Mark Zuckerberg's defense of allowing President Trump's post about shooting looters, and the CEO's refusal to budge during an employee town hall Monday, have only increased the anger inside Facebook. There have been a handful of resignations this week, with one departing employee, Recode reports, posting on an internal site,...
Here's the latest for Friday June 5th: Trump defies governor, heads to Maine; US unemployment drops unexpectedly to 13.3% amid outbreak; Seven people found dead inside burning house in Alabama; DC paints huge Black Lives Matter mural near White House.
REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo Joe Biden slammed President Donald Trump for suggesting on Friday that George Floyd, the Black man killed by Minneapolis police last week, is celebrating from heaven, possibly because of new US employment numbers. On Friday, Trump said he hoped Floyd was "looking down right now" and celebrating "a great day for him ... in terms of equality" as he announced unexpectedly strong May jobs numbers. Biden said that it was "despicable" of Trump to "put ... words" into Floyd's mouth.
Attorney General William Barr says law enforcement officers were already moving to push back protesters from a park in front of the White House when he arrived there Monday evening, and he says he did not give a command to disperse the crowd
Your Rights If You Get Arrested: Explained According to the Associated Press, more than 10,000 people have been arrested during recent protests across the United States. Here are some ways you can legally protect yourself if you’re taken into police custody for protesting. Although you’re legally required to disclose your identity when arrested, it is your fifth amendment right to remain silent otherwise. Do not allow police to pressure you into disclosing incriminating information and do not sign anything or do anything without an attorney present. You have the right to a phone call if arrested, and police are not permitted to listen to a call being made to a lawyer for legal help. If apprehended, police are allowed to remove anything from your person, but they do need a warrant to search your personal devices. You have the right to deny any sort of request for access to your phone, whether it be a passcode or fingerprint ID. After being arrested, police may ask for a DNA sample and even try to collect that sample without your consent. The Legal Aid Society advises those arrested to not drink, smoke or chew gum in police custody, as they may collect it and use it for DNA. Most importantly, if you feel your rights have been violated in any way during an arrest, it’s important to remember and record as much information as possible. That includes badge numbers, patrol car numbers, officer names, their agency and witness contact information.
According to the Huff Post, while George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery’s killers face charges, the Louisville police officers who reportedly shot and killed Breonna Taylor are free. Louisville Police Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and officers Brett Hankison and Myles Cosgrove are all still employed by the police department. They were placed on administrative leave after using a “no-knock” warrant to enter 26-year-old Breonna Taylor's home in mid-March. Reports say they shot and killed her while she was asleep, but had the wrong address. The cops were carrying out a narcotics investigation but "the house where the main suspects allegedly sold drugs was more than 10 miles away from Taylor’s apartment." After Taylor was dead, police acknowledged that the man officers had been searching for was already in custody. The FBI’s Louisville office has opened an investigation, and Louisville's mayor temporarily suspended all “no-knock” warrants. Activists are urging people to keep fighting to make sure her killers are brought to justice.
Invoking the name of a black man killed by white police officers, who's become a symbol of police brutality and racial injustice, in celebrating an economic report didn't go over well with Joe Biden. President Trump had cited George Floyd earlier in the day Friday at the White House, saying...
Black Lives Matter Sues Federal Government Over Excessive Police Force The D.C. chapter of the BLM movement filed a lawsuit accusing federal law enforcement of violating the constitutional rights of protesters. The lawsuit alleges that the officers attacked protesters with excessive force and without warning, deploying tear gas and rubber bullets. The move follows the forceful clearing of demonstrators in Lafayette Square to allow President Donald Trump to take photos at a church. The lawsuit is one of the first cases seeking to hold city, state and federal law enforcement responsible for alleged misconduct. The plaintiffs are represented by the ACLU of D.C. and the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs.
Two of Houston’s hip-hop heavy hitters -- Bun B and Trae tha Truth -- organized a rally for George Floyd which attracted more than 60,000 people. The artists say they hope more people will see Floyd’s death in police custody as another reason to fight for reformed civil rights laws. (June 5)
Fifteen years after co-founding Reddit, Alexis Ohanian made announcements Friday that he said were long overdue. He resigned from the company's board, KNTV reports, and told Reddit that his successor should be a black person. "I'm doing this for me, for my family, and for my country," Ohanian said, explaining...
