Protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody have spread to other cities across the United States. In New York City, protesters defied the coronavirus prohibition on public gatherings Thursday, clashing with police, while demonstrators blocked traffic in downtown Denver and downtown Columbus. A day earlier, demonstrators had taken to the streets in Los Angeles and Memphis. Meanwhile, a Mississippi mayor whose remarks about Floyd's death sparked outrage is resisting calls to resign, including from his own town’s board of aldermen.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The reaction from some law enforcement on the death of a handcuffed black man by a white Minneapolis officer stands in stark contrast to their responses to other in-custody fatalities. Sheriffs and police chiefs have strongly criticized Officer Derek Chauvin on social media and praised the city’s police chief for his quick dismissal of four officers. Authorities say George Floyd was detained Monday because he matched the description of someone who tried to pay with a counterfeit bill at the convenience store, and the 46-year-old resisted arrest. A bystander’s disturbing video shows Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck [...]
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota State Patrol arrested a CNN television crew as they reported on violent protests in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer kneeled on his neck. Atlanta-based CNN said that the crew, which included CNN reporter Omar Jimenez, was released later Friday morning. While live on air, Jimenez was handcuffed and led away. A producer and a photojournalist for CNN were also led away in handcuffs. CNN called it “a clear violation of their First Amendment rights.” The Minnesota State Patrol says the journalists [...]
President Donald Trump is calling protesters in Minneapolis “thugs” and vowing that "when the looting starts, the shooting starts." Trump tweeted as violence boiled over Thursday night, with protesters torching a police station. Trump and his allies had taken a very different tone with the in-custody death of a black man in Minneapolis compared with past instances of police brutality involving African Americans, questioning the officers and sympathizing with the man who died. Trump said earlier Thursday that he felt “very, very badly” about George Floyd’s death, calling it “a very shocking sight.”
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Protesters angered by the death of a black man who died while pleading for air as a white police officer kneeled on his neck have torched a Minneapolis police station that the department was forced to abandon. Thursday marked a third night of violent protests following the death of George Floyd, who died in a confrontation with officers outside a grocery store. Earlier Thursday, Gov. Tim Walz had activated the National Guard at Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey's request, and as protests and looting spread into neighboring St. Paul. Frey said early Friday it was his decision to evacuate [...]
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Police blocked a main thoroughfare in Memphis, Tennessee, after protesters gathered outside a police precinct to voice their anger at the death of a handcuffed black man during a confrontation with a white officer in Minnesota. A racially-mixed group of more than 70 people rallied outside the precinct in Midtown Memphis then walked down Union Avenue on Wednesday night to protest the death of George Floyd. Four Minneapolis police officers have been fired and investigations are under way in Floyd’s death Monday. Protesters held signs and chanted the names of other unarmed black men who have died [...]
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hundreds of people protesting the death of a black man in police custody in Minneapolis blocked a Los Angeles freeway, damaging California Highway Patrol cars and possibly injuring a demonstrator. The demonstration by Black Lives Matter-LA and others began peacefully downtown Wednesday afternoon but then some protesters moved onto U.S. 101. An arriving CHP car was surrounded and took off with some demonstrators on the hood after a window was smashed. One man jumped off and lay on the ground before he was taken away by paramedics. The window of a second CHP car also was shattered. [...]
WASHINGTON (AP) — Roughly 2.1 million people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, a sign that companies are still slashing jobs in the face of a deep recession even as more businesses reopen and rehire some laid-off employees. About 41 million people have now applied for aid since the virus outbreak intensified in March, though not all of them are still unemployed. The Labor Department’s report Thursday includes a count of all the people now receiving unemployment aid: 21 million. That is a rough measure of the number of unemployed Americans. The national jobless rate was 14.7% in April, the [...]
MINNEAPOLIS (Star Tribune) — A Minnesota venture capitalist says it was a mistake to question a group of black businessmen about being tenants in a building after the incident went viral on social media, and he lost his office lease. The video shows Tom Austin, a white man, saying he was going to call 911 on the group of five men when he found them using the building’s gym. The Star Tribune reports that he instead called the building’s property manager. Top Figure, a social media and branding agency, posted the video Tuesday on Instagram. The men who work at Top [...]
Protests rocked Minneapolis for the second straight night Wednesday after a man's death in police custody. One person was killed in what police were investigating as a homicide amidst violence that included looting and setting fires. The protests began outside the police precinct in the part of the city where 46-year-old George Floyd died on Memorial Day. Four Minneapolis officers were fired after video footage showed one of them kneeling on the handcuffed Floyd's neck until he became unresponsive. News helicopter footage showed several nearby stores being looted as police encircled the precinct house and made no evident move to intervene.