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Tim Cook Addresses George Floyd’s Death and Ensuing Protests and Riots as Apple Temporarily Closes Some… – MacRumors

May 31st, 2020

Journalists covering America’s protests face violence from police, protesters – Globalnews.ca

May 31st, 2020

As anger grips the United States over the killing of George Floyd, several journalists have become the target of violence and arrests while covering the protests in the last several days.

READ MORE: Fox News reporter attacked, chased by George Floyd protesters outside White House

Images posted to social media show reporters being detained by police or targeted by non-lethal weapons. News crews have reported attacks from protesters themselves as well.

“Targeted attacks on journalists, media crews, and news organizations covering the demonstrations show a complete disregard for their critical role in documenting issues of public interest and are an unacceptable attempt to intimidate them,” Committee to Protect Journalists program director Carlos Martínez de la Serna said in a statement Saturday.

1:25CNN reporter arrested on live TV during George Floyd protest in Minneapolis

CNN reporter arrested on live TV during George Floyd protest in Minneapolis

“Authorities in cities across the U.S. need to instruct police not to target journalists and ensure they can report safely on the protests without fear of injury or retaliation.”

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A flurry of protests have occurred across the U.S. since Floyd’s killing at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis, Minn., on Monday.

The protests seeking an end to structural racism and police brutality in the U.S. have largely been peaceful though there has been violence, property damage, looting and fires set in many areas.

READ MORE: Michael Jordan on George Floyd’s death: ‘We have had enough’

Curfews were imposed in cities including Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. About 5,000 National Guard soldiers and airmen were activated in 15 states and Washington, D.C.

Police have come under fire for use of force in several instances captured on video, and two police officers in Atlanta were fired on Sunday.

Here’s a look at what U.S. reporters covering the protests have faced on the ground.

READ MORE: George Floyd protests: Video shows NYPD vehicles driving into crowd

A crowd of protesters attacked a photographer for WLKY, a local news station in Louisville, Kenn., on Saturday night.

WLKY chief photographer Paul Ahmann was knocked to the ground and images of him were taken as he laid on the ground, according to Poynter.

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According to WLKY, reporter Deni Kamper, who was with him at the time, Ahmann was “being treated but is also OK.”

“A lot of people helped us tonight and I’m so grateful,” she wrote in a tweet Saturday.

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Live footage was also aired showing a vehicle belonging to WLKY targeted by rioters on Friday night.

The video, which was posted by the station on Twitter, showed several protesters jumping on top the car trying to smash its front window.

“They are attacking our news vehicle right now, as you can see. They are jumping on top of our news vehicle right now, kicking out the windows…” according to the reporter who was on scene.

On Friday, WAVE 3 reporter Kaitlin Rust and photojournalist James Dobson had pepper bullets fired at them by a Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) officer.

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Rust and Dobson were covering protests over the killing of Breonna Taylor, a Black woman who was fatally shot by police in her apartment.

“I’m getting shot, I’m getting shot … it’s those pepper bullets,” said Rust.

“At us, directly at us” continued Rust after being asked who the officer was shooting at.

0:55Reporter shot with pepper bullets on live TV during Louisville protest over death of Breonna Taylor

Reporter shot with pepper bullets on live TV during Louisville protest over death of Breonna Taylor

LMPD spokesperson Jessie Halladay told WAVE 3 that it wasn’t their intention to target media and that they were working to identify the officer.

“There was a lot going on last night, and to be fair to both the officer and to Kaitlin, we need to take a deeper look at what happened and what prompted that action,” said Halladay.

“So we have said that we will do that and if there needs to be discipline we will address it.”

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2:01George Floyd death: U.S. congresswoman alleges she was pepper sprayed during Ohio protest

George Floyd death: U.S. congresswoman alleges she was pepper sprayed during Ohio protest

In Washington, a Fox News reporter was chased away after being attacked by protesters that gathered outside the White House on Saturday.

The reporter, Leland Vittert, said the attack was targeted at his news organization.

Several instances of police violence against journalists have also been documented in New York City.

Vice News reporter Michael Anthony Adams said he was held down and pepper sprayed despite video footage of him repeatedly saying he was press.

