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    President Donald Trump is engaging in a feud with Washington, D.C.’s Mayor Muriel Bowser. Trump called her “incompetent” in a tweet on Friday following her criticizing him over the George Floyd protests and overt deployment of the Nation Guard. In his tweet, the president said that Mayor Bowser “is now fighting with the National Guard, who saved her from great embarrassment … over the last number of nights.” READ MORE: D.C. Mayor honors Black Lives Matter with street renaming, road mural According to the New York Post, Bowser, D.C.’s second Black female mayor in history, had said that she disagreed with the White House’s decision to send troops to the district in light of the looting and riots during the George Floyd protests. The incompetent Mayor of Washington, D.C., @MayorBowser, who’s budget is totally out of control and is constantly coming back to us for “handouts”, is now fighting with...
    A California mayor has resigned his office after coming under fire for sending out a racially insensitive email regarding police violence. James Stewart, who was elected mayor of Temecula, California in November 2016, resigned the seat Thursday after he was called out for a reply email to a Temecula resident, who asked what was being done about police violence, according to Too Fab. “I don’t believe there’s ever been a good person of color killed by a police officer,” Stewart said in the message that went viral. READ MORE: California police kill unarmed man who was kneeling with hands up People flooded the internet with criticisms and accusations of racism on the southern California city’s official Facebook page. Stewart, who led the conservative-leaning city of about 115,000, posted an initial apology the day before issuing his resignation, stating that he uses “voice text” due to his dyslexia, and didn’t proof-reading...
    “Fox & Friends” host Pete Hegseth ripped into Democratic Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, saying that she owed the National Guard thanks for saving her city. Hegseth, who hit the streets of the nation’s capital with the National Guard earlier in the week, responded to news that Bowser had called on the White House to get the guard out of the city and even refused to pay a local hotel for the rooms set aside for troops that were brought in to keep peace after nights of riots and looting. (RELATED: Army Vet And Fox News Host Took The New Army Fitness Test — Here’s How He Did) WATCH: Hegseth spoke with Republican Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger earlier in the show, who argued that Bowser had made the wrong call in pushing to have the National Guard removed, and Hegseth agreed. “Of course the congressman is totally right,” Hegseth...
    Byron Brown, the mayor of Buffalo, N.Y., said Friday the 75-year-old man who was shoved to the ground by two cops the previous day was an “agitator” who had been asked to leave the area “numerous” times. The officers have been suspended without pay and an internal affairs investigation launched after the incident was caught on video and showed the man, Matin Gugino, bleeding on the sidewalk. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the video made him “sick to my stomach”. Gugino was caught on camera being shoved to the ground by officers in tactical gear shortly after a curfew went into effect near Niagara Square. 57 BUFFALO COPS RESIGN FROM RESPONSE TEAM AFTER OFFICERS SUSPENDED FOR SHOVING 75-YEAR-OLD MAN TO GROUND; DA INVESTIGATING INCIDENT In this image from video provided by WBFO, a Buffalo police officer appears to shove a man who walked up to police Thursday, June 4, 2020, in...
    Were it not for National Guard soldiers deployed to Washington, D.C., this week, all of the most cherished monuments in the nationa's capital would have been defaced by violent protesters, Fox News' Pete Hegseth said Friday night. In addition, the White House likely would have been besieged, the co-host of "Fox & Friends Weekend" said during an appearance on "Hannity." Hegseth knows firsthand, because he spent some time serving with the Guard in D.C. during the unrest. PETE HEGSETH SERVES WITH NATIONAL GUARD AMID DC UNREST: A 'DICEY SCENE' THAT COULD HAVE BEEN MUCH WORSE "I was there for three nights on the streets of Washington, D.C.," Hegseth said. "At one point, it was me and a handful of other guys standing at the Vietnam War Memorial to defend it from people who would want to deface it, after the Lincoln Memorial." Hegseth said that while he was stationed at The Wall, he prayed and began to think how...
    During a speech at a predominantly African American church in South Los Angeles on Thursday, Mayor Eric Garcetti talked about the attention he claims to have received from other mayors across the country after he proposed slashing the police department’s budget by as much as $150 million. “I got calls from mayors around the country, some of them saying ‘I’m so excited,’ and other ones saying ‘What the hell did you do, now I’ve gotta shift money,'” said the mayor. “That’s exactly the point. It starts someplace, and we say we are going to be who we want to be, or we’re going to continue being the killers that we are.” CBS Los Angeles reports that the mayor’s budget cut will be used to partially fund a $250 million increase to address “health and education issues” affecting black communities, although the exact programs the money will go to remains unclear. After...
    OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- Clergy members, activists and political leaders teamed up to say "Black Lives Matter" at an event in front of Oakland City Hall on Friday.The news conference generated such passion that Mayor Libby Schaaf accidentally use the f-word during her speech.RELATED: Get the latest updates on George Floyd protests in the Bay AreaThe event included passionate gospel music and impassioned speakers like George Holland, head of the Oakland Chapter of the NAACP."I am in fear like many black men and black women of someone calling the police on me because that may be the end of me or the imprisonment," he said.The crowd of a couple hundred people of all races gathered to hear local leaders talk about the death of George Floyd while in custody of the Minneapolis Police and the protests that followed. But when it was Mayor Libby Schaaf's turn, her anger over the...
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio pledged Friday that reform is coming for the city's law enforcement. "You will see change in the NYPD," he said, after more than a week of clashes between protesters and police officers following the death of George Floyd.  "We simply have not gone far enough. The status quo is still broken, it must change," de Blasio said.  "This will be the work for the next year and a half of this administration: To make more change, to make it urgently, to make it powerfully, to make it clear. And that work will proceed immediately. And you will see those results and you will judge for yourself, as all New Yorkers do," he said. The mayor's pledge comes after he implemented an 8 p.m. curfew on the city beginning Tuesday. Many New Yorkers claimed the curfew has emboldened police to use force against peaceful protesters out after...
    SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle mayor has banned the police use of tear gas as protests continue in the city and nationally over the killing of George Floyd. Mayor Jenny Durkan said in a news conference Friday afternoon that the ban would continue for 30 days. The move came hours after three civilian police watchdog groups urged city leaders to do so to build public trust and until the department adopts policies and training for the use of the chemical agent, The Seattle Times reported. “After hearing concerns about the use of CS gas for crowd control purposes earlier this week … we decided we were going to suspend its use for 30 days,” Best said. During the 30 days, officials will review police crowd control policies, she said. The Seattle area’s largest labor group also said this week it will expel the Seattle Police Officers Guild...
    Mayor Bill de Blasio’s budget proposal would delay the expansion of the Civilian Complaint Review Board that was ordered under changes to the city charter for at least one year, a new city report revealed. The analysis by the city’s Independent Budget Office uncovered that the spending plan de Blasio submitted to the City Council in April found delays all funding for the 17 new positions for at least one year. “In January, the Mayor released his Preliminary Budget for the upcoming fiscal year and included funding for 17 additional Civilian Complaint Review Board positions to comply with the new City Charter mandate,” the watchdog determined. “In April, the Mayor dropped these positions from his Executive Budget for a savings of $1.1 million in fiscal year 2021, which begins July 1.” The positions were to be added as part of a 2019 revision to the city charter that pegs the...
    A Nebraska mayor has apologized to a Korean American whom she accused of being a Facebook antagonist who hid “behind symbols” – not realizing that they were letters of the Korean alphabet. Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert issued a mea culpa Wednesday for the controversial Facebook comment earlier this week in response to a reply by Soyeon Sohn to a post by the mayor on curfews she ordered amid protests of the police-custody death of George Floyd, the Omaha World-Record reports. In response to Stothert’s post, which has since been deleted, Sohn said the curfews showed cowardice rather than leadership, prompting the Republican mayor to snap back. “A Facebook troll who hides behind symbols and doesn’t list their name, is a coward,” Stothert wrote, according to screenshots circulating online. Stothert said she was sorry for the comment, which she acknowledged was inappropriate. “Basically, she called me a coward and a poor...
    The Minneapolis mayor is asking for federal help cleaning up and rebuilding his city after rioters caused at least $55 million worth of damage through looting, burning, and defacing public and private property. That cost estimate is likely to increase in the coming days as government officials continue to tally the damage done in the wake of George Floyd’s death, Mayor Jacob Frey said according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and the state’s congressional delegation are also pushing the Trump administration and Congress for funding. On Tuesday, city officials released an initial estimate of $55 million in damage done to at least 220 buildings. The mayor said that the number was likely a lowball estimate and that the total cost of the riots across Minneapolis and the state capital of St. Paul is likely to be “tens, if not hundreds of millions” of dollars. “We will...
