'So … my face is a brick magnet': NYPD lieutenant sports bloody face after violent clashes with George Floyd protesters
NEW YORK — A police lieutenant bloodied by a tossed brick at Friday night’s George Floyd protest in Brooklyn made light of his injuries on social media — and gave some insight into the chaos as the protest turned violent.“So … my face is a brick magnet,” quipped New York Police Department Lt. Rob Corbett in a Facebook post he later took down.“My head hurts and it’s a little hard to talk,” Corbett said.He was one of a number of cops injured as they tried to keep the peace Friday at protests over Floyd’s death in custody of Minneapolis police officers. In Brooklyn, sometimes violent demonstratio...
New York Daily News
Protesters block St. Louis interstate for hours before gunshots disperse crowds
ST. LOUIS — Protesters in St. Louis took to the streets Friday night and early Saturday in solidarity with protesters in Minneapolis and across the U.S. after the death of George Floyd, a black American who died earlier this week in Minneapolis. A police officer was charged Friday in his death.The final protesters blocked Interstate 44 downtown for almost three hours, and protesters started a fire in the road and broke into an Amazon Prime truck and a FedEx truck. One protester climbed between the FedEx truck’s two trailers and died as the truck drove away, shortly after 3 a.m.Police said earl...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
US Justice Department intervenes in lawsuit opposing Whitmer's coronavirus orders
LANSING, Mich. — The U.S. Justice Department put the weight of its office Friday behind a business lawsuit seeking to overturn some of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive orders related to the coronavirus pandemic.The governor said the development was a White House move that “seeks to undermine the health and safety of Michigan residents.”The Justice Department filed a “statement of interest” in a lawsuit filed April 28 in federal court in Grand Rapids by seven small businesses who allege Whitmer’s orders are unconstitutionally arbitrary and discriminatory, allowing some businesses to o...
Detroit Free Press
Scientists warn of 'superspreaders' as San Diego flocks to restaurants, salons
SAN DIEGO — Churches. Hair salons. Restaurants. Malls. What do they all have in common?They’ve all been cleared to reopen in San Diego County amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic — and by and large, they all require people to congregate inside, potentially with strangers.This comes as an increasingly vocal group of scientists has sounded the alarm about the danger of indoor gatherings due to the potential for airborne transmission of the disease by “superspreaders.”This week Kimberly Prather of UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography penned an urgently worded perspective paper in t...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Violence rocks Atlanta as peaceful protest ends in flames
ATLANTA — Atlanta woke up Saturday to shattered glass and the burned hulks of police cars following a protest that turned into violent chaos and looting overnight.Rioters burned police cars and smashed their way into stores in downtown Atlanta and Buckhead despite pleas by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and civil rights activists who urged demonstrators to stay home and seek meaningful ways to honor the death of George Floyd, who died after a Minneapolis officer pinned him down with a knee on his neck while he was handcuffed.Stunned city officials, long accustomed to peaceful protests in the cradl...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Minnesota judge rules 'Miracle on Ice' player Mark Pavelich competent to stand trial in assault case
MINNEAPOLIS — Mark Pavelich, the famed “Miracle on Ice” Olympic hockey player charged with assaulting his North Shore neighbor last fall, has been found competent to stand trial.Cook County (Minn.) District Judge Michael Cuzzo found this month that, based on a recent examination, Pavelich “presently has sufficient ability to rationally consult with counsel, understand the proceedings and participate in his defense.” That allows the criminal case to proceed, months after Pavelich was civilly committed.Pavelich, 62, is facing two felony assault charges and two felony weapons charges after allege...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Man shot dead, dozens arrested as protest in Detroit turns violent
DETROIT — One man was killed and dozens arrested as peaceful daytime protests in the city gave way to violence Friday night. Demonstrators displayed anger over police brutality in America, clashing with city police who fought back with tear gas.Detroit police Chief James Craig confirmed shortly after midnight that a man was shot near a large gathering of protesters at Cadillac Square.The shooting occurred at 11:30 p.m. in a parking lot near Congress and Randolph when someone approached a silver Dodge Caliber and fired shots.Inside the vehicle was a 21-year-old man from Eastpointe, who was driv...
The Detroit News
Chaotic scene unfolds in Chicago's Loop as protesters clash with police
CHICAGO — After intense skirmishes overnight, a Loop protest has escalated with thousands of demonstrators marching, burning at least one flag, climbing onto a CTA bus and a light pole, hurling bottles and surrounding police officers on Saturday afternoon.The crowd, which had swelled to around 3,000, began their demonstration at Federal Plaza at 2 p.m. in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 5. Later Saturday afternoon, crowds of protesters made their way onto Lake Shore Drive and shut down portions of the roadway.As of 3:30 p.m., hundreds were marching north and became ...
Swift show of force follows curfew in Minneapolis
MINNEAPOLIS — A state-imposed curfew took effect at 8 p.m. Saturday and brought with it swift enforcement meant to prevent yet another night of violent and destructive unrest that scarred Minneapolis and neighboring St. Paul following George Floyd’s death after being detained by police.Within the first hour, security forces moved aggressively as the situation went from peaceful to tense to confrontational in multiple parts of Minneapolis.The National Guard moved against all demonstrators in the area north of Lake Street and Nicollet Avenue, throwing tear gas bombs and effectively dispersing mu...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Twin Cities curfews fail to prevent looting, fires, protests
MINNEAPOLIS — Heaping furious, violent contempt on an 8 p.m. curfew, rioters rampaged across much of Minneapolis for a fourth night Friday, setting towering fires, looting businesses and firing shots at police officers, all in response to the death of a black man under a white police officer’s knee on Monday.By all accounts, law enforcement presence was almost undetectable until just before midnight, when hundreds of police officers, state troopers and National Guard troops, accompanied by armored vehicles, fanned out into troubled areas, confronting rioters with tear gas and orders to dispers...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)