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    Palm Beach County says it is investigating an airport Hilton hotel for not forcing the crowd at a campaign event for Gov. Ron DeSantis to wear masks - even though it's illegal for them to be forced on individuals across Florida.   The event was on Friday morning at the Hilton at the Airport Hilton in West Palm Beach. There was a crowd of between 100 and 150 and many were not wearing masks.   Across the state of Florida, individuals cannot be fined or punished for refusing to wear masks as stated by an executive order signed by DeSantis. Individual counties can enforce other COVID rules and can technically fine establishments but it raises a dilemma for local businesses in punitive parts of the state.  The mostly-maskless crowd at a Governor Ron DeSantis campaign event on Friday Feb 18 at the Hilton Airport Hotel in Palm Beach The county says there...
    President Trump defended his role in the run-up to the attack on the United States Capitol last week, saying his remarks to supporters were "totally appropriate." During his speech he urged the large crowd in Washington to walk to the Capitol in an effort to encourage Congress to reject election results. But on Tuesday, en route to Texas, he told reporters he did nothing wrong. "If you read my speech...people thought that what I said was totally appropriate," he said. Trump faces fresh impeachment proceedings and warnings of legal jeopardy for his alleged role in inciting rioters. Last Wednesday, he told the crowd: “We’re going to walk down to the Capitol, and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women, and we’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them, because you’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to...
    (CNN)Republican Sen. Ted Cruz wants you to believe that he and 11 GOP Senate comrades are planning to object to the certification of Electoral College votes from various battleground states in order to "protect" our "democratic process." That's a lie. Dean ObeidallahThe truth is that Cruz and his co-conspirators are engaged in what CNN's Jake Tapper aptly dubbed Sunday a "bloodless coup." They are attempting to help Donald Trump overturn the 2020 vote and remain as President despite losing to Joe Biden. There's no good faith basis at this point to object to the electoral votes from any state nor create a new commission -- as the Cruz group suggests -- to "audit" the election results. There have been nearly 60 lawsuits by Trump and his allies that have, as The New York Times noted, failed "to prove definitively any case of illegal voting on behalf of their opponent...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Gone were the revelry and shoulder-to-shoulder crowds that typify Times Square on New Year’s Eve, replaced by empty streets and an eerie quiet as the final hours of 2020 ticked away. This was New Year’s Eve in the age of COVID-19. Crowd control gave way to crowd prevention, as police closed the Crossroads of the World to vehicles and onlookers hoping to catch a glimpse of the glittering, crystal ball that still descended down a flagpole to mark the stroke of midnight. Would-be partygoers were urged to watch the ball drop on television. Still, throngs of tourists crowded around the police perimeter, which took on the feel of a tailgate as midnight neared. Many said they wanted to end a challenging year on their own terms — and groused that they couldn’t get closer to the storied ball. Even a group of a National Guardsmen engaged...
    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police turned to familiar tactics ahead of Thursday's New Year's Eve celebrations, deploying bomb-sniffing dogs and sand-filled sanitation trucks intended to guard against explosions. But the department's playbook this year includes an unusual mandate: preventing crowds of any size from gathering in Times Square. Citing concerns over the spread of COVID-19, police closed the Crossroads of the World to vehicles and pedestrians at midnight and said they would disperse any onlookers venturing into a so-called “frozen zone" — the blocks surrounding the ball that historically draw shoulder-to-shoulder crowds. The coronavirus has upended public life for months, and New Year's Eve will be no different. This year, police said, revelers headed to Times Square won't be permitted past police lines. “If you think you’re going to be able to stand there and watch the ball, you’re mistaken," Chief of Department Terence Monahan said, referring...
    A video circulating on social media reportedly shows a disabled veteran being attacked in a shopping mall because he wasn’t wearing a mask. “This assault on a disabled veteran for not wearing a mask is disturbing on every level. We secured this nation and our freedoms now we are under attack,” the Twitter account Code of Vets, a veteran’s advocacy group, said, accompanied by footage of the scene. This assault on a disabled veteran for not wearing a mask is disturbing on every level. We secured this nation and our freedoms now we are under attack. pic.twitter.com/fyeXFkxdrb— Code of Vets ™ (@codeofvets) December 28, 2020 “Hey, what the f---,” someone in the crowd says as the veteran is surrounded by security guards in what appears to be a mall. The scene allegedly took place in Texas. “Get off of him,” a person says as the man, who...
    There’s no better way to feed a crowd with minimal effort than a casserole. For most casseroles, all you need to do is chop your vegetables, mix up a sauce, then combine it in a dish and bake it until it’s warm and bubbly. You can make traditional casseroles like this Green Bean Casserole or this Sweet Potato Casserole With Almond Sauce and Candied Pecans or get creative with global flavors like this Moroccan Chickpea Bake and everything in between. So, if you want to impress your guests with a dish that makes you look like a master chef, then a casserole is just the thing you need and on our Food Monster App, we have plenty. We’re here to help you serve your loved ones an entrée they’ll never forget. Check out last year’s holiday casseroles, check out Dig Into These 15 Flavorful Casseroles and 5 Christmas Casseroles Made Vegan Try...
