Charges: Boogaloo Bois fired on Minneapolis police precinct, shouted 'Justice for Floyd'
MINNEAPOLIS — In the wake of protests following the May 25 killing of George Floyd, a member of the “Boogaloo Bois” opened fire on Minneapolis Police Third Precinct with an AK-47-style gun and screamed “Justice for Floyd” as he ran away, according to a federal complaint made public Friday.A sworn affidavit by the FBI underlying the complaint reveals new details about a far-right anti-government group’s coordinated role in the violence that roiled through civil unrest over Floyd’s death while in police custody.Ivan Harrison Hunter, a 26-year-old from Boerne, Texas, is charged with one count of ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
The Chicago 7: A timeline of the protests, the clashes, the trial and the fallout
The Democratic National Convention was held in Chicago in August 1968, in the summer of a tumultuous year. The events of that month, and a subsequent court case, are the subject of the new Aaron Sorkin movie “The Trial of the Chicago 7.” Here is a timeline of the protests and subsequent trial that the film explores.THE BACKGROUNDThe year 1968 was a year of increasing protests against the Vietnam War, the assassinations of Robert F. Kennedy in June and Martin Luther King Jr. in April and subsequent unrest, including in Chicago’s Garfield Park neighborhoods.The convention was held over four days...
Tourist brought AR-15 rifle, handgun to Disney World over worries about Orlando protests
ORLANDO, Fla. — A South Florida man brought an AR-15 rifle and 9mm handgun with him on his Disney World vacation because he was worried about his family’s safety during the social justice protests in Central Florida last month, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.The 43-year-old Palm Beach Gardens man checked into the Polynesian Village Resort with his guns in a tennis bag on Saturday of the Labor Day holiday weekend, according to a newly released sheriff’s incident report.The man had a concealed weapons permit and was not arrested, so the Orlando Sentinel is not identifying him. D...
Most major cities haven't banned tear gas during protests. Will Philadelphia be different?
PHILADELPHIA — After hours of listening to Philadelphia residents testify about the physical and emotional scars they carry as a result of police firing tear gas or rubber bullets at them, city councilmembers pledged it wouldn’t happen again, introducing a bill Thursday that would permanently ban the use of such tactics against protesters in the city.Philadelphia would be among the first major cities in America to institute such a ban through legislation. Law enforcement advocates say there’s good reason for other cities’ reluctance.As the nation grapples with how best to confront police refor...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Unicorn Riot's protest coverage brings global notice to the alternative media group
MINNEAPOLIS — Niko Georgiades, like so many youths, wanted to be a pro athlete when he grew up. If not that, a sportscaster, he thought, narrating jump shots and three-pointers while practicing basketball at his home near Albert Lea.Instead, at 38, Georgiades provides play-by-play of a different sort, while livestreaming protest marches, sit-ins, mass evictions and civil unrest for Unicorn Riot, an alternative media group he co-founded.In late August, three short months after George Floyd was killed, he was filming the unrest in downtown Minneapolis spurred by rumor that a Black man — yet anot...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Barr pushes 'sedition' charges against racial justice protesters
Attorney General Bill Barr reportedly wants to charge racial justice protesters with sedition, a harsh move that would dramatically raise the stakes in the Trump administration’s crackdown on dissent.Barr ordered federal prosecutors on a recent conference call to consider charging demonstrators with trying to overthrow the government, not just attacking law enforcement officers or damaging federal buildings, the Wall Street Journal reported.The move would be a legal tough sell because sedition requires showing that protesters specifically plotted to overthrow the U.S. government as opposed to ...
New York Daily News
Lancaster, Pa., police fatally shoot man after domestic disturbance call; unrest erupts in the city
Police in Lancaster, Pa., fatally shot a 27-year-old man, and officers in Reading critically injured another person in separate shootings Sunday, authorities said. In the hours after the Lancaster shooting, police used pepper spray to disperse protesters, some of whom were later arrested, after they threw bricks through the glass doors of the city police station and the front of a nearby post office, according to news reports.The Lancaster Bureau of Police said that at about 4:15 p.m., an officer responded to a home on the 300 block of Laurel Street for a report of an in-progress domestic dist...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
In text messages, Eric Trump expressed gratitude for Mayor Lightfoot's call during Chicago unrest
CHICAGO — As civil unrest surged across the country and Chicago at the end of May, Mayor Lori Lightfoot called President Donald Trump’s son Eric to express her support, according to text messages he sent her.Lightfoot referenced the texts last month, after President Donald Trump made an issue of her decision to raise the downtown bridges following a second round of looting. At a Wisconsin event, Trump said Lightfoot “literally raised up the drawbridges to prevent hordes of rioters from ransacking the city.”In response, Lightfoot said, “One of the bridges we put up is near Trump Tower because o...
Cynthia M. Allen: Hate, misinformation over coronavirus and race led me to take a social media break
About halfway through lockdown, I deleted Facebook and Twitter from my iPhone.In the absence of real human interaction, I had turned to my social media apps daily — almost hourly — in a relentless, at times desperate, effort to find information and feel connected.I wasn’t alone.Research shows that social media usage has grown during the pandemic, especially on sites such as YouTube and TikTok. Isolated during quarantines, more people have turned to the sites for entertainment and belonging.But scrolling for hours, consuming an alarming amount of what some observers call “tragedy porn,” didn’t ...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
After clashes between armed protesters, locals paint a different picture of life in Stone Mountain
ATLANTA — At the end of a summer defined by widespread protests combating racism, Stone Mountain once again found itself in the national spotlight for the wrong reasons.Chaotic clashes on city streets, just outside homes and businesses, saw far-right militia members shouting at and sometimes fighting with counterprotesters from a broad coalition of anti-racist groups. Many of those who traveled into Stone Mountain on Aug. 15 were heavily armed.During the confrontations, neighbors watched the drama unfold. Business owner Anita Jordan made sure she was nowhere near the city.“Every year it gets w...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution