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    In a report titled “The World is Watching,” Amnesty International USA revealed on Tuesday that U.S. police violated the human rights of protesters, medics, journalists, and other people at least 125 times in the first weeks of the current U.S. racial justice uprising. Between May 26 and June 5, police in 40 states and Washington, D.C. responded to protests with “shocking amounts of excessive force,” according to (pdf) the organization. Amnesty recorded the widespread “use of militarized equipment [and] excessive force including the use of batons, kinetic impact projectiles, and tear gas and pepper spray.” BREAKING: We documented the human rights violations by US federal, state, and local law enforcement against Black Lives Matter protesters, legal observers, journalists, and medics. See for yourself:...
    Protesters gather at Lafayette Square Park outside the White House on May 31, 2020 in Washington, DC.Tasos Katopodis/Getty For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.There is no more tear gas in front of the White House, where for weeks activists had gathered to protest against racial injustice and police brutality after George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police on May 25. Though Washington, DC, demonstrations have slowed down since early June—when police violently cleared protesters from Lafayette Square for Trump’s now-infamous Bible photo shoot—groups like Occupy DC still maintain a presence there. But the atmosphere has changed. Now, activist-led yoga classes and group painting sessions draw sympathetic crowds. And the raw frustration that surged across the...
    NEW YORK — What sort of staying power does it take for a protest movement to be judged a success? This year, without a centralized team of senior leaders, perhaps the largest protest movement in U.S. history has been unfolding nationwide since the May 25 death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. By some calculations, more than 15 million Americans have taken part — decrying racial injustice, reinforcing the message of Black Lives Matter. There’s no way to know now what the movement’s legacy will be — whether it will wither or compel major breakthroughs in curbing racism and inequality. But at this moment, other major protest movements of the past — both in the United States...
    For nearly a month, Riot Ribs served barbecue, tacos, jalapeno poppers—whatever they had on hand—from a series of tents near the site of ongoing protests in Portland, Oregon. Then, on Tuesday, the food collective announced an abrupt closure. Someone was impersonating the group and swindling money, members said. Riot Ribs was among an emerging network of mutual aid groups aimed at distributing free food to protesters and the homeless in Portland and Seattle, where rage over the police killing of George Floyd, racism, and U.S. law-enforcement has resulted in months of marches.  But Riot Ribs’ sudden dissolution—the result of a former member allegedly going rogue—highlighted the challenges of the mission. Beset by local police, federal authorities, right-wing trolls, and friendlies-turned-grifters,...
    (CNN)You knew this was coming.In a tweet heard around the world, US President Donald Trump has floated the idea of delaying November's election. It was the inevitable conclusion of his incessant lies that mail-in voting -- an attractive option amid a pandemic -- is prone to massive fraud.But World War II and the Civil War didn't stop voting, and the coronavirus crisis likely won't either. Trump has no power to set the dates for elections; the Constitution says that's up to Congress. And the swift rejection of the idea of a delayed election even by Trump's Republican allies did more to express the President's diminished power than to suggest an imminent authoritarian takeover.That doesn't mean Trump's tweet is not pernicious....
    NEW YORK (AP) — What sort of staying power does it take for a protest movement to be judged a success? This year, without a centralized team of senior leaders, perhaps the largest protest movement in U.S. history has been unfolding nationwide since the May 25 death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. By some calculations, more than 15 million Americans have taken part — decrying racial injustice, reinforcing the message of Black Lives Matter. There’s no way to know now what the movement’s legacy will be — whether it will wither or compel major breakthroughs in curbing racism and inequality. But at this moment, other major protest movements of the past can offer clues about what...
    Although coverage of anti-lockdown protests has focused largely on groups in the United States, a demonstration against masking and other anti-coronavirus efforts drew tens of thousands to the streets of Berlin this weekend, even as German officials say a new domestic coronavirus spike may be underway. Around 20,000 people joined the attended the Berlin protest Saturday, according to the BBC. Organizers had billed the event as a “day of freedom” from Germany’s restrictive lockdown measures, which include a mandatory masking order. Protesters, the outlet noted, carried signs that read, “Corona, false alarm” and “We are being forced to wear a muzzle,” and chanted that “masks make us slaves.” A seemingly surprised BBC said that “some participants were from the far-right...
    By DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — What sort of staying power does it take for a protest movement to be judged a success? This year, without a centralized team of senior leaders, perhaps the largest protest movement in U.S. history has been unfolding nationwide since the May 25 death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. By some calculations, more than 15 million Americans have taken part — decrying racial injustice, reinforcing the message of Black Lives Matter. There’s no way to know now what the movement’s legacy will be — whether it will wither or compel major breakthroughs in curbing racism and inequality. But at this moment, other major protest movements of the...
    The buzzwords flying around Israel this weekend, ahead of Saturday night’s massive protest against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, sounded more Italian than Hebrew: “La Familia,” a term that terrifies many Israelis. La Familia, whose presence at anti-Netanyahu rallies on at least three nights last week has led to violence, started out as “La Famiglia,” a club of Beitar Jerusalem Football Club fanatics, or ultras, who chose the name as an homage to the tough-guy mafia movies they love. Sixteen suspected La Familia members, along with a few of their Tel Aviv confederates, the Maccabi Tel Aviv Fanatics, were detained by police over growing violence last week against the swelling anti-Netanyahu movement known as The Black Flags.
    President Donald Trump has declared that federal agents will not leave Portland, even as a second night of peaceful protests occurred. Over the last 60 days, the commander-in-chief has declared that Oregon's largest city has been overrun with 'thugs' and 'rioters' for more than two months following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. 'Homeland Security is not leaving Portland until local police complete cleanup of Anarchists and Agitators!' Trump tweeted on Friday night. But, on Thursday, federal officers withdrew from the city, a deal that state officials hope will continue to ease tensions as the city tries to move on from months of chaotic nightly protests. Friday's overnight protest mimicked that of Thursday, which was the first time in...
    The second wave of riots is here. Escalating violence in Portland. A surge of rioting in Seattle. Police in Chicago ambushed. Daily confrontations are happening again. The premeditated violence has inspired violence elsewhere. That ripple effect is always the intent. We know this, not only from Chinese communists and European fascists, but from socialists in Latin America. The summer riots in the United States followed similar patterns as those in Latin America last year. The “breeze” of legitimate protests in urban areas after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis quickly escalated into a “hurricane” of violence against government institutions and private businesses. These were specific targets that represent national sovereignty and free markets, respectively. Few Americans have probably heard...
    On Friday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Cuomo Primetime,” host Chris Cuomo criticized Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) for his questioning of White House Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Anthony Fauci about protests and religious gatherings during the pandemic by saying that it’s wrong of Jordan to be “worried about the protests” when people in Ohio are dying and being hospitalized. Cuomo also stated, “This isn’t about keeping people from praying, it’s about praying that people act more like Jesus commanded, being your brother’s keeper.” After playing part of the exchange between the two, Cuomo stated that Fauci can’t make the rules about protest restrictions. He continued, “Why not ask the president why he celebrated the maskless gun guys in Michigan, or at...
              Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH-04) continually questioned Dr. Anthony Fauci about whether protests cause the spread of the coronavirus during the House’s coronavirus hearing on Friday. Despite Jordan’s repeated attempts to get Fauci to answer this question, Fauci side-stepped the question and said that he didn’t have “any scientific evidence that protests spread the coronavirus,” but rather it was crowds that increased the “acquisition and transmission” of the coronavirus. The continuing back and forth between Jordan and Fauci about “protests” and “crowds” ensued throughout the Ohio Representative’s five-minute questioning period. At the beginning of his time, Jordan asked Fauci if protests increase the spread of the virus. Instead of mentioning the word protest, Fauci...
    The US Army sergeant who allegedly shot and killed Black Lives Matter protester Garrett Foster during a rally in Austin, Texas, is claiming he acted in self-defense and was working as a ride share driver at the time of the incident.    Sergeant Daniel Perry's lawyers have now identified him as the man who fired three shots at Foster after the BLM protester allegedly pointed his AK-47 at Perry while he drove his car into a hundred-strong crowd in Austin on the evening of July 25. Foster, 28, a former US Air Force mechanic, was shot in front of his disabled fiancée Whitney Mitchell and later died in hospital from his injuries.  Although authorities have not named the shooting suspect, Dallas-based lawyer Clint...
    Tucker Carlson blasted Dr. Anthony Fauci Friday night following an exchange between the infectious disease expert and Congressman Jim Jordan over public gatherings, specifically protests. Accompanied by a mocking “Dear Leader” graphic, Carlson said, “He’s one of the forces behind the mass quarantines that tanked the economy and put millions out of work. He says it’s worth it, though, because the threat is just so profound.” He showed the exchange between Fauci and Jordan, when the Ohio Republican pressed Fauci about protests and Fauci said “I’m not going to opine on limiting anything.” Carlson credited Jordan for the exchange and said, “There is nothing Dr. Anthony Fauci won’t opine on as long as it doesn’t offend the popular and...
    Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) got into a heated exchange with Dr. Anthony Fauci on Friday while discussing the impact the nationwide protests have had on the spread of COVID-19. During the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis hearing, Jordan grilled Fauci on whether the last two months of protests have spread the coronavirus. "Crowding together, particularly when you're not wearing a mask, contributes to spreading the virus," Fauci said when asked about protests spreading COVID-19. Jordan then asked Fauci, "Should the government limit the protesting?" The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases replied, "I don't think that's relevant. I'm not in a position to determine what the government can...
    Rep. Jim Jordan grilled Dr. Anthony Fauci on Friday about the spread of COVID-19, particularly among protesters, and the unequal treatment of protests, churches, and businesses throughout the pandemic. Jordan (R-OH) asked Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases if he thought the government should crack down on protests similar to how the government has banned churches from congregating or businesses from operating. After admitting that crowds of people increase the chance of spreading the disease, Fauci demurred on whether the government should ban protests. “I’m not in a position to determine what the government can do in a forceful way,” Fauci said. “Well, you make all kinds of recommendations. You make comments on dating,...
    "The View" co-host Meghan McCain tweeted on Friday that Dr. Anthony Fauci's recent comments before Congress showed why Republicans were angry amid shutdowns and restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic. She was responding to a video clip in which Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, asked Fauci whether the U.S. government should block protests in the wake of George Floyd's death. "Should government limit the protesting?" Jordan asked. Fauci, who said protesting without masks could spread the virus, said he wasn't sure how Jordan's question was "relevant." "Come on man!!!" McCain tweeted in response. "This is part of the reason republicans are so pissed - Fauchi [sic] will comment on everything from what kind of tinder sex people can have to baseball but...
    Protests erupted in Roxboro, North Carolina, after police shot and killed a black man on last Friday, but some of the criticism was quelled after police released the dash cam video of the incident. Police said that they had responded to a report of a man walking with what looked like a shotgun when they encountered David Brooks Jr., 45, near a Dollar General store. Six minutes later, the man was dead after being shot by police. Police recovered a loaded sawed-off shotgun at the scene. No police were injured in the altercation, and none of the responding officers had body cameras. "We want justice" A cousin of Brooks disputed the police account in...
    LeBron James hopes the return of the NBA can “spread a lot of love throughout the world” after he scored the winning basket in the Los Angeles Lakers’ victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. James followed up his own miss by being alert to grab the decisive points in a 103-101 win with 12.8 seconds to go when the season resumed in the Orlando bubble on Thursday. Players took a knee wearing tops in support of the Black Lives Matters movement before the first NBA action since March got under way behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic. Four-time NBA MVP James says NBA stars can play a major part in raising spirits all over the world. MORE: What will another...
    The living world turns chaos into order by making large structures out of small units. The sublime coordination of a flock of birds or a school of fish—built iteratively from the twitches and bumps of single individuals—turns instinctive behaviors into something vast and graceful. It’s not just for show. A lone gazelle can’t evade a fast-moving lion anywhere near as well as a slippery, undulating herd. With that in mind, take a look at this video of a truck barreling through protesters in Minneapolis in May. The densely packed protesters swirl out of the truck’s path, then close ranks back around it when the truck stops. For a few moments, the movements of the protesters look very much like...
    Netflix The Umbrella Academy Not solely is there an “Umbrella Man” within the JFK taking pictures that’s highlighted on Season 2 of The Umbrella Academy, however the plotline relies on a real-life thriller too. Learn on to study extra in regards to the real-life Umbrella Man.The Umbrella Man Was a Actual-Life JFK Conspiracy IdeaSure, there actually was a mysterious “umbrella man” concerned in President John F. Kennedy’s taking pictures. The Umbrella Academy Season 2 doesn’t make that story up. It simply takes inspiration from a real-life thriller. On the day of Kennedy’s assassination, a mysterious man was seen holding a black umbrella. It was a sunny day, and his presence close to the place Kennedy...
    Netflix The Umbrella Academy Not only is there an “Umbrella Man” in the JFK shooting that’s highlighted on Season 2 of The Umbrella Academy, but the plotline is based on a real-life mystery too. Read on to learn more about the real-life Umbrella Man.The Umbrella Man Was a Real-Life JFK Conspiracy TheoryYes, there really was a mysterious “umbrella man” involved in President John F. Kennedy’s shooting. The Umbrella Academy Season 2 doesn’t make that story up. It just takes inspiration from a real-life mystery. On the day of Kennedy’s assassination, a mysterious man was seen holding a black umbrella. It was a sunny day, and his presence near where Kennedy was shot sparked a lot of conspiracy theories. Some thought he...
    President Donald Trump threatened to deploy the Army National Guard into Portland if the nightly protests seen for the past 60-plus days continues after DHS and DOJ agents pull back off of the city’s streets. Trump’s warning came at a Thursday White House press conference, one day after Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced that she had struck a deal for state police to protect federal property so that heavily militarized federal agents deployed into her city could leave. She also blasted the president, while Trump claimed she misrepresented the deal and accused Fox News of “bad reporting.” During a question about the agreement at the briefing, a reporter asked what recourse Trump would take if the unrest did not...
