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Less Violence And More Changes While U.S. Protests Continue

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Less Violence And More Changes While U.S. Protests Continue

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On June 9th, protesters in Seattle took over City Hall and demanded the resignation of Mayor Jenny Durkan.

Protesters had City Hall under their control for about an hour. The protesters were led by City Council member Kshama Sawant, who had keys to the building.

 

“If Mayor Durkan refuses to step aside, it will be the responsibility of the City Council to remove her, by introducing articles of impeachment,” Sawant added last week.

“The police have inflicted tear gas, mace, rubber bullets, flash-bang grenades, curfews, arrests and other repressive tactics on Seattle activists and residents—including children—in an attempt to bully and silence the protest movement,” she said.

After facing backlash, Durkan and Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best tweaked crowd-control tactics, including ordering officers to display badge numbers and banning the use of tear gas for at least 30 days.

After occupying City Hall for about an hour, the protesters retreated to the self-declared “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone”—an area outside the police department’s East Precinct where demonstrators have established a quasi-camp by night, arrayed with memorials for George Floyd, before mostly dispersing.

Earlier in the day, a Black Lives Matter group sued the Seattle Police Department, alleging that the city has violated the constitutional rights of demonstrators by using harsh crowd control tactics.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said the United States past few days have been “traumatic” while addressing the demonstrations in the city over George Floyd’s death.

“Powerful, peaceful, passionate protest is who we are as Americans,” Garcetti said. “No change has ever come to this country without the power of that protest, without our collective voices saying, this is our nation, we belong here, this is a part of it and we demand that this nation treat us all equally for the justice that we deserve.’”

Garcetti previously announced that Los Angeles will invest $250 million in communities of color. He added that $150 million in cuts from the Los Angeles Police Department’s budget “is not enough,” as he addressed the need for advancing police reform.

The Boston Red Sox apologize to star baseballer Torii Hunter had been called racial slurs, he was joined by Adam Jones.

The baseball issued a statement apologizing for the past experience.

The A&E television network is stopping production of “Live PD,” a show that follows police officers around the nation, amid the ongoing protests, the network said in a statement.

“This is a critical time in our nation’s history and we have made the decision to cease production on Live PD. Going forward, we will determine if there is a clear pathway to tell the stories of both the community and the police officers whose role it is to serve them. And with that, we will be meeting with community and civil rights leaders as well as police departments.”

A&E’s decision comes shortly after “Cops” was canceled after a 30 year-run. A spokesperson for Paramount Network said that it has no “current or future plans for it to return.”

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