Following the death of George Floyd, there have been protests against police brutality in countries such as the U.K., Germany, France, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and Canada. Justin Trudeau showed up at a demonstration in Ottawa, where the Canadian prime minister kneeled to show his support in fighting against racial inequality. However, people were quick to point out Trudeau's problematic past of wearing blackface.
Trudeau, wearing a black face mask, made an appearance at a George Floyd protest where he held up a Black Lives Matter shirt. Outside the Canadian Parliament, Trudeau took a knee, a symbolic gesture that recently has been a rallying call to bring justice to Floyd, who died after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes.
While some in the crowd cheered the prime minister, one man in the group screamed: "GO HOME BLACKFACE! GO HOME!"
Meanwhile online, dozens on commentators also pointed out the hypocrisy of Trudeau by reminiscing about his blackface scandal.
Trudeau was caught wearing blackface in a 2001 photo during an "Arabian Nights" party at the school where he was a teacher. Trudeau also admitted to having worn blackface two times in high school.
Trudeau apologized last September, and said, "I've always — and you'll know this — been more enthusiastic about costumes than is sometimes appropriate."
Apology or no apology, people online were quick to resurface Trudeau's old blackface photos.
On Wednesday, Trudeau said, "It is a time for us as Canadians to recognize that we, too, have our challenges. There is systemic racism in Canada."
On Tuesday, the Canadian prime minister was asked about President Donald Trump's call for military action to handle the riots in U.S. cities. Trudeau had a lengthy 20-second pause.
"We all watch in horror and consternation what's going on in the United States," he eventually responded. "It is a time to pull people together but it is a time to listen, to learn what injustices continue despite progress over years and decades."
There were tense confrontations in Austin, Texas, on Thursday during George Floyd protests. Austin police and Texas state troopers clashed with protesters outside the Texas Capitol and Austin Police Department headquarters. At one point, the protests escalated, and video appears to show white protesters mobbing and tormenting a black Texas state trooper.
At one point, some protesters circled around a black Texas state trooper in front of the Texas Capitol, as seen in the unverified viral video. A few people attempted to steal a backpack the officer was holding. The protesters, most of which were white, berated and tormented the cop. Racist slurs were hurled at the African American police officer during the protest where many protesters chanted: "Black lives matter!" One person called the cop an "Uncle Tom" as they hounded the state trooper.
Also this week in Austin, a young man wore a Trump shirt and was quickly attacked by protesters, who pelted him with water bottles and one woman spit in his face.
This week there was a video that went viral of a man who used a chainsaw to threaten Black Lives Matter protesters in McAllen, Texas.
This comes at the same time that the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is offering $46,000 for information leading to the arrest of the killer of retired St. Louis police captain David Dorn. Police released a surveillance video of seven "persons of interest" possibly connected to the shooting death of Dorn in hopes of having the public help bring his murderer to justice.
The two Buffalo police officers seen in a viral video shoving an elderly man to the ground on Thursday have been criminally charged.
Officers Robert McCabe, 32, and Aaron Torgalski, 39, have been charged with second-degree assault, a class D felony, Erie County District Attorney John Flynn announced on Saturday. Both officers, who were suspended without pay on Friday, pleaded not guilty and were released on bail.
The officers will return to court on July 20.
Aaron Torgalski (left) and Robert McCabe (right)Image source: Erie County District Attorney
Flynn said the officers "clearly crossed the line" and that he "can't turn a blind eye to that," NBC News reported.
"If he was violating a curfew, if he was being disorderly, you turn him around, handcuff him, and take him away arrested. It's as simple as that," Flynn explained. "You don't take a baton and shove it; along with the officer next to him using his right hand to shove him and knock him down, and crack his head, his skull on the concrete."
A viral video showed the officers shove 75-year-old Martin Gugino to the ground during protests in Buffalo. As a result of the push, Gugino's head violently hit the sidewalk, and seconds later, a pool of blood appeared underneath Gugino's head. The incident occurred just after the city's 8 p.m. curfew.
City officials originally said Gugino "tripped and fell," but the video directly disputed those claims.
Still, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, a Democrat, seemingly excused the actions of the officers during an interview on Friday, WBEN-AM reported.
Brown described Gugino as "a key and major instigator" of the violence occurring in the city, though he did not provide evidence to back that claim.