    The majority of Americans are okay with athletes taking a knee during the national anthem, according to a new poll — but there was a steep divide along racial and political lines. A CBS News survey released Thursday of more than 2,000 adults found 58 percent think it’s acceptable for pro players to kneel in protest during the Star-Spangled Banner. The numbers show that only 48 percent of white people polled were on board with the protests, compared to 88 percent among black residents, and 62 percent of Hispanics. Politics also made a difference, as 88 percent of Democrats surveyed thought it was acceptable take a knee, with 55 percent of independent voters agreeing — but only 23 percent of...
    Portland, Oregon has taken center stage in the ongoing nationwide protests and riots following the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody earlier this year. While the majority of protests since Floyd’s death May 25 have been nonviolent, and peaceful protest is protected under the First Amendment, “fringe elements” like antifa have been blamed by some in Portland’s black community for causing senseless violence, the Associated Press reported. The Portland Police Department declared that the protests in the past week have turned into a riot after crowds marched to the Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse, USA Today reported. Police reported instances of rocks, glass bottles and even homemade explosives being thrown at the courthouse. Parts of the fence...
    Seattle residents have said calls to half the police budget are 'radical' and 'irresponsible' after violence and vandalism spread throughout the city during protests. Around 300 people who phoned in to a city council meeting on Wednesday night said the redistribution of around $85million in funds will 'hurt the vulnerable'.  'Defunding the police is a radical experiment that will hurt the vulnerable,' one woman claimed. 'Why are you defunding the police when many of you have called on the SPD for protection recently? We know you have. Why are you cutting protection for everyone else?' Seattle residents have said calls to half the police budget are 'radical' and 'irresponsible' after violence and vandalism spread throughout the city during protests  ...
    Black Lives Matter organizer Teal Lindseth leads protesters on July 23, 2020, in Portland, Oregon. Noah Berger/AP Portland, Oregon, has in recent days become the focal point for Black Lives Matter protests in the US. However, the city remains the whitest city in America and has a troubled history of racism.  For many years, the state of Oregon also barred Black people from entering its borders, and once had the largest KKK population west of the Mississippi River. These laws and policies dissuaded a lot of Black people from moving to Oregon. Today, both Portland and Oregon remain highly undiverse. Several members of Portland's Black community have spoken out against the violent protests in recent weeks, and say...
    The Oregonian/YouTube Black conservative videographer Andrew Duncomb, 25, was stabbed at the Portland protests early Saturday morning, according to local media. On Wednesday, The Oregonian published graphic video of the moment he was attacked. Police arrested Blake David Hampe, 43, in connection with the attack, The Oregonian reported. Duncomb told the newspaper that the man stabbed him after Duncomb confronted him for following his group of friends. "I was stabbed for being a conservative journalist," Duncomb said. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A Black conservative videographer says he was stabbed because of his conservative views during the Portland protests over the weekend, after he released footage of the encounter.  Andrew Duncomb, 25, is known for his...
    Andrew Duncomb (pictured) was knifed in the back during a protest in Portland last weekend in what he claims was a targeted attack because he's a conservative journalist A videographer who was knifed in the back during protests in downtown Portland claims he was targeted because of his conservative activism.    Shocking video captured the moment Andrew Duncomb, 25, was stabbed while he was out filming footage of protests by Portland's Mark O Hatfield federal courthouse early Saturday morning.  Duncomb, who is black and a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump, told Oregon Live he had traveled to the city from Northern California because he wanted to offer a more complete view of the situation than what has been portrayed...
    The day after George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police officers, peaceful protesters took to the streets. But the first serious incidence of violence came two days later on May 27th when a masked man started breaking windows at an auto parts store. This video was removed from YouTube. It shows exactly who broke windows at AutoZone. Please retweet and help identify the instigator. #JusticeForFloyd pic.twitter.com/D17kGL404J — Javier Morillo ????????????️‍???? (@javimorillo) May 28, 2020 That set off a chain reaction of looting, fires, and rioting. Three days later, Attorney General Bill Barr made a statement, saying that “In many places it appears the violence is planned, organized and driven by anarchic and far left extremist groups using Antifa-like tactics,...
    The New Orleans Pelicans an Utah Jazz will reportedly kneel in protest of racism during the national anthem when the league restarts its pandemic-interrupted season on Thursday; and despite a longstanding rule against the practice, NBA commissioner Adam Silver appears open to the idea.    'I respect peaceful protest,' Silver told ABC's Good Morning America on Wednesday. 'I'm not sure what our players will do when they come out tomorrow night and we'll of course address it at the time, but I also understand these are highly unusual times.'   Protests have erupted across the country since the death of George Floyd, who was killed in Minneapolis police custody during a violent arrest on May 25. The protests against racial injustice have grown...
    Fox News media analyst Howard Kurtz said on Wednesday that “too many in the media are greatly downplaying the severity of the violence during the protests in Portland." “What’s really striking is that the overwhelming focus of the Trump-obsessed media is over the president’s tactics and combating the violence to a point that it is almost reducing the violence itself to a footnote,” the "MediaBuzz" host told “America’s Newsroom.” Kurtz said that protesters are “throwing bottles, aiming lasers, hurling fireworks and fires." “That should be equally part of the story,” Kurtz said. US ATTORNEY FOR OREGON BLASTS PORTLAND OFFICIALS IN BLISTERING INTERVIEW: 'NONSENSICAL, POLITICAL THEATER' Meanwhile, for weeks, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and the mainstream media have been downplaying the violence and...
    Portland police officers in riot gear stand outside the Portland Justice Center during protests on May 31, 2020. John Rudoff/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Insider spoke to a Portland police officer, who weighed in on the Trump administration's decision to send federal agents to the city.  Portland has been the scene of nightly protests since the police-involved killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis at the end of May.  The officer said the federal agents have only reinvigorated the protests, and riled up a "hardcore anarchist group" that has been getting involved in many demonstrations in the city. "They're not Black Lives Matter, they're people with a range of issues and they're happy to jump onto whichever one," he...
    (CNN)A 75-year-old Vietnam veteran was seen on video getting pepper-sprayed in the face as he stood in front of a line of armed law enforcement in camouflage gear during protests in Portland, Oregon.The video, posted by an independent journalist to Twitter on Sunday, shows Mike Hastie holding his camera and speaking to the officers about his experience at war, saying loudly he was a Vietnam veteran and combat medic. As he's shouting at them, a group of armed officers are seen walking by him and one of them sprays Hastie directly in the face while up close to him as others push him out of the way, telling him to back up.It's unclear from the video whether the law enforcement...
    Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenObama, George Clooney to hold virtual fundraiser for Biden on Tuesday Tlaib opens up about why she hasn't endorsed Biden yet It's 1980 in reverse MORE on Tuesday accused President TrumpDonald John TrumpRead: Attorney General William Barr's written testimony to the House Judiciary Committee Barr expected to blast Democrats for efforts to 'discredit' him in upcoming hearing 22 people facing federal charges in connection to Portland protests MORE’s campaign of fearmongering in an effort to appeal to swing voters in the lead-up to the presidential election. Biden tore into ads the Trump campaign has recently released claiming that the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee wants to defund the police, a stance the president says will lead to a spike in...
    A masked man who was filmed holding an umbrella while smashing the windows of a Minneapolis AutoZone during the George Floyd protests has been identified as a 'Hells Angels' biker with ties to a white supremacist group.  Minneapolis Police announced on Tuesday that they have confirmed the identity of the mysterious figure who was dubbed 'Umbrella Man' on social media after video of the incident went viral. Footage taken on May 27 - two days after Floyd's death - showed a man dressed all in black casually walking up to the store and smashing its windows with a sledgehammer in broad daylight.  Scroll down for video  Minneapolis Police confirmed the identity of the mysterious figure who was dubbed 'Umbrella Man'...
    Washington (CNN)At his coronavirus briefing Tuesday evening, President Donald Trump began by touting a deal to turn Kodak into a pharmaceutical company to manufacture ingredients for generic drugs. He then read off a litany of facts and figures detailing his administration's efforts to manufacture items like gloves and masks and ventilators to deal with the pandemic. As is often the case with these briefings, however, Trump's scripted message eventually devolved into a series of false and misleading claims about the state of the pandemic. At one point, Trump claimed that "large portions" of the US are "corona free" (not true). He also claimed that protests in Seattle and Portland were leading to spiking cases there (also not true).Hydroxychloroquine Trump again...
    The United States has been engulfed in ongoing nationwide protests and riots for months now, following the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody. The majority of recent protests have been peaceful, with a few notable exceptions.
    CNN’s Jake Tapper directly called out Rep. Jim Jordan for airing deceptive, out-of-context clips of media protest coverage during the House Judiciary hearing on Tuesday, and demanded the Ohio Congressman apologize for misleading the public. Near the end of his Tuesday program, Tapper zeroed in on Jordan’s video presentation during the hearing with Attorney General Bill Barr. “At the beginning,” Tapper explained, “Jim Jordan of Ohio played a video featuring many upsetting images of mayhem and violence from protests and riots across the country. And that was included along with a mash-up of members of the media and others using the term ‘Peaceful protests.'” The CNN host then pointed out that Jordan was clearly trying to indict the media,...
    The Portland protests are a block party at the end of the world. Lownsdale Square Park, a treed, grassy downtown plaza flanked by courthouses, is showing signs of wear after hosting continuous protests for the past two months. The lawn has been tread to dust, and tear gas and pepper spray cling to it. People start coughing as soon as they arrive. Everyone is wearing a face mask, and often goggles and a helmet too. As the sun set last Friday night, protesters milled around trying to find their friends while snacking on barbecued “riot ribs,” protein bars, and high-end jerky. They projected a giant image of George Floyd across the boarded up windows of the Multnomah County Justice Center,...
    A man seen breaking windows in a viral video of Minneapolis protests is suspected to be a known member of a white supremacist group, cops have alleged in a search warrant affidavit. The man in question, Mitchell Carlson, has not been charged with a crime. The video, filmed on May 27, showed a man dressed in all black methodically smashing windows of an AutoZone in Minneapolis during racial justice protests over the police killing of George Floyd. The man also spray painted “free shit for everyone zone” on the building’s doors. The man appeared to be dressed as an anti-fascist, but was eyed as a possible infiltrator or “outside agitator” when protesters tried to question him over his activities. He...
    House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan (R-OH) debunked the claim that the protests in the name of George Floyd have been “peaceful,” playing a video during a hearing that showed scene after scene of violence and destruction in America’s streets. The six-minute video began with nearly two dozen clips of mainstream media journalists and Democrat politicians claiming the protests have been “peaceful.” It showed the widely-mocked video of MSNBC’s Ali Velshi standing in front of a burning building in Minneapolis claiming that the protest was “not, generally speaking, unruly.” It ended with former President Barack Obama and 2020 Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden calling them “peaceful protests.” It then switched to a press conference with the wife of Capt....
    (CNN)By now, balloons should have tumbled from the rafters at the Democratic National Convention onto Joe Biden and his new vice presidential pick. And Donald Trump should be setting the swing states on fire with rowdy rallies designed to drive supporters to the polls. But the pandemic is drowning out the election it may decide. Party conventions have moved online. The President just cancelled his planned nomination speech, which he had moved to Florida to ensure big crowds. At this point, the three presidential debates scheduled to begin in September may be as close to a "normal" election season as America gets this year.A sense of disequilibrium is exacerbated by the fact that we rarely see Biden, who is limiting...
    You've seen the videos: armored police shooting objects into crowds in Portland, teargassing the city's mayor and beating protesters who stand in the way of their tactical advances. But why are federal officers in Portland, and have they fueled violence as critics and city officials claim?  How did Portland become the epicenter of protests against police violence? Portland had seen nearly 40 consecutive nights of protests against police violence and systemic racism after the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, but city officials say the nightly demonstrations were dwindling when the Department of Homeland Security decided on July 4 to increase its presence around Portland's federal courthouse. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox What happened...
    “I can’t breathe!’” the crowd chanted, invoking the dying words spoken by George Floyd as a white police officer pressed a knee into his neck. Kianna Ruff yelled it over and over along with hundreds of fellow protesters as they marched for hours through New York City, a kind of collective mantra that touched someplace deep inside those present. “I just started choking and I broke down,” the 28-year-old activist and minister said. “And I do feel like that that was also a spiritual experience that I’ve never experienced before.” The demonstrations against police brutality and systemic racism that have raged in the wake of Floyd’s killing are often led by young people who find a sense of purpose,...
    The Attorney General's opening statement to his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee strongly condemns the protests in Portland while touching on "Russiagate" and other issues. Attorney General William Barr is set to discuss in a congressional hearing topics including the Portland protests, the “Russiagate” scandal, and his working relationship with President Donald Trump, CNN reported. The report comes the night before Barr is scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary Committee. Barr’s testimony will come on Tuesday, July 28, the same day that National Guard officer Adam DeMarco is set to dispute the Trump administration’s report on the June 1 Lafayette Square protests, as The Inquisitr previously reported. Following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25,...
    Attorney General William Barr plans to tell the House Judiciary Committee that the violent unrest in Portland is "an assault on the Government of the United States," according to a copy of his prepared remarks obtained by CBS News. In the remarks, Barr also accuses Democratic members of the House Judiciary committee of trying to "discredit" him. "To state what should be obvious, peaceful protesters do not throw explosives into federal courthouses, tear down plywood with crowbars, or launch fecal matter at federal officers. Such acts are in fact federal crimes under statutes enacted by this Congress," Barr says.  Barr will appear in front of the committee on Tuesday for an oversight hearing. In his opening remarks, he discusses the...
    Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney told reporters over the weekend that white supremacists infiltrated local Black Lives Matter protests and initiated violence after weeks of largely peaceful demonstrations. Officials said that 23 people were arrested over the weekend in connection with the protests. “What happened last night was violence,” Stoney said. “Violence that hurt many people in the Richmond community, both through the threatening of lives and the destruction of property. And simply put: That is unacceptable in the city of Richmond.” He continued: “So after 24 consecutive days of peaceful protest, what changed last night? Let me tell you what I think changed last night: There were white supremacists marching under the banner of Black Lives Matter, attempting to undermine...
    PORTLAND, ORE. — The two cops standing guard outside the Portland Police Bureau look tired. It’s the 54th consecutive night of the city’s Black Lives Matter protests, and the street-festival-cum-revolution in the small park outside the Oregon federal courthouse has gone largely unmolested by local law enforcement. “The courthouse is basically theirs for most of the day,” one officer admits. “We don’t really move in until they start setting fires.” The fires don’t start until later in the night. The tone of the daytime occupation is cheerful: The air is thick with the stench of marijuana, and well-dressed college students mingle with septuagenarian ex-hippies sporting tie-dye Bernie shirts, suburban moms, grungy teens, wild-eyed bums and professional activists from the city’s...
    As protests in Portland, Oregon, have continued, a viral video has captured a man identified as Mike Hastie, reportedly a Vietnam war veteran, being sprayed in the face by an unidentified federal agent in fatigues while yelling at a line of troops, as reported by the HuffPost. As the video from early Sunday morning, recorded and shared by journalist Andrew Kimmel, shows, it appears that Hastie was shouting at troops, but not being overtly threatening, before he was sprayed by a law enforcement officer who entered from off-camera. It’s unclear if the spray was pepper spray or something else. What isn’t unclear, however, is that growing concerns about unidentified federal agents at protests is an issue the mainstream media can’t ignore. As far as the...
    NFL hall-of-famer Mike Ditka believes athletes who protest during the national anthem should 'get the hell out of the country'.  'Iron Mike', a three-time Superbowl champion, who played tight end for the Bears, Eagles and Cowboys, hit out when asked whether he will allow female athletes in X League football - where he is now commissioner - to kneel during the anthem. While admitting he doesn't have powers to ban his athletes from kneeling, he made it clear he 'doesn't want to hear any of that c**p' when it comes to the protests. Mike Ditka, NFL hall-of-famer and commissioner of the women's X League, believes athletes who kneel during the national anthem 'should get the hell out of the...
    Six Democratic mayors have sent a letter to Congressional leaders asking them to pass legislation barring the Trump administration from sending federal agents to their cities.  The mayors called on the Congressional leaders to pass legislation that would require the administration to receive consent from local authorities before deploying federal agents, as well as limit federal agents’ crowd controlling activities to protect federal property. They also said the legislation should require visible identification at all times on federal agents and vehicles unless the agents are on an undercover mission authorized by the local U.S. attorney. The letter sent to Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiWhite House, Senate GOP race to finalize coronavirus package ahead of Monday rollout Congress set for messy COVID-19 talks...
    The number of shootings across New York City have spiked 176 percent in the last week compared to this time last year - as a weekend of mayhem saw seven people murdered in 24 hours and protests descend into riots in Manhattan.  There were 47 shootings across the city last week compared to the 17 at the same time last year. Fourteen of the 47 shootings were murders, while there were only five killings for the same week in 2019, police sources told the New York Post. There were seven murders and 15 shootings across the city in just 24 hours on Sunday. Six of those seven killings were shootings.   The number of shootings across New York City have...
    Several major cities, including Portland, experienced chaos this weekend as demonstrators clashed with law enforcement and protests turned violent. Demonstrations in Seattle, Richmond, Austin, New York, Denver and Oakland also turned violent amid widespread protests against police brutality and systematic racism. Protesters have pushed for police reform for more than two months following the death of George Floyd. Floyd, a black man, died in police custody after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes, Hennepin County prosecutor Mike Freeman said in May, according to WCCO4. Oregon Protesters in Portland have persistently clashed with police and sent federal officers to guard a federal courthouse, The Associated Press reported. WATCH: The Portland Police Department...
    (CNN) — Protests flared up across the country this weekend, two months after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis catalyzed a nationwide reckoning over race and policing. From Portland to Seattle to Louisville, Kentucky, protesters took to the streets, as the nation honored the life of civil rights hero John Lewis. Some protests were largely peaceful. Others descended into clashes between law enforcement and demonstrators. Here’s a break down of the unrest. Portland, Oregon Portland was already brimming with tension before the weekend. Protests there took center stage this month after President Donald Trump sent federal agents to the city to protect federal property — a move that angered local demonstrators, who view it as an occupation of their city....
    Mayor Libby Schaaf (D) told Oakland residents in a statement Sunday to remain vigilant of agitators who seek to use protests as cover for militant activities, a warning she delivered after vandals set multiple fires in the downtown area, including one at the Alameda County Superior Courthouse. She also invoked President Donald Trump.  “Vandalizing our downtown gives Donald Trump the images he wants and the justification he seeks to send federal troops into American cities,” said Schaaf, an apparent reference to the federal agents that have been dispatched to Portland to help quell the ongoing unrest.  “We can’t be fooled and play into his twisted campaign strategy. We celebrate passionate protests but Oaklanders need to know that when they attend...
    Police seen at the scene of a shooting in Portland, Oregon, on Sunday evening, the 60th night of demonstrations in the city. KPTV One person was hospitalized after a shooting a block away from the Portland protests Sunday evening.  The police took two suspects into custody in connection to the shooting.  The shooting took place on the 60th consecutive night of protests in the city.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. On the 60th night of anti-police protests in Portland, Oregon, a nearby shooting sent one person to the hospital.  The gunfire was reported just before 7:30 p.m. at Southwest Fourth Ave and Salmon Street, one block away from the federal courthouse that has been the scene...
    (CNN)Protests flared up across the country this weekend, two months after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis catalyzed a nationwide reckoning over race and policing. From Portland to Seattle to Louisville, Kentucky, protesters took to the streets, as the nation honored the life of civil rights hero John Lewis.Some protests were largely peaceful. Others descended into clashes between law enforcement and demonstrators. Here's a break down of the unrest.Portland, OregonRead MorePortland was already brimming with tension before the weekend.Protests there took center stage this month after President Donald Trump sent federal agents to the city to protect federal property -- a move that angered local demonstrators, who view it as an occupation of their city.Demonstrations Friday night began...
    People gather in protest in front of the Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse in downtown Portland as the city experiences another night of unrest on July 25, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. Spencer Platt/Getty Image Several US cities saw racial justice protests and violent clashes over the weekend.  Demonstrators in cities including Portland, Oregon, Louisville, Kentucky, and Aurora, Colorado, faced off with federal agents, teargas, and multiple shootings in some cases as protests descended into chaos.  This weekend's protests signaled an uptick in tensions after President Donald Trump deployed federal agents to several cities.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Racial justice protests roiled in cities across the US as demonstrators carried out the latest in months of...
    The president of the X League does not want the girls to protest. Photo: Ethan Miller / . Created in 2009 under the name of Lingerie Football League, the now X League announced a few days ago the hiring of Mike Ditka, former player and former legendary coach of the Nfl, as its new president. With this movement, the X League will try to have more diffusion and thus attract more fans. However, something that will not be allowed will be protests during the national anthem, as Ditka himself stated that he will not allow it. In interview with TMZ, the NFL legend was questioned about whether he will allow protests during the X League in...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Hundreds marched in downtown Oakland Saturday night, demanding social justice and showing solidarity for protesters in the streets of Portland who have been in a standoff with federal agents for more than a week. While the majority of crowd peacefully protested, a handful of demonstrators turned violent, vandalizing Oakland police headquarters and setting a fire inside the Alameda County courthouse, breaking windows and covering the building with graffiti. On Sunday, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf released a statement condemning vandalism and violence at protest rallies. “Vandalizing our downtown gives Donald Trump the images he wants and the justification he seeks to send federal troops into American cities,” the mayor warned. “We can’t be fooled and play into...
    The widow of fallen NYPD Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo told “Fox & Friends Weekend” on Sunday that she is “heartbroken” over the violent clashes with police taking place across the country. “We are heartbroken over the fact that we are seeing what's happening across the nation and we want to be able to do something about it,” Lisa Tuozzolo said. “We want to be able to speak up because we don't want anyone else being in our tragic situations.” Tuozzolo made the comments one day after she participated in a “Back the Blue” demonstration on Long Island, N.Y., joined by more than 1,000 people, according to the Long Island Press. The rally was sponsored by the nonprofit organization Law Enforcement Officers Weekend, and reportedly drew people from police...
    Several cities across America are bracing for more demonstrations and violent rioting this weekend after another night of lawlessness and unrest boiled over into the early hours of Sunday morning, as Antifa and militia groups prepare for further battle against police officers and counter protesters. Tensions have been heightened at recent demonstrations against racial injustice since federal officials were sent to quell riots in Portland, Ore., that have continued for more than 50 straight days since the May 25 death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis. AMERICAN MAYHEM: MORE RIOTING AND LAWLESSNESS IN CITIES ACROSS US While opposing, heavily armed militia groups in Lousiville, Ky., avoided violence during demonstrations, riots were declared in Portland and Seattle, following a familiar pattern of...
    Legendary NFL coach Mike Ditka has clear, unmistakable thoughts on what should happen to athletes who refuse to stand in respect for the national anthem. Ditka says they should, “Get the hell out of the country.” In an interview with TMZ Sports, the man known affectionately throughout Chicago and maybe less affectionately in Green Bay as, ‘Da Coach,” blasted the athletes demonstrating against the country that has given them so much. “If you can’t respect our national anthem, get the hell out of the country,” Ditka said. “That’s the way I feel. Of course, I’m old fashioned, so I’m only going to say what I feel.” While the media has claimed the anthem protests begun by Kaepernick in the...
    During the current protests against police brutality and racism, more people have been entering into the conversation about police abolition and reform. It’s becoming much more common to hear people discuss the prevalence of power and human rights abuses in the law enforcement system. There are many examples of policies and practices that need to be changed or completely abolished to discuss. Thus, it’s important to keep learning, listening to people’s stories, and talking about these issues to work towards racial and social justice. One of the many issues that exists within the criminal justice system, is the use of animals. At a recent protest in Houston, a woman was trampled by a police horse. In California, police used dogs to...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Dueling rallies were held Saturday in Chicago, one supporting police, the other calling for the city to defund the police department.Hundreds of protesters met in Grant Park, calling for change. They demanded the city defund the Chicago Police Department."We are concerned that the funding of the police is given more of the attention than the people in general," one protester said.The march started at Grant Park and roamed throughout the city.Police lined the streets, helping to block off traffic, as the demonstration continued for miles."We do not care if they are here or not," the protester said. "We are non-violent; there is no reason to be intimidated."Earlier in the day, a Back the Blue protest was held...
    (CNN)Heavily armed, unidentifiable security agents dressed in camouflage have been snatching anti-racism protesters off the streets of Portland, Oregon, and bundling them into unmarked cars, with no clear justification. They're scenes you might expect to see in authoritarian countries, not in America. It turns out that among the hodge-podge of paramilitary-style officers wearing no name badges were many from the Department of Homeland Security, established after 9/11 primarily to deal with terrorism. More specifically, the officers were from the department's Customs and Border Protection agency, which is supposed "to safeguard America's borders" from dangerous people and materials.  US President Donald Trump has repeatedly branded anti-racism protesters in the country as "terrorists," and his promise to "surge" his paramilitary-style units from Portland to other Democrat-run...
    Images broadcast worldwide of Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler getting tear-gassed alongside protesters made him an overnight standard-bearer for the growing movement against President Donald Trump's use of federal agents to tamp down violence in U.S. cities. But for many Portland residents, of which 72% of residents are white, the moment felt ironic and hypocritical.  For while the city has appeared progressive on issues in the past whether it be the environment or wars overseas, when it comes to racism, the issue is far more complicated.  The state of Oregon had some of the most brutal anti-black laws in the nation which was essentially founded on principles of white supremacy.  Portland has been rocked by protests for two months but...
    Black community leaders in Portland are hoping to shift the focus of demonstrations in the city back to the Black Lives Matter movement instead of what they say has become a largely 'white spectacle.' In an opinion piece for the Washington Post the president of the Portland branch of the NAACP Rev. E.D. Mondainé, said that recent nights of violence has distracted from the original intentions of the protests and that there needs to be an immediate 'refocusing'.  'Unfortunately, 'spectacle' is now the best way to describe Portland's protests. Vandalizing government buildings and hurling projectiles at law enforcement draw attention — but how do these actions stop police from killing black people?'  Mondainé asked. 'What are antifa and other leftist...
    People take selfies at Yeouido Hangang Park in Seoul, South Korea, May 6, 2020. Xinhua/Wang Jingqiang via Getty Images A young American had to go through a two-week, mandated quarantine after he landed in South Korea.  The musician, who goes by Peachy, decided to go to South Korea after feeling like the US was unsafe due to its handling of the coronavirus pandemic and ongoing protests. Peachy vlogged his experience on TikTok to give people an idea of what the quarantine is like.  He paid for his stay and was not allowed to leave his hotel room for the duration of his stay, he could only go to the door to pick up food or drop off trash. ...
    Michelle Obama has announced the all-star lineup for her upcoming podcast, 'The Michelle Obama Podcast' — and it won't come as a surprise to many that her first guest is her husband, former President Barack Obama. The 56-year-old former first lady's new venture debuts on Spotify on July 29 and will feature a series of interviews with her 'posse' — which includes family, friends, and colleagues.  And on Friday, she announced that her 58-year-old husband is first up in the premiere episode, sharing a preview clip in which she praises him as the 'eternal "Yes, we can" man.' Coming soon! Michelle Obama has announced the all-star lineup for her upcoming podcast, 'The Michelle Obama Podcast' A chat with hubby: First first...
