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Preview Police have detained store owners who used firearms to defend their premises from alleged looters in Los Angeles. The dramatic incident was caught in a live broadcast by a local news crew.
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Police have detained store owners who used firearms to defend their premises from alleged looters in Los Angeles. The dramatic incident was caught in a live broadcast by a local news crew.

The tense standoff at the city’s Van Nuys neighborhood was filmed by a FOX 11 news crew. According to the reporter at the scene, several vehicles drove up to a gold store, and a group of apparent looters attempted to enter the premises. They were confronted by the store’s owners, two of whom were wielding shotguns. Another person at the scene had a large machete-type knife on his belt.

Arrest goes wrong | Police handcuff shop owners who tried to PROTECT their property from looters

MORE: https://t.co/HfkfCu9IoS pic.twitter.com/MuurKBukkE

— RT (@RT_com) June 2, 2020

The people, identified by the reporter as the store’s owners, were heard yelling: “We’re closed, bro.” When the police arrived, several men had fled the scene, and were chased down by the officers.

The police handcuffed and detained the people that had come out of the shop, prompting the reporter to shout: “They’re the store owners! They’re protecting the store!”

Los Angeles is among the several major US cities that have seen massive protests, triggered by the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, during an attempted arrest by a white police officer, Derek Chauvin.

Chauvin was fired from the police force, arrested, and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The news did not quell the protests, though. Many of the marches and rallies were peaceful. However, intense rioting, looting, and clashes with police occurred in many places as well, mostly during the afternoon and night.

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Posted: 02-06-20
Preview Russian hockey superstar Alex Ovechkin has spoken out over the violent scenes that have occurred following the death of George Floyd in the United States, and has called for calm following ugly scenes across the nation.
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Russian hockey superstar Alex Ovechkin has spoken out over the violent scenes that have occurred following the death of George Floyd in the United States, and has called for calm following ugly scenes across the nation.

Ovechkin, who plays for the NHL's Washington Capitals, took to social media to share his condolences to the family of Floyd, whose death in police restraint has sparked nationwide protests against police brutality across America.

"Rest in peace, George Floyd," he tweeted.

"It's sad to watch what is happening around."

Ovechkin, whose home city of Washington saw the city's metropolitan police and military police violently clear protesters away from a route later taken by President Donald Trump to a local church for a photo session, said that people need to have more respect for their fellow citizens, regardless of the color of their skin.

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(L) Riot police clear Lafayette Park near the White House for President Donald Trump's photo-op in front of St. John's Episcopal Church, June 1, 2020; (R) Trump stands in front of St. John's Church, June 1, 2020.
Pelosi & Schumer accuse Trump of ‘dishonoring the faith’ after photo-op with Bible amid DC unrest

RIP George Floyd 💔so sad to see what happening everywhere and DC!! it is so important for us to respect and love each other no matter what we look like!!!! We need listen and do change...pls stay safe....take care each other and family 🙏🙏🙏

— Alex Ovechkin (@ovi8) June 2, 2020

"It is very important for us to respect and love each other, no matter how we look," he continued.

"We need to be able to listen and change.

"Please stay safe, take care of each other and your family."

Ovechkin's comments have joined a growing list of sports stars who have spoken out about the violent clashes between the police and protesters, who have taken to the streets to show their protest of the police treatment of people of color in America following the death of Floyd, who died on the street while in police custody on May 25.

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'I'm p*ssed off!' UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya delivers IMPASSIONED SPEECH at Black Lives Matter rally (VIDEO)

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Posted: 02-06-20
Preview US House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel has accused China of “aggression” in relation to tensions along its border with India. Beijing and New Delhi said they would prefer to defuse the situation through talks.
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US House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel has accused China of “aggression” in relation to tensions along its border with India. Beijing and New Delhi said they would prefer to defuse the situation through talks.

Engel expressed concern over “the ongoing Chinese aggression” along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), which de facto separates Indian-controlled and Chinese-controlled parts of disputed Kashmir. 

“China is demonstrating once again that it is willing to bully its neighbors rather than resolve conflicts according to international law,” he said, urging Beijing to “respect norms and use diplomacy and existing mechanisms to resolve its border questions with India.”

"I strongly urge China to respect norms and use diplomacy and existing mechanisms to resolve its border questions with India."
-Chairman @RepEliotEngel https://t.co/say45WUhBt

— House Foreign Affairs Committee (@HouseForeign) June 1, 2020

The statement came after reports of two separate instances of confrontation between Chinese and Indian troops last month, which left injuries among personnel on both sides. India’s Chief of the Army Staff General Manoj Mukund Naravane clarified that the incidents in Ladakh – which is part of the Indian-held territory in the larger Kashmir region – were resolved through talks at local level.

