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State of Emergency Declared in Charlotte

'My heart bleeds for what our great city is going through'

(Newser) - North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency Wednesday night in Charlotte after a second night of protests over the police shooting of a black man turned violent and the city's police chief said he needed the help. A peaceful prayer vigil turned into an angry march... More »

Protesters Rush Stage During Lochte's DWTS Debut

Swimmer says he is 'a little hurt'

(Newser) - Ryan Lochte says he feels "a little hurt" after two men were arrested for allegedly rushing the stage following his performance on Dancing With the Stars. The two men, wearing anti-Lochte T-shirts, were arrested on suspicion of criminal trespassing, Los Angeles police spokesman Officer Mike Lopez says. They reportedly... More »

For First Time in Months, Violence at a Trump Rally

Candidate slams 'hate-filled' Clinton campaign

(Newser) - Monday night saw what the Guardian describes as the "first violent incident at a Trump rally in months" when a Donald Trump supporter punched protesters at a campaign event in Asheville, NC. The New York Daily News reports that the unidentified supporter, possibly angered by an obscene gesture one... More »

People Going to Brock Turner's Home With AR-15s

House has reportedly been egged, too

(Newser) - Jail might have been more peaceful for Brock Turner than his family home in Bellbrook, Ohio. About a dozen protesters armed with assault rifles including AR-15s gathered outside the home on Tuesday calling for rapists to be castrated and killed. "The message we want to send is … '... More »

ACLU Sues Baton Rouge Police Over Protests

Lawsuit claims riot-gear clad cops stomped on protesters' rights

(Newser) - Civil rights groups and activists sued Baton Rouge law enforcement agencies over their treatment of protesters rallying against the police shooting death of Alton Sterling, saying officers used excessive force and physically and verbally abused peaceful demonstrators, the AP reports. The lawsuit was announced Wednesday by the ACLU of Louisiana.... More »

Animal Rights Activists Storm Sanders Stage

'We don't get intimidated easily,' he tells Oakland crowd

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders may be the preferred candidate of birds , but his stance on animal rights wasn't good enough for at least five protesters who rushed the stage at a rally in Oakland, Calif., Monday evening. The protesters were intercepted and taken away by several Secret Service agents before they... More »

Trump Defends Campaign Manager: He's 'Spirited'

'The police were a little bit lax'

(Newser) - With an accusation that his campaign manager roughed up a protester at a rally following on the heels of another brouhaha , Donald Trump on Sunday came to Corey Lewandowski's defense, reports the Hill . "I give him credit for having spirit. He wanted them to take down those horrible,... More »

Trump: Guy Who Rushed Me Is 'Probably ISIS-Related'

And future protesters should expect charges

(Newser) - Donald Trump's rallies are not for the faint of heart : After security concerns police later said were unfounded canceled one rally in Chicago , and the candidate was rushed by a protester the next day in Ohio, Trump offered up a theory on his would-be assailant at yet another rally... More »

Beyonce Backlash: 'Race-Baiting' Act Spawns a Protest

Protest planned for Feb. 16 outside NFL's NYC headquarters

(Newser) - Red Lobster may be one of Beyonce's newest fans , but her Super Bowl halftime performance—which featured Bey and entourage dressed in Black Panther-like attire dancing in an "X" shape in tribute to Malcolm X, Time notes—is being slammed as "hate speech" and is now the... More »

Activist Dies After Longest Protest in US History

White House protester maintained vigil for 35 years

(Newser) - Concepcion Picciotto's fellow activists hope that after 35 years protesting outside the White House, she has finally found peace. Picciotto began her anti-nuclear-proliferation vigil on Pennsylvania Avenue in 1981, and it's believed to be the longest-running protest in American history, reports NPR . All these years, Picciotto has either... More »

Paiute Tribe Has a Message for Oregon Occupiers

To wit: 'We were here first ... get the hell out'

(Newser) - Ammon Bundy insists his Citizens for Constitutional Freedom is standing up for the little guy—the ranchers he thinks really own the Oregon sanctuary his group is occupying . But the Northern Paiute tribe, which the Washington Post says has hunted and fished on the land now inhabited by the Malheur... More »

Angry, Torch-Lit Mob Attacks Hipster Cafe

Customers hide as protesters attack Cereal Killer Cafe

(Newser) - An angry mob vented its rage against East London hipsters over the weekend by attacking a cafe and scrawling "scum" on the window. But the establishment wasn't just any cafe—it was a cereal cafe. As in, cereal in a bowl. "It’s senseless violence, isn’t... More »

Topless Women Crash Muslim Conference

Activists had 'Nobody makes me submit' written on their chests

(Newser) - Two topless women crashed a Muslim conference in France this weekend and were "violently removed" for their efforts, France24 reports. The third "Muslim Salon"—this one about women in Islam, notes Buzzfeed —was underway when two women from the feminist group Femen leapt onstage and grabbed... More »

Hawaiians Block $1.4B Telescope Project on Sacred Land

At least temporarily; Board says it will break ground 'when issue is resolved'

(Newser) - Hundreds of protesters on a Hawaii mountain road erupted in cheers yesterday after construction crews turned around and retreated from the site for what would be one of the world's largest telescopes. The $1.4 billion project has drawn intense opposition from Native Hawaiians who say the 18-story observatory... More »

Congressman to Protester: 'I'll Drop Your A--'

Freshman Steve Knight gets a little testy after critic gets a little aggressive

(Newser) - A freshman congressman in California is getting some unwanted attention after briefly losing his temper with a protester. Rep. Steve Knight is seen on the video posted at leaning in close to the protester and saying, "If you touch me again, I'll drop your ass."... More »

Cop Pulls Gun on Oakland Protesters

CHP officer to chief: 'I didn't know if we were going to make it out alive'

(Newser) - Apparently in fear for his life, a cop pulled a gun on a group of 30 to 50 people in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday night as crowds protested the killings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. According to a California Highway Patrol chief, Avery Browne, the plainclothes detective, caught on camera... More »

Berkeley Protesters Block Highway, Stop Train

More than 1K crowd I-80, Amtrak tracks in 3rd night

(Newser) - Protests against the grand jury decisions not to indict the police officers who killed Michael Brown and Eric Garner continued for a third consecutive night in Berkeley, Calif., yesterday, with more than 1,000 people blocking traffic. Protesters thronged both sides of Interstate 80 as well as train tracks in... More »

Garner Protests Marred by Violence, Stolen Champagne

Business windows smashed as others call for peaceful protest

(Newser) - Protests over the killings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown continued last night in the Bay Area , beginning peacefully but eventually leading to looting, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Some of the hundreds of demonstrators climbed on police cars, kicking their sirens; others smashed the windows of a Radio Shack;... More »

Ferguson Protesters Halted at Macy's Parade

Several arrested upon trying to enter parade's path

(Newser) - As New York celebrated at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade today, protesters over events in Ferguson, Mo. , gathered at the scene—but it seems they didn't make much headway, nor did they make it into NBC's telecast, Mashable reports. Several chanting protesters were reportedly arrested when they tried... More »

National Guard, Protesters Gather in Ferguson

Police pledge that there won't be another night of violence

(Newser) - National Guard troops showed up in Ferguson, Mo., today, pouring out of an unmarked school bus with automatic rifles to guard buildings that haven't burned down yet, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Meanwhile, a crowd of roughly 50 protesters gathered in front of the Ferguson police station and several... More »

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