COPA launches 170 investigations of alleged police abuse since killing of George Floyd

Protesters and Chicago police officers during a march downtown on May 29. Protests over the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd were held around the country as well as around the world. Hundreds of complaints alleging police abuse were filed after the protests; from those, Chicago’s Civilian Office of Police Accountability has launched […]

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Big Pharma’s Covid-19 Profiteers

On June 29th, 2020, while America remained transfixed by anti-police protests, the chairman and CEO of the pharmaceutical company Gilead issued a much-anticipated announcement. In a breezy open letter, Daniel O’Day explained how much his company planned on charging for a course of remdesivir, one of many possible treatments for Covid-19. “In the weeks since […]

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No prosecution for many arrested at Portland’s protests

People arrested in Portland since late May on non-violent misdemeanor charges during the protests that have racked Oregon’s largest city for more than two months won’t be prosecuted. The new policy announced Tuesday recognizes the outrage and frustration over a history of racial injustice that has led to the city’s often violent protests and the […]

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Did the George Floyd Protests Boost Democratic Voter Registration?

In the nationwide protests after the killing of George Floyd in police custody, Democratic leaders held out hope that the sweeping calls for racial justice and structural change would have a decidedly conventional side effect: more people would be motivated to vote in the fall. Activists holding voter registration clipboards became commonplace at protests. Now, […]

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Portland protesters rally as arrest of activist draws ire

The arrest during protests in Portland, Oregon, of a Black woman who became a leading activist in the racial justice movement after she was assaulted by a white supremacist three years ago has galvanized local and national Black Lives Matter groups. More demonstrations were planned in the city Monday night, and authorities declared one outside […]

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Peter Kirsanow says ‘defund the police’ movement will ‘redound to the detriment’ of left, Democrats

Democrats’ push to “defund the police” is backfiring as protests spread into elite neighborhoods and produce more violence in U.S. cities, attorney and U.S. Commission on Civil Rights member Peter Kirsanow argued on Monday. “The insanity related to ‘defund the police’ is now going to redound to the detriment of the left, Democrats and it’s going to have a cultural […]

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Minn. group that saw $$ surge, some from Biden staffers, bailed out alleged violent criminals: report

A Minnesota nonprofit that saw a huge windfall in donations during the protests and riots that followed the death of George Floyd in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department reportedly has been putting up money to bail out people charged with serious violent crimes, including sexual assault, attempted murder and murder. A new FOX 9 […]

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Lebanese authorities fire tear gas as protesters chant ‘Revolution’ after Beirut blast

Violent protests erupted in Lebanon for the second straight day after a deadly explosion rocked the nation’s capital city of Beirut, killing at least 154 people and injuring 5,000 others, with dozens of people still unaccounted for. BEIRUT EXPLOSION LINKED TO RUSSIAN SHIP STORING AMMONIUM NITRATE LEFT IN PORT, CALLED ‘FLOATING BOMB’ Anti-government demonstrators clashed with […]

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Abolish the Police? Those Who Survived the Chaos in Seattle Aren’t So Sure

SEATTLE — Faizel Khan was being told by the news media and his own mayor that the protests in his hometown were peaceful, with “a block party atmosphere.” But that was not what he saw through the windows of his Seattle coffee shop. He saw encampments overtaking the sidewalks. He saw roving bands of masked […]

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Confederate monument vandalized outside Alabama courthouse

A Confederate monument in Alabama that’s been the subject of protests has been vandalized By The Associated Press August 5, 2020, 4:42 PM 1 min read HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — A Confederate monument in Alabama that has been the subject of protests against racial injustice was discovered vandalized early Wednesday. What appeared to be red paint […]

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Inside the Battle for Downtown Portland

These photographs were taken over the course of a week of protests in Portland. Scenes of billowing tear gas, burning fires and federal agents in riot gear have made Portland a national flash point and spurred debate over the authority of the federal government to respond to protests. Often missing from that debate was a […]

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Angels’ Brian Goodwin eager to use his platform to fight racial inequality

Marching in protests against racial injustice and police brutality and taking a knee for the national anthem “is kind of new territory, honestly, for me,” Angels right fielder Brian Goodwin said on a videoconference call Thursday before a game against the Seattle Mariners in Angel Stadium. It’s a space Goodwin, one of two Black players […]

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DAs backed by Soros, other liberal activists join fray in clash with police

