Patrick Underwood has been identified as the Federal Protective Service officer who was shot and killed Friday night, the family confirms to ABC7 News. Officials say he was watching over the George Floyd protest in Oakland and police say it was most likely a targeted attack.
The battle between techno-oligarchs and the mouthpieces for the right-wing of the ruling class continues. Matt Gaetz has the look of a probable incel.
By Justine Coleman
Twitter has restricted a Monday tweet from Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), saying it glorifies violence, a move that comes after also cracking down on some of President Trump’s tweets last week.
The Florida lawmaker and vocal Trump ally tweeted in response to Trump’s Sunday announcement on Twitter that anti-facist activists, or antifa, would be formally designated as a terrorist organization.
“Now that we clearly see Antifa as terrorists, can we hunt them down like we do those in the Middle East?” Gaetz posted.
Babylon Bee once again reveals itself to be one of the most accurate journalistic outlets.
This happened a block away from me. I could smell the tear gas and saw waves of people running down the street escaping the scene.
Was at the protest (on monument in Richmond) – was peaceful. And all the sudden out of nowhere at 7:35 (not 8 when curfew sets in) the police rolled up unannounced and tear gassed the hell out of everyone. So a peaceful protest turned to chaos.
By Troy Southgate
People have every right to fight back against the corrupt US system and its brutal mercenaries, but let’s not pretend that police violence is reserved for Black people. At the same time, the Right’s predictable response to Black Lives Matter is to claim that most of the people who have been murdered by the police are themselves criminals and that they had it coming. Now, if it was ever officially decreed that instantaneous execution should be the penalty for criminality then millions of people in America, Black or White, would immediately be wiped from the face of the earth. Inevitably, therefore, by reacting to the racially-centred approach of Black Lives Matter in this ridicuous manner those on the Right inevitably justify the brutality of violent police officers and, thus, the institutionalised criminality of those who allow these murderers to patrol the streets in the first place. It is debatable whether all Black lives matter, just as it is debatable whether all White lives matter, but it is a fact that the American state is killing people of all colours and creeds, both at home and abroad, and that the only solution is for people to stop fanning the flames of racial conflict by attacking each another and to unite against the global establishment. That means rejecting the crass victimology of the mainstream Black organisations and the ignorant racists of the reactionary right. Black and White: Unite and Fight!
By Bruce Harin
UPDATED 4 PM with SAG-AFTRA Statement: A reporter for an NBC affiliate station in Louisville, KY was fired upon by police Friday night during a live broadcast covering street protests in that city.
Kaitlin Rust, a journalist at WAVE 3, was live on the air when a man wearing a mask and vest that said “police” began firing at her and a colleague.
The Louisville community was already angered by an earlier police shooting in a drug raid at the home of Breonna Taylor, an innocent victim of a wrong address mixup. The situation was further inflamed this week by the death of George Floyd, a Minneapolis man who died in police custody in that city.
The reporter’s shooting was posted to Twitter by a viewer and exceeded 1.5 million views within an hour.
There is an 8 pm curfew in my city that virtually no one is paying any attention to. A strip mall a block away got looted and torched two nights ago. There was a shooting three blocks from my residence along with a series of dumpster fires and window-smashing episodes. Last night, masked protesters were running up the street and through the alleyways. People were out drinking beer, riding bicycles, and walking dogs in the midst of it all. And all of this was taking place after curfew.
By Ben Kesslin
Curfews have been instituted around the country on Saturday as mass demonstrations broke out nationwide and cities braced for another night of protests.
Apparently, some cops are defecting to “the other side.”
CAMDEN COUNTY, N.J. – A very different scene and approach to the protests witnessed in recent days was observed in Camden.
In a show of solidarity with protestors, the Camden County Police Department marched alongside activists seeking justice and change.
In one photo, Chief Joseph Wysocki is captured marching along with residents during Saturday’s protests.
The photo, which was shared on Twitter, was captioned: “Standing together with the residents we serve to remember and honor George Floyd.”
