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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)

'Strategic' well-orchestrated heists seen amid protest chaos

Jun. 4, 2020 3:46 PM 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...

This Thursday, May 7, 2020, file photo combo of images provided by the Glynn County Detention Center in Georgia shows Gregory McMichael, left, and his son Travis McMichael. Georgia's attorney general on Sunday asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the handling of the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, a black man who authorities say died at the hands of the two men as he ran through a neighborhood. (Glynn County Detention Center via AP, File)

Testimony: Shooter used racist slur as Arbery lay dying

Jun. 4, 2020 3:11 PM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A state investigator alleged Thursday that a white man was heard saying a racist slur as he stood over Ahmaud Arbery's body, moments after killing him with three shots from a pump-action shotgun. In a hearing to determine whether there is enough evidence to proceed with a murder...

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...

No prison time for Wells County ex-sheriff in theft case

Jun. 4, 2020 12:23 PM EDT

BISMARK, N.D. (AP) — A former sheriff in North Dakota won't spend any time behind bars after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors on accusations he stole more than $750,000 from the state government. Johnny Zip Lawson, 43, the former Wells County sheriff, was ordered to pay full restitution during...

A man passes a bank burned during a protest over the death of George Floyd, Sunday, May 31, 2020, in La Mesa, Calif. A widely-seen video of a white police officer pushing the black man was taken after the officer stopped him for smoking on a trolley platform, authorities said Wednesday, providing additional details on what led to widespread damage during a protest days later. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

California officials praise more peaceful protesting

Jun. 4, 2020 11:06 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California authorities have praised the thousands of peaceful protesters who thronged streets around the state while announcing criminal charges against more than 100 people accused of looting and violence. Police in the San Francisco Bay Area said a break-in suspect was killed when...

New Orleans police clash with protesters after a largely peaceful protest march, on top of the bridge on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, days following the death of George Floyd in Minnesota. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (Chris Granger/The Advocate via AP)

AP tally: Arrests at widespread US protests hit 10,000

Jun. 4, 2020 3:42 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — More than 10,000 people have been arrested in protests decrying racism and police brutality in the wake of George Floyd's death, according to an Associated Press tally of known arrests across the U.S. The count has grown by the hundreds each day as protesters spilled into the streets and...

Demonstrators leave a rally and head toward Seattle City Hall Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Seattle, following protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

The Latest: Seattle ends city-wide curfew ahead of schedule

Jun. 4, 2020 1:39 AM 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: — Seattle ends city-wide curfew ahead of schedule. — Demonstrators march to U.S. Capitol during peaceful protests in...

LGBTQ community members join Black Lives Matter demonstrators lie face down depicting George Floyd during his detention by police, blocking an intersection in protest over Floyd's death, in West Hollywood, Calif., on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.  Floyd, an African American, died on May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed a knee into his neck for several minutes even after he stopped moving and pleading for air. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

More than 100 charged with looting, assaults in California

Jun. 3, 2020 10:38 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California authorities have charged more than 100 people with looting, assault and other crimes committed during and around protests while police in a San Francisco Bay Area city said Wednesday that a break-in suspect died after being shot by police who mistook his hammer for a gun. ...

Candles and signs left at the entrance to closed Vallejo city hall seen on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Vallejo, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Police: California man had hammer, not gun, when killed

Jun. 3, 2020 8:59 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A man suspected of stealing from a pharmacy in the San Francisco Bay Area amid national protests was fatally shot by officers who thought he was carrying a firearm in his waistband but actually had a hammer, police said Wednesday. Details of the shooting were revealed even as some...

Scottsdale police make more arrests in mall looting

Jun. 3, 2020 8:42 PM EDT

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Scottsdale police have made more arrests in the looting of the city's signature mall and recovered designer handbags, sunglasses and other luxury items. Authorities said Wednesday another eight people have been arrested and more than $46,000 in merchandise from Scottsdale Fashion...