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  • Trump tells NYC to activate National Guard: 'The lowlifes and losers are ripping you apart!' news

    After vowing Monday to deploy military force to restore order in states that fail to “dominate” unlawful demonstrations, President Trump on Tuesday all but ordered New York City to request help from the National Guard.

    Tue, 02 Jun 2020 12:44:40 -0400
  • Voices captured on an NYC police scanner can be heard saying protesters should be shot and run over news

    The scanner broadcast people saying, "Shoot those motherf---ers," and "Run them over," referring to protesters.

    Wed, 03 Jun 2020 10:35:25 -0400
  • NYPD Says Looters Are Stashing Bricks. Brooklyn Locals Say Otherwise news

    On Wednesday morning, New York Police Department Commissioner Dermot F. Shea tweeted a low-resolution video of an unidentified officer picking up blue plastic crates on a city street corner. The crates, which appeared to be filled with chunks of masonry, had apparently been left next to a garbage can near Avenue X and West 3rd Street in Gravesend, a neighborhood by the water on Brooklyn’s south end that’s been largely untouched by the protests elsewhere in the borough and the city."This is what our cops are up against: Organized looters, strategically placing caches of bricks & rocks at locations throughout NYC," Shea wrote. On Wednesday afternoon, the White House included that clip in a video compilation of footage it claimed showed “Antifa and professional anarchists... invading our communities.”But Shea didn’t explain why organized looters would have left bricks in a quiet, mostly residential Brooklyn neighborhood, and conversations with people who work and live in the area suggest the NYPD’s Twitter bulletin threatened to stoke tensions for no reason.Cops Reclaim New York in Massive Show of ForceAn officer in Sector B of the 61st Precinct, which covers Gravesend, said he could not explain or discuss the details of the brick discoveries. NYPD coordinators for the neighborhood did not respond to requests for comment. A detective at the Office of the NYPD Deputy Commissioner, Public Information said he did not know anything about the incident. “The city is going through an unprecedented issue with looting and protesting,” he told The Daily Beast. “The normal people who would answer your questions are out trying to protect the city. So that’s why you’re not getting answers to your questions.”In the week of protests since the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, cops and politicians alike have been quick to point to “organized looters” and “outside agitators” fomenting unrest. But the claims often come with little evidence, and seem to buckle under scrutiny. Last week, after NYPD vehicles were filmed driving into a crowd of protestors, Mayor Bill De Blasio claimed that “a small set of men… came to do violence in a systematic organized fashion.” And there have been reports of protesters throwing bricks at police in New York. But New York City Council Member Mark Treyger, who represents the Gravesend area, disagreed with the idea that external troublemakers were making mischief in his turf. In a phone call with The Daily Beast, Treyger said he became aware of the discovery of containers of suspect materials at two locations in his district when a constituent messaged him over social media, and that he confirmed the finding with the 61st Precinct. However, Treyger said that the NYPD acknowledged to him the containers might simply contain construction debris. The councilman said that he had not seen protests in the area or any signs of organized looting—and pointed out that at least one set of the containers were found near a construction site, suggesting that the bricks came from there. He called his conclusion “simple math.” "There is literally a construction site and construction fencing and signage. And they found five or six containers of what appears to me to be construction debris,” Treyger told The Daily Beast. “I believe that [Shea’s] tweet about my district is not responsible. Because he did not give the full set of facts and the full picture, especially when his own department says the discovery was still under investigation,” Treyger added, warning that such rumors could cause division in the racially diverse neighborhood. “The police commissioner needs to be very mindful with his words, because they could incite violence.”The commissioner’s claims about the crates in Gravesend were especially remarkable because they were nowhere near the locus of protests Tuesday, which is when five employees of local businesses told The Daily Beast the bins were removed.Employees at two businesses—Knapp Pizza II and New Fortune Wine & Spirit—on the block in question told The Daily Beast police had removed the crates on Tuesday morning. Meanwhile, Tuesday’s protests in Brooklyn were centered closer to the Barclays Center, nearly five miles away. A woman who asked to be identified only as Sabrina R. said that the medical offices next to the apparent site of the bins did have security cameras, but that they were blocked from a view of the corner. An employee at nearby New Fortune Wine & Spirit said they had heard about the bricks, but had seen no protest. She said that while the store was outfitted with security cameras, that they belonged to the landlord, who could not be reached by press time.Violent Social-Distancing Arrest Videos Go Viral, Putting NYPD on DefensiveAt Smart Choice Pharmacy, which sits across from the site where the crates appeared to be collected, a staff member told The Daily Beast the street has been very quiet. “We haven’t seen anything like that,” she said. “It was very quiet yesterday. We didn’t see anything like that… There was no protest in Gravesend last night.” An employee at the Dunkin Donuts across the intersection from the site in question told The Daily Beast they had not noticed the bricks at all. An NYPD spokeswoman told the Daily Beast no complaint report had been filed about the containers. “No one called it in to complain,” she said. “It wasn’t taken as a complaint report… Because it’s not a crime. [The crates were] just left there.”In a media availability Wednesday morning, Commissioner Shea discussed the issue with Mayor De Blasio. “So in terms of the tweet today, unfortunately it’s not an isolated incident,” Shea said. “That was two locations, one was in Brooklyn, one was in Queens, where pre-staged bricks are being placed and then transported to quote unquote peaceful protests—which are peaceful protests—but then used by that criminal group within to sow fear.” Shea did not provide any details on the incident in Queens or specify how NYPD had come to the conclusion that the debris containers were associated with protests, given that no major protests had been reported in that area. He did concede that they might have come from construction sites. “We’ve had construction sites burglarized in recent days in Manhattan,” Shea said. “It’s interesting. Construction site burglary is not that uncommon, but during a riot it’s interesting what was taken—bricks.” Shea also mentioned a pattern of protestors throwing water bottles filled with cement at police officers, but did not provide specific instances of when such incidents had occurred, or evidence that any of those had been  “an orchestrated attack.” “I do believe that the police commissioner needs to be clear in his messaging that this debris was found near a construction site,” Council Member Treyger said. “And as of this afternoon, I have not heard of organized looting in my district.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

