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    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Police in Springfield, Missouri, seized more than a pound heroin during a drug bust earlier this month. Springfield police said Monday that officers were serving a search warrant on Aug. 6 when they seized 1.24 pounds of the illegal drug, with an estimated street value of about $85,000. Police and the FBI continue to investigate and no further details were released. Springfield's Special Investigations Section has taken nearly five pounds of heroin off the streets in 2020, the department said. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Missouri
    A street surveillance camera has captured the moment a man opened fire from a moving vehicle and shot four people, killing one, in Mexico City.  One of the alleged attackers has confessed to targeting the victims in an assassination plot, according to local media. The shocking incident occurred Friday afternoon in the municipality of Iztapalapa, when a Ford Explorer slowly pulled up in front of a store. The shooter is clearly seen aiming a rifle before opening fire, as pedestrians desperately run for cover. Authorities on Saturday said Gustavo Dávila, 27, one of the targets, died at a local hospital as a result of the gunshot wounds. WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT  A street surveillance camera registered the tragic drive-by-shooting in the Mexico City municipality of Iztapalapa on Friday afternoon. One of the three suspects told authorities that they had been hired to killed three of the four men who were shot...
    Newton police played a major role in the investigation that led to the arrest of an Arkansas man who scammed more than $100,000 from at least seven victims nationwide — including one woman in Sussex County. Police in Newton received a report that a local woman had been contacted by a man who said that he was in possession of all of her personal and financial information on Thursday, August 6, authorities said in a release. The victim stated that the man threatened to exploit her information unless she sent $9,000 in cash to an address in Wisconsin, police said. Newton Patrolman Steven Shawger worked alongside the Detective Bureau, the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office, the Kenosha Police Department Detective Bureau in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and the Department of Homeland Security to expedite and intercept the package containing the cash, authorities said. The package was traced to a location in Kenosha where...
    Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., is “fanning the flames of anarchy,” said Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., on Monday, reacting to Pressley's comments justifying the unrest in cities across the country. “It’s highly irresponsible and those comments are just fanning the flames of what we’re seeing. We had officers hurt last night in Seattle” Collins told “Fox & Friends." KALAMAZOO, MICH., RALLY DEVOLVES INTO VIOLENCE ARRESTS: REPORTS There should be “unrest in the streets” over President Trump and his political allies turning a "deaf ear" to Americans' concerns, including those about the "dismantling" of the U.S. Postal Service -- which amounts to voter suppression, Pressley said Friday. Conservatives on Twitter quickly condemned Pressley's remarks as "unhinged," "horrible" and "disgusting." The freshman Democrat "Squad" member made her remarks Saturday on MSNBC's "AM Joy." “This is as much about public outcry, organizing and mobilizing and applying pressure," Pressley said, after mentioning steps Democratic lawmakers can take, "so that this GOP-led Senate...
    More than 60 emergency 911 calls went unanswered overnight in Portland, Oregon, as police officers were preoccupied with riots downtown. On the 80th straight night of protests, the Portland Police Bureau declared a riot at midnight, Sunday, after hundreds of people blocked traffic for three hours and engaged in “violent, tumultuous conduct.” From midnight to around 2:45 a.m., demonstrators ignored warnings from the police to disperse and began bickering among themselves. Some rioters pelted rocks at police officers and spray painted cameras while others shined green lasers into officers’ eyes. People assault police with projectiles causing injuries – arrests (Photo) https://t.co/TPXdjshBKp pic.twitter.com/RHPCQYrXEf — Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) August 16, 2020 Two officers were sent to the hospital, and several people were arrested. “At the time of this release, over 60 calls for police service were holding around the city,” the Police Bureau said in a statement. “Some had been holding for the length...
    More Minneapolis voters said in a poll released Saturday that the city’s police force should not be reduced. The Star Tribune/MPR News/KARE 11 Minnesota Poll found that 44 percent of respondents said the size of the Minneapolis Police Department should not be decreased, compared to 40 percent of voters who said it should. Sixteen percent of voters were undecided. Among Black participants, 50 percent said it should not be reduced, 35 percent said it should and 15 percent were unsure.  Almost half of all voters said they thought making the police department smaller would negatively impact public safety, while about a quarter said it would positively affect it. Half of participants agreed that crime has increased in the city in the past few years. But the poll showed majority support for shifting financial resources for the police to social service programming, like mental health, drug treatment or violence prevention programs,...
    A former Minneapolis police officer described himself as a “human traffic cone” during the killing of George Floyd said he should have been “more observant” while his partner had his knee to the back of Floyd’s neck, a video interview revealed. Tou Thao, who is one of four former police officers charged in the May 25 death of Floyd, also said in footage of his interrogation released by a Minneapolis court that his “heart kind of sank” the moment he found out Floyd had died in the hospital. In the video, Thao tells FBI investigators and representatives from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension he did not see all of the actions of his fellow officers, including his partner Derek Chauvin, who knelt on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. During the more than one hour interrogation, Thao said that he was worried Floyd could have been experiencing “superhuman” strength...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The deadline for Chicago schools to decide whether to keep Chicago police patrolling their campuses has now passed, but not before one more school votes to remove its school resource officers. After its board took a vote Lincoln Park High School will be getting rid of its in-school officers. Protests this summer called for Chicago Public Schools to end its contract with Chicago police altogether, but the mayor left it up to individual schools to decide. Lincoln Park High now joins the list of more than a dozen other schools including Back of the Yards, Lane, Mather, Roberto Clemente, Curie, Northside College Prep, and Senn High School.
    In the months since George Floyd died in Minneapolis while in police custody, protests have rippled across the United States, with hundreds of demonstrators rallying against systemic racism and calling for justice.Among some of the more prominent changes sparked by Floyd’s death is the speedy removal and renaming of landmarks and monuments representing the Confederacy. Such symbols have come down amid controversy in recent years, but the outcry surrounding police brutality, particularly against people of color, have sped up the initiative.The updated “Whose Heritage? Public Symbols of the Conf… Read More
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Rioters on rooftops and streets threw stones, eggs and fireworks at police overnight during a second night of unrest in a low-income neighbourhood of The Hague, Dutch police said Friday. More than 20 people were arrested for offences including incitement, public violence, and assaulting a police officer, police said in a statement. On Thursday night, the municipality imposed an emergency order that gave police extra powers to detain people. Young people in the neighbourhood have been clashing with police for two nights since water authorities acted to stop people opening fire hydrants to cool off amid a weeklong heatwave. In the early hours of Friday, youths damaged two police vehicles as riot officers moved in to restore calm. The neighbourhood was peaceful by Friday morning. There were no immediate reports of injuries.
