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Congressman calls on U.S. military to defy Donald Trump’s illegal orders
« Reply #480 on: June 02, 2020, 09:55:00 AM »
This looks like sort of a big deal to me.

In November 2016, I wondered whether we would get here. We have. We all know that #BunkerBoy will do anything to get re-elected. Apparently that will include fomenting civil war.

George Conway and the Lincoln Project need to get busy on an ad that reminds servicepeople that they took an oath to defend the Constitution, not the Chief Executive.

Congressman calls on U.S. military to defy Donald Trump’s illegal orders

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Because Donald Trump is a deranged and mentally unstable criminal, there has always been the question of what would happen if he ordered the U.S. military to begin killing the American people. Unfortunately we’re now a lot closer to getting that answer.

Trump has ordered the U.S. military to begin attacking peaceful protesters in Washington DC, the only place in the nation he can give such an order, because there’s no governor to override him. But troops aren’t required to follow a plainly illegal order. This brings us to current Democratic Congressman Seth Moulton, who is a Marine Corps veteran in his own right. Moulton tweeted this on Monday night:

We are a nation founded in dissent, birthed in freedom, committed to equality, and yet regularly reminded that we struggle to achieve all three. The President has made it clear that the fight for these Constitutional principles is a fight against himself. We must therefore, with every ounce of conviction, every commitment to peace, and every glimmer of hope, join in lawful protest to overcome his tyranny. And if he chooses to abuse the military as a tyrant would do—to stifle dissent, suppress freedom, & cement inequality—then I call on all our proud young men & women in uniform, as a veteran & a patriot, to lay down your arms, uphold your oath, & join this new march for freedom. Be on the right side of history: the side of patriots, of our Constitution, of our flag, and of our freedom.

The key words here are “lay down your arms.” Congressman Moulton is calling on the U.S. military to defy any illegal orders that Donald Trump gives them. We’ve always suspected that this is what will happen if it ever comes to it. Hopefully we don’t have to find out – but with the way Trump is going, we could end up finding out rather soon.

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https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/attorney-general-william-barr-dc-protests-trump-congress-justice-department-a9545576.html


Attorney General Barr throws more forces at DC protests as Congress attacks his 'politicised' Justice Department


White House acknowledges attorney general ordered law enforcement to expand perimeter around White House before president's photo op at church, but says it's unrelated

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House Democrats are launching an all-out offensive against Attorney General William Barr for his “continued defiance of Congress” and “improper politicization of the Department of Justice,” the Judiciary Committee announced in a release on Tuesday.

The panel’s announcement comes as the Trump administration confirmed the attorney general personally ordered law enforcement to expand the perimeter around the White House either late Sunday or early Monday, ahead of Donald Trump’s walk to a photo op at nearby St John’s Episcopal Church.

Administration officials have insisted that Mr Barr’s order to expand the perimeter had no connection to Mr Trump’s photo op, where he strolled from the White House across Lafayette Square to the church and held up a bible in his right hand as photojournalists snapped pictures and TV crews shot video.

Shortly before Mr Trump emerged from the White House for his walk to the church on Tuesday, horse-mounted law enforcement personnel used tear gas, rubber bullets, and flash-bang grenades to disperse a crowd that had been peacefully protesting there for hours.

Mr Barr has also continued to deploy more law enforcement personnel across the country to root out violent agitators at protests against police brutality in the wake of the death of George Floyd, who died last week as a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck and back for several minutes even as Mr Floyd was saying he couldn’t breathe.
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House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, whose committee drafted and ratified impeachment articles against Mr Trump last year, is proposing legislation to slash the budget of Mr Barr’s personal office at the DOJ by $50m, he announced on Tuesday.

Mr Nadler is also scheduling multiple hearings in the coming weeks with DOJ whistle-blowers and former department officials, the panel announced.

“These individuals are prepared to describe specific incidents of misconduct, as well as the unprecedented politicization of the Department of Justice under President Trump and Attorney General Barr,” the committee wrote in its press release.

