Police

Minneapolis council to vote on abolishing police; Elijah McClain’s death investigation reopened

The Minneapolis city council took a first step Friday toward abolishing the city’s police department, a move protesters have repeatedly called for during the month since George Floyd was killed as one of the city’s officers knelt on his neck.

Nationally, the House passed its own police reform package that would end certain legal protections for officers accused of misconduct and ban chokeholds. 

Meanwhile, protests continue around the U.S., including in Kentucky where social justice groups continue to demand the officers involved in Breonna Taylor’s death be arrested. In Seattle, some protesters in the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone or Capitol Hill Organized Protest said they will stay despite the mayor’s plan to wind down the zone. 

There was also a standoff between protesters and authorities at the Emancipation Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. Protesters had vowed to tear down the statue, but law enforcement responded with police presence and

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LAUSD board to decide whether to defund school police

Students and community members marched June 16 from the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex to L.A. Unified headquarters, where they urged the district to defund school police. <span class="copyright">(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Students and community members marched June 16 from the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex to L.A. Unified headquarters, where they urged the district to defund school police. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

A uniformed and armed school police officer pepper-sprays students at a campus in Los Angeles. Is that excessive force, even police brutality, or a rare but justifiable de-escalation of an incident that otherwise could have become more dangerous?

As the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Board of Education debates the future of its 471-member police department Tuesday, two distinct interpretations are emerging from similar data on police involvement at schools: one points toward eliminating officers on campus; the other toward keeping them in place.

The seven-member L.A. Board of Education on Tuesday will consider three competing resolutions. Board member Monica Garcia has proposed essentially eliminating the department in a phased approach beginning July 1, 2021. Her plan has

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Meet Che Lingo, the London rapper confronting the UK’s police brutality

'My lyrics come from being a product of my environment': Ian Upton
‘My lyrics come from being a product of my environment’: Ian Upton

At one of the recent Black Lives Matter protests in London, amid the chants of “no justice, no peace”, a video emerged of a large huddle of protestors blasting out a song by southwest London rapper Che Lingo. The track was called “My Block”, its lyrics a powerful takedown of police brutality in the UK. Several protestors also wore T-shirts bearing one of its lyrics, “black don’t mean illegal”. It was never Lingo’s intention for “My Block” to become the soundtrack for one of the biggest global social movements of this decade but, given the drive behind the protests, the song was fitting.

“To see videos of people playing ‘My Block’ at the protests is such an indescribable feeling,” he had tweeted. Lingo had lost his grandmother to Covid-19 in April but when he saw his song at

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Man Interrupts Fitness Class, Refuses To Leave Until Police Come

AURORA, IL — A white man taunted a fitness class of mostly Black women working out at It’s Fit Time in Aurora and only stopped once police were called, according to a report by the Aurora Beacon-News. The man approached the women exercising June 6 in the business’ parking lot and harassed them for about 45 minutes, the report states.

Certified personal trainer Asafonie Obed, of Aurora, told the City Council and Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin about the experience during an online meeting earlier this month. Obed said she was working outside at the predominantly Black gym when the man came over to the women and immediately began to act “very hostile” toward them.

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“The first thing he said was, ‘What are y’all doing here?’ and ‘I pay taxes,'” Obed said. “I’m a tax-paying citizen. I’m a resident as well. I

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Manchester police and mayor vow hardline approach to illegal raves after 6,000 attend ‘unacceptable’ events

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Manchester’s police and mayor have vowed to take a hardline approach to illegal raves during the coronavirus pandemic.

When possible, party equipment and vehicles will be seized and fines “or something much more severe” issued to attendees, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said, amid plans for road closures this weekend to hinder another expected party.

It comes after 6,000 people attended two illegal “quarantine raves” – one on waste ground in Carrington, Trafford, at which three people were stabbed, a woman was raped, and there was one suspected drug death.

Mayor Andy Burnham said the events had placed “a huge strain on police resources and [put] people’s lives at risk”, warning that “there is no question of us turning a blind eye or adopting a permissive approach” in future as he pledged a “stronger, more robust and interventionist” response.

Speaking at an online press conference, GMP Assistant Chief Constable Nick

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New York protesters unload in state AG’s hearing on police misconduct

Protesters, lawmakers and others testified to abusive treatment by the police at recent New York City protests during a public hearing Wednesday as part of New York Attorney General Letitia James’ fast-moving probe into police conduct at demonstrations following George Floyd’s death.

James is examining allegations of police misconduct at protests throughout the state, though the investigation is focused on New York City, a person familiar with the investigation told NBC News.

The New York attorney general was joined for questioning by former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and New York University Law Professor Barry Friedman. The three repeatedly questioned witnesses on police actions in relation to curfews imposed by New York City and if law enforcement gave sufficient explanation for the necessity of aggressively clearing and handling demonstrators or delivered clear instructions prior to doing so.

James, who is reviewing video evidence from the protests, also called on witnesses

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Seattle bans police from using tear gas, pepper spray; Donald Trump to sign order limiting use of deadly force

President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order Tuesday that will encourage police departments in the U.S. to “meet the most current professional standards for the use of force.”

Amid calls for police reform across the nation, the Seattle City Council voted unanimously on Monday night to ban police from using tear gas and pepper spray. The vote comes after officers defied Mayor Jenny Durkan’s promise to not use tear gas on protesters in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Also Monday night, three New York Police Department officers were hospitalized after complaining of not feeling well after drinking shakes from a Manhattan restaurant, with the NYPD’s labor union claiming that the officers were “intentionally poisoned.”

A closer look at some recent developments: 

  • The Seattle City Council voted unanimously to ban police from using tear gas and pepper spray.

  • A hospital in California’s capital city of Sacramento removed a statue of

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Atlanta police killing adds urgency to protests

Good morning, NBC News readers.

The Atlanta police killing of a Black man has sparked renewed outrage over police departments’ use of deadly force during their interactions with Black Americans. An American has been sentenced to 16 years in a Russian prison on dubious spying charges. And as the coronavirus pandemic continues in the U.S., the Chinese are on a charm offensive.

Here’s what we’re watching this Monday morning.

Atlanta police shooting ruled a homicide

Authorities in Georgia ruled Sunday that the fatal police shooting of Rayshard Brooks outside an Atlanta Wendy’s was a homicide.

Brooks, 27, died after he was shot twice in the back on Friday night, the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office said in a statement.

Surveillance video shows Brooks was compliant and friendly with the two Atlanta police officers while they administered a field sobriety test and admitted he had been drinking. The situation quickly devolved

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Atlanta Police Chief Resigns Hours After Cops Fatally Shoot Black Man in a Wendy’s Parking Lot

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The chief of the Atlanta Police Department resigned on Saturday, hours after an officer fatally shot a 27-year-old black man in a Wendy’s parking lot.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said at a press conference that the officer involved in the Friday night shooting should be fired.

“I firmly believe that there is a clear distinction between what you can do and what you should do. I do not believe that this was a justified use of deadly force and have called for the immediate termination of the officer,” she said.

Bottoms named an interim police chief to succeed Erika Shields and said the city will begin a search for a new leader for its force and implement reforms within 45 days. 

“Our first demand has been met,” one protester, Antonio Lewis, told The Daily Beast as the news of Shields’ resignation filtered through a crowd gathered outside the

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