Month: June 2020

June 8, 2020

As White House’s strong-arm tactics get pushback, Trump takes credit for peaceful protests

And they noted this weekend’s peaceful protests absent widespread police presence. Val Demings (D-Fla.), a former Orlando police chief who is seen as a potential running mate to presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, praised officers with whom she had worked but said “systemic racism is always the ghost in the room.” Advertisement “If we’re going to solve some of America’s toughest problems, we’ve got to […]

June 8, 2020

Louisville demanded justice after police fatally shot Breonna Taylor. Instead, it lost another black life

“I can talk to different audiences in different ways than some of my black brothers and sisters can,” he told them. Advertisement “We fed them,” he said. The Rev. Several nights earlier, Crews had been photographed by local journalists standing with a group of officers while a female protester offered her flowers. Both incidents, they say, were the result of sloppy and confrontational policing that […]

June 8, 2020

George Floyd’s Houston memorial reminds friends what they survived

He knew a half-dozen guys who had completed the program, found work, married and bought homes. Van Dickerson, classmate and friend of George Floyd, chats with Milton Carney across the street from the mural honoring Floyd in the Third Ward in Houston.(Annie Mulligan / For The Times) Advertisement As boys, Dickerson said theirs was an all-or-nothing dream: Make it to the NBA and NFL, or […]

June 7, 2020

After the death of George Floyd, where does Minneapolis — and the country — go from here?

“But now I’m having nightmares.”Still, he said he’s been heartened to see “a good coalition is coming together” across Minneapolis’ many divides. Advertisement In 2018, the Minneapolis City Council voted to end single-family zoning, which research shows perpetuates segregation. He woke up once surrounded by officers after he believes they gave him naloxone, the overdose-reversing drug. The owners trained volunteers on how to issue key […]

June 7, 2020

U.S. protests prompt reflections on class, race and police violence in Mexico

“Someone tell him about all the racism and classism that exists in this country that apparently he doesn’t see.”More than a decade ago, then-President Vicente Fox caused a furor in the United States when he declared that Mexican immigrants “are doing the jobs that not even blacks want to do.” The comments were mostly shrugged off in Mexico, where many viewed them as accurate, if […]

June 7, 2020

Amid pandemic, Iran doubles down on social media ‘modesty,’ arrests hundreds

“The Instagram market provides many opportunities for Iranian women in various aspects,” Misaghi said. Advertisement In May, Iranian Cyber Police Chief Turaj Kazemi told the state-run Asre Pouya news agency that women violated Iran’s cyber laws if they appeared on social media without a headscarf. In 2014, Taravati received a suspended jail sentence for posting a video on YouTube of herself and a few friends […]

June 6, 2020

There’s a black jobs crisis. Coronavirus is making it worse

When I walk down the street, I’m on guard.” Business Will small-business owners go to jail for breaking coronavirus rules? Business It took her 20 years to claw out of poverty. They run errands for their clients and it potentially exposes them to someone carrying the virus.”The union has scrambled to obtain masks, gloves and sanitizer, but they have often been in short supply, he […]

June 6, 2020

George Floyd’s death sparks voices on America’s deep pain and searing rage

“We have to continue to raise our voices — we cannot stop.” Advertisement The passage of time — from segregationist Jim Crow to the Voting Rights Act to to the martyred King in his coffin — and its shaping of the country’s racial and social edifice, has been on the minds of many even as new threats emerge. Right now, that’s a little hard for […]

June 6, 2020

Coronavirus kills black people at twice the rate as white people: Here’s what we can do about it

As a result, when interventions are introduced, we’re not equally situated to benefit from that “rising tide.”“If your ship is OK, then you need to be advocating for those on other ships that are not as well-equipped,” he said.That can be as simple as wearing a mask, abiding by social distancing recommendations even if your own personal risk of dying from the disease is low, […]