US President Donald Trump has offered to mediate the border tensions between New Delhi and Beijing. However, both neighbors signaled that they seek to defuse the tensions via their usual diplomatic channels. India’s External Affairs Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said that the country is working with China to peacefully resolve the disputes through “established mechanisms, both at military and diplomatic levels.”

Likewise, Srivastava’s Chinese counterpart, Zhao Lijian, was quoted by the Chinese media as saying that the situation on the border is “stable and controllable,” and that both sides are able to “properly” resolve the conflict through talks via their existing channels of communication.

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China and India have several longstanding border disputes, which sometimes lead to standoffs and skirmishes. To avoid conflicts along the LAC, the Indian Army and China’s People’s Liberation Army agreed to set up a hotline last December.

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Posted: 02-06-20
Preview Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded India’s credit rating to Baa3 from Baa2 with negative outlook, citing growing risks that Asia’s third-largest economy will face a prolonged period of slower growth amid rising debt.
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Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded India’s credit rating to Baa3 from Baa2 with negative outlook, citing growing risks that Asia’s third-largest economy will face a prolonged period of slower growth amid rising debt.

“The decision to downgrade India’s ratings reflects Moody’s view that the country’s policymaking institutions will be challenged in enacting and implementing policies which effectively mitigate the risks of a sustained period of relatively low growth, significant further deterioration in the general government fiscal position and stress in the financial sector,” the ratings agency said.

It has also revised its current fiscal year (April 2020 to March 2021) GDP estimate for India to four percent contraction against zero percent growth projected earlier, citing a shock from the Covid-19 pandemic-related lockdown measures.

Moody’s downgrade comes in line with two other major global rating agencies, Fitch and Standard & Poor’s, which also have the lowest investment grade rating (with stable outlook) for India at present.

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S&P said last week that the country’s economy will shrink by five percent in the current fiscal year. According to the agency, growth is expected to pick up to 8.5 percent in the following fiscal year (up from the previous forecast of 7.5 percent). The country’s GDP is projected to expand by 6.5 percent.

India’s economic growth in the March quarter slowed to an 11-year low at 3.1 percent. Some 122 million Indians were forced out of jobs last month alone, the Center for Monitoring Indian Economy said on Monday, adding that the unemployment rate in May rose to 23.48 percent as a result of the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.

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Posted: 02-06-20
Preview UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya used his platform as one of the world's best fighters to deliver an impassioned speech during a Black Lives Matter rally in Auckland, New Zealand.
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UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya used his platform as one of the world's best fighters to deliver an impassioned speech during a Black Lives Matter rally in Auckland, New Zealand.

Wearing a black cap and a black hooded top, Adesanya took the mic in front of a large crowd outside the United States Embassy in his home town and highlighted the differences and difficulties black people have to cope with on a day-to-day basis.

"I'm p*ssed off," he said.

"Wait. Hold up. How many of you walk into a store and have to put your hands behind your back just so they don’t think you’re stealing?

"How many of you walk down the street and have to kind of smile and try to make you see the person who already is scared of you, you make them feel comfortable?"

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Despite being one of the country's top sportsmen – he was voted the 2019 New Zealand Sportsman of the Year in the prestigious Halberg Awards – Nigerian-born Adesanya admitted to the crowd that he still feels those racial tensions, even though he has recently moved to a new area in his adopted home town.

"I just moved to a spot," he continued.

"I’m at the top. I go in the elevator, three times already I’ve had to have racist, scared white people jump when they see me, so I smile at them. So now I gotta go to the side and let them walk through just so they don’t get scared when they see me.

"Why? Because I’m black. Just because I’m black. What did I do? I didn’t have a choice. If I had a choice, I’d still be black."

The CHAMP @stylebender addresses the Auckland #BlackLivesMatter march earlier today. GO OFF KING 👑 pic.twitter.com/8q7Rs3uGK2

— ISOALATION 2020 ☣ (@isoakavakimotu) June 1, 2020

But, rather than use his speech to further the divide between people of color and white people, Adesanya instead hailed those white people present at the rally, and empowered them, and other white people watching, to become agents of change in a bid for racial equality.

"We’ve been talking for so long. We’ve been marching for so long. But it’s not about us now," he explained.

"Shout out to all the white people, all the people of different races being here, because we need you. We need you to speak up.

"We need you to say something, because... I’m sick and tired of seeing those faces get killed because, guess what? I see myself in them. And it’s heartbreaking, man. I’m p*ssed off."

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Posted: 02-06-20

Ties between the Taliban, especially its Haqqani Network branch, and Al-Qaeda remain close, despite a US-Taliban pact Washington hoped would sever them, independent UN sanctions monitors said.

