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    The media and the Democrats are making much of reports that the U.S. reached an estimated 200,000 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday. However, in March, experts’ models said 200,000 deaths was considered the low-end estimate with “full mitigation.” At the outset of the pandemic, the experts on the president’s coronavirus task force suggested that the U.S. could reach 2.2 million deaths without any mitigation. They suggested that a best-case scenario with “full mitigation” could reach 200,000. As Dr. Deborah Birx said in a March 30, 2020 press briefing at the White House: “So in the model — and there’s a — there’s a large confidence interval, and so it’s anywhere in the model between 80,000 and 160,000, maybe...
    The chief of the Environmental Protection Agency has threatened to relocate the bureau's Manhattan office, claiming federal workers are not safe in the city following a summer of violent protests. In a scathing letter to Governor Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday, administrator Andrew Wheeler accused the pair of failing to protect its employees after rioters targeted the EPA headquarters during a demonstration in July.  Wheeler, who was first appointed as deputy by President Trump in 2018, also said staff at the 290 Broadway office were forced to work from home last week amid fears for their safety when anti-ICE protests broke out in Lower Manhattan. EPA chief Andrew Wheeler threatened to relocate the agency's New York...
    Facebook is preparing to take 'exceptional' measures to restrict the flow of content on its site if the US election descends into violence, its head of global affairs says.  Nick Clegg, former Lib Dem leader and UK deputy prime minister, said the site is preparing a number of 'break glass' options to use in the event of widespread civil unrest in the wake of the November ballot. Facebook is thought to be preparing for around 70 possible scenarios, guided by military strategists, amid fears that President Trump could use social media to undermine the vote or encourage violent protests. Facebook is preparing 'exceptional' measures to restrict content across its site in the event that the US election descends into...
    A white Nebraska bar owner charged with manslaughter over the shooting of a black man during a chaotic night of protests in May has been found dead from suicide.   Jake Gardner, an ex-Marine, was indicted by a grand jury for fatally shooting 22-year-old James Scurlock in Omaha on May 30. He was supposed to turn himself in on Sunday - the day he was found dead.  Gardner, 38, was also facing charges of attempted first-degree assault, threats and using a weapon while committing a felony.  Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine had initially declined to file charges against Gardner, saying he had reviewed witness statements and video and believed the bar owner acted in self-defense.  Kleine, who was slammed for overlooking Gardner's alleged...
    For more than a week, tens of thousands of protesters have flocked to the streets of Khabarovsk, a region in eastern Russia that has become the epicenter of one of the largest mass protests in the country in the last years. In its eponymous capital, which is more than 6,000 kilometers east of Moscow, around 40,000 people -in a city of 600,000 inhabitants- participated in this Saturday’s call with banners reading “Free Sergei Furgal” , according to local media reported. Sergei Furgal, governor of Khabarovsk Krai, was arrested on July 9; The Russian authorities accuse him of having ordered the murder of several businessmen 15 years ago, without specifying a specific number. He is one of...
    DENVER (CBS4) –  The Party for Socialism and Liberation plans to protest outside the Colorado State Capitol on Saturday at noon. They are calling for justice for the people arrested in various protests in June and July. The 17th Judicial District charged five people in connection to alleged crimes during a protest at Aurora Police Department’s District One police station on July 3. Those charges include attempted kidnapping, inciting a riot, engaging in a riot and obstructing government operations. (credit: CBS) “They blockaded streets surrounding District One with vehicles and various items from nearby construction sites.  They prevented 18 officers inside from leaving the building by barricading entrances and securing doors with wires, ropes, boards, picnic tables and sandbags.  Some...
    CHILLING footage shows a woman laughing about the fatal shooting of a Donald Trump supporter in Portland, Oregon last month. Told about the death by a TV reporter, the woman describes it as "tough luck" and says the news is "awesome". 5Footage shows a woman laugh about the fatal shooting of a Trump supporter in Portland, Oregon last month 5Aaron “Jay” Danielson, 39, was fatally shot in the chest on August 29Credit: Facebook 5Danielson had arrived in Portland as part of a pro-Trump truck paradeCredit: Getty Images - Getty Aaron “Jay” Danielson, 39, was fatally shot in the chest amid protests and counter-protests staged by Antifa activists and supporters of President Trump in Portland, Oregon on August 29....
    A new poll from YouGov and the Economist shows that Americans are far more concerned about how supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden will react to a Donald Trump victory in November than they are about Trump supporters should Biden pull off a win. And most voters who believe protests will happen say they are worried things will turn violent. What are the numbers? Nearly three-quarters — 74% — of U.S. adults believe there will likely be mass protests if President Trump wins re-election, the poll showed. Republicans and independents are significantly less likely than Democrats to hold this view: 86% of Democrats expect protests after a Trump victory, compared to...
    Only one Cowboy who has knelt for the national anthem. However, Cowboys legend Emmitt Smith says that if he were still playing, there would be one more. The NFL Hall-of-Famer told the Fort-Worth Star-Telegram that he would kneel because he too has been a victim of injustice. “I have been a victim of it,” Emmitt said of racial injustice. “It’s not like I am talking because something happened to George Floyd. Something happened to me more than one time, a couple of times it happened right here in Dallas.” Though Smith didn’t go into detail on his experiences with racial injustice, he was clear that they happened. “I’m talking from experience, not something I read in a book and saw...
    (CNN)Van Morrison is railing against UK lockdowns and pandemic restrictions in three new songs, despite the government's success at containing Covid-19 transmissions.The 74-year-old Northern Ireland musician is best known for the soft-rock classic "Brown Eyed Girl." But he is no longer so dulcet. His new singles feature lyrics so specific and incendiary they sound as though they were designed to be played at rallies and protests. In a statement, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer described the forthcoming songs -- "Born to Be Free," "As I Walked Out" and "No More Lockdowns" -- as "songs of protest" that criticize the government's decisions to shut down businesses, including live music venues. UKs first socially distanced concert shows what the...
    Nike continued its efforts to commercialize and profit from former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick's social justice activism, commemorating the four-year anniversary of his national anthem kneeling protest with a special jersey. The jersey is all black, featuring Kaepernick's number, 7, and the words "True to 7" on the collar. "Four years ago, I took a knee to protest against systemic racism and social injustice," Kaepernick wrote on social media. "It was that day that the number on my jersey would come to represent something greater than football, something greater than me. Since then, the number 7 jersey has been a symbol for advancing the liberation and well-being of Black & Brown communities. Thank you for staying True." Login...
    Michelle Obama says she and former President Barack Obama 'could’ve never gotten away with some of the stuff going on now' in the White House in her latest podcast episode. The former First Lady reflected on race and the expectations of black America during her husband's presidency in new episode of her Spotify podcast Wednesday. 'When we were in the White House, we could've never gotten away with some of the stuff that's going on now, not because of the public, but our community wouldn't have accepted that,' Obama said in the pocast. 'You worked, you did your best every day. You showed up,' she added. Michelle Obama says she and former President Barack Obama 'could’ve never gotten away with...
    United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) condemned violent unrest during a Thursday speech on the House floor with the most forceful remarks she has delivered since nationwide uprisings began in May. Pelosi said a Republican member had asked her, “Where are you when you’re talking about violence, this or that?” She responded: “We’re there. We support peaceful demonstrations. We participate in them. They are part of the essence of our democracy. That does not include looting, starting fires, or rioting. They should be prosecuted. That is lawlessness.” President Donald Trump has attacked Democrats over the last several months for allegedly failing to take a strong enough stance against violence that has broken out at protests against police brutality over the summer....