    Wed, 03 Jun 2020 16:57:06 -0400
  • China's state media says US can now 'enjoy' protests after criticizing China's handling of unrest in Hong Kong news

    A foreign ministry rep tweeted "I can't breathe" above a screenshot of a State Department flack condemning how Hong Kong protesters were treated.

    Tue, 02 Jun 2020 13:40:43 -0400
  • Missing Mexican congresswoman's body found a month after abduction news

    * Anel Bueno, 38, was snatched in Pacific coast town * Area important for drug cartels is country’s murder capitalThe body of a missing Mexican congresswoman has been found in a shallow grave more than a month after she was abducted by armed men while raising awareness about the coronavirus pandemic.Anel Bueno, a 38-year-old lawmaker from the western state of Colima, was snatched on 29 April in Ixtlahuacán, a town on a stretch of Mexico’s Pacific coast that the drug trade has made one of the country’s most murderous regions.Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador told reporters on Wednesday a suspect had been detained over the killing of Bueno, who was a member of his party, Morena.“We still don’t know the causes,” López Obrador added.Indira Vizcaíno, a local politician from the same party, tweeted: “Your departure hurts me deeply – I’m saddened not just by the fact but by the cruelty.”Vizcaíno, another López Obrador ally, said authorities were fighting to catch the killers “and bring justice – for this case and all of our country’s victims”.Ixtlahuacán is a 30-minute drive from Tecomán, a picturesque seaside town that has earned the unenviable reputation as Mexico’s most murderous municipality because of its strategic position for drug smuggling cartels.In 2017 Tecomán’s murder rate of a reported 172.5 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants resembled that of a war zone. Last year more than 100 clandestine cemeteries were found there containing the bodies of those who had dared cross the cartels.Colima is one of five Mexican states the United States state department urges travellers against visiting.Calderón sends in the armyMexico’s “war on drugs” began in late 2006 when the president at the time, Felipe Calderón, ordered thousands of troops onto the streets in response to an explosion of horrific violence in his native state of Michoacán.Calderón hoped to smash the drug cartels with his heavily militarized onslaught but the approach was counter-productive and exacted a catastrophic human toll. As Mexico’s military went on the offensive, the body count sky-rocketed to new heights and tens of thousands were forced from their homes, disappeared or killed.Kingpin strategySimultaneously Calderón also began pursuing the so-called “kingpin strategy” by which authorities sought to decapitate the cartels by targeting their leaders.That policy resulted in some high-profile scalps – notably Arturo Beltrán Leyva who was gunned down by Mexican marines in 2009 – but also did little to bring peace. In fact, many believe such tactics served only to pulverize the world of organized crime, creating even more violence as new, less predictable factions squabbled for their piece of the pie.Under Calderón’s successor, Enrique Peña Nieto, the government’s rhetoric on crime softened as Mexico sought to shed its reputation as the headquarters of some the world’s most murderous mafia groups.But Calderón’s policies largely survived, with authorities targeting prominent cartel leaders such as Sinaloa’s Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.When “El Chapo” was arrested in early 2016, Mexico’s president bragged: “Mission accomplished”. But the violence went on. By the time Peña Nieto left office in 2018, Mexico had suffered another record year of murders, with nearly 36,000 people slain."Hugs not bullets"The leftwing populist Andrés Manuel López Obrador took power in December, promising a dramatic change in tactics. López Obrador, or Amlo as most call him, vowed to attack the social roots of crime, offering vocational training to more than 2.3 million disadvantaged young people at risk of being ensnared by the cartels. “It will be virtually impossible to achieve peace without justice and [social] welfare,” Amlo said, promising to slash the murder rate from an average of 89 killings per day with his “hugs not bullets” doctrine.Amlo also pledged to chair daily 6am security meetings and create a 60,000 strong "National Guard". But those measures have yet to pay off, with the new security force used mostly to hunt Central American migrants.Mexico now suffers an average of about 96 murders per day, with nearly 29,000 people killed since Amlo took office.During a 2018 interview with the Guardian, Vizcaíno backed one of the key pledges López Obrador made to Mexicans ahead of his election that year – that efforts to combat organised crime would start to tackle the social roots of crime and no longer “just be a matter of fighting fire with fire”.“Crime rates aren’t going up because the people feel like being bad. Crime rates are going up because people need to eat,” Vizcaíno said at a restaurant in Colima’s capital that was the scene of a 2015 assassination attempt on its ex-governor.Bueno had been attempting to raise awareness of Covid-19 prevention techniques when armed men swept into the area on pickup trucks and ordered her inside.During a 2018 interview Tecomán’s mayor, Elías Lozano, blamed the bloodshed blighting the region on “the lack of honest politicians”.“That’s the root of it all. Politicians had the choice of deciding between staying on the sidelines or getting involved – and many decided to get involved because there were economic benefits,” he said.

