Monthly Archives: May 2020

2020-05-31: News Headlines

Mitch Malloy (2020-05-31). Hundreds march in Richland, Wa. to demand justice for George Floyd. liberationnews.org People came from all over the Tri-Cities to show solidarity with protesters across the country fighting against police brutality and racism.

Fight Back (2020-05-31). Police attack protesters in San José, California. fightbacknews.org San José, CA – San Jose police backed up by county sheriffs attacked protesters as they tried to rally at City Hall on Friday, May 29. 1000 people, mainly young, had gathered to protest the killing of George Floyd and other African Americans by police. They took to the streets and blocked a freeway with signs reading "Black lives matter" and speakers condemning President Trump. But when the protest tried to march to the City Hall plaza, which is a traditional site for political rallies, they were blocked by a line of police who unleashed tear gas. When protesters resisted, the police used flashbang grenades, rubb…

Danica Jorden (2020-05-31). African American Mayors and Sheriffs Stand Among George Floyd Protestors in Central North Carolina. zcomm.org "Let us be resolved to fight for justice for all here in Durham. Let us commit to stand up or kneel down when injustices are identified."

Staff (2020-05-30). Protesters Demand Justice For George Floyd. therealnews.com Justice for George Floyd means prosecuting the officers responsible for his death and ending American apartheid, argues Dr. Lawrence Brown.

Abdel Bari Atwan (2020-05-30). Writing on the wall for Trump? thealtworld.com The backlash against the killing of George Floyd could cost the president the second term he craves | Protests and riots have continued in Minneapolis and other US cities since the killing of an unarmed African-American who was suffocated to death by white police officers after they pinned him down by the neck and ignored his pleas to stop and spare his life. | This horrific crime, filmed on a mobile phone camera, has once again brought explosively to the fore the perennial issue of the racism faced by Black Americans at the hands of the police and other state agencies. Though segregationist laws may have been ab…

Fight Back (2020-05-30). Continue the fight to get justice for George Floyd! fightbacknews.org The brutal police killing of George Floyd has sparked a powerful uprising that will settle for nothing less than justice. It is a case of murder. George Floyd, an African American man, was killed in broad daylight in front of witnesses who videotaped the crime. The crime was carried out by Officer Derek Chauvin and three accomplices from the Minneapolis Police Department. And everyone knows that the Minneapolis Police Department has a history of killing Black people for being Black. | The response from the community in the Twin Cities has been nothing short of an inspiration to all who yearn for equality, freedo…

Kristian Williams (2020-05-30). Rights, riots and police brutality. zcomm.org Riots are communities defining what counts as police brutality and to set the limits of authority. It is here, not in the courts, that our rights are established…

Fight Back (2020-05-30). Justice for George Floyd! Indict and convict the killer cops! Community control of the police now! fightbacknews.org The people of Minneapolis have taken to the streets the past 72 hours, demanding the arrest of the killer cops who murdered 46-year-old African American George Floyd on Monday night, May 25. Eyewitness video was released Tuesday morning showing now former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin pinning Floyd to the ground, with Chauvin's knee directly on the back of his neck – the video shows Floyd's last gasps for air. You can hear him telling the killer cop that he can't breathe and calling for his mother before you see his body going limp. Three other cops on the scene stand by, with two other cops actively helping to r…

Staff (2020-05-29). "It Was Murder": Minneapolis Demands Charges in Police Killing of George Floyd, Calls to Defund Cops. democracynow.org As thousands take to the streets of Minneapolis to protest against the police killing of George Floyd for the third night in a row, we go to Minneapolis to speak with City Councilmember Jeremiah Ellison. Police pointed an automatic rifle at his head in 2015 when he was peacefully protesting the police killing of another African American man, Jamar Clark. We also speak with Kandace Montgomery with the Black Visions Collective, which is calling for the abolition of police.

Staff (2020-05-29). Headlines for May 29, 2020. democracynow.org Protests Rage After Minneapolis Prosecutor Does Not Bring Charges Against Officers Who Killed George Floyd, Scores Tear-Gassed, Arrested as Protests Against George Floyd's Killing Spread to Other Cities, Twitter Flags Trump Tweet for Glorifying Violence After President Attacks Minnesota Protesters as "THUGS", Trump Executive Order Threatens to Punish Social Media Companies over Fact-Checking, U.S. Economy Sheds Another 2.1 Million Jobs, Leaving 40.7 Million Unemployed Since Start of Pandemic, Pennsylvania Democratic Lawmakers Accuse Republicans of Knowingly Exposing Them to Coronavirus, Protesters Demand ICE Empt…

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-30). U.S. Lectures World on Human Rights as Cops Kill Blacks With Impunity. strategic-culture.org "Being black in America should not be a death sentence" — so said Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey following the shocking, gruesome killing of George Floyd by a police officer on the streets of Saint Paul. | Floyd (46) was

AutumnSun (2020-05-31). Black Lives Matter March Santa Cruz 5-30-2020. indybay.org On a rainy day in Santa Cruz as I traveled through Santa Cruz, Ca. this morning. Glad to see we are not sitting still!