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Five people were shot, including a man who later died, in a pair of overnight shootings in Harlem. The first shooting happened on Lenox Avenue near 113th Street around 11 p.m. Friday. Police said three women and one man were shot and taken to the hospital in stable conditions. The victims said they heard shots fired across the street before realizing they had been hit, according to investigators. MORE: Tracking Shootings In New York City About two hours later, a 30-year-old man was shot and killed just blocks away on 128th Street near Lenox Ave. Police said the man was pronounced dead at the hospital. No arrests have been made in either shooting. You can get the latest news, sports and weather on our brand new CBS New York app. Download here.
    Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. Officials in Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio each spent more than $434 million from their general funds on their respective police departments during the 2020 fiscal year. For each, that was more than a third of their general funds, the portion of city budgets that can largely be distributed to any department because it is not mandated to a specific function. Spending that much on police has rarely been challenged on a large scale, according to police reform advocates. But some Texas cities are rethinking how much they spend on police this year after the death of George Floyd, a Black man killed by Minneapolis police officers during an arrest, spurred protests against police brutality and calls to reduce police funding across the state and country. On Thursday, the...
    A man who once called Georgia home has been sentenced to 235 months in prison for trafficking methamphetamine after he was charged under Operation “Dixie Crystal.” Braudio Mendoza, 33 of Atlanta, Georgia, will also serve five years of supervised release according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. According to court records, from at least as early as 2018 to March 2019, Mendoza was involved in a drug conspiracy that trafficked large quantities of methamphetamine from Georgia into Western North Carolina.  Court records show that law enforcement identified Mendoza as a source of supply of the methamphetamine, and he coordinated drug deliveries into North Carolina. Over the course of the investigation, law enforcement determined that Mendoza was responsible for trafficking more than 4.5 kilograms of high-purity methamphetamine, also known as “ice”. On February 22, 2019, Mendoza pleaded guilty to two...
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Rioters on rooftops and streets threw stones, eggs and fireworks at police overnight during a second night of unrest in a low-income neighborhood of The Hague, Dutch police said Friday. More than 20 people were arrested for offenses including incitement, public violence and assaulting a police officer, police said in a statement. On Thursday night, the municipality imposed an emergency order that gave police extra powers to detain people. Young people in the neighborhood have been clashing with police for two nights since water authorities acted to stop people opening fire hydrants to cool off amid a weeklong heatwave. In the early hours of Friday, youths damaged two police vehicles as riot officers moved in to restore calm. The neighborhood was peaceful by Friday morning. There were no immediate reports of injuries. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not...
              Virginia’s legislature will meet in a Special Session on August 18, and House Democrats are eyeing new laws and regulations that will place tighter regulations on Virginia police departments and officers. In a statement released today, the House Democrats listed a myriad of points (detailed at the end of this article) they hope to address by introducing new legislation during the Special Session. Among those points are goals to reform Virginia’s Criminal Justice and Police systems. Speaker of the House Eileen Filler-Corn (D-41) said that in addition to “a bold plan” to “support the Commonwealth’s students, teachers, workers, and health care system” in response to COVID-19, the House Democrats will “also pass long-overdue legislation to reform our police and criminal justice systems.” House Majority Leader Charniele Herring (D-46) commented on the new legislation, saying the Democrats’ goal is “reforming systems that perpetuate [racial]...
    More than half of New York City’s police officers live outside the city they’ve sworn to protect and defend. That’s according to a report published Wednesday. The website Streetsblog New York, which said it got the information from a city government source, said 49.2 percent of the NYPD officers live in the five boroughs. That’s compared to nearly 94 percent of the department’s civilian workforce, which with few exceptions must abide by a two-year residency requirement. The Long Island counties of Nassau and Suffolk are home to nearly a third of the NYPD police force. In fact, there’s a higher percentage of officers living in Nassau (17.1 percent) than any of the five boroughs, and only Queens (15.9 percent) had a higher share than Suffolk’s 15.5 percent. Streetsblog’s report also noted that the average salary for an officer with less than six years on the job is...
    By CASEY SMITH, Associated Press/Report for America INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Black Legislative Caucus called Thursday for state lawmakers to increase accountability and transparency for the state’s police officers. Caucus members released a wide-ranging package of criminal justice reform proposals that they plan to push for during next year’s legislative session. Key to their policy agenda is establishing more frequent audits on public safety funds, funding body and dash cameras, reducing law enforcement in schools, automatic external investigations for officer-involved shootings, and requiring all law enforcement agencies to obtain independent liability insurance. Marijuana decriminalization, enhanced protester protections and studying racism as a public health crisis are among the more than three dozen other points outlined by the caucus. “We’re trying to keep the movement going,” Rep. Robin Shackleford said at a news conference Thursday. “We want to galvanize the voices of the streets into legislation.” The reform agenda follows...
    FAIRFAX DISTRICT, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The Los Angeles Police Department has released video from protests in the Fairfax district in May, showing intense clashes between officers and demonstrators."Get back! Get back! Get back!" officers can be heard yelling May 30 during what appeared to be a peaceful demonstration days after George Floyd's death.Body camera videos appears to show officers, who were wearing riot gear, swinging their batons into the crowd after a fellow officer was allegedly yanked by protesters. Multiple unarmed demonstrators were struck by the officers' batons.RELATED: LAPD officers seen striking protesters with batons in Fairfax district confrontation captured on videoAt the time, LAPD released to ABC7 the following statement, which did not refer to any specific confrontation."Protests, marches and demonstrations over the last several days have been often dynamic and at times dangerous situations for both officers and demonstrators," the statement said. "A number of these gatherings...
    POLICE discovered more than two dozen pipe bombs, including some that contained nails, screws and metal pellets near a strip mall, which led to the arrest of a 34-year-old man. Gregory Haasze, is facing 26 felony counts of making, possessing and placing a destructive device after his arrest Wednesday night in Palm Beach County, Florida. 5Gregory Haasze is facing 26 felony counts after people discovered more than a dozen pipe bombs near a Florida strip mallCredit: Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office An arrest report said Hassze, “fully admitted the devices were intended to detonate. However, he maintained he never intended to harm anyone.” “Haasze admitted to placing pellets in and around the devices, which he claimed he used to remove tree stumps,” said the report. Police were called to Hoadley Road at around 7pm Wednesday night after reports of an explosion, Boynton Beach police said in court records. Investigators found...
