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    Vallejo Police Investigating Officer-Involved Shooting Following Reports Of Looting

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    VALLEJO (CBS13) ? Police in Vallejo are investigating an officer-involved shooting outside a Walgreens that followed reports of looting early Tuesday morning.

    The incident happened around 12:30 a.m. along the 1000 block of Redwood Street.

    Officers opened fire on a suspect there, but no other details were released. Video of the scene shows damage to the Walgreens drive-thru window and a heavily damaged silver truck in the parking lot.


    No police officers were injured in the incident. The condition of the suspect in the officer-involved shooting was not immediately released.

    Both the Solano County District Attorney?s Office and the Vallejo Police Department will be investigating the incident.

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    As I have said in the past, if no one died, this is not the section for this story. I am moving it to current events, although I really question whether a thread needed to be made for this.

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    There's going to be a lot of looting and shootings in the coming days, I think.
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    Officer Shay Mikalonis, (29) shot while responding to Las Vegas area protests

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    LAS VEGAS (KLAS) ? Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo told 8 News Now Wednesday morning that the condition of the officer shot Monday night hasn?t changed much.

    ?His blood pressure has stabilized but the rest of the symptoms, maladies associated with his condition have not improved so far but in this situation you never give up hope,? Lombardo said. ?I?m very close to the family. His mom and dad worked for me in previous years and are both retired from Metro. They?re extended Metro family.?

    Officer Shay Mikalonis, 29, was shot while taking a person into custody when a protest turned violent on Las Vegas Boulevard near the Circus Circus Hotel & Casino. He remains in critical condition at University Medical Center.

    During the interview, Lombardo revealed some new details about the shooting of Mikalonis.

    ?It was determined that a lone individual, a Hispanic male, located in a parking lot located approximately 50 to 60 yards from Officer Mikalonis had shot into the crowd randomly and Officer Mikalonis was shot in the face.?

    Lombardo said the suspect, Edgar Samaniego, 20, fled the area but was later located on the property in one of rooms and he, along with his girlfriend, was taken into custody.

    ?He has a small history here in Las Vegas, I can?t really opine on his previous and all that because it will end up in the court system,? Lombardo said.

    Samaniego is due to make his first court appearance Wednesday at 9 a.m.

    Lombardo also discussed the death of George Floyd which sparked the protests around the country. Floyd died in police custody after Minneapolis officers restrained him by kneeling on his back and neck. Lombardo also addressed the ?black eyes? Metro had some years ago due to similar types of events involving police.

    He also discussed the protests that have taken place nightly in Las Vegas and the possible use of the National Guard.

    Lombardo said his officers are doing well despite all that has occurred in recent months. ?We?re dealing with the COVID, the protesters, and the grand opening of the casinos here shortly, so they?re staying focused.?

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    LAS VEGAS (KLAS) ? The man facing charges in the shooting of a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officer on the Las Vegas Strip Monday night is due to make his first court appearance at 9 a.m. in Las Vegas Justice Court.

    Edgar Samaniego, 20, was arrested early Tuesday morning, a few hours after the shooting which happened near the Circus Circus Hotel & Casino.

    Police say Samaniego shot Officer Shay Mikalonis while law enforcement tried to break up increasingly violent protests. Mikalonis, 29, who has been on the police force for four years is in critical condition.

    Samaniego faces several charges including attempted murder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by curiouscat View Post
    There's going to be a lot of looting and shootings in the coming days, I think.
    Its crazier than that now given that its nationwide.

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    Racism Protests 2020

    Here is a thread to post all the non death related stuff concerning the protests. I am going to move a bunch of posts to this thread.

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    https://www.3newsnow.com/news/americ...mpa-protesters

    The co-owner of the popular downtown Tampa Bay restaurant-bar Franklin Manor resigned from his position with Nocturnal Hospitality after receiving backlash for comments he posted on Instagram.

    Oh Monday, Instagram user @officialthebody posted about Lanfranco Pescante leaving the comment "just shoot them all" on one of her post.


    Immediately, Pescante received backlash for his comment, and users demanded everyone to not support the popular downtown Tampa restaurant-bar, along with the other restaurants he operates.

    Aside from Franklin Manor, Pescante's company, Nocturnal Hospitality, operates Osteria Bar + Kitchen, Mole Y Abuela and Shibui Tampa.

    "I gave this man over 11 HOURS to explain himself or remove the comment. He didn’t. He continued to comment on it." — @officialthebody
    On Tuesday afternoon, Franklin manor shared the following on their Instagram account:

    Pescante's comments come nearly a week after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody.

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    https://www.wave3.com/2020/06/03/doc...d-coronavirus/


    LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Social distancing has been overturned by protests against social injustice. What are these large gatherings that we are seeing here and across the country going to do to cases of the coronavirus? One health expert says we'll know in a few days.

    "I'm very concerned about the resurgence of COVID-19 infections in the community among those who are protesting and I'm also worried about those in law enforcement," Dr. Jon Klein from UofL School of Medicine said.

    Ron Williams is from Louisville and says he took part in the protests in Louisville because he's passionate about what is unfolding with racial injustices.

    "We need each other," Williams said. "People grow off of each other. They get their energy their vibe. It made me feel like i made a difference being there."

    Williams says he wore a mask at the protests and says the people around him were too. But many over the last few days haven't.

    Dr. Klein says the risk of transmission of the virus is lower in open spaces, but, whenever there is gathering of several people there is still an increased risk of transmission.