Read Black's Law Dictionary (2020-05-31). Manslaughter & 3rd degree murder charge for Kneeling Cop Chauvin. indybay.org After 48 hours of protest in Minnesota of the vicious murder by suffocation of a black man, George Floyd, on May 25, 2020, by 4 Minneapolis police, one of whom, Derek Chauvin, was caught on a video kneeling on the neck of handcuffed Floyd for 9 minutes, killing him, while his fellow thug cops allowed this murder to occur, only Chauvin was arrested on 5/29/30, and charged with 3rd degree murder and manslaughter! This low level of charge should have every attorney in this country screaming since it is a ringing indictment of the whole rotten legal system in this backward, racist, police state in which we live.

Lynda Carson (2020-05-31). Publicly traded corporate looters are ripping off the Small Business Administration. indybay.org Mayor London Breed and some trigger happy cops are blowing a lot of hot air at the petty thefts taking place during the George Floyd protests, as they look the other way as the publicly traded corporate looters are ripping off over $200 million from the Small Business Administration, that hurts the small businesses that can not get the loans that were meant to go to them through the Cares Act, and Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)!

The Canary (2020-05-31). Another night of unrest in the US as Black Lives Matter protests continue. thecanary.co Protests over the killing of George Floyd and other police killings of Black people in the US grew on 30 May from New York to Tulsa to Los Angeles.The protests began in Minneapolis after a police officer killed Floyd by holding a knee to his neck until he stopped breathing. They've now gained momentum with another night of unrest after months of coronavirus lockdowns.National unrest: The unrest has since become a national phenomenon as protesters decry years of Black deaths at police hands. More than 1,300 people have been arrested in 16 cities since Thursday, with more than 500 of those happening in Los A…

The Canary (2020-05-30). Unrest spreads across US and thousands flout curfew over police killing of George Floyd. thecanary.co Thousands of protesters ignored a curfew and vows of a forceful police response to take to the streets of Minneapolis for a fourth night, as the anger stoked by the death of George Floyd in police custody in the city spread across the US.Protests nationwide have been fuelled by outrage over Floyd's death and years of police violence against Black people.On 30 May, the Pentagon ordered the army to put military police units on alert to head to the city on short notice at Donald Trump's request, a rare step which came as the violence spread to other areas including Detroit, Atlanta and New York City.Criminal charges…

The Canary (2020-05-29). Minneapolis police station in flames during protests over George Floyd's death. thecanary.co Demonstrators have torched a Minneapolis police station as three days of protests spread over the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer knelt on his neck.Protests first erupted on Tuesday, a day after Floyd's death in a confrontation with police which was captured on a widely seen video.On the footage, Floyd can be seen pleading as Officer Derek Chauvin presses his knee against him.As minutes pass, Floyd slowly stops talking and moving. The 3rd Precinct covers the portion of south Minneapolis where Mr Floyd was arrested.A city police spokesman confirmed that s…

RT (2020-05-31). 'It's not who we are!' County sheriff in Michigan JOINS march against police brutality. rt.com A sheriff in a Michigan county took an impressive step amid the massive George Floyd-inspired rallies, laying down his protective gear and marching side by side with protesters. His unorthodox gesture was met with glee. | Crowds of protesters had been amassing outside the Flint Township police station since earlier in the day, demanding justice for the slain Minnesotan George Floyd, and venting anger at police brutality. Shortly afterwards, Genesee County sheriff Chris Swanson turned up at the rally, engaging in a candid talk with those demonstrating. | "We want to be with you, I took my helmet off and laid th…

RT (2020-05-31). 'NYPD scores a touchdown'? Cops TACKLE & BEAT protester with batons as he celebrates on police van (VIDEO). rt.com A protester in New York City quickly found himself pinned to the ground by a swarm of police officers, after mounting the hood of a NYPD vehicle. Footage of the incident has elicited both applause and anger on social media. | Countless police vehicles have been vandalized and destroyed in ongoing riots across the United States, but one demonstrator in New York City may have been too hasty while trying to get a piece of the action. | A video circulating on social media shows a man standing on a NYPD cruiser waving his arms. Seconds later, a police officer sprints from the driver's side of the vehicle and tackle…

RT (2020-05-31). 'Like posing after a big game kill': Uncle of George Floyd tells RT about watching cops brutalize his nephew. rt.com The Minneapolis police officer charged with killing George Floyd acted like he was hunting an animal, the victim's uncle has told RT. He expressed hope that the tragedy could lead to change, but urged people against violence. | Derek Chauvin, the policeman filmed pinning his knee on Floyd's neck for several minutes, seemed to have "no remorse" for what he did, Selwyn Jones said, describing the viral video of the incident. | He had a monster look in his eye. Like, you know what, 'This is my job to do this'… He looked like he was posing after a big animal kill, a big game kill. | Speaking from Gettysburg, Sout…

RT (2020-05-31). Most arrested Minneapolis rioters are LOCALS, jail logs show, contradicting claims of '80% out-of-state' provocateurs. rt.com The vast majority of the people arrested so far amid the unrest in Minneapolis had Minnesota addresses, despite US officials, including the state governor and President Donald Trump, painting the rioters as mostly outsiders. | Of the 45 people arrested for rioting and looting on Friday and Saturday in Minneapolis, 38 had Minnesota addresses, FOX 9

Scott Ritter (2020-05-30). You think US cops need to be better armed? Here's why full-on European-style riot control police would be a DISASTER in America. thealtworld.com The violence that has gripped Minneapolis begs for the kind of effective deployment of riot police seen …

sputniknews (2020-05-31). US Military Reportedly Gathering Intelligence About Ongoing Riots in Seven States. sputniknews.com Not all of these states called in the National Guard to respond to the nationwide protests against police brutality that erupted in the wake unarmed African American George Floyd losing his life.