By Austin Williams
FLINT TOWNSHIP, Mich. – As demonstrations condemning the death of George Floyd continue across the U.S., some local officers and deputies are being praised for crossing the lines and participating in the protests.
Marchers in Flint Township, Michigan, arrived at a police station where Genesee County Sheriff Christopher Swanson — responding to chants of “Walk with us! Walk with us!” — said, “Come on!” and joined the protest.
Just think of the looters as implementing their own grassroots-level stimulus plan.
A Canadian once said that being Canadian and living to the north of the USA is like living above neighbors with a meth lab in their apartment. Although Canada is not the “liberal” permissive society that many Americans think it is. I witnessed a riot in Toronto in 1988 where the cops were just as brutal as any US cops. When Justin’s father was Prime Minister in the 1970s, he imposed martial law in response to uprisings by Quebecois separatists. Canada did not even get a bill of rights until 1982.
By Leyland Cecco
Canadians are watching unrest and police violence in the United States in “shock and horror”, Justin Trudeau said on Friday – but the prime minister cautioned that his country also has entrenched problems with racism.
This reminds me of the lyrics to the Black Sabbath song “Into the Void.”
More direct action, though they should probably wait until the uprising is over. Otherwise, they’re just wasting their time.
MPR News Staff
Volunteers gathered in Minneapolis Saturday morning, cleaning up Lake Street at Nicollet Avenue, near the epicenter of Friday night’s protests over the killing of George Floyd.
I don’t think they liked that one of their cop shops was burned to the ground.
The ongoing protests following the killing of George Floyd were caught up in violence again on Saturday, as police all over the country teargassed protestors, drove vehicles through crowds, opened fire with non-lethal rounds on journalists or people on their own property, and in at least one instance, pushed over an elderly man who was walking away with a cane. Here are some of the ways law enforcement officers escalated the national unrest.
ORLANDO, Fla. (WFLA) – Protesters and police officers gathered Friday outside a Florida home that belongs to fired Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, who has been arrested for the death of George Floyd.
Orange County Sheriff John Mina addressed the gathering on Friday, saying his office is aware and monitoring the situation.
“Like a lot of other people, we learned a couple of days ago through social media that the former Minneapolis police officer, in fact, had an address – a home – here in Windermere,” Mina said. “We went out there to kind of monitor the situation.”
Sheriff Mina says his understanding is that the Windermere house is a vacation home. He says his deputies were able to get in touch with the family of the former officer and were told the family is not at the Florida home right now and have no intention of going to the home.
By Ana Lastra and Eric Rasmussen
A former club owner in south Minneapolis says the now-fired police officer and the black man who died in his custody this week both worked security for her club up to the end of last year.
George Floyd and now-former Officer Derek Chauvin both worked security at the El Nuevo Rodeo club on Lake Street, according to Maya Santamaria. Santamaria owned the building for nearly two decades, but sold the venue within the last few months.
“Chauvin was our off-duty police for almost the entirety of the 17 years that we were open,” Santamaria said. “They were working together at the same time, it’s just that Chauvin worked outside and the security guards were inside.”
5 INVESTIGATES has reached out to Chauvin’s attorney and the Minneapolis Police Department, but they could not be reached for comment at the time this story was published.
As unrest spread across dozens of American cities on Friday, the Pentagon took the rare step of ordering the Army to put several active-duty U.S. military police units on the ready to deploy to Minneapolis, where the police killing of George Floyd sparked the widespread protests.
Soldiers from Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Drum in New York have been ordered to be ready to deploy within four hours if called, according to three people with direct knowledge of the orders. Soldiers in Fort Carson, in Colorado, and Fort Riley in Kansas have been told to be ready within 24 hours. The people did not want their names used because they were not authorized to discuss the preparations.
The get-ready orders were sent verbally on Friday, after President Donald Trump asked Defense Secretary Mark Esper for military options to help quell the unrest in Minneapolis after protests descended into looting and arson in some parts of the city.