    Vice President Mike Pence delivered a fiery speech to screaming young MAGA supporters at a Turning Point USA conference Tuesday – where he publicly endorsed the president's effort to challenge the election results without backing any specific conspiracy charge.  'As our election contest continues, I'll make you a promise. We’re going to keep fighting until every legal vote is counted,' Pence told the crowd on a trip to Florida. 'We're going to keep fighting until every illegal vote is thrown out,' he added.  He urged screaming young supporters to 'stay in the fight' – even as the crowd cheered to 'stop the steal' and called for 'four more years.' Vice President Mike Pence spoke to Turning Point USA Tuesday. He got a coronavirus vaccine Dec. 18 'Stay in the fight.  Stay in the fight in our election. Stay in the fight in Georgia’s election. And stay in the fight...
    President-elect Joe Biden says his inauguration January 20th won't have an assembly of a million cheering fans on the Mall – nearly four years after President Trump's presidency got off to a rocky start after false claims about crowd size. Biden framed the issue in terms of the coronavirus, and referenced his 'virtual' party convention, which also shattered norms amid the pandemic.  He said he would perform the traditional swearing-in at the Capitol – considered an important symbol of the transfer of power, even as President Trump continued to call the election 'rigged' in a way that could undermine Biden's legitimacy.  President-elect Joe Biden said his inauguration would 'closer to what the convention was like' than typical inaugural' Biden says keeping people safe is his first consideration for his Jan. 20 inauguration. He said it will be 'Highly unlikely there will be a million people on the Mall going...
    CNN’s Kyung Lah and her crew fled a  “Save Our Majority” rally headlined by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) because the cramped indoor event was “not safe.” The Rubio and Loeffler rally was held at the Cobb County GOP headquarters in Marietta, GA Wednesday morning in an effort to whip up support for the runoff elections that will decide control of the U.S. Senate. Heather Mullins of far-right outlet Real America’s Voice News posted video from inside the event that showed poor mask compliance and extremely close quarters. US Senator’s @marcorubio and @KLoeffler are holding a “Save Our Majority Rally” at Cobb County GOP HQ’s in Georgia. Packed room with crowds building up outside. Bringing you on the ground coverage for @RealAmVoice. pic.twitter.com/jT01Qwvxb3 — Heather Mullins – Real America’s Voice (RAV-TV) (@TalkMullins) November 11, 2020 Lah also tweeted photos of the event, and noted...
    FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Fort Worth Police released video from a camera mounted at an intersection that shows part of an incident Friday, Oct 30, where tempers flared between pedestrians and the driver of a pickup with a Trump flag. The crowd of people on foot loudly complained about the Trump supporters being “disrespectful,” yelled obscenities, and refused to let the driver, who yelled back and flipped his middle finger at the crowd, proceed. The crowd began chanting “turn around”  and after a short time that is what the driver did. That day, Fort Worth officers were asked to be near various polling sites due to complaints of possible voter intimidation, including the site from an incident the day before. Police explained in a news release, what went down: Officers were stationed close to the polling place at the Sub-Courthouse on Miller Avenue when one truck with pro-Trump flags...
    Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D) is voicing concern after seeing photos of the massive Trump rally crowd in Butler on Saturday night. “The President is popular in PA. I don’t care what polls say. With 700K ballots still out there, you need to BANK YOUR BALLOT. Use a Dropbox. Get them in”: he tweeted, along with a photo of the audience: The President is popular in PA. I don’t care what polls say. With 700K ballots still out there, you need to BANK YOUR BALLOT. Use a Dropbox. Get them in. https://t.co/YANdwqbdYG — John Fetterman (@JohnFetterman) October 31, 2020 In a subsequent post, Fetterman appeared to defend the photo shared by Politico White House reporter Gabby Orr, saying it was not “MAGA propaganda”: She is with Politico. This is not MAGA propaganda. Can’t fake a crowd like that. But you *can* make sure you...
    At the first rally during his final three days of campaigning against the one he calls “Sleepy Joe,” President Donald Trump couldn’t help but sound tired. During his campaign stop in Newtown, Bucks County, the president was conspicuously subdued, delivering one of his laziest and bored-sounding rally speeches in recent memory. Lacking his standard energy and lib-owning peppiness, Trump sleep-walked his way through his prepared and ad-libbed remarks about how the Hunter Biden emails and foreign-dealings story was somehow the “biggest” story in the country, a country ravaged by Trump’s own mismanagement of the coronavirus crisis and an economic implosion. He mocked The New York Times for having “apologized” to its readers for something or other. He accused his enemies during his self-described “little special speech” of trying to “silence his voice.” He spoke of “the riots,” the politicians who “let Minneapolis burn,” and the progressives and left-wing educators who...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is standing firm on his claim that he wont stop fracking in Pennsylvania, despite President Donald Trump calling the former vice president a liar who wants to get rid of the practice, according to Fox News. “I’m not shutting down oil fields, I’m not eliminating fracking. I’m investing in clean energy and I’m going to make sure that we don’t continue to subsidize the oil companies,” Biden told reporters on Monday as he made a campaign stop in Chester, Pennsylvania, just a short drive from his home in Wilmington, Delaware. Biden has clarified he doesnt want the oil industry brought to an immediate halt, but he does want to bring an end to fossil fuel subsidies and new permits for public lands. To fight climate change, Biden wants to slowly shift the country to renewable energy by 2050. Trump has seized on Bidens stance against...
