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George Floyd protests - live: Tear gas fired at DC protesters as Trump threatens to deploy military across the country

Yahoo News - Mon, 06/01/2020 - 15:45

 Tear gas fired at DC protesters as Trump threatens to deploy military across the countryCities across the US have seen another night of chaotic protests over American racial disparities and police brutality against black men.National Guard troops were deployed in 15 US states and Washington, DC, as darkness fell on Sunday in major cities still reeling from previous days of violence and destruction that began with peaceful protests over the death of a black man, George Floyd, in police custody.


Seattle police accused of macing child during protests at George Floyd killing

Yahoo News - Mon, 06/01/2020 - 15:36

Seattle police accused of macing child during protests at George Floyd killingA police officer in Seattle has been accused of spraying a child with mace during the George Floyd protests.Images began circulating on social media over the weekend of a little girl who was coughing and crying while bystanders poured a milk-like substance into her eyes to flush out the chemicals.


'You Can Only Demean People So Much.' Minneapolis Activists Aren't Surprised a National Movement Started There

Yahoo News - Mon, 06/01/2020 - 15:34

'You Can Only Demean People So Much.' Minneapolis Activists Aren't Surprised a National Movement Started ThereActivists say the city has a long record of police brutality that is symptomatic of broader racial injustice issues that go back generations.


Judge: Justice Department reversal in Flynn case 'unusual'

Yahoo News - Mon, 06/01/2020 - 15:27

 Justice Department reversal in Flynn case 'unusual'A federal judge on Monday defended his decision not to quickly approve the Justice Department's request to dismiss its own criminal case against former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn, saying that the department's reversal was unusual and he wanted to consider the request carefully before ruling on it. The brief from U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan offers the most detailed explanation for his refusal to immediately sign off on the department's decision to drop its case against Flynn, who pleaded guilty as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. It raises the prospect of a drawn-out clash between two branches of government over whether a judge can be forced to unwind a guilty plea at the Justice Department's behest.


Pompeo: U.S. Could Make Moves Against International Criminal Court In “Coming Days”

Yahoo News - Mon, 06/01/2020 - 15:22

 U.S. Could Make Moves Against International Criminal Court In “Coming Days”“I think that the ICC and the world will see that we are determined to prevent having Americans and our friends and allies in Israel and elsewhere hauled in by this corrupt ICC.”


George Floyd: 'Unacceptable' attacks on reporters at protests

Yahoo News - Mon, 06/01/2020 - 15:14

 'Unacceptable' attacks on reporters at protestsMore than 100 incidents are being investigated by press groups, including apparently deliberate targeting.


Trump, Biden strike different tones on calls with local, state leaders amid nationwide protests

Yahoo News - Mon, 06/01/2020 - 15:09

Trump, Biden strike different tones on calls with local, state leaders amid nationwide protestsA global pandemic that has killed more than 100,000 Americans and now recent nationwide unrest after a brutal police killing of a black man have challenged both President Trump and his presumed Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, while also highlighting their different leadership styles.  


UK mulls 'air bridges' to replace coronavirus quarantine for arrivals: Telegraph

Yahoo News - Mon, 06/01/2020 - 15:05

 TelegraphThe policy of air bridges is meant to enable people from other countries who have achieved lower levels of coronavirus infection to come to Britain. The Department for Transport and the Home Office have been told to plan to allow for their introduction by the end of the month, according to the newspaper. Britain's quarantine for travellers arriving from abroad will be introduced from June 8, Interior Minister Priti Patel said in May.


How you can observe LGBTQ+ Pride Month with nationwide events canceled

Yahoo News - Mon, 06/01/2020 - 15:01

How you can observe LGBTQ+ Pride Month with nationwide events canceledPride isn't canceled due to coronavirus. The gay agenda is alive and well — it will just happen virtually and in small and distanced groups.


