US: Naked protesters demand justice after Daniel Prude’s death

Naked except for “spit hoods” in a reference to the killing of Daniel Prude, several protesters sat outside Rochester’s police headquarters Monday morning to push for police accountability, local news outlets reported. Photos and video showed the demonstrators, some with “Black Lives Matter” written on their backs, sitting silently with their hands behind them, on […]

Portland police arrest dozens on 100th day of protests

Protesters in Portland threw rocks and firebombs at police who in turn made more than 50 arrests and used tear gas on Saturday night on the 100th day of demonstrations in the Oregon state against racism and police brutality. Police described what they called “tumultuous and violent conduct” by protesters on the city’s Southeast Stark […]

‘It hurts to breathe’: Jacob Blake in video from hospital bed

In a video message from his hospital bed, Jacob Blake, the young Black man shot in the back multiple times by a white police officer in Wisconsin, has said: “It hurts to breathe,” and that he is in constant pain. Despite his injuries, which will likely leave him paralysed from the waist down, Blake told his […]

Daniel Prude: NY Attorney General to set up grand jury

The attorney general for New York state has announced plans to form a grand jury to investigate the police killing of Daniel Prude, a Black man who died of suffocation after officers put a hood over his head and held him down during an arrest. In a short statement released on Saturday, Letitia James said […]

Breonna Taylor: Racial justice protest planned at Kentucky Derby

Demonstrations are expected in Louisville, Kentucky, on Saturday as the famous Kentucky Derby horse race is being held amid ongoing racial unrest and demands for accountability in the police killing of Breonna Taylor. Protesters are expected outside Churchill Downs, where the 146th annual race will be run on Saturday evening. Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman, […]

Trump orders crackdown on federal anti-racism training

US President Donald Trump has directed the executive branch’s budget office to crack down on federal agency training programmes that are meant to support diversity and combat racism, calling them “divisive, anti-American propaganda”. In a letter on Friday, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, Russell Vought, told all executive branch agencies to […]

Portland police make ‘multiple arrests’ as protests near 100 days

Police in Portland, United States have made multiple arrests overnight as the Oregon city nears 100 days of demonstrations against racism and police brutality. A few hundred demonstrators met at the city’s Kenton Park on Friday before making their way to the Portland Police Association building, where police warned protesters to stay off the streets […]

US: Police use of spit hoods scrutinised after Black man’s death

Not five minutes after police in the United States slipped a “spit hood” over Daniel Prude‘s head, the 41-year-old Black man went limp. A week later, he was taken off life support. Prude’s suffocation, in Rochester, New York in March, has drawn new attention to the hoods – mesh bags that have been linked to […]

Suspect in Portland shooting killed by police during arrest

Police shot and killed an anti-fascist activist on Thursday as they moved in to arrest him for the alleged fatal shooting of a right-wing activist in Portland, Oregon, last weekend, officials said. Michael Reinoehl, 48, was wanted on a charge of murder when members of a fugitive task force shot and killed him in Olympia, Washington, […]

‘Fascist storm troopers’: Racist police violence in 1940s America

For four years, pundits, op-ed writers and intellectuals have tussled over whether the word fascist accurately describes the persona and politics of US President Donald Trump. Some commentators on the left have refrained from using the term, worrying that it cleanses US history by casting the Trump years as exceptional, offering an alibi for, as […]

Daniel Prude: Officers involved in Black man’s death suspended

The police officers involved in the arrest and asphyxiation death of a Black man in New York state have been suspended, the mayor of Rochester said on Thursday, one day after footage of the March incident was released. Daniel Prude’s family on Wednesday released body camera footage from his arrest in March in Rochester, in upstate New […]

Protests in Washington after police fatally shoot 18-year-old

Protesters have taken to the streets of Washington, DC, Thursday morning, after police fatally shot a young Black man in the city’s southeast. The killing on Wednesday of 18-year-old Deon Kay of southeast DC prompted a late-night face-off between the police and dozens of protesters outside a city police station. Chanting “say his name”, “Deon Kay” and […]