    Joe Biden, the Democrat nominee, defended the smaller crowds his events have drawn, telling supporters that although it was not optimal, it was a requirement to ensure that we do not want to “become superspreaders.” The former vice president, who has made criticism of Trump’s response to the novel coronavirus pandemic a central point of the 2020 race, appeared at a drive-in rally in Bucks County to discuss his plans for tackling both the economic and public health aspects of the virus. During the event, which drew around 100 vehicles, Biden told supporters that although he missed up-close campaigning with large crowds, it was no longer viable. “I don’t like the idea of all this distance, but it’s necessary,” the former vice president said, adding that “we don’t want to become superspreaders.” Although Biden did not mention President Donald Trump directly, the comments come as the incumbent has frequently made reference...
    PRESIDENT Donald Trump returned to the campaign trail on Monday night, tossing face masks into a Florida crowd on the day the White House announced his is "not infectious" after testing negative for Covid-19 for "consecutive days." Speaking in Sanford, the maskless president declared, "22 days from now, we're going to win this state, we're going to win four more years in the White House."  ⚠️ Follow our Donald Trump Covid live blog for the latest news & updates 6President Donald Trump returned to the campaign trail on Monday, tossing face masks into a Florida crowdCredit: Reuters 6President Trump's doctor revealed on Monday that he had tested negative for coronavirus on 'consecutive days' and is no longer infectious Credit: The White House The news of the president’s COVID-19 test results comes days after the White House failed to provide any update on Trump’s health status after testing positive for Covid-19 11...
    (CNN)Social media blew up during the Georgia versus Auburn game, not because of football, but because of the crowd. Crowd shots from the TV coverage appeared to show groups within the stadium with few fans wearing masks, particularly in the student section on Saturday. However, both the University of Georgia and the fans were following the guidelines set out by the university and the SEC, the school said. no but seriously wtf is this? pic.twitter.com/iPWQ1VrCjV— kelsey (@kelseytaysutton) October 4, 2020 The rules state that fans are required to wear masks into the stadium, in the common areas, and when social distancing is not possible, but other than that they are free to remove their masks when they get to their seats.Many users accused UGA of lying about the size of the crowd, but the school followed protocol for social distancing capacity in the stadium. "Last night's crowd was 20,524 which...
    ▶ Watch Video: Trump tells Michigan rally: “This is not a crowd of a person who comes in second place” President Trump held a rally Thursday in Freeland, Michigan, a state he won in 2016 and one that could be critical for him in 2020, too. Mr. Trump used the rally to attack his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, calling this election “the most important election in the history of our country.” The president rallied at an airport hangar, an outdoor alternative to the indoor rallies that have been made nearly impossible by the pandemic. The president and his supporters have begun calling his rallies “peaceful protests” as a way to skirt rules limiting gatherings due to COVID-19. “This is not a crowd of a person who comes in second place,” the president told his supportive crowd.  He kicked off the rally insisting Biden will outsource American jobs and surrender...
    President Trump held a rally Thursday in Freeland, Michigan, a state he won in 2016 and one that could be critical for him in 2020, too. Mr. Trump used the rally to attack his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, calling this election "the most important election in the history of our country." The president rallied at an airport hangar, an outdoor alternative to the indoor rallies that have been made nearly impossible by the pandemic. The president and his supporters have begun calling his rallies "peaceful protests" as a way to skirt rules limiting gatherings due to COVID-19. "This is not a crowd of a person who comes in second place," the president told his supportive crowd.  Get updates from the campaign trail delivered to your inbox He kicked off the rally insisting Biden will outsource American jobs and surrender America's future to China. Mr. Trump attacked Biden's record...
    A maskless Donald Trump expressed the importance of wearing face-coverings to a packed, non-socially distanced crowd during a rally in Pennsylvania on Thursday, in which the president also admonished Joe Biden as a 'puppet' of domestic terrorists.    While the polls insist the presidential election this November will likely prove to be a ‘game of inches’, Trump assured a jubilant crowd gathered at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport, in Latrobe, that Biden is ‘dropping like a rock in water’. Trump attributed the Democratic nominee's apparent demise to idea that Biden's plan 'is to appease the domestic terrorists and my plan is to arrest them and prosecute them.' He went on to accuse the former Vice President of being ‘a puppet of the socialist, Marxist and the cop-hating extremists' - a comment met with rapturous applause from the crowd. The rally comes as Trump's campaign is claiming new signs of momentum, including in the...
    A man was shot dead in Portland on Saturday night, and a group appeared to celebrate the death. Tensions flared in Portland when pro-Trump demonstrators held a rally where they showed support for the president with a caravan through Oregon's largest city. There were several stormy clashes between the pro-Trump supporters and counterprotesters throughout the day. Trump supporters were fending off attacks on the street from Antifa in Portland. The purported shooter is seen stan… https://t.co/lxEI9ExDcJ — Ian Miles Cheong (@Ian Miles Cheong)1598770207.0 Footage shows a man being shot. The victim was wearing a hat with the insignia of Patriot Prayer, a right-wing group based out of Washington. The man who was shot also had a side satchel with a Blue Lives Matter patch on it. It is not known if the shooting had any connection to the pro-Trump caravan. ...