Mr Nadler and other Democrats on the Judiciary panel will also wade into the DOJ’s high-profile criminal case against former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, which Mr Barr attempted to drop last month. Mr Nadler will file an amicus brief in the case arguing against Mr Flynn’s acquittal on charges that he lied to the FBI about his contacts with former Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak.

“The Flynn case is one of many cases in which Attorney General Barr has improperly interfered for the benefit of President Trump and his political allies,” the Judiciary panel release stated.
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Mr Barr, whom Democrats see as emblematic of a Trump cabinet full of sycophants unduly insulating the president from the consequences of illegal actions, has had a frosty relationship with the Democratic-controlled House since he was confirmed to the office in February 2019.

The attorney general has defied multiple subpoenas from House Democrats, citing executive privilege. The stonewalling has erected obstacles to several House committees’ investigations into the president and his inner circle, the House impeachment investigation.
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Last year, Mr Barr tasked US Attorney John Durham with reviewing the origins of the FBI’s 2016 counterintelligence probe into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Mr Trump and many congressional Republicans have argued that Obama-era intelligence officials — and even the former president himself — illegally targeted Mr Trump with investigations throughout 2016 and into 2017. Claims of political malfeasance by Obama administration officials — which Mr Trump has dubbed “Obamagate” and made central to his 2020 re-election bid — have not been independently substantiated.

Mr Barr on Monday declined an invitation from the committee to testify on 9 June, citing a 29 May guidance memo from White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows barring cabinet-level officials from appearing before Congress for the time being.

The attorney general had previously agreed to appear for questioning by the committee on 31 March before that hearing was cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, he wrote to Mr Nadler.

Mr Nadler made clear on Tuesday that his publicity campaign to counter Mr Barr’s tenure at the DOJ was a last-resort way to try to hold the attorney general accountable for politically “corrupting” US law enforcement and showing “contempt for Congress.”

“I am not going to spend months litigating a subpoena with an Attorney General who has already spent years resisting the courts and legitimate congressional oversight — but neither will we stand by and allow Mr. Barr to continue to corrupt the Department,” Mr Nadler said in a statement on Tuesday.

“We do not take these actions lightly or with any sense of joy. We have both a duty and a moral obligation to protect the rule of law in our country, and we intend to do just that,” he said.

As protests in the nation’s capital over Mr Floyd’s death continued on Tuesday, Mr Barr announced he will be sending "even greater law enforcement resources" to root out violent pockets and stem the vandalism and looting that has gripped parts of the city.

At least 12 agencies under Mr Barr’s jurisdiction — the FBI, the US Park Police, and others — have deployed to Washington in recent days amid the protests.

"The most basic function of government is to provide security for people to live their lives and exercise their rights, and we will meet that responsibility here in the nation’s capital," Mr Barr said in a statement on Tuesday.
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3 more cops charged in George Floyd death, other officer’s murder charge upgraded
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    Three former Minneapolis police officers were charged Wednesday with aiding and abetting murder in connection with the death of George Floyd in their custody, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced Wednesday.
    Derek Chauvin, a fourth former officer who had already been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, will now also be charged with second-degree murder, Ellison said.
    “We are here today because George Floyd is not here,” Ellison, a Democrat, said at a news conference announcing the charges. Ellison predicted that the prosecution of the officers could take months, and urged the public to be patient as his office builds cases.

A screen grab of video obtained by NBC News appears to show three officers kneeling on the ground near Floyd, while another stands nearby.
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Three former Minneapolis police officers were charged Wednesday with aiding and abetting murder in connection with the death of George Floyd in their custody, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced Wednesday.

Derek Chauvin, a fourth former officer who had already been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, will now also be charged with second-degree murder, Ellison said.

“We are here today because George Floyd is not here,” Ellison, a Democrat, said at a news conference in St. Paul, Minnesota, announcing the charges. Ellison predicted that the prosecution of the officers could take months, and urged the public to be patient as his office builds cases.

“George Floyd mattered. He was loved. His family was important. His life had value. And we will seek justice for him and for you,” Ellison said. He noted that winning the cases “will not be an easy thing. Winning a conviction will be hard.”

“In order to be thorough, this is going to take months, and I do not know how many,” Ellison, a former U.S. representative who was deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee from 2017 to 2018, said. “But it is better to make sure we have a solid case, fully investigated, researched, before we go to trial, than to rush it. It will take a while and I can’t set a deadline on that.”

Chauvin, who is white, was charged Friday with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter after video footage emerged showing him kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes as Floyd, a black man, lay handcuffed, crying out that he could not breathe.

At one point during the arrest Floyd also told the officers that “I’m about to die,” according to the charging documents filed Wednesday.

The three ex-cops who had not yet been charged, Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane, assisted Chauvin in arresting Floyd on Memorial Day on suspicion that Floyd passed a counterfeit bill. All four officers were fired last week.

Drew Evans, superintendent of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, appeared alongside Ellison and said that one of the officers charged Wednesday was in custody, and the other two were expected to be taken into custody later in the day.

He did not specify which of the three was already in custody. Chauvin has been in custody since last week.

The video shows that Chauvin continued to keep his knee of Floyd’s neck even after Floyd became unresponsive.

Floyd’s death has sparked widespread protests against police violence in dozens of cities across the country, with demonstrators and Floyd’s family calling for charges to be brought against Thao, Kueng and Lane.

The family also has demanded that Chauvin, 44, face a first-degree murder charge.

Ellison said that he did not allow public pressure to influence his decision-making.

“We made these decisions based on the facts that we have gathered,” he said.

Ben Crump, an attorney for the family, said in a statement earlier in the day that the family’s reaction to the charges was that it was “a bittersweet moment.”

“We are deeply gratified that @AGEllison took decisive action, arresting & charging ALL the officers involved in #GeorgeFloyd’s death & upgrading the charge against Derek Chauvin to felony second-degree murder,” Crump wrote in a post on Twitter.
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Quincy Mason Floyd, George Floyd’s son, said in an interview on CNN after news of the charges broke: “We demand justice. My father shouldn’t have been killed like this. We want justice.”

A second-degree murder charge carries a statutory maximum sentence of 40 years upon conviction, compared with 25 years for third-degree murder.

Thao, 34, Kueng, 26, and Lane, 37, are charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The first count has a maximum possible sentence of 40 years in prison, while the manslaughter-related count has a 10-year maximum prison sentence.

Actual sentences are often short of the maximum.

The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office was handling prosecutions stemming from George Floyd’s death until Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz assigned Ellison the responsibility on Sunday. Minneapolis is located in Hennepin County.

Floyd’s memorial is scheduled for Thursday in Minneapolis and he will be buried in Houston next week. He was 46 years old.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison answers questions about the investigation into the death of George Floyd, who died while in the custody of Minneapolis police officers, during a news conference in St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S. May 27, 2020.
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Two separate autopsies, one commissioned by Floyd’s family and another performed by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office, both found that Floyd’s death was a homicide, but differed in their determinations of its causes.

The Hennepin County medical examiner’s autopsy found that Floyd died from “cardiopulmonary arrest” that was complicated by police subduing him with restraint and neck compression. The autopsy also cited underlying health conditions as contributing to his death.

But the independent autopsy, conducted by pathologists hired by Floyd’s family, found that he died from asphyxiation, and that pressure on both his neck and back contributed. Dr. Michael Baden, one of the pathologists and a former chief medical examiner for New York City, said Monday that Floyd “had no underlying medical problems that caused or contributed to his death.”

The original criminal complaint against Chauvin details Kueng’s and Lane’s actions during Floyd’s arrest. According to the complaint, Kueng held Floyd’s back and Lane held his legs.

At one point, Kueng checked for a pulse, and said “I couldn’t find one,” according to the complaint. But he and the other cops stayed in their positions for approximately two more minutes.

Floyd repeatedly told the officers that he could not breathe, cried out for his deceased mother and asked the officers “please,” the complaint against Chauvin reads.

In all, Chauvin held his knee on Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds, including for nearly three minutes after Floyd became unresponsive, according to the complaint.
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Video tape of the encounter shows bystanders calling for the officers to get off of him.

In an emotional speech earlier on Wednesday, Crump, the Floyd family attorney, said Floyd “cried out for anybody who would listen.”

