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A mural in Los Angeles depicts George Floyd.
Mon, 06/01/2020 - 16:36

A new official autopsy, released on the heels of one commissioned by Floyd's family, says he died due to "cardiopulmonary arrest." It also noted neck compression, heart disease and drug use.

Louisville, Ky., Police Chief Steve Conrad, pictured in 2016, has been fired over the death of a black man on Monday morning.
Mon, 06/01/2020 - 16:30

Officers didn't have their body cameras turned on, and Police Chief Steve Conrad was later dismissed. National Guard members were also part of the incident and fired shots.

Malaysia Hammond places flowers at a memorial mural for George Floyd in Minneapolis on Sunday. Police brutality has sparked days of civil unrest. But the sparks have landed in a tinderbox built over decades of economic inequality, now exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic.
Mon, 06/01/2020 - 16:25

Police brutality has sparked days of civil unrest. But the sparks have landed in a tinderbox built over decades of economic inequality, now exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic.

Protests over police treatment of black people have sparked concerns about the spread of COVID-19. Here, a protester marches Monday in Philadelphia with a cloth mask saying, "I can't breathe."
Mon, 06/01/2020 - 15:46

"White supremacy is a lethal public health issue that predates and contributes to COVID-19," public health experts say in an open letter as large protests erupt in cities across the United States.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is under pressure from employees who say President Trump is violating the social network's rules against inciting violence.
Mon, 06/01/2020 - 15:33

Employees are publicly criticizing CEO Mark Zuckerberg and organizing a virtual walkout amid a growing internal backlash over the company's tolerance of the president's posts.

Thousands attend a 2019 candlelight vigil in Hong Kong for victims of the Chinese government's 1989 crackdown on protesters in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. Organizers question why police are blocking the demonstration this year.
Mon, 06/01/2020 - 15:30

The rally has been held each year since 1990 to commemorate the protest in Tiananmen Square, where the Chinese military opened fire on citizens who were calling for economic and democratic reforms.

Attorney General William Barr, at the White House last month, has placed blame for violence on what he calls "anarchistic and far-left extremists."
Mon, 06/01/2020 - 14:38

William Barr has directed that riot teams be dispatched to Washington, D.C., and Miami to assist local authorities in responding to protests there.

Former Vice President Joe Biden listens Monday as clergy members and community activists speak during a visit to Bethel AME Church in Wilmington, Del.
Mon, 06/01/2020 - 13:39

Former Vice President Joe Biden visits a predominantly African American church in his hometown, at times taking notes as community leaders offer suggestions for how to address racial inequality.

President Trump arrives Saturday at the White House.
Mon, 06/01/2020 - 13:15

President Trump reportedly makes comments during a contentious phone call with state leaders to discuss protests following the death of George Floyd.

Mon, 06/01/2020 - 13:05

At 15, Eric Adams was beaten by police. He later joined the force and worked to reform NYC policing by co-founding 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care. He retired from the force after 22 years.

Former President Barack Obama, here at a Chicago event in October, has weighed in on the aftermath of George Floyd's killing, saying those who've resorted to violence put "innocent people at risk."
Mon, 06/01/2020 - 12:31

The former president also called on people to vote in state and local elections, for officials "who matter most in reforming police departments and the criminal justice system."

Members of the Florida National Guard are seen at a coronavirus testing site on April 27 in North Miami. Restrictions are easing, but officials worry people might now hesitate to evacuate during a hurricane.
Mon, 06/01/2020 - 06:35

In Florida, officials fear widespread confusion when stay-at-home policies conflict with evacuation orders, and they worry about the coronavirus spreading in crowded shelters.

The pandemic and its economic fallout have made it harder for those who experience domestic violence to escape their abuser, say crisis teams, but the <a href="https://www.thehotline.org/">National Domestic Violence Hotline</a> is one place to get quick help. Text LOVEIS to 1-866-331-9474 if speaking by phone feels too risky.
Mon, 06/01/2020 - 05:01

Loosened quarantine restrictions have given some people an opportunity to flee violence at home, but cyberstalking and high unemployment have also made it harder to completely escape after moving out.

People in cars arrive at a drive-up COVID-19 testing site outside a Rite Aid in Toms River, N.J., on April 22. About 3% of Rite Aid stores are offering testing for the virus.
Mon, 06/01/2020 - 05:01

The White House promised widespread COVID-19 testing at CVS, Target, Walgreens and Walmart locations nationwide. But months later, testing is being offered at only a tiny fraction of their stores.

An election worker in Renton, Washington begins processing mail-in ballots during that state's presidential primary in March. Varying state-by-state requirements around signatures and other rules have become the focus of legal fights as absentee voting expands due to the pandemic.
Mon, 06/01/2020 - 04:00

Among the main targets are requirements such as signing a ballot envelope, or getting a witness or notary to sign it. Small details matter a lot and could affect the outcome in November.

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