“The Taliban regularly consulted with Al-Qaeda during negotiations with the US and offered guarantees that it would honor their historical ties,” the monitors said in a report to the UN Security Council, which was made public on Monday. 

Under the February 29 US-Taliban deal that could pave the way toward a full withdrawal of foreign soldiers from Afghanistan, the Taliban promised to prevent Al-Qaeda from using Afghan soil to threaten the security of the US and its allies.

US special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad said he believed the report covered the period through March 15, about two weeks after the US-Taliban pact, and it may take time for the Taliban to deliver.

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Posted: 02-06-20
Preview The UK government has once again found itself facing widespread derision over its coronavirus lockdown rules after new measures introduced forbid couples who live separately from gathering in what has been dubbed a “bonking ban.”
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The UK government has once again found itself facing widespread derision over its coronavirus lockdown rules after new measures introduced forbid couples who live separately from gathering in what has been dubbed a “bonking ban.”

Fresh amendments introduced on Monday banned two or more people from separate homes gathering indoors. The rules, which were introduced 10 weeks after the lockdown was implemented, have immediately been interpreted as a restriction on the romantic activity of couples who live apart, and the UK’s tabloid media has cast it as a “bonking ban.”

The #SexBan from the Tory government is a wee tad hypocritical since that lot have been fucking everyone all this time pic.twitter.com/JheMn8drgE

— Witchy 🌛🌕🌜 (@weegiewitch13) June 2, 2020

The amendments apply to both public and private places, so even daring exhibitionists may find their love life curtailed. The new rules unleashed a fresh barrage of criticism of Boris Johnson’s government and ‘#SexBan’ quickly shot to the top of the UK Twitter trending charts on Tuesday as frustrated citizens vented their spleen. 

“The government deciding to NOW issue a sex ban 10 weeks into lockdown is the equivalent of handing out condoms at a baby shower,” one commenter quipped. 

Nope, but Boris can... #sexban pic.twitter.com/qXmLuzPwxD

— Pulp Librarian (@PulpLibrarian) June 2, 2020

Amidst the derision and confusion, many noted that the rule would be almost impossible to police, while others added that the update was pointless because social distancing guidelines essentially already ruled out people getting intimate.

The Dominic Cummings fiasco was also referenced repeatedly, with one wag sharing a photoshopped image appearing to show a video on Pornhub titled ‘Submissive blonde can’t stop Cumming’ that featured the prime minister and his rule-breaking special adviser.

More evidence of one rule for them another for us #sexban #goodmorningbritain pic.twitter.com/vd14PJUWvX

— Richard Marshall (@smethwick14) June 2, 2020

Junior housing minister Simon Clarke bravely attempted to relieve the confusion on LBC radio, explaining that the amendment was an effort to stop people “staying away from home at night.”

When pressed as to whether the new rules allowed couples to get it on outdoors, the politician laughed and said: “It is fair to say the transmission risk of coronavirus is much lower in the open air than in internal space, but obviously we do not encourage people to do anything like that outside at this time or any other.”

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Posted: 02-06-20
Preview NASA is reporting that at least five asteroids are headed towards Earth this week, adding yet another ominous threat people should watch out for.
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NASA is reporting that at least five asteroids are headed towards Earth this week, adding yet another ominous threat people should watch out for.

According to NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS), four of the near-Earth objects are due to fly past the planet on Tuesday, June 2. 

Kicking things off will be the 108-foot wide 2020 KK7, cruising along at 34,000mph. It is due to skim past the Earth at 4:43am EDT, at a merciful distance of roughly 319,000 miles, or just beyond the Moon. Close one. 

Next up will be 2020 KD4, measuring 115 feet wide, with a velocity of almost 12,000 miles per hour, which will pass us at 8:47am EDT, at a distance of 2.5 million miles away.

The biggest of Tuesday’s bunch, the 144-foot 2020 KF, will shoot past our planet at 24,000 miles per hour some 2.9 million miles away, at 12:00pm EDT.

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Bringing up the rear in Tuesday’s space rock parade will be 2020 KJ1, measuring a relatively paltry 105 feet and plodding along at 11,000 miles per hour. The asteroid will wrap up Tuesday’s celestial spectacle at 2:57pm EDT, passing some 1.3 million miles from the Earth at its closest point. 

Then, after a brief respite, an asteroid potentially taller than New York’s Empire State Building and the London Eye combined, 2002 NN4, will zoom by on Saturday, June 6.