    Cities and towns across the country are supporting the police by increasing spending for law enforcement next year, despite a national drive from the Left to "defund" the police. In both small and large cities and red states and blue, some police departments are getting more money in 2021, even as budgets take a hit amid the coronavirus pandemic. Fort Worth and Dallas, TexasForth Worth, on Tuesday, unveiled a fiscal 2021 budget that increases public safety spending and expands the police department's mental health crisis intervention team. Dallas also has boosted its proposed police funding to $542 million. Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall said her focus is countering and responding to violent crime, but she supports "reimagining public safety." Houston, TexasCity officials in June passed a budget to give police an extra $20 million next year, bringing the department's bank account to $964 million. San Antonio, TexasCity Council members...
    Miami Beach police released images today in the hope that if there are more victims, they will immediately contact authorities. The incident occurred on August 5 on Third Street in Miami Beach. Apparently the suspect would have robbed a couple who were in the arena and had sexually abused one of them. According to the police, in these images we see Pedro Miguel Tomayo riding a bicycle minutes before and after the crimes of which they accuse him occurred. After being arrested a day after the events occurred, the 37-year-old man accepted that he robbed other people, so today the authorities publicly urge that if there are more victims, they should contact them to testify against him.
    (CNN)Less than 9% of Toronto's population is Black, but Black people are significantly more likely than other ethnic groups to be arrested, charged and killed by Toronto police, according to a new report. The Ontario Human Rights Commission this week published its findings on racial discrimination by the Toronto Police Service, its latest report in a series on the issue. Pending a final report, the commission's research team will make recommendations on how to curb discrimination in policing. According to the report, Black Canadians represented 32% of all the charges analyzed between 2013 and 2017, which included failure to comply, cannabis possession, trespassing and some driving offenses -- offenses the research team chose to focus on because they're typically up to an officer's discretion. And though they make up less than a tenth of Toronto's population, Black people were almost four times more likely to be charged than White people...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City One man was found dead by his own gun and another was wounded this morning in Brooklyn as firearm violence continues citywide, police said. In the first shooting, police from the 70th Precinct found a 50-year-old man at 8:34 a.m., shot once in the chest, apparently by his own hand behind the Sears Department store on Beverly Road in Flatbush. The victim was found lying next to a trash receptacle, the handgun sitting on his chest where he had apparently shot himself to death. Police and the Medical Examiner are investigating to make sure this was in fact a suicide. In the second incident, a 24-year-old man walking in front of 324 Sands Street in the Farragut Houses, a NYCHA development, was shot in the buttocks at 10:13 a.m. by an...
    BRIGHTON, Colo. (AP) — A man was arrested for allegedly attacking several people with a machete at a home in suburban Denver, killing one woman, police said. The attack was reported Tuesday night in Brighton. The suspect fled as officers arrived but was caught after a short car and foot chase in which police used a dog, police spokesperson John Bradley said. Two men and a woman who were injured in the attack were taken to hospitals with serious injuries, he said. Their names have not been released yet. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Colorado
    MINSK (Reuters) - Belarusian police detained more than 1,000 protesters on the third night of protests on Tuesday that broke out over a contested election handing a new term to President Alexander Lukashenko, the Belarusian Interior Ministry said on Wednesday. The ministry said 51 protesters and 14 police officers were hurt during the protests overnight. (Reporting by Andrei Makhovsky; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Maria Kiselyova) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Downtown Chicago looks very different Tuesday morning following the widespread property damage and looting that took place Monday.Streets in the Loop were quiet, with an increased police presence. City officials put restrictions in place to keep people out of the Loop and downtown business district from 8 p.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday.Thousands of people came into downtown Sunday night into Monday morning looting stores, breaking windows, clashing with police, and causing widespread damage all over the downtown area.Chicago restricts access to downtown streets, bridges, limits transit overnight after lootingEMBED More News Videos Videos show large crowds breaking windows and entering stores along the Magnificent Mile, in Gold Coast, in the Loop and in some other Chicago neighborhoods. In response to the mass destruction, the Chicago Police Department's Detective Division has established a looting task force and is seeking help from the community. Anyone who may have...
    Transgender Hollywood star Laverne Cox and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) pushed for the defunding of the police in a joint appearance Thursday on Watch What Happens Live, during which Sen. Harris said that putting more cops on the streets is “just wrong.” Laverne Cox expressed her enthusiasm about the Defund the Police movement in the virtual conversation. “The fact that there’s a national conversation about defunding the police, I think is remarkable. And that people of all races are having that conversation is really exciting to me.” Watch below:  Host Andy Cohen asked Sen. Harris to give her take on defunding the police. The senator, who served as California’s attorney general before being elected to Congress, said that the movement is really about “reimagining public safety.” “For far too long, the status quo thinking has been to believe that to put more police on the street, you’re going to have more...
    Dozens of celebrities are participating in a call to action in honor of Breonna Taylor. Jessica Alba, Ruby Rose and Viola Davis are just a few of several stars who demanded justice for Taylor across their social media platforms on Monday, which was exactly 150 days from the date she was killed by police officers in her home. The campaign calls for justice and police accountability. It kicked off on social media on Monday with celebs sharing photos of themselves in black and white t-shirts that read, "Arrest the cops that killed Breonna Taylor." The initiative is a partnership between Phenomenal, an organization founded by Meena Harris, and the Breonna Taylor Foundation. THE CELEBRITIES WHO HAVE DONATED TO THE BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT The shirt is being sold for $45 online and all proceeds will benefit the Breonna Taylor Foundation, founded by the late victim's mother, Tamika Palmer. Alba posted a pic of herself rocking...
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Police are still investigating a brawl that broke out during a pro-police rally in northern Colorado over the weekend and expect to make more arrests. While counter demonstrators saw some of the pro-police rally goers as the instigators in Saturday's melee, Fort Collins police chief Jeff Swoboda on Monday stood by his statement that there were aggressors on both sides, the Coloradoan reported. He said several people on each side were armed with weapons, including sidearms, brass knuckles, pepper spray and fireworks. “You’ll see, when arrest information comes out, (that) this was a destination for people looking to get into a fight for some,” he said, noting that most of the people involved in the fight were not from the city, home to Colorado State University. Video footage showed members of the pro-law enforcement crowd walking toward counter protesters who are backing away. Swoboda criticized...