    There has been a ton of news about Bill Barr — official title, “Attorney General of the United States;” actual job, Donald Trump’s capo — crawling across cable news chyrons in recent days, so much so that it’s hard to keep track of it all. There’s that thing he said about quarantine restrictions being nearly as bad as slavery. And the thing where he whined about the Justice Department staffers that’s more interested in enforcing the law than protecting Trump’s political power. And where he compared such people to preschool children, for having the temerity to question his decisions. All that is bad, but probably the worst news this week is a report from the New York Times that “Barr told federal prosecutors in a call last week...
    Joshua Rashaad McFadden is pictured in a self-portrait. (Credit: Joshua Rashaad McFadden/ @joshua_rashaad) Joshua Rashad McFadden has been on the frontlines since the 2015 protests in Selma, Alabama but not in the traditional sense. With his photographic lens and empathetic artwork capturing the stories of Black America and hardships with racial injustice and police brutality, McFadden has covered countless demonstrations and covered the funerals of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks for CNN and The New York Times. The current assistant professor of photography at Rochester Institute of Technology captures first-person perspective of the frontlines in Minneapolis, Atlanta and Louisville on his Instagram, along with providing first person accounts from his photographic subjects. Read More: Chris Rock on racism, protests:...
    Amanda Marcotte September 17, 2020 5:00PM (UTC) There has been a ton of news about Bill Barr — official title, "Attorney General of the United States;" actual job, Donald Trump's capo — crawling across cable news chyrons in recent days, so much so that it's hard to keep track of it all. There's that thing he said about quarantine restrictions being nearly as bad as slavery. And the thing where he whined about the Justice Department staffers that's more interested in enforcing the law than protecting Trump's political power. And where he compared such people to preschool children, for having the temerity to question his decisions.  All that is bad, but probably the worst news this week is a report from the New York Times that "Barr...
    A white Nebraska bar owner who shot dead a black man during a chaotic night of protests has now been charged with manslaughter months after the shooting was initially deemed self-defense. Jake Gardner, an ex-Marine, was indicted by a grand jury this week for fatally shooting 22-year-old James Scurlock in Omaha back on May 30.  Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine had initially declined to file charges against Gardner, saying he had reviewed witness statements and video and believed the bar owner acted in self-defense.  Kleine, who was slammed for overlooking Gardner's alleged racist history, asked the grand jury to review the case after he was heavily criticized.  Special Prosecutor Frederick Franklin said the grand jury reviewed additional evidence that Kleine didn't have,...
    A pro-Black Lives Matter cartoon made available to students at a Florida school district outraged some parents, who claimed the district was trying to indoctrinate students with a left-wing agenda. The controversial “Black Lives Matter Protests” cartoon has since been pulled by the Sarasota County district. It was viewable through the district's “BrainPOP” site.  BrainPOP, a third-party vendor,  creates instructional videos for a variety of subjects, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported. In the video, a character explains the history of Black Lives Matter and encourages students to join protests for police reform. The character commends the protests for influencing the Minneapolis City Council to reform its police department. Before a contentious meeting Tuesday night, School Board Member Bridget Ziegler wrote on Facebook that...
    Former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka has reiterated his disgust over NFL players who protest during the national anthem, telling them if they don’t like the U.S.A., they should “go to another country.” In an interview on Newsmax TV on Monday, the Hall of Fame coach once again wagged his finger at the “privileged” players who have become incredibly wealthy playing football. “Football’s football. It’s not a complicated thing. You’re playing the game, you’re enjoying the game. You don’t like the game, get out of it,” Ditka told host Shaun Kraisman. NFL ????: Hall-of-Fame coach Mike Ditka tells protesting players that if they cant respect this country, get the hell out of it. [with Newsmax TVs @ShaunKraisman https://t.co/VlT7z8drtO] pic.twitter.com/E3jPCBrMdt —...
    President Donald Trump railed about mail-in voting, which he cast as vulnerable to foreign interference – and raised the prospect Wednesday that a contested presidential election could be thrown to the House. He also vowed to squelch any violent protests on Election Day, saying they will be 'put down very, very quickly. The president exploded about mail-in voting at a White House press briefing after DailyMail.com asked him about his earlier vow to 'put down' any potential violent election protests, which he termed an 'insurrection.' Trump said at a White House briefing that 'at a certain point it goes to Congress' raising the prospect of a contested election He then raised the prospect of an election so disputed that...
    The rioting, looting, and arson that was seen in some 20 states in the days and weeks following the May 25 police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis could cost the insurance industry up to $2billion in claims, it has been reported. The previous record for the costliest period of civil unrest in insurance history was set in 1992, when Los Angeles was engulfed in violence for a week after the acquittal of four police officers filmed in the beating of Rodney King. The Los Angeles riots resulted in $775million in insurance claims being paid out. When taking inflation into account, that would amount to $1.42billion, according to Axios. Other costly instances of civil unrest include the 1965 Watts riots...
    (CNN)Social media posts from far-left extremist groups conveying hateful, and at times violent, sentiments against police surged during the recent period of protests and civil unrest, according to a new report. The findings were published Monday by the Network Contagion Research Institute (NCRI), a non-partisan organization that tracks hate and misinformation on social media. The authors wrote that tactics employed by right-wing extremist groups, such as the use of memes and codewords to share ideas and organize offline activity, are also being used by extremist groups on the left. What we do and dont know about the extremists taking part in riots across the USWhite supremacist groups pose a much more significant threat in the US than far-left networks or...
    NBC Andre Braugher opened up in a new interview about the future of his comedy cop series, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and how the show will adapt to the current climate. The actor, who’s played several cops over the course of his career, spoke about the challenges of tackling police brutality and systemic racism while still making an audience laugh. “I have no idea what Season 8 of Brooklyn Nine-Nine is going to be, because everything’s changed,” Braugher said in a new cover story for Variety. The actor plays Capt. Raymond Holt opposite Andy Samberg’s Det. Jake Peralta on the hit comedy show. Holt has rich backstory, being a gay black man who fought his way up the ranks of the NYPD....
    There was so much fear and bedwetting over the Kenosha, Wisconsin protests and broke-ass Donald Trump’s “law and order” response. Remember? There was The New York Times, telling us definitely that: “Chaos in Kenosha Is Already Swaying Some Voters in Wisconsin.” According to that article: “The politically calculated warnings of President Trump and the Republican Party about chaos enveloping America should Democrats win in November are reverberating among some people in Kenosha, a small city in the southeast corner of one of the most critical states in this election, where protests have raged for a number of increasingly combustible nights.” Of course, that resonated with the white left-of-center punditry. George Packer at The Atlantic wrote: “Here is a prediction about the November election: If Donald Trump wins, in a trustworthy vote, what’s happening...