    Wed, 03 Jun 2020 13:33:39 -0400
  • Putin declines British invitation to take part in coronavirus summit: Kremlin news

    Russian President Vladimir Putin does not plan to take part in an online summit on a possible coronavirus vaccine being organised by the British government this week, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday. Putin received an invitation to take part in the summit from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson last week, the Kremlin had said. Scheduled to take place on June 4, the Global Vaccine Summit 2020 is designed to mobilise resources needed to ensure universal availability of the vaccine against the novel coronavirus.

    Wed, 03 Jun 2020 06:13:00 -0400
  • Bangladesh confirms 1st death of Rohingya from coronavirus news

    Authorities in Bangladesh have confirmed the first death of a Rohingya refugee from the coronavirus, as infections rise in sprawling camps where more than 1 million Rohingya Muslims have been living since fleeing from neighboring Myanmar. The 71-year-old refugee died Saturday at Ukhiya in Cox's Bazar, and samples collected from him tested positive on Monday, said Abu Toha M.R. Bhuiyan, chief health coordinator of the office of the Refugee, Relief and Repatriation Commissioner. The man died in an isolation center set up by the government and aid agencies where he had been admitted with COVID-19 symptoms a week earlier.

    Tue, 02 Jun 2020 04:38:29 -0400
  • ‘Wanton thuggery’: Australian reporter knocked down by police live on air as she covered George Floyd protests in DC news

    US riot police were broadcast live on air using aggressive force to push and knock down an Australian reporter and her cameraman as they covered the Black Lives Matter protests in Washington DC, prompting an investigation by the Australian embassy.Amelia Brace, a reporter for Australian television network Channel 7, was broadcasting from the White House with cameraman Timothy Myers when police plouged into the crowd with riot shields, firing rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse them.

    Tue, 02 Jun 2020 07:56:07 -0400
  • Bar owner won't face charges in fatal shooting of Omaha protester news

    In response to outrage on social media, the county attorney said there was no "racial tone" to conversations between the shooter and the victim.

    Wed, 03 Jun 2020 06:25:37 -0400
  • Army, DC Guard Investigating After Military Helicopters Buzz Protesters in DC news

    Army UH-60 Black Hawks and UH-72 Lakota helicopters flew low enough over demonstrators to kick up debris on the crowds.

    Wed, 03 Jun 2020 10:57:50 -0400
  • 'My face exploded': Police firing rubber bullets have wounded and permanently disabled protesters and journalists news

    Experts tell Insider that rubber bullets are considered "less lethal" weapons — a "legitimate tool" employed by policemen for decades.

    Tue, 02 Jun 2020 12:11:36 -0400
  • ‘Not the Same Question’: De Blasio Says Businesses, Churches to Remain Closed Even as Demonstrators Flout Lockdowns news

    New York City mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday said that although mass protests had erupted in the city, religious institutions and small business owners would still be closed until Monday."When you see . . . an entire nation, simultaneously grappling with an extraordinary crisis seated in 400 years of American racism, I’m sorry, that is not the same question as the understandably aggrieved store owner or the devout religious person who wants to go back to services," de Blasio told a reporter for the ultra-Orthodox Jewish publication Hamodia."This is a powerful, painful historical moment. So no, I have eyes to see. We're not going to treat it like it's just any other day, we're not going to treat it like, 'Why are people outside [at] the bars,' and not notice that all of America is grappling simultaneously with a horrible crisis," the mayor continued. "Sorry guys, there's a world outside New York City."De Blasio said that while he did fear that demonstrations could result in another outbreak of coronavirus, New York institutions would continue to reopen according to the timetable set in conjunction with state health officials. New York has seen widespread looting in the upscale neighborhoods of Soho and Midtown Manhattan, as well as in parts of Brooklyn.De Blasio has clashed with ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities in the city during the course of the pandemic. In late April, after police dispersed a crowd at a funeral for a Brooklyn rabbi, the mayor wrote on Twitter, "My message to the Jewish community, and all communities, is this simple: the time for warnings has passed. I have instructed the NYPD to proceed immediately to summons or even arrest those who gather in large groups."While the tweet provoked criticism from the Satmar ultra-Orthodox sect, whose leaders had organized the funeral, some in the sect defended the mayor from other critics."We strongly denounce the vicious attacks against the Mayor, particularly those accusing him of anti-Semitism," wrote Mayer Rispler, head of a Satmar faction. "The close relationship between Mr. De Blasio and our community goes back close to two decades…We consider him a dear friend."Since the incident, the NYPD has shut down several yeshivas operating in defiance of lockdown orders.Last week, however, demonstrations protesting the death of George Floyd, an African American man killed during arrest by white officers, spread across the city. Those demonstrations have devolved into looting and rioting. Rioters and even peaceful protesters have not adhered to social-distancing guidelines."You don't get to pick and choose First Amendment freedoms. You don't get to side with protesters and slough off churches and synagogues," Senator Ben Sasse (R., Neb.) said in response to de Blasio's decision to keep businesses and religious institutions closed. "Americans ought to hope that New York City is sued so that Bill de Blasio's nonsense gets laughed out of court."

