Tag: George Floyd Protests (2020)

Coronavirus Tests the Leadership Style of Goldman Sachs’s C.E.O.

David M. Solomon started 2020 on his back foot. Mr. Solomon had been on the job as chief executive of Goldman Sachs, perhaps Wall Street’s most storied and vilified institution, for just over a year, working to broaden the bank’s offerings by pursuing lines of business that his predecessors had long avoided. But his Main […]

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New Footage Shows Delayed Medical Response to George Floyd

Nearly 11 weeks after George Floyd was killed by the police in Minneapolis, inciting a wave of protests across the United States, a Minnesota county court has released police body camera footage of the episode to the public for the first time. The New York Times has reviewed the full 65 minutes of footage, which […]

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Hockey, Rocked by Racist Acts, Embraces Black Lives Matter Campaigns

Minnesota Wild forward Matt Dumba walked to center ice before an N.H.L. game this month and addressed the television audience, not about the game but the need for the sport to fight racism. “The world woke up to the existence of systematic racism and how deeply rooted it is,” Dumba said during a speech before […]

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Are Racial Attitudes Really Changing? Some Black Activists Are Skeptical

CHICAGO — The old guard of this city’s Roseland neighborhood, a community on the South Side famous for molding a young Barack Obama and infamous for its current blight, has never forgotten the fruit trees. Back in the 1970s, before the full exodus of white residents, the erosion of local businesses, the crack epidemic of […]

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A Bible Burning, a Russian News Agency and a Story Too Good to Check Out

WASHINGTON — For some of President Trump’s loudest cheerleaders, it was a story too good to check out: Black Lives Matters protesters in Portland, Ore., had burned a stack of Bibles, and then topped off the fire with American flags. There was even a video to prove it. The story was a near-perfect fit for […]

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In the Wake of Covid-19 Lockdowns, a Troubling Surge in Homicides

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It started with an afternoon stop at a gas station. Two customers began exchanging angry stares near the pumps outside — and no one can explain exactly why. That led to an argument, and it escalated quickly as one of them pulled a gun and they struggled over it, according to […]

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Rage Is Both Black and American

I knew something serious was afoot in May when my friend Eric Priestley called from West Hollywood and left a phone message: “E, you would not believe this!” He was almost shouting over the swelling street noise in the background. Eric tends to the dramatic on any given day, but he sounded different — urgent, […]

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Seattle Police Chief to Resign as Council Pursues Ambitious Plan to Cut Budget

SEATTLE — As City Council members in Seattle pursue an ambitious plan to cut dozens of police officers and create a new department dedicated to public safety, Police Chief Carmen Best said on Monday night that she planned to resign. Chief Best, the first Black woman to hold the top policing job in the city, […]

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Taking Protest to the Streets, and the Mayor’s Front Door

SEATTLE — The city was exploring a proposal to cut 50 percent of the police department’s budget to promote racial justice and alternatives to policing last month, but Debora Juarez, the first enrolled Native American on the Seattle City Council, was not yet willing to throw her support behind such a steep cut without a […]

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Porsha in Protest

“Everybody should enjoy ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta,’” said Porsha Williams, the doe-eyed star of same, whose comedic verve and penchant for interpersonal chaos have made her one of the most popular cast members on one of the most popular shows on television. “This is what I don’t like when it would come to one […]

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In the Wake of Protests

We are in a period of post-mortem reflection following the time during which racial justice protests were at their most intense. We now must ask ourselves: What has changed and what hasn’t? Have power and privilege truly been disrupted? Has oppression been alleviated? What will be the legacy of this moment? The historic protests in […]

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‘Top Cop’ Kamala Harris’s Record of Policing the Police

During this summer of tear gas and turmoil, Kamala Harris has not been quiet. On “The View,” the California senator spoke about “reimagining how we do public safety in America.” On the Senate floor, she sparred with Rand Paul after the Kentucky Republican blocked a bill to make lynching a federal crime, and she is […]

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N.Y.P.D. Besieges Black Lives Matter Leader as He Broadcasts Live

Derrick Ingram, a Black Lives Matter organizer, was besieged inside his Manhattan apartment on Friday while a police helicopter patrolled overhead, officers banged on his door and police dogs growled in the hallway. The street outside had been closed off by roughly two dozen police vehicles and dozens of officers, including some who were wearing […]

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A Season of Grief and Release: 5 Months of the Virus in New York City

Spring to Summer 2020 Photographs by Daniel Arnold Text by Dodai Stewart Aug. 7, 2020 The restaurant was empty, save for two other tables. Spoons slid through our dessert, split three ways. We were anxious but determined to enjoy it, somehow. It was March 10, and the coronavirus had just hit New York City. We […]

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Abolish the Police? Those Who Survived the Chaos in Seattle Aren’t So Sure

SEATTLE — Faizel Khan was being told by the news media and his own mayor that the protests in his hometown were peaceful, with “a block party atmosphere.” But that was not what he saw through the windows of his Seattle coffee shop. He saw encampments overtaking the sidewalks. He saw roving bands of masked […]

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They Said They Were Protesting Peacefully. Then the Police Arrived.

