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Video: Protesters stop traffic on I-43 in Milwaukee – WISN Milwaukee

A few hundred protesters gathered Sunday evening and stopped traffic on I-43 at North Avenue.

Video: Protesters stop traffic on I-43 in Milwaukee

A few hundred protesters gathered Sunday evening and stopped traffic on I-43 at North Avenue.

Video: Protesters stop traffic on I-43 in Milwaukee

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U.S. sends Brazil 2 million doses of hydroxychloroquine, drug touted by Trump – Yahoo News

By Matt Spetalnick

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has supplied Brazil with 2 million doses of hydroxychloroquine for use against the coronavirus, the two governments said on Sunday, despite medical warnings about risks associated with the anti-malaria drug.

The White House released a joint announcement on the drug, whose use has been touted both by U.S. President Donald Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, just days after the World Health Organization suspended testing it in COVID-19 patients because of safety concerns.

Trump himself said in mid-May that he was on a regimen of hydroxychloroquine as a preventive measure, even though the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had issued a warning about its use for the coronavirus.

Bolsonaro, a right-wing leader who has forged personal ties with Trump, said recently he kept a box of the drug in case his 93-year-old mother needed it.

“The American and Brazilian people stand in solidarity in the fight against the coronavirus,” the statement said. “We are announcing the United States Government has delivered two million doses of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) to the people of Brazil.”

“HCQ will be used as a prophylactic to help defend Brazil’s nurses, doctors and healthcare professionals against the virus. It will also be used as a therapeutic to treat Brazilians who become infected,” it said.

The two countries will also conduct a joint research effort that will include “randomized controlled clinical trials,” the statement said, adding that the United States would soon send 1,000 ventilators to Brazil.

Brazil reported a record 33,274 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Saturday, its Health Ministry said, and the death toll surpassed that of France and now ranks only below the United States, Britain and Italy.

Demand for the decades-old hydroxychloroquine has surged as Trump repeatedly promoted its use against the coronavirus despite a lack of scientific evidence.

(Reporting by Matt Spetalnick; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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Wisconsin governor authorizes National Guard to be called in after Madison protest turns violent – Chicago Tribune

Graffiti on the windows of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art in Madison, Wis. is removed on May 31, 2src2src, by volunteers following an overnight looting and rioting spree along State Street in the city's downtown.

Graffiti on the windows of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art in Madison, Wis. is removed on May 31, 2020, by volunteers following an overnight looting and rioting spree along State Street in the city’s downtown. (John Hart / Wisconsin State Journal)

Hundreds of volunteers gathered early Sunday morning in downtown Madison to clean up after a night of violent protests over the death of George Floyd in which a police car was burned, businesses were broken into and a museum and other buildings were vandalized.

More than a thousand people held a peaceful protest Saturday afternoon in the Wisconsin capital, but like many of the protests around the country over the death of Floyd in Minneapolis, it later took a violent turn, with a group of about 150 demonstrators throwing rocks at police in riot gear who fired tear gas on the crowd.

Police said Sunday that 75 stores were damaged or broken into overnight and three people were arrested. One police officer was injured, but protective equipment prevented more serious injuries, acting Police Chief Victor Wahl said in a blog post.

One Madison police cruiser was broken into, driven a short distance and then set on fire, police said. Two rifles were stolen from the car, police said, noting that an armored police rescue vehicle was also hit by a bullet and multiple small fires were set and extinguished in the area.

Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway declared a state of emergency and imposed a 9:30 p.m. Sunday curfew in downtown Madison where the previous night’s unrest occurred. Gov. Tony Evers authorized Madison authorities’ request for help from the Wisconsin National Guard, and troops will be available Sunday, said his spokeswoman, Melissa Baldauff.

Most of the damage was to stores located near the state Capitol, but police said stores throughout the city, including at shopping malls several miles away, were also damaged.

Among the businesses that were targeted was the gift shop at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, where several protesters threw large chunks of concrete through the display window. A man who tried to stop them was knocked to the ground as protesters knocked items off the store shelves, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.

Floyd, who was black and handcuffed, died Monday after a white Minneapolis police officer used his knee to pin Floyd to the ground for several minutes while Floyd pleaded for air and eventually stopped moving. The officer was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter on Friday. He and the other three officers who were arresting Floyd were fired on Tuesday. None of the other officers have been charged.

