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Two policemen shot at Breonna Taylor protests

Protests resumed in Louisville after none of the three police officers involved in the operation would be directly accused of Breonna Taylor's death in March.

In protests that followed the judicial decision, two police officers were shot in Louisville. Their injuries are not life-threatening, according to acting police chief Robert Schroeder. One suspect has been arrested.

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Jury indicts police officer over the death of Breonna Taylor

A United States grand jury has moved forward and indicted one of the police officers, Officer Brett Hankison, involved in the death of Breonna Taylor.

Hankison has been charged with three counts of wanton endangerment in the 1st degree. The other two officers have not been charged.

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Police in Louisville declares state of emergency ahead of Breonna Taylor decision
Police in Louisville declares state of emergency ahead of Breonna Taylor decision
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Following an internal memo released on Monday, the Louisville Metro Police Department is currently under a state of emergency. All departments are operating on emergency staffing and reporting, off-days are cancelled as well as unapproved vacation requests.

The decision as been made "in anticipation" of an announcement in the Breonna Taylor case.

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DOJ labels NYC, Portland and Seattle "Anarchist Jurisdiction", moves to cut federal funding
DOJ labels NYC, Portland and Seattle "Anarchist Jurisdiction", moves to cut federal funding
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The United States Department of Justice has declared New York City, Portland and Seattle "anarchist jurisdictions" as all three cities "have permitted violence and destruction of property to persist and have refused to undertake reasonable measures to counteract criminal activities." This move comes after President Trump signed a memo that threatened to defund Democratic-led cities he deemed "lawless".

Designated cities face potential financial consequences and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio's office is preparing to sue in case of funding cuts.

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AG William Barr reportedly wanted to charge Seattle mayor for allowing BLM protests to continue without police oversight
William Barr, February 2020
William Barr, February 2020 Credit: The United States Department of Justice / Public domain

US Attorney General William Barr reportedly asked prosecutors of the justice department if Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan (D) could be charged for allowing BLM protests to continue in an autonomous police-free zone without police oversight, the New York Times reports, citing two sources familiar with the conversation.

Barr also wanted prosecutors to consider charging protestors with sedition, a charge usually used for people who conspire against the state.

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Louisville settles wrongful death lawsuit filed by Breonna Taylor's family
Louisville settles wrongful death lawsuit filed by Breonna Taylor's family
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The city of Louisville has settled the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Breonna Taylor, the black woman who was shot by white police officers in her home on March 13, 2020. The family will receive a $12 million settlement and city officials have agreed on instituting reforms "aimed at preventing future deaths by police officers, according to three people familiar with the details," the New York Times reports.

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Jacob Blake releases video message from hospital bed
Jacob Blake releases video message from hospital bed
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Jacob Blake, the black man who was shot seven times by a Kenosha police officer, released a video message from his hospital bed. The video was posted by @money_mike_la on Instagram and shared publicly by Ben Crump, Blake's attorney, on Twitter.

"I just wanna say [...] there's a lot more life to live out there. Your life, and not only just your life, your legs – something that you need to move around and forward in life – can be taken from you like this, man," he said snapping his fingers.

"Twenty-four hours, every 24 hours it's pain, it's nothing but pain. It hurts to breathe, it hurts to sleep, it hurts to move from side-to-side, it hurts to eat," Blake continues. "Please, I'm telling you, change your lives out there. We can stick together, make some money, make everything easier for our people out there, man, because there's so much time that's been wasted."

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Officers involved in death of Daniel Prude suspended
Still of the police body camera footage by Roth and Roth LLP
Still of the police body camera footage by Roth and Roth LLP Credit: Rochester Police via Roth and Roth LLP via AP (Reproduction)

The seven police officers, who were involved in the March arrest of Black man Daniel Prude, have been suspended. Prude was pinned to the ground, put in a "spit hood" and later died of "complications of asphyxia in the setting of physical restraint."

"I am suspending the officers in question today against council's advice, and I urge the attorney general to complete her investigation. Daniel Prude was failed by our police department, our mental healthcare system, our society and, he was failed by me," so Rochester's mayor Lovely Warren, who said that systemic racism led to Prude's death.

