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Paper: Gun-Wielding Homeowners 'Almost Always in Conflict With Others'

Cops seize rifle pointed at BLM protesters by St. Louis homeowner Mark McCloskey: sources

(Newser) - There's a new wrinkle in the case of the Missouri couple who stood outside their St. Louis mansion and pointed guns at Black Lives Matter protesters last month. KSDK reports a search warrant was executed Friday night by St. Louis police officers at the home of Mark and Patricia... More »

After George Floyd Death, a Big Ask by Ford Workers

Employee letter wants company to stop making police vehicles; that doesn't look likely

(Newser) - Ford Motor Co. makes about two-thirds of America's police vehicles , so a recent ask by some of the automaker's workers in the wake of protests over the death of George Floyd, racism, and police brutality is a significant one: They want the company to consider not making and... More »

City Leaves a Message at Trump Tower

Mayor de Blasio helps paint BLM mural in the street

(Newser) - Each of New York City's five boroughs is to have a Black Lives Matter mural. Those aren't empty words, Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a tweet , "We’re committed to the meaning of the message." And the Manhattan mural wasn't placed just anywhere: It'... More »

Cop Suspended for 'Unfathomable' Post on Dead Protester

'All Lives Splatter' post has Mike Brown in hot water after Summer Taylor's death in Seattle

(Newser) - A cousin of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee who's been a cop for 40 years has been suspended over inflammatory online posts following the death of a protester in Seattle. Summer Taylor, 24, was hit by a car on a closed freeway Saturday and later died ; Mike Brown, a King... More »

Here Are the Details From New George Floyd Transcripts

Derek Chauvin allegedly told Floyd, 'It takes a lot of oxygen to talk'

(Newser) - New bodycam transcripts were released in the death of George Floyd Wednesday, and they're difficult to read. They were made public as part of former Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane's request to have the charges against him in the case, aiding and abetting murder and aiding and abetting... More »

Hate Crime Charges Follow Vandalism of BLM Mural

Viral video shows woman dousing Martinez, Calif., mural in black paint with male companion nearby

(Newser) - Two people accused of painting over giant block letters reading "Black Lives Matter" on a California street have been charged with a hate crime. Nicole Anderson, 42, and David Nelson, 53, of Martinez, a city of 38,000 where the mural is located, were charged Tuesday with violation of... More »

Not 'in My Town': Woman Defaces BLM Mural

Police in Martinez, Calif., looking for white couple

(Newser) - Police in Martinez, Calif., are looking for two vandals who did their work in broad daylight with cameras rolling. The controversy revolves around a large Black Lives Matter mural painted on a city street outside the county courthouse. Details:
  • The mural: It went up Saturday after organizers obtained a city
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Facebook Groups Pivot to Attack 'Thugs' at BLM

Their language directly violates Facebook's hate-speech standards

(Newser) - A loose network of Facebook groups that took root across the country in April to organize protests over coronavirus stay-at-home orders has become a hub of misinformation and conspiracy theories that have pivoted to a variety of new targets. Their latest: Black Lives Matter and the nationwide protests of racial... More »

Baltimore Protesters Toss Columbus Statue in Harbor

'We’ve seen people who have taken to the streets, we have supported them,' says mayor's rep

(Newser) - Baltimore protesters pulled down a statue of Christopher Columbus and threw it into the city's Inner Harbor on Saturday night. Demonstrators used ropes to topple the monument near the Little Italy neighborhood, reports the AP . Protesters mobilized by the death of George Floyd at the hands of police have... More »

Troops Deployed to DC Protests Were Issued Bayonets

Military chief confirms earlier report

(Newser) - Some of the service members who were mobilized to Washington, DC, last month in response to civil unrest over the killing of George Floyd were issued bayonets. Defense documents obtained by the AP show some were not trained in riot response. Members of the Army's 82nd Airborne Division from... More »