    Protests against President Donald Trump during visit to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for ABC’s town hall were met by a small group of Trump supporters, though the evening remained peaceful. Trump supporters and protesters alike gathered at the Independence National Historical Park on Tuesday night in response to Trump’s town hall. Trump supporters wave a “Trump 2020” flag while standing on an elevated surface in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Sept. 15, 2020. (Kaylee Greenlee / DCNF) A woman holds a Trump 2020 sign in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Sept. 15, 2020. (Kaylee Greenlee / DCNF) A protester flashes his middle finger at Trump supporters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Sept. 15, 2020. (Kaylee Greenlee / DCNF) Anti-Trump protesters yelled at Trump supporters across a line...
    Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) told 8 News Now on Monday that she finds “great optimism” in marches that have taken place around the country since the death of George Floyd. In an interview with the local news TV station while she was campaigning in Nevada, she was asked how she would implement police reform. She responded: I think that it is going to be about, again, speaking to the voices of the people. You know I have to tell you, in these marches that we’ve been seeing around the country for the last many months, people of every race and every age, every background, every gender, marching together arm-in-arm, saying we are better than this and we’re going to fight...
    Public opinion is clear: Trump isn't the answer to protests or violence. There was so much fear and bedwetting over the Kenosha, Wisconsin protests and broke-ass Donald Trump’s “law and order” response. Remember?  There was The New York Times, telling us definitely that: “Chaos in Kenosha Is Already Swaying Some Voters in Wisconsin.” According to that article: “The politically calculated warnings of President Trump and the Republican Party about chaos enveloping America should Democrats win in November are reverberating among some people in Kenosha, a small city in the southeast corner of one of the most critical states in this election, where protests have raged for a number of increasingly combustible nights.” Of course, that resonated with the white left-of-center punditry. George Packer at The Atlantic wrote: “Here is a...
    Sunny Hostin claimed that the Trump campaign was "putting out" a "manufactured" narrative that Black Lives Matter protests gripping the nation were violent. “You know, my understanding is that, according to a new Fox News poll, more voters classified BLM unrest as riots rather than protests, and that is scary because that’s feeding into this narrative that the Trump campaign has been putting out there. And if you really look at the facts, 93% of protests are nonviolent, and, in fact, when Trump has put in force, has put in federal enforcement, out of those 93%, the violence ratchets up," Hostin said on The View on Monday. "So, more than 5% of the protests, actually, that are linked...
    Meghan McCain, co-host on "The View," issued a scathing rebuke of mainstream media — specifically CNN — and its coverage of the nationwide riots over police conduct. Her remarks came after fellow co-host Sunny Hostin said that much of the violence has been "manufactured by the Trump campaign." What are the details? On Monday, McCain slapped much of the media for downplaying the riots' violence and refusing to outright condemn the madness. Co-host Sunny Hostin began by discussing a recent Fox News poll that found that the majority of surveyed voters said Black Lives Matter demonstrations are riots — not protests. "If you really look at the facts, 93%, 93% of protests...
    A father-of-three was caught on video beating his teenage daughter with a belt in public after finding her at a protest against police brutality in Colombia. Norbeli Restrepo said he had warned his Karime Restrepo not to participate in a protest last Thursday in Armenia, Colombia, in response to the death of Javier Ordóñez, who died in police custody. Norbeli is seen in the video arguing with his daughter and striking her on her legs as two police officers attempted to defuse the altercation. But the father said he would carry out the punishment again to avoid seeing one of his daughters seriously injured or killed in a demonstration. Lawyer Ordóñez died after he was seen on video being tasered and...
    Co-host Sunny Hostin claimed on Monday’s broadcast of ABC’s “The View” that President Donald Trump’s campaign was “manufacturing” a false narrative that Black Lives Matter protests were violent. Addressing two Los Angeles County deputies being shot in Compton, Hostin said, “I want to say that there’s no place for people to go and shoot officers that are sitting in their cars. My heart goes out to their families and their friends. I was so horrified to hear about that. I have so many officers in my family, and that are friends of mine.” She continued, “You know, my understanding is that according to a new Fox News poll, more voters classified BLM protests as riots rather than protests. That’s scary...
    Colin Kaepernick called the NFL's social justice initiatives "propaganda" during the league's opening weekend on Sunday. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, who remains unsigned, first led the kneeling protests during the national anthem in 2016 to bring attention to police brutality and racial injustice.  Amid renewed Black Lives Matter protests, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell admitted in June that the league was "wrong" in taking so long to acknowledge the message behind the kneeling protests. Since then, the NFL has taken largely symbolic steps like allowing racial justice messages in end zones and on helmets and T-shirts.  Kaepernick apparently does not believe the NFL is sincere about its advocacy and accused the league of "blackballing" free agent safety Eric Reid. ...
    Meghan McCain called out the media coverage of the nationwide protests against police brutality — singling out CNN for doing “a real disservice” by downplaying the violence. The View hosts began their Monday episode by discussing the shooting of LA police officers this weekend, noting that while there was no clear connection between the ambush and the protesters, it might alter people’s view on the demonstrations. Sunny Hostin cited a Fox News poll that noted more people have classified the Black Lives Matter protests as riots, arguing that those statistics are feeding into the narrative President Donald Trump’s campaign is pushing on law and order. “If you really look at the facts, 93 percent — 93 percent of protests are nonviolent, nonviolent. And,...
    While much of the NFL honored the black victims of police violence on Sunday, Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Tyler Eifert paid tribute to retired St. Louis police officer David Dorn, a 77-year-old African-American man who was shot and killed by a suspected looter during a night of protests in June. Eifert, a 30-year-old in his first season with the Jags, played in Sunday's win over Indianapolis with Dorn's name appearing on the back of his helmet. 'Great win to start the season,' Eifert wrote on Twitter alongside a picture of his David Dorn decal. 'Love being a part of this new team and community! It was honor wearing David Dorns (sic) name on my helmet today!' The NFL previously announced that...
    Moscow — Belarus' authoritarian president visited Russia Monday in a bid to secure more loans and political support, as demonstrations against the extension of his 26-year rule entered their sixth week. Alexander Lukashenko's talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi come a day after an estimated 150,000 people flooded the streets of the Belarusian capital, demanding Lukashenko's resignation. The Interior Ministry said 774 people were arrested in Minsk and other cities of Belarus for holding unsanctioned rallies on Sunday. Putin said that Russia would provide a $1.5 billion loan to Belarus and fulfill all its obligations under a union treaty between the neighbors. Speaking at the start of the talks, he emphasized that the...
    Netflix’s upcoming movie The Trial of the Chicago 7 takes place at the height of the anti-Vietnam War protests during the late 60s. But the first trailer bears an unmistakable resemblance to today’s Black Lives Matter protests and features a distinctly anti-police tone. The Trial of the Chicago 7, written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, tells the story of the seven radical-left defendants accused of inciting riots during the 1968 Democratic National Convention. The movie stars Sacha Baron Cohen as Abbie Hoffman,  Eddie Redmayne as Tom Hayden, and Succession‘s Jeremy Strong as Jerry Rubin. The trailer invokes today’s BLM riots with scenes showing a line of police officers preparing to open fire on protestors who are carrying signs that read “An Attack Against One...
    While much of the NFL honored the black victims of police violence on Sunday, Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Tyler Eifert paid tribute to retired St. Louis police officer David Dorn, a 77-year-old African-American man who was shot and killed by a suspected looter during a night of protests in June. Eifert, a 30-year-old in his first season with the Jags, played in Sunday's win over Indianapolis with Dorn's name appearing on the back of his helmet. 'Great win to start the season,' Eifert wrote on Twitter alongside a picture of his David Dorn decal. 'Love being a part of this new team and community! It was honor wearing David Dorns (sic) name on my helmet today!' The NFL previously announced that...