"He was in the area after the curfew," Brown said. "He was trying to spark up the crowd of people."
Democratic activist Shaun King made a shockingly honest observation about the Democratic Party on Friday.
King, who is known for his activism around racism and police brutality, denounced "generic" imperatives from leaders that voting is the process by which the black community can receive criminal justice reform.
That is because, as King observed, Democrats control the cities that are guilty of the "worst police brutality."
"Democrats, from top to bottom, are running the cities with the worst police brutality in America right now," King said. "We voted for them."
Minneapolis, for example, the city where nationwide protests started in the wake of George Floyd's tragic death, is run by Democratic Mayor Jacob Frey, and the city council has zero sitting Republicans; it is comprised of 12 Democrats and one member of the Green Party.
In that city, police have rendered 44 people unconscious over the past five years with neck restraints similar to the one that killed Floyd.
Meanwhile, another instance of excessive police force that went viral this week happened in a Democratic-controlled city.
Two Buffalo police officers have been criminally charged after they were caught on video shoving an elderly man, causing the man to hit his head on the sidewalk, resulting in his hospitalization. Buffalo's mayor is a Democrat and the city council is comprised of Democrats only.
The police are asking the public for help in identifying seven "persons of interest" possibly connected to the shooting death of retired St. Louis police captain David Dorn. St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department released a video of potential suspects in the fatal shooting of Dorn.
Dorn responded to a burglar alarm in the early morning hours of June 2, at Lee's Pawn and Jewelry, where he was a security guard. Around 2:30 a.m., the 77-year-old Dorn was found lying on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound to his torso. He was pronounced dead at the scene by police. The pawn shop was one of many St. Louis businesses looted this week during riots.
On Friday, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department released security video from inside the pawn shop of seven men who looted the business. Footage shows that two of the men are armed with guns, and another man cuts his hand on glass while breaking into the pawn shop.
"RECOGNIZE THESE SUBJECTS? They're persons of interest in the murder of Ret. Capt. David Dorn," the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department tweeted. "Anyone with info should call our Homicide Div directly @ 314-444-5371, or if you want to remain anonymous & are interested in a reward (up to 45k) contact @STLRCS @ 866-371-TIPS(8477)."
CrimeStoppers is now offering $46,000 for information leading to the arrest of the subject(s) responsible for the homicide of Captain David Dorn.
Before working as a security guard at the pawn shop, Dorn served as a police captain with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and a police chief in Moline Acres. After more than 40 years in law enforcement, he retired in 2014.
On Thursday, Dorn's family led a march down Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, the same street where the pawn shop is located.
"They called him 'Cap.' That was the Cap. That was the Cap, everybody knows that was him," Dorn's son, Brian Powell, told Fox2Now. Of his father, Powell said that "police work ran through his veins."
An online fundraiser started by OANN host Jack Posobiec for the family of retired Captain David Dorn has raised over $336,000.
President Donald Trump praised Dorn as "a Great Police Captain from St. Louis, who was viciously shot and killed by despicable looters."
The Los Angeles Galaxy released Aleksandar Katai on Friday following public backlash over social media posts made by the soccer player's wife.
The Major League Soccer team announced the news on social media with a post that read, "The LA Galaxy have mutually agreed to part ways with midfielder Aleksandar Katai."
The 29-year-old Serbian soccer player's wife, Tea Katai, shared posts on her personal Instagram account that many deemed to be insensitive. Some fans declared the posts to be "racist and violent."
On Tuesday, she posted photos from George Floyd protests and the subsequent riots. One Instagram post had an NYPD SUV facing off against protesters, the vehicle would later attempt to drive through the crowd, knocking people to the ground. Tea Katai, who is also from Serbia, captioned the photo: "Ma pobij govna bre!," which translated from Serbian to English means, "Kill the s***s!" Another since-deleted post had a photo of a sneaker store being looted, and she wrote, "Black Nikes Matter." Tea Katai has made her Instagram account private.
One Galaxy fan showed up at Dignity Health Sports Park with a sign that read, "No Racists in Our Club." The sign had Katai's jersey number circled with a red slash through it.
The soccer player issued a statement on his Instagram:
The posts made by my wife, Tea Katai, on her social media platforms were unacceptable. These views are not the ones that I share and are not tolerated in my family.