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Daniel Prude died of asphyxiation in March after police used "spit hood", footage shows
Still of the police body camera footage by Roth and Roth LLP
Still of the police body camera footage by Roth and Roth LLP Credit: Rochester Police via Roth and Roth LLP via AP (Reproduction)

41-year-old Black man Daniel Prude had died of asphyxiation in March after police in Rochester, NY put a so-called "spit hood" over his head and pressed his face into the ground for over three minutes, body camera footage and documents released by Prude's family reveal.

Prude's brother Joe called the police on March, 23 to get help for his brother who was suffering from "an acute, manic, psychotic episode." Prude, who was naked, became agitated but complied with police. The officers handcuffed Prude and put a "spit hood" over his head, as Prude had been spitting at the officers they later told investigators.

In the footage, Prude can be heard yelling "You're trying to kill me!", while officers held down his head for over three minutes. Prude was unresponsive when paramedics arrived and was given CPR at the scene. One officer can be heard saying "he feels pretty cold."

Prude was taken to a hospital where he was taken off life support a week later.

According to the New York state's attorney general an investigation is under way.

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Trump's Kenosha Visit: President doesn't address systemic racism

When asked whether systemic racism is a problem in the United States during his trip to Kenosha on Tuesday, President Trump refused to answer the question directly and instead focussed on "violence we've seen in Portland and here and other places."

"The fact is that we've seen tremendous violence and we will put it out very, very quickly if given the chance," so Trump.

Addressing whether there is a need for structural change to the law enforcement, he said: "Well I think the people are calling for structural change. And then you take the people of Kenosha that aren't here and that you won't see and that aren't protesting, but they want change also. They want to see law and order. That's the change they want. They want the police to be police."

"They want people that are going to keep them safe, where their houses aren't broken into. Where they're not raped and murdered. That's what they want. And they're protesters, too, but they don't walk down the street... so, you know, just the way it is," he added.

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Trump feels "terribly for anybody who goes through that", when asked about Jacob Blake's family
President Trump Travels to Wisconsin, Sep 1, 2020
President Trump Travels to Wisconsin, Sep 1, 2020 Credit: The White House from Washington, DC / Public domain

During President Trump's visit to Kenosha, he addressed the family of Jacob Blake, who was shot seven times in the back by a police officer.

"I feel terribly for anybody that goes through that. As you know, it's under investigation," Trump said. "I hope they come up with the right answer. It's a complicated subject, to be honest with you. But I feel terribly for anybody who has to go through -- and I didn't get to speak to the mother, I hear she's a fine woman. I hear from the pastor, a really fine woman. But you can see when I spoke with the pastors, I see exactly what it is and they understand where I am. And if we can help we're going to help but it is a question. It's under investigation. A lot of things happened with that and other things, frankly, that we're looking at very, very closely."

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Trump claims BLM is "bad for Black people" during interview with Fox News' Laura Ingraham
Trump claims BLM is "bad for Black people" during interview with Fox News' Laura Ingraham
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President Donald Trump decried Black Lives Matter as a "Marxist organisation" that is "so discriminatory" and "bad for Black people."

"Black Lives Matter is a Marxist organisation. The first time I ever heard of Black Lives Matter, I said, 'That’s a terrible name.' It’s so discriminatory. It’s bad for Black people. It’s bad for everybody," so Trump.

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Protests erupt after Black man shot by Los Angeles sheriff's deputies

According to Sheriff's Department Lt. Brandon Dean a man had been pulled over by two deputies as he was riding a bicycle that had been in violation of vehicle laws. According to them, the Black man carried a handgun and was shot as he was fighting with the deputies after a chase.

Dean stated that "our suspect was holding some items of clothing in his hands, punched one of the officers in the face, and then dropped the items in his hands" and that "the deputies noticed that inside the clothing items he dropped was a black semiautomatic handgun, at which time a deputy-involved shooting occurred".

Protesters have gathered in South Los Angeles.

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Mayor says it would be better if Trump postponed Kenosha visit

After the White House announced Trump would visit Kenosha on Tuesday to survey the damage caused by last week's protests following the shooting of Jacob Blake, Mayor John Antaramian (D) said: "from our perspective, our preference would have been for him not to be coming at this point in time."

"All presidents are always welcome and campaign issues are always going on. But it would have been, I think, better had he waited to have for another time to come." Antaramian added.

Antaramian further stated that the city supports peaceful protests and that the people had "every right to protest," and added that "our biggest problem really did come from people coming from outside the area and causing a great deal of damage and destruction."

