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Sunday, May 31, 2020

The protests in Minneapolis, where 46-year-old George Floyd died after a white cop knelt on his neck for several minutes, began peacefully on Saturday as hundreds of residents marched alongside police officers. But just after the 8:00 p.m. curfew passed and all major highways into the Twin Cities were shut down, police appeared in full gear. They began to fling tear gas, flashbangs, and rubber bullets at protesters and journalists alike -- pushing crowds away from police precincts that had been previously set ablaze the previous nights. While police were ostensibly cracking down on curfew breakers, it's not clear why they would target journalists, who are exempt from the 8 p.m. curfew and allowed to report from the scene.

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One woman overcome with tear gas began vomiting on a sidewalk in front of a building where people inside were ushering protesters to safety. Another woman, trapped between two flanks of officers, was running in near circles, panicked.

"I don't know where to go," she screamed. "Please don't shoot me!"

MSNBC host Ali Velshi was also hit with tear gas and a rubber bullet while reporting on the ground in Minneapolis.

"I'm hit in the leg by a rubber bullet but [I] am fine," Velshi tweeted on Saturday. "State Police supported by National guard fired unprovoked into an entirely peaceful rally."

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#1 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-05-31 02:49 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

A CBS News crew was also fired upon with rubber bullets, despite being nowhere near the crowds of protesters.

"We were not standing within 500 feet of any protesters at the time, and we had credentials displayed and cameras out," news correspondent Michael George tweeted, adding that their sound engineer had been struck in the arm.

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#2 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-05-31 02:50 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Looks like directions are coming from the top.

#3 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-05-31 02:51 AM | Reply

Oh yes. He even says so:

President Donald Trump praised the National Guard and their forceful tactics in the Twin Cities on Saturday evening. The praise came just one day after the president issued an apparent call for violence after the first day of protests in Minneapolis, calling protesters "thugs" and vowing that when "looting starts, the shooting starts."

"The National Guard has been released in Minneapolis to do the job that the Democrat Mayor couldn't do," he tweeted Saturday. "Should have been used 2 days ago & there would not have been damaged & Police Headquarters would not have been taken over & ruined. Great job by the National Guard. No games!"

#4 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-05-31 02:54 AM | Reply

Goodable @Goodable

In Camden, NJ, protestors took to the streets to peacefully protest racial injustice.

When police saw them marching, they made a decision.

They decided to join them.

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#5 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-05-31 03:09 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

James Surowiecki @JamesSurowiecki

Camden, over the past 5 yrs, has invested heavily in de-escalation training and adopted a use-of-force policy that's been called the most progressive in the U.S., one that stresses that force should only be used as a last resort. This is one result of that.

One lesson of what's Camden done: successful police reform isn't just about training cops differently. You also have to have an explicit - and enforced - use-of-force policy, one that prohibits them from using force cavalierly and pushes them to de-escalate whenever possible.

Camden's use-of-force policy is 18 pages of detailed description of when force is reasonable and when it isn't. It explicitly says officers "will be" - not can be, but will be - disciplined for violating the policy, and it requires cops to report uses of force that do so.

That doesn't mean all cops obey the policy. But one thing we know from decades of research is that tougher rules on the use of force do make a difference, when they are written down and when departments do more than pay lip service to them. And that's the case in Camden.


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#6 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-05-31 03:13 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The chief of police in Norfolk, Virginia marched Saturday with protesters rallying against the death of George Floyd and police brutality.

"I want to meet with each and every one of you if we can work together...All policemen, folks, aren't bad."

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#7 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-05-31 03:55 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Cause for hope. Also in above twitter thread:

Our police chief in Santa Cruz CA came to the protest and took a knee with the protestors.

Amazing scene unfolding in Flint, Twp, Michigan. Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson has joined protesters in a peaceful march.

#8 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-05-31 04:02 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

OTOH:

2007 lawsuit said the president of the Minneapolis police union wore a 'white power' patch on his motorcycle jacket and discriminated against officers of color

www.insider.com

#9 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-05-31 09:05 AM | Reply

Oh boy, the president of the Minneapolis police union is a Trumper through and through:

Uncovered: Last October, the head of the Minneapolis police union " which days ago warned against a "rush to judgment" of the officers involved in George Floyd's death " spoke at a Trump rally and praised him for ending the "handcuffing and oppression" of police under Obama.

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Bob Kroll calls random Minneapolis man 'cowardly ----'

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#10 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-05-31 09:17 AM | Reply

Trump on Kroll (mutual admiration society):

"So I'm watching Fox and Friends early in the morning, very early in the 6:00 slot, because I'm out of there pretty good, and I see a handsome young man named Bob Kroll, Cops For Trump."