    Tue, 02 Jun 2020 12:58:46 -0400
  • Kayleigh McEnany Compares Trump’s Church Photo-Op to George W. Bush’s Post-9/11 First Pitch news

    White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany raised eyebrows on Wednesday when she credulously compared President Donald Trump’s photo-op at St. John’s Episcopalian Church this week to Winston Churchill surveying World War II bombing damage and George W. Bush throwing out the first pitch after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.Trump has faced widespread criticism—even from within his administration—over the political stunt, which featured him walking over to the so-called Church of the Presidents to pose with a Bible after law enforcement violently cleared out peaceful protesters with chemical munitions. During Wednesday’s White House press briefing, McEnany repeatedly gave conflicting and contradictory answers on the forceful removal of the protest gathering moments before Trump’s stroll. While repeating the Park Police’s assertion that no tear gas was used—despite reporters and clergy on the ground insisting it had been—she also claimed the protesters were pushed out because they ignored warnings and threw bottles and bricks at the police. At the same time, she said that the reason Attorney General William Barr gave orders for the Park Police to move protesters out before curfew and Trump’s walk as they “were not going to see the church burn another night.”The press secretary was eventually confronted on why the president decided to go to the church—a moment that clergy have called “sacrilege,” because Trump used the church and Bible “as a prop.”“The president wanted to send a powerful message that we won’t be overcome by looting, rioting, and burning,” she declared. “This defines America. Standing by St. John’s Church was very important to America.”She then directly compared Trump’s photo-op to other iconic imagery by world leaders during crises over the past decades.“Through all of time, we’ve seen presidents and leaders across the world who have had leadership moments and powerful symbols for a nation to see at any given time to show a message of resilience and determination,” McEnany exclaimed. “Like Churchill. We saw him with the bombing damage. George W. Bush throwing out the ceremonial first pitch after 9/11 and Jimmy Carter putting on a sweater to encourage energy savings and George H.W. Bush signing the Americans with Disabilities Act flanked by two disabled Americans.”She concluded by boasting that Trump holding up the Bible was “hailed by Franklin Graham and others,” seemingly ignoring the widespread criticism Trump’s received by other faith leaders, specifically those involved with the church in question.Asked about McEnany’s comparison of Trump’s photo-op to Churchill and Bush, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told CNN, “I think they’re hallucinating.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

    Wed, 03 Jun 2020 15:44:27 -0400
  • Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore apologizes after saying George Floyd's death is on the 'hands' of looters news

    LAPD Chief Michel Moore is facing calls to resign after saying George Floyd's death is on the 'hands' of looters. He apologized the same day.

    Tue, 02 Jun 2020 22:41:18 -0400
  • An 'ANTIFA' Twitter account that called for looting 'white hoods' was actually run by white nationalist group Identity Evropa news

    Twitter said this isn't the first time that users linked to Identity Evropa have created fake accounts to spread "hateful content."

    Tue, 02 Jun 2020 10:18:34 -0400
  • Hong Kong to lead Tiananmen mourning despite virus vigil ban news

    Hong Kong will Thursday lead global remembrance of China's deadly Tiananmen crackdown, with people lighting candles in neighbourhoods across the restless city after authorities banned a mass vigil because of the coronavirus. Open discussion of the brutal suppression is forbidden inside China, where hundreds -- by some estimates more than a thousand -- died when the Communist Party sent tanks on June 4, 1989 to crush a student-led demonstration in Beijing calling for democratic reforms. This year's vigil was forbidden on public health grounds with restrictions placed on more than eight people gathering in public, to combat the coronavirus.

    Wed, 03 Jun 2020 17:38:43 -0400
  • D.C. police officer to protesters: 'If I didn't think change was possible, I would just give up' news

    Hours into the mandatory curfew in Washington, D.C., several police officers were recorded engaging in peaceful dialogue with protesters. While remaining in opposition to the extended protests over George Floyd's death, one officer appeared to commiserate with protesters' desire to seek change.

    Tue, 02 Jun 2020 09:35:59 -0400
  • Iranian professor jailed in U.S. returns home: report

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    Wed, 03 Jun 2020 05:33:10 -0400
  • America could move weapons stored on British soil if UK persists with Huawei, US senator warns news

    America could move weapons stored on British soil if the UK allows Huawei to build its 5G network, a US senator has warned. Tom Cotton, the Republican senator for Arkansas who was called as a witness before the Defence Select Committee, warned that the case for America keeping some US Air Force assets, such as F-35 fighters, in the UK could be weakened if it goes ahead with Huawei, as it would pose a security risk. “We have to make a decision about deploying those [F-35 fighters] to many countries,” Senator Cotton said. “Obviously if you no longer have Huawei in your network then F-35 fighters can be based in your country under my legislation. “That does not mean I would drop my legislation… my legislation is about Huawei and the threat Huawei poses to our airmen and our aircraft.” He added that allowing Huawei in UK infrastructure could "give PLA [China's People's Liberation Army] hackers a window into our military logistics operations", which he said could put US forces and American weapons systems based in England "at dangerous risk".

    Wed, 03 Jun 2020 02:56:37 -0400
  • A former police chief was shot and killed during St. Louis protests, and the incident was livestreamed on Facebook news

    David Dorn, 77, served 38 years with the St. Louis Police Department before retiring in 2007. He later served as police chief of Moline Acres.

    Wed, 03 Jun 2020 07:45:22 -0400
  • Cuomo lashes out at New York mayor and police after night of violence sees Macy's looted news

    Manhattan’s flagship Macy’s store was among dozens of businesses hit by looters on Monday evening, as a nighttime curfew in New York failed to prevent widespread looting in the city.While peaceful protests and marches over the police killing of George Floyd were taking place across the city, roving groups caused chaos in Midtown, smashing their way into shops and stealing merchandise.