_____ (2020-05-30). Health Care Workers Call On Labor Movement To Take Action. popularresistance.org As health care workers, we condemn the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers as an act of racist violence. We condemn the murder of Breonna Taylor by Louisville police officers as an act of racist violence. We condemn the murder of Tony McDade by Tallahassee police officers as an act of racist violence. Their killings are just a handful of countless examples of police brutality responsible for the early deaths of many Black people in the United States. Black people are three times more likely than white people to die by police violence. As health care workers, we witness first-hand how widespread…

_____ (2020-05-30). BAP Calls On United Nations To Address U.S. Human Rights Crisis. popularresistance.org The extrajudicial murders of African/Black people, such as Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd, by agents of the U.S. government and armed civilians have sparked urban rebellions in cities across the United States. Yet these murders cannot be understood outside of the context of the U.S. state's ongoing assault on the human rights of African/Black people. | U.S. President Donald Trump's tweet demanding lethal violence—"…when the looting starts, the shooting starts…"—requires the United Nations to intervene. | Trump's threat comes as the U.S. state has tragically failed during the COVID-…

_____ (2020-05-30). Update From General Strike 2020 — Upcoming Actions. popularresistance.org With the unconscionable murder of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis this past week, we're reminded of the importance that the fight against racism plays in our struggle. We've seen admirable solidarity in those who have taken to the streets to protest police brutality against African Americans in this country. If you're able, please consider making a donation towards legal aid for those Minnesota protesters working to advance civil rights and police reform: www.gofundme.com/f/g2xas-gs2020-legal-ai…

_____ (2020-05-30). NYC Bus Drivers Union Refuses To Transport Protesters For NYPD. popularresistance.org Workers for New York City's MTA are refusing to transport people arrested during protests against police brutality in the aftermath of the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. A video of a bus driver refusing to transport people arrested during protests in front of Brooklyn's Barclays Center went viral Friday night. | In the video, a crowd cheers a bus driver who appears to be refusing to sit behind the wheel: "the NYPD is using a bus to transfer arrested protesters at the Barclays Center," @berniebromanny, who shared the video, tweeted. "However, the bus driver refused to drive it." The video was viewe…

_____ (2020-05-30). Media Smeared Ahmaud Arbery After His Lynching. popularresistance.org While it took two and a half months for the authorities to finally make arrests in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, corporate media were much quicker to follow the time-honored practice of besmirching victims of racist violence (FAIR.org, 3/22/17). | First they kill your body. Then they kill your reputation. When white supremacy is the foundation of the US's media, political, legal and corporate system, victims of racist violence are often killed twice in this way. | The Georgia Bureau of Investigation on May 7 arrested former cop Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son Travis McMichael, 34, for the murder of Arbery, an…

Kathy Kelly (2020-05-30). The Glory and Duty of Beating Swords to Plowshares. commondreams.org On April 4, 2018, Mark Colville, Clare Grady, Martha Hennessy, Elizabeth McAlister, Patrick O'Neill, Carmen Trotta and Fr. Steve Kelly, S.J. prayed, poured blood, spray painted messages against nuclear weapons, hammered on a replica of a nuclear weapon, hung banners and waited to be arrested. (Photo: Kings Bay 7) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Robert Shetterly (2020-05-30). The Murder of George Floyd: The Longest Running Play in America. commondreams.org A protester faces off with Minnesota State Police officers on May 29, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. – Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was seen in an explosive video pressing his knee to the neck of handcuffed George Floyd for at least five minutes on May 25, was arrested earlier on May 29, said John Harrington, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. (Photo: Kerem Yucel / AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Tim Sullivan, Amy Forliti (2020-05-29). 3rd degree murder charge for George Floyd's killer; activists say #RaiseTheDegree. peoplesworld.org MINNEAPOLIS (AP)—The Minneapolis police officer who was seen on video kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, a handcuffed Black man who died in custody after pleading that he could not breathe, was arrested Friday and charged with murder. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Derek Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, after …

Alan MacLeod (2020-05-29). Media Elite Denounce Looting Even as Billionaires Reap Record Profits from Taxpayer-Funded Bailouts. thealtworld.com A mountain of studies on wealth inequality have shown its corrosive effect on social cohesion, with the more unequal a society gets, the less likely people are to see themselves as participants in a community and view others as a threat. | MPN— The extrajudicial killing of African-American man George Floyd by Police Officer Derek Chauvin sparked a storm of protests both in Minneapolis and across the country. These have included large peaceful demonstrations, but also arson, destruction of property and looting. Police have abandoned multiple precincts in the face of overwhelming popular rage. | The Reverend M…

Tracy Keeling (2020-05-29). In Donald Trump's racist US, a Black journalist is arrested for doing his job. thecanary.co A Minneapolis police officer Such is the state of Donald Trump's 'l…