“It seemed like the lay people on the street were listening. The people who refused to listen were the people who were supposed to listen,” Crump said, speaking from the site where Floyd was killed.
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👮 All 4 officers in George Floyd’s death face charges
« Reply #483 on: June 04, 2020, 12:45:47 AM »
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👮 Protests about police brutality are met with wave of police brutality
« Reply #485 on: June 06, 2020, 06:36:03 AM »
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Protests about police brutality are met with wave of police brutality across US

Use teargas, batons, pepper spray, fists, feet and vehicles against protesters sparks lawsuits and international condemnation


A journalist is seen bleeding after police started firing teargas and rubber bullets near the fifth police precinct in Minneapolis on 30 May. Photograph: Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images

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The nationwide anti-police brutality protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd in the US have been marked by widespread incidents of police violence, including punching, kicking, gassing, pepper-spraying and driving vehicles at often peaceful protesters in states across the country.

The actions have left thousands of protesters in jail and injured many others, leaving some with life-threatening injuries.

From Minnesota to New York, Texas, California, Washington DC and many places beyond, from small towns to big cities, police officers have demonstrated just how problematic law enforcement is in the US, drawing condemnation from international groups as well as domestic civil rights organizations.

The International Crisis Group, which monitors unrest around the world, said the police had used “excessive force”. The UN high commissioner for human rights, Michelle Bachelet, said: “All police officers who resort to excessive use of force should be charged and convicted for the crimes committed.”

Numerous incidents of police violence have been exposed in disturbing videos and press accounts in recent days, with little sign that police are adjusting their tactics.

New York City alone has seen numerous incidents. On Saturday 30 May, officers in a police SUV drove at a crowd of protesters in Brooklyn, knocking several to the ground. A day earlier, a police officer was caught on camera violently shoving a woman to the ground during a demonstration. The woman, Dounya Zayer, was taken to hospital and said she suffered a seizure and concussion.
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At another New York protest, an officer yanked a facemark from an African American man who was standing with his hands in the air, then pepper-sprayed him in the face.

In Buffalo, in western New York state, two officers shoved a 75-year-old man to the ground. A video showed the man hitting his head on the ground, causing his blood to spill on the sidewalk. He is now gravely ill in hospital.

On Thursday, a video posted to Twitter showed a group of police beating peaceful protesters in Philadelphia. One officer is seen using a baton to hit a man on the head, before he and another officer pin him to the ground.

Protesters in Minneapolis, where four police officers have been charged with murder over the death of George Floyd, have also been subjected to violence.

In one incident police shot paint canisters at a woman who was standing on the porch of her own home. Footage showed an officer shouting, “Light ’em up” before police opened fire. Minneapolis police have also used teargas, flash-bangs and rubber bullets on a peaceful protests in the city.

In the south-east of the US, a black woman who was kneeling with her hands in the air was shoved to the ground by police in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

On the west coast, a police car drove into a protester in Los Angeles, briefly trapping them underneath the engine, and police used teargas to dispel a demonstration in Santa Monica.

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    this thread is over 260 tweets long, filled almost exclusively with videos of unprovoked violence by police on peaceful protesters https://t.co/TTQH4HNKz6
    June 4, 2020

In Los Angeles, as in other cities in the US, police have also repeatedly fired rubber bullets at protesters. Among those struck was CJ Montano, a military veteran, who said he had his hands up when he was shot in the head, hip, legs, stomach and ribs. In Austin, Texas, police are conducting an internal investigation after a pregnant woman was reportedly hit with a round to her stomach.

A group of scientists examined the impact of rubber and plastic bullets in 2017. They found that that 15% of those shot with the bullets, or with beanbag rounds and other “less lethal” bullets, had suffered permanent injury.

Even medical workers have not been immune.

According to the Daily Beast, 32-year-old Rayne Valentine was wearing his hospital ID when he was beaten by police officers in New York. Valentine, whose wound was closed with staples, said he had been filming protesters. Elsewhere a doctor in Miami, Florida, said he was teargassed at a protest.

Officers reportedly used teargas in Dallas and San Antonio, both in Texas, in Philadelphia and – in the most widely shared incident – to disperse protesters outside the White House in Washington DC so that Donald Trump could have his photo taken with a Bible outside a church.