Racism, particularly toward the Black community, is not only prevalent in the United States and Europe, but across the globe. I strongly condemn white supremacy, racism and violence towards people of color. Black lives matter.
This is a mistake by my family and I take full responsibility. I will ensure that my family and I take the necessary actions to learn, understand, listen, and support the black community. I understand that it will take time to earn back the support of the people of Los Angeles. I am committed to putting in the necessary work to learn from these mistakes and be a better ally and advocate for equality going forward.
I am sorry for the pain these posts have caused the LA Galaxy family and all allies in the fight against racism.
The Galaxy reached a financial agreement to buy out Katai's contract, and the team does not have any further financial obligations to the player.
"We believe strongly that we're a club that represents our staff, represents our players, represents our fans and our community," Galaxy president Chris Klein said. "The decision, in that respect, was not a difficult one. We have to hold to those values. This is not a soccer decision."
"It was very professional. I would not characterize it as tense at all," Klein said. "He had a lot of hurt and remorse and was very understanding through this process."
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the elder statesmen of the Senate, took aim at President Donald Trump in a tweet on Friday — and seemingly compared the president to Hillary Clinton.
"A little history/irony @realdonaldtrump Did u know Hillary Clinton didn't want an inspector general so she didn't have 1? Did u know it was a top priority for Kerry to get 1? That was Linick I found him 2b helpful when trying to get to bottom of email scandal Now he's gone!" Grassley said.
Indeed, as Grassley pointed out, the State Department was without an inspector general from Jan. 15, 2008 to Sept. 30, 2013 — which encompassed Clinton's complete tenure as secretary of state.
Grassley has ardently voiced his displeasure with Trump's decision to fire multiple inspectors general.
When Trump fired Steve Linick from his post as State Department inspector general last month, Democrats accused Trump of acting out of political retaliation. Grassley, however, voiced concern that Trump did not provide Congress with written justification for ousting Linick, which the president is required to do.
In fact, Trump has fired three inspectors general since April. In addition to Linick, Trump also fired Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson and Defense Department Inspector General Glenn Fine.
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Grassley's frustrations boiled over this week, resulting in an announcement on Thursday that he would block Trump's nominations until the president explains why he fired the government watchdogs.
"All I want is a reason 4 firing these ppl," Grassley said. "CHECKS&BALANCES."
Grassley is not the only Republican senator who has openly criticized Trump for his swift dismissals of inspectors general.
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) called Trump's actions a "threat to accountable democracy and a fissure in the constitutional balance of power."
New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees posted a lengthy response to the support from President Donald Trump for his controversial message about the American flag.
Brees has come under attack for saying that he would never agree with anyone disrespecting the American flag or the country. He has since apologized twice after many excoriated his message, including some of the players on the Saints team.
On Friday, the president tweeted that Brees should not have backed down.
"I am a big fan of Drew Brees. I think he's truly one of the greatest quarterbacks, but he should not have taken back his original stance on honoring our magnificent American Flag. OLD GLORY is to be revered, cherished, and flown high," he tweeted.
"We should be standing up straight and tall, ideally with a salute, or a hand on heart. There are other things you can protest, but not our Great American Flag - NO KNEELING!" he added in a second tweet.
The popular quarterback drafted a message on Instagram addressed to the president after his show of support on Twitter.
"Through my ongoing conversations with friends, teammates, and leaders in the black community, I realize this is not an issue about the American flag. It has never been. We can no longer use the flag to turn people away or distract them from the real issues that face our black communities," Brees wrote.
"We did this back in 2017, and regretfully I brought it back with my comments this week. We must stop talking about the flag and shift our attention to the real issues of systemic racial injustice, economic oppression, police brutality, and judicial & prison reform. We are at a critical juncture in our nation's history! If not now, then when?" he continued.
"We as a white community need to listen and learn from the pain and suffering of our black communities," he concluded. "We must acknowledge the problems, identify the solutions, and then put this into action. The black community cannot do it alone. This will require all of us."
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Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R) and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) sparred on social media on Friday after the congresswoman called for disbanding the Minneapolis Police Department.
Sessions ended the battle hitting out at Omar over allegations that she previously married her own sibling, asking the Democrat: "How's your brother, by the way?"