Scores of retired military and defense leaders are denouncing President Donald Trump and accusing him of using the U.S. Armed Forces to undermine the rights of Americans protesting police brutality and the killing of George Floyd
Sharks are well known to be strong and resilient creatures, but scientists say they were shocked to find some living inside an active, underwater volcano.
About 4am Friday, artists and work crews started to paint a message on two blocks of 16th Street NW, a stretch that runs up to Lafayette Square and the White House. Just after 11, a worker put up a new street sign, and the cheering began, as Andra Day's "Rise...
Donald Trump tours one of only two major U.S. companies producing a special type of swab needed to ramp up coronavirus testing. The Trump administration provides $75.5 million for Puritan to double production to 40 million swabs a month. (June 5)
Is Lea Michele's once bright career over? A PR exec told Fox News that Lea's career could be on the brink of disaster if she doesn’t get her act together. The startling collapse comes after almost a dozen co-stars shared horrific stories of Lea's behavior. Lea has been called out for racism, transphobia, bullying, verbal abuse, and threatening to defecate in her co-stars wigs. Branding and PR expert Eric Schiffer told Fox News the damage may be too severe for Lea to fix. Schiffer says Michele's "horrific" behavior has become "rat poison" for her brand. "This moment in time, I think, is creating a kiss of death to her brand because it's all coming out now." "Some of it is repulsive and is going to bash her brand in the teeth." Former fans have now gotten in on the action on Twitter. Thousands of Lea's fans have turned on her, posted stories detailing her history of abhorrent behavior towards her admirers. The hashtag #LeaMicheleStories is trending on Twitter with over 100,000 tweets. It's quite a feat to trend for bad behavior during a global pandemic and a week of nationwide rioting and civil unrest. The public seems content with canceling Lea. The hashtag #LeaMichelePartyIsOver is trending with close to half a million tweets. Only time will tell if Lea can make a comeback.
President Donald Trump has declared Friday “a great day” for George Floyd as he discussed a strong jobs report for the country and efforts to bring about racial equality
76th Anniversary: Remembering D-Day On June 6, 1944, Allied troops invaded Normandy, France, to fight Nazi Germany in World War II. It was the largest invasion force in history, with hundreds of thousands of American, British, Canadian and other troops. It was one of the most important events of the second World War. More than 13,000 aircraft and 5,000 ships supported the operation. An estimated 10,000 Allied forces were killed, wounded and missing in action. The invasion is credited with sparking the liberation of German-occupied northwestern Europe from Nazi control, and laid the foundations for the Allied victory on the Western Front.
Actress Monica Moskatow has revealed a horrible incident thanks to diva Lea Michele. According to US magazine, Moskatow took to Instagram and posted the story on Michele's page. Moskatow revealed that in September 2009 she was hired to work at the premiere party for Glee at a high school. "They hired lookalikes of the shows characters to perform at the party. I was the Rachel Berry lookalike.” "Lea came searching for me. When she saw me she said, ‘oh my god! Could they have picked someone uglier!’” Moskatow says actor Cory Monteith “saw the look on my face and said, ‘don’t listen to her she’s just jealous, you’re beautiful.’”
If you've been having a hard time stuck at home during the pandemic, consider yourself lucky you haven't been attacked by a chainsaw (unless you have, in which case ... carry on). During a podcast conversation with ex-Aussie Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Cate Blanchett revealed just such a thing happened to...
NYC Hits COVID-19 Milestone With Zero Reported Deaths in 24-Hour Period According to the 'New York Post,' there were no fatalities from COVID-19 in New York City on June 4. It is the first time since March 12 that the city has gone a day without new coronavirus deaths. However, there were three people who died that day whose deaths may be linked to the virus. City Hall spokeswoman Avery Cohen says those specific deaths could be reclassified at a later date. The 'New York Post' adds that New York City has reported nearly 17,000 deaths from the pandemic. Additional records show that COVID-19 killed a peak of 590 people in the city back on April 7. Avery Cohen, via 'New York Post' The good news is welcomed by the Big Apple, which has been rocked with multiple violent confrontations between protesters and police in recent days. According to the 'New York Daily News,' plans to reopen businesses remain on track despite the unrest.