Among those abused in Washington DC were a pair of Australian journalists, who were reporting on a protest. Video showed TV cameraman Tim Myers being hit with a riot shield and punched, while correspondent Amelia Brace was hit with a baton.

Frequently journalists have been met with the same aggressive policing as demonstrators, and according to the Nieman Journalism Lab, police attacked journalists “at least 140 times” in the last four days of May.
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'Light 'em up': Police fire paint canister at woman standing on front porch of home – video

In some states, police officers have been disciplined following violence. The two officers who pushed the man in Buffalo have been suspended – which prompted all 57 members of the Buffalo police department’s emergency response team to resign in protest on Friday – as has the Fort Lauderdale officer who pushed the kneeling woman to the ground. Six police officers in Atlanta, Georgia, have been charged with aggravated assault after tasing a man and dragging a woman out of a car during an arrest in Atlanta.

In most cases, however, no action has been brought against officers or police departments. Seeking to change this, the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against the Minneapolis police, accusing them of attacking journalists during protests, and is taking similar action in LA.

On Friday, Black Lives Matter, the ACLU and other civil rights groups brought a separate lawsuit against Trump and the attorney general, Bill Barr, over the police response to the protest in Washington DC.

“Across the country, law enforcement armed with military weaponry are responding with violence to people who are protesting police brutality,” said the ACLU’s Ben Wizner. “The first amendment right to protest is under attack, and we will not let this go unanswered.”
Americans have had enough ...

... and are marching for justice in unprecedented numbers. In small towns and big cities across the country, thousands of people are giving voice to the grief and anger that generations of black Americans have suffered at the hands of the criminal justice system. Young and old, black and white, family and friends have joined together to say: enough.

The unconscionable examples of racism over the last weeks and months come as America's communities of color have been hit hardest by the coronavirus and catastrophic job losses. This is a perfect storm hitting black Americans. Meanwhile, the political leadership suggests that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts”. The president who promised to end the “American carnage” is in danger of making it worse.
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Just in case you thought this mayhem was just about George Floyd or strictly an Amerikan problem, it's not.  The same situation exists in all the countries what were once Colonial Powers, dating back to the 1600s.  France, Britain, the Netherlands, Oz, all have been importing blacks for decades now to do the scut work of the society.  The Aussies have indigenous ones as well, the Aboriginies or "Abos" as the European Invaders call them.  Those folks also are subject to systemic Police Violence.

George Floyd was a catalyst, not the cause of this.  Like Mohammed Bouazzizi, the Tunisian Fruit Vendor who self-immolated and set off the Arab Spring.  Just this one is BIGGER.

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London protesters clash with police as thousands around world defy coronavirus bans to demonstrate

Paris, London and Tokyo were among the cities where demonstrations took place.

A mounted police officer raises his baton as police horses ride along Whitehall, past the entrance to Downing Street, in an attempt to disperse protestors gathered in central London on June 6, 2020.Daniel Leal-Olivas / AFP - Getty Images

June 6, 2020, 8:18 AM AKDT / Updated June 6, 2020, 11:41 AM AKDT
By Adela Suliman

British anti-racism protesters briefly clashed with mounted police on Saturday as thousands gathered in central London to voice their anger at police brutality after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

After a largely peaceful day, small numbers of protesters near Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s residence threw bottles at police and mounted officers charged at demonstrators to push them back. More than a thousand people also marched past the U.S. Embassy in London, blocking traffic.
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A police officer who was injured when falling off a horse during scuffles with demonstrators at Downing Street during a Black Lives Matter march in London, on June 6, 2020.Frank Augstein / AP

Thousands of people took the streets, holding signs saying “Black Lives Matter” and ignoring government advice to avoid large gatherings due to the risk from coronavirus.

Similar demonstrations were held in other cities across the world, from Paris to Sydney, and even Tokyo.

In Paris, police officially banned protests on Saturday, citing fears of the respiratory illness. It was to no avail as people turned out in force in the center of the French capital.

