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Protesters march Thursday, June 4, 2020, in San Diego. Protests continue to be held in U.S. cities, sparked by the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

California lawmakers picking up themes from protesters

Jun. 5, 2020 11:12 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Peaceful protests continued Friday throughout California while lawmakers and even police echoed calls for social justice and an end to police abuses. Crowds ranging from several hundred to thousands thronged the streets of downtown Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento, San Francisco...

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2020, file photo, people walk past a Pacific Gas and Electric sign at a PG&E location in San Francisco. California's chief utility regulators and a Pacific Gas & Electric executive testified Thursday, June 4, 2020, that the utility is behind on installing devices meant to ease the severity of power shut-offs during potential wildfires and hasn't yet hired and trained emergency response specialists in each county. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

PG&E behind on promises to ease effect of power shut-offs

Jun. 5, 2020 12:47 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's chief utility regulators and a Pacific Gas & Electric executive testified Thursday that the utility is behind on installing devices meant to ease the severity of power shut-offs during potential wildfires and hasn't yet hired and trained emergency response...

Artist Karla Burner, right, paints a mural on plywood covering the shattered window of a mattress store that was damaged during protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Thursday, June 4, 2020, in La Mesa, Calif. California authorities are praising thousands of peaceful protesters who have thronged streets but they also have filed criminal charges against more than 100 people accused of looting and violence. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

National Guard deploys to strife-ridden San Diego suburb

Jun. 4, 2020 5:08 PM EDT

LA MESA, Calif. (AP) — The California National Guard sent 200 troops to San Diego County to try to prevent violence three days after arsonists and people stealing from businesses destroyed much of a suburb's quaint downtown area. Troops moved into La Mesa Wednesday night to protect police headquarters and...

A building burns during a protest over the death of George Floyd, Sunday, May 31, 2020, in La Mesa, Calif. Protests were held in U.S. cities over the death of Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP Photo/Elliot Spagat)

Black man's arrest in California smoking stop adds to unrest

Jun. 3, 2020 11:11 PM EDT

LA MESA, Calif. (AP) — A widely-seen video of a white police officer pushing a 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. Neighboring Chase and...

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. ...

California black leaders seek reforms, reparations study

Jun. 2, 2020 9:21 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's Legislative Black Caucus is prioritizing a package of bills for this year that include police reform, a task force to study reparations and a repeal of California's controversial 1996 law barring affirmative action at colleges following the police killing of George...

Fireworks go off in front of police, who with protesters in front of police headquarters in St. Louis on Monday, June 1, 2020. The small group of protesters was originally part of a much larger group demonstrating earlier in the afternoon against the death of George Floyd. (Colter Peterson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

The Latest: Police say 4 officers shot in St. Louis protests

Jun. 2, 2020 2:38 AM EDT

The Latest on the 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: ___ ST. LOUIS — Police say four officers were hit by gunfire after protests in St. Louis that started peacefully Monday became violent overnight, with...

Demonstrators raise their fists Monday, June 1, 2020, during a protest over the death of George Floyd in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Newsom welcomes protest rage; decries violence and theft

Jun. 1, 2020 11:44 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday he welcomed the rage of protesters as long as they are peaceful, but he denounced unnamed groups of anarchists and others who used the demonstrations to tag graffiti on buildings, burn banks, shatter store windows and run off with armloads of goods. "The...

San Diego police to stop using blood-stopping neck restraint

Jun. 1, 2020 8:21 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Police in San Diego, the nation's eighth-largest city, will immediately stop using the carotid restraint in the wake of nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd after he was placed in a neck hold in Minneapolis, authorities said Monday. “We are watching the hurt and pain...

Diplomatic 1750, a sneaker and streetwear consignment boutique owned by Brian Heath, is boarded up in Chicago on June 1, 2020. Heath, who is black, said he's upset that his sneaker and streetwear consignment boutique in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood was vandalized on Sunday. But he's even more upset about Floyd's death, which triggered the unrest. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)

Unrest emerges in neighborhoods, suburbs beyond city centers

Jun. 1, 2020 6:48 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Vandals robbed malls and shopping centers in communities outside Chicago. They stormed stores across the San Francisco Bay in what appeared to be coordinated smash-and-grabs. Banks and a sleek, modern office building were burned to the ground in a San Diego suburb. As officials locked down...