    The mother of a woman berated by a screaming mob for not raising her fist in support of the Black Lives Matter movement says her daughter refused to be 'intimidated' by the incident. Shocking footage of Lauren Victor surrounded by yelling protesters as she sat outside a cafe near her home in Washington DC went around the world last week, with many hailing her as a hero for not bowing to the baying crowd. Her mother Merna Victor, 77, told The Mail on Sunday that her daughter would never cave into pressure from a mob – even though she supports Black Lives Matter. 'She is a supporter and has marched in support of Black Lives Matter on several occasions but she wasn't going to be intimidated by them,' she said. Lauren Victor was shouted at by white protesters outside a restaurant in DC on Monday last week. Her mother Merna...
    Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul credited police with saving his life after violent protesters attacked him and his wife as they left President Donald Trump’s speech. Paul and his wife Kelley were leaving the White House Thursday night after the president spoke, accepting the Republican nomination to close out the Republican National Convention, when a crowd descended upon them and quickly grew in size. (RELATED: Rand Paul Harassed Outside White House By Mob Of Protesters After Trump’s RNC Speech) Paul recounted the terrifying experience Friday morning on “Fox & Friends.” WATCH: Paul explained that even as they left the White House for his hotel — which was just across the street — the Secret Service had directed them to take a bus to the Trump hotel in order to avoid protesters who had been chasing people down. Once they reached the Trump hotel, Paul planned to take an Uber...
    A large crowd assembled to watch Vice President Mike Pence deliver his Republican National Convention speech at Maryland’s Fort McHenry on Wednesday night. There wasn’t a mask in sight.  “As we did last night in the Rose Garden, it’s worth pointing out, anybody around the president and the first lady gets tested, the COVID-19 test,” Fox News’ Bret Baier told viewers after Pence had finished speaking. “We assume everybody in this area did. We don’t have that nailed down, but we assume that’s the case.”  Turns out, that assumption was incorrect. On CNN, Wolf Blitzer said, “It’s so sad and potentially so dangerous to see a few hundred people who have gathered there, supporters of the president. They’re very close together. They’re not wearing masks.” He added, “And we know there’s going to be a much bigger crowd tomorrow on the South Lawn of the White House when the president...
    A group of young Black Lives Matters protesters harassed several white diners in Washington, DC on Monday night for not raising their fists in solidarity. One of the dramatic scenes, which has since gone viral, was captured by Washington Post reporter Fredrick Kunkle and posted to Twitter. The video shows a crowd of young, mainly white, demonstrators closely surrounding and berating the woman, identified as Lauren Victor. “White silence is violence!” the crowd screamed. “Put your fist up!” others yelled. Victor, an urban planner sitting across from another white woman who was raising her right fist, told Kunkle she felt like she was under attack. “In the moment, it didn’t feel right,” she told the reporter. “I wasn’t actually frightened. I didn’t think they’d do anything to me,” Victor said. “I’m very much with them. I’ve been marching with them for weeks and weeks and weeks.” A similar scene...
    A group of young Black Lives Matters protesters harassed several white diners in Washington, DC on Monday night for not raising their firsts in solidarity. One of the dramatic scenes, which has since gone viral, was captured by Washington Post reporter Fredrick Kunkle and posted to Twitter. The video shows a crowd of young, mainly white, demonstrators closely surrounding and berating the woman, identified as Lauren Victor. “White silence is violence!” the crowd screamed. “Put your fist up!” others yelled. Victor, an urban planner sitting across from another white woman who was raising her right first, told Kunkle she felt like she was under attack. “In the moment, it didn’t feel right,” she told the reporter. “I wasn’t actually frightened. I didn’t think they’d do anything to me,” Victor said. “I’m very much with them. I’ve been marching with them for weeks and weeks and weeks.” A similar scene played...
    A man stopped to talk to people who were present at a riot in Kenosha on Tuesday night and asked that they not destroy people’s businesses because that was people’s livelihoods. By the time his conversation with the anti-police activists was finished, they were telling him that they would burn his business down. “What y’all don’t understand is that people have their lives in these businesses too,” a man in a truck pleaded with the activists. “So what?” a woman yelled back. “We pay for that! We pay for that!” “So what, just because y’all are too scared to go deal with the cops y’all are just going burn the whole town?” the man responded. “Yes!” the woman yelled back. “Yes!” “Yeah and then y’all got maced and s**t like that and y’all took off,” the man responded. “Take your issues up with them,” he said, pointing in the direction...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago native Kanye West will not be on the Illinois presidential ballot this November, the Illinois State Board of Elections confirmed Friday.The state board of elections previously said the rapper is facing several objections against his candidacy.Staff for the Wisconsin Elections Commission recommended Tuesday that rapper Kanye West be kept off the battleground state's presidential ballot in November because he missed a deadline to submit nomination papers.West tried to get on the presidential ballot in Illinois hours after missing the filing deadline in South Carolina.West needs 2,500 signatures of registered Illinois voters. But ISBE documents show West is 1,200 signatures short of that.RELATED: 'Everybody that has a baby gets a million dollars,' Kanye says In front of a crowd of several hundred in North Charleston, South Carolina, last month, West said Harriet Tubman "never actually freed the slaves, she just had them work for other white people,"...