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It’s ‘about time’ Las Vegas casinos reopen, tourist says – Las Vegas Review-Journal

Doug Bennight, of San Antonio

Bennight, who usually makes a trip to Las Vegas three or four times a year, is looking forward to planning an August trip. He had been set to go earlier this year, but had to postpone because of the pandemic.

He hopes that waiting a couple of months after the initial reopening date will mean there are more casinos open during his vacation.

“I like the crowds and the activity. That’s what makes Vegas fun,” he said. “I know it’s going to be different … (but) I’m glad to see it reopening. I’m excited for all the people who will get jobs back in order.”

The 70-year-old added that he hopes all guests adhere to new social distancing rules.

Scott Powell, of Tampa, Florida

Powell said it’s “about time” Las Vegas casinos reopen.

He typically travels to the city up to four times a year with his girlfriend, and he said he’s “not too worried” about the virus.

He understands certain parts of the new safety protocols, but said others seem extreme.

“It’ll be interesting to see the changes,” he said. “The six people at a craps table is going to be different, three people at blackjack seems a little extreme. Four at poker seems crazy.”

Powell will be packing masks for the flight there. Until then, he’s counting down the days.

George Santino, of Mount Vernon, Washington

Santino, who was in the city when the shutdown went into effect in mid-March, said he was surprised to see casinos close.

“There weren’t a lot of cases in Clark County at that time. We were going out to shows, we were going to dinner. … We had no idea (the shutdown) would go on this long.”

Santino and his wife visit the city at least once a year. He wants to come back in September, although his wife is pushing for a July trip.

As for the virus, he said he trusts the casinos to keep clean, and thought they did well with enhanced cleaning protocols before the shutdown.

“I’m very confidant that they know what they’re doing,” he said. “I’m fairly confident about going back. That being said, I’ll admit there’s a little more confidence knowing I won’t be there day one. If there are kinks, they have time to work them out.”

Tim and Trisha Fellman, of Turtle Lake, Wisconsin

The couple plan to return to Las Vegas in July after pushing back two scheduled trips during the shutdowns. While the two usually avoid traveling when temperatures are high, they just couldn’t wait.

“We love Las Vegas,” Tim Fellman said. Trisha Fellman added that they aren’t “afraid to go at all.”

The Fellmans travel to Las Vegas about twice a year, and are interested in buying a condo in the valley some day. While they’re not into gambling, Tim Fellman said they’re drawn to the food, shows and attractions, like four-wheeling adventures in the desert.

“People don’t think of Vegas as a place to relax, and I do,” he said.

Lynne Anders, of Monroe, Louisiana

Anders will be traveling to Las Vegas with her husband on July 8.

“My main concern is (with) everything that’s potentially not going to be open,” she said. “We hope a couple shows will be open by then, but we don’t know.”

Rob Tetlow, of Milwaukee

Tetlow usually visits Las Vegas twice a year: once for March Madness, and then in August for his birthday.

While he had to miss out on his March Madness outing this year due to COVID-19, he’s already booked a stay at the Aria for mid-August in hopes the property will reopen by then.

“I’ve been counting down the days (to Las Vegas reopening),” he said.

He said he has concerns about the trip — especially on whether the new social distancing rules will take away from the casinos’ atmosphere — but said it’s not enough to cancel the trip.

“I’ve got to experience it, I think. Just to see what it’s like (during the pandemic),” he said. “Hopefully (the rules are) relaxed in August. … I understand them. I just hope it doesn’t kill the allure for Vegas.”

With more than 33 percent of Nevadans unemployed in April, Tetlow said he hopes he can be part of the city’s recovery.

“I’m looking forward to going back out there and giving back, because Vegas has always treated me well,” he said. “I always leave going, ‘Oh, I head a great time.’ Never regretting a trip. … I always come back with a different story.”

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Live updates: Police and protesters clash in another night of violence after killing of George Floyd – CNBC

Los Angeles Police Department commander Cory Palka stands among several destroyed police cars as one explodes while on fire during a protest over the death of George Floyd, Saturday, May 30, 2020, in Los Angeles.

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Hundreds of people were arrested as protesters and police clashed in cities across America after the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, at the hands of Minneapolis police sparked more than 100 protests, rallies and vigils over the weekend, according to NBC News. 