    "This is a situation that increases the probability of people developing COVID-19 infections," Dr. Klein said. "They are in close quarters, there is a lot of shouting going on that increases the spray of aerosols out of our mouth. There is a lot of coughing in the presence of tear gas or pepper spray."



    Dr. Klein says if you are going to protest, wearing a mask is important, along with good hand hygiene, and try to stay with people you know.

    "This is the hard one, trying not to shout or to speak in ways that spreads the virus," Dr. Klein said. "Some parts of the country people have used drums and other noise makers to express their frustration or anger."

    Dr. Klein says if you have been to a protest you should get tested for the coronavirus.

    "I think that if you have gone to a protest and been in close quarters for more than 20 minutes you have increased your risk of transmission," Dr. Klein said.

    For Williams, he says the virus pales in comparison to racial injustices.

    "I would much rather put myself at a small risk to prove a point," Williams said.

    If you have the virus, you will likely infect others if you do not isolate. You may not have symptoms or your symptoms could show up in 10 to 21 days. If you are sick, you should definitely not be at the protests. You should also limit your contact over the next few weeks with those who are vulnerable.

    Copyright 2020 WAVE 3 News. All rights reserved.

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    https://gothamist.com/news/feds-char...g-nypd-vehicle

    They are both children of immigrants in their early 30s who grew up in Brooklyn and worked to help their communities, whether by activism or volunteering. Neither had a prior criminal record.

    But on Friday night, the lives of Urooj Rahman and Colinford King Mattis took an unlikely turn when they were arrested for allegedly throwing a Molotov cocktail into an empty police car in Fort Greene. If convicted, they face a minimum of five years in prison and a maximum of 20 years for causing damage to a police vehicle by fire and explosives.

    According to the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of New York, the two defendants were seen on security cameras driving a minivan toward the NYPD’s 88th Precinct after midnight, as protests over police brutality and the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police turned raucous. According to the complaint Rahman, 31, got out of the minivan, lit a bottle containing a chemical, and hurled it into the broken window of an NYPD patrol car. No one was hurt.

    She then allegedly got back into the minivan driven by Mattis, 32, and the two were subsequently arrested by officers who observed “several precursor items to build a Molotov cocktail,” including a lighter, a Budweiser beer bottle filled with toilet paper, and a liquid suspected to be gasoline. The government claims they were also photographed by a witness earlier in the night “while they were attempting to incite others to commit attacks with Molotov cocktails they provided.”

    The two defendants were each released Monday night on $250,000 bond, with home confinement and electronic monitoring. But the government -- which lost an appeal earlier that day to keep them in jail -- went back to court Tuesday. It’s now seeking an emergency order from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals to detain them again.

    In its latest court filing, federal prosecutors allege Mattis and Rahman “were caught on camera firebombing an NYPD vehicle.” It also argued that each defendant is an attorney who attended prestigious universities and law schools and was well aware of the severity of their conduct. It said home detention with electronic monitoring is “insufficient to protect the community and to guard against the risk of flight,” and it cited the ongoing environment of protests in New York City.

    A woman from Catskill, New York is being held without bail in connection to a separate Molotov cocktail attack on another police car in Brooklyn last Friday night. She has been arrested 11 times in 11 different states.

    Friends and colleagues of both Rahman and Mattis did not want to speculate about the charges, which have yet to be proven, but described the two young attorneys as people with deep connections to their family and communities.

    “She's the best friend anyone can ask for,” said Salmah Rizvi, a friend. ”She’s a compassionate listener and she has an empathetic heart.”

    Rizvi said they met in 2014 while they were at different law schools, and shared an interest in helping refugees. Rahman was at Fordham University, which she also attended as an undergraduate. Born in Pakistan, she came to the U.S. as a young child with her parents and grew up in Bay Ridge. Rizvi called her friend a “true Brooklynite who loves everything New York,” from Cardi B to the New York Yankees.

    She said Rahman interned at the Center for Constitutional Rights and has attended protests in the past but believes in non-violent resistance. “She’s never promoted violence and she’d never harm another human being,” she added.

    Rahman joined Bronx Legal Services almost a year ago, working as a housing attorney for low-income tenants facing eviction. Her supervisor, Jackie Sullivan, called her “dedicated and driven,” often working late nights despite her long commute from Bay Ridge, where she lives with her mother. Her father died eight years ago, according to Rizvi.

    Rahman’s friend and co-defendant, Mattis, is a native of East New York whose parents were Jamaican immigrants. He attended a private boarding school through Prep for Prep, which helps low-income students who excel in school. He went on to attend Princeton University as an undergraduate and NYU School of Law.

    Creighton Davis, a fellow 2016 NYU law school graduate, said they bonded over their shared experience working with Teach for America. He said he worked in the Bronx while Mattis worked in New Orleans. He described his friend as warm and funny.

    “He’s somebody that was passionate about justice in all forms,” he said. “I really would like to emphasize how big of a heart he has and how generous and good natured he is.”

    Davis has fond memories of them laughing late into the night while studying together for exams, and helping other students through the Black Law Students Association. He said he admired Mattis for continuing to play a leadership role in East New York, where he served on the community board. Both of Mattis’s parents are deceased. After his mother died last year, an attorney at Federal Defenders said he moved into her house where he lives with his sister.

    Last year, Mattis won a Commitment to Justice Award from Her Justice, a group helps low-income women. Executive director Amy Barasch said he put in long hours on two appeals to get a single mother adequate child support. “The work he did with us was excellent and he was considered a real star volunteer attorney for the organization,” she added.