Rep. Omar declared on Twitter, "The Minneapolis Police Department has proven themselves beyond reform. It's time to disband them and reimagine public safety in Minneapolis."
Sessions reacted by writing, "Radical Leftists like Ilhan Omar and the rest of 'the Squad' are dead wrong. Don't defund the police. Defund the thought police," to which Omar responded, "You called the NAACP Un-American and said you thought the Klu Klux Klan were okay until you learned they smoked pot. Maybe sit this one out."
The Republican from Alabama replied to Omar, "You brushed off the 9/11 attacks as 'some people did something.' You've celebrated anti-Semitism. You have a habit of rooting for the bad guys, and you should stop unfairly demonizing our brave law enforcement officers. I for one will never sit out defending those who defend us."
He then added, "How's your brother, by the way?"
Sessions was apparently making a dig at Omar over allegations that the marriage between her and her second husband, Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, was an immigration fraud scam, and that Elmi is actually her brother. Omar has dismissed the claims as ridiculous.
Omar married her third and current husband last year. He is also a consultant for her campaign, and his company has reportedly received hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Sessions is currently a candidate for U.S. Senate for the state of Alabama, in a battle to win back the seat he previously held for 20 years and gave up to serve as attorney general for President Donald Trump.
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President Donald Trump angered many of his critics when he quieted a reporter attempting to interrupt a signing ceremony in order to ask him a question about minority unemployment.
The interaction happened Friday at the White House after the president applauded a report showing a surprising and sudden drop in unemployment nationwide.
The president moved from a podium to a desk to sign a bill about the Paycheck Protection Program, but PBS NewsHour correspondent Yamiche Alcindor yelled a question at him instead.
"Mr. President, why don't you have a plan to address systemic racism?" Alcindor yelled.
The president responded by putting his finger to his lips to signify that she needed to be quiet.
"I'd like to sign this bill," he said.
"And by the way, what's happened to our country — and what you now see, that's been happening, is the greatest thing that could happen for race relations, for the African-American community, for the Asian-American, for the Hispanic-American community, for women, for everything," Trump replied.
Alcindor persisted despite the president's objections.
"What is your plan?!" she interjected.
"Because our country is so strong, that's what my plan is," the president continued. "We're gonna have the strongest economy in the world, we're almost there now, we had the strongest economy anywhere in the world, and now we're gonna have an economy that's even stronger."
"Black unemployment went up 0.1%. Asian American unemployment went up by 0.5%. How is that a victory?" she interrupted again.
"You are something," Trump responded.
Some criticized Alcindor for pressing the president on minority unemployment when the overall rate had improved considerably when most analysts had predicted much greater unemployment due to the coronavirus lockdowns.
Critics of the president were angered at his reaction to Alcindor, who is an African American journalist.
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National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell issued a statement Friday saying the league was "wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier," after players urged the organization to "admit wrong in silencing our players from peacefully protesting."
Goodell's statement came after nearly two weeks of nationwide protests over police brutality sparked by the death of George Floyd in police custody, and after years of controversy over NFL players kneeling at games during the national anthem beginning with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in 2016.
In a video statement posted to Twitter, Goodell said:
It has been a difficult time in our country. In particular, black people in our country. First, my condolences to the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and all the families who have endured police brutality. We, the National Football League, condemn racism, and the systematic oppression of black people. We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier, and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest. We, the National Football League, believe black lives matter.
I personally protest with you. and want to be part of the much needed change in this country. Without black players, there would be no National Football League, and the protests around the country are emblematic of the centuries of silence, inequality, and oppression of black players, coaches, fans, and staff. We are listening, I am listening, and I will be reaching out to players who have raised their voices and others on how we can improve and go forward for a better and more united NFL family.
Goodell's address came the day after a group of black NFL players released a video wherein they called out their league, saying, "This is what we, the players would like to hear you state: 'We, the National Football League condemn racism and the systemic oppression of black people. We, the National Football League admit wrong in silencing our players from peacefully protesting. We, the National Football League believe black lives matter."
Earlier in the week, New Orleans Saint quarterback Drew Brees issued an apology after he criticized the kneeling protests by saying he would "never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America."
In reaction, President Donald Trump tweeted, "I am a big fan of Drew Brees. I think he's truly one of the greatest quarterbacks, but he should not have taken back his original stance on honoring our magnificent American Flag. OLD GLORY is to be revered, cherished, and flown high."