Jene√© Osterheldt (2020-05-29). It's Bigger Than Buildings. America Is Burning. commondreams.org Protesters cheer as the Third Police Precinct burns behind them on Thursday in Minneapolis. As unrest continues after the death of George Floyd, police abandoned the precinct building, allowing protesters to set fire to it. (Photo: STEPHEN MATUREN/GETTY) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-05-29). Pressley, Omar, Bass, and Lee Introduce Resolution to Condemn Police Brutality and Demand Nationwide Reforms. commondreams.org After a night of intense protests around the country over the police killing of George Floyd Monday in Minneapolis, four congressional Democrats—all women of color—came together Friday to introduce a House resolution "condemning all acts of police brutality, racial profiling, and the use of excessive and militarized force throughout the country." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Paul Buhle (2020-05-29). Why Does W.E.B. Du Bois Matter Today? counterpunch.org In their new book, W.E.B. Du Bois: A Life in American History,Charisse Burden-Stelly and Gerald Horne pose the question that every scholar of African American history, a central part of all US history, must sooner or later approach. W.E.B. Du Bois is without question one of the largest, perhaps the very largest, figure in African-American history.

WSWS (2020-05-29). Cop who killed George Floyd in Minneapolis had record of brutality. wsws.org Local station KARE 11 reports 13 complaints since 2003 were closed without discipline. Chauvin was awarded a departmental medal of valor in 2009.

Lewis Conway (2020-05-29). Recidivism Will Only Decrease if Successful Reentry is Embraced as an Antidote for Mass Incarceration. aclu.org While there are many policies drafted and bills legislated, really the only components that comprise successful reentry to the community are skills, support, and shelter. Thinking about what I needed when I came home from prison looks much different now than it did 20 odd years ago. Back then, I thought serving my time in prison was my punishment; I didn't know I was facing a life sentence after leaving prison. And for many people reentering society after leaving incarceration, that's what reentry is — a life sentence., , When the corrections officer stopped by my bunk to tell me I was being paroled, my…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-05-29). Dimming VP Hopes, Klobuchar's Failure to Prosecute Police Misconduct Highlighted as Outrage Over Killing of George Floyd Intensifies. commondreams.org "You can't refuse to prosecute killer cops and act like you don't have blood on your hands." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-05-29). After Days of Protest, Police Officer Derek Chauvin Charged With 3rd Degree Murder for Killing George Floyd. commondreams.org Following three days of intense demonstrations in Minneapolis over the killing of George Floyd by a police officer while three other officers stood by, Derek Chauvin was taken into custody by state authorities Friday afternoon. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-05-29). In Show of Solidarity, Public Transit Workers Refuse to Transport Police Units or Those Arrested at #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd Protests. commondreams.org Unionized public bus drivers in Minneapolis are refusing to aid police in transporting arrested protesters to jail, in a show of solidarity that one supporter on social media called "a game-changer" as civil rights advocates demand justice for George Floyd. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

2020-05-30: News Headlines

Staff (2020-05-30). Protesters Demand Justice For George Floyd. therealnews.com Justice for George Floyd means prosecuting the officers responsible for his death and ending American apartheid, argues Dr. Lawrence Brown.

Fight Back (2020-05-30). Over 1000 march in Los Angeles demanding justice for George Floyd. fightbacknews.org Los Angeles, CA – More than 1000 people marched here, May 27, to demand justice for George Floyd, an African American man who was murdered by Minneapolis police. Protesters were also demanding justice for two others who were murdered by LAPD within the last 48 hours. The action was organized by Black Lives Matter-LA and assembled at the Hall of Justice in downtown. Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey has refused to prosecute police killings, and her office is located at the Hall of Justice. | The protest then marched onto the 101 Freeway, blocking traffic temporarily. The protesters chanted, "Black lives,…

Fight Back (2020-05-30). Continue the fight to get justice for George Floyd! fightbacknews.org The brutal police killing of George Floyd has sparked a powerful uprising that will settle for nothing less than justice. It is a case of murder. George Floyd, an African American man, was killed in broad daylight in front of witnesses who videotaped the crime. The crime was carried out by Officer Derek Chauvin and three accomplices from the Minneapolis Police Department. And everyone knows that the Minneapolis Police Department has a history of killing Black people for being Black. | The response from the community in the Twin Cities has been nothing short of an inspiration to all who yearn for equality, freedo…

Kristian Williams (2020-05-30). Rights, riots and police brutality. zcomm.org Riots are communities defining what counts as police brutality and to set the limits of authority. It is here, not in the courts, that our rights are established…

Fight Back (2020-05-30). Justice for George Floyd! Indict and convict the killer cops! Community control of the police now! fightbacknews.org The people of Minneapolis have taken to the streets the past 72 hours, demanding the arrest of the killer cops who murdered 46-year-old African American George Floyd on Monday night, May 25. Eyewitness video was released Tuesday morning showing now former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin pinning Floyd to the ground, with Chauvin's knee directly on the back of his neck – the video shows Floyd's last gasps for air. You can hear him telling the killer cop that he can't breathe and calling for his mother before you see his body going limp. Three other cops on the scene stand by, with two other cops actively helping to r…

Paul Buhle (2020-05-29). Why Does W.E.B. Du Bois Matter Today? counterpunch.org In their new book, W.E.B. Du Bois: A Life in American History,Charisse Burden-Stelly and Gerald Horne pose the question that every scholar of African American history, a central part of all US history, must sooner or later approach. W.E.B. Du Bois is without question one of the largest, perhaps the very largest, figure in African-American history.

