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

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  • 90 percent of Americans surveyed in a new poll agreed that racism and police brutality are problems in the United States.
  • An Indiana woman was arrested in a hit-and-run crash that sent one woman to the hospital and caused minor injuries to a man during a southern Indiana protest over the assault of a Black man by a group of white men.
  • A Pennsylvania police officer who was seen kicking a seated protester on May 30 will not face criminal charges, Erie County District Attorney Jack Daneri announced Thursday, the Erie Times-News reported. 

Daneri also said that Hannah Silbaugh, the 21-year-old protester seen in the video of a protest in Erie, will not face charges.

  • Work on another Black Lives Matter mural in New York City started on Thursday — this one situated directly in front of Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan. President Trump previously slammed plans to paint it.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the new mural will send a message that “Black lives, in fact, do matter.”

  • Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler doubled down on her attacks against the Black Lives Matter Movement after facing blowback for her stated opposition to the WNBA’s plan to let players wear warmups emblazoned with “Black Lives Matter” and “Say Her Name.” Loeffler, a co-owner of the league’s Atlanta Dream, claimed that the movement “seeks to destroy the American principles” and that she had to “draw the line.”
  • The top U.S. general said that the military had to take a “hard look” at symbols of the Confederacy, including the names of bases, and said he had recommended a commission to look at the issue even as President Donald Trump has ruled out renaming military bases that are named for Confederate leaders.
  • “The Confederacy, the American Civil War was fought, and it was an act of rebellion,” the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark A. Milley, told members of the House Armed Services Committee. “It was an act of treason at the time against the Union, against the Stars and Stripes, against the U.S. Constitution, and those officers turned their back on their oath.”
  • Democratic Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms went off on GOP Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp for issuing an executive order deploying state National Guard troops due to an escalation in violence in the city.

“The irony of that is that I asked Governor Kemp to allow us to mandate masks in Atlanta and he said no,” Bottoms said. “But he has called in the National Guard without asking if we needed the National Guard.”

Kemp’s emergency order allows as many as 1,000 National Guard troops to be activated.

  • In the last week alone, 179 NYPD officers have filed for retirement compared to 35 in 2019. Since May 25 — the day that George Floyd died while in Minneapolis police custody — 503 NYPD officers have filed for retirement, compared to 287 who filed for retirement during the same period last year.
  • Ahead of its first game since the coronavirus pandemic, a group of nearly 200 Major League Soccer players stood in midfield dressed in black to mark George Floyd’s death with 8 minutes and 46 seconds of silence.
  • The House Appropriations Committee advanced a spending bill that would prohibit military construction projects on bases named for Confederate officers.

Sources:  ABC News, The Atlantic, 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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