    (Reuters) - Portland Police urged a crowd that had marched towards the Portland Police Association (PPA) building late on Monday to stop attempts to enter or damage the premises, saying it may use tear gas to disperse the demonstration. The police said it had learnt that people near the PPA building in the city's North Lombard Street "may be attempting to force entry into the building" after a march of about 200 people stopped at the building, causing traffic to be blocked. "Failure to follow this order may subject you to the use of crowd control agents, including, but not limited to tear gas and/or impact weapons," the police said in a tweet https://bit.ly/3h6Co9t. "Anyone participating in criminal behavior, including burglary and/or vandalism, are subject to arrest and/or citation." In Portland, some demonstrators have previously attacked a federal courthouse and others have gathered to speak out against racism and police...
    One of the most noticeable elements of President Donald Trump’s Friday night news conference at Bedminster was members of his club being invited to the event. Most of them were not wearing masks, and staffers handed out masks to people prior to the president speaking. As Trump took questions, one reporter asked him about it, noting, “Just in this room, you have dozens of people who are not following the guidelines in New Jersey.” The crowd immediately booed the reporter as Trump said, “You’re wrong on that because it’s a political activity.” “It’s also a peaceful protest,” he said to laughs and applause from the crowd. “They know the news is fake, they understand it better than anybody,” Trump continued, receiving more applause. “If the press in this country were honest and it wasn’t corrupt, it wasn’t fake, our country would be so much further ahead.” And with that,...
    Whitney Mitchell, Garrett Foster's fiancée, attends a march for Foster on July 26, 2020 in downtown Austin, Texas. Sergio Flores/Getty Images A witness to the shooting death of Garrett Foster in Austin, Texas, on Saturday told CNN that the motorist who opened fire "incited the violence." Foster, a 28-year-old Air Force veteran and caretaker for his fiancée, Whitney Mitchell, was pushing her wheelchair during a Black Lives Matter demonstration when a car drove into the crowd.  The driver wasn't trying to defend themself — he "intentionally and aggressively accelerated their vehicle into a crowd of people," James Sasinowski told CNN. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A man who watched Garrett Foster get gunned down at a Black Lives Matter protest in Austin, Texas, over the weekend said that the shooter wasn't acting in self-defense. The driver who killed Foster "intentionally aggressively accelerated their vehicle into a...
    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A prosecutor in Oklahoma has decided not to charge a motorist who drove through a crowd of people protesting on an interstate following the death of George Floyd and is instead looking at whether to prosecute some of the protesters who were in the path of the vehicle. The Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office is asking the Highway Patrol to identify protesters from photos and videos for possible prosecution for doing what District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler described as “using weapons and throwing projectiles and damaging the property of this family" in the vehicle. Attorney Jonathan Nation, who represents one of three people who were injured during the May 31 protest, told the Tulsa World on Thursday that Kunzweiler’s stance is “essentially blaming the protesters and essentially blaming the victims for their own injuries.” The newspaper obtained a memo from Kunzweiler in which he said: “Although the...
    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A prosecutor in Oklahoma has decided not to charge a motorist who drove through a crowd of people protesting on an interstate following the death of George Floyd and is instead looking at whether to prosecute some of the protesters who were in the path of the vehicle. The Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office is asking the Highway Patrol to identify protesters from photos and videos for possible prosecution for doing what District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler described as “using weapons and throwing projectiles and damaging the property of this family” in the vehicle. Attorney Jonathan Nation, who represents one of three people who were injured during the May 31 protest, told the Tulsa World on Thursday that Kunzweiler’s stance is “essentially blaming the protesters and essentially blaming the victims for their own injuries.” The newspaper obtained a memo from Kunzweiler in which he said:...
    Left: Federal police walk through tear gas while dispersing a crowd of about a thousand protesters at the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse on July 21, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. Right: Protesters hold their hands in the air during a Black Lives Matter protest in front of the Multnomah County Justice Center on July 20, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. Nathan Howard/Getty Images Tear gas was invented a century ago, and has long been used as a weapon to control crowds. When tear gas gets into people's eyes, it can cause temporary blindness. Exposed skin often turns red and feels like its burning.  Here's a step by step guide for what to do if you are exposed to tear gas, how to safely remove your clothing, and how to clean up. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. American police officers have used tear gas against demonstrators in cities across...
    FORT WORTH, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – The massive grandstands at Texas Motor Speedway are 2/3 of a mile long and were empty for the last race there. On Sunday, the NASCAR Cup Series race becomes the first major sporting event in Texas in more than four months to allow spectators. It could be one of the largest gatherings of any kind in the state since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Just how many show up on a hot day with the virus still raging is another question. “It can absorb a lot of people and you never cross paths with another soul,” track president Eddie Gossage said of the facility 20 miles north of downtown Fort Worth. Texas Motor Speedway Announces ‘New Way Of Doing Things’ For Its First Race With Fans During Pandemic Texas has about 135,000 seats and under plans approved by the state could allow as much...
