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  • 2 banks burn to ground in San Diego suburb as protests turn to violence, looting

    05/31/2020 3:01:28 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 31 2020 | Stephen Sorace
    The violent unrest gripping the nation spread Saturday night to a suburb of San Diego, where rioters burned two banks to the ground and looted and destroyed many other businesses. Peaceful protests over the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis turned into riots as night fell on La Mesa, a suburb of about 60,000 people east of San Diego, leaving a trail of destruction. They torched the Chase and Union banks next door to each other, Fox 5 reported.
  • Target CEO Releases statement supporting protestors: This has "unleashed the pent-up pain of years"

    05/31/2020 10:46:43 AM PDT · by nwrep · 167 replies
    Hiphop News ^ | May 31, 2020 | Aron A
    To those who've been critical of the protesters who are looting and burning down Targets -- please, shut up. The CEO of Target has officially issued a statement in response to the nationwide protests in the wake of the recent murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Geoge Floyd. The CEO, Brian Cornell, penned an open letter in support of the protesters and communities across America that are constantly dealing with police brutality. "We are a community in pain. That pain is not unique to the Twin Cities—it extends across America. The murder of George Floyd has unleashed the pent-up...
  • Celebrities join riot frontline: Halsey, Anna Kendrick, Emily Ratajkowski and Paris Jackson leave luxury life in lockdown to take part in George Floyd protests

    05/31/2020 8:22:07 AM PDT · by DoodleBob · 42 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May 31, 2020 | Ross Ibbetson
    Celebrities have joined the frontline of the riots, with Halsey, Emily Ratajkowski and Paris Jackson, leaving their lives of luxury to take part in George Floyd protests. Singers Halsey and Yungblud were spotted at demonstrations in Los Angeles on Saturday. The pair were wearing masks and held signs saying, 'Black Lives Matter,' as they chanted with others. Model Emily Ratajkowski was also posting regular Instagram updates from the protests in LA. 'DISMANTLE POWER STRUCTURES OF OPPRESSION #defundthepolice #justiceforgeorgefloyd #blacklivesmatter,' she wrote on her slideshow. Paris Jackson was also out in California, along with Mad Max star Courtney Eaton, her rumored...
  • George Floyd protesters swarm Beverly Hills and LOOT high-end stores on Rodeo Drive as 500 people are arrested in LA in scenes eerily similar to the 1992 race riots that left the city in ruins

    05/31/2020 6:13:38 AM PDT · by kevcol · 55 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May 31, 2020 | Rachel Sharp
    Stores from mom-and-pops to high-end retailers in ritzy Beverly Hills were looted, and in downtown Los Angeles, protesters sprayed graffiti and torched police cruisers while police shot rubber bullets into crowds and were seen beating demonstrators with batons. . . . LA Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a curfew in downtown LA starting 8p.m. Saturday through to 5:30a.m. Sunday, in desperate efforts to restore some order as he urged both law enforcement and protesters to 'take a deep breath and step back for a moment'. Garcetti said he would stop short of calling for the activation of the National Guard.
  • U.S. Cities Racked by Another Night of Violent Protests Over George Floyd’s Death. Multiple cities imposed nighttime curfews and deployed additional law-enforcement resources as clashes across the U.S. resumed

    05/31/2020 4:39:04 AM PDT · by karpov · 11 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 31, 2020 12:44 am ET | Ian Lovett, Erin Ailworth, and Joe Barrett
    MINNEAPOLIS—Riots took hold of U.S. cities Saturday night, as protests over the death of George Floyd turned violent across the country for a second night in a row. Protesters lighted cars on fire in New York, Seattle and Philadelphia. In Los Angeles, demonstrators kicked in the windshields of police cars, torched a police outpost in an outdoor shopping mall, and looted Nordstrom and Ray Ban stores. Police shot rubber bullets and swung their batons at demonstrators. In Minnesota, where protests began this week after the death of Mr. Floyd in Minneapolis police custody Monday, Gov. Tim Walz pleaded with residents...
  • San Francisco Mayor, Police Chief enact citywide curfew after Protest Violence

    05/31/2020 3:25:14 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    SAN FRANCISCO -- In response to violence and vandalism that have grown from what had started out as peaceful protests Saturday, San Francisco officials late Saturday night imposed a curfew starting immediately, running until 5 a.m., and beginning again at 8 p.m. Sunday. The California National Guard is also on standby as of late Saturday night to respond to lawless behavior in the city, San Francisco officials said during a hastily called video news conference late Saturday night. Vandalism and attacks on police officers accelerated after nightfall Saturday, after several hours of relatively peaceful protests. Late Saturday night, police were...
  • National Guard called in to quell violence in Los Angeles

