TOP OF THE HOUR:
– No arrests in shooting in the Seattle protest zone that killed 1.
– An image of a Spanish missionary in downtown Los Angeles has been toppled by protesters.
– George Washington memorial destroyed in Baltimore.
– Three men arrested in California for investigating Black Lives Matter ticks.
– Spectators in North Carolina applaud the removal of the southern statue.
Seattle police continued their investigation on Sunday into a weekend shot in the city’s protest zone in which a 19-year-old man was killed and another person was seriously injured.
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.
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 and the other person was in critical condition in the intensive care unit. The King County Medical Examiner’s Office was yet to reveal the dead man’s identity.
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.
PORTLAND, Oregon. – A peaceful protest in Portland against racial injustice turned violent early Sunday after police wielded batons with flashy grenades to disperse protesters who threw bottles, cans and rocks at the sheriff’s deputies near the downtown justice center.
Portland police and Multnomah County Sheriff’s deputies arrested several people after a group of protesters converted a fence that closed downtown, threw items like fireworks at officers, and ignored repeated warnings to spread, police said in a statement . It said that some people shone lasers in the eyes of delegates.
Officers used crowd control ammunition to clear an area west of the center, which was a flash point for conflicts between protesters and police.
The confrontation occurred after demonstrators spent hours peacefully demonstrating on Chapman Square on the west side of the Justice Center on Saturday evening. Some demonstrators tried to rebuild broken-off parts of the fence.
LOS ANGELES – A statue of a Spanish missionary in downtown Los Angeles has been toppled by protesters.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the statue of Father Junipero Serra in Father Serra Park was brought down on Saturday by indigenous activists who shouted and thrashed as it flew off its pedestal.
No police were present.
The 18th-century Roman Catholic priest founded nine of the 21 Spanish missions in California. Native Americans were forced to remain on those missions after they were converted or cruelly punished. A statue of Serra was also toppled in San Francisco on Friday, while statues on the east coast were brought down in honor of the Confederates. ___
PINE BLUFF, Ark. – A Confederate statue has been removed from outside the Jefferson County Courthouse in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and will be moved to a Confederate Cemetery in the city located 40 miles southeast of Little Rock.
The 20-meter-high statue of a Southern Infantryman, first placed outside the Pine Bluff High School by the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1910 and moved to the courthouse in 1974, was torn down on Saturday.
The image owned by the Confederacy group is being moved as protesters have daubed and toppled statues and busts of former U.S. Presidents, a Spanish missionary, and Southern figures as protests against police brutality and racism continued across the country.
BALTIMORE – A statue and memorial to George Washington in Baltimore has been vandalized with red paint.
The Baltimore Sun reports that the monument in northwestern Baltimore’s Druid Hill Park also had the words “Destroy Racists” and the initials for the Black Lives Matter movement on the base.
Police said on Sunday morning that they had received no complaints about vandalism.
Since statues and memorials to the Confederacy have been targeted throughout the South, protesters have sometimes also targeted Founding Fathers who were slave owners, including Washington.
Baltimore removed several statues and memorials related to the Confederacy in 2017.
THOUSAND OAKS, California – Three men, including a sheriff’s office worker and a California prosecutor, have been arrested for investigating the vandalism of a Black Lives Matter sign.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said late on Saturday that a sail painted with the letters “BLM” has been repeatedly damaged in Thousand Oaks. The sign owner posted an image of one of the social media incidents, and the agency says investigators have identified the suspect as a sheriff’s office worker.
The employee received a referral to a criminal vandalism and received paid administrative leave. Another person investigated for vandalism on the board worked for the prosecutor.
RALEIGH, N.C. – Spectators cheered as the work crews began work, which Friday demonstrators had started, and removed a Southern statue from the top of a 75-meter-high monument.
News reports report that work crews acting on behalf of Democratic Governor Roy Cooper removed the statue on Sunday morning and began to demolish the obelisk on which it stood.
Sunday’s work follows the removal of two other Confederate statues from Saturday’s State Capitol grounds in Raleigh. Cooper ordered the images removed after the protesters toppled two other Southern statues on Friday evening, tied at the neck and suspended from a light pole.
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. Residents of a Southwestern Illinois community want a statue of the state’s third governor to be removed from a public square, arguing that he owned slaves and used his power to protect the practice.
The (Edwardsville) Intelligencer reports that nearly 500 people have joined a Facebook group begging the city to tear down a Ninian Edwards statute and rename the square with its name.
Edwards died in 1833 and is also the community’s namesake, but residents don’t insist on changing that. Edwardsville lifelong resident, Kirk Schlueter, says he thinks this is a way to boost the civil rights movement across the country.
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