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1 officer hurt in protest outside St. Pete police station

Jun. 2, 2020 2:47 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — At least one police officer in St. Petersburg suffered a minor injury during a late-night protest outside of the agency's headquarters, police said. A group of about 200 protesters were outside the headquarters in St. Petersburg around 11 p.m. Monday when some in the crowd tore...

Police investigate the scene of a shooting at Lee's Pawn & Jewelry in St. Louis, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. A 77-year-old retired St. Louis police officer who served 38 years on the force was shot and killed by looters at the pawn shop early Tuesday, police said. David Dorn was found dead on the sidewalk in front of Lee's Pawn & Jewelry, which had been ransacked after peaceful protests over the death of George Floyd turned violent overnight. (David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

Police: Retired St. Louis police captain killed amid unrest

Jun. 2, 2020 2:24 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A retired St. Louis police officer was shot and killed early Tuesday by people who had broken into a pawn shop during unrest that followed a peaceful protest over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, police said. David Dorn, 77, was found dead on the sidewalk in front of Lee's Pawn...

Salem police captain suspended for inappropriate tweet

Jun. 2, 2020 2:04 PM EDT

SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts police captain has been suspended after posting a tweet criticizing Boston Mayor Marty Walsh for permitting demonstrations during the coronavirus pandemic. Capt. Kate Stephens tweeted ”(S)o you issued a permit for 10 of thousands of people to protest but I...

Man gets 10-month sentence for threatening Muslim politician

Jun. 2, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

A North Carolina man was sentenced Tuesday to 10 months in prison for anonymously threatening on social media to lynch a Muslim-American man who ran for a state Senate seat in Virginia, according to prosecutors. Joseph Cecil Vandevere, 53, of Black Mountain, had faced a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison after...

People observe social distancing as they take part in a demonstration in The Hague, Netherlands, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, to protest against the recent killing of George Floyd, police violence and institutionalized racism. Floyd, a black man, died in police custody in Minneapolis, U.S.A., after being restrained by police officers on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

The Latest: Attorney says drugs in Floyd's system irrelevant

Jun. 2, 2020 2:01 PM EDT

The Latest on the May 25 death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck: TOP OF THE HOUR: — Family attorney calls drugs in George Floyd's system irrelevant to his death. — Kennedy Center to dim lights for 9 nights...

Police guard Robert E. Lee Statue in Richmond, Va., Monday, June 1, 2020. (Daniel Sangjib Min/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Richmond mayor faces angry crowd after tear gas used

Jun. 2, 2020 1:33 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An angry crowd shouted down Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney Tuesday after police lobbed tear gas at a group of peaceful demonstrators during a protest over the death of George Floyd. Several hundred people gathered outside City Hall, chanted “FIRE THEM!” and repeatedly...

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2018 file photo, the Instagram app logo is displayed on a mobile screen in Los Angeles. Though Black Out Tuesday was originally organized by the music community, the social media world went dark on Tuesday in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and the many killings of black people around the world that has caused outrage and protests. Instagram accounts, from top record label to everyday people, was full of black squares posted in response to the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Social media, music world go dark for Black Out Tuesday

Jun. 2, 2020 1:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Though Black Out Tuesday was originally organized by the music community, the social media world also went dark in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, joining voices around the world outraged by the killings of black people in the U.S. Instagram and Twitter accounts, from top record...

Man accused of social media post encouraging people to riot

Jun. 2, 2020 12:50 PM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man has been accused of authoring a social media post that encouraged people to riot and tip police cars, police said Tuesday. Police in Manchester said they were made aware of the Facebook post on May 30 inviting people to protest racism and police brutality. It...

FILE - This Jan. 29, 2010, file photo shows the company logo and view of Netflix headquarters in Los Gatos, Calif. Netflix's normally lighthearted Twitter account took on a more somber tone on Saturday, May 30, 2020:

Brands weigh in on national protests over police brutality

Jun. 2, 2020 11:44 AM EDT

As thousands of protesters take to the streets in response to police killings of black people, companies are wading into the national conversation but taking care to get their messaging right. Netflix’s normally lighthearted Twitter account took on a more somber tone on Saturday: “To be silent is to...

Rapid City police warn armed civilians not to help officers

Jun. 2, 2020 11:27 AM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Rapid City police say civilians organizing armed patrols in an attempt to help law enforcement deal with potentially violent protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis will actually hinder officers. Representatives from the Rapid City Police Department and the...