    The video showed a shooting that shocked the conscience: a cold-blooded attempt to kill two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies at close range in Compton. Immediately, unequivocal condemnations flooded in from law enforcement officials, city leaders and the nation’s most prominent politicians. President Trump called for the unknown shooter to receive the death penalty. Trump’s opponent in the November presidential election, former Vice President Joe Biden, called for the gunman to face “the full brunt of the law.” Najee Ali, a longtime South L.A. activist, understood the anger and joined in condemning the shooting. But he also questioned why such swift calls for justice don’t come when it is the police who cause the injuries. There were police killings of...
    Players across the NFL kneeled during the national anthem Sunday to start the season. While some teams refused to even leave the locker room, many other players and at least one head coach took a knee during the anthem, according to multiple reports. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) #Colts head coach Frank Reich kneeling during the national anthem as his players stand around him with arms linked. — Taylor Tannebaum (@TaylorTannebaum) September 13, 2020 Eight Panthers players knelt for the national anthem and nine raised their fists. All of the Raiders stood for the national anthem. ⁦@AP_Top25⁩ pic.twitter.com/lmacg7QfK2 — Steve Reed (@SteveReedAP) September 13, 2020 Neither the Jets nor the Bills were...
    Most of us are familiar with that infamous event known as the “Brooks Brothers riot,” in which hundreds of paid GOP operatives mobilized in Southern Florida in late November 2000, to loudly obstruct the valid recounting of ballots in the contested presidential election involving George W. Bush and Al Gore.  These phony “protests,” as the media labelled them, were organized by Republican Party leaders, including Trump-pardoned convicted felon Roger Stone, and Matt Schlapp, the current chairman of the American Conservative Union. Schlapp is also the husband of Mercedes Schlapp, formerly Donald Trump’s Director of Strategic Communications, and now a member of his re-election committee. Those demonstrators, many dressed in corporate garb (hence the Brooks Brothers reference) employed violent tactics to harass...
    On Friday’s “PBS NewsHour,” Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) expressed concern that protests in Portland are continuing despite an emergency declaration, and responded to a question on the timeframe for ending the protests by stating, “we know that these protests are caused by folks who have been experiencing systemic racism in this state and in this country for decades, for centuries. And it will take time,” to “eradicate” the racism that exists in various systems. Brown said that the protests continuing despite the declaration of a state of emergency is “certainly a concern. I’ve worked with our community partners, our business community, and elected leadership to craft a statement of Oregon leaders, saying that this violence needs to come to...
    LAST weekend, some weird people blocked the road to a Hertfordshire newspaper printing plant with a bamboo climbing frame. To which they then attached themselves. 8Police stood by as protesters blocked the pressesCredit: Getty Images - Getty Now, if I’d have been in charge of the local police, I’d have instructed my officers to pull it over. Or attach it to the back of a patrol car and tow it into the nearest river. Or set fire to it. Blocking a highway is against the law. Preventing the free press from operating is even worse. And I’d have recognised that and armed my officers with bulldozers and tasers and permission to use both. But I was not in charge of...
    Violent protests broke out in Bogotá, Colombia, on Wednesday night following the death of a Colombian father of two who died after police repeatedly shocked him with a stun gun. A video of the encounter between the man, Javier Humberto Ordoñez, and two officers has circulated on social media. Ordoñez, 46, can be seen face down on the ground as two officers kneel on him and repeatedly use their stun guns on him. Ordoñez can be heard saying, "Please, no more," as witnesses urge police to stop. He later died at a local hospital. Police said the incident took place in the capital early Wednesday when Ordoñez was drinking alcohol in the street with others, which was in violation of...
    Scientists are seeing an acceleration of pandemics This Popular Grocery Chain Is Adding Pickup Service to 480 Stores 4 things we learned from the start of the 2020 NFL season, including fan reaction to protests Between navigating the country’s worst pandemic in a century — not to mention a burgeoning social justice moment among its players — it would not be an understatement to say the past seven months have been a trying grind for the NFL and its teams. For months, it felt like the regular season would never come, as offseason practices and preseason games got canceled and everyone pondered how the NFL — with so many players and coaches who could potentially be at risk —...
    A protester carries a sign that reads “Defund The Police” during the Black Women Matter “Say Her Name” march on July 3, 2020 in Richmond, Virginia. Protests continue around the country after the death of African Americans while in police custody. (Photo by Eze Amos/Getty Images) Black people’s justified anger about police brutality forces us to take strong stances against the killings of unarmed Black people by police officers. Ironically, sometimes these stances are in opposition to our goal of achieving change. Do we continue to argue the nuances of #defundthepolice, when we know this hashtag is being used to turn White suburbanites against police reform? Read More: Stacey Abrams says ‘Defund the Police’ campaign is a...
    People in Connecticut are furious with the decision to cancel high school football. In a video tweeted late Wednesday by Dave Briggs, parents, players and coaches in the state were protesting the decision to cancel the 2020 football season and chanting “Let us play” at the state capitol in Hartford. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) You can watch a video of the high energy protest below. Incredible turnout by Connecticut high school football players, parents and coaches PROTESTING the states decision to cancel the 2020 season. They’re asking @GovNedLamont to #LetUsPlay #letusplayCT pic.twitter.com/0JMpVj6nFS — Dave Briggs (@davebriggstv) September 10, 2020 Honestly, I feel so bad for these players, parents and coaches. There’s literally...
    Protesters have taken to the streets of Rochester, New York, for the eighth consecutive night to demand justice for Daniel Prude, a mentally ill black man who died during arrest by police officers in the city.  Prude, 41, was arrested in the early morning hours of March 23 running naked through the streets of Rochester.  Handcuffed and sitting on the flood without any clothes on, he had a 'spit hood' placed over his head, and when officers tried to move him, kneeling on his back, he fell unconscious. Prude died March 30 after being taken off of life support. The video of his arrest was released last week, after his family filed a request for police records, and protests -...
              Live from Virginia Wednesday morning on The John Fredericks Show –  weekdays on WNTW AM 820/ FM 92.7 – Richmond, WJFN FM 100.5 – Central Virginia, WMPH AM 1010 / FM 100.1 / FM 96.9 (7-9 PM) Hampton Roads, WBRG AM 1050 / FM 105.1 – Lynchburg/Roanoke and Weekdays 6-10 am and 24/7 Stream –  host Fredericks welcomed US Ambassador to the Trump administration Jim Gilmore to the show. During the show, Ambassador Gilmore explained the current situation in Belarus and the next steps the OSCE will take to ensure a fair and legitimate repeat election that will be monitored in the name of democracy. Fredericks: Joining us now live from Vienna Ambassador Jim Gilmore. You...
    In the wake of President Donald Trump holding another outdoor campaign rally where many attendees did not wear face masks, the media wanted to know why the White House believes such rallies are OK when states have said they are not allowed. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany used the left's own "peaceful protests" canard to clearly explain that the president was not doing anything his political opponents were not already doing. What did she say? President Trump has been holding — and has scheduled several more — outdoor campaign events with thousands of attendees. On multiple occasions, large portions of the audience have been seen not social distancing and often not wearing masks. This, of...