    St. Paul will revise its use-of-force guidelines as part of a nationwide push to reform policing after George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis police custody. Mayor Melvin Carter announced Friday he has signed onto the “8 Can’t Wait” campaign, which has eight recommendations for reducing police violence. The campaign says St. Paul already follows six of those recommendations but has yet to ban chokeholds or state that deadly force can be used only as a last resort. By Carter’s reading of city policies, St. Paul already achieves all eight goals in practice. Soon after he took office in 2018, the city made changes that emphasize de-escalation and the sanctity of human life. “Functionally, I’m confident that the policy we rolled out two years ago does address all of those priorities,” he said in an interview Friday. “Our policy goes beyond what is ‘justifiable’ to apply the minimal amount of force...
    Chicago's far-left Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot was asked earlier this week for her reaction to residents "taking matters into their own hands" in order to "protect their communities" amid the rioting over George Floyd's death. What did she say? "Obviously we're aware of the fact that Illinois is a concealed carry state, and that many people have weapons at their disposal in their homes and their businesses," Lightfoot responded. "Do not take matters into your own hands. Call the police." She added that "tragedy" happens when people pick up guns as if they were police officers — and oddly cited the Ahmaud Arbery killing in Georgia, which had nothing to with self-defense against attackers and rioters. "Do not pick up arms and try to be the police. If there's a problem, call 911. We will respond," Lightfoot said before adding, "I urge people to...
    Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser had a message painted on a city street Friday morning: Black Lives Matter. Bowser tweeted a video of the bright yellow letters, which run down 16th street near the White House.  "There was a dispute this week about whose street this is," Bowser's chief of staff John J. Falcicchio tweeted in response to a local reporter. "Mayor Bowser wanted to make it abundantly clear that this is DC's street and to honor demonstrators who peacefully protesting on Monday evening." Breonna Taylor, on your birthday, let us stand with determination. Determination to make America the land it ought to be. pic.twitter.com/XOfu6CGEGY— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) June 5, 2020 Falcicchio was apparently referring to President Trump, whose handling of Black Lives Matter protests in the city has been criticized as militaristic. On Monday, law enforcement outside the White House deployed tear gas to disperse protesters before Mr. Trump walked...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The outrage over George Floyd’s death arrived at Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s front door in the form of hundreds of shouting protesters gathered outside his home, loudly chanting to gut funding for the police department. There was anger about curfews and the use of rubber bullets by police to disperse protesters. The mayor also heard calls for the resignation of police Chief Michel Moore. It was the kind of pained, indignant outcry the popular mayor who was born and raised in Los Angeles has rarely seen since taking office seven years ago, much less at the threshold of his home. Garcetti responded Wednesday by announcing the city would abruptly reverse plans for boosting LAPD’s spending and instead redirect $250 million from the city budget into programs for health care, jobs and “healing” aimed largely at the black community. The swift turnaround...
    Washington D.C.’s mayor decided to pay tribute to the Black Lives Matter movement by renaming a street in the organization’s honor and emblazoning the phrase on the road. RELATED: Tear gas, threats for protesters before Trump visits church Mayor Muriel Bowser contacted painters early Friday morning to paint “BLACK LIVES MATTER” in big, bold yellow letters across the road, spanning two blocks of 16th Street. A section of the street, which leads southward straight to the White House, was renamed “Black Lives Matter Plaza” with a new street sign. Bowser spoke with reporters outside of St. John’s Episcopal Church next to Lafayette Park where she said that she and DC Council members wanted to showcase peace. #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/OQg6977n5r — Muriel Bowser #StayHomeDC (@MurielBowser) June 5, 2020 “As Washingtonians — we simply all want to be here together in peace to demonstrate that in America — you can peacefully assemble,...
    (CNN)Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot wants an officer who was photographed giving protesters the middle finger to be fired.Lightfoot was asked at a press conference on Friday about Chicago Police officers allegedly attempting to conceal their names and badge numbers from protesters while seen making obscene gestures. "It won't be tolerated. We are actively at work identifying the officers who are responsible," said Lightfoot. Protests are erupting over police brutality. And some officers are responding to the outcry with force"In my view, they forfeited their right to be Chicago Police Officers," Lightfoot said. Lightfoot said she has seen a photograph of an "officer in uniform giving people the finger." Read More"We'll find that person and in my view, that person needs to be immediately stripped of their police power and start the process for firing him," Lightfoot said.Photographer Colin Boyle tweeted the photo on Thursday and said the officer was in...
    BLACKDUCK, Minn. — Rudy Patch resigned as mayor of Blackduck this week, prior to a scheduled emergency meeting of the City Council. The council had originally planned an emergency meeting for 6 p.m. Monday, June 1, to address a meme that Patch posted on his Facebook page over the weekend. That meeting was to be held at City Hall with a limit of 10 attendees because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Later it was rescheduled for Blackduck Wayside Park so that more people could attend. But the meeting was canceled late in the afternoon when Patch submitted his letter of resignation. Patch shared a meme on his Facebook page over the weekend that showed a blood-covered vehicle with the caption: “I don’t know what you mean by protesters on the freeway. I came through no problem.” For the past week, the Twin Cities had seen nightly protests after the death of...
    A California mayor has resigned for sending an e-mail stating he didn’t “believe there’s ever been a good person of color killed by a police officer” — a message he insists was sent erroneously. Temecula Mayor James Stewart, who was elected in 2016, stepped down late Thursday after the word “good” was allegedly accidentally added to a message he dictated by voice-text in an e-mail,  the Riverside Press-Enterprise reported. At the time, Stewart was responding to a resident who had asked how the city was addressing police brutality. Stewart, who has dyslexia, dictates the messages he sends. He insisted in this case that he never meant to express that sentiment in the Tuesday e-mail, which was later posted to social media, sparking calls for his resignation. “Unfortunately I did not take the time to proofread what was recorded,” Stewart told the newspaper Thursday. “I absolutely did not say that. What...
    Bowser renames street in front of White House to Black Lives Matter Plaza; street painted With St. John’s Church in the background, people walk under a new street sign on Friday, June 5, 2020, in Washington. “The section of 16th Street in front of the White House is now officially ‘Black Lives Matter Plaza,'” D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser tweeted. The black and white sign was put up to mark the change. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) Mayor Muriel Bowser renamed the section of 16th Street Northwest in front of the White House “Black Lives Matter Plaza” on Friday morning. A black and white sign marking the change stands near St. John’s Episcopal Church at the corner of H Street, where President Donald Trump posed for a controversial photo after protesters were forced from Lafayette Park earlier this week. The section of 16th street in front of the White House is...
    D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) directed a city public works crew to paint "Black Lives Matter" in large block letters spanning two blocks of 16th street — a street that leads directly to the White House. The move comes amid the protests across the country following the death of George Floyd, who was killed when a former Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes.What are the details? Painters, part of a city public works crew, painted the letters, which were street-width, on Friday. According to Bowser's chief of staff, the move was intended to make it "abundantly clear" that the street belonged to Washington, D.C. US-POLITICS-RACE-UNREST AFP via Getty Images In a tweet, John Falcicchio wrote, "There was a dispute this week about whose street this is. Mayor Bowser wanted to make it abundantly...
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has been doing his best to convince the George Floyd protesters that he is on their side. He said he was "proud" when his daughter was arrested along with the protesters. He offered lame excuses as to why the protests were being allowed to occur while church services were not. But the protesters are apparently still not having it. According to a Fox News report, when de Blasio attempted to speak at a memorial for George Floyd on Thursday night, he was met by a loud chorus of boos, prompting the speaker who introduced him to chastise the crowd for not showing appropriate respect. The crowd eventually quieted and chanted "respect" after much prompting, but after de Blasio began speaking, the chants changed to "resign." They got so loud that it became difficult to even hear de Blasio speak over the...
    The Democratic mayor of Washington, D.C., penned a letter to President Donald Trump requesting that he "withdraw all extraordinary federal law enforcement and military presence" from the city. Muriel Bowser added in her letter, dated Thursday, that since the city's curfew and state of emergency are over — and protesters have been "peaceful," and the city is "well equipped to handle large demonstrations and First Amendment activities" — the troops are no longer needed.'Inflaming demonstrators' Bowser also said she's "concerned that unidentified federal personnel patrolling the streets ... pose both safety and national security risks" — and that they're "inflaming demonstrators and adding to the grievances of those who, by and large, are peacefully protesting for change and for reforms to the racist and broken systems that are killing black Americans." She also said when federal personnel mix with city police, it "can breed dangerous...
    Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser on Friday unveiled the newly minted "Black Lives Matter Plaza" near the White House in an apparent tribute to the protesters who have advocated against police brutality and racism in the city over the past several days in the wake of the death of George Floyd. Bowser tweeted a photo of what appeared to be a city worker affixing a street sign to a light pole on a section of 16th Street in the nation's capital. NATIONAL GUARDSMEN HOSPITALIZED AFTER LIGHTNING STRIKE NEAR WHITE HOUSE: REPORTS "The section of 16th street in front of the White House is now officially 'Black Lives Matter Plaza,'" she said. From her personal account, Bowser also tweeted a video of "BLACK LIVES MATTER" painted in giant yellow letters on the street near the White House. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP The dedication of the plaza comes as there has...
    The number of hospital admissions across the city spiked to 84 Friday, a day after just 48 were recorded, according to Mayor de Blasio. But it’s unclear whether the startling increase is related to the mass protests and spread of coronavirus, the mayor said. “That’s a meaningful movement in one day. We’re going to keep a close eye on that,” said de Blasio. “We do not see evidence that it’s related to everything that happened over the last few weeks because of the time it takes for the disease to manifest.” The mayor said it would take a week to 10 days to see any manifestation of the coronavirus. The city has been the scene of numerous crowded protest gatherings in the wake of George Floyd’s police-involved death in Minneapolis. On Wednesday, the Big Apple recorded zero confirmed deaths from COVID-19 for the first time since March 12.
    Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has sent a letter to President Trump requesting that he withdraw "all extraordinary federal law enforcement and military presence" from the city. Protesters have held largely peaceful demonstrations against police brutality and racial violence in the wake of George Floyd's death every day for the past week in the district. Over last weekend, however, there were some clashes late in the evening, with scattered fires and looting in the capital, as well as vandalism of buildings and historic places, including the Lincoln and World War II memorials and St. John's Episcopal Church, near the White House. In response, the mayor announced curfews that extended through Thursday morning, and requested national guard troops assist D.C. law enforcement. Bowser said in her letter to Mr. Trump, which she also posted on Twitter, that she has ended the state of emergency in the city related to the demonstrations,...
    As “Justice for George Floyd” protests continue to be held in Washington, D.C. and other cities all over the U.S., muralists voiced their support for Black Lives Matter in the nation’s capital by painting the group’s name in all-capital letters on a block of 16th Street on Friday near Lafayette Square.\ On Twitter, John Falcicchio—chief of staff for Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser—posted, “There was a dispute this week about whose street this week about whose street this is. Mayor Bowser wanted to make it abundantly clear that this is DC’s street and to honor demonstrators who peacefully protested on Monday evening.” While the “BLACK LIVES MATTER” message was being painted, municipal dump trucks blocked off that part of 16th Street. Holy cow. The city of DC is out here on 16th steeet behind the White House painting BLACK LIVES MATTER onto the streets — that it owns — stretching...
    (CNN)Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser requested Friday that President Donald Trump remove all additional federal law enforcement and military presence from the city, arguing that the units are "inflaming" and "adding to the grievances" of people protesting over the death of George Floyd. Why Trump has the FBI, ICE and TSA patrolling Washington streets"The protestors have been peaceful, and last night, the Metropolitan Police Department did not make a single arrest. Therefore, I am requesting that you withdraw all extraordinary law enforcement and military presence from Washington, DC," Bowser wrote in a letter to the President, adding that she has ended the state of emergency in DC related to the protests.Trump has touted a law-and-order message and threatened to send in military troops to quell protests in other states, but most governors have been opposed. DC's status as a district, not a state, allows the President, and in turn the...
    (CNN)Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser requested Friday that President Donald Trump remove all additional federal law enforcement and military presence from the city, arguing that the units are "inflaming" and "adding to the grievances" of people protesting over the death of George Floyd.Read her letter to the President here: Bowser-Letter (PDF)Bowser-Letter (Text)
    Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said she wants out-of-state military troops gone from the city. “The very first thing is we want the military — we want troops from out-of-state out of Washington, D.C.,” Bowser stated, as reported by CNN. She added that there were “federal military assets that we did not request that we understand are under direction of Attorney General (William) Barr.” Bowser also promoted an open letter from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) sent to President Trump Thursday expressing “concern” about the “increased militarization” in response to the wave of riots sweeping the nation. Bowser tweeted Thursday: “Thank you [Speaker Pelosi] for standing with DC as we push back on uninvited military, out-of-state National Guard [and] unidentifiable federal officials amassing on our streets for the glorification of one man who sits afraid/alone If it can happen in DC, what jurisdiction is next?”...
    The Mayor of Tacoma, Washington, Victoria Woodards, has called for the firing of police officers involved in the death of Manuel Ellis. Ellis, a 33-year-old black man, died on March 3 in handcuffs while being restrained on the ground by police. His death has been ruled a homicide. "I am demanding tonight that the Pierce County Sheriff review and confirm every action taken by each officer. I demand that the sheriff provide details of the actions of each officer on the scene and I am directing the city manager to fire each officer involved," Woodards said at a news conference late Thursday night, adding: "The officer who committed this crime should be fired and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law." The Pierce County Medical Examiner's Office determined that Ellis died of respiratory arrest due to hypoxia due to physical restraint, The News Tribune reported. Contributing factors included...
    A mayor in Southern California resigned Thursday night after drawing backlash over a comment in an emailed statement. “I don’t believe there’s ever been a good person of color killed by a police officer,” the email from James Stewart, mayor of Temecula, Riverside County, had said. Stewart initially blamed the emailed remark, distributed Wednesday, on an error in a speech-to-text translation of his dictated comments, the Valley News of Riverside County reported. BIRMINGHAM MAYOR SLAPPED WITH STATE LAWSUIT AFTER TEARING DOWN CONFEDERATE MONUMENT But on Thursday evening, following backlash in the city of about 115,000 residents, 74 miles southeast of Los Angeles, Stewart opted to step down. He announced his resignation in a Facebook post. “I understand that even my sincerest apologies cannot remedy this situation. Because actions speak louder than words, I will step down as your Mayor and City Council Member, effective immediately,” Stewart wrote in part. “It...
    A mayor in Southern California resigned Thursday night after drawing backlash over a comment in an emailed statement. “I don’t believe there’s ever been a good person of color killed by a police officer,” the email from James Stewart, mayor of Temecula, Riverside County, had said. Stewart initially blamed the emailed remark, distributed Wednesday, on an error in a speech-to-text translation of his dictated comments, the Valley News of Riverside County reported. BIRMINGHAM MAYOR SLAPPED WITH STATE LAWSUIT AFTER TEARING DOWN CONFEDERATE MONUMENT But on Thursday evening, following backlash in the city of about 115,000 residents, 74 miles southeast of Los Angeles, Stewart opted to step down. He announced his resignation in a Facebook post. “I understand that even my sincerest apologies cannot remedy this situation. Because actions speak louder than words, I will step down as your Mayor and City Council Member, effective immediately,” Stewart wrote in part. “It...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - The outrage over George Floyd’s death arrived at Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s front door in the form of hundreds of shouting protesters gathered outside his home, loudly chanting to gut funding for the police department. There was anger about curfews, and the use of rubber bullets by police to disperse protesters. The mayor also heard calls for the resignation of police Chief Michel Moore. It was the kind of pained, indignant outcry the popular mayor who was born and raised in Los Angeles has rarely seen since taking office seven years ago, much less at the threshold of his home. TOP STORIES Twitter removes Trump campaigns George Floyd tribute Richmond police chief says rioters blocked firefighters from burning home with child inside Chattanooga police chief tells officers OK with George Floyd death to turn in badges Garcetti responded Wednesday by announcing...
    ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Thursday walked with protesters downtown and told the crowd through a megaphone that “there is something better on the other side of this.” “We are in the midst of a movement in this country,” she said. “But it’s going to be incumbent upon all of us to be able to get together and articulate more than our anger. We got to be able to articulate what we want as our solutions.” The mayor’s appearance came on the seventh straight night of protests in the city following the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota. Police Chief Erika Shields also attended the protest. TOP STORIES Twitter removes Trump campaigns George Floyd tribute Louisville police stage own protest, walk out on mayor: They feel completely unsupported Richmond police chief says rioters blocked firefighters from burning home with child inside When the first night...
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was drowned out by booing at a memorial for George Floyd in Brooklyn on Thursday, as the preacher who introduced him pleaded with attendees to show “respect.” “Let us welcome with respect the mayor of New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio and first lady Chirlane McCray,” Rev. Kevin McCall said. Loud booing then broke out as the mayor took the stage, forcing McCall to add: “Again, again, again, we said respect! We said respect! Say it with me, respect!” When McCray took the microphone first, the booing subsided. PASTOR CALLS FOR END TO RIOTS, SAYS CHURCH IS ANSWER TO HEALING DIVIDE De Blasio had also received boos as he arrived at the memorial, with crowds shouting “De Blasio, go home” as he walked across the stage. CUOMO DECRIES POLICE INJURIES, DAYS AFTER CRITICIZING NYPD  Later, as he tried to address the crowd,...
