Saturday’s news links – May 30, 2020

On Twitter

  • The Minneapolis police didn’t tell the truth in their initial press release, claiming George Floyd, a Black man, resisted arrest. They also omitted that an officer pinned him to the ground by the neck for 9 minutes. (He was originally stopped for a nonviolent offense.)
  • Two subsequent tapes put an end to those lies. Floyd could be heard on one video saying that his neck hurt and that he couldn’t breathe: “They’re going to kill me.”
  • The police then treated protesters like insurgents instead of citizens rightfully protesting, using flashbangs, tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protests — which then became an insurgency.

Minneapolis

Donald Trump puts Army on four hour notice to deploy to US streets for first time since LA riots in 1992 as Minneapolis erupts for fourth night and George Floyd violence sweeps the country Daily Mail

‘Absolute Chaos’ in Minneapolis as Protests Grow Across U.S. NYTimes

“There’s simply more of them than us” Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said of the protesters.

Police: 1 dead after shots fired at protesters in Detroit AP

Photos: 72 Arrested At George Floyd Protests In Lower Manhattan Gothamist

Anger and Unrest Nationwide as Protests Over Killing of George Floyd Spread Across US Cities Common Dreams

Police Arrested Afro-Latino Reporter While Treating White Colleague “Politely” Truthout

Colin Kaepernick Offers Legal Representation For People Arrested During Minneapolis Protests Blavity News

The owner of a Minneapolis restaurant damaged by fire during George Floyd protests said: ‘Let my building burn, justice needs to be served’ Business Insider

Lines of Riot Police Guard House of Ex-Cop Involved in George Floyd’s Death from Protesters Newsweek

New Video of George Floyd’s Arrest Shows 3 Officers Pinning Him Down as He Pleads for Help NBC

US Border Patrol Denounced as ‘Rogue Agency’ for Using Predator Drone to Spy on Minneapolis Protests Common Dreams

ILWU demands that the Minneapolis Police Officers who brutally arrested and killed George Floyd be charged and tried for his murder.

Deaths without consequences Axios

Media Elite Denounce Looting Even as Billionaires Reap Record Profits from Taxpayer-Funded Bailouts MPN

Fox News hosts racist former detective Mark Fuhrman to analyze protests following George Floyd’s killing Media Matters for America

Police Deny Any Connection to Mysterious Minneapolis “Umbrella Man” Saboteur MPN

Twin Cities Labor Mobilizes Against George Floyd Murder Labor Notes

Bus Driver Unions Nationwide Refusing to Work With Police Mike Elk

on Twitter

It’s Bigger Than Buildings. America Is Burning Jeneé Osterheldt

We didn’t start the fire. America was founded by firestarters. The thieves of land who also stole people and raped and killed and brutalized their way into power. This country was built on the backs of Black folk it didn’t perceive as human and even today it tries to pillage our souls.

How the Supreme Court Lets Cops Get Away With Murder NYTimes editorial

The courts protected police abuses for years before George Floyd’s death. It’s time to rethink “qualified immunity.”

Forget “Looting.” Capitalism Is the Real Robbery. Truthout

NYPD Investigators Recommend Charges Against 3 Cops in Violent Arrest NYTimes

The departmental charges would be in connection with a May 2 incident in the East Village during which an officer sat on a man’s neck.

The ‘Liberal World Order’ Was Built With Blood NYTimes

As the United States reckons with its decline, it should understand where its power came from in the first place.

Riot or resistance? How media frames unrest in Minneapolis will shape public’s view of protest The Conversation

 

China

Cuba and China: A solid bond of mutual solidarity Granma

Wuhan Seafood Market Probably Wasn’t Origin of Coronavirus Pandemic, Chinese Scientists Say Newsweek

Agents of Chaos. How the U.S. Seeded a Colour Revolution in Hong Kong Laura Ru

on Twitter

Venezuela

English court to weigh recognition of Maduro, Guaido in Venezuela gold case Reuters

Coronavirus

Alabama reopens and the coronavirus hits harder CNBC

Ask An Epidemiologist: How Safe Is Mass Transit? Gothamist

Replaced by Prison Labor, NOLA Garbage Workers Form Union to Fightback Mike Elk

Johns Hopkins University’s Contract to Provide Medical Training to ICE Ends After Student Protests Newsweek

I’ve Spent My Life Birding While Black. Here’s Why I Can’t and Won’t Forgive Amy Cooper J. Drew Lanham


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