DOJ asks judge to dismiss cases against Trump, Barr for Lafayette Square clearing

Department of Justice lawyers asked a federal judge to dismiss lawsuits against former President Trump, former attorney general William Barr and other administration officials for the forced clearing of racial justice protesters at Lafayette Square in June.  The Washington, D.C., chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Black Lives Matter and other civil rights organizations sued the Trump administration and lawContinue reading “DOJ asks judge to dismiss cases against Trump, Barr for Lafayette Square clearing”

Why the UK’s Race Report Sparked a Backlash – VICE

Still Here: On May 25th a reckoning with systemic racism was reignited. It’s still here — and so are we. A report from the UK Government, published in the wake of George Floyd’s death, stated that institutional racism doesn’t exist in the UK’s education, housing or health systems, and that people should look to findContinue reading “Why the UK’s Race Report Sparked a Backlash – VICE”

Shots fired near George Floyd Square in Minneapolis as community marks anniversary of his death

Minneapolis police on Tuesday responded to reports of shots fired near George Floyd Square, the intersection where Floyd died last year, as community members gathered to mark the anniversary of his death. A caller reported a suspect’s vehicle left the area “at a high rate of speed,” police said in a statement. An individual with a non-life-threatening gunshotContinue reading “Shots fired near George Floyd Square in Minneapolis as community marks anniversary of his death”

George Floyd’s family marches to mark first anniversary of his death

Relatives of George Floyd, the African-American whose death triggered protests against racism and police brutality across the United States and around the world, gathered on Sunday in a rally to mark the first anniversary of his death. Floyd died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes on MayContinue reading “George Floyd’s family marches to mark first anniversary of his death”

Canadian military intelligence monitored Black Lives Matter movement, claiming pandemic justified such actions

A co-founder of Black Lives Matter in Canada says there is no reason for such scrutiny of the organization’s peaceful efforts to raise awareness about racial injustice. Canadian Forces intelligence officers compiled data on the Black Lives Matter movement in Ontario as part of the military’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to documents obtainedContinue reading “Canadian military intelligence monitored Black Lives Matter movement, claiming pandemic justified such actions”

LA protester accuses uncle, an LAPD officer, of ordering projectiles fired on him

Asim Jamal Shakir Jr is suing the Los Angeles police department after he was injured during a George Floyd demonstration last May A 23-year-old Los Angeles film-maker has sued the Los Angeles police department, alleging that his uncle, a Los Angeles police department officer, ordered him to be shot by projectiles during the George Floyd protests last summer. On the eveningContinue reading “LA protester accuses uncle, an LAPD officer, of ordering projectiles fired on him”

Ruling paves way for longer sentence in George Floyd’s death

A Minnesota judge has ruled that there were aggravating factors in the death of George Floyd, paving the way for the possibility of a longer sentence for Derek Chauvin, according to an order made public Wednesday. In his ruling dated Tuesday, Judge Peter Cahill found Chauvin abused his authority as a police officer when he restrained Floyd lastContinue reading “Ruling paves way for longer sentence in George Floyd’s death”

Justice Department Slams Portland Police for Unconstitutional Abuses

In violent crackdowns of police-accountability protests, the Portland Police Bureau saw “all force as justified” The Department of Justice has delivered a striking rebuke of the Portland Police Bureau for its brutal policing of last year’s racial justice protests, calling out the police for violations of bureau policy and the U.S. constitution, while criticizing a leadership structureContinue reading “Justice Department Slams Portland Police for Unconstitutional Abuses”

Justice Department Brings Federal Criminal Charges Against Derek Chauvin, 3 Others

The Justice Department has filed federal criminal charges against Derek Chauvin, accusing the former police officer of using excessive force and violating the civil rights of George Floyd. Floyd died after Chauvin pressed on his neck for more than nine minutes on the pavement outside a convenience store last year in Minneapolis. Three other formerContinue reading “Justice Department Brings Federal Criminal Charges Against Derek Chauvin, 3 Others”

Judge Says Columbus Police Ran ‘Amok’ Against Protesters; Restricts Use Of Force

A federal judge has ordered police in Columbus, Ohio, to stop using force including tear gas, pepper spray and rubber bullets against nonviolent protesters, ruling that officers ran “amok” during last summer’s protests of the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Judge Algenon Marbley of the Southern District of Ohio described the actions of the Columbus policeContinue reading “Judge Says Columbus Police Ran ‘Amok’ Against Protesters; Restricts Use Of Force”

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