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Before Floyd death, activists saw progress on police reforms

Aaron Morrison, Noreen Nasir and Steve Karnowski, Associated Press  |  Posted May 30th - 4:04am

Years of dialogue about police and criminal justice reforms in Minneapolis had improved the relationship between the African American community and law enforcement, activists say — before the police killing this week of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died after a white officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for several minutes as he pleaded for air.

In unusual move, US embassies in Africa speak up on Floyd

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Posted May 30th - 3:30am

As Minneapolis burns over the police killing of George Floyd and shock and disappointment in Africa grow, some U.S. embassies on the continent have taken the unusual step of issuing critical statements, saying no one is above the law.

Louisville PD apologizes for targeting news crew at protest

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 30th - 1:43am

A police officer was seen on camera firing what appeared to be pepper balls at a news crew during a live television broadcast of the second night of Louisville protests, prompting an apology from the Louisville Metro Police Department.

Protests over George Floyd death overwhelm authorities again

Aaron Morrison and Tim Sullivan, Associated Press  |  Posted May 30th - 1:40am

Fires burned unchecked and thousands protesting the police killing of George Floyd ignored a curfew as unrest overwhelmed authorities for another night in Minneapolis, and the governor acknowledged Saturday that he didn't have enough manpower to contain the chaos.

National Guard summoned to aid cities amid police clashes

Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press  |  Posted May 30th - 12:28am

Protesters burned businesses in Minneapolis. They smashed police cars and windows in Atlanta, broke into police headquarters in Portland, Oregon, and chanted curses at President Donald Trump outside the White House. Thousands also demonstrated peacefully, demanding justice for George Floyd, a black man who died after a white officer pressed a knee into his neck.

Police spokeswoman: One dead after shot or shots fired into a crowd of protesters in Detroit; no officer involved

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 11:14pm

Police spokeswoman: One dead after shot or shots fired into a crowd of protesters in Detroit; no officer involved.

Pentagon takes rare step of putting military police on alert to go to embattled Minneapolis

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 11:03pm

Pentagon takes rare step of putting military police on alert to go to embattled Minneapolis.

Police: Woman killed after charging officer with knife

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 7:17pm

A woman armed with a butcher knife was fatally shot Friday after charging police officers outside a Florida government building, authorities said.

Arrest made after California homeless fed poisoned food

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 7:01pm

One person was arrested after eight homeless people were given poisoned food that sent several to the hospital, Southern California authorities said Friday.

Coronavirus protest concert blocked by Utah judge

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 6:22pm

A Utah judge blocked a concert protesting coronavirus restrictions Friday, siding with county health officials who said the event expected to attract thousands of people could worsen the pandemic.

Partygoer at Missouri's Lake of Ozarks positive for COVID-19

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 5:55pm

Health officials said Friday that they were seeking to “inform mass numbers of unknown people” after a person who attended crowded pool parties over Memorial Day weekend at Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks tested positive for COVID-19.

DA: Bad time to drop charge of ex-cop in black man's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 5:10pm

A local Mississippi prosecutor said Friday that the state attorney general had bad timing in dropping a manslaughter charge this week against a white former police officer in the 2015 killing of a black man, given protests erupting across the U.S. over similar killings.

Ex-Indiana prisons worker charged with murder in stabbings

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 4:45pm

A former Indiana Department of Correction worker is charged with murder and other offenses in the stabbing earlier this month of three people, two of them fatally, according to documents released Friday during a hearing.

Michigan sheriff: Woman hit by deputy had bitten him first

Ed White, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 4:31pm

A black woman who was seen on video being punched by a Michigan sheriff's deputy bit the officer before she was struck, the sheriff said Friday.

Minneapolis protest misinformation stokes racial tensions

Amanda Seitz, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 4:28pm

The false social media posts started just hours after protesters first began chanting and carrying banners around the Minneapolis neighborhood where George Floyd, an African American man, died handcuffed in police custody.

Man struck and killed trying to rescue turtle on interstate

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 4:21pm

A tow truck driver attempting to rescue a turtle Friday on an interstate highway in southeastern Wisconsin was struck and killed by a semi-trailer driver who then fled the scene, authorities said.

Woman sentenced for supporting Islamic State

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 4:17pm

A Florida woman was sentenced Friday to five years and 10 months in federal prison for attempting to send cellphones to the Middle East to be used as bomb detonators by the Islamic State terrorist group.

Analysis: Trump fuels new tensions in moment of crisis

Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 3:39pm

Over 48 hours in America, the official death toll from the coronavirus pandemic topped 100,000, the number of people who filed for unemployment during the crisis soared past 40 million, and the streets of a major city erupted in flames after a handcuffed black man was killed by a white police officer.

Ex-Minneapolis officer faces 12-plus years on murder count

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 3:08pm

A former Minneapolis police officer who was seen on video kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, who died in custody after pleading that he couldn't breathe, was charged Friday with two of the same counts that led to a 12 1/2-year prison sentence for another former officer from his department.