Security forces sealed off the city's U.S. Embassy and surrounding streets, where organizers had hoped to gather.
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Demonstrators near the U.S. Embassy hold placards reading 'end police brutality' in Paris on Saturday.Anne-Christine Poujoulat / AFP - Getty Images

In a grey and rainy central London, thousands defied a plea from Britain's Home Secretary Priti Patel to stay at home and gathered in Parliament Square, a traditional venue for protests outside the country's legislature.

Many demonstrators "took the knee" in silence and then chanted Floyd's name before applauding his memory.

Coronavirus rules in England limit gatherings to groups of six, provided people observe the social distancing guidelines to remain around 6 feet apart, but many demonstrators ignored this advice, although a majority did appear to be wearing face masks.

Thousands of mostly young people, many also dressed in black, joined a black lives matter protest in Berlin's Alexander Square.

Some held up placards with slogans such as "Be the change," "I can't breathe," and "Germany is not innocent."

Many knelt silently for 8 minutes and 46 seconds.

Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged with second degree murder in Floyd's death, kept his knee on Floyd's neck for that amount of time, according to the criminal complaint filed against him by the state of Minnesota.

Three more former police officers from the city, Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng, have been charged with aiding and abetting murder, according to separate criminal complaints filed against them.

Solidarity protests also took place across Australia, as thousands of demonstrators in Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide honored the memory of George Floyd and protested the deaths of indigenous Australians.
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Those at the Sydney rally — where many shared hand sanitizer and wore masks — got a late reprieve when an appeal against a court ruling declared the rally legal to go ahead. The New South Wales Court of Appeal gave the green light just 12 minutes before the protest was scheduled to start, meaning those taking part could not be arrested.

In Brisbane, organizers said about 30,000 people gathered, while a Maori group also did a traditional haka, or war dance. Indigenous Australians make up 2 percent of the country's adult population, but 27 percent of the prison population. They also have lower levels of employment and shorter life expectancies.

Elsewhere, protesters gathered in South Korea’s capital Seoul for the second day.

Wearing black shirts and protective face masks, dozens of demonstrators marched through the commercial district in downtown Seoul, carrying signs reading: "Koreans for Black Lives Matter."
People stand during a protest against racism and police brutality in Berlin on Saturday.Maja Hitij / Getty Images

In Tokyo, dozens of people gathered in a peaceful protest, while nearby in Bangkok, activists held a virtual vigil online observing 8 minutes 46 seconds of silence.

However, in Hong Kong, organizers of a black lives matter demonstration planned for Sunday said they were forced to cancel the event. They say over fears of breaching coronavirus social distancing rules and concerns other groups might hijack the event to "push their own agenda."

"This is an enormous shame that people have lost sight of the reason why we were doing this event in the first place," wrote one of the event organizers, Max Percy, on a now deleted Facebook page.

"We are saddened by the state of Hong Kong," he added.

Despite the cancellation, Percy told NBC News he suspects many people will still show up, due to the large interest in the event to honor George Floyd.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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👮 Up to 200,000 expected in DC for massive George Floyd protest
« Reply #487 on: June 06, 2020, 06:35:24 PM »
https://nypost.com/2020/06/06/washington-dc-prepares-for-massive-george-floyd-protest/

Up to 200,000 expected in DC for massive George Floyd protest

By Dana Kennedy

June 6, 2020 | 11:54am

Protest against racial inequality in the aftermath of the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in Washington

Military personnel stand in front of the White House ahead of a protest against racial inequality in Washington, DC, today.

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As many as 200,000 people are expected in Washington, DC, Saturday for a huge demonstration over the killing of George Floyd, the 46-year-old black man who died in police custody May 25.

“We have a lot of public, open source information to suggest that the event on this upcoming Saturday may be one of the largest we’ve ever had in the city,” Washington DC Police Chief Peter Newsham told local media.

Newsham did not give a crowd estimate. Local media has predicted tens of thousands of attendees, Reuters reported.

The US has been rocked by 12 days of protests and looting around the country following the death of Floyd, who died after a police officer knelt on his neck for nine minutes. Cops and protesters clashed violently Monday night in DC when hundreds were arrested in the city but the demonstrations have been relatively peaceful since then.