    Tue, 02 Jun 2020 11:09:24 -0400
  • Trump: I Only Went to Bunker for ‘Short Period’ for an ‘Inspection’ news

    President Donald Trump claimed on Wednesday that reports he was taken down to the White House bunker as protests over George Floyd’s death flared up were “fake news” and that he only went down during the day in order to inspect the shelter.Interviewing the president on his Fox News radio show, Brian Kilmeade brought up recent reports that the president was briefly taken down to an underground bunker, mistakenly claiming that the reports said this occurred Sunday night. (It was actually reported that Trump was ushered down on Friday night as protests first approached the White House.)With Kilmeade and Trump both mentioning how Fox News anchor Leland Vittert was harassed by protesters during the Friday night demonstrations, the president immediately insisted that the reports were false and that he only went down during the day.“They said it would be a good time to go down and take a look because maybe, sometimes you learn you need it,” Trump declared, adding that he’s been down to the bunker “two-and-a-half times.”Claiming he was only down there a “very, very short period of time,” Trump asserted he was just doing it as an “inspection” to see if he would need to use it in the future. Furthermore, the president said that it didn’t occur while the nighttime protests were raging.Per multiple reports, the president spent roughly an hour in the bunker—which is usually reserved for times of war and terrorist attacks—on Friday night. Officials have said the decision was made by the Secret Service as loud protests reached the White House barriers. Sources also said that the president’s family was there with him.Trump and Kilmeade also discussed the outrage sparked by the president’s St. John’s Church photo-op, which was preceded by law enforcement violently clearing peaceful protesters from Lafayette Park to make way for the president’s foot trek from the White House. Despite multiple reporters, clergy, and demonstrators saying they were hit with tear-gas and video showing police shooting such munitions into the gathering, the president repeatedly called it “fake news” while urging listeners to get the “real story” from far-right website The Federalist. He also waved off criticism he’s received from clergy over the political stunt, claiming most faith leaders “loved” it.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

    Wed, 03 Jun 2020 10:55:54 -0400
  • Mexico finds links to over $1 billlion in cartel money

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    Tue, 02 Jun 2020 18:22:43 -0400
  • doesn't donate the money raised through its record-breaking George Floyd petition — and some donors say they feel misled news is a for-profit company that hosts activist petitions and encourages people to circulate them on social media.

    Wed, 03 Jun 2020 15:19:33 -0400
  • 2 dead after shooting at North Dakota air base news

    A shooting on Monday left two airmen dead at the Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota, the military said. The base’s emergency services members responded to the shooting, which occurred at 4:30 a.m. Officials said there is no risk to other personnel, and the shooting remains under investigation.

    Tue, 02 Jun 2020 17:12:35 -0400
  • Tropical Storm Cristobal has formed in Gulf of Mexico and may approach US by weekend news

    Tropical Storm Cristobal is the third named storm of the 2020 hurricane season, which began Monday. It's forming in the Gulf of Mexico.

    Tue, 02 Jun 2020 17:31:36 -0400
  • Finland's PM says she hopes to give birth while in office news

    Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin, the world's youngest leader at 34, told a magazine she would like to have a child while in office, which would make her only the third elected head of government to give birth while in power in modern times. "I am very much hoping for an addition to the family, a little sibling for Emma," her 2-year-old daughter, Marin told Me Naiset magazine in an interview. Marin took the reigns of Finland's centre-left five-party coalition in a sudden move at the end of last year, after her predecessor from her Social Democratic Party, Antti Rinne, stepped down.

    Wed, 03 Jun 2020 16:10:17 -0400
  • China sea security issues pushed Philippine U-turn on US troop pact news

    Security issues in the disputed South China Sea helped convince the Philippines to delay quitting a key US military pact, the nation's envoy to Washington said Wednesday. The government of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced Tuesday it had suspended plans to cancel the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), a deal that is important to Washington's moves to counter Beijing's rising regional power. Duterte has cosied up to China in search of trade and investment, sparking US concern that its long-time ally and former colony would change sides in a strategic boost to Beijing.

    Wed, 03 Jun 2020 07:00:45 -0400
  • Seattle protesters are using umbrellas to block pepper spray and tear gas, mirroring tactics used by the Hong Kong pro-democracy demonstrations news

    Seattle anti police-brutality protesters showed up with umbrellas as a shield, and also as a potential new symbol in defiance of police action.

    Wed, 03 Jun 2020 06:37:18 -0400
  • Minneapolis public school board votes to terminate its contract with police news

