Black Lives Matter

Regional News • Americas • United States
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.

Regional News • Americas • United States
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."

Regional News • Americas • United States
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.”

Regional News • Americas • United States
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.

Regional News • Americas • United States
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."

Regional News • Americas • United States
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.

Regional News • Americas • United States
125 human rights abuses during BLM protests by US law enforcement, says Amnesty International
Black Lives Matter Protest in DC, 5/31/2020.
Black Lives Matter Protest in DC, 5/31/2020. Credit: unsplash.com/Koshu Kunii

According to a press release by Amnesty International, US law enforcement committed at least 125 incidents of police violence against "protestors, medics, journalists and legal observers in 40 states and D.C." during the Black Lives Matter protests in May and June.

The NGO further stated that US law enforcement "repeatedly used physical force, chemical irritants such as tear gas and pepper spray, and kinetic impact projectiles as a first resort tactic against peaceful protestors rather than as a response to any sort of actual threat or violence." Amnesty recorded 89 cases of use of tear gas, six incidents of the use of batons, 13 instances of the use of rubber bullets and 31 cases of unlawful pepper spray.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • TV & Movies
Apple TV+ announces new Oprah Winfrey show "The Oprah Conversation"
“The Oprah Conversation” is Oprah Winfrey’s newest series on Apple TV+, following “Oprah Talks COVID-19” and “Oprah’s Book Club.”
“The Oprah Conversation” is Oprah Winfrey’s newest series on Apple TV+, following “Oprah Talks COVID-19” and “Oprah’s Book Club.” Credit: Apple TV+

Apple TV+ announced its new Apple Original series "The Oprah Conversation", "a new series that will continue to explore impactful and relevant topics with fascinating thought leaders from all over the world." Oprah Winfrey's new show was filmed remotely and is set to debut on July 30 exclusively on Apple TV+. The first episode, titled "How to Be an Antiracist", will feature bestselling author Professor Ibram X. Kendi. Other guests include Emmanuel Acho, creator and host of "Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man" and Equal Justice Initiative founder Bryan Stevenson.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Chicago temporarily take down Christopher Columbus statues
Chicago temporarily take down Christopher Columbus statues
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After a week of protests in Chicago, Chicago's two Christopher Columbus statues were taken down on Friday morning. The statues, located in the Little Italy neighbourhood and in Grant Park, have been "temporarily removed until further notice, according to the office of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

Regional News • Americas • United States
"Black Lives Matter" mural painted outside of Trump Tower
Tweeted by Mayor Bill de Blasio: "Our city isn’t just painting the words on Fifth Avenue. We’re committed to the meaning of the message. #BlackLivesMatter"
Tweeted by Mayor Bill de Blasio: "Our city isn’t just painting the words on Fifth Avenue. We’re committed to the meaning of the message. #BlackLivesMatter" Credit: @NYCMayor via Twitter

New York City painted a large, yellow "Black Lives Matter" mural on the street just outside the Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan. Activists and city workers were joined by Mayor Bill de Blasio, who authorised the mural earlier this month.

"Black lives matter in our city, and Black lives matter in the United States of America. Let’s show Donald Trump what he does not understand. Let’s paint it right in front of his building for him," so the mayor who helped paint parts of the mural.

Business • Media & Advertising
NBCUniversal wants to increase diversity, starts "Fifty Percent Challenge Initiative"
NBCUniversal wants to increase diversity, starts "Fifty Percent Challenge Initiative"
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NBCUniversal has announced that in an effort to increase diversity and inclusion in its workforce, it is starting the "Fifty Percent Challenge Initiative". The initiative, which was sent out in a memo to employees at NBCUniversal News Group, calls to have a workforce made up of 50 percent people of colour and 50 percent women but the network has not included a timeline.

"We want to increase diversity and inclusion both in front of and behind the camera, and earn the trust of every community in America that relies on us for exceptional journalism,” so Cesar Conde, chairman of the NBCUniversal News Group.

Regional News • Americas • United States
George Floyd said "I can't breathe" over 20 times, body camera transcription shows
Screenshot of Police Body Camera Footage, filed in District Court State of Minnesota
Screenshot of Police Body Camera Footage, filed in District Court State of Minnesota Credit: Screenshot via NYTimes' Transcript Copy

On Wednesday, the transcript of former Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane's body camera footage detailing the last minutes of George Floyd's life was made public. George Floyd told the police officers over 20 times that he can't breathe, crying out "Mama, I love you. I can't do nothing," and "Tell my kids I love them. I'm dead."

Derek Chauvin, the police officer who pressed his knee onto Floyd's neck for over 8 minutes, told Floyd at one point to "stop talking, stop yelling, it takes a heck of a lot of oxygen to talk."