    Mattis joined the corporate practice group of the law firm Pryor Cashman in 2018, and was furloughed in April because of the coronavirus pandemic. He was suspended Monday without pay pending the resolution of the criminal proceeding. “As we confront critical issues around historic and ongoing racism and inequity in our society, I am saddened to see this young man allegedly involved in the worst kind of reaction to our shared outrage over what had occurred,” said managing partner Ronald H. Shechtman.

    A preliminary hearing is scheduled on June 12th for Mattis and Rahman, when a judge will hear the government’s case and determine whether there’s enough cause to proceed. But as long as certain court functions are halted during the pandemic, a grand jury cannot hear the case for an indictment.

    Beth Fertig is a senior reporter covering immigration, courts, and legal affairs at WNYC. You can follow her on Twitter at @bethfertig.

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    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/...m_content=news

    A California police officer is on leave and under internal investigation after multiple viral videos showed his frivolous behavior toward demonstrators last week in the wake of George Floyd's death, local officials said.

    San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo called the videos "disturbing" during a news briefing on Sunday, and Police Chief Eddie Garcia said the officer, Jared Yuen, would "be accountable for his actions and will have to deal with the consequences."

    One video shows Yuen grinning into a demonstrator's camera while swaying side-to-side. A protester in the background responds by saying: "This is funny to them. They have smiles on their faces."

    A second video shows Yuen telling a demonstrator to "shut up, bitch" just moments before firing his projectile launcher at protesters. Another video shows him saying, "Let's get this (expletive)."

    'I can't breathe':Several police departments nationwide have banned the use of deadly neck restraint technique

    Many on Twitter critiqued the officer's actions. One user who shared the video said, "This is evidence that the police are the aggressors in these protests." Another user urged the police department to "please pay closely attention to videos like this."

    Raj Jayadev, director of the social justice group Silicon Valley De-Bug, told The Mercury News of San Jose that the officer's actions were troubling.

    “Officer Yuen’s actions are extremely dangerous because you have someone who actually has a license to kill,” Jayadev said. “It’s one thing for someone to be a bully. But when you have the tools and state authority to act upon that violent aggression, it’s not just words, as far as I see it. It’s a criminal threat.”

    This isn't the first time that videos on social media have shown police officers lashing out at demonstrators in the aftermath of Floyd's death in police custody in Minneapolis.

    George Floyd protests: How did we get here?

    In Atlanta, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms fired two officers for pulling two college students out of a car, tasing the man and zip-tie handcuffing the woman. On Tuesday, a prosecutor announced that six officers have been charged.

    On Monday, officers and soldiers in Kentucky "returned fire" after someone shot at them, killing Louisville business owner David McAtee. Mayor Greg Fischer fired the police chief shortly after learning that the officers did not have their body cameras turned on.

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    https://www.wfmj.com/story/42198950/...tims-of-unrest

    By LISA MARIE PANE
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    One man was a retired St. Louis police captain checking on his friend's shop. Another was the beloved owner of a Louisville barbecue restaurant who provided free meals to officers. Yet another was a man known as “Mr. Indianapolis," a former star football player.

    They are among those killed as protests have roiled American cities in the week since the death of George Floyd, a black man who pleaded for air as a white Minneapolis officer jammed a knee into his neck.

    The deaths, as well as widespread peaceful protests, have at times been overshadowed by the shocking images of heavy-handed police tactics, vandalism and arson. Dozens have been injured in the chaos.

    Many of the people killed were African Americans, compounding the tragedy for black communities.

    The death toll and circumstances of the killings are still being sorted out in many cities, but here is what we know so far:

    ST. LOUIS

    A 77-year-old retired St. Louis police captain who served 38 years on the force was shot and killed by looters at a pawn shop early Tuesday, authorities said.

    David Dorn was found dead on the sidewalk in front of the ransacked store. Police have not released details about what led to the shooting, and no one has been arrested.

    The shooting apparently was streamed on Facebook Live but has been taken down. It came on a violent night in St. Louis, which saw four officers shot, businesses burned and ransacked, and people pelting officers with rocks hours following a peaceful protest.

    Dorn was a friend of the pawn shop’s owner and frequently checked on the business when alarms went off, wife Ann Marie Dorn told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

    David Dorn's personality was “bigger than life,” said former St. Louis County police Chief Tim Fitch. “He was a fun guy, a happy guy."

    Dorn retired in October 2007 and then became police chief of Moline Acres, a small town north of St. Louis.

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    LOUISVILLE

    Police and the National Guard troops trying to clear a crowd Monday heard gunshots and returned fire, killing David McAtee, the owner of a barbecue restaurant.

    The mayor fired the police chief after finding out officers did not turn on their body-worn cameras. State police and the U.S. attorney also are investigating.

    McAtee was a 53-year-old African American man known for offering free meals to officers who stopped by his restaurant.

    “We lost a wonderful citizen,” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said. “David was a friend to many, a well-known barbecue man.”

    Acting police Chief Robert Schroeder said Tuesday that video from security cameras at McAtee’s business and an adjoining store showed McAtee firing a gun as officers approached.

    “This video does not provide all the answers. But we are releasing it to provide transparency. It does not answer every question, including why did he fire and where were police at the time he fired,” Schroeder said.

    The protests also have centered on the death of Breonna Taylor, a black woman killed in her Louisville home in March as narcotics detectives serving a search warrant knocked down her door. No drugs were found.

    ___

    OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA

    A federal officer was providing security at a U.S. courthouse during a protest when someone fired shots from a vehicle. Dave Patrick Underwood, 53, died and another officer was critically wounded.