潜在的に危険な #小惑星 (PHA)アテン型の(163348)=2002 NN4が2020年6月6日に地心から約511万km(月迄の距離の13倍)まで近づきます. この天体は2002年7月9日に米国,ニューメキシコのLincoln Observatory ETSで発見されたもので推定直径は250-570mです. https://t.co/77MveSCLKdhttps://t.co/f3LygyjTdM pic.twitter.com/ruqdZxJuss

— Atsuo ASAMI 浅見敦夫 (@AsamiAtsuo) May 24, 2020

2002 NN4 is an Aten-class asteroid which boasts a very wide orbit around the Sun and measures between 820ft and 1870ft, based on its brightness and the way it reflects light.  

Somewhat surprisingly, the asteroid is considered ‘small’ in absolute terms and yet it is still bigger than roughly 90 percent of the asteroids we encounter in our solar system, which are approximately football-field size.  

Thankfully, and despite its classification as a Near-Earth Object or NEO, 2002 NN4 will pass us at a very safe distance of 3,168,993 miles. 

NEOs are space rocks that come within 1.3 astronomical units of the Earth, or 1.3 times the distance between Earth and the Sun.

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© Henry Weiland / University of Hawaii at Mānoa
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However, lest we get too comfortable, 2002 NN4 is estimated to revisit us some time in 2024 and its orbit may be shifted in the intervening period by other space debris or planetary gravitational force, potentially deflecting it into a collision course with Earth. Therefore, CNEOS boffins will be keeping a close eye on it for a while longer.

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Posted: 02-06-20
Preview Two separate shootings involving police officers are being investigated in Las Vegas, the city police department said. An officer was shot in one of the incidents.
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Two separate shootings involving police officers are being investigated in Las Vegas, the city police department said. An officer was shot in one of the incidents.

The law enforcer was shot near Circus Circus hotel-casino, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said. Some local media claimed he received a fatal head injury, but there has been no official confirmation.

The other incident happened outside a federal courthouse in downtown Las Vegas. Officers reportedly returned fire at a person who started shooting at the scene, hitting the gunman several times.

We’re just getting to the scene of a huge @LVMPD presence outside the ER entrance at UMC tonight.

About a half hour ago, we heard gunshots just a block away from us near Bridger & LV Blvd. in downtown @KTNV pic.twitter.com/vJHxUVpN69

— Austin Carter (@AustinKTNV) June 2, 2020

The locations of the two shootings are both on the southern end of Las Vegas Boulevard, about two miles apart.

My Office has been notified that the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is currently working two separate incidents in Las Vegas. The State is in contact with local law enforcement and continues to monitor the situation.

— Governor Sisolak (@GovSisolak) June 2, 2020

Like many other cities in the US, Las Vegas witnessed mass demonstrations on Monday over the death of George Floyd in police custody. There were clashes between police and protesters during the night, with law enforcement using tear gas. There was no immediate indication, however, that either of the shootings was connected to those clashes.

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Posted: 02-06-20

Australia will accept an invitation to attend a Group of Seven (G7) nations meeting, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison told US President Donald Trump on Tuesday.

Last week, Trump said he will be postponing the G7 summit he had hoped to hold next month until September or later. He also wants to expand the list of invitees to include Australia, Russia, South Korea and India. Trump called Morrison on Tuesday to extend the invitation and it was accepted, Reuters reported, citing a spokesman for the Australian prime minister.

Morrison has teamed up with the US in its tougher stance against China, Australia’s main trading partner, amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Trump also spoke by phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday to inform him about the plans to hold an expanded G7 meeting later this year, the Kremlin said.

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Posted: 02-06-20
Preview A police officer has been viciously run over by a vehicle on a New York City crosswalk. Major US cities have become centers of protest and street battles, following a police killing of an unarmed black man.
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A police officer has been viciously run over by a vehicle on a New York City crosswalk. Major US cities have become centers of protest and street battles, following a police killing of an unarmed black man.

The short clip, which has been circulating on social media, shows a black car ramming a police officer as he was standing at a crosswalk.

The vehicle appears to speed up just before it hits the man. The victim then lies motionless on the ground, before being picked up by a police van.

New York and several other major US cities have become the centers of mass anti-police-brutality protests, sparked by the death of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, during an attempted arrest by a white officer. Many of the demonstrations remain peaceful, but – especially during nights – riots and major clashes between law enforcement and protesters continue unabated.

Two NYPD patrol cars were earlier filmed ramming a group of protesters who were blocking a road. A similar incident was recorded in the city of Buffalo, New York State, where a car plowed through a group of police officers.

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Posted: 02-06-20
Preview A representative of Floyd Mayweather Jr says the boxing star will “definitely pay” for the funeral of George Floyd, whose death in police custody triggered a wave of protests currently sweeping the US, after talking to his family.
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A representative of Floyd Mayweather Jr says the boxing star will “definitely pay” for the funeral of George Floyd, whose death in police custody triggered a wave of protests currently sweeping the US, after talking to his family.

Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe told ESPN on Monday that the former 5-weight world champion had been in touch with Mr Floyd’s family and intends to pay for funeral costs, but that the former fighter did not want to talk about the gesture publicly.

"He'll probably get mad at me for saying that, but yes, [Mayweather] is definitely paying for the funeral," Ellerbe said, ESPN reported. "Floyd has done these kind[s] of things over the last 20 years.”

🙏🏾🙏🏾 https://t.co/NiQLqpFVCZ

— Leonard Ellerbe (@LEllerbe) June 2, 2020

🙏🏾🙏🏾 https://t.co/P9Z6JmIJmS

— Leonard Ellerbe (@LEllerbe) June 2, 2020

Ellerbe went on to confirm Mr Floyd's family had accepted the offer and on Tuesday seemed to further confirm the news reports on his Twitter account.

Despite a flash and prodigal persona, 43-year-old Mayweather has a history of similar selfless acts; in 2011 he fronted the cost of Genaro Hernandez’s funeral when the former world champion died of cancer at age 45.

The Mexican-American had been the first world title opponent for Mayweather, then a young and undefeated prospect, when the two met in 1998 for Hernandez’s WBC super featherweight title.

Reuters / ISSEI KATO

Also in 2011, Mayweather volunteered to pay the funeral costs of the mighty Joe Frazier, the former heavyweight champ who contested a legendary rivalry with the great Muhammad Ali, whom he became the first man to beat.

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Other sports stars who have spoken out about the injustice of the death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed in Minnesota as a result of a white police officer kneeling on his neck for eight minutes, include Tiger Woods, Lewis Hamilton, and Michael Jordan.

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Posted: 02-06-20

The Czech Republic will open up foreign travel from June 15. It also plans to introduce a system to classify other countries according to their coronavirus risk.

Prague will place 19 European states in the least-risky category under its new color-coded system. Travel to and from Britain and Sweden will be put in the riskiest category, Reuters said.

Czechs have undone most restrictions, with restaurants and hotels fully reopened on May 25. Tourism suffered as lockdown measures hit the economy. Only short-term business travelers from the EU, people in transit or students were allowed into the country.

Czechs will be able to travel without restrictions to neighboring Germany, Austria, Poland and Slovakia, along with Hungary, Romania or Bulgaria as part of its green tier. Among other safe countries are Croatia, Greece, Cyprus, Switzerland, the Baltic states, Finland, Norway and Iceland.

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Posted: 02-06-20
Preview Police officers were injured by gunfire in St. Louis on Monday night as the city was gripped by violent protests. Their lives are reportedly not in danger.
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Police officers were injured by gunfire in St. Louis on Monday night as the city was gripped by violent protests. Their lives are reportedly not in danger.

The four injured officers were conscious when they were taken to hospital, the police department said. Law enforcement is “still taking gunfire downtown.”

We have had 4 officers struck by gunfire tonight. All have been transported to an area hospital. All are conscious and breathing. Their injuries are believed to be non-life threatening.

Officers are still taking gunfire downtown & we will share more info as it available. pic.twitter.com/Cwypi5EorP

— St. Louis, MO Police (@SLMPD) June 2, 2020

The incident happened near St. Louis police headquarters, where police and protesters clashed repeatedly throughout the night, according to local media. The protest was initially peaceful, but turned violent after nightfall, with vandalism and looting of businesses reported.

Officers apparently came under gunfire shortly after using multiple flash-bangs and tear-gas rounds against a crowd near Olive and 16th streets.

BREAKING VIDEO: Cops come under fire during protest in St. Louis; at least 4 officers were shot in the gun battle & the scene remains activepic.twitter.com/Lf9JA971Tj

— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) June 2, 2020

Gunshots and sirens can be heard in several videos posted on social media, which were purportedly shot in St. Louis during Monday’s protests.

ST. LOUIS POLICE UNDER FIREpic.twitter.com/BqLfvB0j86

— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) June 2, 2020

St. Louis is among dozens of cities across the US facing nighttime violence as the country is consumed by public rage over police brutality. The wave of protests, which has already spilled across the American borders, was unleashed by a video showing a white Minneapolis police officer pinning a black man to the ground by kneeling on his neck. George Floyd died in custody in what an independent autopsy confirmed to be a homicide.

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Posted: 02-06-20
Preview Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have blasted the president after police were ordered to clear out an area near the White House so he could make an incident-free trip to a church.
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Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have blasted the president after police were ordered to clear out an area near the White House so he could make an incident-free trip to a church.