    The assistant principal of an upstate New York high school who yelled “F--k the police!” in a live video during the Rochester protests has been placed on leave after an “outpouring” of complaints, district officials said. Steven Lysenko, a ninth-grade teacher and assistant principal at Spencerport High School in suburban Rochester, sparked outrage with his wild tirade against cops and the “s---ty-assed job they were doing” in a since-deleted Facebook Live video. “They can f--k right off, America! F--k the police! F--k Rochester Police Department!” he shouted, before ending with a polite “thank you.” Spencerport Central School District initially said Saturday that the scandal would be “addressed as a confidential, personnel matter.” Steven Lysenko of Spencerport High School generated controversy over the Facebook Live...
    The assistant principal of an upstate high school who yelled “F–k the police!” in a live video during the Rochester protests has been placed on leave after an “outpouring” of complaints, district officials said. Steven Lysenko, a ninth-grade teacher and assistant principal at Spencerport High School in suburban Rochester, sparked outrage with his wild tirade against cops and the “s—ty-assed job they were doing” in a since-deleted Facebook Live video. “They can f–k right off, America! F–k the police! F–k Rochester Police Department!” he shouted, before ending with a polite “thank you.” Spencerport Central School District initially said Saturday that the scandal would be “addressed as a confidential, personnel matter.” The district updated its action Tuesday, however, admitting it followed...
    In his first sit-down interview since anti-government protests swept the nation, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko made a slight concession, The Guardian reports — the so-called “last dictator in Europe,” who has held his post for 26 years, acknowledged he “may have sat in the president’s chair a little too long.” But, other than that, he denied responsibility for the unrest, instead pointing a conspiratorial finger at the United States, and reiterated that he does not plan on stepping down. Lukashenko reportedly told members of the Russian media — whom The Guardian notes did not appear to subject the ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin to tough questioning — that he believes Washington is orchestrating the protests via the messaging app...
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo blasted a massive New York University party in Washington Square Park over the weekend and city authorities for failing to control it. Crowds of NYU students flocked to the park in Manhattan for an evening of drinking and partying, many of them not wearing masks and ignoring social distancing orders as two DJs blasted music. It was a shocking start to the school year that resumed classes on Wednesday and 20 students have since been suspended for violating COVID-19 safety guidelines. Cuomo lambasted the Saturday party during the coronavirus press conference Tuesday. 'They had large gatherings in Washington Square Park. Frankly, NYU security didn’t do anything about it. The local police didn’t do anything about it,' he...
    Rochester Police Chief La'Ron Singletary resigned after days of protest over the death of Daniel Prude in police custody. Two deputy police chiefs also resigned. Mayor Lovely Warren told the Rochester City Council about the resignations on Tuesday. When asked by reporters who would be in charge of law enforcement during expected protests that night, Warren said she wasn't certain. "We would have to find an interim chief," Warren said. "Because I just got the call before this hearing, I don't know." Singletary explained the reasons for his resignation in a news release. One report said City Council President Loretta C. Scott told News10NBC that Singletary would stay on until Sept. 28. "Today,...
    Eric Trump gave a grim prognostication for the future of the NFL on Sunday night, after learning that the Dallas Cowboys gave their players the okay to protest. In fact, the president’s son tweeted that, for him, “Football is officially dead.” The second of President Trump’s three sons made the bold statement while captioning a tweet from the Dallas Morning News, in which the paper reported that Cowboys players had been given the “green light” to protest. “Football is officially dead — so much for ‘America’s sport.’ Goodbye NFL… I’m gone,” Trump wrote. Football is officially dead — so much for “America’s sport.” Goodbye NFL… I’m gone. https://t.co/FSJeyvsql3 — Eric Trump (@EricTrump) September 8, 2020 Though Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones...
    Hong Kong's police force has defended the actions of officers who tackled a 12-year-old girl to the ground in a shocking scene that was captured on video and quickly went viral. Police in riot gear cracked down on an anti-government protest in the Chinese region on Sunday, arresting almost 300 people according to the South China Morning Post (SCMP) newspaper. The girl was not taking part in the protest, but walking through the downtown Hong Kong area on a mission to buy art supplies when she encountered police in body armor. In video of the incident, she appears to get spooked by the police and try to hurry away, but she's chased by an officer and quickly tackled to the...
    (CNN)George Floyd died while in police custody on Memorial Day.This Labor Day weekend, as the summer fades nearly 100 days later, his death and the experiences of other Black people during interactions with police continue to spur protests across the country.In Louisville, Kentucky, protesters demonstrated over the killing of Breonna Taylor; in Rochester, New York, for justice in the killing of Daniel Prude; and in Portland, Oregon, where they have often become violent.Here's a look at the weekend's social movements and demonstrations.Rochester, New YorkRead MoreA child walks with a homemade sign in front of the Public Safety building after marching for Daniel Prude on September 06, 2020 in Rochester, New York.Video of a fatal police encounter in Rochester that was...
    Some recent polling suggests that President Trump may have a slight edge over Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in the suburbs where his law-and-order message amid nationwide protests is resonating among voters ahead of the November election, according to a report. More than a dozen Democratic Party officials and strategists in the nation’s suburbs have expressed an uneasiness with which the Trump campaign has switched its focus from the coronavirus to lingering unrest in major cities. FILE: President Donald Trump speaks with reporters after meeting with Senate Republicans at their weekly luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (AP) Trump has seized on images of violent protests in Portland and Minneapolis that broke out after the deaths of George...
    Hong Kong (CNN)Police in Hong Kong police have come under heavy criticism after a widely-circulated video showed officers tackling a 12-year-old girl to the ground during a pro-democracy protest.The video, posted by the student media group of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), showed the girl walking along a sidewalk when riot police officers stopped her. The girl started running away before the police chased after her and tackled her to the ground. In a statement, the force defended its officers' actions, saying they had deployed "minimum necessary force" in the situation. It said protesters, including the girl, had been intercepted for a stop and search. Future of political art in Hong Kong uncertain as Beijing tightens...
    President Trump on Monday blamed “Radical Left” Democratic governors and mayors for unrest in cities across the country over the weekend. “Rochester N.Y., Brooklyn N.Y., Portland—All had bad nights, all weakly run by Radical Left Democrat Governors and Mayors!” Trump tweeted Monday. “Get the picture?” The president’s tweet comes after protests and unrest in cities over the weekend. It is unclear what the president was specifically referring to, but in Brooklyn, five people were shot late Sunday night, including a 6-year-old boy during an outdoor celebration. All of the victims were taken to the hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries, according to police. WHITE HOUSE BLASTS DEMOCRATIC MAYORS FOR UNREST DURING PROTESTS: 'SECURE YOUR STREETS' NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison said the...
    Three young people clasping arms, their faces covered with black bandanas. A police officer with his badge taped over, gripping a baton like a baseball bat. A middle-aged woman holding a sign that asks, How Many More Must Die? These aren’t scenes from the ongoing wave of Black Lives Matter protests. They’re from Washington, D.C., New York City, and Rutland, Vermont, in 2001, 2003, and 2006, respectively. They are just three images from Our Voices, Our Streets: American Protests 2001-2011, a recent book of photos by Kevin Bubriski. As the title suggests, Our Voices, Our Streets captures politics in public as it unfolded over the first decade of the 21st century in the United States. With crisp black-and-white, medium format...
