Six people shot, one killed in two shootings Wednesday night in Boston
Six people were shot, one of whom was killed, in two violent incidents Wednesday night in Boston.Officers responded around 11:55 p.m. to a radio call of several people shot outside of 5 Ames Way, Boston Police Commissioner William Gross said at a press briefing early Thursday morning.
On May 26, the morning after George Floyd’s last gasps underneath a policeman’s knee, the Minneapolis Police Department wrote he had “physically resisted” officers, who noted Floyd “appeared to be suffering medical distress.”
That news release went online hours before video revealed two things the public may have never learned otherwise: the source of his distress was nearly nine minutes of Derek Chauvin’s leg pressed into Floyd’s neck, and there is little evidence, if any, that Floyd resisted officers.
Videos of U.S. police killings spur protest - and sometimes charges
Videos of U.S. police killings spur protest - and sometimes chargesEven then, it is rare for officers to be charged criminally in such incidents, with the swiftness of the Floyd charges something of an anomaly.
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The pattern — video of violent police encounters that contrast sharply with accounts by the departments or their unions — has repeated with grim symmetry in the days since Floyd’s death. Numerous incidents have captured the rage of the public who point to inaccurate or outright misleading descriptions of what has occurred before their eyes.
Youth sit with placards in front of riot police officers blocking the way in Athens on June 5, during a rally against racism and police brutality and in support to the protests in US, sparked by the killing of George Floyd by police.
Nurses, doctors and hospital workers kneel for 8 minutes and 46 seconds of silence during a vigil at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where many coronavirus patients have been treated, against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in Boston, Massachusetts, on June 5.
Protestors take part in an anti-racism rally in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in Tokyo, Japan, on June 5.
At least 7 officers hurt, 40 arrests as Boston protests turn violent
Destruction and looting filled the streets of downtown Boston for several hours Sunday night, forcing police to call in reinforcements from the National Guard, State Police and surrounding communities. Boston police said as of early Monday morning, approximately 40 arrests had been made, with 7 officers transported to area hospitals for injuries. Sign up for our Newsletters Police said several officers were also treated on the scene, following a violent night across many parts of downtown Boston and the Back Bay.
A woman sporting a crown representing the Statue of Liberty raises her fist in a black glove as she takes part in a protest in Strasbourg, France, on June 5, in solidarity with protests raging across the United States over the death of George Floyd.
People take part in a protest in front of the US embassy in Mexico City on June 4.
68-Year-Old Man Charged With Driving Into Troy Protesters
Troy Police have arrested a 68-year-old man from Troy for felonious assault, for intentionally striking a protester with his car on northbound Coolidge at Big Beaver. The victim has no apparent injuries. Monday's protest was otherwise peaceful as hundreds of people marched through the city's streets against police brutality and racial injustice. Police blocked off traffic as the crowd walked in the middle of Big Beaver Road, alongside the Somerset Collection mall -- which had been closed temporarily as a precaution.Early reports indicated there could be looting, but that was not in evidence as people chanted for peace.
Quincy Mason Floyd (C), son of George Floyd, and attorney Ben Crump (L) kneel June 3 at the site where Floyd was killed in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Crump and Floyd spoke at a press conference after, calling for the arrest and prosecution of all four officers involved in George Floyd's death. All officers have been charged.
Protesters take part in a Black Lives Matter Demonstration in solidarity with US demonstrations for George Floyd in London, United Kingdom on June 3. Thousands of people gathered in Hyde Park and marched to Trafalgar Square through Victoria, Parliament Square and Whitehall.
A man and a woman hold hands aloft in Hyde Park, London, during a 'Black Lives Matter' protest on June 3.
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Taken together, the incidents show how instant verification of police accounts have altered the landscape of accountability.