    Chicago continues to brace for more looting as business owners fear the long-term impact of the unrest. The Wall Street Journal reported that hundreds of looters responded to posts on social media and descended on Chicago’s upscale Magnificent Mile and other shopping areas early Monday. People smashed windows, stole from stores and clashed with police. The looting was touched off by a shooting that happened around 2:30 p.m. Sunday, when Chicago police attempted to confront a man matching the description of a person seen with a gun. The man ran and shot at pursuing officers, police said. Officers fired back and wounded him. The man was hospitalized and is expected to recover. But the looting has left its toll on business owners, who have fought to survive the stay-at-home orders brought on by the coronavirus and looting in late May triggered by George Floyd’s death, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The newspaper...
    Hundreds of pro-police protesters gathered outside of Seattle’s City Hall ahead of a vote to strip funding from the city’s police department. “This is the silent majority. They’re silent no more,” KTTH radio host Jason Rantz tweeted on Sunday, accompanied by a photo of the pro-police protesters. This is the silent majority. They’re silent no more. pic.twitter.com/15DwhGoiC4— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) August 9, 2020 Videos and photos of the event showed the mass of people gathered around City Hall chanting, “SPD” while wearing blue in support of the Seattle Police Department. Large rally in support of SPD outside Seattle City Hall pic.twitter.com/2Tddxz0lh4— Amy Moreno (@AmyMorenoNews) August 9, 2020 Hundreds of people outside of City Hall with a message to defend @SeattlePD ahead of tomorrow’s City Council vote aimed to defund parts of the department. This rally is being put on by @SPOG1952. A group protesting...
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Police are still seeking investigating a brawl that broke out during a pro-police rally in northern Colorado over the weekend and expect to make more arrests. While counter demonstrators saw some of the pro-police rally goers as the instigators in Saturday’s melee, Fort Collins police chief Jeff Swoboda on Monday stood by his statement that there were aggressors on both sides, the Coloradoan reported. He said several people on each side were armed with weapons including sidearms, brass knuckles, pepper spray and fireworks. “You’ll see, when arrest information comes out, (that) this was a destination for people looking to get into a fight for some,” he said, noting that most of the people involved in the fight were not from the city, home to Colorado State University. Video footage showed members of the pro-law enforcement crowd walking toward counter protesters who are backing away....
    Democratic mayors are "losing it" and attacking President Trump instead of addressing the issues plaguing their cities, counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway told "Fox & Friends" Tuesday. She immediately thanked the Secret Service and lauded Trump for continuing his press conference Monday after being escorted from the White House briefing room, telling reporters "there was a shooting outside of the White House." But Conway said the bigger story is the increasing violence in cities like Chicago and Seattle. CNN'S BRIAN STELTER CLAIMS THERE ARE NO ANTI-TRUMP NEWS OUTLETS, BUT HIS NETWORK'S COVERAGE SUGGESTS OTHERWISE Conway slammed mayors for focusing on Trump and "shoveling hate at police officers, shoveling hate at people who work" at the White House. "I think that people are also worried that Donald Trump is going to get four more years and they're starting to lose it," she said. TRUMP'S FORMER ASSISTANT GIVES FIRST TV INTERVIEW SINCE...
    Former police officer Brandon Tatum joined the Daily Caller’s Stephanie Hamill to discuss the leaked police bodycam footage of George Floyd, the Black Lives Matter movement and more. Specifically, he explains why he believes the Black Lives Matter protests have very little to do with Floyd, saying that they are part of “something bigger.” “I think this video is inconsistent with the protesting and the rioting, I don’t understand why these people are still rioting at this point, this is not evidence of racial bias, it’s not evidence of killing him because he’s a black man and they got arrested very, very quickly,” said Tatum. He also slammed celebrities who are donating money to the effort to defund police. (RELATED: ‘A Violent Institution’: These Celebrities Are Funding The ‘Defund The Police’ Movement.) WATCH:   The views and opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author and do...
    CHICAGO -- Downtown Chicago looks very different Tuesday morning with an increased police presence enacting the 8:00 p.m. - 6:00 a.m. curfew restriction put in place following the widespread property damage and looting that took place Monday.Thousands of people came into downtown Sunday night into Monday morning looting stores, breaking windows, clashing with police, and causing widespread damage all over the downtown area.Chicago restricts access to downtown streets, bridges, limits transit overnight after looting"Waking up it's sad, it's such a beautiful city. It's just being destroyed in front of our eyes," said Maddy Quinn, Chicago resident.EMBED More News Videos Videos show large crowds breaking windows and entering stores along the Magnificent Mile, in Gold Coast, in the Loop and in some other Chicago neighborhoods. Two people were shot, 13 police officers were injured and more than 100 arrests were made, Chicago police said.Videos posted on social media showed large crowds...
    CHICAGO -- Downtown Chicago looks very different Tuesday morning with an increased police presence enacting the 8:00 p.m. - 6:00 a.m. curfew restriction put in place following the widespread property damage and looting that took place Monday.Thousands of people came into downtown Sunday night into Monday morning looting stores, breaking windows, clashing with police, and causing widespread damage all over the downtown area.Chicago restricts access to downtown streets, bridges, limits transit overnight after looting"Waking up it's sad, it's such a beautiful city. It's just being destroyed in front of our eyes," said Maddy Quinn, Chicago resident.EMBED More News Videos Videos show large crowds breaking windows and entering stores along the Magnificent Mile, in Gold Coast, in the Loop and in some other Chicago neighborhoods. Two people were shot, 13 police officers were injured and more than 100 arrests were made, Chicago police said.Videos posted on social media showed large crowds...
    More than 200 people showed up to support police officers at a Back the Blue rally in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Saturday. “These guys get so much crap, literally, thrown at them daily,” attendee Keri Warner told the News & Observer. “They just need support and need to know what they are doing is worth it.” The rally was organized by the Facebook group Back the Blue NC, which had 41,510 members as of Monday. “Given the current state of the union, praise and admiration of our law enforcement officers has been quickly replaced with slander and violent opposition,” the group’s about page read. “We are here to show our support of our heroes and to speak up on their behalf. We are no longer the ‘Silent Majority,'” it continued. Attendee Celia Croff said officers should not be targeted for putting on the uniform every day, adding that their lives...