    Small children were given signs that read "f*** the police" and encouraged to repeat the vulgar anti-police phrase on camera during protests in Portland, the Daily Wire reported. The young children were marching with adults in the anti-police protests that have taken place in Portland, Oregon, for nearly two months. The adults told the kids to say "f*** the police," and provided positive reinforcement when they did. An Axios-Ipsos poll from June 2 showed that far fewer African Americans (36%) trust local law enforcement to look out for their best interests and the interests of their families than white Americans (77%) Hispanic Americans (62%) and all Americans (69%). That perception can and is being passed on to younger generations,...
    (CNN)Almost two months to the day since since George Floyd was killed and away from the media spotlight, protesters in cities across the country continue to pound the pavement. Even if there aren't tens of thousands of people flooding the streets as they did at the beginning of the summer, the demonstrators carry on -- unafraid of police presence and unrelenting in the face of potential coronavirus infections. Each has their own reason. Some personally experienced the sting of police brutality. Some demand things need to change. For their unique motivations, all of them agreed -- this work has become a vital part of who they are. Here are three reasons why they still march. Read MoreTo maintain momentumTyrell Taylor,...
    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti backed violent demonstrations in Portland, Oregon, on Thursday, referring to mobs that have attacked a federal courthouse as “the best of our democratic ideals” and slamming federal law enforcement’s response. In a tweet, Garcetti said: Demonstrators for racial justice represent the best of our democratic ideals. The President’s unilateral deployment of federal forces betrays them — and does nothing to keep us safe. L.A. stands with our friends in Portland. — MayorOfLA (@MayorOfLA) July 23, 2020 Portland has been the scene of nightly violent riots for weeks. Black Lives Matter “protesters” have pelted officers with bottles, rocks, and bricks. The “protests” have included Black Lives Matter activists and members of the militant Antifa group. Their...
    A STATUE of Christopher Columbus was removed in the middle of the night in downtown Chicago after Black Lives Matter protests. The monument was taken down with a large crane early Friday morning in Chicago's Grant Park. 1The monument was taken down with a large crane early Friday morning in Chicago's Grant ParkCredit: Reuters Crews were seen taking down the state at around 3am, according to FOX32. Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced her decision to remove the statue on Thursday night. It is unknown where the statue will be relocated. Most read in NewsHOW COULD HE?Man seen kneeling on crying two-year-old boy’s neck in BLM stunt faces jailNO HOPEBaby found dead in closet after child services placed him with violent...
    Hundreds of people kneel on the street with their hands up during a protest in Seattle on May 31, 2020. Not related to the police probe or the judge's order. Lindsey Wasson/Reuters Five Seattle news outlets have been ordered to turn over unpublished videos and photos from a May 30 racial-justice protest to the city's police department, according to The Seattle Times. A judge ruled that the media were not protected by a state shielding law, and sided with police who argued that the materials are "critical" to their case, the paper reported. The Seattle Times newspaper and local TV stations KIRO 7, KING 5, KOMO 4 and KCPQ 13 will now have to hand over their pictures...
    A large crowd of people gathered Thursday in Portland, Oregon for another night of protests, which have been ongoing in the city for over a month and a half. Video showed the large crowd on the streets singing “hands up, please don’t shoot me” with their phone flashlights in the air. More people continued to arrive as the night went on. (RELATED: VIDEOS: Riots Across Portland Lead To Fire Being Set Inside Police Union Building, Officers Squaring Off With Crowd At Courthouse) Singing “hands up, please don’t shoot me” with phone lights on. Kind of surreal: pic.twitter.com/NtNzeyQR4c — Shelby Talcott (@ShelbyTalcott) July 24, 2020 A man told the crowd that they will “disturb the peace every night.” “We’re gonna...
    Photojournalist CK Ferrache joined the Daily Caller’s Stephanie Hamill to discuss what it’s really like on the ground at the Portland, Oregon protests. “There are protesters, there are BLM marchers, there are moms down there protesting, but what we don’t hear about is the presence of people I would consider to be rioters, and generally I would label them as Antifa or black bloc,” said Ferrache. “They’re there to destroy and attack both state and federal property and they have attacked other citizens as well.” (RELATED: ‘Portland, Oregon, Is Not Out Of Control,’ Says City’s Congressman.)  Ferrache went on to discuss the federal response to protesters. She described the response as “restrained” considering everything that she witnessed going on in...
    Earlier in the night, Wheeler was mostly jeered as he tried to rally demonstrators who have clashed nightly with federal agents but was briefly applauded when he shouted "Black Lives Matter" and pumped his fist in the air. The mayor has opposed federal agents' presence in Oregon's largest city, but he has faced harsh criticism from many sides, and his presence wasn't welcomed by many who yelled and swore at him. "I want to thank the thousands of you who have come out to oppose the Trump administration's occupation of this city," Wheeler told hundreds of people gathered downtown near the federal courthouse. "The reason this is important is it is not just happening in Portland ... we're on the...
    The mayor of Portland was confronted by protesters Wednesday night, as authorities announced three federal agents may have been permanently blinded in the clashes between law enforcement and demonstrators this week.   Mayor Ted Wheeler was met by angry crowds who chanted 'tear gas Ted has got to go', as hundreds gathered for another night in the Oregon city. Tensions have been mounting in the streets this week as federal agents have been seen violently shoving 'Wall of Moms' protesters who have donned yellow t-shirts and formed human barricades to protect Black Lives Matter rallies. This comes as Chicago gears up for a night of demonstrations Thursday, with calls to action circulating on social media after Donald Trump ordered an 'immediate...
    Savannah Rychcik July 22, 2020 0 Comments President Donald Trump revealed there are “likely” several reasons for the spike in the number of coronavirus infections across the nation, including protests. During his White House coronavirus press briefing on Wednesday, Trump attributed the rise in confirmed coronavirus cases to demonstrations. “Cases started to rise among young Americans shortly after demonstrations, which you know very well about,” Trump said. He added, “Which presumably triggered a broader relaxation of mitigation efforts nationwide.”Watch his comments below: Trump cites demonstrations across the U.S. as a cause for the rise in coronavirus cases pic.twitter.com/qhBq0bTUsx— Bloomberg QuickTake (@QuickTake) July 22, 2020He listed other possibilities for why the nation is struggling to slow the spread of the coronavirus...
    Some presidents, when they get into trouble before an election, try to “wag the dog” by starting a war abroad. Donald Trump seems ready to wag the dog by starting a war at home. Be afraid — he just might get his wish. How did we get here? Well, when historians summarize the Trump team’s approach to dealing with the coronavirus, it will take only a few paragraphs: “They talked as if they were locking down like China. They acted as if they were going for herd immunity like Sweden. They prepared for neither. And they claimed to be superior to both. In the end, they got the worst of all worlds — uncontrolled viral spread and an unemployment catastrophe....
