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Seattle City Council OKs budget with nearly 20% police cut

Nov. 24, 2020 4:43 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle City Council approved the city’s 2021 budget with reductions to the police budget, though not as much as activists sought amid mass demonstrations against police brutality over the summer. The council voted Monday to shrink the budget of the Seattle Police Department by...

Riot police form a cordon as flames shoot out from the Congress building after protesters set a part of the building on fire, in Guatemala City, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Hundreds of protesters were protesting in various parts of the country Saturday against Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei and members of Congress for the approval of the 2021 budget that reduced funds for education, health and the fight for human rights. (AP Photo/Oliver De Ros)

Protesters torch Guatemala's Congress building amid unrest

Nov. 21, 2020 10:08 PM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Hundreds of protesters broke into Guatemala's Congress and burned part of the building Saturday amid growing demonstrations against President Alejandro Giammattei and the legislature for approving a controversial budget that cut educational and health spending. The incident came as...

Back the Blue police supporters, left, stand next to Black Lives Matter protesters calling for defunding the police, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Paula Bronstein)

Portland, Oregon rejects bid to cut $18M more from police

Nov. 5, 2020 7:30 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — City commissioners in Portland, Oregon on Thursday rejected a budget amendment that would have slashed another $18 million from the Portland Police Bureau amid months of racial justice protests and shifted the money to the city’s pandemic response. The commission voted 3-2...

Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell speaks to reporters about a proposed $18 million in budget cuts to his bureau Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, in Portland, Ore. The City Council is considering the cuts on top of nearly $16 million already cut in June, but delayed a vote until after the election. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)

Portland, Oregon, delays vote to cut $18M more from police

Oct. 29, 2020 9:15 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — City councilors in Oregon's largest city have delayed a vote on an additional $18 million in cuts to the Portland police budget until after next week's presidential election amid a heated mayoral race and mounting tension over the police handling of near-nightly protests. Mayor Ted...

FILE - In this file March 18, 2020, file phootom one of the normally bustling entrances to the Disneyland resort is vacant due to the coronavirus closure in Anaheim, Calif. State health officials announced strict new rules for reopening theme parks on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, attractions spanning from Disneyland to Universal Studios are now bracing for an even longer shutdown, and so are the surrounding communities lined with hotels, restaurants and shops devoted to visitors who no longer walk their streets. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

California theme park closures hit jobs, shops, budget

Oct. 22, 2020 1:00 AM EDT

California's amusement parks have been pining to reopen for months, hoping to bring back thousands of workers sent home in March when the coronavirus pandemic forced them to close their gates. Now that state health officials announced strict new rules for reopening the parks, attractions spanning from Disneyland...

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 4, 2020 file photo, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks during a media conference after the weekly College of Commissioners meeting at EU headquarters in Brussels. The European Union will announce a major building renovation project this week seeking to cut down energy cost and polluting emissions while providing a big boost to the construction industry. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)

EU plans big building renovation project to save energy

Oct. 12, 2020 8:03 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is announcing a major building renovation project this week seeking to cut down energy costs and polluting emissions while providing a big boost to the construction industry. EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Monday that the 27-nation bloc “must...

Deja Stallings wipes away tears during a news conference outside city hall Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. Protesters have occupied the lawn and plaza in front of city hall more than a week demanding the resignation of police chief Rick Smith and the officer who knelt on Stallings' back while arresting the pregnant woman last week. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Pregnant Kansas City woman arrested by police attends rally

Oct. 8, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A nine-months-pregnant Black woman whose arrest by a Kansas City police officer sparked outrage and an occupation of City Hall grounds was so overcome with emotion Thursday that she was unable to address a rally to demand police reform. Deja Stallings ended up on the ground with an...

A man starts a grill to cook lunch as he camps in front of City Hall, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. Activists, outraged after a white Kansas City police officer knelt on the back of a pregnant Black woman during an arrest last week are camping outside city hall and plan to stay until the officer and the police chief are fired. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kansas City activists camp at City Hall in police protest

Oct. 6, 2020 6:40 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Activists who were outraged when a white Kansas City police officer knelt on the back of a Black pregnant woman during an arrest last week have set up camp outside City Hall and say they plan to stay until the officer and police chief are fired. They also want the city to redirect...

FILE - In this Thursday, July 30, 2020, file photo, a demonstrator holds a sign that reads

Police departments seeing modest cuts, but not 'defunding'

Oct. 1, 2020 2:02 PM EDT

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — The racial justice protests following the death of George Floyd earlier this year prompted calls to “defund the police” in cities across the country, a priority for activists that has now become a central point in the presidential contest. A review by The Associated...