    It wasn't immediately clear if the drive-by shooting was related to the protests, though the federal building’s glass doors were smashed and the front entrance was sprayed with anti-police graffiti. No one has been arrested.

    Underwood, who was black, and the other officer were contracted security officers employed by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Protective Service. They were monitoring a nearby protest.

    Underwood was the brother of Angela Underwood Jacobs, recently a Republican candidate to fill a vacant congressional seat north of Los Angeles.

    ___

    INDIANAPOLIS

    Two people were killed this past weekend amid unrest, including 38-year-old Chris Beaty, a former offensive lineman for Indiana University.

    Beaty was known as “Mr. Indianapolis" and remained involved with the Hoosiers long after graduation. He also was a prominent businessman, running multiple nightclubs.

    “I am at a loss for words. The news of the passing of Chris Beaty is just devastating,” coach Tom Allen said in a statement. “Since I returned home to coach at Indiana, Chris embraced me, encouraged me and supported me! His passion for life and Indiana Football energized me every time we were together."

    The circumstances of Beaty's shooting weren't immediately clear, but some media reports said it happened near his apartment. It came the same night an 18-year-old man was fatally shot as protests erupted in the city.

    ___

    DAVENPORT, IOWA

    Police are investigating the deaths of 22-year-old Italia Kelly, who was shot Monday while leaving a protest outside a Walmart, and of a man found near where suspects exchanged gunfire with police in the city of 100,000 people across the Mississippi River from Illinois.

    Kelly and a friend were getting in a vehicle to leave because a protest had turned unruly when she was struck in the back by a bullet, said her aunt, Amy Hale of Atchison, Kansas. No arrests have been made.

    “She was always smiling, always laughing. That’s why it’s so sad that she was taken in such a violent way,” Hale said. “That is not Italia. She was the bright, bubbly big personality in the room.”

    Separately, authorities said an officer was “ambushed” with gunfire Sunday. Another officer shot back, and the suspects fled but were arrested.

    Near where the officer was wounded, police found a man shot to death and a handgun under his body. His identity wasn't released.

    Police said surveillance video shows that the man and some of the arrested suspects were involved in a shooting outside a jewelry store hours earlier. They were casing the business when other cars arrived and multiple people fired shots at each other, police said.

    ___

    MINNEAPOLIS

    In what is believed to be the first killing since the protests broke out, Calvin L. Horton Jr. was fatally shot outside a pawn shop last week.

    The owner of the pawn shop, who is white, was arrested in the death of Horton, a 43-year-old black man. Police say they are investigating the circumstances of the killing, including whether it was related to protests in the neighborhood.

    The shop was described as having been significantly damaged during the unrest.

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    OMAHA, NEBRASKA

    James Scurlock, a 22-year-old black man, was killed Saturday after authorities said he tussled with the owner of two downtown bars. Surveillance video of the strip of bars shows a group of people, including Scurlock, approach white bar owner Jake Gardner.

    Two people shove Gardner to the ground, and he fired shots in the air. Seconds later, Scurlock is seen jumping on Gardner, who then fires the gun over his shoulder, striking Scurlock.

    Authorities have declined to press charges in the death, calling the shooting self-defense. But Gardner could still face misdemeanor gun charges because his concealed carry permit for the gun had expired, the police chief said.

    ___

    DETROIT

    A 21-year-old man was killed in downtown Detroit after someone fired shots into a vehicle during a protest. According to a police report, the man was sitting in the driver’s seat of a car in a parking lot with two others when someone opened fire and then ran away.

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    SUBURBAN CHICAGO

    Two people were killed during unrest Monday in the suburb of Cicero, according to a town official. Spokesman Ray Hanania did not provide details about those who were killed but said it happened during protests.

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    Associated Press journalists around the country contributed to this report.

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    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...where-n1225776

    Nearly five dozen Buffalo police officers, specially trained for civil unrest, resigned from their unit Friday after two colleagues were suspended after a video surfaced appearing to show them shoving and seriously injuring a 75-year-old protester, officials said.

    The members of the Buffalo Police Department's Emergency Response Team quit that task force after the fallout from Thursday night's incident, which was caught on tape, according the Police Benevolent Association.

    “Fifty-seven resigned in disgust because of the treatment of two of their members, who were simply executing orders,” union president John Evans told NBC affiliate WGRZ.

    A spokesman for Buffalo's mayor confirmed the mass resignation, but insisted his city's streets would be protected. The officers involved are still with the department but are refusing to work on this specialized unit they had previously volunteered to join, a city rep said.
    Soooo, like the Nazi guards at the deathcamps, huh? I don't agree with everything the protesters are doing, and as someone who spent several years in LE I understand that things aren't always what they seem, but to say this is frightening. Let them not work on the specialized unit, they will be giving up their incentive pay that squads like this always get. Boo hoo. The man in the video was just talking, why did they assault him and why when he was laying on the ground motionless in a pool of blood did they march over him? Go on, someone tell me this isn't like Nazi Germany. Our police should never have been militarized. I miss my early days in LE when the focus was community policing and coming together. I don't know what happened to us as a nation with our police force. I've been out on the streets, I've seen the bullshit, but this isn't the answer.

