Civil Unrest

Charges Dropped For Trucker Who Drove Into Protesters

Law & Crime reports: A truck driver who drove his rig through a large crowd of demonstrators protesting the death of George Floyd on a Minnesota highway last summer will no longer face criminal charges, provided he does not get into trouble with the law for the next year. Bogdan Vechirko, 36, and prosecutors in Hennepin County reached a deal—called …

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DC Requests National Guard Ahead Of Chauvin Verdict

CNN reports: The Army is preparing to approve a request for DC National Guard forces to deploy as soon as Monday night if there is unrest in the wake of the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial, according to a US defense official. The move comes amid nationwide tensions after recent police killings of Americans of color and as cities …

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Minneapolis Braces For Verdict In Chauvin Trial [VIDEO]

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: Thousands of armed Guard members in fatigues are stationed on street corners — in front of libraries, laundromats, pharmacies, restaurants, office buildings and grocery stores. Businesses have boarded up windows, public buildings are surrounded by razor wire and for several nights last week curfews forced Twin Cities residents indoors after dark. Some residents and business …

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PA National Guard Activated Ahead Of Chauvin Verdict

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports: Philadelphia officials and community leaders Friday outlined plans for increased emergency operations and law enforcement staffing, while Gov. Tom Wolf activated more than 1,000 Pennsylvania National Guard members to the city in preparation for any potential unrest following the verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin. At the request of the city, Wolf signed a proclamation …

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Brooklyn Center Officer Charged With Second-Degree Manslaughter In Shooting Of Unarmed Black Motorist

CNN reports: A police officer who authorities say shot and killed a Black man in a Minneapolis suburb after a traffic stop has been charged with second-degree manslaughter, a prosecutor said Wednesday. Brooklyn Center police Officer Kim Potter is charged in Sunday’s shooting death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright, Washington County Attorney Pete Orput said. In Minnesota, second-degree manslaughter applies when …

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Minneapolis Rocked By Second Night Of Unrest [VIDEO]

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports: By shortly before 8 p.m. Monday, police began to warn demonstrators, who still numbered in the hundreds, that they were in violation of curfew. Authorities fired multiple rounds of tear gas, along with rubber bullets and flash grenades. Protesters dispersed from areas hit by tear gas were regrouping and retaliating by throwing water bottles and launching …

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Minneapolis Braces For Trial In George Floyd’s Murder

The Washington Post reports: Determined to avoid a repeat of last summer’s chaos and destruction, which included the burning of the 3rd Precinct police station, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey (D) and other local leaders have sought to display an unprecedented level of security in the city. The area around the downtown Minneapolis courthouse has been transformed into a militarized zone …

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NYPD Hit With Class Action Suit Over BLM Protests

Gothamist reports: Mayor Bill de Blasio and his embattled police department are facing yet another lawsuit over the NYPD’s treatment of Black Lives Matter protesters — with a potentially “astronomical” price tag for city taxpayers. Filed in federal court on Thursday, the new class action lawsuit accuses the NYPD of violating the rights of New Yorkers through “demoralizing and brutal …

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No Charges For Kenosha Cops In Jacob Blake Shooting

NBC News reports: The police officers involved in the shooting of Jacob Blake, which touched off days of civil unrest this past summer in Wisconsin, will not face any criminal charges, Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley [photo] announced Tuesday. Blake, who is Black, was struck by seven bullets at close range on Aug. 23 as he walked away from …

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New York City Sees Protest-Free Election Night

The New York Daily News reports: As Election Day updates slowed to a trickle into Wednesday morning, most New Yorkers appeared to have stayed home rather than take to the streets. The NYPD had braced for protests Tuesday night over the outcome of a contentious presidential race between President Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden, dispatching officers throughout the five …

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DC And NYC Businesses Board Up Ahead Of Election

Washington DC’s CBS News affiliate reports: DC businesses are boarding up ahead of expected demonstrations throughout the week of the 2020 Election. Despite the wet weather Sunday morning, workers near Black Lives Matter Plaza were busy erecting more plywood barriers over some buildings’ windows. If you didn’t know any better, you could be forgiven if you thought they were prepping …

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“Non-Scalable” Fence To Go Up Around White House

CNN reports: Federal authorities are expected to put back into place a “non-scalable” fence around the entire perimeter of the White House on Monday as law enforcement and other agencies prepare for possible protests surrounding the election, a source with knowledge of the matter confirmed to CNN. The fence, the same type that was put up during protests this summer, …

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Walmart Reverses, Puts Guns Back On Store Shelves

The Washington Post reports: One day after announcing it had removed all guns and ammunition from store shelves because of fears of “civil unrest,” Walmart said Friday it had begun putting those items back on sales floors. The retail giant said it originally instructed store managers to move firearms and ammunition from in-store displays to a secure location in the …

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Macy’s Boards Up Flagship NYC Store Ahead Of Election

The New York Daily News reports: Macy’s is preparing for the mayhem on 34th Street. Workers on Friday were boarding the windows of the iconic flagship store in preparation of possible unrest in the days before New York and the nation cast ballots for America’s next president. NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea acknowledged that business owners have expressed concerns about lawlessness …

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Walmart Pulls Guns Off Shelves In Case Of Looting

The Hill reports: Walmart announced Thursday that it has removed ammunition and firearms from sales floors at its U.S. locations in anticipation of “civil unrest” in parts of the country. The retail giant said it was removing guns and ammunition to avoid thefts if its stores are broken into, though the company will still sell the products, The Wall Street …

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DHS Agencies Prep For Election-Related Civil Unrest

CNN reports: Two of the Department of Homeland Security’s immigration enforcement agencies are preparing for the possibility of more civil unrest amid a contentious election, according to officials, part of a concerted effort by federal and local authorities to prepare for large-scale protests. The Trump administration’s deployment of federal officers to US cities came under scrutiny this summer and drew …

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REPORT: 5M First-Time Gun Purchases So Far This Year

Reuters reports: The number of first-time buyers has skyrocketed this year, according to industry analysts, trade groups and the CEO of major gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson Brands Inc, Mark Peter Smith. In a Sept. 3 conference call with investors, Smith estimated that firearms neophytes accounted for about 40% of sales this year, an estimate he called conservative and “double …

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BROOKLYN: Ultra-Orthodox Demonstrators Wave Trump Flags, Surround And Assault Jewish Reporter [VIDEO]

Gothamist reports: Harold “Heshy” Tischler strolled onto 13th Avenue in Borough Park at 9 p.m. Wednesday night, bare-faced and hoarse from days of screaming, and into the arms of an adoring crowd. Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox demonstrators chanted his name, waving Trump and Thin Blue Lines flags as they jockeyed for a chance to meet the brash right-wing radio host leading …

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Bill Would Ban Federal Cops From Wearing Camouflage

The Stars & Stripes reports: Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., introduced a bill Wednesday that would ban the use of camouflage uniforms by federal law enforcement following criticism during the summer that federal agents assigned to control racial protests looked like National Guard troops. “The Trump administration’s decision to deploy federal law enforcement officers outfitted in camouflage uniforms in response to …

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Two Louisville Cops Shot In Night Of Protests [VIDEO]

The Louisville Courier Journal reports: Two Louisville Metro Police officers were shot in downtown Louisville Wednesday night, just eight hours after an indictment was returned in the Breonna Taylor case. Interim LMPD chief Robert Schroeder confirmed two officers were shot and sustained non life-threatening injuries. One officer is in surgery, and the other is alert and in stable condition. Schroeder …

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