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Minneapolis mayor booed by protesters after refusing to defund and abolish police

While protests on Saturday were mostly peaceful, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey was met with a chorus of boos after telling a group of demonstrators he did not support abolishing the city police department. Multiple videos on social media show the confrontation, which took place when protesters marched to Frey’s home and called for him to…MORE

There’s a growing call to defund the police. Here’s what it means

There’s a growing group of dissenters who believe Americans can survive without law enforcement as we know it. And Americans, those dissenters believe, may even be better off without it. The solution to police brutality and racial inequalities in policing is simple, supporters say: Just defund police. It’s as straightforward as it sounds: Instead of…MORE

Portland is the latest city to suspend the use of tear gas on protesters

Portland is the latest city to suspend the use of tear gas on protesters

Police in Portland, Oregon, won’t use tear gas to disperse crowds, becoming the latest city to order the tactical change amid the ongoing nationwide protests against police brutality. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said Saturday he had directed the city’s police chief to stop using tear gas “unless there is a serious and immediate threat to…MORE

White House wanted 10k active duty troops to quell protesters

White House wanted 10k active duty troops to quell protesters

The White House wanted to have 10,000 active duty troops on the streets of Washington and other cities earlier this week to quell protesters, but Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint of Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley pushed back at the use of any active duty troops, according to a…MORE

George Floyd’s brother to testify before Congress on police accountability

George Floyd’s brother to testify before Congress on police accountability

George Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd, will testify before Congress on Wednesday during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on “Policing Practices and Law Enforcement Accountability,” a source familiar tells CNN. The source said it had not yet been determined whether Floyd would testify in person or virtually. House Judiciary Committee Democrats invited Floyd to speak, this…MORE

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California-based film and TV productions will soon be allowed to get back to work

California-based film and TV productions will soon be allowed to get back to work

Film and television productions in California will soon be able to send their people back to work, several months after the coronavirus pandemic shuttered operations across the country and internationally. The new guidance from the California Department of Public Health states that TV, film and music productions in the state can resume on June 12,…

YouTube is hosting a star-studded tribute to the class of 2020 this weekend

YouTube is hosting a star-studded tribute to the class of 2020 this weekend

YouTube Originals is celebrating the class of 2020 in style with a star-studded group of commencement speakers — headlined by former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama — and performers honoring this year’s graduates. The four-plus hour event is being called “Dear Class of 2020,” and it is meant to serve as an…

Stephen Colbert calls out violent police tactics at protests

Stephen Colbert calls out violent police tactics at protests

“Late Show” host Stephen Colbert is weighing in on the treatment of peaceful protestors at nationwide demonstrations against police brutality and systematic racism. Colbert commented on the use of rubber bullets by law enforcement at some of these events, calling them “more bullet than rubber,” adding that they “maim, blind and even kill.” “That’s why…