Mayors of major cities from Los Angeles to Philadelphia to Atlanta imposed curfews and at least 12 states as well as Washington, D.C. activated National Guard troops in an effort to keep the peace overnight, but protests in several cities descended into violence again as tensions boiled over. 

Derek Chauvin, the officer filmed kneeling on Floyd’s neck, was arrested and charged with murder and manslaughter. 

This is CNBC’s live blog covering all the latest news on the demonstrations gripping the U.S. This blog will be updated throughout the day as the news breaks. 

NYPD arrests about 350 people, 30 cops injured 

Officers pursue protesters as they march around downtown because of death of George Floyd while in police custody, on Saturday May 30, 2020 in New York City, NY.

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11:50 a.m. ET — The NYPD said they arrested nearly 350 people on Saturday night following protests in Harlem, Brooklyn and Staten Island. NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said in a press conference on Sunday that more than 30 officers suffered minor injuries as a result of clashes with demonstrators.

Shea said a group of protesters turned a peaceful demonstration in Harlem violent, calling it a “hijacking” of a protest that otherwise went “overwhelmingly well.” The protesters caused damage to private and public property in Brooklyn and parts of southern Manhattan near Union Square, Shea said.

On Saturday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he’d launch an independent review of Friday night’s protests in Brooklyn. De Blasio acknowledged Sunday that there were “mistakes” as well as “things that were done right” by the police during the demonstrations.

“There will be critiques, and there will be things that need to be investigated, and there will need to be things improved, and we expect to do better today than we did yesterday, but I want to commend the restraint that we saw overall from the NYPD,” he said.

A NYPD police officer is removed after being injured as they clash with protesters during a march against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, U.S., May 30, 2020.

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Rifles seized, police officer takes fire and dozens arrested in Twin Cities

A protester runs past burning cars and buildings on Chicago Avenue, Saturday, May 30, 2020, in St. Paul, Minn.

John Minchillo | AP

11:38 a.m. ET — Police made at least 55 arrests in Minneapolis and St. Paul overnight, a large number of which were for weapons violations including rifles, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

“I want people to think about this, a large number of the arrests we made over last night were for weapons violations,” Commissioner John Harrington said.  “We took AR-15s off of people, we took guns off people.”

Police moved to stop cars driving through neighborhoods without license plates, with lights out and windows blacked out, Harrington said. Several were stolen and were full of rocks and other weapons, he said. 

One police officer took fire from a car but was not hit, according to Harrington. Two people were arrested and an AR-15 rifle was seized, he said. 

The arrest data is preliminary and another 40 or 50 people were likely arrested overnight, Harrington added. Authorities said there were no major fires overnight. 

Rep. Omar calls for ‘nationwide reforms’ beyond ‘justice for George Floyd’ 

Protesters and National Guardsmen face off on East Lake Street, Friday, May 29, 2020, in St. Paul, Minn.

John Minchillo | AP

10:55 a.m. ET — Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., said on ABC’s “This Week” that the U.S. needs “nationwide reforms,” not just the arrest of a police officer, in order to deliver justice for George Floyd. 

“The unrest we are seeing in our nation isn’t just because of the life that was taken, it’s also because so many people have experienced this,” Omar told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. “So many people have experienced injustices within our system.”

On Friday, Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer who was filmed kneeling on Floyd’s neck before he died, was taken into custody. Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Chauvin was among the four officers involved in Floyd’s violent arrest.

Since then, protesters have called for the arrest of the other officers “who stood by idly watching [Floyd’s] life be taken,” Omar said. 

“We need nationwide reforms,” Omar said. “We need to really step back and say to ourselves, ‘Where do we actually go from here?’ and that can’t just be getting justice for George Floyd. It needs to be bigger than that,” she added.

Pelosi call for Trump to ‘unify our country and not to fuel the flame’

A person loots a T-Mobile store near the White House, as protests continue following the death of George Floyd, in Washington on Friday, May 29, 2020.

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10:49 a.m. ET — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi backed the nationwide protests against racism and police brutality spurred by the killing of George Floyd and criticized the president’s handling of the situation.

“There’s a place for protest at a sign of a knee going into the neck of a person who’s not offering resistance or even if he were, disproportionate response from the police,” Pelosi said on ABC’s “This Week.”

Pelosi said the president should bring dignity to the office and “unify our country and not to fuel the flame.”