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    Chicago restricted downtown access by raising its bridges early Monday after a night of widespread looting and rioting that led to more the 100 people arrested and at least 13 police officers injured. The unrest was prompted by a social media post urging people to converge on Chicago’s business district after police shot a man on the South Side around 2:30 p.m. Sunday. A pedestrian walks across Michigan Ave., Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, past a Chicago police department vehicle, a few blocks north of the raised Michigan Ave. bridge over the Chicago river after overnight vandalism in Chicago.  (AP) Officers had been responding to a call about a person with a gun in the Englewood neighborhood and tried to confront someone matching the description in an alley. The man fled from officers on foot and shot at them, police said. A video posted on Facebook around 6:30 p.m. falsely...
    CHICAGO — Chicago plans to cut cut its school police program by more than half next fiscal year, by removing payment for officers on days they are not serving in schools, and no longer paying for mobile patrol officers.  That will cut the budget, which was $33 million last year, by $18 million.  The budget proposal — part of a broader $8.4 billion spending plan unveiled Monday by the district — is the first indication of how the district will modify its school police contract for next year, with COVID-19 dramatically changing the landscape for schools alongside an increased spotlight on the cost of school policing.  Chicago Public Schools unveils $8.4 billion plan that relies on more COVID-19 relief from Congress The change will “allow the district to support the significant investments it is making in other areas,” according to the district’s budget proposal, released Monday morning.  “It’s no secret...
    CHICAGO -- 100 people were arrested and 13 police officers were injured after several crowds began looting businesses and destroying property along Michigan Avenue and the Near North Side overnight, Chicago police said.WATCH LIVE: ABC7 Eyewitness News CoverageVideos posted to social media showed large crowds breaking windows and entering stores along the Magnificent Mile.WATCH: Looters break in to State Street Potbelly restaurantEMBED More News Videos A group of looters were seen breaking into the Potbelly at State and Lake in downtown Chicago early Monday morning. CPD superintendent David Brown said Monday more than 400 officers were deployed to the downtown area after officers were notified of social media posts encouraging people to go to the Loop and loot businesses."Criminals took to the streets with the confidence that there would be no consequences for their actions," Brown said.The social media posts started in reaction to a police-involved shooting in Englewood Sunday...
    By DON BABWIN CHICAGO (AP) — Hundreds of looters descended on downtown Chicago early Monday following a police shooting on the city’s South Side, with vandals smashing the windows of dozens of businesses and making off with merchandise, cash machines and anything else they could carry, police said. When police shot a man after he opened fire on officers Sunday afternoon, the incident apparently prompted a social media post hours later urging looters to converge on the business district, Police Superintendent David Brown said at a news conference. Some 400 additional officers were dispatched to the area after the department spotted the post. Over the next several hours, police made more than 100 arrests and 13 officers were injured, including one who was struck in the head with a bottle, Brown said. Brown dismissed any suggestion that the chaos was part of an organized protest of the shooting, instead calling...
    A door to the Block 37 retail building is shattered Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, after vandals struck overnight in Chicago’s famed Loop. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) CHICAGO (AP) — More than 100 people were arrested Monday following a night of looting and unrest that left 13 officers injured and caused damage in the city’s upscale Magnificent Mile shopping district and other parts of the city, authorities said. Police Superintendent David Brown said it “was not an organized protest” but instead “an incident of pure criminality” that began following the shooting of a person by police the previous day in the city’s Englewood neighborhood. At one point early Monday, shots were fired at police and officers returned fire. Brown said a heavy police presence is expected in the downtown area until further notice. Read More: Black Lives Matter protesters beaten by pro-police group at ‘Blue’ rally “This was straight up,...
    Police in New Jersey busted another wild party during coronavirus restrictions in the state that this time attracted more than 300 people and ended with all being told to go home.  The Howell Township Police in Monmouth County said they also arrested the unnamed host of the event, which took place on Wilson Drive in the Ramtown section Sunday. Howell police said they requested mutual aid from Wall, Brick, Jackson, Freehold, the Monmouth and Ocean County sheriff offices and State Police 'in response to the dispersal of approximately 300 people in attendance at a 'pop-up' party', according to a news release posted on Facebook.  Pictures released by Howell cops show mask compliance among the revelers to be mixed. It was unclear if social distancing was being enforced. The images also showed the department called out K9 units to help in their response to the party.   Police in Howell Township, New...
    CHICAGO, ILL. - More than 100 people were arrested Monday following a night of looting and unrest that left 13 officers injured and caused damage in the city's upscale Magnificent Mile shopping district and other parts of the city, authorities said. Police Superintendent David Brown said it "was not an organized protest" but instead "an incident of pure criminality" that began following the shooting of a person by police the previous day in the city's Englewood neighborhood. At one point early Monday, shots were fired at police and officers returned fire. Brown said a heavy police presence is expected in the downtown area until further notice. "This was straight up, felony criminal conduct," said Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot. "This was an assault on our city." Those arrested were expected to face charges including looting, disorderly conduct, battery against police. Lightfoot said that the city has activated a neighborhood protection program...
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    A protester is seen being arrested in Louisville, Kentucky on August 9, 2020, after the public road ban went into effect. WHAS 11 The Louisville Metro Police Department said Sunday that protesters would no longer be allowed to march on public streets, and must stick to the sidewalks.  A police spokesperson said the restrictions were in response to increasingly "aggressive behavior" by protesters over the past week.  Protests have taken place in the Kentucky city every night for more than 70 days, in response to the police killing of Breonna Taylor in her home. A handful of people were taken into custody for disorderly conduct and obstructing the roadway Sunday night after the new restrictions went into place. Protesters said the police are trying to intimidate them into stopping their demonstrations, but said they would not stop until the three officers involved in Taylor's death are charged. Visit...
    Help! I don’t understand! I believe I’m an independent thinker. I’m up-to-date on the  divisive political climate. I support the peaceful protests — but not the violence. I watch a variety of TV news programs on several channels every day. I read two different daily newspapers. But I don’t understand this push to disband or defund the police department. Every day we hear of another shooting, another death with minimal to no witnesses coming forward. Many police officers are  being diagnosed with PTSD or quitting the force. Do citizens really believe that social workers are going to go into a domestic violence situation and calm people down? Who would you call if someone broke into your house to harm you? We need MORE empathetic and diverse men and women police officers today, not fewer. Many are already there who need our support. Let’s recognize them. Bonnie Driggs, St. Paul  ...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Guns piled up Saturday as a church in the Austin neighborhood partnered with the Chicago Police Department to get weapons off the streets with no questions asked."Just solely a safe space where they come in and turn in those weapons so they're not used on the street, don't do any harm to people or children out in the street," said Commander Angel Novalez of the CPD Community Policing Group. Today, is our no-questions asked Gun Turn in event in conjunction with Hope Community Church (5900 W. Iowa) from 10am to 2pm, to get guns out of the community. Each gun turned in at the event will receive a $100 prepaid gift card each BB, replica and air gun will receive $10. pic.twitter.com/Ox7URngUnW— Chicago Police (@Chicago_Police) August 8, 2020Novalez said people of all ages and races bring in guns. His team checks each firearm and takes down non-personally...
