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USMS: We Sent a Plane Over Portland to Surveil Protesters

Meanwhile, violent clashes between protesters and federal officers in the Oregon city start up again

(Newser) - Thursday night marked the 84th night of protests in Portland, with clashes between protesters and federal agents once more emerging after weeks of nonviolence. The Oregonian reports that police declared the demonstration in the Oregon city a riot around 11pm local time, with a couple hundred protesters initially gathering around... More »

Another Riot Declared in Portland

Police are seeking a man suspected of assaulting a driver on Sunday

(Newser) - Police have declared a riot in Portland amid ongoing protests over racial injustice. The riot was declared Tuesday night outside a county building, police said. They ordered people to leave the area, per the AP . People were smashing windows on the first floor, and threw "burning material" inside, the... More »

Riots Declared in Portland, Seattle

It's another tense night between law enforcement and protesters

(Newser) - Authorities declared a riot early Sunday in Portland, Ore., as protesters breached a fence surrounding the city's federal courthouse where US agents have been stationed. The move came after police declared a riot Saturday afternoon in Seattle. Portland police described via Twitter the “violent conduct of people downtown”... More »

Police: 'This Event Has Been Declared a Riot'

Violence breaks out in Portland, Oregon

(Newser) - Things got ugly in Portland on Saturday night when protesters set a police union building ablaze and authorities told them to move on—or else. "This event has been declared a riot," the Portland Police Bureau tweeted , per CNN . "Move to the east now. If you do... More »

Cops Napped, Made Popcorn Amid Rioting: Officials

Rep. Bobby Rush says they kicked back in his Chicago office

(Newser) - Chicago cops are in hot water after lounging around a politician's office while looters plundered in the very same strip mall, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. That politician, Rep. Bobby Rush, had video of the officers kicking back in his South Side campaign office earlier this month. "One was... More »

America Is on Fire. Here are Solutions

Cornel West is among those proposing policy changes

(Newser) - Protests have rocked the country and left a trail of smoldering ruin, but to what end? That end—in terms of specific policy demands—is finding a voice on media and activist websites. Writing at the Guardian , Cornel West decries "another black person killed by the US police" and... More »

NBA Star Defends Assault: 'This Ain't No Hate Crime'

JR Smith is caught on video attacking an alleged rioter

(Newser) - An NBA star was caught on video beating up a guy who allegedly broke his car window amid LA's "I Can't Breathe" protests, TMZ reports. JR Smith can be seen kicking and punching the white male, who lies defenseless on a residential street. "Can we have... More »

Here's the Curfew Situation

Curfews are extended in cities across the country

(Newser) - Cities are reimposing curfews as they prepare for another round of "I Can't Breathe" protests, NBC News reports. CNN notes that over 20 cities have established curfews and roughly 5,000 National Guard members have been activated in 15 states and Washington, DC. Texas and Virginia have also... More »

Guy Attacks 'Looters' With a Sword. It Ends Badly

Other Saturday incidents include a cop restraining a protester with a knee on his neck

(Newser) - A man who went after Dallas protesters with a sword Saturday is now hospitalized in stable condition after a vicious beating—and the whole thing is caught on video, CBS Dallas Fort-Worth reports. In the tweeted video (WARNING: violence) he can be seen screaming and chasing protesters away. But only... More »

Mayor to Protesters: 'Get a COVID Test'

Health experts fear silent carriers of virus who are packed 'cheek to jowl'

(Newser) - The mayor of Atlanta, one of dozens of US cities hit by massive protests, has a message for demonstrators: "If you were out protesting last night, you probably need to go get a COVID test this week." As more beaches, churches, mosques, schools, and businesses reopened worldwide, civil... More »

How Both Sides See the Floyd Protests

Abdul-Jabbar says black people already live 'in a burning building'

(Newser) - Did you see George Floyd's death on TV and mutter "Oh, my God" in horror? To Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, that sounds pretty white. But "if you're black, you probably leapt to your feet, cursed, maybe threw something (certainly wanted wanted to throw something), while shouting, 'Not... More »

New Delhi Burns Amid Worst Riots in Decades

At least 20 killed as Hindus, Muslims clash

(Newser) - At least 20 people in New Delhi, including one police officer, have been killed in three days of clashes between Hindus and Muslims coinciding with President Trump's visit to India. Authorities say nearly 200 people have been injured and the death toll is expected to rise as hospitals continue... More »

Cops Arrest 13, Seize Weapons at Portland Rally

Far-right protesters and anti-fascists swarmed the city

(Newser) - Police arrested at least 13 people and seized metal poles, bear spray, and other weapons Saturday as hundreds of far-right protesters and anti-fascist counter-demonstrators swarmed downtown Portland, Oregon, the AP reports. Authorities closed bridges and streets to try to keep the rival groups apart. The city's mayor said the... More »

57-Year-Old Woman Charged in Shooting Death of Journalist

New IRA takes blame for murder of Lyra McKee in Northern Ireland

(Newser) - A 57-year-old woman has been arrested in the shooting death last week in Northern Ireland of journalist Lyra McKee . Although initially two teens were detained in connection with the killing of the 29-year-old, who died Thursday night during rioting in Londonderry (aka Derry), they were later released without being charged,... More »

Hamilton Audience Bolts for Doors Amid Chaos

An audience member's heart attack set things in motion

(Newser) - A Hamilton audience in San Francisco ran for the doors Friday night and injured three people after a woman attending the show had a heart attack, People reports. Seems someone pulled a defibrillator from a wall at the Orpheum Theatre, which triggered a fire alarm and caused what the San... More »

Snow Day at WVU Turns Into Violent 'Riot'

Police say crowd of hundreds attacked cops, city workers trying to clear snow

(Newser) - A snow day for West Virginia University went bad after police say a crowd of hundreds attacked city workers trying to clear the streets of snow, as well as the cops who then came to break things up. Per CBS News , WVU officials say a large group gathered outside in... More »

France Said It Wouldn't Budge on Fuel Tax. It Just Did

Tax hikes have been suspended for several months after violent protests, per PM

(Newser) - French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced a suspension of fuel tax hikes Tuesday, a major U-turn in an effort to appease a protest movement that radicalized and plunged Paris into chaos last weekend, French media report. Both Le Monde newspaper and France Info radio said the planned increase, which has... More »

France Holds Emergency Meetings After Worst Unrest in 50 Years

'Yellow jacket' protest started after fuel tax hike

(Newser) - What started with a protest against rising fuel taxes has become the most sustained unrest the country has dealt with since the Paris uprising in May 1968—and authorities have decided to talk to the protesters instead of declaring a state of emergency. President Emanuel Macron instructed Prime Minister É... More »

White Supremacist Nabbed After Reaching Central America

Rise Above Movement leader Robert Rundo was 'brought back' to US

(Newser) - Four members of a California-based white supremacist group said to promote racism and fighting have been charged with inciting violence at protests throughout California last year. Rise Above Movement leader Robert Rundo, 28, was arrested Sunday at Los Angeles International Airport after returning from Central America, while Robert Boman, 25,... More »

Guru's Rape Conviction Leads to 12 Deaths, Fire Everywhere

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh found guilty of rape, his supporters aren't happy

(Newser) - Mobs rampaged across a north Indian town, leaving 12 people dead and 100 injured, after a court declared a quasi-religious sect leader guilty of raping two of his followers, per police and a hospital doctor. More than 15,000 paramilitary troops and police officers, some on horseback, were deployed in... More »

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