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    Soooo, like the Nazi guards at the deathcamps, huh? I don't agree with everything the protesters are doing, and as someone who spent several years in LE I understand that things aren't always what they seem, but to say this is frightening. Let them not work on the specialized unit, they will be giving up their incentive pay that squads like this always get. Boo hoo. The man in the video was just talking, why did they assault him and why when he was laying on the ground motionless in a pool of blood did they march over him? Go on, someone tell me this isn't like Nazi Germany. Our police should never have been militarized. I miss my early days in LE when the focus was community policing and coming together. I don't know what happened to us as a nation with our police force. I've been out on the streets, I've seen the bullshit, but this isn't the answer.
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    https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/06/us/te...rnd/index.html

    When Antonio Gwynn Jr. saw the damage from protests in his hometown of Buffalo, New York, he grabbed a broom, bought some trash bags and started cleaning the streets by himself.
    He started at 2 a.m. on Monday and did not stop cleaning for the next 10 hours. When an organized group of neighbors arrived later that morning to start clearing the damage, they found that Gwynn had already done most of the work.
    Gwynn is an 18-year-old high school senior. He told CNN that he saw on the local news that Bailey Avenue in Buffalo was covered in glass and garbage, and he knew people needed to use that street to get to work in the morning.
    When word spread of how Gwynn single-handedly took action, his community responded.

    Matt Block saw Gwynn's story on the news and decided to give him his prized 2004 red Mustang convertible. Block, 27, told CNN the car is one he wanted since he was a child, but these days he is only using it occasionally. He saw Gwynn ask for some car buying advice on Facebook, and Matt decided to offer up his sports car.
    It turns out that gift has more meaning than Block ever imagined. Gwynn's mother, who passed away in 2018, also drove a red Mustang. When he realized the coincidence, Gwynn says that he was so shocked he "didn't have any words," and Block says it gave him "goosebumps."
    Local businessman Bob Briceland learned of Block's gift, and he decided to extend a year of free auto insurance coverage through his insurance agency.
    "I just felt compelled to help him out. We just need to get together our whole city and show people how there's so many good people here," Briceland told CNN affiliate WKBW.
    After high school, Gwynn had planned to go to trade school while saving up to go to college. Upon hearing Gwynn's story, Medaille College in Buffalo offered him a full scholarship where he plans to study business starting this fall. One of his many career goals is to open a cleaning business.

    This is the first time Gwynn received this type of recognition for his good deeds, but this is not the first time he stepped up to help others. He is a member of Kappa Phi where he enjoys doing community service, and he helps out at churches.
    Gwynn is thankful for the community response, saying, "I appreciate everything everyone is doing for me."

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
    I like stories like this. They give me the warm fuzzies.

    "The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man" -Charles Darwin

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    What a nice story

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    https://abc7.com/protester-struck-by...s-out/6235303/

    DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A protester who was run down by a police cruiser in downtown Los Angeles is speaking out about the moment that was caught on video.

    Video from a protest last Sunday near Pershing Square shows an LAPD vehicle hit at least two protesters. The video then shows the police SUV back up and speed away.

    "Obviously it happened so fast, but I got knocked down and the adrenaline - I bounced back up," said Brooke Fortson, one of the protesters hit.

    Fortson, who calls herself a community activist, is seen in video wearing a black mask. She says she was taking a photo of protesters, heading back across the street when she says the officer accelerated and then hit her. She was thrown about a dozen feet.

    "It's still surreal, even seeing it happen to myself," Fortson said. "It's surreal."

    Her attorney is filing a government claim against the city of L.A. and the LAPD, a first step toward a potential lawsuit.

    "They're peacefully protesting police brutality and police murder and then for an officer to take his vehicle and engage in an act of police brutality by accelerating into them, that's wrong and we intend to get justice in the courts," said her attorney James DeSimone.

    Fortson says she is still suffering neck and back pain. Her attorney says they have not yet learned the name of the officer behind the wheel.

    After the incident circulated on social media, LAPD tweeted the incident is under investigation.

    The L.A. City Attorney's Office says it is reviewing the claim and did not offer further comment at the time.

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    https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md...-lives-matter/

    Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) on Sunday became the first Republican senator known to march in one of D.C.'s anti-racism demonstrations following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis nearly two weeks ago.

    Wearing a mask and garnering little overt notice from fellow protesters, the former presidential nominee marched alongside hundreds of evangelicals in a crowd that eventually swelled to more than 1,000 demonstrators.

    Romney said in an interview that he wanted to find “a way to end violence and brutality, and to make sure that people understand that black lives matter.”

    Democratic Sens. Kamala D. Harris (Calif.) and Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) have waded through the throngs of outraged yet largely peaceful protesters in the District, and civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) toured the city’s newly named “Black Lives Matter Plaza” on Sunday morning with D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D).

    Last week, Rep. Will Hurd (R-Tex.) marched in his state. But Romney is the first Republican senator to publicize joining a demonstration.

    Fellow Republican President Trump, by contrast, last week declared himself “your president of law and order,” and retweeted a letter from his former attorney John Dowd that referred to the protesters as “terrorists.”

    Under a beating afternoon sun, protesters around Romney waved signs with biblical phrases and chanted: “Do justice! Do justice!”

    At one point in the march, Romney held up his phone and — like so many other Americans have done in the past week — snapped a selfie of himself protesting. His quickly went viral.

    The protesters marched from the U.S. Capitol’s reflecting pool along Pennsylvania Avenue in a demonstration planned by a handful of evangelical churches in the D.C. region, including some of the most prominent.

    Organizers said they did not know that Romney planned to attend until they saw him. Romney said that he attended the Christians’ rally before the march. There, Rev. Thabiti Anyabwile, pastor of the Anacostia River Church, called for “fighting systemic injustice and being for personal responsibility.”