Washington DC’s mayor and President Trump have been locked in a feud over whether out-of-state National Guard troops should stay in the District over the weekend.
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Mayor Muriel Bowser, who had “Black Lives Matter” painted in big yellow letters across two blocks of 16th Street NW across from the White House, wants the troops gone but her authority is debatable because D.C. is federal territory.

“I am requesting you withdraw all extraordinary federal law enforcement and military presence in Washington, DC,” Bowser wrote in a letter to Trump Friday. “We are well equipped to handle large demonstrations and First Amendment activities.”

According to his tweet Friday, it’s doubtful Trump will honor Bowser’s request.

“The incompetent Mayor of Washington, D.C., @MayorBowser, who’s budget is totally out of control and is constantly coming back to us for ‘handouts,’ is now fighting with the National Guard, who saved her from great embarrassment over the last number of nights,” Trump tweeted. “If she doesn’t treat these men and women well, then we’ll bring in a different group of men and women!”
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👮 James Bennet Resigns as New York Times Opinion Editor
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James Bennet Resigns as New York Times Opinion Editor

“Last week we saw a significant breakdown in our editing processes, not the first we’ve experienced in recent years,” said A. G. Sulzberger, the publisher.

James Bennet, the editorial page editor of The New York Times, in 2017.Credit...Larry Neumeister/Associated Press

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    June 7, 2020
    Updated 5:15 p.m. ET

James Bennet, the editorial page editor of The New York Times, has resigned after a controversy over an Op-Ed by a senator calling for military force against protesters in American cities.

“Last week we saw a significant breakdown in our editing processes, not the first we’ve experienced in recent years,” said A. G. Sulzberger, the publisher, in a note to the staff. In a brief interview Sunday afternoon, Mr. Sulzberger added: “Both of us concluded that James would not be able to lead the team through the next leg of change that is required.”

Katie Kingsbury, a deputy editorial page editor, will be the acting editorial page editor through the November election, Mr. Sulzberger said.

Jim Dao, the deputy editorial page editor who oversees Op-Eds, is stepping down from his position, which was on the Times masthead, and taking a new job in the newsroom, Mr. Sulzberger said.

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Mr. Bennet’s swift fall from one of the most powerful positions in American journalism comes as hundreds of thousands of people have marched in protest of racism in law enforcement and society in recent weeks, after George Floyd died last month after being handcuffed and pinned to the ground by a white police officer’s knee. The movement has spread to newsrooms, where journalists and other employees have challenged leadership.

On Saturday night, Stan Wischnowski resigned as top editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer days after an article in the newspaper about the effects of protest on the urban landscape carried the headline, “Buildings Matter, Too,” prompting an apology, a heated staff meeting and a “sick-out” by dozens of journalists of color.

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At The Times, the Op-Ed, published on Wednesday, prompted a virtual town hall with the staff on Friday, at which Mr. Bennet apologized for the Op-Ed, saying it should not have been published and that it resulted from a breakdown in a process meant to vet such pieces. Mr. Bennet did not reply to a request for comment on Sunday.

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The Op-Ed, by Senator Tom Cotton, Republican of Arkansas, had “Send In the Troops” as its headline. “One thing above all else will restore order to our streets: an overwhelming show of force to disperse, detain and ultimately deter lawbreakers,” the senator wrote.

As of Thursday evening, over 800 staff members had signed a letter protesting its publication, addressed to high-ranking editors in the opinion and news divisions, as well as New York Times Company executives. The letter argued that Mr. Cotton’s essay contained misinformation, such as his depiction of the role of “antifa” in the protests. Dozens of Times employees objected to the Op-Ed on social media, as well, despite a company policy that instructs them not to post partisan comments or take sides on issues.
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Mr. Bennet’s departure seems to eliminate one of just a few projected contenders to be the newspaper’s next executive editor after Dean Baquet, who has been in charge of the newsroom for six years, retires.