Calling on US President Donald Trump to “respect the dignity and rights of Americans” in a statement late on Monday night, Pelosi (D-California) and Schumer (D-New York) tore into the commander-in-chief after he ordered police to “dominate” the streets amid days of protests and violent unrest – sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody last week.

“At a time when our country cries out for unification, this president is ripping it apart,” the two lawmakers said.

Our nation needs real leadership. This president’s continued fanning of the flames of discord, bigotry and violence is cowardly, weak and dangerous.

#BREAKING
House Spkr Nancy #Pelosi & Sen. Min Ldr Chuck #Schumer issue joint stmt re: #Trump's WH address this evening & his photo-op that followed:

"The President’s continued fanning of the flames of discord, bigotry and violence is cowardly, weak and dangerous."#GeorgeFloyd pic.twitter.com/UhOV2xQuoB

— Devon Heinen (@DevonHeinen) June 2, 2020

Earlier on Monday, after some 1,700 National Guard troops were deployed to manage protesters in the nation’s capital, President Trump and a handful of senior administration officials made an on-foot visit to St. John’s Church near the White House, which was damaged on Sunday night by vandalism and arson. The two high-profile Democrats condemned the brief photo-up.

“Teargassing peaceful protesters without provocation just so that the president could pose for photos outside a church dishonors every value that faith teaches us,” they went on.

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Trump has voiced frustration with state and city governments unwilling to crack down on the rioting – which kicked off last Wednesday in Minnesota’s Twin Cities after Floyd’s killing – insisting that he would deploy the military himself anywhere local officials fail to bring the unrest under control. That stance has come under fire from critics, who argue a crackdown may escalate the unrest and lead to greater violence.

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Posted: 02-06-20
Preview A car has plowed through a crowd of police in upstate New York, leaving two officers with serious injuries. The moment of the attempted ramming was caught in harrowing footage shared online.
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A car has plowed through a crowd of police in upstate New York, leaving two officers with serious injuries. The moment of the attempted ramming was caught in harrowing footage shared online.

As heated and sometimes violent protesters made their way through New York City on Monday night, similar demonstrations also broke out upstate in Buffalo. But as police cleared protesters from an intersection around the city’s E District police station, an SUV was filmed as it rammed through the group of officers, who quickly scattered, and sped away down the road.

Car plows through #Buffalo police amid #GeorgeFloyd unrest, 2 officers injured

MORE: https://t.co/IQfLWwfcd0 pic.twitter.com/RLRBwNx5Qc

— RT (@RT_com) June 2, 2020

BREAKING: A trooper and an officer were hit by a car that blew through a line of officers at the protest on Bailey Avenue according to PBA President John Evans. They were taken to ECMC. Stay with @SPECNewsBuffalo for updates. #Buffalo pic.twitter.com/odQygo09lH

— Stephen Marth (@StephenMarth) June 2, 2020

READ MORE: ‘Major fail’: NYC Mayor adjusts curfew from 11pm to 8pm, facing backlash over 'way too late' action as looting runs rampant

Two officers – including a New York State trooper – sustained serious injuries in the incident and were taken to the nearby Erie County Medical Center for treatment, according to local media. The State Police also confirmed the injury to its officer, noting it is “non-life threatening.” The perpetrator has yet to be identified.

We can confirm a member of the New York State Police was one of the members of law enforcement struck by a vehicle in Buffalo, NY tonight. The member is hospitalized with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

— NewYorkStatePolice (@nyspolice) June 2, 2020

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Preview A low-flying military helicopter was deployed to disperse protesters that took to the streets of Washington DC, defying the city’s 7pm curfew. Some of the curfew violators could be seen smashing up storefronts.
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A low-flying military helicopter was deployed to disperse protesters that took to the streets of Washington DC, defying the city’s 7pm curfew. Some of the curfew violators could be seen smashing up storefronts.

Scores of people protesting over the death of George Floyd – who was killed during an arrest in Minneapolis, Minnesota last week – flocked to the streets around the nation’s capital on Monday evening, paying little attention to the curfew imposed earlier. 

fuck pic.twitter.com/nLYu4w0BXr

— Elizabeth Nolan Brown (@ENBrown) June 2, 2020

tfw the helicopter lets up for a second #DCProtests pic.twitter.com/D7JE8tPjgD

— Elizabeth Nolan Brown (@ENBrown) June 2, 2020

As protesters marched into Chinatown, they were met by at least one Blackhawk helicopter with an apparent Red Cross marking positioned just over the rooftops. The chopper hovered just meters over the crowds in an apparent bid to force them to scatter.