    “We don’t have to settle for half the coin,” Anyabwile said. “We’re Democrats and Republicans.”

    Romney marched quietly amid the hundreds of Christians streaming toward the White House, stationing himself toward the front of the column and directly in its center. He wore a white checkered button-down shirt tucked into dark jeans and a large white N95 mask that almost fully obscured his face.

    No one pointed or whispered, and people seemed too busy chanting and singing to ask for a photo, the way other senators had been approached in crowds.

    It is unclear exactly when Romney joined the marchers, many of whom had started the day across the Anacostia River in miles-away neighborhoods in Ward 7 and Ward 8. It is also unknown when he left the group. But he was present when the group passed by the Trump International Hotel and — led by a cantor with a megaphone — broke into a loud rendition of “This Little Light of Mine.”

    On Saturday, as more than 10,000 people crammed into D.C. streets for protests, Romney tweeted about his father, former Michigan governor George W. Romney. While in office, Romney’s father marched in civil rights demonstrations outside Detroit in the late 1960s.

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    https://apnews.com/d1d1a625f7a975db77d2b3be97924594

    SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — John Damskey’s nightmare began with his wife getting emails from strangers telling her she should be ashamed of her husband, a retired police officer. Their phones wouldn’t stop ringing with calls from unfamiliar numbers. Some even called his 74-year-old mother.

    Baffled by the barrage of hate last Thursday, Damskey plugged his name into the internet and made a horrifying discovery: Mobs of Twitter users were falsely accusing him of being the bicyclist on a Maryland trail who accosted three young adults posting flyers protesting the death of George Floyd.

    Millions of users have viewed a video of last Monday’s encounter on the Capital Crescent Trail in Bethesda, a Maryland suburb of Washington, D.C. One of them was Damskey, who knew he wasn’t the culprit and did nothing to provoke the death threats and angry messages directed at him.

    Damskey, 53, was one of at least two men who were falsely accused by internet vigilantes who posted their photos and personal information on Twitter before police on Friday arrested and charged another man, 60-year-old Anthony Brennan III, with assaulting the three protest supporters.

    Damskey, who served as a Montgomery County police officer for nearly 30 years before retiring in 2016, described the experience as surreal and terrifying.

    “I’ve got a wife who is in tears. My mom is scared to death,” he told The Associated Press on Monday in his first interview about his ordeal. “It’s sad. It’s scary. It’s something that I don’t ever want to go through again.”

    Brennan, a Kensington, Maryland, resident, issued a statement through his lawyers in which he said he was “sick with remorse for the pain and fear I caused the victims on the trail.”

    The Maryland-National Capital Park Police said it received hundreds of tips from the public before detectives arrested Brennan on three counts of second-degree assault. Brennan grabbed the flyers from one of the young women and pushed his bicycle towards a man, knocking him to the ground, the department said in a news release.

    The three victims, who ranged from 18 and 19 years old, said they were posting flyers promoting justice for George Floyd, the black man who died May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee on the neck for nearly nine minutes, ignoring his cries of “I can’t breathe.”

    After Brennan’s arrest, the company that apparently employed him tweeted a statement that it had fired an employee who had “engaged in disturbing, wrongful, and completely unacceptable behavior directed towards peaceful demonstrators.”

    Before Brennan’s arrest, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh tweeted that another Twitter user, Peter Weinberg, wasn’t a suspect in the assault investigation. A day earlier, Frosh had tweeted a link to the viral video and asked the public to contact him or a county prosecutor if they recognized the cyclist.

    Weinberg posted a police report to prove that detectives had cleared him of any involvement.

    “We must align in the fight for justice and equality -- but not at the cost of due process and the right to privacy and safety. Let’s use Twitter to amplify the positive wave,” Weinberg later tweeted.

    Rene Sandler, an attorney and longtime friend of Damskey, offered to help him. She contacted Twitter’s legal department Friday and reported as many “dangerous, harassing, targeted” tweets as she could find. She said Twitter has removed many if not all of those tweets.

    “They responded swiftly and took it incredibly seriously,” she said.

    However, Sandler said she has talked with Damskey about possibly pursuing slander, libel or defamation claims against Twitter users and others who harassed him and his family.

    “We continue to monitor social media and we will not hesitate to take action against any person who is publishing false information about John and his family,” she said.

    Damskey said he saw tweets that endangered his son, Michael, a police officer, and other relatives who have served as police officers and firefighters.

    Damskey didn’t have a Twitter account, but he and his wife deleted their Facebook accounts after the abuse started last week.

    “I don’t know who has seen it and who hasn’t, but my reputation is shot. Once they see something like this, there’s always going to be that question,” he said.

    Twitter spokeswoman Katie Rosborough said the social media platform takes enforcement action when tweets violate its private information or abusive behavior policies. The company also has rules against creating accounts to target and harass other users, she said.

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    https://www.wesh.com/article/greg-gl...oyd-1/32819204

    Embattled CrossFit CEO Greg Glassman is resigning after he sparked outrage over his response to nationwide protests against racial injustice and police brutality.

    In a statement Tuesday, Glassman said he decided to retire after he "created a rift in the CrossFit community and unintentionally hurt many of its members."


    "Those who know me know that my sole issue is the chronic disease epidemic," Glassman said. "I know that CrossFit is the solution to this epidemic and that CrossFit HQ and its staff serve as the stewards of CrossFit affiliates worldwide. I cannot let my behavior stand in the way of HQ's or affiliates' missions."