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Trump supporters and protesters clash in Portland, one dead
Trump supporters and protesters clash in Portland, one dead
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On Saturday night, supporters of the right-wing group Patriot Prayer clashed with BLM protestors after a caravan of around 600 vehicles entered downtown Portland. Journalists have reported hearing three gunshots. As gunfire erupted a man wearing the insignia of the far-right Portland area group Patriot Prayer got shot and killed. According to the founder of Patriot Prayer the shot man was a supporter of the group and a “good friend.

"It is still early in this investigation, and I ask everyone to give the detectives time to do their important work before drawing conclusions about what took place," so Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell, who's asking people who have information to come forward.

Protests in Portland have been going on for three consecutive months.

Technology • Internet & Web
Mark Zuckerberg says Kenosha Guard rulings were ‘an operational mistake’
Mark Zuckerberg says Kenosha Guard rulings were ‘an operational mistake’
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In a companywide meeting on Thursday, Mark Zuckerberg addressed the recent shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, both in a seven-minute public address and in a heated series of questions from employees.

In the wake of the shooting, Facebook has been criticized for allowing self-proclaimed militia groups to organize on the platform, including a group called the Kenosha Guard, which had solicited armed attendees for an event on the night of the protest. Several Facebook users reported the event as likely to result in violence in the hours before the shooting, only to be told by Facebook moderators that the group and event were not violating Facebook policy.

“It was largely an operational mistake,” Zuckerberg said. “It’s because the team that enforces our policy against dangerous organizations is a specialized team that is trained to look for symbolism and innuendo ... and understand the details of how certain militias and conspiracy networks operate. The contractors and reviewers who the initial complaints were funneled to didn’t pick this up. On second review, doing it more sensitively, the team responsible for dangerous organizations recognized that this violated the policies and we took it down.”

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Louisville police arrested 68 people at Breonna Taylor protests
Louisville police arrested 68 people at Breonna Taylor protests
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During Tuesday's Breonna Taylor protests in Louisville, at least 68 people were arrested. According to Robert Schroeder, interim chief for the Louisville Metro Police Department, the protests were mostly peaceful but a group of protestors "crossed several intersections, creating dangerous situations as traffic continued to try to make its way in the area." Those who didn't follow the police orders to stay on the sidewalks were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing the roadway.

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RNC, Night 2: Melania Trump addresses pandemic and voices her sympathy for Covid-19 victims
First Lady Melania Trump at the U.S. Department of Justice National Opioid Summit
First Lady Melania Trump at the U.S. Department of Justice National Opioid Summit Credit: The White House from Washington, DC / Public domain

During Tuesday's second night of the Republican National Convention, Melania Trump directly referenced the Covid-19 pandemic, offering her "deepest sympathy goes out to everyone who has lost a loved one and my prayers are with those who are ill or suffering," while other speakers mentioned it only as a vanquished threat. The first lady further claimed that "Donald will not rest until he has done all he can to take care of everyone impacted by this terrible pandemic."

Addressing the BLM protests, Mrs. Trump called to "stop the violence and looting being done in the name of justice" and urged people to "never judge anyone based on the color of their skin."

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Kenosha shooting leaves 2 dead, 1 injured during Jacob Blake protests

Two people have died, and another person was seriously injured in a shooting after protests erupted into violence for a third night in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

A 17-year-old Illinois resident connected to the shooting was taken into custody Wednesday morning, according to police in Antioch, Illinois.

Jacob Blake's shooting by police in Kenosha on Sunday has ignited fresh protests against police brutality and racial injustice in a number of cities across the country

Sports • Basketball
Black Lives Matter: Milwaukee Bucks decided to boycott game 5 against Orlando Magic to protest the shooting of Jacob Blake
Black Lives Matter: Milwaukee Bucks decided to boycott game 5 against Orlando Magic to protest the shooting of Jacob Blake
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The Milwaukee Bucks boycotted Wednesday NBA playoff game five against Orlando Magic to protest the shooting of Jacob Blake. Blake was shot seven times by a police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and is paralysed.

Bucks player George Hill told The Undefeated: "We're tired of the killings and the injustice."

Some NBA players didn't want to resume the season after Minneapolis police killed George Floyd. They decided to play, but with most players kneeling during the National Anthem and wearing Black Lives Matter T-shirts during pregame warmups.