    The district ‘cannot align itself with the Minneapolis police and claim to fight institutional racism’, said a board memberMinneapolis public schools are terminating their contract with the city’s police department following the death of George Floyd.The city’s public school board unanimously approved a resolution on Tuesday night that will end the district’s contract with the Minneapolis police department to use officers to provide school security. The Minneapolis superintendent said he would begin work on an alternative plan to keep the district’s more than 35,000 students safe in the coming school year.  “We cannot continue to be in partnership with an organization that has the culture of violence and racism that the Minneapolis police department has historically demonstrated,” Nelson Inz, one of the school board members, said. “We have to stand in solidarity with our black students.”While the vote does not bring justice for Floyd, “it will show that meaningful change is possible,” Nathaniel Genene, the school board’s student representative, said.Genene said an online survey of Minneapolis students had received more than 1,500 responses, and about 90% of them supported terminating the district’s contract with the police.Public schools “cannot partner with organizations that do not see the humanity in our students”, Minneapolis school board member Josh Pauly, who helped draft the resolution, wrote on Twitter last week.The school district “cannot align itself with [the Minneapolis police department] and claim to fight institutional racism”, Pauly added. The Minneapolis teachers union had endorsed the change, calling for the city’s schools to “cut all financial ties” with the police department, and to invest in additional mental health support for students instead.“The officers of the Minneapolis police department have become symbols of fear to the children those officers were sworn to serve and protect,” two local union officials said in a statement last week. During the school board meeting, several members praised the work of individual police officers who had served in Minneapolis public schools as “school resource officers” and said at least a few of the officers did have deep, meaningful community relationships that would be missed.But Pauly, the school board member, told the Guardian in advance of the vote that he had received hundreds of emails and phone calls from students in Minneapolis who support ending the school district’s relationship with the police department.Other school board members across the country – including from districts in Arizona, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Washington, Oregon, New York, and Illinois – have also reached out privately for support in crafting similar resolutions, he said.A vote to end Minneapolis schools’ contract with the police department is a major victory for activists across the country who have been working to remove all police from schools. “It’s a very specific group of people who feel safe with police, but most black and brown children do not feel safe with police in schools,” said Jackie Byers, the executive director of the Black Organizing Project, which has been working since 2011 to end the use of police officers in Oakland public schools, including asking teachers and administrators to pledge to not call the police on their students.School districts “need to see someone step forward”, Byers said. “Folks are afraid of being the first district to do something.”More than 70% of public secondary schools and 30% of primary schools in the United States have sworn law enforcement officers who routinely carry firearms, according to 2015-2016 data from the National Center for Education Statistics.“In San Francisco, we’ve had 10-year-olds that have had the police called on them. Kindergarteners. Fifth-graders,” said Neva Walker, the executive director of Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth, a non-profit group that focuses on creating more equitable public schools.“We have to get past the idea that police are the means to protect our children, especially for black and brown students,” she said.For decades, school shootings, typically carried out by young white men, have prompted the American government to invest hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars in putting armed law enforcement officers inside schools.But studies have shown that more students enter the criminal justice system when more police officers are in schools, sparking concern from some advocates that the attempt to protect American children from mass shootings had unintentionally fueled a school-to-prison pipeline that disproportionately harms students of color.Breaking that cycle has not been easy. But one “critically important” step forward, Byers said, had already come from the University of Minnesota, which announced “immediate changes” in its relationship with the Minneapolis police department in the wake of widespread protests over Floyd’s death. The university president, Joan Gabel, said in a letter last week that the university would no longer work with the police department to provide security for football games, concerts and other large events, and that it would limit its cooperation with the police to joint patrols and investigations “that directly enhance the safety of our community”. The university’s relationship with other police departments in other cities where it has campuses will remain unchanged, a spokesman said. The Minneapolis police department did not immediately respond to a request for a comment.

    Tue, 02 Jun 2020 19:48:01 -0400
  • George Floyd protests: All four former police officers face new charges as demonstrations continue nationwide news

    Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison has announced new charges against all four former officers involved in the death of George Floyd.The attorney general announced charges against Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J Alexander Kueng, the three officers seen alongside Derek Chauvin, an officer who kneeled on Mr Floyd’s neck for over eight minutes before his death, according to charging documents.

    Wed, 03 Jun 2020 16:50:00 -0400
  • Mystery Officers Patrolling D.C. Streets Are From Federal Prisons news

    The Justice Department has sent special operations teams from the Bureau of Prisons to support the Trump administration’s response to protests in Washington, D.C., and Florida. In a statement to The Daily Beast, a Bureau of Prisons spokesperson confirmed that they had deployed Crisis Management Teams in response to the protests. The teams include Special Operations response teams, “which are highly trained tactical units capable of responding to prison disturbances, and providing assistance to other law enforcement agencies during emergencies.” Officers from the Bureau’s Disturbance Control Teams, which “specialize in crowd control scenarios,” have also been deployed.Speculation about the presence of special response teams from the agency grew online as residents and reporters noted the presence of law enforcement officials wearing tactical equipment placed around the city, many of whom refused to identify which agency they worked for.In one photo shared by MSNBC correspondent Garrett Haake, officers with shields labeled “corrections” and a shirt with an apparent Federal Bureau of Prisons Disturbance Control Team patch formed a perimeter preventing protesters from approaching the White House.  Twitter users also noted officers wearing uniforms with logos for the Bureau of Prisons Special Operations Response Team stationed by the Washington Convention Center on K Street.“Per the request of the Attorney General, the BOP has dispatched teams to Miami, Florida, and Washington, D.C.,” the bureau said.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

    Wed, 03 Jun 2020 15:38:34 -0400
  • 'You will move, or you will die': A frightened truck driver's widely shared Facebook post says truckers will 'defend themselves' by running over protesters news

    "Air horns will sound, steering wheels will be held tightly, but those brakes will not be touched," the truck driver wrote.

    Tue, 02 Jun 2020 14:38:13 -0400
  • Virginia governor to announce removal of Lee statue news

    Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is expected to announce plans Thursday to remove one of the country’s most iconic monuments to the Confederacy, a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee along Richmond’s prominent Monument Avenue, a senior administration official told The Associated Press. The move would be an extraordinary victory for civil rights activists, whose calls for the removal of that monument and others in this former capital of the Confederacy have been resisted for years. “That is a symbol for so many people, black and otherwise, of a time gone by of hate and oppression and being made to feel less than,” said Del. Jay Jones, a black lawmaker from Norfolk.

