SEATTLE (AP) –
TOP OF THE HOUR:
– The shooting in North Carolina leaves 2 dead and 7 injured
– Seattle police say the person was injured in the second shooting in less than 48 hours
NYC officer suspended without paying for “apparent suffocation.”
– Spanish missionary statue in Los Angeles toppled by protesters.
– George Washington memorial destroyed in Baltimore.
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 — The Seattle Police Department continued their investigation on Sunday into a weekend shot in a park in the city’s protest zone 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.
ROME – Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte says Italy is watching closely and with concern the Black Lives Matter protests that are flooding American cities, especially as the US is facing the corona virus pandemic.
Conte was asked at a news conference on Sunday to comment on the murder of George Floyd by a white police officer and the protests that took place in the aftermath.
Conte said the protests “touched the raw nerve of racial discrimination in American society,” reflecting problems of inequality, suffering and marginalization among certain facets of the population.
He said that violent protests “are never admissible” and that Italy respected the internal affairs of its old ally. But he said Italy “was following closely and concerned what is happening in the United States at a time when our American friends are facing a pandemic that is causing so many victims.” Italy has had a handful of peaceful gatherings in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
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