    A high school assistant principal has recorded himself saying 'f*** the police' after telling cops 'what a s***y a*** job they were doing' during the Rochester protests.  Steven Lysenko, a ninth-grade teacher at Spencerport High School, posted the clip on Facebook Live amid ongoing demonstrations over the the death of black man Daniel Prude, who lost consciousness after police held a hood over his head.  Lysenko tells viewers he has been on a peaceful protest when 'our peacekeepers ended up shooting pepper spray at us for singing and chanting and telling them what a s***y a*** job they were doing'. He added: 'They can f*** right off America. F*** the police. F*** Rochester police department. Thank you.' After the footage went viral...
    Democratic nominee Joe Biden attended Sunday services at St. Joseph on the Brandywine in Wilmington, Delaware Sunday, as President Donald Trump golfed at his Virginia course.  As Biden was leaving church, he waved to the pool of reporters stationed on the other side of a cemetery from him, and ignored a plea to come over and engage in Q&A.   The former vice president has taken only a few questions from journalists in recent months.  Biden's late son Beau is buried at St. Joseph.  New polling that also came out Sunday showed that nearly a majority of Americans believe Biden wants to 'calm down' the Black Lives Matter protests, while Trump wants to encourage more fighting.   A new CBS News/YouGov Battleground Tracker...
    The assistant principal of an upstate high school has sparked outrage with a Facebook Live video he recorded during the Rochester protests — in which he screamed, “F–k the police!” Steven Lysenko, a ninth-grade AP teacher at Spencerport High School in suburban Rochester, complained about officers targeting protesters even though “we didn’t do anything but chant and sing,” according to copies of the video that have gone viral online. “Our peacekeepers ended up shooting pepper spray at us for singing and chanting and telling them what a s—ty-assed job they were doing,” he complained in the clip, which was saved and shared on social media. “They can f–k right off, America!” he shouted. “F–k the police! F–k Rochester Police...
    The assistant principal of an upstate high school has sparked outrage with a Facebook Live video he recorded during the Rochester protests — in which he screamed, “F–k the police!” Steven Lysenko, a ninth-grade AP teacher at Spencerport High School in suburban Rochester, complained about officers targeting protesters even though “we didn’t do anything but chant and sing,” according to copies of the video that have gone viral online. “Our peacekeepers ended up shooting pepper spray at us for singing and chanting and telling them what a s—ty-assed job they were doing,” he complained in the clip, which was saved and shared on social media. “They can f–k right off, America!” he shouted. “F–k the police! F–k Rochester Police Department!”...
    Matthew Rozsa September 6, 2020 12:00PM (UTC) On August 20, 91 cafeteria workers at Yahoo (which is owned by Verizon) were abruptly told that their jobs had been terminated. In response, the labor advocacy group Silicon Valley Rising organized a protest on Thursday, in which they called for Verizon to continue paying subcontracted service workers during the shutdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Salon spoke with one of those former cafeteria workers, Agustina Sanchez, who with the help of a translator told Salon that she feels the government has not met its obligation to help the working class. : "I think it's a big responsibility and it's an obligation," Sanchez said. "It's a role that the government should play, to protect workers...
    Jacob Blake, the black man who was shot multiple times in the back by a police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin, paralyzed from the waist down, spoke for the first time from the hospital. In a video shared on social networks by his lawyer, Benjamin Crump, he assured that he has “much more desire to live” despite the health repercussions that he will have to live with for the rest of his days. “It hurts to breathe, it hurts to sleep. I have staples in my back, in my bloody stomach,” Blake said in the message, hinting that he may not be able to walk again. “Your life, and not just your life, your legs, something...
    Jacob Blake, the black man who was shot multiple times in the back by a police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin, paralyzed from the waist down, spoke for the first time from the hospital. In a video shared on social networks by his lawyer, Benjamin Crump, he assured that he has “much more desire to live” despite the health repercussions that he will have to live with for the rest of his days. “It hurts to breathe, it hurts to sleep. I have staples in my back, in my bloody stomach,” Blake said in the message, hinting that he may not be able to walk again. “Your life, and not just your life, your legs, something...
    Jacob Blake, the black man who was shot multiple times in the back by a police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin, paralyzed from the waist down, spoke for the first time from the hospital. In a video shared on social networks by his lawyer, Benjamin Crump, he assured that he has “much more desire to live” despite the health repercussions that he will have to live with for the rest of his days. “It hurts to breathe, it hurts to sleep. I have staples in my back, in my bloody stomach,” Blake said in the message, hinting that he may not be able to walk again. “Your life, and not just your life, your legs, something...
    One reason for the surging, often protracted violence in US cities is the rise of a host of progressive prosecutors who actually tilt against law and order. The trend is most glaring in places known for their kooky left-wing politics, like Portland and San Francisco, but extreme leftists have also taken over as district attorneys in cities like Chicago and Boston. Many owe big thanks for their elections to funding from far-left fatcat George Soros. In Portland, violent “protests” have dragged on for months, thanks to the idiocy of Mayor Ted Wheeler, who let hoodlums drive him out of his own condo — but also to Multnomah County DA Mike Schmidt, who dropped charges against hundreds of people arrested for...
    Protests in Rochester, New York, turned violent on Friday night. Large volumes of activists came to protest the police-involved death of Daniel Prude, a black man. In one incident, a bus stop was set on fire. Rochester police released a video of a confrontation between demonstrators and officers in which the two groups were lined up on either side of an intersection. At one point, a commercial-grade firework is shot off from the demonstrator side directly toward the police. RPD released this video where they say a group of agitators during last nights protests along Court St. & S. Clinton Ave started throwing commercial grade fireworks directly at officers standing on the opposite side of the intersection....
    (CNN)Eva Sileo, a senior at the University of Iowa, was surprised to learn that her school would not be testing students as they returned to campus at the start of the semester."I think it is profoundly irresponsible" Sileo told CNN. "It scares me a lot that they've brought 30,000 people back to campus from all over the world and they really have no concept of what level of exposure they were putting into this community from the get-go." Since the university started tracking cases on August 18, 1,395 students and 19 employees have tested positive for Covid-19, including 253 new student cases on September 2. The university has made clear on its Covid-19 dashboard that its tally only includes self-reported...
    (CNN)Prosecutors have accused a man of stealing a firearm from a Seattle Police vehicle during protests in May. Jacob Little, 24, of Everett, Washington, appeared in US District Court in Seattle on Friday charged with possession of a stolen firearm. He's accused of breaking into a damaged police vehicle on May 30 and taking a large bag that had a rifle with a suppressor on it."Images show a man that appears to be Little removing the heavy bag from a Seattle Police vehicle parked outside the downtown Nordstrom store. The vehicles were heavily damaged and ultimately burned," the US District Court in Seattle says in a statement. Text messages obtained from his phone indicated that he was planning to sell...
    (CNN)About 93% of racial justice protests in the US since the death of George Floyd have been peaceful and nondestructive, according to a new report.The findings, released Thursday, contradict assumptions and claims by some that protests associated with the Black Lives Matter movement are spawning violence and destruction of property.The report was produced by the US Crisis Project, a joint effort by the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) and the Bridging Divides Initiative (BDI) at Princeton University, which collects and analyzes real-time data on demonstrations and political violence in the US. CNN Poll: Views on racism, protests grow more partisan this summer"These data reveal that the United States is in crisis," the report's authors wrote. "It...