“To take his bait time and time again is just a gift to him because he always wants to divert attention from what the cause of the response was rather than to describe it in his own terms,” Pelosi said.

A firecracker thrown by protesters explodes under police one block from the White House on May 30, 2020 in Washington DC, during a protest over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, who died after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for several minutes.

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St. Paul mayor calls for police accountability

Law enforcement officers take position during a protest against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S., May 30, 2020. Picture taken May 30, 2020.

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10:10 a.m. ET — Melvin Carter, mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota, said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that proof of progress on police reform would be more helpful to quelling the protests in his city than additional help from the National Guard.

“The thing that I think would help us more than military support is some assurance across our country that we possess a legal and judicial system that has the capacity and the capability to hold someone accountable when something this blatant, something this disgusting, something this well-documented happens in plain view for all of us to see,” Carter said.

Carter said laws and police union contracts are among the things that need to change to hold police accountable. The mayor also said that he wanted to see the other officers involved in George Floyd’s death to be held accountable, but he did not say if he thought they should be charged with murder. 

Over 170 businesses have been damaged in the city during the demonstrations so far. Carter said that while many protestors were there to push for change after Floyd’s death, others were there to be destructive.

“There are folks in our streets who are there to burn down our black-owned barbershops, to burn down our family-owned businesses, our immigrant-owned restaurants,” Carter said. “And it is very clear to me that those people are not driven by a love for our community, and there’s no way you can argue that those actions are designed to create a better future for our community, quite the opposite.”

Atlanta mayor: Trump is ‘just making it worse’ 

A protester is detained by police officers during a protest against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in Atlanta, U.S., May 30, 2020.

Shannon Stapelton | Reuters

10:05 a.m. ET —  Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms condemned President Donald Trump’s calls for the federal government to step up military action against protesters. 

“This is like Charlottesville all over again,” Bottoms told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.” “He speaks and he makes it worse.”

Crowds gathered outside the White House Friday and Saturday night in protest of George Floyd’s death. Trump tweeted Saturday that had the protesters breached barriers set up by the U.S. Secret Service, they would “have been greeted with the most vicious dogs, and most ominous weapons.”

Later on Saturday, Trump called for states to “get MUCH tougher” or the federal government would step in and “do what has to be done,” including “using the unlimited power of our military.”

Trump has no plans to federalize National Guard right now, White House says

National Guard members walk at the area in the aftermath of a protest after a white police officer was caught on a bystander’s video pressing his knee into the neck of African-American man George Floyd, who later died at a hospital, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S., May 29, 2020.

Carlos Barria | Reuters

9:59 a.m. ET — White House National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien told reporters that the U.S. will not federalize the National Guard amid nationwide protests over the killing of George Floyd.

“We’re not going to federalize the Guard at this time,” O’Brien said. “If the governors need it, we’re there as a reserve and we’ll do whatever they need to keep control of their cities.

“We want governors to take control of their cities,” O’Brien continued. “We’d like to keep this a law enforcement matter, that’s our preference,” he added. “But if a situation gets out of control there are military that can be deployed. But we hope that doesn’t happen.”

On Saturday night, Minnesota National Guard members were firing tear gas and rubber bullets at demonstrators who were out past curfew. Governors have mobilized National Guard in California, Georgia, Kentucky, Washington and Tennessee among others in response to rioting. 

Armoured vehicles are pictured as National Guard members guard the area in the aftermath of a protest after a white police officer was caught on a bystander’s video pressing his knee into the neck of African-American man George Floyd, who later died at a hospital, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S., May 29, 2020.

Carlos Barria | Reuters

At least 30 businesses and buildings damaged in Nashville

5:25 a.m. ET — In Nashville, 28 protesters were arrested Saturday night after the 10 p.m. curfew, according to the Nashville Police Department.

Governor Bill Lee authorized the National Guard to mobilize in response to protests, which he said took a “violent, unlawful turn.”

Protesters damaged at least 30 businesses and buildings in the city, including the Nashville courthouse, which was set on fire. No officers were injured, according to the police department.

Target temporarily closes 175 stores nationwide

A dumpster is lit on fire infront of a Target store in Oakland California on May 30, 2020, over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white policeman kneeled on his neck for several minutes.

JOSH EDELSON

4:36 a.m. ET — Target has temporarily closed 175 stores across the country amid ongoing protests, the company announced late Saturday.