Coming to NFL Games: the Black National Anthem

'Lift Every Voice and Sing' will be performed before 'Star-Spangled Banner' during Week 1

(Newser) - The NFL isn't dropping the national anthem, but it is, at least for a week, adding the song known as the Black national anthem. "Lift Every Voice and Sing" will be performed before every kickoff during the opening week of the NFL season, a source tells outlets including... More »

Police Move In to Seattle Protest Zone

Early Wednesday clear-out followed mayor's executive order, ended in 2 dozen arrests

(Newser) - A week after officials announced plans to retake an occupied protest zone in Seattle, police have moved in. The FBI assisted officers from Seattle and Bellevue in clearing out the area encompassing several blocks in the city's Capitol Hill section, widely known as the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest, early... More »

Protester Hit by Iowa Governor's SUV: It Was '100%' Intentional

But Iowa State Patrol says it was the demonstrator's fault

(Newser) - An SUV carrying Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds hit a Black Lives Matter protester who was trying to block the vehicle Tuesday as she was leaving an event in northern Iowa, but the Iowa State Patrol blamed the protester and said there was little contact and the protester did not appear... More »

Injured Buffalo Protester Is Out of the Hospital

Martin Gugino will continue recovering in a private location

(Newser) - The 75-year-old Buffalo protester shoved to the ground by police was released from the hospital Tuesday, the Democrat & Chronicle reports. Martin Gugino, who suffered a skull fracture and brain injury in the June 4 incident, will continue his recovery in an undisclosed location to protect his privacy, WKBW reports.... More »

A First From a Belgian Monarch: 'Deepest Regrets'

King Philippe offers remorse for colonial abuses in DRC under reign of ancestor King Leopold II

(Newser) - Under the brutal colonial rule of Belgium's King Leopold II, the Democratic Republic of Congo saw millions of its citizens perish at the turn of the 20th century. Now King Philippe, the current royal ruler of Belgium and a direct descendant of Leopold, has offered what's just short... More »

Couple Who Drew Guns on Protesters Are BLM Supporters

St. Louis couple's lawyer says they don't want to become heroes to those who oppose BLM

(Newser) - A white couple who stood outside their St. Louis mansion and pointed guns at protesters support the Black Lives Matter movement and don't want to become heroes to those who oppose the cause, their attorney said Monday. Video posted online showed Mark McCloskey, 63, and his 61-year-old wife, Patricia,... More »

Louisville Mayor Now Under Investigation

Greg Fischer in the hot seat after deaths of Breonna Taylor, David McAtee

(Newser) - The heat is being turned up on Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, three and a half months after Breonna Taylor was killed after city police officers descended upon her apartment with a no-knock warrant in the middle of the night. None of the officers who fired their weapons during the confrontation... More »

Protesters Walking by Mansion Confronted by Armed Couple

White couple in St. Louis pointed handgun, rifle at peaceful demonstrators headed to mayor's home

(Newser) - A march to Mayor Lyda Krewson's home over the weekend through St. Louis led to an ominous confrontation between peaceful protesters and a white couple at one of the residences along the way. Krewson has been facing resignation demands after recently doxxing residents for writing letters asking to defund... More »

Beyonce's Plea: 'Vote Like Our Life Depends on It'

Sunday's BET Awards ceremony focused on systemic racism, equal rights

(Newser) - Beyoncé used her platform Sunday while accepting the BET humanitarian award to relay a direct appeal to viewers: Go vote. “Your voices are being heard and you’re proving to our ancestors that their struggles were not in vain,” said the superstar singer at the BET Awards, which... More »

'For the Love of God Do Not Vote for My Dad'

Woman's father, running for Michigan state rep, says they disagree over issues including BLM

(Newser) - Robert Regan is being campaigned against—by his own daughter. Regan, a Republican candidate for Michigan State representative, has described himself as "so conservative that he makes Rush Limbaugh look like a liberal," and the Daily Dot reports that his stances include calling for English to be Michigan'... More »

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