This is unacceptable for numerous, but what absolutely guts me is that this helicopter has Red Cross markings indicating it is a medvac bird meant for saving lives and not this. pic.twitter.com/wFL0Bzj5Lo

— Naveed Jamali (@NaveedAJamali) June 2, 2020

About 10 minutes later, here it goes again. pic.twitter.com/3yoxOAu0uw

— Zolan Kanno-Youngs (@KannoYoungs) June 2, 2020

The maneuver, known as a “show of force,” saw the aircraft’s propeller blades blowing everything, including trash and debris, out of its way and onto protesters. The tactic is typically reserved for war zones, where it is used to chase away insurgents. 

A US military helicopter with @RedCross emblems being used as a crowd dispersal asset seems to violate the appropriate use of the Red Cross emblem. @ICRC @ifrc @BenParker140 @seanmmcdonald @nordicgeo @mountainherder @faineg @TheFireTracker2 @ai6yrham https://t.co/YYqmvtaIK4

— Rakesh (@densaer) June 2, 2020

They just landed a fucking military helicopter in the middle of the streets of DC where people are walking wtfhttps://t.co/WPJP5VWCiO

— Truth Synapse (@SynapseTruth) June 2, 2020

Videos have also emerged showing police using flash-bangs on crowds.

Happening now, 10:30 PM EST - demonstrators march down the street as police throw flashbangs #dcprotests pic.twitter.com/BbursF6Xkz

— jon chase (@jonathanchase_) June 2, 2020

Although the protest turned out to be largely peaceful, there were some instances of vandalism, as several storefronts around the city were smashed by the rioters.

Windows smashed by curfew-violating marchers at @Teamsters HQ in Washington, DC. (@Reuters TV image) pic.twitter.com/6qIM6EqLba

— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) June 2, 2020

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Preview New York Mayor Bill De Blasio has extended the city’s curfew order amid ongoing protests and unrest over police brutality, imposing another day of travel restrictions after authorities again failed to stop looting and vandalism.
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New York Mayor Bill De Blasio has extended the city’s curfew order amid ongoing protests and unrest over police brutality, imposing another day of travel restrictions after authorities again failed to stop looting and vandalism.

Announcing the move in a tweet on Monday night, De Blasio said Tuesday will see another curfew, this time beginning at 8pm instead of 11pm, noting that “keeping people safe” is his “first priority.”

“These protests have power and meaning. But as the night wears on we are seeing groups use them to incite violence and destroy property,” the mayor said.

These protests have power and meaning. But as the night wears on we are seeing groups use them to incite violence and destroy property.

Our first priority is keeping people safe, so I’m extending the curfew to Tuesday. It will begin at 8pm.

— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) June 2, 2020

Images of vandalism and looting in New York have emerged on social media, mirroring scenes in countless other cities over the last week as protests over the police killing of George Floyd erupt into rioting and mayhem.

After looting like this, @NYCMayor will adjust tomorrow’s curfew to 8 p.m, @FreddiGoldstein pic.twitter.com/SknbdDQEu7

— Myles N. Miller (@MylesMill) June 2, 2020

West 34th street is out of control after FootLocker was looted with ten under dozens of looters swarmed 34th street and took to a Sprint store 50 feet from the Foot Locker where detectives were still processing the scene. pic.twitter.com/XHQSG2sNqq

— Joe Marino (@joemarino_) June 2, 2020

De Blasio’s initial decision to impose a curfew from 11pm drew massive backlash online, with netizens reporting that shops and other properties around the city had been looted and vandalized long before the curfew was supposed to take effect.

“What a joke. In the meantime, looters are tearing through the city, busting windows and destroying property while stealing (and have been for hours),” television host and author Jedediah Louisa Bila tweeted.

An 11pm curfew in Manhattan. What a joke. In the meantime, looters are tearing through the city, busting windows and destroying property while stealing (and have been for hours). Let’s see what happens at 11. You should be ashamed of yourselves, @NYCMayor and @NYGovCuomo.

— Jedediah Bila (@JedediahBila) June 2, 2020

Bill DeBlasio has surrendered New York City to ANTIFA & the rioters.

— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) June 2, 2020

BS....Mayor failed miserably. Like Ted ex Homicide said, no one should be near Lafayette Park or 1 mile near WH, Curfew should be 8 not 11. Major FaIL #MurielBowser resign!

— CBCAElite1 (@CBCAElite1) June 1, 2020

Why in the world would you implement a curfew for 11pm? I swear I'm glad I don't live in New York cause Bill DeBlasio is something else.

— Ricky Ricardo (@Ricky_Heat) June 2, 2020

While many chided the mayor for being too late with the curfew, others argued that the measure would affect workers on late-night shifts, many of them migrants and people of color.

