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George Floyd said officers would 'kill' him in new recording transcript

Jul 09, 2020 - 11:24 AM

According to the transcript, Floyd says, 'Momma, I love you. Tell my kids I love them. I'm dead.' He called for his mother and children several more times.

POLICE BRUTALITY. This still image taken from a May 25, 2020, video courtesy of Darnella Frazier via Facebook, shows a Minneapolis, Minnesota, police officer arresting George Floyd. Photo by Darnella Frazier/AFP

Mississippi votes to remove Confederate symbol from state flag

Jun 29, 2020 - 11:08 AM

'In the name of history, whether you're black or white, rich or poor, Democrat or Republican, I ask you today to stand in the name of history,' Democratic senator Derrick T Simmons urges his colleagues before the vote

NO MORE. A protestor rolls up the Mississippi flag after the state legislature voted to change it, outside the Mississippi State Capitol building in Jackson, Mississippi on June 28, 2020. Photo by Rory Doyle/AFP

Probe ordered into police death of black man in Colorado as anger flares

Jun 26, 2020 - 11:33 AM

Elijah McClain, 23, died last August in Aurora, near Denver, 3 days after he was put in a chokehold by police, injected with ketamine to sedate him, and suffered cardiac arrest

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 06: A protester holds up a sign on the recently rename Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House as the sun sets during continued demonstrations on June 6, 2020 in Washington, DC. This is the 12th day of protests since George Floyd died in Minneapolis police custody on May 25. Samuel Corum/Getty Images/AFP

Police reform bill clears U.S. House but deadlock awaits in Senate

Jun 26, 2020 - 9:41 AM

President Donald Trump is opposed to the House measure, and says the Democrats were aiming to 'weaken our police' and end officer immunity

ST LOUIS, MO - JUNE 01: St. Louis City Bike Patrol Officers mobilize as protesters demonstrate against police brutality and the death of George Floyd through downtown St. Louis on June 1, 2020 in St Louis, Missouri. Protests continue to be held in cities throughout the country over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died while in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25. Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images/AFP

Protestors try to topple statue outside White House

Jun 23, 2020 - 9:42 AM

Several hundred protestors are pushed back by at least 100 security force personnel after they had thrown ropes around the statue of Andrew Jackson

TAKE DOWN. Protesters attempt to pull down the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square near the White House on June 22, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

1 dead in shooting at Seattle protest movement zone

Jun 21, 2020 - 1:32 PM

Police say another man is seriously wounded with 'life-threatening injuries'

SEATTLE PROTESTS. Demonstrators hold umbrellas while facing off with police near the Seattle Police Departments East Precinct on June 7, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images/AFP

Warner Records signs 12-year-old Black Lives Matter protest singer

Jun 20, 2020 - 3:37 PM

Keedron Bryant's viral a cappella gospel song 'I Just Wanna Live' is about his fears growing up as a black man in the US

Black U.S. State Dept official quits after Trump race response

Jun 19, 2020 - 4:09 PM

The Washington Post says, Mary Elizabeth Taylor, assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs, submits her resignation

RESIGNS. File photo of Mary Elizabeth Taylor, assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs. Wiki Commons

Church and Bank of England apologize for slavery roles

Jun 19, 2020 - 11:15 AM

Research finds that nearly 100 clergymen and 6 governors plus 4 directors of the bank benefitted from slavery

A pedestrian walks past the Bank of England in London on June 17, 2020. - The Bank of England, confronted by Britain's collapsing coronavirus-ravaged economy, will on June 18 reveal the outcome of its latest monetary policy meeting with analysts predicting more stimulus. The British central bank has been at the forefront of economic fire-fighting over this year's deadly COVID-19 emergency -- and could expand its quantitative easing (QE) stimulus in an attempt to kickstart growth. (Photo by Tolga Akmen / AFP)

U.N. urged to hold U.S. 'accountable' over racism, police violence

Jun 19, 2020 - 10:11 AM

The American Civil Liberties Union warns countries that 'partial or half-baked measures of accountability won't remedy structural racism'

BLACK LIVES MATTER. The reinvigorated anti-racism movement has spurred changes in the worldwide entertainment scene. Photo from Shutterstock

U.S. Republicans unveil police reform bill focusing on transparency

Jun 18, 2020 - 8:42 AM

'This is not about trying to create partisan differences. This is about coming together and getting an outcome,' says Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

INJUSTICE. Military Police face off with protesters across from the White House on May 30, 2020 in Washington DC, during a protest over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, who died after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for several minutes. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Floyd's brother tells U.N. 'black lives do not matter' in U.S.