Alan MacLeod (2020-05-29). Media Elite Denounce Looting Even as Billionaires Reap Record Profits from Taxpayer-Funded Bailouts. thealtworld.com A mountain of studies on wealth inequality have shown its corrosive effect on social cohesion, with the more unequal a society gets, the less likely people are to see themselves as participants in a community and view others as a threat. | MPN— The extrajudicial killing of African-American man George Floyd by Police Officer Derek Chauvin sparked a storm of protests both in Minneapolis and across the country. These have included large peaceful demonstrations, but also arson, destruction of property and looting. Police have abandoned multiple precincts in the face of overwhelming popular rage. | The Reverend M…

Staff (2020-05-29). "It Was Murder": Minneapolis Demands Charges in Police Killing of George Floyd, Calls to Defund Cops. democracynow.org As thousands take to the streets of Minneapolis to protest against the police killing of George Floyd for the third night in a row, we go to Minneapolis to speak with City Councilmember Jeremiah Ellison. Police pointed an automatic rifle at his head in 2015 when he was peacefully protesting the police killing of another African American man, Jamar Clark. We also speak with Kandace Montgomery with the Black Visions Collective, which is calling for the abolition of police.

Staff (2020-05-29). Headlines for May 29, 2020. democracynow.org Protests Rage After Minneapolis Prosecutor Does Not Bring Charges Against Officers Who Killed George Floyd, Scores Tear-Gassed, Arrested as Protests Against George Floyd's Killing Spread to Other Cities, Twitter Flags Trump Tweet for Glorifying Violence After President Attacks Minnesota Protesters as "THUGS", Trump Executive Order Threatens to Punish Social Media Companies over Fact-Checking, U.S. Economy Sheds Another 2.1 Million Jobs, Leaving 40.7 Million Unemployed Since Start of Pandemic, Pennsylvania Democratic Lawmakers Accuse Republicans of Knowingly Exposing Them to Coronavirus, Protesters Demand ICE Empt…

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-30). U.S. Lectures World on Human Rights as Cops Kill Blacks With Impunity. strategic-culture.org "Being black in America should not be a death sentence" — so said Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey following the shocking, gruesome killing of George Floyd by a police officer on the streets of Saint Paul. | Floyd (46) was

AutumnSun (2020-05-30). Black Lives Matter March Santa Cruz 5-30-2020. indybay.org On a rainy day in Santa Cruz as I traveled threw Santa Cruz, Ca. this morning. Glad to see we are not sitting still!

People's Strike Bay Area (2020-05-30). Oakland From Covid-19 To Cops: We Can't Breath Caravan. indybay.org There will be a day of action focusing worker protection from Covid-19, the murder of Blacks repression and against gentrification and privatization by billionaires like A's owner John Fisher who also runs the KIPP and Rocketship charter school chains.

Read Black's Law Dictionary (2020-05-30). Manslaughter & 3rd degree murder charge for Kneeling Cop Chauvin. indybay.org After 48 hours of protest in Minnesota of the vicious murder by suffocation of a black man, George Floyd, on May 25, 2020, by 4 Minneapolis police, one of whom, Derek Chauvin, was caught on a video kneeling on the neck of handcuffed Floyd for 9 minutes, killing him, while his fellow thug cops allowed this murder to occur, only Chauvin was arrested on 5/29/30, and charged with 3rd degree murder and manslaughter! This low level of charge should have every attorney in this country screaming since it is a ringing indictment of the whole rotten legal system in this backward, racist, police state in which we live.

The Canary (2020-05-30). Unrest spreads across US and thousands flout curfew over police killing of George Floyd. thecanary.co Thousands of protesters ignored a curfew and vows of a forceful police response to take to the streets of Minneapolis for a fourth night, as the anger stoked by the death of George Floyd in police custody in the city spread across the US.Protests nationwide have been fuelled by outrage over Floyd's death and years of police violence against Black people.On 30 May, the Pentagon ordered the army to put military police units on alert to head to the city on short notice at Donald Trump's request, a rare step which came as the violence spread to other areas including Detroit, Atlanta and New York City.Criminal charges…

The Canary (2020-05-29). Minneapolis police station in flames during protests over George Floyd's death. thecanary.co Demonstrators have torched a Minneapolis police station as three days of protests spread over the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer knelt on his neck.Protests first erupted on Tuesday, a day after Floyd's death in a confrontation with police which was captured on a widely seen video.On the footage, Floyd can be seen pleading as Officer Derek Chauvin presses his knee against him.As minutes pass, Floyd slowly stops talking and moving. The 3rd Precinct covers the portion of south Minneapolis where Mr Floyd was arrested.A city police spokesman confirmed that s…

RT (2020-05-30). US has DEADLIEST police culture in modern world, they only know incarceration & brutality — George Floyd family co-counsel. rt.com George Floyd died at the hands of uniformed officers, proving yet again that the US has the "deadliest police culture," the like of which is nowhere to be found in the modern world, his family lawyer told RT's Ruptly video agency.