    Wed, 03 Jun 2020 17:12:24 -0400
  • Gov. Cuomo apologizes to NYPD brass after critical 'do your job' comments, chief says news

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo apologized privately to top New York City Police administrators after ripping their response to rioters as a "disgrace."

    Wed, 03 Jun 2020 10:50:47 -0400
  • Ex-spy Plame loses bid for House of Representatives news

    Former CIA operative Valerie Plame failed in her bid for a seat in the U.S. Congress Wednesday, losing the Democratic nomination in New Mexico's 3rd District to an attorney with deep roots in the state, Teresa Leger Fernandez. Plame had raised over $2 million, more than anyone on the ballot for the House of Representatives seat in the solidly Democratic district, and she had released a flashy campaign video of her speeding across the desert in a sports car. "I'm sorry last night didn't turn out the way we hoped," Plame wrote on Twitter.

    Wed, 03 Jun 2020 14:38:11 -0400
  • New U.S. ban on Chinese airlines hurts Chinese students who were already struggling to get home news

    The DOT has now banned Chinese airlines from the U.S., an added burden for Chinese students already stuck here because of their own government’s policies.

    Wed, 03 Jun 2020 15:12:00 -0400
  • One of America's most popular police trainers is teaching officers how to kill with fear-based warrior tactics news

    Dave Grossman's overly aggressive style prepares law enforcement officers for a job under siege, where they're "at war" on the streets.

    Tue, 02 Jun 2020 17:53:25 -0400
  • Storms in the Houston area while all eyes are on Tropical Storm Cristobal news

    Scattered storms are likely today as a disturbance moves in. Tropical Storm Cristobal bears watching in the Gulf.

    Wed, 03 Jun 2020 17:01:20 -0400
  • Chechen leader accused of mass torture and murder offers Donald Trump human rights advice: ‘End the mayhem’ news

    Chechnya’s gay-purging strongman Ramzan Kadyrov has made an unexpected foray into US politics by suggesting Donald Trump might have a thing or two to learn from him about human rights.In a social media post published early on Tuesday morning, the controversial leader demanded American authorities “put an end” to “mayhem” and “illegal actions against citizens.”

    Tue, 02 Jun 2020 05:02:00 -0400
  • Cops Beaten, Shot, Rammed by SUVs as George Floyd Protests Boil Over news

    Violent factions attacked police officers across the U.S. over the last 24 hours as demonstrations against the death of an unarmed black man in police custody have spiraled out of control.George Floyd, 46, died after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was caught on video kneeling on his neck for nearly nine minutes while he was handcuffed on Memorial Day. Chauvin has been arrested and charged with third-degree murder, but three other officers who also took part in the brutality or watched on have been fired but not arrested for their role, prompting anger among the demonstrators.In Las Vegas, an officer responding to a looting incident was reportedly shot in the head early Tuesday after exchanging gunfire with an angry mob, according to several Nevada news sources. County Sheriff Joe Lombardo told the Las Vegas Review Journal that the officer survived. “He is in extremely critical condition on life support,” Lombardo said “This is a sad night for our LVMPD family and a tragic night for our community.”Two police officers in Richmond, Virginia, and a third person were reportedly shot during clashes early Tuesday morning. Their condition is unclear. Late Monday night, video of a police officer apparently being run over by an SUV in the Bronx went viral. In the video, which has not been verified by The Daily Beast, an officer is struck by a speeding SUV and left in the middle of an intersection. Moments later, a New York City Police Department vehicle arrives and puts the officer, whose condition is unknown, in the back. In Buffalo, two officers were deliberately targeted by a car in front of the E District police station. New York State Police confirmed to the media that one was a trooper and the other a Buffalo Police officer. Both were taken to the Erie County Medical Center. Both have serious injuries and are in stable condition, according to WTHR News. Posts on social media also captured a fallen officer on Madison Avenue in New York. Details and the circumstances of that officer’s condition are unknown. The New York City Sergeant’s Benevolent Association tweeted a photo of an officer being attacked by two looters in the Bronx late Monday night. The officer survived that incident and pulled his weapon after the perpetrators ran off, but did not appear to retaliate. Early Monday morning, another officer was rammed by an SUV as he tried to make an arrest after giving chase to looters. Video of that incident posted by New York Daily News shows an SUV with Wisconsin license plates speeding away after the hit and run. That officer was taken to Bellevue Hospital and remains in stable condition.Elsewhere, four police officers were shot in downtown St. Louis after a gunfight erupted as they tried to disperse violent crowds with tear gas and flash bangs. Largely peaceful protests have been held in all 50 states, but violent rioters and looters have moved in as night falls even as curfews are in effect. Thousands of National Guard soldiers who have been called up to bolster local law enforcement have also been involved in skirmishes. In some cases, police have acted aggressively towards peaceful protesters. Over the weekend, a New York City Police Department squad vehicle rammed into a group and on Monday, law enforcement in Washington, D.C. used teargas to scatter peaceful protesters to clear a space for President Donald Trump to take a photo in front of a defaced church.Police have also marched with peaceful protesters and in cities including New York, Portland and Philadelphia, where many have taken a knee against police brutality. On Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that New York City will be subject to an 8 p.m. curfew throughout the week. He said 700 people were arrested Monday night—the highest numbers since the protests started last week.“We will not tolerate violence of any kind. We will not tolerate attacks on police officers. We will not tolerate hatred being created,” de Blasio said. “We saw vicious attacks on police officers. That is wholly unacceptable. That does not represent the people of this city. Anyone who attacks a police officer attacks all of us.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

    Tue, 02 Jun 2020 03:09:39 -0400
  • Forget Russia, Pakistan's Tactical Nuclear Weapons Are A Real Threat news

    A dangerous environment.