NYC Imposes Curfew, Doubles Police Presence in Face of Expected Riots

Yahoo News - Mon, 06/01/2020 - 14:49

NYC Imposes Curfew, Doubles Police Presence in Face of Expected RiotsNew York governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday that New York City would implement a mandatory curfew and increase its police presence to 800 officers in preparation for another night of violence in the wake of protests surrounding George Floyd’s death.In a joint statement, Cuomo and de Blasio said the curfew would last from 11 tonight to 5 AM Tuesday, and the decision was made in consultation with the New York Police Department “to help prevent violence and property damage.” The additional police forces will be concentrated “in lower Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn,” where rioting and looting have been the most volatile.“I stand behind the protestors and their message, but unfortunately there are people who are looking to take advantage of and discredit this moment for their own personal gain,” Cuomo said in a statement. “The violence and the looting that has gone on in New York City has been bad for the city, the state, and this entire national movement . . . while we encourage people to protest peacefully and make their voices heard, safety of the general public is paramount and cannot be compromised.”De Blasio added that “we can’t let violence undermine the message of this moment. It is too important and the message must be heard.” He also said he had spoken with NYPD commissioner Dermot Shea “at length” over incidents “where officers didn't uphold the values of this city or the NYPD.”“We agree on the need for swift action,” de Blasio, whose daughter was arrested for protesting, stated. Commissioner Shea “will speak later today on how officers will be held accountable,” de Blasio added.On Sunday, the NYPD’s counterterrorism head said that looters had operated in a “systematic” way and “developed a complex network of bicycle scouts” to determine police locations ahead of the destruction.“They prepared to commit property damage and directed people who were following them that this should be done selectively and only in wealthier areas or at high-end stores run by corporate entities,” he told reporters.


Wife of Derek Chauvin says in divorce filing she wants to change her name

Yahoo News - Mon, 06/01/2020 - 14:47

Wife of Derek Chauvin says in divorce filing she wants to change her nameKellie Chauvin is not asking for any spousal support in divorce papers she filed.


8 Minutes and 46 Seconds: How George Floyd Was Killed in Police Custody

Yahoo News - Mon, 06/01/2020 - 14:33

 How George Floyd Was Killed in Police CustodyOn 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


Minnesota National Guard Opened Fire on a Vehicle, Commander Says

Yahoo News - Mon, 06/01/2020 - 14:32

Minnesota National Guard Opened Fire on a Vehicle, Commander SaysA soldier fired three rounds at a speeding vehicle deemed a threat, officials said.


Officers kneel in solidarity with protesters in several cities

Yahoo News - Mon, 06/01/2020 - 14:32

Officers kneel in solidarity with protesters in several citiesOfficers in other cities also knelt in solidarity — including in New York, where a demonstrator hugged an officer after he took a knee.


DOJ urges Appeals Court to force dismissal of Flynn case

Yahoo News - Mon, 06/01/2020 - 14:20

DOJ urges Appeals Court to force dismissal of Flynn caseA lower-court judge has held up the dismissal, citing DOJ's 'unusual' reversal


Biden lead over Trump jumps 8 points in ABC News/Washington Post poll

Yahoo News - Mon, 06/01/2020 - 14:18

Biden lead over Trump jumps 8 points in ABC News/Washington Post pollBiden leads Trump 53%-43% among registered voters, the poll found. On March 25, the same survey showed a much tighter race, with Biden leading by just 2 percentage points.


Biden suggests police could shoot assailants 'in the leg instead of the heart'

Yahoo News - Mon, 06/01/2020 - 14:17

Biden suggests police could shoot assailants 'in the leg instead of the heart'Joe Biden said Monday that police under attack should shoot their assailants “in the leg instead of the heart” as a way to avert the killings of civilians.


'Most of you are weak': Trump rails at the nation's governors, urges crackdown on violence

Yahoo News - Mon, 06/01/2020 - 14:16

 Trump rails at the nation's governors, urges crackdown on violencePresident Donald Trump slammed the nation's governors as "weak" in a conference call following violence in cities across the country.


Who was David McAtee? Community praises Louisville business owner killed Monday by authorities

Yahoo News - Mon, 06/01/2020 - 14:05

Who was David McAtee? Community praises Louisville business owner killed Monday by authoritiesRelatives say David McAtee, the owner of YaYa's BBQ in Louisville, was a community pillar who was known to give the police free meals.


Independent autopsy reveals George Floyd died from 'asphyxiation' as lawyers call for first-degree murder charges

Yahoo News - Mon, 06/01/2020 - 13:52

Independent autopsy reveals George Floyd died from 'asphyxiation' as lawyers call for first-degree murder chargesA medical examiner in Minnesota has classified George Floyd's death as a homicide, contradicting a preliminary report which found “nothing to support strangulation” as cause of death. Mr Floyd died after a police officer kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes, despite his cries that he could not breathe. The African-American’s death, captured on video, has sparked protests in Minneapolis that have spread to dozens of cities around America. The Hennepin County Attorney's Office’s report, released on Monday, said Mr Floyd’s heart stopped as police restrained him and suppressed his neck, preventing him from being able to breathe. "Decedent experienced a cardiopulmonary arrest while being restrained by law enforcement officer(s)," the report read. Under "other significant conditions" it said Mr Floyd suffered from heart disease and hypertension, and listed fentanyl intoxication and recent methamphetamine use.


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