wounded Hong Kong police vow to keep enforcing law

Hong Kong (AFP) – Nine months ago he was burned by corrosive liquid hurled during anti-government protests, but Hong Kong police officer Ling says he has no regrets and remains devoted to being a law enforcer.

Officers like Ling have formed the spear tip of Beijing’s pushback against huge and often violent pro-democracy protests in the restless finance hub.

Seven months of clashes last year have left the city bitterly divided with swathes of the population loathing police — and many officers feeling they have been unfairly vilified.

Now the police have been given expanded powers under a sweeping new national security law imposed by Beijing that aims to crush the democracy movement once and for all.

“It’s undeniable that Hong Kong is part of China, it’s reasonable to set up a national security law on Chinese territory,” Ling told AFP in an interview at police headquarters the week before

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Revellers clearly unable to social distance say Police, but Health Sec claims majority did ‘right thing’

A car tries to drive along a street filled with revellers drinking in the Soho area of London - JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP
A car tries to drive along a street filled with revellers drinking in the Soho area of London – JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP
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Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said the vast majority of people who went out on ‘Super Saturday’ were “doing the right thing” and following social distancing, despite contradictory reports from the Police Federation.

“I think that from what I’ve seen, although there’s some pictures to the contrary, very, very largely people have acted responsibly,” Mr Hancock told Sky News, adding that he was pleased with how the nation reacted as restrictions were eased on Saturday.

“It was really good to see people out and about and largely, very largely social distancing,” he said.

However, the chairman of the Police Federation has said it was “crystal clear” revellers would not adhere to the one metre plus rule after pubs and restaurants were

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Minneapolis council to vote on abolishing police; Elijah McClain’s death investigation reopened

The Minneapolis city council took a first step Friday toward abolishing the city’s police department, a move protesters have repeatedly called for during the month since George Floyd was killed as one of the city’s officers knelt on his neck.

Nationally, the House passed its own police reform package that would end certain legal protections for officers accused of misconduct and ban chokeholds. 

Meanwhile, protests continue around the U.S., including in Kentucky where social justice groups continue to demand the officers involved in Breonna Taylor’s death be arrested. In Seattle, some protesters in the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone or Capitol Hill Organized Protest said they will stay despite the mayor’s plan to wind down the zone. 

There was also a standoff between protesters and authorities at the Emancipation Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. Protesters had vowed to tear down the statue, but law enforcement responded with police presence and

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Meet Che Lingo, the London rapper confronting the UK’s police brutality

'My lyrics come from being a product of my environment': Ian Upton
‘My lyrics come from being a product of my environment’: Ian Upton

At one of the recent Black Lives Matter protests in London, amid the chants of “no justice, no peace”, a video emerged of a large huddle of protestors blasting out a song by southwest London rapper Che Lingo. The track was called “My Block”, its lyrics a powerful takedown of police brutality in the UK. Several protestors also wore T-shirts bearing one of its lyrics, “black don’t mean illegal”. It was never Lingo’s intention for “My Block” to become the soundtrack for one of the biggest global social movements of this decade but, given the drive behind the protests, the song was fitting.

“To see videos of people playing ‘My Block’ at the protests is such an indescribable feeling,” he had tweeted. Lingo had lost his grandmother to Covid-19 in April but when he saw his song at

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Man Interrupts Fitness Class, Refuses To Leave Until Police Come

AURORA, IL — A white man taunted a fitness class of mostly Black women working out at It’s Fit Time in Aurora and only stopped once police were called, according to a report by the Aurora Beacon-News. The man approached the women exercising June 6 in the business’ parking lot and harassed them for about 45 minutes, the report states.

Certified personal trainer Asafonie Obed, of Aurora, told the City Council and Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin about the experience during an online meeting earlier this month. Obed said she was working outside at the predominantly Black gym when the man came over to the women and immediately began to act “very hostile” toward them.

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“The first thing he said was, ‘What are y’all doing here?’ and ‘I pay taxes,'” Obed said. “I’m a tax-paying citizen. I’m a resident as well. I

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Manchester police and mayor vow hardline approach to illegal raves after 6,000 attend ‘unacceptable’ events


Manchester’s police and mayor have vowed to take a hardline approach to illegal raves during the coronavirus pandemic.

When possible, party equipment and vehicles will be seized and fines “or something much more severe” issued to attendees, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said, amid plans for road closures this weekend to hinder another expected party.

It comes after 6,000 people attended two illegal “quarantine raves” – one on waste ground in Carrington, Trafford, at which three people were stabbed, a woman was raped, and there was one suspected drug death.

Mayor Andy Burnham said the events had placed “a huge strain on police resources and [put] people’s lives at risk”, warning that “there is no question of us turning a blind eye or adopting a permissive approach” in future as he pledged a “stronger, more robust and interventionist” response.

Speaking at an online press conference, GMP Assistant Chief Constable Nick

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New York protesters unload in state AG’s hearing on police misconduct

Protesters, lawmakers and others testified to abusive treatment by the police at recent New York City protests during a public hearing Wednesday as part of New York Attorney General Letitia James’ fast-moving probe into police conduct at demonstrations following George Floyd’s death.

James is examining allegations of police misconduct at protests throughout the state, although the investigation is focused on New York City, a person familiar with the investigation told NBC News.

James was joined for questioning by former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and New York University law professor Barry Friedman. The three repeatedly questioned witnesses on police actions in relation to curfews imposed by New York City and whether officers sufficiently explained why they aggressively cleared and handled demonstrators or whether they delivered clear instructions beforehand.

James, who is reviewing video evidence from the protests, also called on witnesses to provide any additional video to her office.


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Seattle bans police from using tear gas, pepper spray; Donald Trump to sign order limiting use of deadly force

President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order Tuesday that will encourage police departments in the U.S. to “meet the most current professional standards for the use of force.”

Amid calls for police reform across the nation, the Seattle City Council voted unanimously on Monday night to ban police from using tear gas and pepper spray. The vote comes after officers defied Mayor Jenny Durkan’s promise to not use tear gas on protesters in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Also Monday night, three New York Police Department officers were hospitalized after complaining of not feeling well after drinking shakes from a Manhattan restaurant, with the NYPD’s labor union claiming that the officers were “intentionally poisoned.”

A closer look at some recent developments: 

  • The Seattle City Council voted unanimously to ban police from using tear gas and pepper spray.

  • A hospital in California’s capital city of Sacramento removed a statue of

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Atlanta police killing adds urgency to protests

Good morning, NBC News readers.

The Atlanta police killing of a Black man has sparked renewed outrage over police departments’ use of deadly force during their interactions with Black Americans. An American has been sentenced to 16 years in a Russian prison on dubious spying charges. And as the coronavirus pandemic continues in the U.S., the Chinese are on a charm offensive.

Here’s what we’re watching this Monday morning.

Atlanta police shooting ruled a homicide

Authorities in Georgia ruled Sunday that the fatal police shooting of Rayshard Brooks outside an Atlanta Wendy’s was a homicide.

Brooks, 27, died after he was shot twice in the back on Friday night, the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office said in a statement.

Surveillance video shows Brooks was compliant and friendly with the two Atlanta police officers while they administered a field sobriety test and admitted he had been drinking. The situation quickly devolved

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