    In the Age of Trump, Portland, Oregon, is no longer just another city. Now it is a symbol and almost a Rorschach test for the country’s deep and explosive political divides. For Trumpists, Republicans and members of the far right, Portland is all that is wrong with “the Left” and “Liberals,” a chaotic nightmare zone where Black Lives Matter, antifa and other “enemies” are running amok while they attack “patriotism” and “real American values.” To TrumpWorld, Portland and other Democratic-led big cities (which of course is virtually all of them) are hives of scum and villainy, overrun by criminals and “rioters,” which must be conquered by Trump’s enforcers and armed vigilante supporters. Trump’s “law and order” politics, and its inherent racism and violence, are believed by many to be his path back to the White House....
    Chauncey DeVega September 4, 2020 8:41PM (UTC) In the Age of Trump, Portland, Oregon, is no longer just another city. Now it is a symbol and almost a Rorschach test for the country's deep and explosive political divides. For Trumpists, Republicans and members of the far right, Portland is all that is wrong with "the Left" and "Liberals," a chaotic nightmare zone where Black Lives Matter, antifa and other "enemies" are running amok while they attack "patriotism" and "real American values." : To TrumpWorld, Portland and other Democratic-led big cities (which of course is virtually all of them) are hives of scum and villainy, overrun by criminals and "rioters," which must be conquered and overrun by Trump's enforcers and armed vigilante supporters.   Trump's "law and order" politics, and its inherent...
    When the protests of the May 25 death of George Floyd while in police custody evolved into destructive and violent riots across the nation, the left largely remained quiet. They either characterized the riots as extensions of the peaceful protests or they ignored them in favor of other topics, like President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
    A black little league football player, 11, has left his team after facing a backlash for taking a knee during the National Anthem at a recent game. Elijah, who played for the Brooks Bears youth team in Atlanta, knelt on the field at the start of a game last month in a show of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.  His parents said the young boy has now been forced to change teams after one of his coaches disapproved of his actions and made him feel unwelcome.   The symbol of protest has starkly divided opinion across America of late. National sports stars have taken a knee at games as a symbol of protest against systemic racism following a string of...
    Michael Reinoehl in an interview shared by Vice News on Thursday. Vice News The man suspected of fatally killing a right-wing demonstrator during Portland protests said he saw "'a civil war right around the corner." Michael Reinoehl discussed the shooting of Aaron Danielson, a supporter of a pro-Trump group, in an interview published by Vice News. He said that his shot "felt like the beginning of a war." Not long after the interview was broadcast, Reinoehl was killed by law enforcement officials as they moved to arrest him. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A man suspected of fatally shooting a Trump supporter during protests in Portland said he saw "'a civil war right around the corner'...
    Public polling shows voters growing concerned about the violent demonstrations in many cities and beginning to take a less favorable view of the protests themselves, but protests and the violence have yet to alter the trajectory of the presidential race. The latest poll to show a drop in support for Black Lives Matter is Politico/Morning Consult, showing a 9-point decline in favorability from 61% in June to 52% this month. This follows a Marquette University Law School poll that saw a decrease in favorability for the social cause from 61% to 48% over the same time period, with the same percentage of respondents viewing it unfavorably. Civiqs found a more modest fall of 4 points since June. “What is clear...
    A screengrab of Jessica Krug, also known as "Jess La Bombalera," appearing before the New York City Council via video link on June 9, 2020. YouTube/CELL.VISION A video appears to show the college professor who pretended to be Black slamming the NYPD for targetting "our" people at protests. Jessica Krug, of George Washington University, revealed Thursday that she was white, Jewish, and from Kansas, despite a career spent claiming to be a Bronx native with Black heritage. On June 9, Krug — appearing as "Jess La Bombalera" — told a New York City Council hearing on police brutality at Black Lives Matter protests that "if this city is for us the NYPD can't stay." Krug also referred to...
    Two former Belurisian state television hosts were reportedly arrested on Wednesday night for siding with protesters in Belarus, a Minsk-based journalist reported. Dzmitry Kakhno was reportedly found guilty of “participating in unauthorized mass actions,” a judge ruled Thursday, according to Belarusian outlet Charter 97. Dzianis Dudzinski was reportedly arrested on the same charges, though the result of his trial is unclear. The hosts were reportedly fired from their state television jobs for statements supporting the protests this summer, Charter 9 reported. Two famous Belarusian TV hosts who sided with protesters have been arrested in the middle of the night. Dzmitry Kakhno was detained by special forces right near his house, when he went out with his mother. No details about...
    A young Iranian wrestling champion has been sentenced to death in Iran for the murder of a public sector worker two years ago, a state television-linked news agency said Thursday. It was first reported that Navid Afkari's sentence was due to taking part in protests against the Iranian regime in 2018. The Young Journalists Club (YJC) said the wrestler who competed in national tournaments, was convicted on the basis of 'qisas', the Islamic law of retribution. The judiciary's Mizan Online news agency said he was found guilty of the 'voluntary homicide' of a water department worker in Shiraz, southern Iran, who was stabbed to death on August 2, 2018. Iran's Supreme Court confirmed two death sentences for wrestler Navid Afkari...
    For months, violence has gripped our streets. Riots have been a regular reality for several cities across the country. Businesses have been destroyed. People have been assaulted. Stores have been looted. All that is needed to understand even a fraction of the daily reality for countless Americans is a simple search on Twitter, where you will find video, after video, after video. There have been some independent journalists who have provided accurate reporting on the riots and violence; however, if you rely on the “objective” mainstream media for your “news,” you will have a completely different view of reality. The reason for this is that mainstream media outlets like CNN, The New York Times and The Washington Post have engaged in,...
    An anti-capitalist organization who started the Occupy movement in 2011 have vowed to 'draw wind' from BLM protests tearing through the country and to 'lay siege to the White House' for 50 days.   Adbusters, a non-profit environmentalist organization based in Canada - who are known for spurring the Occupy Wall Street movement in 2011 - have announced plans to 'lay siege' to the White House from 17 September until the 3 November. The group describe themselves as 'a global network of artists, activists, writers, pranksters, students, educators and entrepreneurs' whose goals involve advancing a 'new social activist movement'.  In a post on their website titled '#WhiteHouseSiege – Tactical Briefing #1', the activists say: 'It's time again for dramatic, decisive action. ...
    (CNN)Three members of Portland's 11-member voluntary police oversight body resigned this week during escalating tensions in the city, according to a CNN affiliate.At least two cited the increased tensions as their reasons for leaving in resignation letters, CNN affiliate KPTV reported late Wednesday.Protests against racial injustice and police brutality have continued for nearly 100 nights in Portland, with demonstrations often proceeding peacefully during the day before devolving into chaos at night. On Saturday, a man was shot and killed as supporters of President Donald Trump clashed with protesters against police violence and racism. Portland mayor calls for peaceAccording to the city's website, the review committee was created in 2001 to help improve police accountability, promote higher standards of police services...
