Heat's Udonis Haslem 'confused, torn, frustrated' in wake of Miami's violent protests
Miami Heat captain Udonis Haslem spoke out Sunday about the unrest in Miami in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, while also expressing ongoing disgust with about what happened to Floyd in Minneapolis.Speaking at a news conference in Miami, Haslem said he felt compelled to add his voice to those who already have spoken out.“There definitely has to be justice for George,” Haslem said. “There definitely has to be protest for what happened to George. But I’d be lying if I said it’s been gone about the right way. I’d be lying if I said I’m proud of what’s really been going on.“I have an obli...
Charlotte Hornets' Michael Jordan 'Plain angry' over ingrained racism he sees
Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan says he is “deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry,” following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the civil unrest that has followed.Jordan, the only African-American majority owner of an NBA franchise, issued a statement Sunday through the Hornets.“I see and feel everyone’s pain, outrage and frustration,” said Jordan. “I stand with those who are calling out the ingrained racism and violence toward people of color in our country. We have had enough.”Floyd died after a white Minneapolis policeman held his knee on Floyd’s neck for several m...
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Marcos Breton: We can clean up protesters' graffiti. Can we clean up the injustices that spawned it?
Young people Saturday tried to walk onto Interstate 80 in West Sacramento and shut the highway down. The gravity of their cause became real and menacing in the form of California Highway Patrol officers dressed in full riot gear.The CHP was not going to let the kids shut down I-80 and blocked their path with clubs and brute force. The kids were there to protest the killing of George Floyd, the African American man from Minneapolis who was choked to death by a Minnesota cop. Cell phone cameras recorded his indifference earlier this week for us all to see in distant outrage.At one point, a skirm...
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Chicago George Floyd protests: City cleans up, reduces access into downtown area as it braces for more unrest
CHICAGO — On the morning after a riotous night in Chicago, workers were boarding windows in the Loop and beyond, and the city was on guard for more demonstrations, limiting access into the downtown area.A curfew imposed by the city, which started at 9 a.m. Saturday, ended at 6 a.m. Sunday.After intense skirmishes overnight, a Loop protest escalated with thousands of demonstrators marching, burning at least one flag, climbing onto a CTA bus and a light pole, hurling bottles, overturning police cars and surrounding officers on Saturday evening.The crowd, which swelled to around 3,000, began thei...
'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
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)
GEO Group sues Netflix for trademark infringement over use of logos in 'Messiah' series
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The GEO Group, a Boca Raton-based operator of private prisons and detention centers, is suing Netflix over the streaming provider’s depiction of its “misappropriated trademarks and name” in its original series “Messiah.”The suit says the series “falsely accuses GEO of detaining immigrants in overcrowded overheated rooms with chain-link fences and depriving them of beds, bedding, sunshine, recreation and educational opportunities.”It goes on to say that “Unlike in ‘Messiah,’ GEO does not house people in overcrowded rooms with chain-link fences at its Facilities, but prov...
Mayor calls Minneapolis unrest 'unacceptable'; President Trump promises action
MINNEAPOLIS — The Twin Cities convulsed with chaos for a third straight night of violent unrest Thursday in the wake of the Memorial Day death of George Floyd as he was being restrained on the neck by a Minneapolis police officer.Late Thursday and early Friday, rioters invaded and set fire to Minneapolis police’s Third Precinct headquarters and for a second overnight, torched and looted many other buildings in the Lake Street corridor, many of them housing small businesses with minority owners.The unrest got the attention of President Donald Trump, who tweeted he “can’t stand back & watch this...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Ex-police officer Derek Chauvin charged with murder, manslaughter in George Floyd death
MINNEAPOLIS — Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman on Friday announced murder and manslaughter charges that allege former Minneapolis police officer killed George Floyd — an act caught on video and seen around the world that sparked days of violent and destructive demonstrations across the Twin Cities.Derek Chauvin, 44, was arrested late Friday morning and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter four days after he pinned his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly 9 minutes Monday at the intersection of 38th Street and S. Chicago Avenue as the unarmed and handcuffed man told h...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Doctor sues Washington state hospital after he was fired for raising coronavirus concerns
BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Fired whistleblower physician Dr. Ming Lin, backed by attorneys from the American Civil Liberties Union, filed suit Thursday against former employer PeaceHealth, one of its top administrators and a national medical staffing firm, seeking damages and reinstatement after his March dismissal from a Bellingham hospital.Lin, 58, was fired from PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center after publicly protesting what he called inadequate workplace measures to protect hospital personnel and patients from the COVID-19 disease. He became a global cause célèbre among health care workers w...
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