Facebook says it hasn't found evidence of foreign meddling in protests
The social network cautions people about reaching conclusions without clear evidence.Nathaniel Gleicher, who heads cybersecurity policy at Facebook, said the company has been "actively looking" for interference by foreign actors and domestic "coordinated inauthentic behavior" (that's when a network of fake accounts mislead about their identity and purpose). Gleicher said Facebook hasn't found any evidence of foreign interference or coordinated inauthentic behavior and cautioned people about jumping to conclusions.
“We certainly, as a profession, have been diminished by events that have been witnessed on video over the course of the last couple of weeks,” Jim Pasco, executive director of the national Fraternal Order of Police, a labor union, told The Washington Post.
Officers in Buffalo shove a man who ‘tripped and fell’
A 75-year-old protester was shovedby police officers in Buffalo on Thursday, causing the man to stumble backward and slam his head on the sidewalk. Blood streamed from his ear in the disturbing video shot by local NPR affiliate WBFO.
The initial news release from the Buffalo Police Department said the man, later identified as Martin Gugino, “tripped and fell” during “a skirmish involving protesters” — ostensibly placing the consequences on the man himself.
“He’s bleeding out of his ear!” shouted one person in WBFO’s video, as the officers shuffle past the man laying motionless on the ground, turning instead to arrest another protester.
The disparity between that account and the viral video fueled outrage over the incident. The department walked back its description after it reviewed the video and suspended the involved officers without pay.
Claims of assault on police fizzle in Philadelphia
Evan Gorski, 21, a protester in Philadelphia, was arrested on an allegation he pushed officer off a bike on Monday, authorities told his attorney.
NYPD suspends two officers seen in viral videos confronting protesters
But video circulated on social media painted a much different picture of how Gorski, a Temple University student, tangled with police. In the moment captured by others, Gorski reached between another demonstrator and an officer to separate them.
A moment later, Philadelphia Police officer Joseph Bologna Jr. struck Gorski with a baton, chased him down and straddled him as another officer pressed his face on the asphalt. Other officers swung their batons at others gathered around.
Gorski’s attorney, R. Emmett Madden, told the Philadelphia Inquirer that prosecutors dropped charges and released him Wednesday after reviewing video from the scene.
“The police were lying,” Madden said. “We had a protest police brutality, and then police brutalize my client and try to frame him for a crime he didn’t commit.”
Bologna now faces charges of felony aggravated assault.
Police union says cameraman struck with shield ‘may have fallen’
The charge of authorities against protesters in Lafayette Square in Washington on Monday has become one of the most scrutinized incidents among the protests, complete with officials parsing the definition of tear gas to downplay the violent response.
But in one widely condemned moment, U.S. Park Police were shown striking an Australian news cameraman with a shield, jabbing at his camera and swinging his baton at the anchor.
The moment, broadcast live on 7 News in Australia, triggered an international incident, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison calling on his diplomats in Washington to investigate.
The agency’s union responded with a statement defending the actions of the officers, suggesting they “may have fallen.” It occurred because of the loud chaos in the park and the “lack of readily identifiable journalist markings,” Kenneth Spencer, chairman of the U.S. Parks Police Fraternal Order of Police Labor Committee, said in a statement on Thursday.
The union appeared to have deleted their statement from their homepage after it was obtained by The Washington Post. An archived version of their page shows their initial statement. A spokesman for the union did not make Spencer available for comment.
The two officers involved were placed on administrative leave as an investigation continues, the Park Police said Wednesday.
What is less clear in the union’s summary of events is where the crew may have fallen, and if a flurry of shields and batons may have led to it — if they even fell at all.
15-year-old charged in Boston Police cruiser fire during violent night .
Police in Boston said a 15-year-old juvenile from Framingham was arrested Thursday and charged with the arson of a Boston Police Department vehicle on Tremont Street on Sunday, May 31. The Boston police cruiser was vandalized and burned during a night of violence and looting. Sign up for our Newsletters The 15-year-old boy, whose name was not released, was brought to Boston Juvenile Court on a warrant on charges of arson of a motor vehicle and inciting a riot.