Five New Yorkers describe the night they were arrested while participating in Black Lives Matter demonstrations. Aug. 7, 2020 Image Anthony Mendez recalled how he had been held in a crowded cell for six hours after he was arrested during a protest, the first time that he had ever gone to a march. Clare Ramirez-Raftree […]

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Milwaukee Police Chief Demoted After Questions Over Protest Response

Alfonso Morales, the police chief of Milwaukee, was demoted on Thursday after an oversight board questioned the police’s performance under his leadership, including the recent use of tear gas and pepper spray against protesters. The Fire and Police Commission, an independent oversight board, voted unanimously to return Mr. Morales to the rank of captain, which […]

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A Family Cries ‘Justice for Hannah.’ Will Its Rural Town Listen?

SEDALIA, Mo. — Seven weeks had passed, and still there were no answers. So once again, a small cluster of friends and family gathered in the leafy courthouse square and marched for Hannah Fizer, an unarmed woman shot and killed by a rural Missouri sheriff’s deputy during a traffic stop. “Say her name! Hannah!” “Prosecute […]

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American Catholics and the Black Lives Matter Movement

In 1963, when 250,000 demonstrators gathered at the Lincoln Memorial and heard the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech, they did so under the prayerful invocation of Archbishop Patrick O’Boyle of Washington. He called for the Holy Spirit to open the eyes of Christians to the injustice of racial discrimination, […]

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Nixon Also Called In the Military Against Protesters

In the spring of 1971, Richard Nixon found himself in a situation not unlike President Trump’s. His approval rating was falling — in Mr. Nixon’s case, to a first-term low — just as an energetic social movement was hitting the streets. Like Mr. Trump, Mr. Nixon was tempted to use military force to counter those […]

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Aurora Police Chief Apologizes After Officers Handcuff Children on the Ground

The police chief in Aurora, Colo., apologized this week after officers handcuffed a Black family, including two children lying on the ground, in a mistaken stolen-car stop that was recorded on a widely shared video and is now under investigation. In a statement on Monday, Chief Vanessa Wilson of the Aurora Police Department said the […]

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‘Stay Black and Die’

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device:Via Apple Podcasts | Via Spotify | Via Stitcher Demonstrations against police brutality are entering their third month, but meaningful policy action has not happened. We speak with one demonstrator about her journey to the front lines of recent protests — and the lessons she’s learned […]

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The Arc of Homeland Security Bends Toward Trump. Chad Wolf Bends With It.

WASHINGTON — It took only 24 hours after President Trump attacked New York City in his State of the Union address for the president’s man at the Department of Homeland Security to act. Chad F. Wolf had joined the department nearly two decades before as a midlevel staff member to help the sprawling new agency […]

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Distrust of the Minneapolis Police, and Also the Effort to Defund Them

MINNEAPOLIS — The burgundy Oldsmobile sped through an intersection in a tree-lined residential neighborhood on Minneapolis’s North Side, and Lisa Williams shook her head in disgust. “Look at this,” she said, surrounded by four of her young grandchildren on the short stoop of her home. “They ride as fast as they can right down through […]

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Voting Isn’t Everything

The Black Lives Matter movement has had significant wins in recent months. Municipalities have removed statues of racists, corporations have changed branding that reinforced racial stereotypes, schools have cut ties with police forces and cities have reduced police funding. But too often, politicians, celebrities and community leaders who applaud the protesters for these victories are […]

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What Happened to the Young Voters Focused on Guns?

After the mass shooting in 2018 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School left 17 people dead in Parkland, Fla., the massacre’s young survivors converted their outrage into political organizing. Alongside other student leaders across the country, they brought hundreds of thousands of people to Washington for the March for Our Lives, pressed the case for […]

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I’m the Police Chief in Portland. Violence Isn’t the Answer.

After the horrendous killing of George Floyd, people in Portland, Ore., joined with thousands across the country in demonstrations to address police reform and widespread systemic racism. The leaders of the Portland Police Bureau denounced this tragic death, and we reiterated our willingness to engage in reforms. But Portland has now faced weeks of extreme […]

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These Remarks Might Get a Police Chief Fired. Not in New York.

The criticism of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s law enforcement policies was stinging. A law banning the use of chokeholds and similar types of restraints by police officers was “insane.” Agreeing to cut the Police Department budget was a “bow to mob rule.” Those who failed to “stand up for what’s right” were “cowards.” But the […]

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The War on Frats

Groups of fraternity brothers and sorority sisters are working to kick their organizations off campus. ImagePortraits of these students at Vanderbilt University were taken over Zoom. Organizers asked to be photographed as a group of equals, instead of individuals, to recognize their solidarity. From left, Daniel S. Wrocherinsky, Riya Patel, Rachel Rosenberg, Nicole Gillis, Simi […]

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In St. Louis, Testing Liberal Might Against a Democratic Fixture

FERGUSON, Mo. — As an activist who jumped into the political arena after the police shooting of Michael Brown here six years ago, Cori Bush is accustomed to hard fights. She has been maced, shot at with rubber bullets and cloaked in tear gas at so many protests against police brutality that they have blurred […]

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As Federal Agents Retreat in Portland, Protesters Return to Original Foe: Local Police

PORTLAND, Ore. — Late on Saturday night, with protests in Portland continuing into their third month, one crowd of demonstrators gathered yet again in front of the city’s fortified federal courthouse while another group traveled miles east to a precinct used by local law enforcement. At the federal courthouse, the crowd saw a third consecutive […]

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