    Indian TV actor Samir Sharma died by suicide at his Malad residence. The actor was found hanging his kitchen at his residence and Mumbai police have registered it under accidental death report. The actor was currently a part of Star Plus show, Yeh Rishte Hai Pyaar Ke. The reason for his suicide remains unknown and there was no suicide note found in his apartment. Besides being a well-known TV actor, Samir Sharma also attempted his luck in Bollywood and was last seen in Ittefaq. Sameer Sharma, Yeh Rishtey Hain Pyaar Ke Actor, Dies By Suicide. Ittefaq was a joint production venture between Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment, Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions and BR Chopra films. The film starred Sidharth Malhotra, Akshaye Khanna and Sonakshi Sinha in lead roles and was a remake of a 1969 movie by the same name. Samir Sharma played Sonakshi Sinha’s husband, Shekhar Sinha who gets...
    Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden told donors Wednesday that he does not want to defund the police, instead advocating for more money despite it going against the wishes of racial justice protesters. Speaking to donors at a virtual fundraiser hosted by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, the former vice president made the remarks after being asked about his view of how to approach criminal justice reform. “I don’t want to defund police,” Biden told his supporters, “I want to get police more money in order to deal with the things they badly need from making sure they have access to community policing, that they have also in the department’s social workers, psychologists, people who in fact can handle those god awful problems that a cop has to have four degrees to handle.” The 2020 presidential hopeful went into further detail about specific reforms he would like to see enacted. “Reform...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City A man was arrested in Brooklyn for allegedly sexually assaulting a preteen girl, and possibly others.  John Russell, 59, was arrested on July 30 on charges of acting in a manner injurious to a child less than 17 years old and course of sexual conduct against a child. According to the NYPD, Russell allegedly began to assault the victim when she was 9 years old and continued until she was 11. Sources familiar with the investigation that on more than one occasion, Russell touched the victim on her breasts, buttocks and her private areas, above and below her clothing, with his hands and with his genitals. It is unclear at this time how Russell and the victim knew each other. A spokesperson for the NYPD stated that Russell, who was a...
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    The chief of Portland Police has called for the violence in the city to stop after it saw its 70th night of protests on Wednesday, saying 'enough is enough'. Meanwhile, Portland police declared a riot Wednesday for the second night running after protesters gathered outside of a police precinct in the south-east of the city. In a press conference yesterday, Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell said that those 'dedicated to just provoking a police response' through vandalism and violence are draining police resources. 'This is not forwarding the goals' of the Black Lives Matter Movement, he said. Lovell, who is Black, also wrote in the New York Times on Monday that the riots were 'drowning out the voices that need to be heard'.  Lovell said he was concerned that the national attention paid to the ongoing protests and the resources needed to police them were hurting the 'beautiful, vibrant city'...
    An 'extreme' stalker accused of tormenting a Utah family by sending them more than 500 unwanted services has pleaded guilty to one count of cyberstalking. Loren Okamura, 44, is said to have ordered food deliveries, locksmiths and prostitutes, to the home of Walt Gilmore and his family for more than a year.  The family's attorney Nathan Crane said Okamura, from Hawaii, targeted the Gilmores because he felt 'slighted' by a member of the family, though he declined to provide more specifics.   Okamura entered the pleas during a video conference hearing based out of U.S. District Court in Utah last week. He is scheduled to be sentenced October 5. His guilty plea capped off a case that prosecutors called an 'extreme' example of the darker and seedier side of modern technology. Okamura's online stalking in 2018 and 2019 targeted the Gilmore family, who live in a quiet, middle-class suburb of Salt Lake City, prosecutors alleged.  He sent one...
    By AMY FORLITI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis commission decided Wednesday to take more time to review a City Council amendment to dismantle the Police Department in the wake of George Floyd’s death, ending the possibility of voters deciding the issue in November. The Charter Commission had expressed concern that the process to change the city’s charter was being rushed after Floyd died following an encounter with a Minneapolis police officer. Some commissioners said they were more concerned with making the right changes, rather than making them fast. The proposed amendment followed widespread criticism of law enforcement over Floyd’s death. It would have replaced the Police Department with a “Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention” that backers said would take a more “holistic” approach. That approach wasn’t fully defined. The proposal would have allowed for some armed police officers. It called for a division of licensed peace...
    By AMY FORLITI MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis commission said Wednesday that it needs more time to review a City Council amendment to dismantle the Police Department in the wake of George Floyd’s death, ending the possibility of voters deciding the issue in November. The Charter Commission had expressed concern that the process to change the city’s charter was being rushed after Floyd died following an encounter with a Minneapolis police officer. Some commissioners said they were more concerned with making the right changes rather than making them fast. The proposed amendment followed widespread criticism of law enforcement over Floyd’s death. It would replace the Police Department with a “Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention” that backers said would take a more “holistic” approach. That approach wasn’t fully defined. The proposal would have allowed for some armed police officers. It called for a division of licensed peace officers, who...
    CHICAGO — Chicago Police are describing the murder of rapper FBG Duck Tuesday in one of the city’s most exclusive shopping areas as a targeted gang hit and preparing for retaliation, but some fear the “gang” label could lead to people letting their guard down — which could be dangerous. “This retaliation is not just about gang members. It’s about the collateral damage. These are not marksmen,” said Tamar Manasseh, founder of anti-violence group Mothers Against Senseless Killings Chicago. At 3:26 p.m Tuesday., FBG Duck, whose real name is Carlton Weekly, was standing with another man on the sidewalk near 70 E. Oak St. between Rush Street and Michigan Avenue when people in a black Ford Taurus and silver Chrysler 300 drove up, police said. Four gunmen got out, walked up and fired shots, hitting the men and a woman who was sitting in a nearby car, Police Deputy Chief...
