As the protests continue around the country (and now the world), protesters are finally seeing traction against city governments. Today’s news stories focus on the unprecedented solidarity on display in the face of brutality and violent backlash. As always, all of today’s news stories are drawn from the front pages curated by Newseum.org.
Black Lives Matter march in London, photo by Katie Crampton reproduced under CC BY-SA 4.0 License
As with the brutal murder of Emmett Till, George Floyd was not the first black person to be killed in police custody. However, both managed to shock an otherwise complacent nation into mass action. Hopefully, as with Emmett Till, the movement can keep its momentum and force necessary reforms through.
A white man drove his car intentionally into the protest crowd in Seattle, before exiting the vehicle and trying to shoot the assembled protesters in what looks like an attempted act of terrorism. One protester was shot and admitted in stable condition to Harborview Medical Center. The attacker is in police custody but they have not released any information about him.
Photo of protests against the murder of George Floyd, by Lorie Shaull reused under CC BY-SA 2.0 License
As protests continue around the country, the Minneapolis City Council debates what to do with their embattled, increasingly entrenched police department. Emblematic of the issues created by departmental culture is that Chauvin, the officer who killed Floyd, had been investigated 17 times in his career, but only disciplined once. Because of repeated failures by the department to punish bad actors, protesters have been pressuring the city to follow in the successful footsteps of Camden, New Jersey and disband the current department and replace it completely from the ground up.
One aspect of recent protests that organizers have remarked on is how diverse and young the crowds are. And this diversity is not just across ethnic lines, but also economic. The protests represent a significant cross-section of America.
Peaceful protests continue in Chicago, and police have bowed to pressure and removed curfews this week. Community groups will be meeting with Mayor Lightfoot and police leadership to push for more effective violence reduction programs as summer approaches.
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