TOP OF THE HOUR:
– The union president of Minneapolis says the members are scapegoats.
– The shooting in North Carolina leaves 2 dead and 7 injured.
– Seattle police say the person was injured in less than 48 hours in the second shooting.
NYC officer suspended without paying for “apparent suffocation.”
MINNEAPOLIS – Bob Kroll, president of the Minneapolis Police Department, called the bystander’s video of George Floyd’s death “horrifying,” warning the public not to rush.
The union has been mostly silent about Floyd’s death since she made a statement shortly after he died on May 25 after a police officer knelt on his neck for nearly eight minutes. Kroll said on CBS This Morning on Tuesday that he thinks union members are being made a scapegoat for incompetent departmental leadership.
Kroll says the union has been denied the right to review the officer’s camera video. Union director Rich Walker says that “any person” who watches the video knows that Floyd’s arrest “should not have ended the way it was.” But Walker questioned statements that Floyd didn’t oppose officers because the union hadn’t seen footage from the minutes prior to the bystander’s video.
Police chief Medaria Arradondo said after Floyd’s death that he is interrupting contract negotiations with the union to consider major changes. Anna Hedberg, another union director, says that before Floyd’s death, the union had “great conversations” with city leaders and Arradondo.
She says it’s “stunned that in one incident we become the scapegoat if we have a bad officer.”
Ex-officer Derek Chauvin is charged with first-degree murder. Three other officers on the scene are charged with complicity.
WASHINGTON – Americans predominantly want clear standards for the police about when officers can use violence and the consequences imposed on officers who overdo it.
That’s according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, which finds that Americans are in favor of significant changes in the country’s criminal justice system. Americans are largely united in the idea that action is required: 40% say it needs “big changes”; 29% think the criminal justice system needs “a complete overhaul” and 25% say they need “minor changes”. Only 5% believe that no changes are necessary.
The poll also shows much support for punishing officers who engage in racially biased police work. Americans now say more than five years ago that police brutality against the public is a very serious problem, and agents who cause injury or death at work are treated too mildly.
The survey of American adults took place after weeks of mass demonstrations against police brutality and calls by some politicians and activists to “unmask” the police in response to George Floyd’s death.
DES MOINES, Iowa – The Des Moines City Council unanimously approved an anti-racial profiling ordinance that prohibits biased police work and mandates that city people report violations by officers.
Some supporters say that the vote on Monday evening was only a first step and that officials should take additional measures.
The regulation prohibits discriminatory pre-textual stops, where drivers are stopped for one offense but charged with another offense. Many residents who spoke on the council wanted all pretexts to be banned.
The regulation also prescribes additional training for officers, requires municipal officials to report incidents of biased police work that they witness and creates a sign with community members that helps the city manager assess data and make policy recommendations.
Daniel Zeno, director of policy and advocacy at the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, said the move was a good step. He would also like to see a citizens’ committee.
Lawyers have been calling on the council for years to approve such a regulation. Officials began working on the new rules after protests of George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Authorities in North Carolina say an impromptu block party shooting killed two people and injured seven others.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s deputy police chief, Johnny Jennings, told reporters in early Monday that the shooting took place around midnight at a block party that was a continuation of the Jewish celebrations. Jennings said the police, responding to a call from a pedestrian, found hundreds of people on the street.
After the authorities arrived, several shots were fired and the crowd was dispersed. Jennings said five people were hit by cars as they walked away from the shooting. He said there was evidence from multiple shooters.
Further details were not immediately available.
SEATTLE – Seattle police say one person was injured in the second Seattle protest zone shooting in less than 48 hours.
The shooting took place late Sunday evening in the area near downtown Seattle, known as CHOP, for “Capitol Hill Occupied Protest.” Police tweeted that one person was hospitalized with a gunshot wound. A hospital spokesperson says the person was in serious condition.
A Saturday shooting before dawn had left a 19-year-old man dead and another person seriously injured. No arrests were made in that shooting from Sunday.
The CHOP zone is a multi-block area cordoned off by protesters near a police station in the city’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, which has emerged after weeks of protests across the city over police brutality and racism fueled by police killings to George Floyd, a black man, in Minneapolis.
NEW YORK – A New York City police officer was suspended unpaid on Sunday after it was recorded that he put his arm around a man’s neck in what the police chief called an “apparent suffocation.”
The department’s action to suspend the officer was astonishing in speed, taking place just hours after the morning confrontation on a beach boardwalk in the Rockaway section of Queens.
A video taken by one of the men involved involved a group of officers tackling a black man, one of them putting his arm around his neck while lying face down on the boardwalk.
In the video, someone yells, “Stop choking him, bro!” The officer relaxes his grip after a colleague taps him and pulls his shirt.
It was unclear whether the man tackled suffered more than superficial injuries. He stood on his own after he got off the ground and refused to let doctors examine him after the incident.
The NYPD has long outlawed chokeholds. Their use has been particularly fraught since Eric Garner’s death in 2014 after an officer strangled him while attempting to arrest him.
Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed a comprehensive package of police accountability measures, including a ban on chokeholds following protests over the murder of George Floyd.
GARDENA, California. – Two Democratic lawmakers called the Attorney General of California on Sunday to investigate the fatal shooting of a young man by a Los Angeles County Sheriff. Representatives Maxine Waters and Nanette Diaz Barragán said in a statement that there is a need for an independent investigation into the death of 18-year-old Andres Guardado so that the public will trust the findings.
Messages requesting comments were sent to the Los Angeles County Attorney General’s Office and the Sheriff’s Office. Guardado was shot on Thursday after Los Angeles County delegates saw him with a gun in front of a company near Gardena. Hundreds of people gathered on Sunday to protest the shooting.
NEW YORK – The American Museum of Natural History will remove a prominent statue of Theodore Roosevelt from the entrance after years of objections symbolizing colonial expansion and racial discrimination, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Sunday.
The bronze statue that has stood at the entrance to Central Park West since 1940 depicts Roosevelt on horseback with an Indian man and an African man next to the horse.
“The American Museum of Natural History has requested that the statue of Theodore Roosevelt be removed because it explicitly depicts black and indigenous peoples as subject and racially inferior,” Blasio said in a written statement. ‘The city supports the museum’s request. It is the right decision and the right time to remove this problematic image. ‘
Museum president Ellen Futter told the New York Times that “the museum community has been deeply impressed by the ever-growing racial justice movement that emerged after the murder of George Floyd.”
SEATTLE – Seattle police continued their investigation into a weekend shot in a park in the city’s protest zone on Sunday that killed a 19-year-old man and injured another person.
No arrests had been made.
Detective Mark Jamieson said there was an “active and ongoing” investigation into the shooting, which took place around 2:30 am on Saturday in an area near downtown known as CHOP, for the “Capitol Hill Occupied Protest” zone. The suspect or suspects have fled the scene and the police have asked the public for information that could identify them.
The zone has evolved after weeks of protests across the city over police brutality and racism following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Police officers responding to the shooting said they struggled to get to the scene because they were “taken in by a violent mob that prevented officers from accessing the victims,” said a police blog.
Video released by police later on Saturday appears to show that officers arriving in the protest zone say they want to get to the victim and go in while people yell at them that the victim is already gone. Police largely withdrew from the zone after clashes with protesters, KIRO-TV reported.
Private vehicles took two men with gunshot wounds to Harborview Medical Center, where the 19-year-old man died. A 33-year-old man, whose name was not immediately disclosed, remained in critical condition on Sunday, hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg told KOMO-TV.
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