    A Minneapolis restaurant owner, disheartened by the attitude toward the police that has crippled the city in the wake of the death of George Floyd, stated bluntly in the face of those calling for defunding of police departments, “We need more police.” The video segment of the owner followed Fox News’ Tucker Carlson delineating the rise in homicides around the country and the murder of children, from 9-year-old Janari Ricks in Chicago to the worst rise in shooting in Portland, Oregon in 30 years to more shootings in New York City in 2020 than all of 2019 to the killing of 1-year-old Davell Gardner, who died in his stroller at a barbecue from a shooting. Carlson noted that the city of Minneapolis had moved to “eliminate the police department,” then followed with the clip of the restaurant owner, who stated, “In the night, there’s no security here. So a lot...
    LOS ANGELES – An operation resulted in the discovery of 2,000 to 3,000 roosters and the arrest of several people when a search warrant was issued Monday in an unincorporated area of ​​Chatsworth. Investigators with sheriff’s department community associations issued the search warrant around 7 am on the multi-acre property north of the Ronald Reagan Highway (118), according to Officer Juanita Navarro-Suárez of the Sheriff’s Department of the County of The Angels. The search was part of “an investigation into animal cruelty and possession of game birds for the purpose of fighting” conducted by the Sheriff’s Department, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and the Department of Animal Care and Control of Los Angeles County. Several occupants of the property were detained, Navarro-Suárez said. Staff from the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control were reviewing and documenting the animals found in the operation, which...
    LOS ANGELES – An operation resulted in the discovery of 2,000 to 3,000 roosters and the arrest of several people when a search warrant was issued Monday in an unincorporated area of ​​Chatsworth. Investigators with sheriff’s department community associations issued the search warrant around 7 am on the multi-acre property north of the Ronald Reagan Highway (118), according to Officer Juanita Navarro-Suárez of the Sheriff’s Department of the County of The Angels. The search was part of “an investigation into animal cruelty and possession of game birds for the purpose of fighting” conducted by the Sheriff’s Department, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and the Department of Animal Care and Control of Los Angeles County. Several occupants of the property were detained, Navarro-Suárez said. Staff from the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control were reviewing and documenting the animals found in the operation, which...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia Police are asking for the public’s help locating two more suspects in connection to the shooting death of 7-year-old Zamar Jones. The boy was caught in the crossfire of a shootout while he played on his front porch in West Philadelphia over the weekend. Police announced Tuesday that they are searching for Damar Jones, 27, and Michael Banks, 30. Officials say both men should be considered armed and dangerous. The announcement didn’t say on what charges they were being sought in the boy’s death. Zamar was pronounced dead Monday. On Monday, Philadelphia District Attorney’s office announced that 27-year-old Christopher Linder faced murder and other charges in connection to the shootout. A $20,000 reward is being offered for arrest and conviction of Jones and Banks. If you have any information about this crime or these suspects, contact Philadelphia Police at 215-686-3334.
    (CNN)"I can't breathe."Those three words were uttered by Eric Garner in 2014 and again by George Floyd in 2020, when both men died while in police custody.The words have become a rallying cry for protesters. But for some, "I can't breathe" is about more than police violence. Hispanics and blacks create less air pollution than whites, but breathe more of it, study finds"It's not just about being choked out by police brutality — it's about being choked out because of air pollution," said Heather McTeer Toney, a former regional administrator at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under President Barack Obama and is now a national field director at Moms Clean Air Force, an advocacy group.Communities of color in the US are more likely to breathe air pollution, despite contributing less to fouling the air. They are more likely to be exposed to contaminated water, and to live near hazardous waste...
    Vice President Mike Pence said the Trump administration will increase funding for law enforcement, rejecting Democrat and left-wing calls to “defund the police,” offering his comments in an interview on Tuesday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow. Marlow asked about ongoing rioting, violent protests, and vandalism in large cities. “The executive branch has become increasingly aggressive in trying to restore law and order to our cities, which are frankly in disrepair,” Marlow said. “Could you explain some of the administration’s policies and some of the developments that are taking place in real time?” Pence replied, “The president and every administration comes in with the core obligation to see that laws are faithfully executed, and that begins with law and order, and this president made it very clear early on, whether it be in the wake of the the tragedy of George Floyd’s murder, where justice will...
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police have announced the names of two more suspects being sought in the shooting death of a 7-year-old boy struck by a bullet on the front porch of a west Philadelphia home over the weekend. Police said Tuesday that Damar Bashier Jones, 27, and Michael Banks, 30, both city residents, should be considered armed and dangerous. The announcement didn't say on what charges they were being sought in the boy's death. Zamar Jones, 7, was pronounced dead at 1 p.m. Monday of his injuries. Authorities said the boy had been sitting on his porch steps, next to his toy race car and scooter, when gunfire broke out on the block at about 7:40 p.m. Saturday. The Philadelphia district attorney’s office earlier announced that 27-year-old Christopher Linder was charged with attempted murder, aggravated and simple assault, reckless endangerment, weapons crimes and other counts in the shootout that killed...
    ULSTER, N.Y. (AP) — A tractor-trailer struck two stopped passenger vehicles on the Thruway in the Hudson Valley, killing two children and an adult from a New York City family, police said. The accident Sunday at about 8:30 p.m. near Kingston left five relatives injured, according to state police. Justin Gayapersad, 10, Chelsea Gayapersad, 14, and Zulika Salim, 47, of the Bronx were back-seat passengers in a 2012 Honda Accord when it was rammed by the tractor-trailer heading south. They were pronounced dead at the scene. Tractor-trailer driver Luc Leblanc, 61, of Sala derry-de-val, Quebec, tried to avoid a collision when he came upon stopped traffic, but struck the Honda from behind, pushing the car about 500 feet forward and off the southbound lanes, police said. While pushing the Honda, the truck struck the rear passenger side of a 2007 Kia Sedona minivan, which also went off the road, police...
    Police block a march route for Black Lives Matter Protesters on Michigan Avein Chicago, United States, on July 25, 2020. Jim Vondruska/NurPhoto via Getty Images On July 30, the city's final Columbus statue in Chicago, located on the South Side, was removed. "This step is about an effort to protect public safety and to preserve a safe space for an inclusive and democratic public dialogue about our city's symbols," Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. In the early hours of July 24, downtown Chicago was a lively scene of police officers, residents, photographers, and a line of anxious media, all present to witness the 87-year-old Christopher Columbus statue be removed at 3 a.m. local time. The decision came from Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who issued the order for the statue to be removed after tense clashes with police and protesters in previous weeks...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – The man accused of opening fire in the middle of an Elijah McClain protest on Interstate 225 faces more charges. The 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office announced Samuel Young now faces four counts of first degree assault in addition to four counts of attempted first degree murder. Samuel Young (credit: Jefferson County) Two of the assault counts relate to serious injuries which two people sustained. The other two counts relate to extreme indifference to human life. Young is out on a $75,000 bond. (credit: Aurora Police) The shooting happened on July 25 when a Jeep drove through a crowd of protesters. The Jeep’s driver told CBS4, through his attorney, he feared for his life and was on his way to Denver International Airport to drop his friend off. (credit: CBS) CBS4 spotted Young in the crowd with protesters openly carrying a weapon. A witness told police...