    (CNN)Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser said she wants out-of-state military troops out of the nation's capital after they were called in to handle the protests over the death of George Floyd."The very first thing is we want the military -- we want troops from out-of-state out of Washington, DC," Bowser said at a press conference Thursday.In Washington and cities across America, protesters have gathered to demand justice for Floyd, who was killed last week while in custody of the Minneapolis police.On Monday, the DC National Guard was activated to assist the city's Metropolitan Police Department with the protests and rolled onto the White House complex with military trucks. As of Thursday, more than 4,500 National Guard Members had been deployed to DC -- with several states, including Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Mississippi, New Jersey, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee and Utah, sending their Guard troops at the request of Defense Secretary...
    Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser said Thursday that she’s ending a curfew for residents protesting police brutality and that she wants National Guard troops from other states to leave. Bowser announced the end of four nights of curfew at a press conference following two nights of relative peace despite thousands defying her earlier curfews to protest the killing of George Floyd by Minnesota police. The mayor said that she wants thousands of National Guard members from other states to return home as order is restored. Bowser said local authorities never requested guardsmen from elsewhere and are studying the legality of their deployment. “We want troops from out of state out of Washington, DC,” Bowser said. The local DC National Guard was deployed on Saturday to help protect the White House after initial skirmishes on Friday between Secret Service and protesters. After street battles between protesters and police, along with arson...
    Dozens of police officers in Louisville, Ky. reportedly walked out on the city's Democratic mayor, Greg Fischer, as a form of protest, as the Fraternal Order of Police president explained that the officers felt “disrespected” as they struggle to keep the peace after more than a week of fiery protests. Video obtained by the Courier-Journal shows Fischer standing in the middle of the room at a roll call before the start of a 12-hour shift, as streams of Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) officers and detectives silently file out. FOP President Ryan Nichols, who was not present, said the move was an unplanned reaction to Fischer’s address. "They feel completely unsupported and disrespected by this administration," Nichols said. "They feel whatever he was going to say would have been nothing more than lip service, and he does not care about them at all." Tensions between protesters and police have reached a high in...
    (CNN)Ella Jones -- who was elected as the first black and first female mayor of Ferguson, Missouri, on Tuesday -- shared what her election symbolizes and where the nation should go next after George Floyd's death.It is crucial that police officers work with communities to make people "feel that they are being served, instead of being hunted," she told CNN's Chris Cuomo Wednesday night. "The only way to do that is to have courageous conversations," she said, and to have "the police officers at the table with us."Jones' historic win comes as protests over the killing of George Floyd while in police custody grip the nation. Nearly six years ago, Ferguson was a flashpoint for protests following the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager who was shot by a white police officer.Ferguson elects first black mayor in citys history nearly six years after protests solidified Black Lives Matter...
    MILL VALLEY, Calif. (KGO) -- The mayor of Mill Valley has issued an apology after a comment she made that seemed to dismiss the Black Lives Matter movement and racial issues in her own community.During the city council meeting on Monday, a public commenter said a "White Silence is Violence" sign that he posted in town was torn down within hours. He asked what Mill Valley is doing to show that Black Lives Matter.Community members are criticizing how Mayor Sashi Mcentee responded. "It is our council policy that we do not take action on issues that are not of immediate local importance," Mcentee said, "But we appreciate hearing everybody's comments."More than 10,000 people have signed two petitions calling on Mcentee to step down or apologize.In an initial statement released Tuesday, Mcentee did apologize for her comment and said she stands behind Black Lives Matter.RELATED: VIDEO: Here's what Mayor London Breed...
    Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser made it clear Wednesday that the Metropolitan Police report to her, and that she does not believe National Guardsmen are needed in the nation’s capital to assist in maintaining order during the George Floyd protests. “We are examining every legal question about the president’s authority to send troops, even National Guard, to the District of Columbia,” Bowser said during a news conference. “Another way to put it is, does the President have the legal authority to request [National] Guard from other states?” Bowser asked reporters. “I have the authority to request guards from other states.” Bowser said she has not asked any National Guardsmen from other states to assist in the capital, but she has requested 100 D.C. National Guardsmen to line the perimeter of the White House, in a limited role and unarmed. The mayor’s comments come after President Trump announced from the White House Monday...
    (CNN)Even against the backdrop of the fiery rhetoric coming from the White House this week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's trial balloon set off alarms amid protests roiling New York City in response to the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minnesota.On Tuesday, the Democratic governor said during a press conference that the instances of looting and property destruction that cam as peaceful protests took place one night earlier showed that "the NYPD and the mayor did not do their job last night." Then, he took it a step further."My option is to displace the mayor of New York City and bring in the National Guard -- as the governor, in a state of emergency -- and basically take over the mayor's job," Cuomo said. He quickly added that, "I don't think we are at that point," and that doing so would aggravate an already precarious situation....
    BALTIMORE (AP) - A former Baltimore mayor who argued crime was lower during her administration maintained her lead in the Democratic primary on Wednesday, even though her own tenure was cut short by scandal. While the race remained too close to call, Maryland political observers noted that the crowded primary appeared to have been whittled down to two well-known politicians: former Mayor Sheila Dixon and City Council President Brandon Scott. In a primary with more than 20 candidates, the coronavirus pandemic hindered lesser-known challengers from using traditional campaigning techniques, experts said. TOP STORIES Tiger Woods blasted for telling rioters to stop burning and looting their local neighborhoods Univ. of Alabama Birmingham professor instructs rioters on how to tear down monuments Van Jones: Forget the KKK, its the white, liberal Hillary Clinton supporter we should worry about “There was no opportunity for people to have a dynamic moment in the...
    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Ella Jones winced as she gazed at a boarded-up restaurant, one of several businesses in Ferguson damaged in protests over the death of George Floyd. As Jones prepares to take over as the Missouri town’s first black mayor, she understands that Ferguson will always symbolize the uneasy relationship between black people and police. She just doesn’t understand the destruction. “I know people consider Ferguson as Ground Zero,” Jones said Wednesday. “However, every time injustice is done, they don’t have to come here and tear up our city.” TOP STORIES Beijing propaganda: Coronavirus will make China leader in new world order Retired St. Louis police captain killed by looters George Soros, 89, is still on a quest to destroy America Jones, 65, defeated City Council colleague Heather Robinette, who is white, 54% to 46% in Tuesday’s mayoral election. Later this month, Jones will become the face...
    New York City's second night under curfew was calmer than the first, with mostly peaceful demonstrators marching to protest the death of George Floyd and sporadic reports of vandalism. "Last night we took a step forward in moving out of this difficult period we've had the last few days and moving to a better time," Mayor Bill de Blasio said. The citywide curfew from 8 p.m. Tuesday to 5 a.m. Wednesday was imposed to prevent the nighttime chaos and destruction that followed peaceful protests for several days in a row. It will remain in effect through Sunday, with the city planning to lift it at the same time it enters the first phase of reopening after more than two months of shutdowns because of the coronavirus. Coronavirus: The Race To Respond Protests spark fears of new COVID surges France rolls out tracing app, further eases anti-virus restrictions...
    DC Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Wednesday that residents of the capital city will be under a later curfew of 11 p.m. after thousands of people on Tuesday flouted an earlier 7 p.m. curfew. The decision follows light property damage and violence on Tuesday after three chaotic nights of vandalism, arson and street battles between authorities and people protesting the killing of George Floyd by Minnesota police. “The public safety recommendation has been that we adjust our curfew,” Bowser said at a press conference. Police aggressively enforced Bowser’s 7 p.m. curfew on Monday but did not attempt to do so on Tuesday as throngs of demonstrators remained outside the White House and marched through the streets. As 7 p.m. passed on Tuesday, a massive crowd facing the White House defiantly chanted toward officers, “F–k your curfew!” To give you a sense of how many protesters are outside of the White House...
    The Baltimore mayoral seat that was vacated last year when Catherine Pugh resigned over a corruption scandal -- which led to a three-year prison sentence -- now appears likely to be filled by a former mayor who has a past conviction of her own. With Democratic primary returns still coming in after Tuesday’s vote, the front-runner appears to be Sheila Dixon, who resigned as mayor in 2010 after a jury found her guilty of misdemeanor embezzlement for misappropriating gift cards for the poor. MOUNDS OF BRICKS, BOTTLES FOUND IN BALTIMORE AHEAD OF EXPECTED GEORGE FLOYD UNREST The Baltimore mayoral seat that was vacated when Catherine Pugh, left, resigned over a corruption scandal now appears likely to be filled by Sheila Dixon, right, a former mayor who has a past conviction of her own. Dixon leads a pack of more than 20 Democratic candidates that includes current Acting Mayor Bernard C....