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#11 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-05-31 09:24 AM | Reply

We've never had a person leading the Federation who is as bombastic, who is as overtly racist, who is as likely to provide comfort to someone when they do something wrong, who is as central to that toxic culture as Bob Kroll. And it is time to name names. Bob Kroll is a cancer on this police department, on this city."

" Former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak (D), quote by WCCO, on Minneapolis Police Federation President Bob Kroll.

#12 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2020-05-31 09:32 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Wow.

So much hope in this thread, and so much disgust with the Minneapolis Police Union. Now it all makes sense why the police in Minneapolis could be the ones that started the violence, the fires, and the looting.

#13 | Posted by YAV at 2020-05-31 09:38 AM | Reply

#13 Helps explain why something like this happened:

Tanya Kerssen @tkerssen

Share widely: National guard and MPD sweeping our residential street. Shooting paint canisters at us on our own front porch. Yelling "light em up"

Whittier neighborhood, Minneapolis, Minnesota

#14 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-05-31 09:43 AM | Reply

@14 Link:

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#15 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-05-31 09:43 AM | Reply

#14 - That is insane, Gal! Horrible! Anyone that watches that, please turn the volume on. Wow.

Curfew isn't just be in your yard, on your own porch, but inside with the doors closed!

America has become joke.

#16 | Posted by YAV at 2020-05-31 10:07 AM | Reply

Police unions are the one public sector union i am fed up with.

They should be permitted to bargain over pay, hours and working conditions. But if we are ever going to fix the culture problem in our police departments, they absolutely should not be permitted to bargain over discipline and terminations.

#17 | Posted by JOE at 2020-05-31 10:57 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#17 - Absolutely agree.

#18 | Posted by YAV at 2020-05-31 12:23 PM | Reply

One thing I remember that was a good ideal in Korea. Every adult male is required to serve two years in government service, this includes the police auxiliary. These crews walk around with actual cops, man the police lines during protests, do interior and exterior guard, and other mundane police duties. I remember one of the KAUSA saying that the guys manning the police lines were usually the protesters the next year. The system seems to relieve a lot of stress on the Korean police. Have no doubt, they can be tough, but gratuitous violence is rare. The auxiliary is not armed. The Korean kids hate those two years, just like everyone else. But living in town is better than manning a guard post on the DMZ.

#19 | Posted by docnjo at 2020-05-31 01:03 PM | Reply

It's no surprise that law enforcement would feel empowered to attack the press after the US President called them an enemy of the people.

#20 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2020-05-31 05:36 PM | Reply

2007 lawsuit said the president of the Minneapolis police union wore a 'white power' patch on his motorcycle jacket and discriminated against officers of color
www.insider.com
#9 | POSTED BY GAL_TUESDAY

FBI warned of white supremacists in law enforcement 10 years ago. Has anything changed?
Nation Oct 21, 2016 4:10 PM EDT

[T]he problem of racial bias among police isn't new. In fact, it's been a concern of the FBI for at least a decade. Exactly 10 years ago this week, the FBI warned of the potential consequences " including bias " of white supremacist groups infiltrating local and state law enforcement, indicating it was a significant threat to national security.

In the 2006 bulletin, the FBI detailed the threat of white nationalists and skinheads infiltrating police in order to disrupt investigations against fellow members and recruit other supremacists. The bulletin was released during a period of scandal for many law enforcement agencies throughout the country, including a neo-Nazi gang formed by members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department who harassed black and Latino communities. Similar investigations revealed officers and entire agencies with hate group ties in Illinois, Ohio and Texas.


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#21 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-05-31 10:43 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

If anybody but a cop walked up and did shot you with a paintball gun like that, they would be charged with assault with a deadly weapon.

#22 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-06-01 09:01 AM | Reply

Minneapolis has been run by Democrats for decades.

#23 | Posted by rjm53 at 2020-06-01 11:24 AM | Reply

This is NOT Minnesota Police.

This is MINNEAPOLIS police.

Trust me when I tell you that there is a BIG BIG ------- difference.

I've worked with police all across Minnesota. They aren't perfect but they are completely different than the Minneapolis Police Force.

#24 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-06-01 01:41 PM | Reply

#24 - I'm curious, who's blurring those lines? Are you just making sure everyone knows they're different? If to, that's cool. just curious, Sycophant.

#25 | Posted by YAV at 2020-06-01 03:17 PM | Reply

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