    CNN commentator Van Jones warned Democrats that the ongoing focus of the unrest that has taken place in cities across the country will aid President Trump's reelection victory. The 2020 presidential campaign has had a heightened focus on the violence that has plagued some cities, particularly following the riots that took place in Kenosha of the swing state Wisconsin. Joe Biden has been more vocal in condemning the violence after Democrats were criticized for not addressing the growing concerns among voters during their Democratic National Convention earlier this month. Jones insisted on Wednesday that the subject helps President Trump. "The longer we talk about violence and unrest and how he's handling it or not handling it, it all advantages Trump," Jones...
    Country music star Chris Stapleton claimed the recent protests over police brutality have made his idea of the America we live in a “myth.” Stapleton said the protests have given him a “broad awakening” of what goes on in America during an interview Monday with “CBS This Morning.” “I think everybody should be doing more,” he said. “It’s time for me to listen. And it’s time for other folks to listen.” “You know, I thought we were living in a different country. And that’s 100% real,” Stapleton added. “I feel like the country that I thought that we were living in was a myth.” Stapleton was then asked by host Anthony Mason if he believed black lives matter. (RELATED:...
    Rafael AlvaradoSofía Updated: 09/01/2020 01: 59h Save Related news Almost two months of protests have been completed by those calling for the resignation of the Prime Minister Boiko Borisov, leader of the center-right party GERB, and that of the Attorney General. So far, there have been no more serious incidents as some observers have assumed; even the intensity of the protests has noticeably diminished. For several days in Sofia there have also been “counter-protests” in front of the National Palace of Culture – an emblematic building in the capital – demanding the resignation of President Rumen Radev and the disappearance of the tents that keep three very important crosses in the capital blocked. On Tuesday...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 presidential campaign (all times local): 11 a.m. Joe Biden is traveling to Wisconsin on Thursday, as the key swing state becomes the focal point for a political debate over violence at protests there and elsewhere in the nation. Biden plans to travel to the state with his wife Jill, according to a person familiar with his plans granted anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. His visit comes two days after President Donald Trump toured Kenosha, Wisconsin, the site of recent protests following the shooting of an unarmed Black man, Jacob Blake, left paralyzed after being shot in the back seven times by an officer. Trump used the opportunity to...
    Public Enemy released the video for its updated version of the song “Fight the Power,” featuring images and videos of recent protests over systemic racism and police brutality. The popular hip-hop band released the original version of the iconic song in 1989 and it was quickly adopted as an anti-establishment anthem that remains relevant 31 years later in the wake of massive protests sparked by the May 25th death of George Floyd while in police custody. According to Variety, the updated 2020 track debuted at the BET Awards in June, but the new video was released by the band on Monday. It features group founders Chuck D and Flavor Flav along with other artists like Nas, Rapsody, YG, Jahi and the...
    Trump made the trip — despite explicit requests from Wisconsin's governor and local officials to stay away — a week after a Kenosha police officer repeatedly shot 29-year-old Jacob Blake, who is Black, in the back and just days after a Trump supporter allegedly murdered protesters responding to the shooting. Trump met with law enforcement officials and with business owners who sustained property damage during some of the demonstrations. When Tom Gram, the owner of a camera store that was burned down, refused to participate in a photo opportunity with Trump, Trump posed for photo with a former owner of the store, who had sold it to Gram eight years earlier, instead. Said Gram, "I think everything he does turns...
    Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell looks at Mayor Ted Wheeler during a press conference on August 30, 2020. Nathan Howard/Getty Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell released a statement on Tuesday, calling on elected officials to "do their part to draw a line in the sand and hold people accountable."  Lovell's statement came after another night of riots in the city, in which protesters threw burning newspapers at a storefront on the bottom of the mayor's apartment building.  Lovell didn't specify who he meant, but the local district attorney has been criticized for not prosecuting low-level offenders arrested at the protests.  Protests have been held nightly in the city since the police killing of Black man George Floyd in...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The violent protests and riots in Wisconsin and around the country have raised questions about guns, specifically open-carry laws. People openly carrying firearms into volatile protests, is it vigilantism or citizens defending themselves? It’s a national debate sparked by events in Kenosha, where 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse — carrying an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle — is accused of fatally shooting two protesters and is charged with criminal homicide. Gun rights advocate Kim Stolfer calls it self-defense and says Rittenhouse, like others, was exercising his right to open carry a firearm in a time of unrest. (Photo Credit: KDKA) “Citizens are rising up because government is abdicating their responsibility to protect citizens,” Stolfer of Firearms Owners Against Crime said. What...
    Rather than respond directly, he scolded the reporter for even asking the question. Pressed on whether he believed there was "a need for structural change," he added that there were other citizens in Kenosha who "want to see law and order ... That's the change they want." From a roundtable discussion in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Sept. 1, 2020: REPORTER: We're focusing on violence action but there's been countless non-violent protests here in Wisconsin and across the country this summer, people calling for an end to systemic racism. Do you believe systemic racism is a problem in this country?   TRUMP: Well, you know, you just keep getting back to the opposite subject. We should talk about the kind of violence...
    Elvis Presley's iconic Graceland estate in Memphis, Tenn. was graffitied with messages in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and defunding the Memphis Police Department. Photos posted by local news affiliate Fox 13 on Twitter revealed messages spray-painted across the estate's outer walls. Similar graffiti also appeared overnight at the Levitt Shell, a local concert venue, according to the Daily Memphian. Crews are cleaning up after someone spray painted the walls of Graceland with messages like “Defund MPD” “Arrest Breonna Taylor’s murderers” and “BLM” and more. I’ll give you a live look on @FOX13Memphis midday. pic.twitter.com/iggrafPLb8— Shelia O'Connor FOX13 (@SheliaOConnor) September 1, 2020 Levitt Shell's executive director told the Daily Memphian that the clean up costs would only complicate...
    US President Donald Trump boards Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on July 15, 2020, as he travels to Atlanta. JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images President Donald Trump is set to visit Kenosha, the epicenter of Jacob Blake protests, on Tuesday to meet with law enforcement and "survey damage from recent riots." But organizers and protesters told Insider they're concerned his appearance in their city may stir the pot and lead to more chaos.  "We think Trump is here to distract away from the healing that Kenosha needs to do, to take advantage of the opportunity for his political gain, and use this as an opportunity to divide the country even further," Dwight Williamson Jr.,...
    Rep. Bryan Steil (R-Wis.), who represents Kenosha said Tuesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump compares police who use force to golfers who 'choke' Pence told to be on standby to assume powers during Trump's abrupt Walter Reed visit: book Top Senate Democrat requests German ambassador nomination pulled over past inflammatory comments MORE’s visit will “help begin the process of healing” for the city. The Wisconsin Republican expressed his approval of the president’s visit to the city after protests since the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha more than one week ago.  “President Trump answered my call when help was needed in Kenosha,” Steil said in a statement on Twitter. “Now he wants to thank the men and women who helped restore...
    Recently, as Gov. Tim Walz wisely decided to continue the Department of Commerce appeal of the Line 3 pipeline in northern Minnesota, the state’s faith leaders stepped up to sound a cautionary note. In a strongly worded letter to ranking state officials, more than 400 religious and spiritual leaders from around Minnesota called on government leaders to rein in law enforcement responses to the inevitable protests against Enbridge Line 3, should the line be approved and built. Indigenous people as well as their non-Indigenous allies have argued for years that this project violates treaty rights, environmental rules, and common sense. They will resist. The timely missive urges officials to abide by human and civil rights standards as the process moves forward....