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New George Floyd Video Prompts an Investigation

'Daily Mail' publishes more of officers' body cam footage in fatal arrest

(Newser) - Authorities in Minneapolis are trying to figure out how Britain's Daily Mail got hold of more footage of George Floyd's fatal arrest. The outlet published roughly 10 minutes of video from ex-officer Thomas Lane's body camera and about 18 minutes from the bodycam of former officer J.... More »

Police Say 'Umbrella Man' Is Actually a White Supremacist

Who was trying to incite a riot, they say

(Newser) - Police say that "Umbrella Man," the apparent protester caught on a viral video smashing the windows of a Minneapolis auto parts store with a sledgehammer while carrying an umbrella, was actually a white supremacist trying to incite rioting over the death of George Floyd, which had taken place... More »

Shots Fired Near Portland Protest Site

Loaded rifle magazines and Molotov cocktails also found

(Newser) - Police in Portland, Ore., arrested two people after reports that a shot was fired Sunday night near where thousands of people have turned out nightly for protests in the city that has become the epicenter of national unrest over George Floyd’s death, the AP reports. Officers responded to 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 »

More Comes Out in George Floyd Bodycam Video

Floyd was not told why he was being forced out of his car in fatal Minneapolis encounter

(Newser) - Bodycam footage from former Minneapolis police officers Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng, two of the officers involved in the George Floyd arrest, was made available to the public for viewing by appointment starting Wednesday, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune viewed the videos. Among the horrific details newly revealed:
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St. Louis Gun-Toting Case Gets Very Political

Even the White House is getting involved

(Newser) - Looks like the St. Louis couple who pointed guns at protesters have two high-profile defenders: a governor and a president, the Washington Post reports. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson offered a whole-hearted defense Tuesday of Mark and Patricia McCloskey and said President Trump was also "getting involved" in their case.... More »

Tiger Woods Gives His Take on Black Lives Matter

The 44-year-old golfer says 'change is fantastic'

(Newser) - Tiger Woods smells change in the air, and calls it "fantastic." The legendary golfer gave his take on the Black Lives Matter movement as he returned to public-tour golfing at the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio, CNN reports. "I think change is fantastic," he told reporters... More »

8 Protesters Were Blinded in Single Day in May

'Washington Post' has a video investigation

(Newser) - By the count of the Washington Post , a dozen people were partially blinded by police projectiles during the week of protests in the wake of George Floyd's death. And eight of those people lost vision in one eye in a single day—Saturday, May 30. In a video investigation... 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 »

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 »

Another Team Mulls a Name Change

The Cleveland Indians tweets about willingness to make a change

(Newser) - The Cinders? The Castles? The Spiders? Whatever they choose, the Cleveland Indians organization said Friday it might just get a new team name, the New York Post reports. In light of "the recent social unrest in our community," the team tweeted , "committed to engaging our community and... 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 »

L'Oreal: No More Words Like 'Whitening'

Will remove 'white/whitening, fair/fairness, light/lightening from skin evening products'

(Newser) - French cosmetics giant L’Oreal said Saturday that it will remove words like “whitening” from its skin care products, reports the AP , a move that comes amid global protests against racism sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The company said in a statement Saturday that it... More »

Anti-Mask Councilman's Choice of Words Condemned

Arizona governor slams Guy Phillips' 'despicable' use of George Floyd's dying words

(Newser) - A city councilman who said "I can't breathe" at an Arizona anti-mask rally is being strongly condemned by his fellow Republicans for appearing to mock the dying words of George Floyd, who repeatedly said he couldn't breathe as a police officer knelt on his neck. Scottsdale City... More »

In Paris, Driver Told Police, 'I'm Suffocating'

George Floyd killing renews interest in fatal encounter near the Eiffel Tower

(Newser) - Seven times, Cedric Chouviat called out, "I'm suffocating" while held to the ground by police in Paris after a traffic stop. The 42-year-old delivery driver, who was white, died two days later in a hospital. Chouviat's family and human rights groups are asking the police for answers... More »

Minority Officers Allege Discrimination Over Chauvin

They file racial discrimination charges in Minnesota

(Newser) - Eight minority corrections officers who work at the jail holding a former Minneapolis police officer charged with murder in the death of George Floyd allege that they were barred from guarding or having contact with the officer because of their race, the AP reports. Floyd died on May 25 after... More »

Minnesota Lawmakers Fail to Pass Police Reform

Democrats and Republicans are too far apart

(Newser) - Legislators in Minnesota—the state where George Floyd was killed—huddled all night over police reform and walked away empty-handed, the New York Times reports. Democrats called for major changes to police oversight and Republicans for "common-sense reforms," leading the two chambers to adjourn at around 6am Saturday... More »

She's Accused of Torching Cop Cars. An Etsy Review Did Her In

FBI finds, arrests Philly woman via creative internet sleuthing

(Newser) - "Every Internet user leaves a digital trail." That's how, per Ars Technica , law enforcement tracked down a woman accused of torching two police cars after a peaceful George Floyd protest in Philly last month. ABC News reports that, per a criminal complaint, Lore-Elisabeth Blumenthal, 33, was arrested... More »

Boy Nabs Record Deal With Song Inspired by George Floyd

'This is what God's called me to do,' says Keedron Bryant, 12

(Newser) - Staring into a camera, Keedron Bryant opened his mouth and his heart. Out poured "I Just Wanna Live," a powerful song about life as a young black man in America that has been shared by figures including Janet Jackson and Barack Obama. It's about to be even... More »

Prosecutors: Chauvin Didn't Hold Knee on Floyd for 8:46

Timestamps allegedly show 1-minute difference from what protesters have taken up as a symbol

(Newser) - Minnesota prosecutors acknowledged Wednesday that a Minneapolis police officer had his knee on the neck of George Floyd for 7 minutes, 46 seconds—not the 8:46 that has become a symbol of police brutality—but said the one-minute error would have no impact on the criminal case against four... More »

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