    CrossFit has been embroiled in controversy for the past week — first because gym owners said they were dismayed by the company's failure to quickly put out a statement expressing solidarity with protesters or support for black athletes, as dozens of corporations did in the days following George Floyd's death. Then on Saturday, Glassman posted several controversial tweets referencing Floyd's death and the coronavirus pandemic.

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    https://www.wave3.com/2020/06/10/mor...floyd-protest/

    ATLANTA (AP) — Two more Atlanta police officers were fired Wednesday over an incident in which two college students were pulled from a car in traffic during a large protest against police brutality, authorities said.

    Sgt. Lonnie Hood and Officer Armon Jones were fired as a result of their involvement in the May 30 incident, police spokesman Sgt. John Chafee said in an email.

    Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and police Chief Erika Shields previously announced the firing, less than 24 hours after the encounter, of two other officers who were involved. The four fired officers and two others face criminal charges stemming from the incident.

    Body camera footage shows a group of Atlanta police officers confronting 22-year-old Messiah Young and 20-year-old Taniyah Pilgrim in a car in downtown traffic caused by protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota. Video shows the officers shouting at the students, firing Tasers at them and dragging them from the car. Throughout the confrontation, the couple can be heard screaming and asking what they did wrong.

    The two students are rising seniors at historically black colleges near downtown Atlanta, Young at Morehouse College and Pilgrim at Spelman College.

    Hood is charged with aggravated assault against both Young and Pilgrim for using a Taser against both of them, an arrest warrant says. He is also charged with simple battery for violently pulling Pilgrim from the car and throwing her down on to the street, a warrant says.

    Jones is charged with aggravated battery for hurting Young’s left arm when he dragged him from the car and slammed him onto the street, a warrant says. He also is charged with pointing a gun at Young. Young suffered a fractured arm and a gash requiring two dozen stitches.

    The two officers who were previously fired — Investigator Ivory Streeter and Investigator Mark Gardner — filed a lawsuit Monday against the mayor and police chief alleging violations of their due process rights. Gardner and Streeter are each charged with aggravated assault for using their Tasers on the couple, arrest warrants say.

    The other two officers facing charges remain on administrative leave, and the investigation remains open, Chafee said.

    Willie Sauls is charged with aggravated assault for pointing a Taser at Pilgrim and with criminal damage for repeatedly hitting and damaging the driver’s side window of the car, according to warrants.

    Roland Claud is charged with criminal damage for breaking the car’s window, a warrant says.

    All of the charged officers are black except for Claud, who’s white. Atlanta Police Department sworn personnel is about 61% black, according to 2019 numbers provided by the department.

    Copyright 2020 Associated Press. All rights reserved.

    Update 2 Atlanta Police officers are fired for Brutality allegations during the Atlanta Area Protests.

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    https://abc7.com/7-lapd-employees-re...tions/6241320/

    LAPD under investigation for Police Brutality allegations.

    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Several advocacy organizations have filed lawsuits against the Los Angeles Police Department as the agency faces criticism for the tactics used by some of its officers during recent protests over the death of George Floyd.

    At a news conference outside police headquarters in downtown Los Angeles, community activists displayed canisters they claim were left in the streets that were used by police to fire rubber bullets into the crowd.

    "This case is about the irony of people in the streets protesting against police brutality, and they're met with police brutality," said attorney Jorge Gonzalez.

    In a statement Wednesday, the LAPD said 40 investigators have been assigned to ongoing investigations into "allegations of misconduct, violations of department policy, and excessive force during the recent civil unrest.

    "We will look into every complaint thoroughly and hold every officer accountable for their actions," the statement said, adding that 56 complaint investigations have been opened, 28 of which involved alleged uses of force.

    Black Lives Matter co-founder Melina Abdullah said: "We also need to think about what the intention is. The intention is not just to cause harm against those who are directly met with batons, but also to have a chilling effect on protests."

    Seven LAPD employees have been assigned to non-field duties as a result, the news release said.

    Lawyers say the protesters were overall peaceful, yet the department used dangerous tactics. They say after the arrests, people were held for eight to 12 hours even though the offense was a violation of the curfew.

    Mayor Eric Garcetti has said the police commission will look at video and the tactics used by the department during the protests to see if laws were followed properly.

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    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-53022073

    Angry police across France have thrown their handcuffs on the ground as they feel "insulted" by claims that they tolerate brutality and racism.

    Protesting police also drove in convoy down the Champs-?lys?es in central Paris on Friday, sounding their horns.

    They rejected any parallels with the Minneapolis police officers whose fatal arrest of George Floyd sparked a wave of anti-racism protests worldwide.

    And they are furious with a government ban on the police "chokehold".

    Interior Minister Christophe Castaner announced the ban on Monday, after French protesters took to the streets alleging that police in France exhibited racism towards ethnic minorities, in the same way that US police have been accused of using brutality towards black suspects.

    Mr Castaner held talks with police unions on Thursday and they are continuing, as the government seeks to cool an intense racism debate that has re-ignited tensions in some communities.

    There was trouble earlier this month when protesters, inspired by the US anti-racism marches, commemorated Adama Traor?, a 24-year-old black Frenchman who died in a 2016 police operation.

    Police have also been accused of seriously wounding a 14-year-old boy called Gabriel, when he was detained on suspicion of trying to steal a scooter in Bondy near Paris late last month.

    Anti-racism activists plan to march from R?publique to Op?ra in central Paris on Saturday. The Paris police department has warned that shops and other businesses in the area should close and board up their windows, as trouble could flare up again.