“Our focus will remain on our team members’ safety and helping our community heal,” the company said.

Target closed 71 stores in Minnesota, which has been gripped by demonstrations and rioting following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, after a white officer pressed a knee into his neck while taking him into custody.

At least a dozen stores are closed in California and New York. Any Target employees impacted by store closures will be paid for up to 14 days of scheduled hours, including COVID-19 premium pay, the company said.

Employees can also work at other nearby Target locations that remain open. Some businesses have been looted and vandalized in cities across the U.S. as protests turned violent, including a Target store in Minneapolis.

Seattle police arrest at least 27 after crowds set fire to cars

Protesters riot in the streets following a peaceful rally expressing outrage over the death of George Floyd on May 30, 2020 in Seattle, Washington.

Karen Ducey

4:15 am ET — More than 20 people were arrested in Seattle during Saturday’s protest, Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best said in a statement early Sunday morning. Best said that “multiple officers and civilians have been injured” but did not give further details about those injuries.

The protests in Seattle were peaceful for more than two hours before escalating, and some of the demonstrators set fire to police and private vehicles, according to the statement. Mayor Jenny Durkan ordered a curfew from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. At the time of the statement, the Seattle police and the National Guard were still working to remove people from the city’s downtown core.

Police block the street during a protest against the death of George Floyd, a black man who died May 25 in the custody of Minneapolis Police, in Seattle, Washington on May 30, 2020.

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More than 100 arrested, 13 police officers injured in Philadelphia

Police handle an arrested African-American male as protesters clash with police near City Hall, in Philadelphia, PA on May 30, 2020. Cities around the nation see thousands take to the streets to protest police brutality after the murder of George Floyd.

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2:35 a.m. ET — The Philadelphia Police Department said on Twitter that 13 of its officers were injured, including 7 with chemical burns to their faces, as officers made more than 100 arrests during Saturday’s protests.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney imposed a curfew last night from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. That curfew is set to repeat on Sunday night. Curfew violations accounted for 52 of the arrests, while another 43 were for looting or burglary, according to the department. There was one arrest for assaulting an officer.

A person in black clouting looks on as police vehicles burn as protestors clash with police near City Hall, in Philadelphia, PA on May 30, 2020. Cities around the nation see thousands take to the streets to protest police brutality after the murder of George Floyd.

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Los Angeles under state of emergency, National Guard activated, coronavirus testing centers closed

Firefighters battle a structure fire on Melrose Avenue in the Fairfax District during demonstrations following the death of George Floyd on May 30, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.

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2:16 a.m. ET — California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in Los Angeles and approved the city’s request to deploy the National Guard to help deal with escalating protests.

Coronavirus testing centers in Los Angeles are also temporarily closed as a result of the unrest. Mark Ridley-Thomas, Los Angeles County supervisor, said the closing of the testing sites was a “troubling consequence of social breakdown prompted by excessive use of force resulting in the death of another unarmed African American man.”

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Live updates: All coronavirus testing centers shuttered in Los Angeles over ‘safety worries’ during protests – The Washington Post

As global infections surpassed 6 million, President Trump said Saturday that he will postpone until at least September the annual Group of Seven meeting of world leaders. Trump had planned to hold the summit in-person by the end of June. Earlier in the day, German Chancellor Angela Merkel declined Trump’s invitation to come to Washington for the meeting, citing concerns about the pandemic.

Here are some significant developments:

  • Pockets of Americans across the country appeared to shrug off instructions to wear masks and practice social distancing over the weekend, gathering in large groups to protest, dine or enjoy the warm weather.
  • New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law on Saturday a bill increasing benefits to the families of medical staff, police officers, transit workers, and other public employees who have died while on the job from covid-19.
  • A southern Montana county that includes a large tract of the Crow Indian Reservation saw a spike in coronavirus cases last week, according to county officials, renewing concerns about the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on tribal nations.
  • Government officials and health experts around the world criticized Trump’s decision to terminate the United States’ relationship with the World Health Organization. European Union leaders urged him to reconsider the move, saying international cooperation was essential to succeed in controlling the coronavirus pandemic.

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio defends police after video shows NYPD SUV driving into protesters – NBC News

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio defended the New York City Police Department after a pair of the force’s SUVs drove into a crowd during Saturday’s protest against George Floyd’s death.

