.
POSTED MAY 31, 2020 8:50 AM
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|Protests Today Live: News Updates and Video
Amid swelling protests marred by violence and looting, President Trump threatened to deploy the U.S. military. Police officers in several cities were injured by gunfire and struck by vehicles.
POSTED JUNE 02, 2020 11:00 AM
|Protesters Dispersed With Tear Gas So Trump Could Pose at Church
“He did not pray,” said Mariann E. Budde, the Episcopal bishop of Washington. “He did not mention George Floyd, he did not mention the agony of people who have been subjected to this kind of horrific expression of racism and white supremacy for hundreds of years.”
POSTED JUNE 02, 2020 3:59 AM
|Live Updates From Our Reporters
Our reporters and photographers are on the ground in cities across the country. Here’s what they’re seeing.
POSTED JUNE 02, 2020 11:08 AM
|‘In Every City, There’s a George Floyd’: Portraits of Protest
The people giving voice to their anger are individual pieces of a movement, like drops of water to a wave.
POSTED JUNE 02, 2020 9:00 AM
|How Did George Floyd Die? A Private Autopsy Said It Was Asphyxiation
A private autopsy commissioned by the family concluded that his death was a homicide, brought about by compression of his neck and back by Minneapolis police officers.
POSTED JUNE 01, 2020 11:37 PM
|Widespread Looting Hits Manhattan Before Curfew Begins
Mayor Bill de Blasio said a citywide curfew would be imposed again on Tuesday, this time at 8 p.m. rather than 11 p.m.
POSTED JUNE 02, 2020 7:07 AM
|Lawmakers Begin Bipartisan Push to Cut Off Police Access to Military-Style Gear
The effort to end a program transferring surplus military equipment from the Pentagon to the police reflects a revived bipartisan concern about excessive use of force by law enforcement.
POSTED JUNE 01, 2020 11:05 PM
|‘Everybody Will Second-Guess’: Liberal Mayors Navigate Protesters and Police
For Democratic city leaders across the country, the unrest in their streets is testing their campaign promises and principles.
POSTED JUNE 02, 2020 12:51 AM
|Symbol of N.Y.C. Unrest: A Burning Police Car
So far, 47 police vehicles have been damaged. Some protesters say the attacks reflect pent-up rage against the police, while officials have denounced the destruction.
POSTED JUNE 02, 2020 10:14 AM
|Coronavirus Live Updates: Here’s What We Know After 6 Months of Covid-19
Some lessons: We will live with the virus for a long time, and you should be wearing a mask. Michigan has lifted stay-at-home orders, and France is preparing to reopen cafe terraces.
POSTED JUNE 02, 2020 11:07 AM