    French anti-racism protests defy police ban
    Video of French officer beating protester probed
    French police officers suspended over racist slur

    Police handcuff protests took place on Thursday in Paris, Lille, Rennes, Bordeaux, Toulouse and other cities and continued on Friday morning, with a row of officers discarding their handcuffs at Orly airport near Paris.

    Defending the police use of chokeholds, Xavier Leveau of the police union told the AFP news agency that "head restraint is very important during handcuffing". He insisted it was nothing like the method used in the death of George Floyd.

    "We're not going to hold him down for eight minutes, we're going to hold him down just for the handcuffing... we don't have a substitute technique. So how do we do it today?"

    He went on: "We are angry at the announcements that are made, where we suspect the police of everything and nothing, whereas in our country the police really reflect the image of its population.

    "People think that the police are racist, whereas in our country we have people of all ethnic groups, and we all work well together."

    France's police watchdog says it received almost 1,500 complaints against officers last year - half of them for alleged violence, AFP reports.

    On Monday the interior minister announced the chokehold method "will be abandoned".

    "It will no longer be taught in police and gendarmerie schools. It is a method that has its dangers," he said.

    He vowed that there would be "zero tolerance" of racism in law enforcement and officers strongly suspected of racism would be suspended.

    He said too many officers had "failed in their Republican duty" in recent weeks, and he cited cases of racist and discriminatory remarks. "We have to track it down and combat it."

    A Paris police officer quoted by Le Parisien news on Friday said "this government is spineless - all you need is 20,000 hotheads in the street and the government abandons the police".

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    https://abc30.com/unprovoked-attack-...-nypd/6230832/

    BROOKLYN -- Three NYPD officers are hospitalized and a suspect in critical condition after what police say was an unprovoked attack during an anti-looting patrol in Brooklyn.

    It happened at 11:45 p.m. Wednesday.

    Police say two officers were on an anti-looting patrol when a man walked up and stabbed one of them on the left side of his neck.

    Seconds later, officers nearby heard gunshots and ran towards the scene.

    "We believe that when they got there they saw the (perpetrator) with a gun in his hand that we believe belonged to one of the officers," said Police Commissioner Dermot Shea. "It appears to be a complete cowardly, despicable, unprovoked attack on a defenseless police officer. And thank God we're not planning a funeral right now."

    Three officers were injured and rushed to Kings County Hospital, where many gathered overnight.

    One officer was stabbed, the suspect's knife missing a major artery. Two others were shot in the hand. All three officers are in stable condition.

    The suspect is in critical condition after he was shot by responding officers.

    The FBI has joined the investigation. Video from NewsCopter 7 over the scene showed agents on the scene gathering evidence.

    Commissioner Shea issued a call for the violence on his officers to stop, and said that words matter after days of protest.

    He would not discuss what may have motivated the suspect.

    The NYPD is reviewing body camera footage as they work to determine exactly how and why this happened.

    https://abc30.com/3-officers-hurt-wh...ffalo/6226549/

    BUFFALO, New York -- An SUV carrying two people who had been shot plowed through a group of law enforcement at a George Floyd demonstration Monday night in Buffalo, injuring at least three officers, authorities said.

    Video posted by a bystander shows a line of police officers, backed up by an armored personnel carrier, rushing and tackling a man who was being interviewed by a man with a TV camera about 9:30 p.m. Other officers used batons to whack at protesters, who scattered.

    Moments later, there was the sound of firearms discharging off camera, then officers ran as an SUV barreled through a cluster of officers. Trooper Ronald L. Ensminger Jr., a 19-year-veteran of the State Police, went under the wheels.

    The SUV drove around an armored vehicle and sped off as more gunfire sounded.

    The officers were taken to Erie County Medical Center and authorities said their condition was stable. Trooper Ensminger was seriously injured and suffered a broken leg and shattered pelvis, the agency said. Trooper Randall A. Shenefiel, is a 17-year-veteran of the State Police, suffered minor injuries as did a Buffalo police officer.

    Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown told WGRZ-TV that two people in the SUV had been shot somewhere else before the vehicle ran through the line of officers, and were being treated for their own injuries. A third person in the SUV was in custody.

    Buffalo Police spokesman Michael DeGeorge said two people were struck by gunfire during Monday's protest. It was not immediately known whether the shots came from police or others, he said.

    As a police helicopter flew overhead, officers in armored vehicles asked the crowd to disperse and fired tear gas within a few blocks of where the police were struck. Several stores in the area were broken into, and people were seen entering and leaving with goods. The windows of a looted convenience store were smashed and protective metal bars had been pulled aside.

    One woman on her front stoop said, "I'm scared," to a person over the phone.

    As the night stretched on, the crowds thinned out and smoke swirled from trash that had been emptied out across several streets and set on fire.

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    https://abc30.com/5-officers-shot-wh...ities/6226622/

    Across the country, things turned violent again during the eight-straight night of outrage that injured multiple police officers in two different cities.

    In Las Vegas, an officer is on life support after being shot while interacting with protesters near Circus Circus. Police say the suspect who fired at the officer is in custody.

    During a separate incident in Las Vegas, a man was shot multiple times by police after they say he fired shots at the federal courthouse.

    The shootings continued outside Las Vegas.

    In St. Louis, Missouri, four officers were shot near the police headquarters. The shooting happened during a clash with a group of what they're calling, "agitators."

    According to police, the officers were taken to the hospital, where they are conscious and expected to be okay.

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