RT (2020-05-30). 'I'm getting shot': Police fire pepper balls at TV REPORTER & crew during Louisville protests (VIDEO). rt.com The 'shoot first, ask questions later' mentality appears alive and well amongst cops in America. The latest example came during protests over the death of George Floyd in Kentucky where police fired pepper balls at a TV news crew. | WAVE 3 News reporter Kaitlin Rust and her team were broadcasting live from the scene of demonstrations in downtown Louisville when an officer clad in riot gear suddenly fired off a volley of rounds at the journalist. | "I'm getting shot" the reporter could be heard exclaiming in shock after being blasted by the non-lethal rounds. The coverage shows Rust's startled colleagues in stu…

RT (2020-05-30). MASSIVE rallies block roads in Los Angeles as anti-police brutality protesters demand justice for George Floyd (VIDEOS). rt.com Huge crowds have hit the streets for the fourth consecutive day in Los Angeles after the death of George Floyd has triggered massive anti-police brutality rallies escalating into riots across the US. | Aerial footage shows massive crowds on the 3rd Street and Fairfax Avenue. The march has been peaceful so far, but police have t.co/k07mTvJDx6— Molly Knight (@molly_knight)

RT (2020-05-30). 'I can't believe I fought to defend you': Navy SEAL who shot Bin Laden unloads on 'politically-funded terrorists' & 'coward cops'. rt.com Former Navy SEAL Robert J. O'Neill has called the rioters looting the US' major cities "politically-funded terrorists," and called for a harsh military response. O'Neill isn't the only pundit who sees a dark hand behind the riots. | George Floyd, an unarmed black man, was pinned to the ground and apparently choked to death by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on Monday. Since then, riots have consumed the Minnesota city and spread like wildfire throughout the US. According to O'Neill — the Navy SEAL who shot Osama Bin Laden in the famous 2011 raid — the unrest is being orchestrated from behind…

RT (2020-05-30). 'There were no orgies': Champions League referee caught in cocaine, weapons & prostitution raid blames mix-up after police release. rt.com Top official Slavko Vincic has insisted he was arrested after unwittingly becoming a witness as police in Bosnia and Herzegovina swooped on a gang of 26 men and nine women suspected of being part of a drugs and prostitution ring. | The Slovenian referee has called his attendance at a business lunch in the Bosnian city of Bijeljina "my biggest mistake" after he was allowed home on Friday following a raid in which police arrested a gang of people on suspicion of carrying cocaine and firearms and pimping prostitutes. | Purported footage from the scene, posted by BN TV, showed several men sitting with their arms t…

RT (2020-05-30). 150+ arrested after protesters TORCH police cruiser & BREAK INTO precinct in Brooklyn (VIDEOS). rt.com Up to 200 demonstrators have been arrested in Brooklyn after a group protesting the police killing of George Floyd torched a police vehicle near Fort Greene Park and tried to break into the 79th Police Precinct. | A small group was arrested after breaking into the 79th Precinct in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood on Friday. | Law enforcement sources: Protest in honor of

yenisafak (2020-05-30). 'I can't breathe' protests spread across America after Minneapolis killing. yenisafak.com Thousands of protesters stormed the security perimeter of Barclays Center in New York as protests spread across the United States over the killing of George Floyd, a Minneapolis black man who died after being pinned by the neck under a white police officer's knee.Police made scores of arrests at Friday's massive demonstration in Brooklyn, loading cuffed protesters onto city buses lined up on Atlantic Avenue, shutting down a major thoroughfare.A diverse group of protesters cheered to hip hop music and tried to argue about police brutality with police officers in riot gear, who occasionally lunged into crowds to pl…

_____ (2020-05-30). Health Care Workers Call On Labor Movement To Take Action. popularresistance.org As health care workers, we condemn the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers as an act of racist violence. We condemn the murder of Breonna Taylor by Louisville police officers as an act of racist violence. We condemn the murder of Tony McDade by Tallahassee police officers as an act of racist violence. Their killings are just a handful of countless examples of police brutality responsible for the early deaths of many Black people in the United States. Black people are three times more likely than white people to die by police violence. As health care workers, we witness first-hand how widespread…

_____ (2020-05-30). BAP Calls On United Nations To Address U.S. Human Rights Crisis. popularresistance.org The extrajudicial murders of African/Black people, such as Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd, by agents of the U.S. government and armed civilians have sparked urban rebellions in cities across the United States. Yet these murders cannot be understood outside of the context of the U.S. state's ongoing assault on the human rights of African/Black people. | U.S. President Donald Trump's tweet demanding lethal violence—"…when the looting starts, the shooting starts…"—requires the United Nations to intervene. | Trump's threat comes as the U.S. state has tragically failed during the COVID-…

