A mounting wave of protests calling for police reform swept across the United States on Sunday, while a majority of the Minneapolis City Council pledges to disband the city's police department in favor of a community-led model.
The Black Lives Matter protests over the weekend across the U.S were mostly relaxed "this is what democracy looks like" festive and full of dance.
Thousands turned out for a new round of street protests in Washington, D.C.
And other major cities on Sunday (June 7), a day after the largest demonstrations since George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis last month.
Outside the White House, the fence was decorated in signs and artwork reading "No Justice, No peace." And the demand for police reform was front and center: "Being military prior service - I was Air Force veteran, I have cops in my family, I do believe in a police presence.
But I do think that reform has got to happen.
I think that before we can say that our streets are safe and that they are safely protecting them, that they have to understand who they're protecting and why and that it's not a bias or a choice about who you get to protect, " [said protester Nikky Williams.] However, protests in Minneapolis remained intense.
A majority of the Minneapolis City Council pledged on Sunday to disband the police department in favor of a community-led safety model.
That was after Saturday (June 8), when the city's mayor Jacob Frey was jeered by protesters after telling them he opposed their demands for de-funding the city police department.
New York City's curfew was lifted on Sunday, and Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters he would shift an unspecified amount of money out of the police budget and reallocate it to youth and social services in communities of color.
"I want people to understand that we are committed to shifting resources to ensure that the focus is on our young people," said de Blasio.
More intense protests last week have given way to calls for broader change.
A common theme of weekend rallies was a determination to transform outrage over Floyd's death into a bigger movement -- one that seeks far reaching reforms to the U.S. criminal justice system and its treatment of minorities.
[NFA] New York City is putting up COVID-19 quarantine checkpoints at key entry points to ensure that incoming travelers from 35 states with outbreaks comply with New York's 14-day quarantine mandate, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Wednesday. This report produced by Jillian Kitchener.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday he would take U.S. President Donald Trump to court if he went forward with a threat to send federal officers to help police the country's most populous city, but predicted that Trump was bluffing.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio joined Reverend Al Sharpton and others on Thursday in painting the words "Black Lives Matter" on Fifth Avenue - and right outside of Trump Tower. Lisa Bernhard has more.
The Trump administration has relaxed some rules for H-1B visas holders. They have been allowed to enter the United States if returning to same jobs they had prior to the proclamation of the visa ban. Dependents (spouses and children) will also be allowed to travel along with primary visa holders, said the US Department of State advisory. The Trump administration also allowed travel by technical specialists, senior-level managers, other workers who hold H-1B visas as their travel is necessary to facilitate the economic recovery of the US. The administration also allowed travel of visa holders who are working as public health or healthcare professional, or researcher to alleviate the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, or to conduct ongoing medical research in an area with a substantial public health benefit. Earlier on June 22, US President Donald Trump had signed a proclamation, banning the entry of workers in several key non-immigrant visa categories including H-1B. Trump had argued that they eat into American jobs during Covid pandemic. The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise.
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US President Donald Trump abruptly escorted out of the White House briefing room by a Secret Service agent while he addressing reporters on Monday afternoon. Trump, however, returned minutes later, saying there was a 'shooting' outside the White House. "There was a shooting outside the White House and it seems to be very well under control. I would like to thank the Secret Service for doing their always quick and very effective work. But there was an actual shooting and somebody has been taken to the hospital. I don't know about the condition of the person. Seems like the person was shot at by the Secret Service," he said. Trump said he was escorted to the Oval Office by the agent. He also praised work of of the Secret Service personnel. Law enforcement officials are trying to determine the suspect's motive. The suspect was transferred to a local hospital. District of Columbia fire dept said the man suffered serious or possibly critical injuries. Authorities are investigating whether the individual has a history of mental illness. White House was placed on lockdown following the incident. The shooting reportedly took place near 17th Street & Pennsylvania Avenue, just blocks from the White House.
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A full dress rehearsal of Independence Day was held at the Red Fort here amid COVID-19 and tight security on August 13. Soldiers from the Army, Navy and Air Force and security force personnel participated in the rehearsal for the 74th Independence Day celebrations at the main event here. In the view to contain the spread of COVID-19, social distancing, wearing masks, proper sensitization avoiding large congregations and follow all COVID guidelines issues by MHA. The events organised could be web-cast in order to reach out people at large, who are not able to participate. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hoist the Tricolour flag at Red Fort to mark the Independence Day on August 15 and address the nation from its ramparts. It will be his second Independence Day speech of second consecutive term in office. Security measures have been intensified in and around Delhi's Red fort ahead of the event.