Jun 17, 2020 - 10:15 PM

'You in the United Nations are your brothers' and sisters' keepers in America, and you have the power to help us get justice for my brother George Floyd,' says Philonise Floyd

PROBE. George Floyd's brother Philonise is seen on a TV screen during his speech at the opening of an urgent debate on 'systemic racism' in the United States and beyond at the Human Rights Council on June 17, 2020 in Geneva. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

[OPINION] Injustice anywhere is a threat everywhere

Jun 17, 2020 - 6:40 PM

'Racism operates under similar rules with the pandemic we face. Its spread and reach are dependent on the ignorance and selfishness of individuals.'

Extreme right 'boogaloo' follower charged with police murders

Jun 17, 2020 - 10:15 AM

Officials say the suspect is associated with the underground 'boogaloo bois' ideology, which espouses a mix of anti-government extremism and civil and race war.

BOOGALOO. A member of the far-right militia, Boogaloo Bois, walks next to protestors demonstrating outside downtown Charlotte, North Carolina, on May 29, 2020. Photo by Logan Cyrus/AFP

Trump signs police reform order to end 'patterns of failure'

Jun 17, 2020 - 12:11 AM

(UPDATED) The presidential directive provides funding incentives for police departments nationwide to include a ban on choke holds and extra training on guidelines for the use of force

POLICE REFORM. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks to reporters on his way to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on May 14, 2020, in Washington, DC. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

L.A. sheriff vows 'thorough' probe after black man found hanging from tree

Jun 16, 2020 - 10:27 AM

Questions are also raised following a similar death last month of another black man

'Guardians not warriors': Atlanta mayor orders police reforms

Jun 16, 2020 - 9:42 AM

The mayor describes the police shooting of 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks as a 'murder' and said it 'didn't have to end that way'

RESIST. People gather outside the Georgia State Capitol during a protest against police brutality on June 6, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images/AFP

U.N. rights council agrees to urgent debate on racism, police violence

Jun 15, 2020 - 7:14 PM

It is only the fifth time in the council's 14-year history that it has agreed to hold an 'urgent debate,' which is a special debate agreed upon within a regular session of the council

UNHRC. The UN's top rights body agrees to a request from African countries to urgently debate racism and police brutality. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Another police killing of a black man stokes U.S. tension, debate

Jun 15, 2020 - 11:03 AM

A Wendy's restaurant where 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks was killed is set on fire, and hundreds of people march to protest the killing

POWER. A man gestures at the site of a Wendy's restaurant set ablaze overnight on June 14, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Dustin Chambers/Getty Images/AFP

America's original sin: Floyd death prompts historical soul-searching

Jun 13, 2020 - 10:16 PM

'We're seeing tens of millions, if not hundreds of millions, of Americans wrestling with fundamental questions of what do we do with the unsavory – and, let's be frank, even immoral – aspects of our past.'

A statue of Confederate States President Jefferson Davis lies on the street after protesters pulled it down in Richmond, Virginia, on June 10, 2020. The symbols of the Confederate States and its support for slavery are being targeted for removal following the May 25, 2020, death of George Floyd while in police custody. Parker Michels-Boyce / AFP

How Black Lives Matter is changing entertainment

Jun 13, 2020 - 3:50 PM

Since the death of George Floyd, the reinvigorated Black Lives Matter movement has been rocking the entertainment landscape worldwide – from TV, music, to literature

Bob Dylan: George Floyd's death 'sickened me'

Jun 13, 2020 - 2:05 PM

'It sickened me to no end to see George tortured to death like that,' the folk singer says during a rare interview following mass anti-racism protests in the US

'Star Trek' icon George Takei says protests show 'progress' on diversity

Jun 13, 2020 - 11:18 AM

The Asian-American actor and LGBTQ icon urges the youth to stand firm on minority rights, saying the pandemic is renewing 'deep-rooted prejudices' in society

Protesters face life in prison over police car attacks in NY

Jun 13, 2020 - 8:55 AM

The indictments, filed by federal prosecutors in Brooklyn, accuse Samantha Shader, Colinford Mattis, and Urooj Rahman of throwing explosive devices at police cars in two separate incidents in late May

NEW YORK POLICE. Police prepare to make dozens of arrests as demonstrations continue in Manhattan over the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis Police officer on June 03, 2020 in New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Trudeau says racism exists in all Canada institutions

Jun 12, 2020 - 11:15 AM

Trudeau himself takes a knee, a popular protest gesture, at a demonstration outside his office

Trump praises U.S. police, rejecting protesters' cries of racism

Jun 12, 2020 - 10:02 AM

'You always have a bad apple, no matter where you go,' says Trump, who is making law and order a new keystone of his bid to win a second term

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - MAY 29: Police officers block a road on the fourth day of protests on May 29, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The National Guard has been activated as protests continue after the death of George Floyd which has caused widespread destruction and fires across Minneapolis and St. Paul. Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