NYC now has a curfew of 11pm...but we are forgetting that many people of color and immigrants work overnight shifts, ultimately being the ones targeted...we need to do better and protect all individuals. @NYGovCuomo @NYCMayor

— Paul Ferrante (@heyyPJ) June 2, 2020

More than 200 arrests have been made so far, according to the NYPD, with a police spokesperson saying “there are packs of youths running as fast as they can, smashing windows as fast as they can, and police are trying to catch them as soon as possible.”

Duane Reade Herald Square where PD has six people under arrest in a smash and grab. The sound of response vehicles from both fire and PD has been nonstop for hours, crisscrossing the grid as looters persist without hesitation despite an overwhelming show of force. pic.twitter.com/JYwl2iSt2v

— Joe Marino (@joemarino_) June 2, 2020

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Preview A number of top White House officials have been seen on the streets of Washington DC, making visits to police lines amid intense protests around the capital, apparently hoping to boost officers’ morale after days of unrest.
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A number of top White House officials have been seen on the streets of Washington DC, making visits to police lines amid intense protests around the capital, apparently hoping to boost officers’ morale after days of unrest.

Attorney General Bill Barr, Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley were each spotted in the capital on Monday evening despite ongoing demonstrations and a 7pm curfew imposed in the city.

Attorney General Bill Barr and Defense Secretary Mark Esper both walking around the streets of DC tonight visiting police lines. pic.twitter.com/VZ1Q5dg4o8

— Ebony Bowden (@ebonybowden) June 2, 2020

He was a few minutes ahead of him pic.twitter.com/ENwyW3hsSd

— Ebony Bowden (@ebonybowden) June 2, 2020

Though Barr and Esper were merely seen from afar, General Milley stopped to give a brief comment to a reporter on the scene, noting that he was observing the situation and “checking” on DC National Guard troops deployed in the capital, adding that he was “perfectly fine” with peaceful protests.

General Milley, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, walking the streets of Washington DC right now. Briefly spoke to say he is observing the situation. pic.twitter.com/fHcYOTYMzN

— Shabtai (@velvetart) June 2, 2020

Echoing the words of US President Donald Trump, Barr earlier on Monday called on law enforcement and the National Guard to “dominate” the streets wherever unrest erupts, after heated demonstrations in dozens of cities escalated into riots, looting and arson over the last several days.

Protests were first sparked last week by the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed in police custody in Minneapolis, spreading from Minnesota’s Twin Cities to countless other towns across the country in the days that followed.

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Posted: 02-06-20
Preview As unrest over police violence erupts in cities around the US, a CNN reporter took flak on social media after scolding White House officials who didn’t observe social distancing during a visit to a church damaged by vandals.
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As unrest over police violence erupts in cities around the US, a CNN reporter took flak on social media after scolding White House officials who didn’t observe social distancing during a visit to a church damaged by vandals.

Looking to land a jab on the president, CNN tech journalist Brian Fung couldn’t help but point out the lack of masks or social distancing among Donald Trump and a group of senior officials, shortly after they made an on-foot visit to the historic St. John’s Church on Monday amid ongoing protests in the nation’s capital.

No masks or social distancing, FWIW pic.twitter.com/i0rHfKWalz

— Brian Fung (@b_fung) June 1, 2020

With riots, looting, arson and clashes with police breaking out in dozens of American cities in recent days, including DC, many netizens saw Fung’s critique as trivial, accusing the journalist of double standards as thousands of marchers hit the streets with little concern for distancing.

This is a parody account, right?

I guess these guys don’t have the magical Covid-19 immunity that all protesters, rioters, looters and media people covering th3 rioting possess.

— Tacko Summer (@BostonSportsHb) June 1, 2020

Are you saying the same for the rioters?

— NewsBusters (@newsbusters) June 1, 2020

Where is the social distancing here? pic.twitter.com/8UOMzzWTSV

— e-beth (@ebeth360) June 1, 2020

Others were gentler in their criticism, pointing out that “this isn’t the time,” while acknowledging that the virus “doesn’t care” about the riots.

Brian I know covid doesn’t care but respectfully, this isn’t the time

— Dusty (@DustinGiebel) June 2, 2020

Though the Covid-19 pandemic is ongoing, the unrest sparked last week over the death of George Floyd – an unarmed black man killed in the custody of the Minneapolis police – has quickly eclipsed the health crisis. Some online have even declared the outbreak over, asking why anyone is “pretending to care” about face coverings as the country heads toward further violence and unrest.

COVID ended on Saturday, brah

— Tony Mazur (@TonyMazur) June 1, 2020

Lmao are we pretending to care about masks right now

— Bobby Silver (@BobbySilver_) June 1, 2020

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