June 6, 2020

Washington, D.C., readies for large-scale George Floyd protest

“People want to be heard.”D.C. Advertisement “The Metropolitan Police Department welcomes first amendment demonstrations in our city & will do everything we can to facilitate peaceful protestors and ensure their safety,” the agency said. Print With the White House now resembling a fortress, authorities in the nation’s capital braced Saturday for what protesters promised would be the largest demonstrations yet to condemn police brutality and […]

June 6, 2020

A lawyer is tweeting videos of police using force at protests. There are more than 350

(One video Doucette shared involved Times reporter Molly Hennessy-Fiske being hit with rubber bullets while covering a peaceful protest in Minneapolis.) As of Saturday, Doucette’s thread has surpassed 350 clips and he finds himself struggling to keep up.“My phone has been a mess,” Doucette, 39, said in an interview with The Times on Friday. You saw stuff in Ferguson [Mo.] in 2014 [over the shooting […]

June 5, 2020

After nearly two years in an Iranian prison, Navy veteran from San Diego is freed

were concerned about his deteriorating health. “How much should one family have to bear and what will it take to finally get my loved ones home?”Times staff writer Tracy Wilkinson contributed to this report. “No need for cherry-picking.” Advertisement Meanwhile, Secretary of State Michael R. Print After being held in an Iranian prison for nearly two years, a U.S. The cancer survivor was then held […]

June 5, 2020

For the first time, Mexico records more COVID-19 deaths in a day than the U.S.

Hugo López-Gatell, the undersecretary of health who heads the country’s response to the coronavirus, warned this week, pleading with citizens to “resist as much as possible going into public streets.”As the public face of the government response, López-Gatell has come under increasing criticism for assurances that have proved overly optimistic. He had also predicted a total death toll not exceeding 8,000. markets, even though some […]

June 5, 2020

George Floyd memorial marks moment of healing and reckoning for Minneapolis and country

Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, to call for policing and criminal justice reform legislation. Keith Ellison announced upgraded charges against former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin — who pinned Floyd’s neck with his knee and now faces a second-degree murder charge — and three other officers at the scene, now charged with “aiding and abetting” second-degree murder. policies Benjamin Crump, the […]

June 5, 2020

K-pop fans, maestros of social media, bring their powers to bear on #BlackLivesMatter activism

Advertisement This week, she called on K-pop fans in South Korea to back fellow fans in the U.S., noting that South Korea has experience with large-scale protests against authoritarianism.“We know so well, the scene of protests engulfed in fear and rage,” she wrote in Korean on Twitter, urging South Korean fans to support the Black Lives Matter movement. “We just know.” You can donate a […]

June 5, 2020

L.A. woman is drawing attention to another black death at police hands: Breonna Taylor

Advertisement “It was just another connection I had with her,” she said. The campaign is part of a wider #SayHerName movement, which encourages those fighting for civil and social justice to include the stories of black women, too.Though the story around police brutality has been hyper-focused on crimes against black men, Young, who is also a journalist, understands news cycles: Advertisement “When it comes to […]

June 5, 2020

Trump administration OKs aid to Central American countries praised for immigration help

illegally, and to allow repatriation of citizens attempting to apply legally for asylum in the U.S. Under international convention, people fleeing their homelands out of fear of persecution or death should be allowed to apply for asylum and remain in the country where they make the application, in this case the U.S. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).(Evan Vucci / Associated Press) By Tracy WilkinsonStaff Writer  June 5, 202011:21 […]

June 4, 2020

Former Defense Secretary Mattis levels extraordinary criticism of Trump

Advertisement “I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act,” he said, rejecting an option Trump had threatened to use to send troops into cities where state and local officials have not quelled unrest.White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany offered a notably lukewarm response a few hours later when asked whether Trump still had confidence in Esper.“As of right now, Secretary Esper is still Secretary Esper,” […]

June 4, 2020

All four ex-officers involved in George Floyd’s death now charged

We need new policy and legislation and ways of thinking at the state and federal levels.”Earlier at the memorial marking the spot where Floyd died, Suzie Hewitt, who grew up in the Twin Cities, kneeled as she and others in the crowd put their arms around her mother, who sobbed on the curb. Floyd put them on the steering wheel. Floyd stiffened and fell to […]