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The city of Louisville, Kentucky, plans to reach out for an independent review of its police department amid protests that erupted over the deaths of black people during encounters with police, the mayor said Wednesday. Officials plan to hire an outside group to perform a “comprehensive, top-to-bottom” review of the police department, Mayor Greg Fischer said. The evaluation comes two days after the shooting death of a black man in the city as police and National Guard soldiers tried to enforce a curfew. The police chief was fired after it came to light that officers involved in the shooting failed to activate their body cameras. The city has been hit by days of protests demanding justice for Breonna Taylor, a black woman who was killed in her home in Louisville in March. The 26-year-old EMT was shot eight times by narcotics detectives who knocked down her...
    Ferguson, Missouri, the city that made national headlines after a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager – touching off massive protests – just elected Ella Jones to be its first black mayor. The St. Louis suburb was the site of massive protests following the 2014 shooting. Now Jones will lead it as the whole country is seeing large-scale demonstrations against police brutality and racism following the death of George Floyd, though some of those demonstrations have also escalated into violent riots. CONTROVERSIAL REP. STEVE KING LOSES IOWA GOP PRIMARY BATTLE “It’s just our time,” Jones, 65, said Tuesday night, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “It’s just my time to do right by the people.” Jones, currently a city council member, will also be the first female mayor of Ferguson when she takes office later this month. She ran against fellow council member Heather Robinett. Incumbent mayor James...
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said on Wednesday that NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio refusing to send the national guard to address the rioting “makes no sense.” “De Blasio is totally off his cracker when he says that the National Guard is not trained for that. Yes, they are. That is exactly what they are trained for,” Fox News contributor Huckabee told “Fox & Friends.” Huckabee said that the National Guard is “carefully trained” and “know how to get into these situations” to handle them. “His ignorance of that is stunning to me,” Huckabee said. TRUMP SIGNS SOCIAL MEDIA EXECUTIVE ORDER THAT CALLS FOR REMOVAL OF LIABILITY PROTECTIONS OVER 'CENSORING' De Blasio earlier Tuesday announced that the city’s curfew will be extended through the end of the week following yet another night of looting, destruction and “vicious attacks on police officers.” The decision to order residents to stay indoors from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. comes as De Blasio simultaneously...
    (CNN)New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says Gov. Andrew Cuomo owes the NYPD an apology for saying the police department did not do its job during unrest Monday night.Cuomo on Tuesday publicly blamed New York City's mayor and police force for not preventing instances of looting and destruction of property -- particularly in midtown Manhattan -- as more peaceful protests took place in Brooklyn. The governor described the situation in the city as "inexcusable" and suggested that the National Guard should be deployed. Cuomo calls NYCs response to unrest inexcusableIn a radio interview with Larry Mullins on 1010 Wins later Tuesday, de Blasio said Cuomo's remarks had been disgraceful."I think he owes an apology to 36,000 hardworking men and women who have been putting their lives on the line for all of us," the mayor said."The important point here, is he dishonored the men and women of the NYPD...
    More than 1,000 protesters gathered Tuesday outside the Getty House in Los Angeles, which serves as the residence of Mayor Eric Garcetti. The crowd appeared to remain peaceful, with no reports of vandalism or looting in the immediate area, as demonstrations following the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis continued across the U.S., FOX 11 of Los Angeles reported. LA MAYOR GARCETTI TAKES KNEE AT GEORGE FLOYD PROTEST, FACES BACKLASH FOR CALLING NATIONAL GUARD “It’s a Black Lives Matter thing,” one protester told FOX 11. “It’s not to get confused; it’s not us versus you, it’s not white versus black. It’s a lot of our people versus bad cops. We understand there’s good cops but there’s a lot of bad cops and it’s not a job that can have bad cops.” Joined by community faith leaders Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti takes a knee in prayer during...
    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Ferguson voters have elected Ella Jones as the city’s first black mayor as protests over the death of George Floyd and police treatment of black communities roil the nation. Jones, a city council member who also will be first woman to lead the St. Louis suburb, beat fellow council member Heather Robinett in the non-partisan election for a three-year term that starts later this month, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Incumbent James Knowles III could not run again due to term limits. Protests following the 2014 fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown thrust Ferguson into national spotlight. They also helped solidify the Black Lives Matter movement formed in the wake of the death of black teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida two years earlier and the acquittal of the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot him. The city voted Tuesday amid another day of protests over the...
    Critics of Mayor Bill de Blasio are circulating an old, fanciful petition calling for his impeachment amid outrage over riots and lootings in the city during protests over the death of Minnesota resident George Floyd at the hands of the police. The online Change.org petition – “Impeach de Blasio” – garnered more than 60,000 signatures and growing Tuesday night. Organizers are seeking 75,000 backers. The petition was started last year but thousands signed onto the petition Tuesday as controversy raged over protests engulfing the city that have triggered clashes between participants and police officers and reports of vandalism and property damage of retail stores. But critics are just venting their frustration. De Blasio will not be impeached. He is term-limited and will complete his term at the end of 2021. “Mayor Bill de Blasio is destroying New York City. We cannot have him continue as mayor for the next two...
    Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani told "Hannity" Tuesday that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo should remove the "incompetent" current mayor, Bill de Blasio, from his post due to the ongoing George Floyd protests which have resulted in rioting and looting throughout the city in recent days. "The de Blasio-Cuomo problem is a special problem," Giuliani told host Sean Hannity. "They hate each other. And frankly, de Blasio is completely incompetent. And the governor, really in good conscience, should replace him because he's the sole reason why the New York City Police Department isn't acting." "And it really wasn't fair of the governor, who attacked the police department. He should have attacked de Blasio." CUOMO CALLS NYC PROTESTS 'COUNTERPRODUCTIVE' TO SLOWING CORONAVIRUS SPREAD Earlier Tuesday, Cuomo slammed de Blasio's handling of riots in his city, calling it a "disgrace" and noting he has the power to "displace" the mayor -- although he added that he doesn't want...
    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti took a knee during a Tuesday protest over the death of George Floyd to show solidarity but ended up facing protesters of his own later on near his home. Garcetti, a Democrat, took a knee outside of police headquarters at one of the many demonstrations that occurred in the Los Angeles area, according to The Associated Press. He told protesters, "I hear you. I hear what you are saying about the police." Later that day, hundreds of people reportedly gathered outside of Garcetti's house to stage a separate protest. This news comes just three days after Garcetti said that the California National Guard would be deployed to address civil unrest in Los Angeles, as recent riots have erupted over Floyd's death. LOUISVILLE POLICE: MAN KILLED BY OFFICER HAD FIRED FIRST, SURVEILLANCE VIDEO SHOWS "The California National Guard is being deployed to Los Angeles overnight to support our local response to maintain peace...
    The mayor of Birmingham, Alabama explained Tuesday his reasons for removing the Confederate statue in the city, that is protected under state law. "I'm experiencing some civil unrest in my city and the center of that civil unrest started from not just the death of George Floyd, but the symbolism of this statue," Mayor Randall Woodfin said on MSNBC. "Many note that the city of Birmingham has a high black population here in our community and in our city. They feel this statue represents the wrong thing moving forward as well as what should be in an actual city park," Woodfin said, adding that people should know that Birmingham was founded in 1871, seven years after the Civil War ended. "So even from that standpoint revisionist history should be corrected and it should be known that this type of symbolism is offensive to people who were regulated through slavery." The...
    Democratic New York City mayor Bill de Blasio raised eyebrows on Tuesday for his explanation as to why he continues to crack down on religious gatherings while allowing the George Floyd protests amid the coronavirus outbreak. Following fierce condemnation, the mayor received for repeatedly singling out Jewish communities on social media for not abiding the shutdown guidelines, reporter Reuvain Borchardt from the Jewish newspaper Hamodia pressed de Blasio on his stance of the lockdown as thousands have taken to the streets, some even rioting and looting across the city. "The retail store owners have been closed for two months... People from attending houses of worship, our regular part of life, have been banned from doing so with more than 10 people. Now you've expressed solidarity with this particular protest cause, is that why it's been given dispensation to disregard epidemic guidelines?" Borchardt asked. "Are we in a pandemic or not? And do we have...
