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Thursday, June 04, 2020

William Bryan told investigators he heard Travis McMichael use a racial epithet after fatally shooting Ahmaud Arbery in Glynn County, a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent testified Thursday during preliminary hearings. read more


After 80 days of closure due to coronavirus concerns, the Universal Orlando theme park complex reopened on June 3 to those with Univeral Orlando annual passes or travelers staying at Universal Orlando resort hotels. read more


Condoleezza Rice was secretary of state from 2005 to 2009. In the wake of Floyd's death, Americans and people around the world are experiencing shock, grief, outrage " a set of emotions that too often are repeated. Beyond justice for Floyd, systemic change is necessary to make our institutions more just. Unless and until we are honest that race is still an anchor around our country's neck, that shadow will never be lifted. read more


The images of this past week are both inescapable and indelible: protesters flooding the streets of cities across the United States, met by police forces equipped with full body armor and tactical vehicles that vaguely resemble tanks. The local law enforcement responding to even nonviolent protests has often looked more like the US Armed Forces -- and that was before President Donald Trump deployed an actual military police battalion against peaceably assembled US citizens in the nation's capitol Monday. read more


Kirsten Powers: White people have to finally face up to our failure to eradicate the white supremacy that infects our society. America is amidst an overdue reckoning for the systemic racism that has been a fundamental feature of our culture for 400 years. read more


Washington Post reporter Aaron Blake published the Trump/Pence campaign's latest "FOR PATRIOTS ONLY" email. In it, the campaign says it is assembling a "Trump Army." It is unconcerned with subtlety, directly extending Trump's own calls for, as he put it, "Second Amendment" responses to Americans protesting police violence. read more


A ceremony has started in memory of George Floyd, who died after a police officer pressed a knee into his neck while detaining him in Minneapolis last week, triggering protests across the country. read more


Mike Mullen, 17th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: It sickened me yesterday to see security personnel -- including members of the National Guard-- forcibly and violently clear a path through Lafayette Square to accommodate the president's visit outside St. John's Church. I have to date been reticent to speak out on issues surrounding President Trump's leadership, but we are at an inflection point, and the events of the past few weeks have made it impossible to remain silent. read more


More than 10,000 people have been arrested in protests decrying racism and police brutality in the wake of George Floyd's death, according to an Associated Press tally of known arrests across the U.S.. Los Angeles has had more than a quarter of the national arrests, followed by New York, Dallas and Philadelphia. Many of the arrests have been for low-level offenses such as curfew violations and failure to disperse. Hundreds were arrested on burglary and looting charges. read more


Piers Morgan and Rudy Giuliani woke up Britain Thursday morning with an absolutely furious argument about whose reputation has nosedived more since the peak of their respective careers. Following questions on the George Floyd protests and President Trump's incendiary tweets about them, the interview erupted into what can only be described as a miserable spectacle with two losers. Morgan was the first to seemingly lose patience with his guest, telling Giuliani: "I'm sorry, but you sound completely barking mad, do you know that? You've lost the plot and it's sad to see." read more


Eighteen-year-old Cameron Welch is giving a glimpse into the reality of being a Black teen in America today. He recently shared a TikTok video on his @skoodupcam account detailing the unwritten rules his mother makes him follow as a young Black man. read more


"I have watched this week's unfolding events, angry and appalled," [James] Mattis writes. "The words 'Equal Justice Under Law' are carved in the pediment of the United States Supreme Court. This is precisely what protesters are rightly demanding. It is a wholesome and unifying demand -- one that all of us should be able to get behind. We must not be distracted by a small number of lawbreakers. The protests are defined by tens of thousands of people of conscience who are insisting that we live up to our values -- our values as people and our values as a nation." read more


Shawn Dromgoole is a 29-year-old black man who has lived in the same Nashville neighborhood his entire life. [Due to gentrification] (w)ith each passing year, he felt more and more unwelcome, he said. Consumed with fear, Dromgoole took to Facebook and Nextdoor, deciding to finally share his own post. "Yesterday, I wanted to walk around my neighborhood but the fear of not returning home to my family alive kept me on my front porch," he wrote. Unexpectedly, responses from his community started pouring in. read more


Jimmy Carter is the latest former president to speak out about the police killing of George Floyd, calling on people in power to provide more than lip service to improving what he termed "a racially discriminatory police and justice system." read more


Moving military and federal authorities from behind the fence of Lafayette Square to half a block north of the fence heightened tension throughout the protests in Washington tonight. Protesters stood inches away from the military officials for hours. "Why are you in riot gear?" they shouted. "We don't see no riot here!" read more


Three Las Vegas men alleged to be part of the extremist Boogaloo movement have been arrested and charged with planning to cause violence and destruction during protests in the city over the police killing of George Floyd. read more


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