De Blasio reacted after videos were posted to social media, which showed protestors moving a yellow barrier in front a police vehicle in Brooklyn. Protestors threw traffic cones and other items at the SUV as a second vehicle arrived and slowly drove through the crowd forming around it.

The first vehicle then drove into the barricade at a higher speed, sending people sprawling. Multiple city officials told NBC News there were no injuries as a result of the incident.

In a news conference late Saturday, de Blasio called the video “upsetting,” but said protestors were wrong to surround the SUVs.

“It is inappropriate for protestors to surround a police vehicle and threaten police officers,” he said. “That’s wrong on its face and that hasn’t happened in the history of protests in this city.”

He added that it was “clear that a different element has come into play here who are trying to hurt police officers and trying to damage their vehicles.”

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While he wished the officers had not driven into the crowd, de Blasio said he “understood they didn’t start the situation,” which he said was “started by a group of protesters converging on a police vehicle.”

However, on Sunday morning, de Blasio had clarified his comments about the video, saying he didn’t like what he saw “one bit.”

“I did not want to ever see something like that I don’t want to ever see it again,” de Blasio said during a Sunday press conference. “And clearly, we need to do a full investigation and look at the actions of those officers and see what was done and why it was done and what could be done differently.”

The mayor said an independent review into the video would be led by Corporation Counsel James Johnson and NYC Department of Investigation Commissioner Margaret Garnett and their findings would be concluded in June.

De Blasio, a Democrat, has had a troubled relationship with the NYPD, particularly rank-and-file officers. In February, police leaders and unions lashed out at the mayor after a gunman attempted to assassinate one office and injured another.

Edward D. Mullins, the president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, tweeted in February that members of the NYPD were “declaring war” on him.

Last August, the union declared it had “no confidence” in de Blasio, after it claimed that he had “unlawfully interfered” in the firing of Daniel Pantaleo, the officer who was seen on video using a chokehold during Eric Garner’s deadly arrest five years ago.

New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accused de Blasio of “making excuses” for the NYPD.

“As mayor, this police department is under your leadership,” the Democrat congresswoman tweeted early Sunday. “This moment demands leadership and accountability from each of us. Defending and making excuses for NYPD running SUVs into crowds was wrong.”

@NYCMayor your comments tonight were unacceptable.

As mayor, this police department is under your leadership.

This moment demands leadership & accountability from each of us. Defending and making excuses for NYPD running SUVs into crowds was wrong.

Make it right. De-escalate.

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 31, 2020

The force posted a clip from de Blasio’s news conference of him defending the videos, on its NYPD News Twitter feed.

A senior police official told NBC News that the NYPD had seen the video and been told by “multiple law enforcement officials” that @the vehicle was hit with rocks, bottles, and someone through a lit trash bag on top of the SUV.”

They added that the officers “decided to push the barrier into the crowd instead of confronting the protestors outside the car.”

Officers were concerned they would run over someone if they backed up, they said.

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Former nightclub owner saw ‘overkill’ in Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin’s reaction to black clientele – The Mercury News

Demonstrators gathered outside a home owned by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in Oakdale on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. (Nick Woltman / Pioneer Press) 

A white Minneapolis police officer and the black man he’s charged with killing both worked as security guards at the same Latin nightclub as recently as last year, but its former owner says she’s not sure if they knew each other.

What she is certain of is how aggressive Officer Derek Chauvin became when the club hosted events that drew a mainly black clientele, responding to fights by taking out his mace and spraying the crowd, a tactic she told him was unjustified “overkill.”

Derek Chauvin (Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office) 

“He would mace everyone instead of apprehending the people who were fighting,” said Maya Santamaria, former owner of El Nuevo Rodeo club in Minneapolis. “He would call backup. The next thing you would know, there would be five or six squad cars.”

Chauvin became the focus of outrage and four days of street protests across the nation this week after he was seen on cellphone video kneeling on the neck of George Floyd for more than eight minutes during his arrest on suspicion of passing a counterfeit bill. Floyd died in custody and Chauvin was fired Tuesday and arrested Friday on charges of third-degree murder and manslaughter. The three other officers who took part in the arrest were also fired, and they remain under investigation.

Chauvin’s off-duty job at  Nuevo Rodeo stretched over 17 years, ending a few months ago. Floyd only recently started working there as a bouncer; he worked about a dozen events put on by African American promoters.