_____ (2020-05-30). Update From General Strike 2020 — Upcoming Actions. popularresistance.org With the unconscionable murder of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis this past week, we're reminded of the importance that the fight against racism plays in our struggle. We've seen admirable solidarity in those who have taken to the streets to protest police brutality against African Americans in this country. If you're able, please consider making a donation towards legal aid for those Minnesota protesters working to advance civil rights and police reform: www.gofundme.com/f/g2xas-gs2020-legal-ai…

_____ (2020-05-30). NYC Bus Drivers Union Refuses To Transport Protesters For NYPD. popularresistance.org Workers for New York City's MTA are refusing to transport people arrested during protests against police brutality in the aftermath of the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. A video of a bus driver refusing to transport people arrested during protests in front of Brooklyn's Barclays Center went viral Friday night. | In the video, a crowd cheers a bus driver who appears to be refusing to sit behind the wheel: "the NYPD is using a bus to transfer arrested protesters at the Barclays Center," @berniebromanny, who shared the video, tweeted. "However, the bus driver refused to drive it." The video was viewe…

_____ (2020-05-30). Media Smeared Ahmaud Arbery After His Lynching. popularresistance.org While it took two and a half months for the authorities to finally make arrests in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, corporate media were much quicker to follow the time-honored practice of besmirching victims of racist violence (FAIR.org, 3/22/17). | First they kill your body. Then they kill your reputation. When white supremacy is the foundation of the US's media, political, legal and corporate system, victims of racist violence are often killed twice in this way. | The Georgia Bureau of Investigation on May 7 arrested former cop Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son Travis McMichael, 34, for the murder of Arbery, an…

Kathy Kelly (2020-05-30). The Glory and Duty of Beating Swords to Plowshares. commondreams.org On April 4, 2018, Mark Colville, Clare Grady, Martha Hennessy, Elizabeth McAlister, Patrick O'Neill, Carmen Trotta and Fr. Steve Kelly, S.J. prayed, poured blood, spray painted messages against nuclear weapons, hammered on a replica of a nuclear weapon, hung banners and waited to be arrested. (Photo: Kings Bay 7) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Robert Shetterly (2020-05-30). The Murder of George Floyd: The Longest Running Play in America. commondreams.org A protester faces off with Minnesota State Police officers on May 29, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. – Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was seen in an explosive video pressing his knee to the neck of handcuffed George Floyd for at least five minutes on May 25, was arrested earlier on May 29, said John Harrington, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. (Photo: Kerem Yucel / AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Tim Sullivan, Amy Forliti (2020-05-29). 3rd degree murder charge for George Floyd's killer; activists say #RaiseTheDegree. peoplesworld.org MINNEAPOLIS (AP)—The Minneapolis police officer who was seen on video kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, a handcuffed Black man who died in custody after pleading that he could not breathe, was arrested Friday and charged with murder. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Derek Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, after …

Tracy Keeling (2020-05-29). In Donald Trump's racist US, a Black journalist is arrested for doing his job. thecanary.co A Minneapolis police officer Such is the state of Donald Trump's 'l…

United Steelworkers (2020-05-29). United Steelworkers on solidarity and justice for Black Lives. zcomm.org Many of us are saddened, but too many of our African-American members are worried that they can be stopped on the way home from work or a union meeting and suffer the same fate as George Floyd…

Staff (2020-05-29). Minneapolis Protesters Call to Defund the Police. truthout.org UPDATE: Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has now been arrested in the killing of George Floyd. | As thousands take to the streets of Minneapolis to protest against the police killing of George Floyd for the third night in a row, we go to Minneapolis to speak with City Councilmember Jeremiah Ellison. Police pointed an automatic rifle at his head in 2015 when he was peacefully protesting the police killing of another African American man, Jamar Clark. We also speak with Kandace Montgomery with the Black Vision…

_____ (2020-05-29). Minnesota National Guard: Stand Down For Black Lives. popularresistance.org We write you as fellow veterans and service members with full knowledge of what's at stake as many of you are being asked to mobilize against civilians in your own country. As your neighbors fill the streets demanding the justice this country promised them, your command is undoubtedly telling you that you're being activated in service to your community. And yet, it is your community members who fill the streets, while your Commander in Chief tweets about using you to murder people over something as insignificant as property damage. A moral choice lies before you. As veterans who have faced similar tests of consci…

_____ (2020-05-29). Minneapolis Natives Condemn Man's Death In Custody, 'Racist Ideologies'. popularresistance.org The death of a handcuffed black man in police custody in Minneapolis has stoked anger and frustration among many Native people in the city. | Leaders say relations with law enforcement have remained strained in more than 50 years since the American Indian Movement was founded here in response to alleged police brutality. | The Metropolitan Urban Indian Directors Group, a collaborative of 30 Native organizations operating in the Twin Cities, released a scathing public letter Wednesday condemning George Floyd's death, along with the "ongoing and systemic racist ideologies that continue to run strongly" through the…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-05-29). Pressley, Omar, Bass, and Lee Introduce Resolution to Condemn Police Brutality and Demand Nationwide Reforms. commondreams.org After a night of intense protests around the country over the police killing of George Floyd Monday in Minneapolis, four congressional Democrats—all women of color—came together Friday to introduce a House resolution "condemning all acts of police brutality, racial profiling, and the use of excessive and militarized force throughout the country." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jene√© Osterheldt (2020-05-29). It's Bigger Than Buildings. America Is Burning. commondreams.org Protesters cheer as the Third Police Precinct burns behind them on Thursday in Minneapolis. As unrest continues after the death of George Floyd, police abandoned the precinct building, allowing protesters to set fire to it. (Photo: STEPHEN MATUREN/GETTY) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2020-05-29). Cop who killed George Floyd in Minneapolis had record of brutality. wsws.org Local station KARE 11 reports 13 complaints since 2003 were closed without discipline. Chauvin was awarded a departmental medal of valor in 2009.