Basagan ng Trip with Leloy Claudio: The relevance of #BlackLivesMatter to Filipinos

Jun 11, 2020 - 8:31 PM

Leloy Claudio talks to Sheila Coronel and Vince Rafael about the relevance of the Black Lives Matter movement to Filipinos

U.S. retailers condemn racism but critics say profiling persists

Jun 11, 2020 - 11:21 AM

'There's no shame in having biases,' but it's important to recognize and not act on them, says Anne-Marie Hakstian, a professor at Salem State University

Shoppers walk outside the Macy's store at Manhattan's Herald Square January 11, 2019 in New York. Macy's boasts being the world's largest store. (Photo by Don EMMERT / AFP)

After George Floyd, pressure on Biden to pick black VP

Jun 11, 2020 - 10:53 AM

'I want someone strong, and someone who is ready to be president on day one,' Biden says

Democratic presidential hopeful US Senator from California Kamala Harris (R) delivers her closing statement flanked by Former Vice President Joe Biden during the second round of the second Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season hosted by CNN at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan on July 31, 2019. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP)

Floyd brother tells U.S. Congress to 'stop' pain, pass police reform

Jun 10, 2020 - 11:56 PM

Philonise Floyd appears in person before a House hearing, where he describes the anguish of watching a video of George's death and demands lawmakers address the systemic problems in law enforcement

POLICE REFORM. Philonise Floyd, brother of George Floyd, pauses as he gives his opening statement during a House Judiciary Committee hearing to discuss police brutality and racial profiling on June 10, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photo by Greg Nash/Pool/AFP

CrossFit CEO steps down after 'FLOYD-19' tweet sparks outrage

Jun 10, 2020 - 5:29 PM

After posting an insensitive tweet, CrossFit founder Greg Glassman admits creating a rift in the fitness community

Gym enthusiasts do deadlifts whilst maintaining distance from each other at CrossFit Arena Bangkok, during their first week of reopening following closure of physical wellness centers after authorities lifted some measures of restrictions to halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Bangkok on May 20, 2020. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

PM says France 'not racist' as Floyd tribute held in Paris

Jun 10, 2020 - 1:03 PM

Some placards at the rally draw parallels between George Floyd and those who have recently died at the hands of the French police

A man take part in a protest in place de la Republique in Paris, on June 9, 2020, during a demonstration against racism and police brutality in the wake of the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed while apprehended by police in Minneapolis. Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP

U.S. reverend slams Trump 'wickedness' at George Floyd funeral

Jun 10, 2020 - 10:18 AM

'You take rubber bullets and tear gas to clear out peaceful protesters and then take a Bible and walk in front of a church and use a church as a prop? Wickedness in high places,' Reverend Al Sharpton says

BIBLE. US President Donald Trump holds up a Bible outside of St John's Episcopal church across Lafayette Park in Washington, DC on June 1, 2020. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Houston bids farewell to George Floyd in hometown funeral

Jun 10, 2020 - 1:02 AM

Politicians, civil rights activists, and celebrities join the family to share memories of the man they call a 'gentle giant'

GEORGE FLOYD. Family members of George Floyd pause at the casket during a funeral service for Floyd at The Fountain of Praise Church on June 9, 2020, in Houston. Photo by David J. Phillip/AFP

Self-described KKK leader charged for driving into U.S. protesters

Jun 09, 2020 - 2:34 PM

'Harry H. Rogers, 36, is charged with assault and battery, attempted malicious wounding, and felony vandalism. Additional charges are being investigated,' says Henrico County's Commonwealth Attorney Shannon Taylor

VIRGINIA PROTEST. A person holds up a fist as people gather around the Robert E. Lee statue on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia, on June 4, 2020, amid continued protests over the death of George Floyd in police custody. File photo by Ryan M. Kelly/AFP

U.S. police in hot seat after years of near impunity

Jun 09, 2020 - 12:57 PM

George Floyd's death is just the latest incident in a larger pattern of police use of lethal force

FACING OFF. Demonstrators hold umbrellas while facing off with police near the Seattle Police Departments East Precinct on June 7, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images/AFP

[OPINION] We can’t breathe

Jun 09, 2020 - 12:10 PM

'Today, we are breathless, but we cannot be breathless for too long, for we may not have anything left to fight for and anything left to fight with'

[OPINION] The George Floyds in our midst

Jun 09, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'If we remain blind to the bigotry in our society and only start to take notice when an issue is popular, then our voice lacks authenticity'

Democrats take a knee in U.S. Congress in George Floyd tribute

Jun 09, 2020 - 10:18 AM

They kneel for 8 minutes and 46 seconds to mark the length of time a white police officer pinned his knee on the neck of the 46-year-old Floyd