He added, "We should be standing up straight and tall, ideally with a salute, or a hand on heart. There are other things you can protest, but not our Great American Flag - NO KNEELING!"
A bizarre altercation unfolded in McAllen, Texas, when a man angrily denounced "Black Lives Matter" protesters with racist epithets and then threatened them with his chainsaw.
Video of the event quickly went viral on social media with millions of views on Friday.
One video posted on Twitter shows the man aggressively demanding the protesters go home and ripping their signs away while yelling a racial epithet.
"Get the f*** out of here!" he yells. "Get the f*** home!"
In the second video posted on Twitter, he grabs a chainsaw from the back of his truck, revs it up, and walks toward the protesters, who scatter away.
"Don't let these f***ing a**holes lie to you! Don't let them lie to you!" he yells while pointing at protesters with the chainsaw in the other hand. He repeats the epithet in the second video as well.
Just hours later, McAllen police Lt. Joel Morales told KRGV that they had arrested a 44-year-old suspect.
Lorena Houghton told The Monitor that she was one of the people accosted by the man.
"It's very scary," she said. "I think that the exact point they were trying to make is that they didn't think that Black Lives Matter was necessary here, but I think he disproved his own point by violently attacking people that were walking on the street."
The nation has been rocked by protests over the May 25 death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers. Some of those protests have turned violent with riots, looting, arson and fatalities.
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There's no question that police brutality is a serious problem, but is it really a racial issue?
The Daily Wire's Matt Walsh joined the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Friday to tell the story of Tony Timpa, a 32-year-old, white man from Dallas who was killed by police in a similar situation as George Floyd.
Long-running series "Cops" and popular A&E program "Live PD" have been pulled from broadcasting amid nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd.
It is unclear when either law enforcement-focused show might be aired again, if ever.
Variety first reported Friday that "A&E has decided not to run new episodes of 'Live PD' this Friday and Saturday, while Paramount Network has delayed the Season 33 launch of 'Cops,' the long-running reality series that was scheduled to return on Monday."
A&E confirmed its decision in a statement, saying, "Out of respect for the families of George Floyd and others who have lost their lives, in consultation with the departments we follow, and in consideration for the safety of all involved, we have made the decision not to broadcast 'Live PD' this weekend."
According to IndieWire, Paramount Network "confirmed that parent company ViacomCBS has no plans to put 'Cops' back on air at this stage. The pause in programming comes as Paramount Network begins to shift away from all unscripted programming."
"Live PD" had been scheduled to return on June 5 after a two-week hiatus, but producer Dan Abrams confirmed Friday night, "Sorry to say that there will be no #LivePD this weekend." Abrams shared a link to the Variety story, and echoed A&E's statement, saying, "The decision was made in conjunction with the departments we follow."
WTVF-TV reported "despite the intention of promoting police transparency, a number of communities have condemned ['Live PD']," noting that "one criticism of the show is that it shows interactions with citizens who may not end up being guilty of a crime. Another criticism of the show is that it only shows incidents from the perspective of officers and not the public."
MSNBC announced that they had hired former FBI attorney Lisa Page to be a political contributor to their progressive cable news channel.
"She worked on the Russian government disinformation probe and on the Hillary Clinton email investigation both, lucky for us," said MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace on Friday.
Page became a controversial figure when it was discovered that she had been having an extramarital affair with Peter Strzok, the senior FBI agent in charge of the investigation into Russian election interference and alleged collusion.
Her texts to Strzok included many insults against then-candidate Donald Trump, which critics took as evidence to corroborate claims that the FBI investigation into the Trump campaign was politically motivated.
"He's not ever going to be president, right? Right?" texted Page to Strzok in July 2016.
"No. No he's not. We'll stop it," he responded.
Page later claimed that she had been the victim of a campaign of character assassination by the president and his allies.
"It's almost impossible to describe. It's like being punched in the gut," Page said in December.
"My heart drops to my stomach when I realize he has tweeted about me again," she continued. "The president of the United States is calling me names to the entire world. He's demeaning me and my career. It's sickening."
Page filed a lawsuit in December against the Department of Justice and the FBI for leaking her text messages to the press, claiming that the action was illegal.
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