Protests flare up following two-month anniversary of George Floyd’s death Protesters in Austin, Texas; Tempe, Ariz.; and Portland, Ore., took to the streets in their respective cities to march in step with the Black Lives Matter movement. In some instances, police and federal agents clashed with protesters, but in one demonstration, protesters paid their respects […]

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A Half-Century After Wallace, Trump Echoes the Politics of Division

WASHINGTON — The nation’s cities were in flames amid protests against racial injustice and the fiery presidential candidate vowed to use force. He would authorize the police to “knock somebody in the head” and “call out 30,000 troops and equip them with two-foot-long bayonets and station them every few feet apart.” The moment was 1968 […]

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Barr Clashes With House Democrats, Defending Responses to Protests and Russia Inquiry

Attorney General William P. Barr vigorously defended the federal response to nationwide protests and civil unrest in a combative congressional hearing on Tuesday where Democrats accused him and other Trump administration officials of suppressing protesters’ rights in an overly violent crackdown. The attorney general also insisted that he intervened in the criminal cases of President […]

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National Guard Officer Says Police Used ‘Excessive’ Force at White House Clash

WASHINGTON — An Army National Guard officer who was called in to enforce the crackdown on protests in Lafayette Square last month will tell lawmakers that the demonstrators were peaceful and “subjected to an unprovoked escalation and excessive use of force,” according to written testimony made public on Monday. Maj. Adam DeMarco, an Iraq war […]

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Federal Agents in Portland Are Generating Unrest Elsewhere as Well

SEATTLE — A series of strident new protests over police misconduct rattled cities across the country over the weekend, creating a new dilemma for state and local leaders who had succeeded in easing some of the turbulence in their streets until a showdown over the use of federal agents in Oregon stirred fresh outrage. With […]

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Police and protesters clash in violent weekend across the US

Protests took a violent turn in several U.S. cities over the weekend, with demonstrators squaring off against federal agents outside a courthouse in Portland, Oregon, and forcing police in Seattle to retreat into a station house By JEFF MARTIN Associated Press July 26, 2020, 10:34 PM 5 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this […]

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Police, protesters clash as US cities endure violent weekend

Protests took a violent turn in several U.S. cities overnight, with demonstrators squaring off against agents outside a federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon, forcing police in Seattle to retreat into a station house and setting fire to vehicles during unrest in California and Virginia. A protester in Austin, Texas, who was apparently armed with a […]

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Portland: Big protest crowds again over US agents’ presence

Thousands of people gathered in Portland, Oregon, for another night of protests Saturday as demonstrations over George Floyd’s killing and the presence of federal agents sent by President Donald Trump showed no signs of abating Crowds began to march toward the city’s federal courthouse around 9:15 p.m. A big group of demonstrators in the North […]

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Tear gas fired again; Portland protest standoff continues

Federal agents again repeatedly fired tear gas to break up rowdy protests in Portland, Oregon, that continued into the early morning Saturday as demonstrations that have happened every night for two months showed no signs of letting up By GILLIAN FLACCUS and SARA CLINE Associated Press July 25, 2020, 8:39 PM 3 min read PORTLAND, […]

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Seattle police chief: New limits on anti-protest gear will mean ‘adjusted’ law enforcement

Seattle’s police officers will now respond to protests and rioting through “adjusted deployment” methods because of a new city law that bans them from using some crowd-control tools, the city’s police chief said Friday. The new law, which takes effect Sunday, “bans Seattle Police officers the use of less lethal tools, including pepper spray that is […]

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Huge Portland protest crowds, standoff with feds go on

Thousands of people gathered in Portland streets for another night of protests Friday, the same day a U.S. judge denied Oregon’s request to restrict federal agents’ actions when they arrest people during chaotic demonstrations that have roiled the city and pitted local officials against the Trump administration. By 8 p.m. a few hundred people, most […]

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Huge Portland protest crowds, standoff with feds go on

Thousands of people gathered in Portland streets for another night of protests Friday, the same day a U.S. judge denied Oregon’s request to restrict federal agents’ actions when they arrest people during chaotic demonstrations that have roiled the city and pitted local officials against the Trump administration. By 8 p.m. a few hundred people, most […]

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Paris Deputy Mayor Quits After Protests Over Links to Pedophile Writer

PARIS — A longtime deputy mayor of Paris resigned on Thursday following protests over his links with Gabriel Matzneff, a French writer who openly promoted pedophilia for decades while benefiting from the protection of French elites. The deputy mayor, Christophe Girard, 64, who oversees culture for the Paris government, said in a statement that he […]

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