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Influencer Jake Joseph Paul faces charges after mall riot

Jun. 4, 2020 2:26 PM EDT

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Social media influencer Jake Joseph Paul faces misdemeanor charges following a riot at a mall outside Phoenix, police said Thursday. Paul, who has 20 million followers, says he was merely trying to find people protesting against the death of George Floyd. Paul, 23, was identified...

FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2019, file photo, Florida State head football coach Mike Norvell speaks at a press conference in Tallahassee, Fla. Florida State athletic director David Coburn says the football team met Thursday, June 4, 2020, after a star player accused coach Mike Norvell of lying about connecting personally last weekend with every player to discuss the killing of George Floyd and protests against racial injustice. (AP Photo/Phil Sears, File)

Florida St football team meets after coach accused of lying

Jun. 4, 2020 1:57 PM EDT

The Florida State football team met with coach Mike Norvell on Thursday after a star player accused the coach of lying about personally connecting with each player to discuss the police killing of George Floyd and ensuing protests against racial injustice. Florida State athletic director David Coburn was making a...

This Wednesday, June 3, 2020 photo, shows the relief sculpture on the Boston Massacre Monument on Boston Common that depicts Crispus Attucks, a black man, as the first person gunned down by British troops during the Boston Massacre on March 5, 1770. The attack helped touch off the American Revolution. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

As nation confronts old demons, a 1770 slaying is recalled

Jun. 4, 2020 1:56 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Like George Floyd, he was black, in his mid-40s, and died at the hands of a white man. And like Floyd, he may have helped touch off a revolution. Many in the Black Lives Matter movement are invoking Crispus Attucks — an African American gunned down by a British soldier in the Boston...

This combination of photos shows logos for social media platforms, from left, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Lost jobs over social media statements that seemed like a good idea at the time have become a common occurrence, but the tense environment of nationwide protests against racism and police brutality with the backdrop of a pandemic have made Twitter, Instagram and Facebook especially dangerous for those who want to remain among the employed. (AP Photo)

Ill-considered posts lead to lost jobs amid protests, crisis

Jun. 4, 2020 1:25 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A writer from a “Law & Order" spin-off and the play-by-play broadcaster for the NBA’s Sacramento Kings found themselves out of jobs after making social media posts this week that their bosses found too incendiary or insensitive, highlighting an apparent surge in such...

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott holds up a walking stick he said was used to shatter windows in a police vehicle and a rock that was thrown and broke a deputy's thumb during a violent demonstration May 30 and 31, at his office in Columbia, SC., on Thursday, June 4, 2020. Lott said deputies are reviewing social media and expect to arrest a number of people for violent or destructive acts during the demonstrations May 30 and May 31. (AP Photo /Jeffrey Collins)

Sheriff: Videos lead to riot arrests; racists in crowd

Jun. 4, 2020 1:23 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Four people arrested over the past few days for damaging and stealing property or assaulting people during violent demonstrations last weekend in South Carolina's capital city had one thing in common — they posted video of their crimes on social media, Richland County Sheriff...

Atlantic City man faces federal rioting charge

Jun. 4, 2020 1:12 PM EDT

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Federal authorities charged an Atlantic City man Thursday with using social media to participate in and encourage rioting after investigators reviewed posts and video on his Facebook page. The charge stemmed from events Sunday night in Atlantic City where protesters gathered to decry...

FILE - In this May 30, 2020, file photo, women carry merchandise from a Union Square Victoria's Secret store in San Francisco. Police say many of the smash-and-grab thefts have been carried out by caravans of well-coordinated criminals that have coincided with or followed protests over the death of George Floyd, who was killed by a Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee into Floyd's neck. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

Well-coordinated thieves capitalize on protest chaos

Jun. 4, 2020 11:17 AM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Police in a small San Francisco Bay Area community were about to help authorities in neighboring Oakland keep the peace during a protest when a more pressing crisis hit home: groups of thieves were pillaging malls, setting fire to a Walmart and storming a car dealership. By the time...

Florida officer on leave after pressing knee into man's neck

Jun. 4, 2020 11:12 AM EDT

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida police officer pressed his knee into the neck of a handcuffed black man a week before the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, a bystander's video released this week shows - a release that has prompted a departmental investigation and the officer being placed on leave. Two...

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2016, file photo, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, right, is greeted by New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees at the end of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif. As athletes and sports organizations around the world speak out against racial injustice in the wake of George Floyd’s death, Drew Brees drew sharp criticism after he reiterated his opposition to Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling during the national anthem in 2016. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron, File)

Brees says he 'completely missed the mark' in flag comments

Jun. 4, 2020 9:51 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees apologized Thursday for comments that were “insensitive and completely missed the mark” when he reiterated his opposition to Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling during the national anthem in 2016, drawing sharp criticism from fellow high-profile athletes and...

Alaska police chief placed on leave over social media posts

Jun. 4, 2020 9:39 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska city has suspended its police chief following public complaints about a 2018 social media post in which he described the Black Lives Matter movement as a “hate group.” Palmer Police Department Chief Dwayne Shelton also posted a message that seemed to...