The transcripts were released as part of a motion filed by Lane's attorney Earl Gray who seeks to have Lane's charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in Floyd's death dismissed.

Sports
F1 drivers divided over support for Black Lives Matter movement as some drivers kneel and some do not
F1 drivers divided over support for Black Lives Matter movement as some drivers kneel and some do not
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Before the Formula One season-opening race in Austria, multiple drivers took a knee in support of the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests against racism and police brutality.

While all drivers wore shirts stating "Black Lives Matter" or "End Racism", six drivers did not kneel and kept standing. During a virtual meeting, the drivers previously couldn't agree on a unanimous conclusion regarding taking the knee, making it an individual decision.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Tou Thao, ex-officer charged in George Floyd's death, has been released from jail
Tou Thao
Tou Thao Credit: Facebook Reproduction

Tou Thao, a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd's death, has been released from jail after posting a $750,000 bond. He had been held on $1 million bail with no conditions or $750,000 with conditions.

Thao should appear in court on September 11 on charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder while committing a felony, and with aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter with culpable negligence.

Now only Derek Chauvin, who knelt on Floyd's neck, is still in custody on $1.25 million bail.

Regional News • Americas • United States
One woman killed, one seriously injured as car hits protesters on closed Seattle highway killing
One woman killed, one seriously injured as car hits protesters on closed Seattle highway killing
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Dawit Kelete, a 27-year-old man of Seattle, drove a car onto the closed I-5 freeway in Seattle early Saturday and barreled through a panicked crowd of protesters, killing Summer Taylor and injuring Diaz Love.

According to a police report released by the Washington State Patrol, Kelete drove his Jaguar around vehicles that were blocking Interstate 5 and sped into the crowd about 1:40 a.m. (local time). A video taken at the scene by one of the protesters showed people shouting “Car! Car!” before fleeing the roadway.

The mayor of Seattle, Jenny Durkan, tweeted: "No one should risk their life for demanding better from our city, state and country".

Regional News • Americas • United States
Donald Trump speaks out against Black Lives Matter protests in Mount Rushmore speech
Donald Trump speaks out against Black Lives Matter protests in Mount Rushmore speech
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In his speech at Mount Rushmore president Donald Trump commented on the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests against police brutality and racism.

He stated that "This attack on our liberty, our magnificent liberty, must be stopped, and it will be stopped very quickly" adding comments against people with other political views alleging that "In our schools, our newsrooms, even our corporate boardrooms, there is a new far-left fascism that demands absolute allegiance" and claiming that "If you do not speak its language, perform its rituals, recite its mantras and follow its commandments, then you will be censored, banished, blacklisted, persecuted and punished".

He further addressed the Mount Rushmore National Memorial, stating: "This monument will never be desecrated. These heroes will never be defaced. Their legacy will never, ever be destroyed. Their achievements will never be forgotten. And Mount Rushmore will stand forever as an eternal tribute to our forefathers and to our freedom."

Regional News • Europe • Germany
Berlin changes racist subway station name
Berlin changes racist subway station name
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The BVG, Berlin's public transport company, has announced that it would rename the subway station in the city centre named "Mohrenstraße" to "Glinkastraße".

The term "mohr" has been coined throughout colonial times and has a racist background as it was used as a medieval term for people from Northern Africa.

Activists had previously started a petition to rename the station and name-giving street, and had temporarily put up signs naming it "George Floyd Street".

Regional News • Europe • United Kingdom
Bristol Pub Named After Edward Colston Renamed 'Ye Olde Pubby Mcdrunkface'
Former Colston Arms Pub asking for name suggestion on Facebook: "All suggestions welcome & encouraged. #theartistformallyknownas #blacklivesmatter #colstoninthdrink #pubbymcdrunkface"
Former Colston Arms Pub asking for name suggestion on Facebook: "All suggestions welcome & encouraged. #theartistformallyknownas #blacklivesmatter #colstoninthdrink #pubbymcdrunkface" Credit: Facebook: Colston Arms

A Colston Arms Pub in Bristol, named after slave trader Edward Colston with the Royal African Company, has temporarily rebranded as 'Ye Olde Pubby Mcdrunkface'. The pub had previously placed a sign outside its doors that read "We are listening. Black Lives Matter."

"There hasn't been a lot of chatter about our name since the statue came down, but I thought we'd be inundated with suggestions. We thought we'd give the pub a temporary name to kick off some discussion about it and get the ball rolling," Paul Frost, Colston Arms' landlord, told Bristol Live. "Myself and pub owners Admiral Taverns are going to listen carefully to people's suggestions before settling on a new name," he added.