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-05-29). You Sided With The Abuser Like A Fucking Cliché. thealtworld.com You sided with the abuser like a fucking cliché. | You told your son he shouldn't displease his mother when he showed you the bite marks and bruises. | You chugged Nyquil while your husband raped your daughters and pretended to faint whenever they tried to tell you. | You invited the priest for dinner every Thursday and called your son an evil liar when he said what happens during prayer time. | You sided with the abuser like a fucking cliché. | You shrieked "rioting" and "looting" when people expressed their anger about cops murdering them with impunity. | You shrieked "terrorism" and "antisemitism" when Palesti…

Lewis Conway (2020-05-29). Recidivism Will Only Decrease if Successful Reentry is Embraced as an Antidote for Mass Incarceration. aclu.org While there are many policies drafted and bills legislated, really the only components that comprise successful reentry to the community are skills, support, and shelter. Thinking about what I needed when I came home from prison looks much different now than it did 20 odd years ago. Back then, I thought serving my time in prison was my punishment; I didn't know I was facing a life sentence after leaving prison. And for many people reentering society after leaving incarceration, that's what reentry is — a life sentence., , When the corrections officer stopped by my bunk to tell me I was being paroled, my…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-05-29). Dimming VP Hopes, Klobuchar's Failure to Prosecute Police Misconduct Highlighted as Outrage Over Killing of George Floyd Intensifies. commondreams.org "You can't refuse to prosecute killer cops and act like you don't have blood on your hands." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-05-29). After Days of Protest, Police Officer Derek Chauvin Charged With 3rd Degree Murder for Killing George Floyd. commondreams.org Following three days of intense demonstrations in Minneapolis over the killing of George Floyd by a police officer while three other officers stood by, Derek Chauvin was taken into custody by state authorities Friday afternoon. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-05-29). In Show of Solidarity, Public Transit Workers Refuse to Transport Police Units or Those Arrested at #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd Protests. commondreams.org Unionized public bus drivers in Minneapolis are refusing to aid police in transporting arrested protesters to jail, in a show of solidarity that one supporter on social media called "a game-changer" as civil rights advocates demand justice for George Floyd. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2020-05-29). Police Arrest CNN Journalist During Live TV Coverage of George Floyd Protests. truthout.org A CNN journalist and his entire camera crew were arrested by Minnesota state police Friday morning during their live television coverage of the aftermath of Minneapolis protests over the killing of George Floyd. | While standing in the middle of a street in front of police officers in riot gear, CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez cooperatively asked the officers where they would like him to stand before two officers approached him from behind, placed him in handcuffs, and led him away. The offic…

_____ (2020-05-29). Bus Drivers Refuse To Help Police, Prison Labor Replaces Meatpackers And More. popularresistance.org With protests erupting all over Minneapolis over the death of George Floyd, cops are attempting to arrest protesters in mass. | However, some bus drivers in Minneapolis are refusing to use their buses to transport protestors to jail. | "As a transit worker and union member, I refuse to transport my class and radical youth," Minneapolis bus driver Adam Burch told Payday. "An injury to one is an injury to all. The police murdered George Floyd and the protest against is completely justified and should continue until their demands are met." | While it would be illegal for Burch's union to call for a wildcat strike, h…

Ed Sykes (2020-05-28). The police killing of George Floyd sparks widespread anger and protests throughout the US. thecanary.co A white police officer was caught on video kneeling on the neck of a handcuffed African-American man — George Floyd — for several minutes during an arrest, even after Floyd said he could not breathe and stopped moving. He

Staff (2020-05-28). "No Justification": Minneapolis Demands Murder Charges for Police Officer Who Killed George Floyd. democracynow.org Parts of Minneapolis erupted into flames Wednesday night as residents again took to the streets to protest the death of George Floyd, a Black man killed by white police officer Derek Chauvin on Monday. A viral video shows Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd's neck for a number of minutes as Floyd repeatedly says "I cannot breathe." Three other officers stood by as George Floyd suffocated. They have been identified as Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng. All four officers were fired on Tuesday. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey has called on prosecutors to file criminal charges against Derek Chauvin. We speak wit…

Fight Back (2020-05-28). Salt Lake to protest police killings on national day of action May 30. fightbacknews.org Salt Lake City, UT — The people of Salt Lake City plan to answer the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (NAARPR) call for a national day of protest May 30, demanding justice for George Floyd, Bernardo Palacios and all the people murdered by cops in the U.S. | The country has been riven by the murder of Floyd, who died after a Minneapolis police officer put his knee directly on Floyd's neck while he struggled for air and said repeatedly that he couldn't breathe. The murder was caught on film, and as a result, more than 20,000 people took to the streets of Minneapolis May 26 to demand…