    Carlstadt police captured a pair of teen thieves as they exited a local supermarket with nearly $1,500 worth of stolen over-the-counter medications and vitamins from a local supermarket, authorities said. Alerted by security at the Stop & Shop on Paterson Avenue, Officers John Sanzari and Kyle Torres spotted Jayshawn Brayboy, 19, of Queens and a Brooklyn 16-year-old pushing a cart that held a black plastic trash bag filled with the stolen merchandise last Wednesday, Police Chief Thomas Berta said. Both ran but were caught by the officers. Brayboy and the minor drove to the store in a 2000 Ford Mustang reported stolen out of Brooklyn, Berta said. In the car were proceeds from a similar shoplifting at a Stop & Shop in Clifton and a small amount of pot, he said. Police charged Brayboy with several counts, including theft, resisting arrest, shoplifting and employing a juvenile in the commission of...
    CHICAGO — Local school councils across Chicago have less than a month to vote on whether to keep or remove school police officers. The meetings so far have raised long-standing issues around the transparency of the groups, how much they are supported and trained, and lackluster participation. Last week, the district announced it would post a list of campuses with police officers and a centralized list of upcoming votes on the issue. But as the district’s list doesn’t include links to participate in meetings, Chalkbeat and Block Club are continuing to track the upcoming meetings and links to participate. So far, three local school councils, representative bodies made up of parents, teachers and community members, have voted to remove school resource officers, and 18 others to keep them. (Follow our tracker here.) Northside College Prep’s Local School Council in North Park voted 8-0 to remove its officers this fall. Benito Juarez Community Academy, in Pilsen, voted 7-1...
    As violent protests grip the streets of Portland, violent crime is also skyrocketing. According to the Oregonian, 15 people were murdered in the Oregon city during the month of July, making it the deadliest one-month period for Portland in more than 30 years. Prior to July's violence, the city had seen just nine murders in 2020. Feds attempt to intervene after weeks of violent protests In Portland. (Nathan Howard/Getty Images) Not only have homicides surged, but so has other violent crime, like robberies. Property crime, including burglaries and vandalism, have also increased, the Oregonian noted. Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell has attributed the increase in crime to his department's budget being targeted by city officials, amid calls by far-left activists to reduce police budgets — or eliminate traditional policing altogether. Last month, at the direction of Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and the city council, Lovell was...
    So far this year, New York City has reported more shootings than it did in all of 2019, killing or injuring almost one thousand people across the city’s five boroughs, The New York Post reports. The Post found that a shooting in the Bronx on Saturday night marked the city’s 777th shooting of the year, one more than the 776 reported in all of 2019, according to data from the New York Police Department. Five shootings, three fatal, occurred in New York City late Friday night and early Saturday morning. “It only gets worse from here,” said Joseph Giacalone, retired NYPD sergeant and current adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. “As the shootings continue, so will retaliation,” he added. “It’s a vicious cycle that the NYPD worked hard to mitigate, but that they are no longer able and in some cases willing to do.” Brooklyn Borough President...
    Protests are becoming increasingly peaceful in Portland following more than two months of unrest between demonstrators and law enforcement in the wake of George Floyd’s death, reports say. In the latest gatherings Sunday night, an estimated 400 people came together to demonstrate against police violence and racism, chanting slogans like “Defund the police” and “stay woke” in front of a federal courthouse that has been at the center of violent clashes in recent weeks, according to The Oregonian. Yet some of the protesters expressed disappointment and frustration at the declining turnout, the newspaper adds, and there were no reported arrests. PORTLAND SEES LARGELY PEACEFUL NIGHT OF PROTESTS WITH MORE THAN 1,000 DEMONSTRATORS   Black Lives Matter protesters march through Portland after rallying at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse on Sunday. (AP) Portland’s Police Bureau described the demonstration near the courthouse Sunday night as a “peaceful event” that ended with protesters spilling out “into the streets surrounding the park” adjacent to the building. “Vehicular traffic was unable to get...
    The Democratic Party has changed and is becoming more socialist, Republican Rep. Jeff Van Drew, who recently left the Democratic Party due to his opposition to impeachment, told “Sunday Morning Futures” in an exclusive interview. “The Democratic Party used to be more moderate. It is not now. It has changed,” Van Drew, said. “It is a new party.” “It is not just political rhetoric to say that much of the party is really going toward a socialist bent. They really are,” he continued. On Sunday, Van Drew brought up the fact that New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy  is expected to sign legislation passed in the State Assembly Thursday that would allow illegal immigrants to obtain professional and occupational licenses in the state, raising concerns about the supply of jobs during a pandemic. “They’re literally going to give professional licenses to those that are undocumented,” Van Drew said. “Open borders, you know, the types of things that we...
    Major cities are seeing a dramatic uptick in gun violence, according to reports, with spikes in shootings taking place in New York and Chicago, as well as in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Portland, Oregon — two places where anti-racism and anti-police brutality protests are ongoing, months after the death of George Floyd in the custody of Minneapolis police. The New York Post reports that there have been 777 shootings in New York City in 2020, one more than the 776 that took place in the same area over the course of 2019. “There have been more shootings so far this year in New York City than in all of 2019,” the outlet notes. “A 24-year-old man who walked bleeding into Lincoln Hospital in The Bronx on Saturday night has pushed the city’s total number of shootings this year to 777 — topping the 776 recorded in all of last year, NYPD...
    There have been more shootings in New York City so far this year than took place in all of 2019. The New York Post reported Sunday that there have been 777 shootings in the city so far this year, topping the 776 that occurred in 2019. “It only gets worse from here,” Joseph Giacalone, a retired New York City Police Department sergeant, said. “As the shootings continue, so will retaliation. It’s a vicious cycle that the NYPD worked hard to mitigate, but that they are no longer able and in some cases willing to do.” This year’s shootings have left 942 victims either injured or dead across all five boroughs, including children. “I’ve been living here 55 years, and I’ve never seen it this bad,” New York City resident Mario Martinez said over the weekend. ”There’s more guns. I’m telling you when I grew up here,...