The Past 24 Hours or So – Protests/Race Relations News

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  • A Missouri couple drew their firearms on demonstrators as a group marched past their home toward St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson’s home to demand her resignation on Sunday.⁠

Early Monday morning, the president retweeted the video without comment.

  • St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner said her office is investigating the incident: “We will not tolerate the use of force against those exercising First Amendment rights, and will use the full power of Missouri law to hold people accountable.”
  • YouTube ​banned six accounts used by high-profile white nationalists on Monday. According to YouTube, the respective channels “repeatedly or egregiously violated our policies by alleging that members of protected groups were innately inferior to others, among other violations.”

The removed accounts include those ​owned by far-right political entertainer Stefan Molyneux, white nationalist outlets American Renaissance and Radix Journal, as well as longtime Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. YouTube also removed two associated channels: one belonging to alt-right poster boy Richard Spencer and another hosting American Renaissance podcasts.

  • Members of Kansas State University’s football team say they will boycott all team activities until action is taken against a student who posted a racist tweet about George Floyd.

Players are, “demanding that Kansas State University put a policy in place that allows a student to be dismissed for displaying openly racist, threatening or disrespectful actions toward a student or groups of students.”

  • The Louisville Metro Council, a powerful oversight group with subpoena power, announced that its government oversight committee plans to launch a probe into the steps taken by Mayor Greg Fischer and members of his administration leading up to and after the police killing of Breonna Taylor.
  • Sioux Rapids, Iowa, Police Chief Tim Porter has been suspended for two weeks without pay after making a controversial comment on social media. In response to an image of a pickup attempting to drive through a crowd of protesters, Porter commented, “HIT THE GAS AND HANG ON OVER THE SPEED BUMPS.”
  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is proposing a $1 billion cut to the New York Police Department’s annual budget, as calls grow across the nation for local governments to defund the police, and send the money to social services instead. Some of the money in NYC will instead go towards youth centers and New York City Housing Authority developments.
  • Detroit police say that an officer who was seen on camera striking roughly a dozen protesters with a police cruiser was just attempting to escape a crowd, claiming it had turned violent. The viral video shows the protesters surrounding the car chanting “no justice, no peace” when the officer barrels through, striking some and nearly running over one protester who is seen barely rolling out of the way of a wheel.
  • Twitch, the live-streaming service owned by Amazon, on Monday temporarily suspended President Trump’s account for violating the company’s policy on “hateful conduct.” It was taken down after a 2015 speech of Trump’s was rebroadcast, in which Trump called Mexicans “rapists.”
  • Nearly 40 descendants of soldiers listed on the Confederate Memorial Obelisk in St. Augustine, Florida are suing the city to stop the removal of the 30-foot tall monument without first undergoing the legally required review process to “prevent its damage or destruction.”
  • Reddit has confirmed that it is banning r/The_Donald, a political subreddit group in support of President Donald Trump, as well as an additional 2,000 subreddit groups associated with the account, for violating its policies against hate speech.
  • Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas said he received a message calling him a “piece of shit n—-” and saying “You should swing from a tree, I’m not threatening it, but would love to see it,” as residents express outrage over his new mandate requiring people to wear masks to slow the spread of coronavirus.
  • 2 more people have been shot, one fatally, in the fourth shooting in 10 days within the boundaries of the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone near downtown Seattle. City officials have vowed to dismantle the free-protest area.
  • A prosecutor in Texas has resigned after sharing a Facebook post that appeared to equate people protesting racism and police brutality with Nazis who “tore down statues”
  • The former Minneapolis police officer charged with killing George Floyd and the three other officers accused of aiding and abetting in his death appeared in court on Monday for a pretrial hearing.

Sources:  ABC News, Axios, Bloomberg, CBS News, CNN, Financial Times, Fox News,The Hill, NBC News, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, NJ.com, NPR, NY Times, Politico, Reuters, Salon, Slate, Vanity Fair, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post

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