    (CNN)In the wake of nationwide protests in response to the death of George Floyd, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms candidly discuss race, outrage and the fears about the spread of Covid-19.You can listen on your favorite podcast app or read the transcript below.Alicia Smith, community organizer: It broke my heart. It was devastating. There are no words in the English language that would convey the despair that I felt watching that man's life leave his body and him scream out for his mother. Protestor: I'm out here to get justice for my city. My city has been going through a lot of pain. This is not the first, second or third time. You see all this, all the damage? It's what we have to do to get our voice heard. Dr. Sanjay Gupta: All over the country, people are filling the streets to...
    "Outnumbered” co-host Melissa Francis on Tuesday called out New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for failing to enforce the rule of law against rioters and looters. “I would say as a citizen of New York, Mr. Governor, you’ve had your chance and you’ve blown it,” Francis said. Francis said that she has never seen “destruction, looting, robbery and violence like this” in the city. “He had his chance, he doesn’t get to say ‘no thanks.’ As for our mayor [Bill de Blasio], who the other night as SoHo was being gutted, he tweeted that Union Square looked great. That there was a peaceful protest going on there. We all thought: Are you tweeting from what, your bed? You don’t know what is going on out in your city right now ” Francis said. CUOMO CALLS NYC PROTESTS 'COUNTERPRODUCTIVE' TO SLOWING CORONAVIRUS SPREAD  Cuomo on Tuesday slammed de Blasio's handling of...
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday slammed Bill de Blasio's handling of riots in his city, calling it a "disgrace" and saying he has the power to "displace" the mayor -- though doesn't want to at this point. "The NYPD, the mayor did not do their job last night," Cuomo said of New York City's mayor. "It was a disgrace." He said the mayor "underestimates" the scope of the problem, suggesting he needs to deploy more police. In an extraordinary statement, he went on to say his "option is to displace the mayor" and "bring in the National Guard." However, he said "I don't think we're at that point." He added, "That would be such a chaotic situation in the midst of an already chaotic situation. I don’t think that makes any sense." De Blasio earlier Tuesday announced that the city’s curfew will be extended through the end of the week following yet...
    Republican Party of Minnesota Chair Jennifer Carnahan is calling for Gov. Tim Walz and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, both Democrats, to resign amid the violet protests sparked by the death of George Floyd while in police custody. “We’ve watched for over a week as our governor of Minnesota and the Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey completely failed all the residents and citizens of Minneapolis and Minnesota,” Carnahan told “Fox & Friends First” on Tuesday, adding that the two have been “playing political games.” She went on to say that “it was unfortunate to see because it took three nights of full chaos, destruction of our city, burning down of a police precinct, rioting of businesses before they did anything and then their actions were very light and still contributed to continued chaos in Minneapolis.” Protests were sparked by the May 25 death of Floyd, the Minneapolis man who died in police custody May 25 after an officer kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes in...
    (CNN)Keisha Lance Bottoms wasn't one of the 28 Democratic candidates who ran for the presidential nomination this year. But in the last week, she has become the party's most important voice.Bottoms, the mayor of Atlanta, has emerged more so than any other Democratic politician -- including the party's presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden -- as the sort of leader the party (and the country) needs amid ongoing protests and violence across the country following the murder of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, at the hands of Minneapolis police last week.When violence raged in Atlanta on Friday night, Bottoms delivered remarks that were breathtaking in their candor and ferocity. Here's the key piece (it's long, but very much worth your time): THE POINT -- NOW ON YOUTUBE! In each episode of his weekly YouTube show, Chris Cillizza will delve a little deeper into the surreal world of...
    (CNN)Washington D.C.'s mayor said Tuesday she was "shocked" and "outraged" that peaceful protesters outside the White House on Monday were teargassed and shot at with rubber bullets by law enforcement. "We were very shocked and quite frankly outraged that people who were not violating the curfew, and who did not seem to have provoked attack, were attacked in a move out by the federal law enforcement officials who were directed to clear the way for the President," Mayor Muriel Bowser told CNN's Alisyn Camerota on "New Day." After a weekend of unrest in the nation's capital over the death of George Floyd, Bowser had issued a citywide curfew starting 7 p.m. ET Monday. Roughly a half hour before the curfew went into effect, law enforcement began pushing back the crowd of protesters gathered outside the White House with tear gas, flash grenades and rubber bullets.President Donald Trump on Monday night...
    BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland residents are going to the polls and returning mail-in ballots for the state’s primary, and the highest-profile race Tuesday is the Democratic contest to be the nominee for Baltimore’s mayor. The winner of that race in Maryland’s largest city will likely become mayor. Democrats outnumber Republicans 10-1 in Baltimore, making November’s general election mostly a formality. Baltimore voters are looking for a leader who can rein in violent crime, address entrenched poverty and restore steadily eroding trust in local government. More than 20 Democrats are seeking that challenge. The election comes a year after City Hall was raided as part of a public corruption scandal that resulted in the resignation of then-Mayor Catherine Pugh. She was sentenced in February to three years in prison after pleading guilty to federal charges stemming from lucrative bulk sales of her self-published children’s books. The Democratic front-runners are...
    New York (CNN)Several incidents caught on video showing NYPD officers during recent demonstrations -- including one showing an officer who apparently drew his gun amid protesters, a police vehicle moving into a crowd and an officer pushing a woman -- are under investigation, according to the mayor of New York.The investigation comes as police and community relations are at a flash point across the nation in the wake of the death of George Floyd while under arrest in Minneapolis. It was a spark that kicked off protests across the United States, many devolving into confrontations with police, damage to property, fires, looting and arrests.Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday that the New York police officer who appeared to draw his weapon on a crowd "should have his gun and badge taken away from him today." An investigation is being done "immediately" and will determine larger consequences.Three videos piece together the...
    (CNN)The mayor of Birmingham, Alabama, is vowing to remove a 115-year-old Confederate monument from a public park after protesters attempted to tear it down.Demonstrators at Linn Park took aim at the Confederate Soldiers & Sailors Monument, dedicated in 1905, on Sunday during a protest over systemic racism and police brutality in the aftermath of George Floyd's death.As some attempted to tear down the 52-foot-tall obelisk, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin arrived at the scene. He pleaded with demonstrators to disperse before police came to make arrests, saying that he understood their anger and would have the monument removed."Allow me to finish the job for you," Woodfin said in video captured by CNN affiliate WIAT.Cities extend curfews for another night in an attempt to avoid violent protests over George Floyds deathThe park is home to memorials including the veterans monument and a statue of Confederate sailor Charles Linn, installed in 2013. The...
    Washington (CNN)Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms says she is trying to strike a "tough balance" between criticizing police officers and supporting ones who protect the city amid protests spurred by the recent killing of a black man in Minnesota by a white officer. "This has been a really tough balance because I feel helpless. I feel angry. I feel frustrated," Bottoms, who is African American, told CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta in an interview posting Tuesday as part of his podcast, "Coronavirus: Fact vs. Fiction." "But the balance to that, I know that there are men and women who put on a uniform every day who love and care about our community. And they do it for all the right reasons," said Bottoms, a Democrat. "And that's the vast majority of our police officers in our city -- at least think they do it with a good heart and with good...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Two police officers have been fired and three others placed on desk duty over excessive use of force during a protest arrest incident involving two college students, Atlanta’s mayor said Sunday. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said at a news conference that she and police Chief Erika Shields made the decision after reviewing body-camera footage of a Saturday night incident that first gained attention from video online and on local news. “Use of excessive force is never acceptable,” Bottoms told reporters. Shields called the footage “really shocking to watch.” Police identified the fired officers as Investigator Ivory Streeter, who was hired in December 2003, and Investigator Mark Gardner, who was hired in August 1997. The driver of the car was Messiah Young and his passenger was Taniyah Pilgrim, according to police. The mayor said the young man attended Morehouse College and the young woman was...
    Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser and District officials on Monday imposed a 7 p.m curfew after protests turned violent over the weekend, with monuments vandalized and historic buildings set ablaze. Bowser, speaking at a press conference Monday alongside D.C. public safety and health officials, condemned the “destruction” of the capital city. SECRET SERVICE AGENTS WOUNDED OUTSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE, CAR BOMBS FEARED AMID DC RIOTS “I want to be very clear about something as the nation’s capital. We are frequent hosts to First Amendment demonstrations, and we applaud the American spirit of protest and especially protest to their federal government,” she said. “However, we do not, and we will not, allow the destruction of our hometown, by people who are coming here to protest or by D.C. residents.” Bowser said she and ocal officials “certainly empathize with the righteous cause that people are here protesting.” “Every single American should be outraged by...