    DETROIT, Mich. (CBS DETROIT) – Police Chief James Craig is set to discuss a video during a 1 p.m. press conference Monday that involved a Detroit Police cruiser seen driving through a crowd of protesters. WATCH THE PRESS CONFERENCE LIVE FROM CHIEF CRAIG BELOW It happened Sunday night and the 27-second video was posted on Facebook by Ethan Ketner. As of Monday morning, the video has 17,000 shares and 26,000 comments. Facebook has placed a disclaimer on the videos warning viewers, “the video may show violent or graphic content.” Ethan Ketner said, “Detroit Police Department just ran straight through a bunch of our protesters. Myself and 10-12 others were struck by this reckless driver who somehow has a badge. Someone was trapped on the hood and eventually tossed as the officer swerved to throw him off. These officers drove into our protest after we walked past their vehicles. They did...
    DETROIT, Mich. (CBS DETROIT) – Police Chief James Craig is set to discuss a video during a 1 p.m. press conference Monday that involved a Detroit Police cruiser seen driving through a crowd of protesters. It happened Sunday night and the 27-second video was posted on Facebook by Ethan Ketner. As of Monday morning, the video has 17,000 shares and 26,000 comments. Facebook has placed a disclaimer on the videos warning viewers, “the video may show violent or graphic content.” Ethan Ketner said, “Detroit Police Department just ran straight through a bunch of our protesters. Myself and 10-12 others were struck by this reckless driver who somehow has a badge. Someone was trapped on the hood and eventually tossed as the officer swerved to throw him off. These officers drove into our protest after we walked past their vehicles. They did not need to drive past us for emergency purposes...
    MEDIA, Pa. (CBS) — A crowd gathered for a rally to support police officers this afternoon in Media. About a dozen people held signs of support outside of the county courthouse. Organizers say they appreciate the job police officers do for the community. Download The New And Improved CBS Philly App! “In this country, we need the law and order,” Michael Daino, of Prospect Park, said. “I’m not here to pick sides, I’m not here for one side or the other, but I’m here to show these men and women of law enforcement that we support them. We want to say thank you, because if somebody breaks into somebody’s house or gets into an argument, who’re they going to call? They’re going to call the police, we need that.” The AR2 Patriot Network organized the rally.
    Sparked by a mix of anti-police sentiment, “vigilantism,” and apparent misinformation via social media, chaos erupted in Milwaukee on Tuesday during the search for missing teen girls. According to local news reports and video footage, in the process of the urgent search, officers and other first responders had bricks thrown at them, three people were injured in a related shooting, and a house was burned to the ground. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Wednesday that the crowd outside the home that was later burned to the ground included “a mix of neighbors observing the situation, people expressing frustration with police and activists who’d marched in Milwaukee’s racial justice protests.” “What started Tuesday as a missing-persons investigation morphed over the course of several hours as tensions about police treatment ran high and rumors spread online,” the report outlined. “By nightfall, three people — including two 14-year-olds — had been shot, a house was set on fire,...
    SAN JOSE (KPIX) – The mayor of San Jose unveiled plans for police reform in the wake of Black Lives Matter protests, which saw several protesters and observers injured by officers. “I am quite willing to bet that San Jose has some of the finest police officers in the country,” said Mayor Sam Liccardo. “But our community expects us to do better and we are committed to doing better.” Liccardo said he is not in favor of defunding the police department. Instead, he outlined a plan that would ban rubber bullets for crowd control, provide for independent investigation of misconduct, expand the authority of the Police Auditor, and give the mayor authority over the police chief. It would also bring transparency to arbitration when officers get disciplined or fired. “Unaccountable arbitrators are overturning decisions to terminate police officers,” Liccardo said. San Jose Police called it a war zone when a...
    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Three people were shot, a house was set on fire and police officers and a firefighter were injured as a large unruly crowd gathered at the scene of an investigation into two missing teenage girls in Milwaukee. Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets into the crowd Tuesday night as tensions rose and rumors spread online about the girls, ages 13 and 15. Police said they were investigating whether they were victims of sex trafficking. Police Chief Alfonso Morales denounced the unrest as vigilantism and said some people were reacting to information that had not been proven. “We investigate the information that is given to us. We can’t allow an unruly crowd to determine what that investigation is,” Morales said. Police had been to the home earlier Tuesday, as a crowd began to grow. By mid-afternoon, the crowd surged toward the house, as some in the group...
    Facebook/Frank Nitty Scenes from the Milwaukee alleged sex trafficking house incident. A chaotic crowd of people angry about the disappearing of two girls burned a vacant home and a van in Milwaukee on June 23, after people accused police of not responding quickly enough to concerns the girls were being sex trafficked at the dwelling. According to Urban Milwaukee.com, two teenage girls were missing since Sunday afternoon but have now been found. However, a crowd burned down a house believed to be “connected to their disappearance.” Eventually, the site reported, the house was set on fire. Police “started using batons and pepper spray on the crowd,” Urban Milwaukee reported. Things getting very tense in an alley at 39th and Lloyd in a missing girls case. Two teenage girls are missing, the crowd here says this house is where they were last seen. People in the crowd tell me...