Santamaria, who sold the venue within the past two months, said she doesn’t believe the two men knew each other prior to their fateful encounter Monday night. If Chauvin had recognized Floyd, she said, “he might have given him a little more mercy.”

She said Chauvin got along well with the club’s Latino regulars, but his tactics toward unruly customers on what she referred to as “African American” nights led her to speak to him about it.

“I told him I thought this is unnecessary to be pepper-sprayed. The knee-jerk reaction of being afraid, it seemed overkill,” Santamaria said. “It was a concern and I did voice my opinion, but police officers have a way of justifying what they do.”

She said she was shocked to see the video of Chauvin pinning Floyd to the ground with his knee, even as Floyd complained that he couldn’t breathe.

“I thought he would have more of a conscience,” she said. “Even if he is a bit of racist, he’s a human being. … At what point does your humanity overpower your racial bias?”

Thomas Kelly, a lawyer for Chauvin, didn’t immediately reply to messages left Friday seeking comment.

Outside Chauvin’s home in Oakdale on Thursday, a message of anger aimed at the former officer was painted in red on his driveway: “murderer.”

A can of red paint and protest signs stand with the trash bins outside Derek Chauvin’s house in Oakdale on Wednesday, 27, 2020. (Nick Woltman / Pioneer Press) 

On Friday, protesters gathered in front of another Chauvin home in Windemere, Fla., which he has owned since 2011 with his wife, Kellie, a Laotian refugee, real estate agent and former Mrs. Minnesota pageant winner.

Both Chauvin and his wife have registered to vote there, rather than in Minnesota, records show. Chauvin last cast a ballot in Florida in November 2018. His wife’s registration is listed as inactive. Both are Republicans.

“I don’t mind peaceful protests at all,” said Oscar Reyes who lives across the street in the quiet neighborhood near Orlando. “I hope everything stays safe.”

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“You Want to Kill Gilbert Burns”- Daniel Cormier Trolls Michael Bisping After UFC Fight Night – Essentially Sports

Fight nights often leave a larger impact on the commentary team than the fighters themselves. Michael Bisping corroborated the same following his hilarious slip-up after UFC on ESPN 9.

While in conversation with Daniel Cormier towards the end of the headliner at Fight Night Woodley vs Burns, The Count said something that left both DC and himself in stitches.

“You would not think that this man just went 25 rounds with one of the greatest welterweights that the UFC has seen,” said Bisping before Daniel Cormier corrected the former UFC middleweight champion, saying, “Well, he never would have gone 25 rounds. That’s virtually impossible. He went 25 minutes Mikey!” Before the pair burst into laughter.

“Well, he would never have gone 25 rounds; that’s virtually impossible. He went 25 minutes, Mikey.”@dc_mma wasn’t letting @bisping off the hook 🤣 #UFCVegas pic.twitter.com/SA1m1QYqTJ

— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) May 31, 2020

Bisping went on to explain his priceless slip by saying, “Listen! Listen! It’s been an explosive night. It’s maybe knocked my brain cells around.”

Following which DC joked about Bisping’s intentions towards Burns, saying, “Mikey wants [him] to go 25 rounds! Mikey, you want to kill Gilbert Burns.” To which Michael Bisping responds, “I’ll do 25 rounds!”

Tyron Woodley concedes second straight loss in the UFC

Fight Night Woodley vs Burns saw Woodley take up his second consecutive L, following his title bout against Kamaru Usman. It seems like the top contender has been going through a slump. Consequently, several fans feared that Woodley would be looking to bow out of the MMA circuit, for good.

However, we could not have been more wrong, for it seems like The Chosen One is taking his loss as a lesson and an opportunity to improve.

“What’s up people? I gotta say, you can’t just get in the camera when you win. You gotta get on the camera when you lose, too. I felt good. I have no excuse, I trained hard. And I was in great shape. I felt like I did everything right. Everything felt right, from the walkout to the stretch. Every single thing about the fight,” said Tyron Woodley.

Displaying the spirit of a true warrior, Woodley admitted his faults and subsequently put some well-deserved respect to Gilbert Burns’ name.

Woodley is certain that this loss does not mark an end to his journey in the combat sports industry, for he is set on making a comeback.

Durinho, on the other hand, feels that this victory, that marks his sixth consecutive win, should set him up to compete for the title against his teammate, Kamaru Usman.

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