    National anthem kneeling as a form of social justice protest has grown in popularity in Major League Baseball, demonstrated as numerous players and coaches knelt before an exhibition game Monday that wasn't even played in front of any fans, CBS News reported. What's the story? While the NBA has welcomed social justice protests in various forms, and NFL players have knelt during the anthem for years to protest police brutality against minorities, the protests did not really catch on in Major League Baseball, a sport with a significantly smaller percentage of African American players and coaches. Tuesday, however, San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler and several of his players took a knee during the anthem to protest recent incidents...
    New Orleans Saints’ safety Malcolm Jenkins, one of the more outspoken players in the NFL to advocate for kneeling during the national anthem, took aim at the president on Tuesday, arguing that Trump is choosing to “ignore” the true meaning behind the protests. Jenkins said during an interview with CNN that Trump “understands” that athletes choosing to kneel during the national anthem aren’t disrespecting the flag in doing so. YANKEES’ AARON JUDGE KNEELING DURING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM: ‘THAT’S THE BEAUTY OF AMERICA’ "He understands the point [of the protest] at this point but he is choosing to ignore it," Jenkins said, according to Newsweek. Jenkins' comments were in response to a tweet the president sent out early Tuesday morning where...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The Chicago Teachers Union takes its fight to continue remote learning  to the streets of the Loop. Teachers used a car caravan to drive home their point that the classroom is no place for anyone during the pandemic. The teachers union is protesting the city’s plan to combine classroom and remote learning when schools reopen in the fall. Teachers believe, even with the best of intentions and precautions, that returning to the classroom is just too risky given the gravity of COVID-19. A top union official said with the new rollbacks of coronavirus safety rules it doesn’t even make sense. The plan from Chicago Public Schools calls for a hybrid system, with most  students in groups of 15...
    (CNN)As the National Anthem rang out across the baseball field Monday, Los Angeles Angels' relief pitcher Keynan Middleton took a knee and raised his fist, adding his voice to the widespread protests against racial injustice and police brutality.Middleton, who has been outspoken about the Black Lives Matter movement on his social media accounts, said in an Instagram post on Tuesday that he had participated in peaceful protests over the past few months. He wrote that he decided to kneel before Monday's exhibition game against the San Diego Padres so he could use his platform "to implement change." Before the game today, @since93key took a knee during the playing of the National Anthem @Angels pic.twitter.com/RjzFt3wpsR— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) July 21,...
    Saying that these protests have “never been about the flag,” Major League Baseball became the most recent pro sport to condone protests during the national anthem. On Monday, members of the New York Giants took a knee during the national anthem for a game against the Oakland A’s played before a stadium filled with cardboard cut-outs of fans. The San Francisco Giants proudly tweeted images of the players and coaches protesting against the country on Monday: #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/cypjLQfoIZ — SFGiants (@SFGiants) July 21, 2020 The league itself gave the protest its official imprimatur with its own tweet of the players kneeling: Members of the @SFGiants kneel during the National Anthem. #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/QbvAvCZiEs — MLB (@MLB) July 21, 2020 But...
    Joshua, who retains the WBA, IBF and WBO belts, joined a march in his home town of Watford, when 3-time Wimbledon champion Becker posted on social media to display his involvement in the large rally in London. Becker, 52, donned a green encounter mask, along with a black hoodie and cap, as he mingled among the substantial chanting group in Parliament Sq.. The tennis winner, whose 1st wife of 7 several years, Barbara Feltus, experienced an African-American father, has extended spoken out from racism. “Of course there is racism in activity, for the reason that racism is portion of our society,” he explained to CNN again in 2012. Joshua speaks out Joshua took a extra energetic part in his...
    A PORTLAND protester confronted cops while completely naked on Friday night. The unidentified woman has been nicknamed "Naked Athena" on Twitter. 3 There have been ongoing protests in Portland after the death of George Floyd on Memorial Day weekend. Who is 'Naked Athena'? A protester in Portland put on a stark display in front of cops as she sat with her legs apart on Friday night. The woman remains unidentified, however she has been dubbed "Naked Athena" on social media. What happened at the Portland protests? In a video posted on Twitter, the naked protester was seen walking along the sidewalk before laying down in the road, kicking up her feet and doing multiple yoga and ballet poses. She sat between...
    For more than a week, tens of thousands of protesters have flocked to the streets of Khabarovsk, a region in eastern Russia that has become the epicenter of one of the largest mass protests in the country in the last years. In its eponymous capital, which is more than 6,000 kilometers east of Moscow, around 40,000 people -in a city of 600,000 inhabitants- participated in this Saturday’s call with banners reading “Free Sergei Furgal” , according to local media reported. Sergei Furgal, governor of Khabarovsk Krai, was arrested on July 9; The Russian authorities accuse him of having ordered the murder of several businessmen 15 years ago, without specifying a specific number. He is one of the few regional leaders...
    In Portland, Oregon, protests — many of which have devolved into violent riots — have raged on for more than 50 consecutive days. The escalating unrest has prompted President Donald Trump to deploy federal officers to the city in an effort to calm the chaos. Critics in the mainstream media continue to defend Antifa, claiming the protests are peaceful and blaming "Trump's feds" for causing any increase in violence and vandalism. On this week's episode of "Slightly Offens*ve," BlazeTV's Elijah Schaffer exposed the origin story of Antifa to understand why they exist and why the mainstream media is still defending them. "Don't let the media lie to you," Elijah said. "Why...
    Jorge Ventura, a member of the Daily Caller’s famed video squad, is back in Portland, Oregon covering the courthouse protests with Shelby Talcott.
    Top House Democrats wrote a letter to the inspectors general of the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security last weekend decrying the use of federal forces during the protests and calling for an investigation. The letter, signed by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie G. Thompson, and Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney, condemned “the use of federal law enforcement agencies by the Attorney General and the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security to suppress First Amendment protected activities in Washington, D.C., Portland, and other communities across the United States,” according to the Associated Press. The Democrats called for an investigation into the use of federal forces, calling it “a matter of...
    Iran’s judiciary says a former translator Monday, whom the government accused of spying for U.S. and Israeli intelligence, and of helping to locate Revolutionary Guards commander Qassem Soleimani has been executed. Soleimani was killed in an America drone attack earlier this year.   The execution of Mahmoud Mousavi-Majd, who was arrested in 2018, comes as millions of Iranians have taken to social media to protest the death sentences of three young men accused of participating in anti-government protests last November. Trump Warns Iran Not to Execute 3 Protesters as Their Lawyers Request Retrial Lawyers for 3 men sentenced to death for joining November 2019 antigovernment protests in Iran said Wednesday they asked for a retrial One of their attorneys, Babak Paknia, said Sunday that their executions had been suspended.  The lawyer identified the three as friends Amirhossein Moradi, a 26-year-old retail worker, Said Tamjidi, a 28-year-old driver for Snapp...