    Police in Washington, D.C. used a chemical irritant to disperse a crowd of people gathered Monday in Lafayette Square who vandalized monuments and buildings — after the City Council earlier this month passed a law, which has not yet taken effect, banning such substances for breaking up crowds at a "First Amendment assembly." Social media posts from journalists in the area Monday night indicated that protesters attempted to set up a "Black House Autonomous Zone," or "BHAZ," similar to the "police-free" area set up in Seattle in recent weeks. Demonstrators also draped ropes over a statue of Andrew Jackson in an apparent attempt to pull it down and spray-painted "killer scum" on its pedestal, according to Reuters. Police moved into the area and were quickly able to remove protesters, according to Fox 5 DC. But in doing so, both U.S. Park Police and D.C. police used a chemical irritant, which is a relatively common police tactic for dispersing...
    White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany claims that President Donald Trump was not upset by the fact that his rally in Tulsa Saturday night drew just 6,200 people — less than one-third of the arena’s capacity. But one Fox & Friends host wasn’t buying the spin. In a contentious exchange (by Fox & Friends standards, at least) during Monday morning’s show, host Steve Doocy confronted McEnany about the rally. “How angry was the president that there was just a sea of blue, empty chairs?” Doocy asked. McEnany tried to sell the idea that Trump was totally fine speaking before a crowd of less than 6,500 people in an arena which holds more than 19,000. “The president was not angry at all,” McEnany said. “The president was quite energized. I was with him after the rally. It was a huge success.” Doocy flatly rejected the idea that Trump was not livid....
    Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace and Trump reelection campaign adviser Mercedes Schlapp butt heads over the size of the crowd that attended President Trump's rally in Tulsa on Saturday. Wallace asked Schlapp how the campaign missed the crowd-size estimates for Trump's rally by a measure of magnitude after predicting that more than 1 million people would attend the rally when fewer than 6,200 showed up, to which Schlapp argued protesters scared Trump supporters away from attending the event. "When it comes to understanding how the rallies work, it’s a first-come, first-served basis. Basically what the 1 million RSVPs include, it’s an opportunity for us to gather data, to get information, obviously. So the key here that is important is to understand, and I had this with my own personal family who lives far away from Tulsa, that they were concerned. There were factors involved like they were...
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    Trump’s Tulsa Rally. Nicholas Kamm/Getty Images. President Donald Trump’s campaign canceled a planned outdoor rally for an “overflow crowd” in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday after low turnout. The campaign was set to have Trump and Vice President Mike Pence speak to a crowd of supporters gathered outside the Bank of Oklahoma Center before giving his official rally speech at 8 pm EST, according to CNN. One big problem: the “crowd” never materialized. Despite the campaign reporting a million RSVPs, the event appeared to be below capacity inside the arena, and an “overflow crowd” simply did not exist. Via Abby Phillip Reporters confirmed the outdoor rally cancellation, as the campaign encouraged supporters to come inside to fill empty seats. Update: outdoor area has completely emptied out. pic.twitter.com/XS8M0IJRFc — Abby D. Phillip (@abbydphillip) June 20, 2020 NEW: The Trump campaign is blaming tonight’s turnout which has fallen well short of their...
    Anthony FauciAnthony FauciFauci on coronavirus infections: 'We're still in a first wave' Fox's Hemmer presses McEnany on public absence of Birx, Fauci: 'They seem to have disappeared' Fauci says he hasn't talked with Trump in two weeks MORE, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said that if he had the opportunity, he would not attend President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat warns of potential staff purge at US media agency Judge denies request to stop Trump rally due to coronavirus concerns Fauci on coronavirus infections: 'We're still in a first wave' MORE’s campaign rally in Tulsa this weekend due to coronavirus concerns.  “I'm in a high-risk category. Personally, I would not. Of course not,” the 79-year-old physician told the Daily Beast. He said that when it comes to Trump’s rallies “outside is better than inside, no crowd is better than crowd” and “crowd is better than big crowd.” The rally goes against the guidelines from the Centers...
    SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle City Council has voted unanimously to bar police from using tear gas, pepper spray and several other crowd control devices after officers repeatedly used them on mostly peaceful demonstrators protesting racism and police brutality. The 9-0 vote Monday came amid frustration with the Seattle Police Department, which used tear gas to disperse protesters in the city’s densest neighborhood, Capitol Hill, just days after Mayor Jenny Durkan and Chief Carmen Best promised not to. The council heard repeated complaints from residents forced out of their homes by the gas even though they weren’t protesting; one resident said his wife doused their child’s eyes with breast milk. A federal judge on Friday issued a temporary order banning Seattle police from using tear gas, pepper spray, foam-tipped projectiles or other force against protesters, finding that the department had used less-lethal weapons “disproportionately and without provocation,” chilling free speech...
    Serbian tennis pro Novak Djokovic defended the massive crowd of 20,000 spectators that showed up for the opening day of his charity tennis tour in Belgrade, saying he’s sticking to the coronavirus guidelines provided by the government. Fans filled the stands at the Adria Tour charity tournament on Friday to watch Djokovic and other top players face off, but the lack of social distancing and face masks among those in attendance raised concerns that event organizers hadn’t taken the necessary precautions. LA GALAXY ‘PARTS WAYS’ WITH ALEKSANDAR KATAI AFTER WIFE’S ‘RACIST AND VIOLENT’ SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS “We have different circumstances and measures, so it’s very difficult to think of international standards,” Djokovic said. “You can also criticize us and say this is maybe dangerous, but it’s not up to me to make the calls about what is right or wrong for health,” he continued. “We are doing what the Serbian government...