Black man died after US police put hood on him, pinned him down

A Black man died of suffocation in Rochester, United States, in March after a group of police officers put a hood over his head and then pressed his face into the pavement for two minutes, according to video and records released by the man’s family. Daniel Prude died on March 30 after he was taken […]

‘We are part of the tapestry’: Black Iranians launch collective

She sits with an air of reflection, a tea in one hand, staring into the moon over the Gulf through the window. Next to her are two books, one titled Iranian. The second one is opened – and on a fresh page she has written down and underlined the word “Africa”. It is a scene […]

Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend sues Louisville police for damages

Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth “Kenny” Walker, has filed a lawsuit which claims he is a victim of police misconduct and asking for immunity for firing a bullet which wounded a police officer during the March 13 raid which killed Taylor.  “Kenny continues to reel from the death of the love of his life”, the suit […]

US: Protests in Los Angeles after police fatally shoot Black man

Two Los Angeles sheriff’s deputies shot and killed a Black man who scuffled with them after he was stopped for riding his bicycle in violation of vehicle code, authorities have said. Family members identified the dead man as Dijon Kizzee, 29, CBS-Los Angeles reported on Monday. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Protesters gathered […]

Trump declines to condemn teen who killed two in Kenosha

United States President Donald Trump declined an opportunity to condemn a 17-year-old who killed two people during a protest in the wake of the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, at a White House press conference on Monday.  Kyle Rittenhouse fatally shot two men, Anthony Huber, 26, and Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and wounded a […]

NYC police department outlines punishments for misconduct

When the New York Police Department fired an officer last year for putting Eric Garner in a deadly chokehold, the officer’s union argued that there was little, if any, precedent within the department’s internal disciplinary system for such a penalty. Now, the nation’s largest police department is spelling out potential ramifications for officer misconduct, unveiling […]

Portland protests: All you need to know about ongoing unrest

The fatal shooting of a protester in Portland on Saturday has brought increased scrutiny on demonstrations across the country in light of the deadly shootings in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Demonstrators in both cities are calling for criminal justice reform and an end to systemic racism. Kenosha’s demonstrations began in earnest after the shooting of Jacob Blake […]

Jacob Blake: Official says Trump Kenosha visit not helpful

Wisconsin’s Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes has said his state, the site of recent protests following the police shooting of Black man, does not need a visit from President Donald Trump following his “incendiary remarks” on the racial justice demonstrations that have swept the United States in recent months.  Trump, who has taken a hard stance […]

Portland: 1 killed as Trump supporters clash with BLM protesters

One person has died after being shot as a large procession of supporters of President Donald Trump clashed with Black Lives Matter protesters on the streets of Portland on Saturday, police said. Portland, in the US state of Oregon, has been the site of nightly protests for more than three months since the police killing […]

‘7 bullets, 7 days’: Protesters march for Jacob Blake in Kenosha

More than a thousand people have taken part in a Kenosha rally to protest against police violence, nearly a week after a police officer shot Jacob Blake in the back seven times, leaving the 29-year-old Black man paralysed from the waist down. Marchers on Saturday chanted “No justice, no peace!” as the march began and […]

George Floyd: Prosecutors seek tougher sentences for accused cops

Minnesota state prosecutors have filed a motion to seek longer sentencing beyond the current state guidelines for the four officers involved in the death of George Floyd. The 46-year-old died after police office Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes during an incident in Minneapolis on May 25. Video recordings of Floyd […]

NBA to resume games after protest, turn arenas into voting places

National Basketball Association (NBA) players who boycotted games as part of a protest against racial injustice have agreed to resume the playoffs on Saturday in a deal that includes increased access to voting in the United States presidential election, the league and National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) have said. The decision ends a three-day halt […]