Officer's pepper-spraying of child at Seattle protest didn't violate policy, review finds
SEATTLE — These were among the first five completed investigations released by the Police Department’s civilian-run Office of Police Accountability, which has fielded more than 19,000 complaints in the months since widespread protests, mostly nonviolent, erupted in the aftermath of Floyd’s May 25 death.OPA Director Andrew Myerberg said he’s prepared to shoulder any fallout from his decision on the incident involving the child, a 7-year-old boy who was with his father protesting downtown on May 30. But he concluded that the evidence — including body-camera video from several officers and civili...
The Seattle Times
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
Crowd control weapons caused at least 115 head injuries amid summer protests across US, study says
The use of crowd control weapons during protests that have unfolded nationwide after the officer-involved death of George Floyd has left scores of people with head injuries, according to a new study.Physicians for Human Rights, a Texas-based organization, in a study published on Monday, identified 115 people who were shot in the head or neck at demonstrations with “Kinetic Impact Projectiles” — like rubber bullets and bean bags — starting the day after 46-year-old Floyd died in Minneapolis.Video of the Memorial Day incident, which sees an officer kneel for several minutes on Floyd’s neck while...
New York Daily News
In Philadelphia's white suburbs, Black Lives Matter protests both denounced and exposed racism. Will it make a difference?
PHILADELPHIA — For 8 minutes and 46 seconds, the same amount of time that a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on the neck of a Black man named George Floyd, hundreds of people dropped to a knee in a Kennett Square intersection.Naomi Simonson, who organized the event, looked around and wept.She had grown up in Kennett, attended high school steps away, and in her 20 years never knew whether her mostly white neighbors and friends cared about the struggles of Black people like her. The sight of the crowd felt like an answer, she said.“I was looking around to see people I grew up with and thei...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
St. Louis police cite 9 for trespassing in June protest outside couple's mansion
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — City police have issued trespassing summonses to nine protesters who on June 28 marched onto Portland Place, a private and gated street where a St. Louis couple brandished guns as demonstrators walked past their mansion.The police department confirmed it issued citations to nine people but declined to identify them, citing provisions of the state Sunshine Law that seals arrest reports and other records during an active investigation.“The police department investigated nine instances of trespassing related to this incident,” St. Louis police spokeswoman Evita Caldwell said in a...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Protesters gather as attorneys argue key issues in Floyd case
MINNEAPOLIS — Highly organized, peaceful protesters took over the block in front of the heavily fortified Hennepin County Family Justice Center Friday morning where the pretrial hearing was underway for four former Minneapolis Police officers charged in the May 25 killing of George Floyd.The group swelled throughout the morning to a peak of several hundred as the hearing began inside and out of sight at 9 a.m. Throughout the morning, they chanted: “indict, convict, send those killer cops to jail. The whole damn system is guilty as hell.”The protesters wore black face masks with white writing t...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Controversy roils over use of pepper spray at protests after Trump was nominated in Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Hours after President Donald Trump was nominated for a second term inside the Charlotte Convention Center on Aug. 24, dozens of people gathered in an uptown park to protest.Insults and shouts filled the air, along with a bright orange aerosol that left people coughing and their eyes stinging as they spit into the grass at Marshall Park.The use of pepper spray by police against protesters that afternoon was the first of several times law enforcement officers used the irritant for crowd control that day and later said some protesters had turned violent.But activists who took pa...
The Charlotte Observer
Judge bans Detroit police from using tear gas, batons or rubber bullets against 'peaceful protesters'
DETROIT — A federal judge late Friday granted a temporary restraining order requested Monday by the protest group Detroit Will Breathe, which bars Detroit police officers from using several tactics and equipment on “peaceful protesters” for 14 days.Police Chief James Craig responded to the order by U.S. District Judge Laurie J. Michelson by saying his officers only have used force when protesters weren’t peaceful and that the ruling won’t change how the department handles demonstrations.Detroit Will Breathe filed a federal lawsuit alleging Detroit police used “unnecessary, unreasonable and exc...
The Detroit News
8 arrested in Manhattan amid protests, vandalism over Daniel Prude's death
NEW YORK — Eight people were arrested Friday night for damaging store windows and scrawling graffiti across several Manhattan buildings during protests over the death of an upstate Black man in police custody, the NYPD said.Cops said they recovered two Tasers and a cache of smoke bombs from the nabbed protesters, who were seen smashing store windows at two locations near E. 24th Street and Madison Avenue, and E. 22nd Street and Fifth Avenue around 8:15 p.m.A Brooklyn woman, Jade O’Halloran, 30, had two Tasers in her front pocket and backpack, said police. She was charged with rioting and two c...
New York Daily News
Texas assistant attorney general loses his job after tweets targeting Muslims, social justice protests
AUSTIN, Texas — An assistant attorney general for Texas has lost his job after a national media report detailed social media posts that encouraged violence against Black Lives Matters protesters, likened Islam to a virus and dismissed the fight for LGBTQ rights as “normalizing perversion.”The report by Media Matters for America, a liberal media watchdog, also highlighted Nick Moutos’ support for the conspiracy theories behind QAnon, which sees President Donald Trump as a leading hero in the fight against satanic pedophiles who secretly run the government.Moutos was an assistant attorney genera...