    Video shows protesters argued among themselves in Seattle Thursday evening as a few police officers re-entered the so-called “cop free zone” on the way to the boarded-up, abandoned East Precinct building -- and one officer told them their protest was tripling the time it takes for first responders to handle calls in the area. “Tensions are high in the CHAZ after some officers came in to enter the East Precinct,” Town Hall journalist Julio Rosas tweeted, along with a two-minute video of the encounter. “Some in the crowd wanted to make sure nothing happened to the officers. Others wanted to prevent the officers from entering the zone.” “CHAZ” stands for the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone,” the demonstrators’ unofficial name for the area surrounding the building, which they barricaded and occupied Monday night after police withdrew. At one point, a female officer can be overheard telling a protester that “our 911...
    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...
    NEW YORK — New Yorkers gathered Thursday for a memorial service for George Floyd, whose death last week at the hands of Minneapolis police has prompted ongoing global protests against police brutality. “You are not alone,” the large crowd chanted before an emotional Terrence Floyd, wearing a mask and a T-shirt bearing his brother’s likeness, thanked them for their support. “I thank God for you all showing love to my brother,” he said. TOP STORIES Bill de Blasio defends ongoing lockdown: Protesting and going to church not the same Van Jones: Forget the KKK, its the white, liberal Hillary Clinton supporter we should worry about Trump undefeated in endorsements this year, campaign says: The enthusiasm is real Of the demonstrations that have engulfed the city and the nation, and the violence that has taken place, he said, “I’m proud of the protests but I’m not proud of the destruction....
    DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — Around 1,500 protesters gathered outside a Confederate monument in Decatur, Georgia, Wednesday as demonstrations continued throughout the state against racism, police brutality and the killing of George Floyd. The march started Wednesday afternoon in Decatur Square, home to a Confederate monument built in 1908 and a “contextualized” marker explaining the racist history of the monument and the Civil War. The marker reads, “This monument and similar ones … were created to intimidate African Americans and limit their full participation in the social and political life of their communities.” The protesters in the square echoed that sentiment. “Enough is enough,” Georgia State University student Chalèah Head said. “I’m the mother of a young black man. How do I tell him he has to put his hand on the steering wheel when a cop come by because he doesn’t know whether they are going to shoot...
    SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best on Wednesday vowed to make sure her officers’ badges are visible when they cover protests and agreed to look into crowd-control tactics, but she defended their need to wear protective equipment. “What we’re seeing out here, it is unprecedented in terms of the level of anger, rage, disappointment, hurt, infuriated people coming together to really express their First Amendment rights of free speech and really talk about what’s been highlighted for us through the death of George Floyd,” she told members of the Community Police Commission during an online meeting. And while she’s sickened by the horror of Floyd’s death, she said she has a responsibility to protect lives, property and the officers. TOP STORIES Retired St. Louis police captain killed by looters George Soros, 89, is still on a quest to destroy America Richmond police chief says rioters blocked firefighters...
    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...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Chants of “What’s his name? George Floyd!” filled the air Monday as a large crowd gathered at the spot where the black man who became the latest symbol of racial injustice in America lay dying as a white police officer pressed his knee into his neck. Wearing a face mask with George’s Floyd’s image on it, his brother Terrence Floyd dropped to his knees at the storefront that has been turned into a memorial covered with flowers and signs. As he kneeled silently, many who were around him joined him on the ground. The memorial site was a space of calm compared to the devastation left in the wake of fires and violence that paralyzed the city for days last week before it spread nationwide. “I understand y’all are upset. I doubt y’all are half as upset as I am,” said Terrence Floyd, who flew in from...
    He didn’t want to hurt anyone. The truck driver who drove into — or nearly into — a crowd of protesters on Interstate 35W in Minneapolis Sunday didn’t intend to do so, but rather found himself confused on a highway that he didn’t understand was closed — and certainly didn’t know would be occupied with thousands of people on foot. But he wasn’t completely blameless either; he was speeding, and his first reaction upon seeing the crowd was not to slow down. That’s the picture state officials sketched out Monday as they discussed the matter and marveled that no one was killed or even seriously injured. “From what we can tell from our interviews … we don’t have any information that makes this seem like an intentional act,” Minnesota Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington said. Gov. Tim Walz summed it up like this: “I think you had someone do something...
    A large protest in Brooklyn on Saturday sent a shock through social media when video emerged of two New York Police Department vehicles driving through a group of protesters. The protest was one of dozens nationwide over the death of George Floyd.  The videos show dozens of protesters gathered in a street holding up a small barricade, appearing to stop an NYPD SUV from continuing to drive. A bag, is seen to be thrown on the car as protesters throw objects at the vehicle. Seconds later, a second NYPD vehicle approaches, and drives through part of the crowd, directly hitting at least half a dozen people. As it drove through, the initial vehicle hit the gas and rammed through the people who were standing in front of it, causing several. people to collapse on the ground. Wtf!!! #BlacklivesMaters #brooklynprotest pic.twitter.com/S1oet8JC0x— Pierre G. (@pgarapon) May 31, 2020 “NY’s Finest”. Disgusting. #BlackLivesMatter...
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