KNEELING. (L-R) Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) join fellow Democrats from the House and Senate kneel in silence for 8 minutes and 46 seconds to honor George Floyd in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center June 08, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Thousands mourn George Floyd as accused officer appears in court

Jun 09, 2020 - 8:37 AM

(UPDATE) The Justice in Policing Act, introduced in both chambers of Congress, will make it easier to prosecute officers for abuse, and rethink how they are recruited and trained

POLICE BRUTALITY. This still image taken from a May 25, 2020, video courtesy of Darnella Frazier via Facebook, shows a Minneapolis, Minnesota, police officer arresting George Floyd. Photo by Darnella Frazier/AFP

France police to ban chokehold arrest as protest anger mounts

Jun 09, 2020 - 8:24 AM

Media outlets publish the contents of a private Facebook group on which French police members repeatedly use racist and sexist terms and mock victims of police brutality

CLASH. Members of the Gendarmerie charge as protestors linked to the Yellow Vests (Gilets Jaunes) movement take part in a demonstration on the side of the annual Bastille Day ceremony, on July 14, 2019, near the Champs-Elysees in Paris. Photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Reebok slams CrossFit in outrage over CEO's tweet

Jun 08, 2020 - 7:27 PM

CrossFit CEO Greg Glassman tweets 'It's FLOYD-19' as the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation classifies racism and discrimination as a public health issue

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Man shot after car driven into George Floyd protest in Seattle

Jun 08, 2020 - 4:08 PM

Footage broadcast by local television station Q13Fox shows a man carrying a pistol getting out of a car near the Seattle Police Department's East Precinct as protesters screamed and fled

SEATTLE PROTESTS. Demonstrators hold umbrellas while facing off with police near the Seattle Police Departments East Precinct on June 7, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images/AFP

Europeans join global wave of anti-racism protests

Jun 08, 2020 - 9:41 AM

'It's really hard to live here,' says Senegalese migrant Morikeba Samate, 32, one of the thousands to have arrived in Italy after risking the perilous crossing across the Mediterranean

MARCH. Protestors attend a Black Lives Matter march in Vienna, Austria, on June 4, 2020, in solidarity with protests raging across the United States over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died during an arrest on May 25. Photo by Joe Klamar/AFP

Minneapolis council votes to dismantle police as protests continue

Jun 08, 2020 - 8:57 AM

(UPDATED) 'We committed to dismantling policing as we know it in the city of Minneapolis and to rebuild with our community a new model of public safety that actually keeps our community safe,' Council President Lisa Bender says

INJUSTICE. Military Police face off with protesters across from the White House on May 30, 2020 in Washington DC, during a protest over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, who died after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for several minutes. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

US Democrats press anti-racism reforms as protests continue

Jun 08, 2020 - 8:32 AM

Trump went on the attack against Joe Biden, tweeting without evidence that 'not only will Sleepy Joe Biden DEFUND THE POLICE, but he will DEFUND OUR MILITARY!'

ANGER. Protesters demonstrate against the death of George Floyd outside the 3rd Precinct Police Precinct on May 27, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo by Kerem Yucel/AFP

NYT editor resigns after backlash over senator's hardline op-ed

Jun 08, 2020 - 8:08 AM

Some 800 Times staffers sign a petition in protest of the publication of 'Send in The Military' by Republican US Senator Tom Cotton

THE TIMES. New York City Police officers stand outside the office of the The New York Times, October 25, 2018 in New York City. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

'Time for a change': Anti-racism protesters march across U.S.

Jun 07, 2020 - 1:54 PM

Protests took place from New York to Los Angeles with Washington as the epicenter

UNREST. A protester holds up a sign on the recently renamed Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House as the sun sets during continued demonstrations on June 6, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. accuses China of using Floyd death for propaganda

Jun 06, 2020 - 11:07 PM

'The CCP's propaganda efforts – seeking to conflate the United States' actions in the wake of the death of George Floyd with the CCP's denial of basic human rights and freedom – should be seen for the fraud that they are,' says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

'USED AS PROPAGANDA'. US President Donald Trump holds up a Bible outside of St John's Episcopal church across Lafayette Park in Washington, DC on June 1, 2020. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

'Burn down racism': Global protests spread over George Floyd's death

Jun 06, 2020 - 10:16 PM

Officials around the world are trying to balance understanding at people's pent-up anger with warnings about the dangers of coronavirus

SOLIDARY PROTEST: Protesters hold placards at Alexanderplatz Square during a demonstration in solidarity with protests raging across the US over the death of George Floyd on June 6, 2020 in Berlin. Photo by Tobias Schawrz/AFP