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio insisted Monday that his 25-year-old daughter was “peacefully protesting” and “not doing anything that would provoke a negative response” when she was arrested late Sunday night during demonstrations against the death of George Floyd. Chiara de Blasio was taken into custody in Manhattan after allegedly blocking traffic and then refusing to move, law enforcement sources told the New York Post. NYC POLICE COMMISSIONER ON NIGHT OF VIOLENT RIOTS, LOOTING: ‘IT TURNED DARK AND IT TURNED UGLY’  Yet De Blasio said when he and his wife Chirlane asked their daughter to explain the situation on Monday morning, she shared a different story. “She was very clear that she believed she was following the instructions of police officers and doing what they were asking,” de Blasio told reporters. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his daughter Chiara in 2015. (Reuters) “Absolutely she was abundantly clear -- she was peacefully protesting, not doing anything that...
    Rudy Giuliani, one of President Donald Trump's attorneys, criticized Democratic mayors for failing to curb violent protests in the wake of George Floyd's death and claimed the unrest would not have occurred while he was New York City's mayor. On Monday morning, Giuliani posted on Twitter that seven days of "mob-rule" in cities with "mostly Democratic mayors" made it "obvious that these mayors are incapable of protecting their citizens." The unrest could be "prevented," according to Giuliani, who wrote that "a riot was impossible when I was mayor." Floyd's May 25 death following a Minneapolis Police Department officer kneeling on his neck prompted nationwide outrage. Amid peaceful protests for justice and an end to police brutality, demonstrations in cities nationwide turned violent with the looting of businesses, burning of vehicles and vandalism of buildings. Minnesota Governor Tim Walz pleaded for an end to the violence during a Friday press conference,...
    Two people were killed and several others-- including a Davenport police officer-- were injured during overnight unrest in Iowa and the city's mayor is asking for the support of the National Guard to keep protests stemming from the death of George Floyd under control. Davenport Police Chief Paul Sikorski told reporters on Monday that officers responded to 45 serious disturbance calls around the city on Sunday night, including "dozens" of shots fired incidents. GEORGE FLOYD UNREST: RIOTS, FIRES, VIOLENCE ESCALATE IN SEVERAL MAJOR CITIES One of the shooting incidents occurred near a Walmart where four people were shot and two died. In another incident, around 3 a.m., three Davenport officers on patrol were ambushed in their vehicle by a shooter who fired several rounds at them. One officer was shot, but is doing "OK," Sikorski said. Another officer returned fire but the police chief did not specify if the suspect was hit. A police chase...
    Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani insisted Monday that the kind of riots breaking out across the country never would have happened when he was in charge of the city. After several nights of protests inspired by the death of George Floyd in police custody -- which included an NYPD vehicle set ablaze in Brooklyn and looting in Manhattan -- Giuliani took shots at Democrats while touting his own record. LUXURY STORES LOOTED IN OVERNIGHT PROTESTS IN NYC AS DE BLASIO SAYS THERE'S 'LIMITED PROTEST ACTIVITY' "These riots can be prevented," Giuliani tweeted Monday morning. "I did it with massive protests of police brutality kept lawful. I did it following 2 major riots under my predecessor; a pogrom in Crown Heights and a riot in Washington Heights. A riot was impossible when I was Mayor." Giuliani referenced clashes between black and Jewish residents in the Crown Heights area of Brooklyn in 1991 and a riot in...
    George Floyd's body will be returned to his hometown of Houston — where his family still lives — for his funeral, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said Saturday. There have been nationwide protests since Floyd, 46, died in Minneapolis after a police officer was captured on video pressing his knee on Floyd's neck for several minutes while he was handcuffed and pleaded for air. "This is the same city that George Floyd grew up in, and his body will be returning to this city," Turner said. Floyd was a native of the city's historic Third Ward. A Houston-area funeral parlor confirmed to CBS Houston affiliate KHOU-TV that they are handling Floyd's services. George Floyd Family Handout A GoFundMe set up by Philonise Floyd, Floyd's brother, has raised more than $5 million for the family. "This fund is established to cover funeral and burial expenses, mental and grief counseling, lodging and travel...
    (CNN)New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's daughter was arrested during protests Saturday night, according to police sources.Chiara de Blasio was arrested for unlawful assembly and was later released, police sources said. CNN has reached out to Mayor de Blasio's office for comment.Her arrest comes as thousands of people are taking to the streets across the country in both peaceful protests and violent demonstrations against law enforcement over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who was killed by police in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Protesters have been clashing with police in major cities like Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia. Demonstrators at 5th Avenue during a protest over the death of George Floyd, on May 31, 2020 in the Manhattan borough of New York.In New York, peaceful demonstrations were seen during the day, with protesters filming officers kneeling with them on Sunday. But when the sun went down, that's when...
    Protestors gathered in Birmingham went to work to remove a statue erected in a public park with ties to the confederacy. According to AL.com, the group gathered at Linn Park following a rally in memory of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died on Memorial Day shortly after his arrest by officers from the Minneapolis Police Department. However, a speech at the rally from comedian Jermaine "FunnyMaine" Johnson led many to the park after Johnson encouraged them to meet him there. "We've got a lot cities around the country. They're tearing down Target. They're tearing down city hall. We can't do that. We gotta protect our city," Johnson told the crowd before saying that protestors couldn't destroy historic civil rights locations like the 16th Street Baptist Church. "But what I'm not telling you to do is walk to Linn Park. I'm not telling to walk to Linn...
    Mayor de Blasio on Sunday night visited parts of Brooklyn that endured “challenging dynamics” during protests over George Floyd’s death. After two nights of heated demonstrations in the area — where protesters and cops clashed — the mayor walked around Flatbush and Bedford-Stuyvesant listening to the concerns of community leaders. The mayor spoke to elected officials while walking a stretch of Flatbush “that witnessed some of the most challenging dynamics last night,” he said on Twitter. “Hearing from them and community about priorities like police accountability and increasing access to food and relief.” Hizzoner did the same in Bed Stuy, where he said on Twitter, residents “are worried about encounters between youth and police.” “We have a lot of work to do,” de Blasio wrote. When spotted in Flatbush by a Post reporter, the mayor refused to answer why it took him until Sunday to publicly speak with Brooklyn residents...
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s daughter was arrested at a Manhattan protest on Saturday night, law enforcement sources told The Post on Sunday. Chiara de Blasio, 25, was taken into custody around 10:30 p.m. after cops declared an unlawful assembly at 12th Street and Broadway in Lower Manhattan, the sources said. “That was a real hotspot, police cars were getting burned there, people were throwing and yelling, fighting with cops. There were thousands of people in that area at that time,” the source said. She gave 181 East End Avenue as her address, otherwise known as Gracie Mansion, the mayor’s Upper East Side residence. The arrest came about an hour before Hizzoner told protesters it was time to “go home.” “We appreciate and respect all peaceful protests, but now it is time for people to go home,” de Blasio said at a press conference at 11:30 p.m. at...
    Two Atlanta police officers who were captured on video forcibly pulling a pair of college students out of their car and placing them under arrest during protests Saturday night have been fired, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced Sunday. The two students were in downtown Atlanta during the second night of protests in the city over the death of George Floyd. In the incident, the two students were pulled from the car, stunned, and arrested. Fox 5 learned one of the students is enrolled at Spelman College and the other is enrolled at Morehouse College. Both were released from police custody Sunday. Addressing the events from that night, the mayor called the video "disturbing." CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP "There clearly was an excessive use of force. We understand that our officers are working very long hours under an enormous amount of stress, but we also understand that the use...
    The Associated Press The Latest on the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck: ___ ATLANTA — Atlanta’s mayor says two police officers have been fired and three placed on desk duty pending review over excessive use of force during a protest incident Saturday night. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said at a news conference Sunday that she and police Chief Erika Shields made the decision after reviewing body-camera footage. Shields called it “really shocking to watch.” Officials say the incident came to light via video that circulated online. It shows a group of police officers in riot gear and gas masks surround a car being driven by a man with a woman in the passenger seat. The officers pull the woman out and appear to use a stun gun on the man....
    Mayor de Blasio has it right — and, yes, you’re reading a Post editorial. New York City’s problem right now is not the inevitable, even necessary, peaceful protests. “The problem has been folks who are clearly trying to incite violence against the police and create vandalism and property damage. They’re a small number, but they’re clearly very motivated and very violent,” de Blasio said Sunday. And they’re largely out-of-towners “coming from outside the neighborhoods that are raising the concerns peacefully and trying to create a violent, negative situation with police.” That doesn’t mean that some locals aren’t joining in on the violence; the city has its own idiots — trust-fund Trotskyites, for starters. But here as elsewhere, the worst confrontations reeks of the roving radicals who rush in to turn protests into riots in some demented dream of fomenting full-on revolution. see also No plan for a curfew in NYC...
