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California mayor resigns over email about police killings

Jun. 5, 2020 6:04 AM EDT

TEMECULA, Calif. (AP) — The mayor of a Southern California city resigned following an email in which he stated he didn’t “believe there’s ever been a good person of color killed by a police officer" locally. Temecula Mayor James Stewart had apologized Thursday for the email, saying he...

Demonstrators observe a minute's silence in Canberra, Australia, on Friday, June 5, 2020 in memory of deaths in custody including George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. Thousands gathered in Australia's capital to remind Australians that the racial inequality underscored by Floyd's death was not unique to the United States. (AP Photo/Rod McGuirk)

Protesters rally for black lives, remind Australia of past

Jun. 5, 2020 5:59 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Thousands gathered in Australia’s capital on Friday to remind Australians that the racial inequality underscored by George Floyd’s death was not unique to the United States. The Canberra rally that attracted 2,000 demonstrators comes before larger rallies are...

FILE - In this Monday, June 1, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump returns to the White House in Washington. Trump is traveling to Maine on Friday, June 5, 2020, to visit a company that makes specialized swabs for coronavirus testing. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Trump heads to rural Maine but won't escape demonstrators

Jun. 5, 2020 5:45 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Maine’s Democratic governor is urging President Donald Trump to watch his tone during a visit to the state Friday to showcase a company that makes specialized swabs for coronavirus testing. And the sheriff in the state’s most rural county is urging those expected to protest...

In this image from video provided by WBFO, a Buffalo police officer appears to shove a man who walked up to police Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Buffalo, N.Y. Video from WBFO shows the man appearing to hit his head on the pavement, with blood leaking out as officers walk past to clear Niagara Square. Buffalo police initially said in a statement that a person “was injured when he tripped & fell,” WIVB-TV reported, but Capt. Jeff Rinaldo later told the TV station that an internal affairs investigation was opened. Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood suspended two officers late Thursday, the mayor’s statement said. (Mike Desmond/WBFO via AP)

NYC calmer as Buffalo police draw ire for protester injury

Jun. 5, 2020 4:08 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest night of protests in New York City sparked by the death of George Floyd at the hands of police was markedly calmer, while video of a police officer appearing to shove an elderly protester who falls and cracks his head in Buffalo drew widespread condemnation. Video from WFBO...

This June, 1, 2020, image from video provided by Alissa Murray shows demonstrators protesting police brutality and racism encountering a line of armed bystanders as they march in Crown Point, Ind. Crown Point Police Chief Pete Land said the armed bystanders are protected under state law. (Alissa Murray via AP)

Armed bystanders watch Floyd protesters march in Indiana

Jun. 5, 2020 4:04 AM EDT

Protesters in a rural Indiana city who took to the streets to condemn racism and police killings of black people encountered bystanders who were holding rifles during the demonstration. A video that circulated on social media shows 21 people standing along a bike trail near downtown Crown Point, Indiana, watching...

CORRECTS TO MEMORIAL SERVICE, NOT FUNERAL - George Floyd's casket carried to a hearse after a memorial service for Floyd at North Central University, Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Minneapolis. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Protests shift to memorializing Floyd amid push for change

Jun. 5, 2020 3:59 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The tenor of the protests set off by the death of George Floyd at the hands of police has taken a turn from the explosive anger that has fueled the setting of fires, breaking of windows and other violence to a quiet, yet more forceful, grassroots call for more to be done to address racial...

Officials urge protesters to get tested for coronavirus

Jun. 5, 2020 3:06 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Health officials in Kentucky's largest city are urging protesters to get tested for the coronavirus. In addition, protesters should also take precautions that include wearing face masks, staying in small groups that are 6 feet apart, and using signs and noisemakers instead of...

Demonstrations over the death of George Floyd continue, as protesters sit in the street of the Country Club Plaza on Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. (Kylie Graham/The Kansas City Star via AP)

Kansas City announces planned reform of police procedures

Jun. 5, 2020 1:54 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City is reforming police procedures after criticism from black organizations about police conduct during nearly a week of protests as well as long-standing tension between the department and minorities, the mayor announced Thursday. A coalition of civil rights organizations...

South Korean protesters shout slogans during a protest over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25, near the U.S. embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, June 5, 2020. The signs read

Police try to stop Floyd rally in Sydney due to virus fears

Jun. 5, 2020 1:49 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Police challenged whether a Black Lives Matter protest planned for Saturday in Australia's largest city is too much of a virus risk, as demonstrators in the capital reminded the country that racial inequality is not a U.S. issue alone. In Canberra, organizers of a rally Friday that attracted...

2 arrested over social media post have been released

Jun. 5, 2020 1:47 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Two men who were arrested over a widely circulated social media post that urged violence and looting in suburban Wichita neighborhoods have been released. The Wichita Eagle reports that the arrests of 20-year-old Michael Boston Jr., of Wichita, and 19-year-old Rashawn Mayes Jr., of...