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PACs hit Trump for ‘police state,’ racism and Covid in ads targeting Black voters

Two Democratic PACS are using footage of recent police violence against protesters, President Donald Trump’s past comments about Black voters, and images of mass coronavirus graves in new ads aimed at persuading Black voters.

Priorities USA and Color of Change PAC are set to launch five new digital ads — three of them on Monday — in a roughly half-million-dollar buy. It’s part of a larger, $3.4 million persuasion effort focused on Black voters that the two groups are running through the election in Florida, Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

One of the ads, titled “Police State,” was rejected by Google last week for its use of videos of police beating, tear gassing and running over demonstrators at protests. The two organizations still plan to run the ad online and are considering other options.

The 30-second ad flashes video of police harming protesters as phrases such as “brute force” and “silencing

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Some autopsies remain secret for years or decades. Families of those killed by police want that changed

Albert Corado holds a photo of his sister, Melyda, who was fatally shot by an LAPD officer in 2018 at the Trader Joe's in Silver Lake. <span class="copyright">(Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times)</span>
Albert Corado holds a photo of his sister, Melyda, who was fatally shot by an LAPD officer in 2018 at the Trader Joe’s in Silver Lake. (Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times)

It is a roster of tragedy and violence, a list populated with those famous in life and those plucked from obscurity by the exceptional circumstances of their death.

Elizabeth Short, known as the Black Dahlia, is an enduring member of the list. Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman are still there, as is Susan Berman, the writer who Robert Durst is charged with killing at her Benedict Canyon bungalow. The Notorious B.I.G. was on the list for about 15 years after being killed in a drive-by shooting.

The vast majority are more recent entries, including Andres Guardado, the 18-year-old fatally shot in June by a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy in Gardena.

These are people whose deaths have been

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Masks compulsory in England today but police won’t be needed to enforce rule, minister says

Police are not expected to be called in to enforce the compulsory wearing of face masks in shops in England from Friday, a minister has said. - OLI SCARFF/AFP
Police are not expected to be called in to enforce the compulsory wearing of face masks in shops in England from Friday, a minister has said. – OLI SCARFF/AFP

Police are not expected to be called in to enforce the compulsory wearing of face masks in shops in England from Friday, a minister has said. 

Health minister Helen Whately told the BBC: “There is the option of the police to get involved for enforcement and for there to be fines, but I really don’t think we will need to go down that line because most people will follow the rules and take this very seriously. 

“People don’t want to see the Covid-19 rate go up again. People know that by wearing a face mask it’s about protecting those around you – particularly the most vulnerable – and making sure we do not get increased rates of Covid-19 which could mean

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A ‘huge moment’ for police reform that could reshape Black communities for generations

After years of fighting for incremental progress in the White House and the halls of Congress, police-reform activist Nkechi Taifa finds herself leapfrogged by protesters in the streets calling to “defund the police” and reimagine law enforcement across the country.

It’s a position she never expected to find herself in. And she’s not complaining.

“It’s a huge moment. Two months ago, three months ago, four months ago, when we were talking about reform, we were dealing with piecemeal issues,” she says. “Little did we know that the activists in the streets would take some of (the) things we’ve been saying for years and go much further, be much bolder.” 

Across the country, street protests and confrontations that erupted following the May 25 death of George Floyd after a white Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for almost nine minutes have prompted a broad and lasting discussion about the state

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‘Unrealistic and unfair’ to expect police to enforce face coverings in shops, says Police Federation

Shoppers on Regent Street, as the Government confirms that it will soon be mandatory to wear a face mask in shops - Dominic Lipinski/PA
Shoppers on Regent Street, as the Government confirms that it will soon be mandatory to wear a face mask in shops – Dominic Lipinski/PA

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‘Unrealistic and unfair’ to patrol the aisles

Police have raised concerns that enforcing face mask rules in shops is “unrealistic and unfair,” if shoppers refuse to wear face coverings in England.

The Police Federation, representing rank and file officers, said it was “unrealistic and unfair” to expect them to patrol the aisles looking for people breaking the coronavirus regulations.

John Apter, chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said: “Policing the wearing of face coverings in shops can’t be a priority because we simply don’t have the resources.”

He added: “Only as this last resort should the police get involved.

“To expect my colleagues to be policing the

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When Val Demings Stood by Police Officers Accused of Excessive Force

An 84-year-old World War II veteran named Daniel Daley broke his neck outside a Florida bar after being slammed to the ground by an Orlando police officer young enough to be his grandson. It happened in 2010, after Daley left his car in the wrong parking lot. He came out as a tow truck arrived. An argument ensued. The next thing the octogenarian remembered was being in the hospital.

“A body hip check … slammed him on his head and broke his neck,” Sean Douglas Hill, a bartender at The Caboose, who knew Daley well, said in a deposition. “And it cracked like a watermelon . . . You just heard a pop. I had never heard anything so horrific.”

The Orlando police chief defended the officer, 26-year-old Travis Lamont. She told a local newspaper, “After a review of the defensive tactic form by the training staff and Officer Lamont’s

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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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Coronavirus Article Bar with counter ..

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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