Marc Tracy covers print and digital media. He previously covered college sports. @marcatracy
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Minneapolis City Council Pledges to Disband Police Department as de Blasio Vows NYPD Funding Cut

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June 07, 20207:29 PM

Demonstrators march against racism and police brutality on June 6, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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Nine members of the Minneapolis City Council said Sunday that they are planning to disband the police department. The veto-proof majority said they want to replace the police department with a community-based model of public safety. “Our commitment is to end our city’s toxic relationship with the Minneapolis Police Department, to end policing as we know it, and to re-create systems of public safety that actually keep us safe,” Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender said.

The council members made the announcement that they were committed to disband the Minneapolis Police Department through the budget process at a rally Sunday afternoon. “It is clear that our system of policing is not keeping our communities safe,” Bender said. “Our efforts at incremental reform have failed, period.” Jeremiah Ellison blankly said what the goal was: “This council is going to dismantle this police department.”

The councilmembers made their intentions clear a day after protesters reacted with anger after Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said he did not support getting rid of the police department. “I do not support the full abolition of the Police Department,” Frey said at a demonstration. Angry protesters then called on him to leave the protest. “Go home Jacob, go home!” many shouted as others chanted, “Shame!” Frey later said in a television interview that while he was in favor of “massive structural reform to revise a structurally racist system” he was “not for abolishing the entire police department.”
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The Minneapolis City Council members announced their intention on the same day as New York Mayor Bill de Blasio vowed for the first time to cut the funding for the New York Police Department. De Blasio didn’t specify how much of the NYPD’s $6 billion annual budget he intended to cut, saying he would work on the details with the City Council. “We’re committed to seeing a shift of funding to youth services, to social services, that will happen literally in the course of the next three weeks, but I’m not going to go into detail because it is subject to negotiation and we want to figure out what makes sense,” de Blasio said. The announcement marked a stark shift for a mayor who had been openly skeptical about the possibility of slashing funding for the NYPD.

In an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press, Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza explained what the increasing calls to “defund the police” mean, insisting it was not about getting rid of police departments entirely. “When we talk about defunding the police, what we’re saying is invest in the resources that our communities need,” she said. “So much of policing right now is generated and directed towards quality-of-life issues, homelessness, drug addiction, domestic violence.” Although some may see the call as extreme, Garza pointed out that Black Lives Matter used to be a “radical idea” but now it is “a household name and it’s something being discussed across kitchen tables all over the world.” So with that in mind, “Why can’t we start to look at how it is that we reorganize our priorities so that people don’t have to be in the streets protesting during a national pandemic?”
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Minneapolis City Council Pledges to Disband Police Department as de Blasio Vows NYPD Funding Cut

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I'm sure they will actually just be restructuring the PD.  No way a major city will function without a PD.  What sane business owner would not just pack up and leave?  What citizen with the means to wouldn't just pack up and leave?  Just as there were people coming from places other than Minneapolis to cause chaos during these protests people will come to do the same.  If there are no police what stops burglars?  I mean other than citizens and their own guns. 

The mind reals just trying to comprehend this.  No way they actually just get rid of the PD.  I think this is just a trick to dissuade the protesters from protesting.  They may do something like hire another force before firing everyone and renaming/rebranding the PD.  New look, new name, new people, same thing...police.  You can't have civilization without law.  Without law enforcement you won't have law.  You will have chaos.  Minneapolis would become a haven and hub for all serious criminals.  The Mob will have a new headquarters to be sure.   

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The mind reals just trying to comprehend this.  No way they actually just get rid of the PD.  I think this is just a trick to dissuade the protesters from protesting.  They may do something like hire another force before firing everyone and renaming/rebranding the PD.  New look, new name, new people, same thing...police.  You can't have civilization without law.  Without law enforcement you won't have law.  You will have chaos.  Minneapolis would become a haven and hub for all serious criminals.  The Mob will have a new headquarters to be sure.

Yes you put new people at the senior level. All cops are fired and you only rehire the good ones. Lots of scope for this restructure to mess up and you are back to the same old police force but I suppose the logic here is you want to create a fundamental change in the working culture. To achieve that it is sometimes better to start over than change the existing system. This shit can happen in the corporate world. We had one where all our managers had to reapply for their own jobs and the company rejected all the bad apples to wipe the slate clean and make people know their place. It happens more often than you would think.

 

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