    05/31/2020 3:15:36 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    AP ^ | May 31, 2020 | Stefanie Dazio, John Antczak, and Daisy Nguyen
    A fourth day of violence in Los Angeles prompted the mayor to impose a rare citywide curfew and call in the National Guard after demonstrators clashed repeatedly with officers, torched police vehicles and pillaged businesses in a popular shopping district. Mayor Eric Garcetti said Saturday he asked Gov. Gavin Newsom for 500 to 700 members of the Guard to assist the 10,000 Los Angeles Police Department officers. The Guard members were expected to arrive early Sunday.
  • Cop is shot dead in California as George Floyd fury sweeps US: Donald Trump puts Army on notice to deploy to streets for first time since 1992 LA riots as 19-year-old Detroit protester fatally shot and Minneapolis erupts for fourth night

    05/30/2020 6:47:15 AM PDT · by kevcol · 85 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May 30, 2020 | Rachel Sharp and Ruth Styles
    'Two Federal Protective Services officers stationed at the Oakland Downtown Federal Building suffered gunshot wounds. Unfortunately, one succumbed to his injury,' the police department told CNN. Meanwhile, a 19-year-old protester was shot dead in Detroit last night, while soldiers in North Carolina and in New York were ordered to be ready to move in within four hours and troops in Colorado and Kansas within 24 hours. . . . Overnight, Trump also commented on a tweet by Former Democrats for Trump about how Minneapolis was ruled by Democrats, saying: 'Time for a change! #2020', which was retweeted more than 25,000...
  • L.A. seeks help from National Guard as lootings, vandalism worsens

    05/30/2020 8:15:52 PM PDT · by Morgana · 48 replies
    Yahoo ^ | May 30, 2020 | Kevin Rector, Alex Wigglesworth, Laura J. Nelson, Dakota Smith, Kevin Baxter, Leila Miller, Emily Ba
    Mayor Eric Garcetti has asked Gov. Gavin Newsom to mobilize the National Guard to help Los Angeles deal with worsening looting, vandalism and violence on the streets. The move comes less than an hour after the mayor expanded expanded a curfew, first set for downtown, to the entire city from 8 p.m. Saturday to 5:30 a.m. Sunday. Sheriff Alex Villanueva said he is also seeking help from the National Guard. The decision came as the situation in the Fairfax District deteriorated, with shops, including Nordstrom and the Apple store, vandalized and looted. A small police kiosk in the mall was...
  • Authorities: Killing of Federal Officer in Oakland Protest was Domestic Terrorism

    05/30/2020 3:29:27 PM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    BREITBART ^ | May 30, 2020 | Breitbart News
    (AP) — The killing of a federal contract security officer who was watching over a protest in Oakland, Calif., was an act of domestic terrorism, U.S. authorities said Saturday. A vehicle pulled up outside the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building at about 9:45 p.m. Friday local time and someone opened fire at two contract security officers who worked for the Federal Protective Service of the Department of Homeland Security, killing one and critically wounding the other, authorities said. The identities of the officers were not released. The officers protect federal court houses as part of their regular duties. U.S. Department...
  • ‘Time To Riot Everywhere’: Tennis Legend Martina Navratilova Following George Floyd’s Death

    05/30/2020 9:45:05 AM PDT · by rktman · 89 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 5/29/2020 | Katie Jerkovich
    Tennis legend Martina Navratilova said it was “time to riot everywhere” in response to the death of George Floyd. “Time to riot everywhere, ” the 63-year-old former professional tennis player tweeted to her hundreds of thousands of followers, in a since-deleted post, following the death of Floyd, a Minneapolis man who died in police custody. The comments were noted by The Hill in a piece published Thursday.
  • Two Federal Protective Service officers shot Friday night in Oakland, California 1 dead

    05/30/2020 5:07:41 AM PDT · by janetjanet998 · 69 replies
    BREAKING: Two Federal Protective Service officers suffered gunshot wounds during protests Friday night in Oakland, California, police say. One of the officers died from his injury - CNN
  • Saturated hospitals, airlifts as California border region virus cases surge

    05/30/2020 3:50:28 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 29, 2020 | by Laura Gottesdiener
    MEXICALI, Mexico/EL CENTRO, Calif., - Coronavirus cases are surging in a scorching hot desert region straddling south California and a city near Mexico’s Tijuana, leading to saturated hospitals, a cross-border overspill of patients and airlifts from rural U.S. clinics. Mexicali, capital of the Mexican state of Baja California, has the third-highest number of confirmed COVID cases in Mexico, with its main hospitals at four-fifths capacity, state health department data shows. Only a few miles beyond the border fence, Imperial County, California, is coping with the most COVID hospitalizations per capita in the state - well over twice the rate of...
  • Biden resists pressure to commit to woman of color VP pick or rule out Klobuchar amid George Floyd fallout

