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Journalists, legal observers exempt from orders to disperse

Jul. 2, 2020 10:39 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Some journalists and legal observers will be exempt from Portland police orders requiring protesters to disperse after an unlawful assembly or riot is declared, under a 14-day temporary order issued by a federal judge Thursday. Police also cannot arrest, threaten to arrest or use...

FILE - In this March 29, 2020, file photo, a protester faces police officers in downtown in Portland, Ore. Portland, Oregon, a liberal city with a reputation for full-throated and frequent protests, is reeling from the nightly chaos in its streets and on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, its visibly frustrated police chief appealed to residents to help stop

Oregon House speaker slams Portland police use of tear gas

Jul. 1, 2020 9:03 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — More than two dozen protesters were arrested on charges including disorderly conduct, interfering with a police officer, riot and assault on a police officer during protests that stretched into the early morning hours of Wednesday, Portland police said. Authorities said protesters...

FILE - In this Sunday, July 15, 2018 file photo, Pyotr Verzilov invading the pitch, runs away as a steward tries to stop him during the France and Croatia 2018 World Cup final match in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia. Russian state news agency Tass says a prominent member of the protest group Pussy Riot has been detained by the police anti-extremism division. The Mediazona website reported that Pyotr Verzilov was seized at his apartment by unidentified men who broke down the door on Sunday, June 21, 2020.  (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

Report: Pussy Riot member held in Russia extremism probe

Jun. 21, 2020 12:47 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian state news agency Tass says a prominent member of the protest group Pussy Riot has been detained by the police anti-extremism division. The Mediazona website reported that Pyotr Verzilov was seized at his apartment by unidentified men who broke down the door on Sunday morning. Tass...

FILE - In this June 20, 2020, file photo a trooper stands outside the BOK Center where President Trump will hold a campaign rally in Tulsa, Okla. In law enforcement, they’re referred to as “non-lethal” tools for crowd control: Rubber bullets. Pepper spray. Batons. Flash-bangs. But the now-familiar scenes of U.S. police officers in riot gear clashing with protesters at Lafayette Park in Washington and elsewhere around the country have police critics charging that the weaponry too often escalates tensions and hurts innocent people. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Injuries at protests draw scrutiny to use of police weaponry

Jun. 21, 2020 7:50 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In law enforcement, they’re referred to as “nonlethal” tools for dealing with demonstrations that turn unruly: rubber bullets, pepper spray, batons, flash-bangs. But the now-familiar scenes of U.S. police officers in riot gear clashing with protesters at Lafayette Park...

Park police and neighboring residents survey the damage in Golden Gate Park, Saturday, June 20, 2020, after statues of Junipero Serra, U.S. Grant and Francis Scott Key were toppled and graffiti was spray painted over many walls and pedestals. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group via AP)

The Latest: Religious leader criticizes toppling of statue

Jun. 21, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

TOP OF THE HOUR: — San Francisco religious leader criticizes toppling of statue in Golden Gate Park. — Trump tries to tie destruction of statues to Democrats, including Biden. — Trump stages comeback rally in less-than-fun arena amid pandemic. — Memorial to Black Wall Street in Tulsa...

Slovenia police remove protesters from Ljubljana square

Jun. 19, 2020 4:02 PM EDT

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenian riot police on Friday removed protesters from a central square in the capital Ljubljana during weekly demonstrations against the center-right government. Police fenced off the square in front of Slovenia's parliament building in Ljubljana, but about 30 government...

Residents of a building cut up a banner which was lowered from the roof of his building by far-right protestors with the Identitarian nationalist French movement during a march against police brutality and racism in Paris, France, Saturday, June 13, 2020, organized by supporters of Adama Traore, who died in police custody in 2016 in circumstances that remain unclear despite four years of back-and-forth autopsies. The march is expected to be the biggest of several demonstrations Saturday inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement in the U.S., and French police ordered the closure of freshly reopened restaurants and shops along the route fearing possible violence. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Paris marchers decry racism; far right rallies in London

Jun. 13, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Paris riot police fired tear gas Saturday to disperse a largely peaceful but unauthorized protest against police brutality and entrenched racism, as France’s minorities increasingly push back against a national doctrine of colorblindness that has failed to eradicate discrimination. In...

In this still image taken from security video released by the Congressman Bobby Rush's Campaign Office, a Chicago police officer lies on a couch inside Rush's burglarized congressional campaign office in Chicago on Sunday, May 31, 2020. Police officers and supervisors appeared to be

Chicago investigating officers 'lounging' during unrest

Jun. 11, 2020 10:20 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — More than a dozen Chicago police officers and supervisors were captured on video “lounging” inside a burglarized congressional campaign office and even appeared to be making popcorn and brewing coffee as people vandalized and stole from nearby businesses as protests and unrest...

A statue of Christopher Columbus is shown vandalized at Bayfront Park in Miami, Thursday, June 11, 2020. Miami police say that several people were arrested for vandalizing the statue of Columbus and Juan Ponce de León during a protest Wednesday. Protests continue over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died last month while in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Police: 7 arrested for vandalizing Columbus statue in Miami

Jun. 11, 2020 1:30 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Seven people have been arrested for vandalizing statues of Christopher Columbus and Juan Ponce de León in Miami, and one man was charged with smashing a patrol car with his skateboard and trying to incite a riot, the city's police said. The arrests happened Wednesday after a chaotic scene...

Anti-government protesters burn awnings of the Le Gray hotel during ongoing protests against the Lebanese government, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, June 6, 2020. Hundreds of Lebanese demonstrators gathered in central Beirut Saturday, hoping to reboot nationwide anti-government protests that began late last year amid an unprecedented economic and financial crisis. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Lebanon deescalates sectarian clashes after tense night

Jun. 7, 2020 9:58 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Lebanese military on Sunday said overnight riots and sectarian tensions in central Beirut and other areas left dozens of people injured, including 25 soldiers, and warned that the clashes had endangered national unity. Riot police fired tear gas at protesters, after Saturday's attempt to...