    Tue, 02 Jun 2020 07:00:00 -0400
  • Italy welcomes tourists (but the feeling’s not mutual) news

    Rome wants to open its borders for the summer season, but other countries are still wary.

    Tue, 02 Jun 2020 22:52:33 -0400
  • Amazon adds 12 planes to its growing air-cargo fleet that's encroaching on FedEx and UPS news

    Industry watchers believe that Amazon's transportation division is on track to challenge the USPS, UPS, and FedEx.

    Wed, 03 Jun 2020 17:00:48 -0400
  • Hong Kong democracy group files complaint to U.N. over alleged abuse news

    A Hong Kong pro-democracy group said on Tuesday it had filed a complaint with the United Nations over what it described as abuse of anti-government protesters held in custody in the Chinese-ruled city. The prominent democracy group Demosisto cited three protesters as saying they had been physically and verbally abused by Correctional Services Department (CSD) guards while in detention, including being beaten and slapped in places without CCTV surveillance cameras. The city government has not commented on the accusations.

    Tue, 02 Jun 2020 05:46:07 -0400
  • Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel caught on hot mic amid unrest: 'If I didn't have a primary, I wouldn't care' news

    It comes as the New York congressman has faced his toughest primary since being elected Congress in 1988.

    Tue, 02 Jun 2020 19:18:29 -0400
  • Ferguson elected its first black mayor 6 years after a white police officer shot and killed teenager Michael Brown news

    Ella Jones defeated fellow councilwoman Heather Robinett 54% to 46%. She will be the first African American and first woman to be mayor of Ferguson.

    Wed, 03 Jun 2020 05:25:27 -0400
  • For most churchgoers, controversy between religious freedom and public health is not real news

    Amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, partisans and our political process may be turning the freedom of religion into a threat to public health.

    Tue, 02 Jun 2020 11:38:29 -0400
  • Cuomo: Don't "blur the lines" between looters and protesters news

    "COVID-19 is one issue, the outrage over Mr. Floyd is another issue, looters are another issue," he said.

    Tue, 02 Jun 2020 13:30:54 -0400
  • Police Identify German Man as Main Suspect in Madeleine McCann Disappearance news

    Police in the U.K. have asked the public for help in tracking the movements of a 43-year-old German man identified as the main suspect in the mysterious disappearance of Madeleine McCann.Madeleine vanished from a hotel apartment in Praia da Luz on Portugal’s Algarve coast in May 2007, while on holiday with her parents and twin siblings.It is the first time British police have identified a key suspect, and senior police officers described the breakthrough to the U.K.’s Telegraph as “significant.” Friends of Kate and Gerry McCann told the newspaper it was the biggest development to date in a case often described as the most scrutinized missing persons case in modern history.Scotland Yard said in a statement that detectives had identified the 43-year-old German man, currently in prison in Germany on unrelated charges, as a suspect following a 2017 appeal on the 10th anniversary of Madeleine’s disappearance. New Break in Maddie McCann Case Centers on Killer PedophileOn Wednesday, they appealed for help from the public in tracking the German man’s movements around the Algarve during the time Madeleine went missing.The man, whose name was not released due to German privacy laws, lived on and off in the Algarve between 1995 and 2008. At the time of Madeleine’s disappearance, he was 30 years old and was living in a camper van in the area.“He received a 30-minute phone call in Praia da Luz, the resort where the McCanns were on holiday, just an hour before the 3-year-old girl vanished,” the statement said.Police are trying to track down the man on the other end of the phone call and took the unusual step on Wednesday of releasing the Portuguese mobile phone number the suspect was using as well as the number of the person who called him.Police also released images of the distinctive VW camper the suspect was living in, and a 1993 Jaguar saloon car that the suspect owned and re-registered in Germany under another person’s name the day after Madeleine went missing. The Jaguar stayed in Portugal despite the man re-registering it in Germany. Scotland Yard said he was driving the camper around Praia da Luz in the days before Madeleine’s disappearance and had been living it in for days or weeks.Madeleine’s disappearance almost 13 years ago garnered an extraordinary amount of interest globally and led to a high-profile—but largely fruitless—search for answers.There has never been any trace of Madeleine since she vanished and no arrests have been made. British tabloids subjected the McCanns to vicious and baseless allegations of being involved in their daughter’s disappearance—however investigators have maintained that it was a criminal act by a stranger.In a statement, Kate and Gerry McCann said they welcomed the appeal and thanked police. “All we have ever wanted is to find her, uncover the truth and bring those responsible to justice. We will never give up hope of finding Madeleine alive but whatever the outcome may be, we need to know, as we need to find peace.”Detective Chief Inspector Mark Cranwell, who leads the task force set up by U.K. police to investigate the disappearance, said: “While this male is a suspect we retain an open mind as to his involvement and this remains a missing person inquiry.“A similar public appeal for information was due to be made on German television on Wednesday. The suspect was described by police as white and in 2007 was believed to have been six feet tall, aged between 25 to early 30s, with short blond fair, a slim build, and fair skin. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

    Wed, 03 Jun 2020 15:14:08 -0400
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