    05/29/2020 5:53:30 PM PDT · by kevcol · 20 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 29, 2020 | Emily Larsen
    "I’ve already said I’m going to pick a Supreme Court justice who is a woman of color," Biden said. "I’ve already said my cabinet will be full of people of women of color. Men and women of color. I also already said that there are women of color under consideration. That is not the only criteria to determine who will be the vice president of the United States of America that I’ll choose as a running mate. It is just beginning the process. I guarantee you, there are more — there’s more than one African American woman being considered for...
  • Sonoma Co. sheriff refutes report he changed stance on enforcing stay-at-home order [Updated]

    05/29/2020 8:21:09 PM PDT · by thecodont · 1 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / sfgate.com ^ | Updated 2:58 pm PDT, Friday, May 29, 2020 | By Amy Graff, SFGATE
    UPDATE, May 29, 3:00 p.m.: After it was reported Sonoma County Sheriff Mark Essick changed his stance and will continue to enforce the county's stay-at-home order, the sheriff's office posted the following message to Facebook: "Contrary to other reports the Sheriff is not reversing his position." No additional comment was provided. UPDATE, May 29, 1:00 p.m.: Sonoma County Sheriff Mark Essick will continue to enforce the county's stay-at-home order, a reversal from a statement he made Thursday saying he "can no longer in good conscience continue to enforce Sonoma County Public Health Orders." onoma County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Susan...
  • Popular California waterfall is closed to the public after it was swamped with crowds who 'defecated into creek water' and left behind 'truckloads of trash' for rangers to clean up

    05/29/2020 2:06:32 PM PDT · by kevcol · 64 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May 29, 2020 | Andrew Court
    Paradise Falls, located 40 miles north of Los Angeles, has long been one of the state's 'most-treasured natural wonders', but The Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency barricaded access to the attraction Friday in light of bad behavior. . . . 'While trash cans are available, many simply left it for COSCA staff to clean up and trash accumulated faster than it could be removed.' According to the organization, there were additional problems with 'human waste and sanitation as many used areas along the creek both upstream and downstream as a toilet'. One official told Thousand Oaks Acorn that people were...
  • CNN's Chris Cillizza Displays Incredibly Poor Timing on Amy Klobuchar Hype

    05/25/2020 5:04:59 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 9 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | May 25, 2020 | P.J. Gladnick
    CNN's Chris Cillizza might want to reconsider his Amy Klobuchar hype. It's not too late for a major revision. At 4:34 PM ET on Thursday, CNN's Chris Cillizza had his vice presidential rankings published. It is something Cillizza has done for the past few weeks in which the women that apparent Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden might pick are ranked as to their order of probability of being chosen. For the past few weeks, Senator Amy Klobuchar has settled in at second spot right behind Senator Kamala Harris in first place. However, Cillizza also added a bit of hype for...
  • Charlamagne tha God: Klobuchar as vice president 'would be suicide' for Biden campaign

    05/23/2020 4:36:36 PM PDT · by kevcol · 67 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 23, 2020 | Spencer Neale
    The Breakfast Show host Charlamagne tha God, whose real name is Lenard Larry McKelvey, said elevating Klobuchar onto the Democratic presidential ticket would be akin to committing political "suicide." McKelvey found himself in the middle of a viral moment yesterday when Biden told him that black people "ain't black" if they vote for Trump. . . . especially at this moment, after the comments that he made ... He would be a fool not to put a black woman as his running mate."
  • Black and Latino Groups and Leaders Want Anyone but Amy Klobuchar for Biden's Vice President

    05/23/2020 8:20:23 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 30 replies
    Newsweek ^ | May 22, 2020 | ADRIAN CARRASQUILLO
    Two days before Super Tuesday, NAACP Minneapolis and Black Lives Matter activists protested Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar's rally before it began over her involvement with the murder conviction of a black teen. Klobuchar canceled the rally. The next day, unable to curry enough support nationwide, she ended her campaign for president, looked into a television camera from Dallas, and told her home state of Minnesota to support former Vice President Joe Biden.
  • Amy Klobuchar declined to prosecute officer at center of George Floyd's death after previous conduct complaints

    05/28/2020 2:04:54 PM PDT · by McGruff · 55 replies
    The Week via Yahoo News ^ | May 28, 2020 | Kathryn Krawczyk
    George Floyd's death in police custody is renewing criticism of Sen. Amy Klobuchar's (D-Minn.) prosecutorial record. Before she became a senator and a top contender for former Vice President Joe Biden's vice presidential spot, Klobuchar spent eight years as the Hennepin County attorney, in charge of prosecution for Minneapolis. And while in that position, Klobuchar declined to prosecute multiple police officers cited for excessive force, including the officer who kneeled on Floyd's neck as he protested, The Guardian reports. Ex-Minneapolis police officer Derick Chauvin saw at least 10 conduct complaints during his 19-year tenure before he was fired Tuesday