    LOS ANGELES -- As Mayor Eric Garcetti extended a curfew for all of Los Angeles, he assured residents that ICE is not part of any city efforts to ensure peaceful protests."This is not some excuse to conduct immigration raids. These are folks who are under the command of our Governor Gavin Newsom, not our U.S. military," he said during a Sunday press conference, just hours after the National Guard touched down in the region following violent protests and looting the night before.Though their deployment to L.A. does not have an end date, Garcetti said he hopes they won't have to stay for very long if things calm down on their own. Their presence was prompted by widespread looting and destruction of property across the city, sparked by frustrations over the death of George Floyd."We all saw something that clearly had nothing to do with justice," Garcetti said in regard to...
    Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett on Sunday imposed a curfew following two days of violent protests over the death of George Floyd, a black Minneapolis man who died in police custody after a white officer kneeled on his neck for over eight minutes earlier in the week. Hogsett said the curfew from 8 p.m. Sunday until 6 a.m. Monday came after peaceful protests gave way later to unrest and destruction. The violent protests, coinciding with others nationwide that saw similar levels of unrest, sparked widespread damage downtown and included several shootings. Two people died in shootings, though it wasn't clear their deaths were related to the protests. Mourners have placed flowers at a makeshift memorial for George Floyd in Minneapolis.  (AP) "It is clear after last night that we can no longer provide the protection of those protesters or our downtown residents and business owners when an unfortunate few are...
    By KELLI KENNEDY, DANICA KIRKA and PABLO GORONDI MIAMI (AP) — Rosa Jimenez Cano felt compelled to attend a protest against police brutality to stand with fellow black Americans, then realized afterward how much the coronavirus complicated things. “This can be kind of a tinderbox for COVID,” the 39-year-old venture capitalist said after attending a demonstration in Florida in response to the death of George Floyd by police in Minnesota. As more beaches, churches, mosques, schools and businesses reopened worldwide, civil unrest in the United States over repeated racial injustice is raising fears of new virus outbreaks in a country that has more infections and deaths than anywhere else in the world. And it’s not just in the U.S. — London hosted a large anti-racism protest Sunday that certainly violated government social distancing rules. Rosa Jimenez Cano said she planned to self-quarantine for 14 days, worrying she was perhaps “irresponsible”...
    The Associated Press The Latest on the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck: ___ Atlanta’s mayor extended a curfew another night Sunday and Georgia’s governor authorized up to 3,000 National Guard troops to be deployed across the state to respond if needed to protests over the deaths of George Floyd in Minnesota and Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia. Guard soldiers had helped enforce a 9 p.m. curfew Saturday in Atlanta, where violence has marred otherwise peaceful protests since Friday. Gov. Brian Kemp said more would be ready Sunday for demonstrations planned in Athens, Savannah and other cities. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms signed an executive order Sunday extending the curfew in the city, according to text and email notifications sent to residents. It takes effect at 9 p.m. Sunday and will end...
    PETAL, Miss. (AP) — A white Mississippi mayor who caused an outrage with his tweets about the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis has apologized but says he won’t resign. Petal Mayor Hal Marx told the Hattiesburg American his remarks on social media about Floyd’s death, which occurred after a white police officer kneeled on his neck, “were made in haste and not well-thought out or expressed.” “I apologize to those who found them to be insensitive, and I apologize to the people of our city,” Marx told the newspaper in an interview Saturday. Still, the mayor said he plans to serve out his term that expires in July 2021. On Friday, at least 200 people protested at City Hall calling for Marx to resign. Petal’s board of aldermen also agreed the mayor should step down. “Why in the world would anyone choose to become a police officer in our...
    LOS ANGELES -- Mayor Eric Garcetti issued a curfew for all of Los Angeles for the second night in a row after the city saw more unrest Saturday that left behind a path of extensive damage across the city.The new curfew requires everyone within the city of L.A. to stay indoors starting 8 p.m. Sunday until 5:30 a.m. Monday morning.When Saturday's curfew was issued, Garcetti announced that all coronavirus testing centers in the city were closed due to safety concerns. It's unclear if that also applies to Sunday's curfew.Ahead of the mayor's announcement, Culver City and Santa Ana officials also enacted a curfew due to further protests expected Sunday night. Culver City's curfew will go into effect at 8 p.m. Sunday through 5 a.m. the next morning. The city's bus service was canceled for the night.Early Sunday morning, National Guard soldiers arrived and patrolled the streets of Los Angeles. One...
    LOS ANGELES -- Mayor Eric Garcetti issued a curfew for all of Los Angeles for the second night in a row after the city saw more unrest Saturday that left behind a path of extensive damage across the city.The new curfew requires everyone within the city of L.A. to stay indoors starting 8 p.m. Sunday until 5:30 a.m. Monday morning.When Saturday's curfew was issued, Garcetti announced that all coronavirus testing centers in the city were closed due to safety concerns. It's unclear if that also applies to Sunday's curfew.Ahead of the mayor's announcement, Culver City and Santa Ana officials also enacted a curfew due to further protests expected Sunday night. Culver City's curfew will go into effect at 8 p.m. Sunday through 5 a.m. the next morning. The city's bus service was canceled for the night.Early Sunday morning, National Guard soldiers arrived and patrolled the streets of Los Angeles. One...
    Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox. Sign up here.Atlanta’s mayor is worried about George Floyd protests in her city fueling the spread of the coronavirus. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, a Democrat, urged protesters to get tested for the virus. “If you were out protesting last night, you probably need to go get a COVID test this week,” she said Saturday at a news conference. “There is still a pandemic in America that’s killing black and brown people at higher numbers.” ATLANTA POLICE OFFICER HIT BY ATV, 'SERIOUSLY INJURED' DURING SECOND NIGHT OF PROTESTS A similar call was being heard in New York City. Dr. Theodore Long, who is leading New York City’s contact tracing efforts with its public hospitals agency, urged anyone who had been involved in the demonstrations to get tested for the virus and to protect themselves while out, according to...
    BROOKLYN, NY -- An NYPD vehicle drove into a crowd of protesters in Brooklyn Saturday.One NYPD vehicle can be seen parked against a barrier in the middle of the street when a second NYPD vehicle drives into a large group. “NY’s Finest”. Disgusting. #BlackLivesMatter #riots2020 #JusticeForGeorgeFlyod pic.twitter.com/GP5vcXRlqy— Marco (@chieffymac11) May 31, 2020A law enforcement official said the officer hit the gas after realizing a flaming bag was on top of the vehicle.NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio later said police were surrounded and had to get away, but that he also found the video troubling.EMBED More News VideosNYC Mayor de Blasio said there were many things done right, but also some mistakes "I didn't like what I saw one it. I did not want to ever see something like that. I don't want to ever see it again. And clearly we need to do a full investigation and look at the...
    The Associated Press The Latest on the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck: ___ INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis mayor imposed an overnight curfew Sunday after two nights of violent protest over police mistreatment of African Americans that caused widespread damage downtown and included several shootings. Two people died in shootings, though it wasn’t clear their deaths were related to the protests. Mayor Joe Hogsett said the curfew from 8 p.m. Sunday until 6 a.m. Monday comes after peaceful protests gave way later to unrest and destruction. “It is clear after last night that we can no longer provide the protection of those protesters or our downtown residents and business owners when an unfortunate few are so determined to hijack this movement for their own selfish reasons,” Hogsett said. The two people...
    The Associated Press The Latest on the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck: ___ Chicago Mayor Lori Lighfoot says access to downtown is restricted to only to residents and essential workers and the National Guard will have a presence in the city as officials seek to stem violence arising from demonstrations following the police killing of George Floyd. Lightfoot again Sunday praised peaceful protesters, saying she stands “shoulder-to-shoulder” with those condemning Floyd’s death after Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck during an arrest earlier this week. But she said that in order to protect the city, the state has agreed to dispatch “a contingent of the National Guard” to take up a “limited presence.” She says bus and train service to the downtown Loop is temporarily suspended. Drawbridges...
    St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter discussed police violence and the implications of George Floyd's death during an appearance on CNN's State of the Union Sunday morning, demanding all four officers involved in the fatal arrest last week be held accountable. In calling for further legal action, Carter spoke about the systemic violence exemplified by Minneapolis law enforcement's treatment of Floyd, which was captured on video. "If it was just one, you might be able to say, 'Rogue officer. Bad apple,'" he told the news program's host, Jake Tapper. "But when you have four officers in the video all responsible for the taking of George Floyd's life, it points to a culture, a normalized culture that's accepted, that's been accepted and that cannot be part of our culture moving forward." Videos have circulated online since Floyd's death on Monday, sparking outrage across the country and prompting large-scale protests that have taken...