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“I don’t care, put it down,” said an officer in response to him holding his press badge up.

The video, which Adams posted on Twitter, shows him lying face down and being pepper sprayed after saying, “I am press.”

READ MORE: Protesters angered by George Floyd’s death set fire to Minneapolis police station

HuffPost journalist Christopher Mathias was arrested during his coverage of Brooklyn protests on Friday night. Images of him surfaced online being led away by NYPD officers in handcuffs.

In Minnesota — the heart of the George Floyd protests — footage of CNN reporter Ali Velshi and his crew being fired upon with tear gas was shown live on air Saturday night.

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“Get back. Get back. You’re hit. You’re hit, he’s hit … watch it guys, we got gas here,” said Velshi as Minneapolis police officers fired what looks to be rounds of tear gas at them.

MSNBC reporters were also targeted by police in the city after having flash bangs thrown at or near them.

Minnesota State Police also arrested CNN reporter Omar Jimenez and members of his crew on Friday during a live report on the protests.

Jimenez was released an hour later, with police at the time stating that they were arrested for refusing to move.

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READ MORE: Minneapolis mayor takes heat as violent protests over George Floyd’s death continue

Los Angeles Times reporter Molly Hennessy-Fiske posted a video on Twitter detailing how Minnesota State Patrol fired tear-gas canisters at her and other media outlets at “point-blank range” while they were outside the city’s fifth precinct in Minneapolis.

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Freelance photographer Linda Tirado suffered a severe injury to her left eye.

Tirado, who said she was shot with a rubber bullet while covering the protests in Minneapolis, said that she’s now permanently blind in that eye.

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Footage of the protests in Atlanta also shows rioters smashing the glass of CNN’s downtown headquarters.

Images of CNN’s building show a police line barricading the rioters from entering the building. What is described to either be a firecracker or a flash bang is also thrown into the building, causing into a loud explosion.

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Newspaper reporter Paul Woolverton said he was attacked by looters in Fayetteville, North Carolina, during his coverage of the city’s protests.

“Got a knot on my head, scrapes, bruises from head to foot and a concussion,” he wrote in a tweet, which included a photo of his injuries.

In Phoenix, Ariz., CBS 5 reporter Briana Whitney was attacked by a man while on air who grabbed her and yelled a profanity into her microphone.

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Posting about her experience on Twitter, Whitney said “I feel violated, and this was terrifying.”

“THIS IS NOT OKAY,” wrote Whitney.

“Let us do our jobs. We are trying our very best.”

— With files from The Associated Press

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Tim Cook Addresses George Floyd’s Death and Ensuing Protests and Riots as Apple Temporarily Closes Some U.S…. – MacRumors

May 31st, 2020

Video shows crowd of George Floyd protesters running from speeding truck – Globalnews.ca

May 31st, 2020

Footage out of Minnesota shows a tanker truck driving into a quickly parting crowd of thousands of people peacefully protesting the death of George Floyd. Officials say it appears no protesters were hit.

The video shows the truck moving fast along Interstate 35W Bridge in Minneapolis, the crowd scattering, before coming to a stop. 

Dozens of protesters then approach the truck. 

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety denounced the truck driver’s actions, saying he incited peaceful protesters and has been arrested.

“Very disturbing actions by a truck driver on I-35W, inciting a crowd of peaceful demonstrators,” the department tweeted Sunday night.

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The truck driver was taken to hospital for non-life threatening injuries and is under arrest. 

“It doesn’t appear any protesters were hit by the truck,” the department said in its public posts on Twitter.

Officials are trying to figure out how the truck managed to get on the highway in the first place. According to CBS News, the highway had shut down to vehicles just 40 minutes earlier. 

Harrington told both CBS News and Fox9 News that the truck was already on the highway as officers moved to shut it down.

“It was one of the most dangerous things I’ve ever seen,” public safety commissioner John Harrington told CBS News. 

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According to Harrington, there were 5,000 to 6,000 people on the highway at the time. 

Officials are investigating it as a criminal matter.

“The Minnesota State Patrol and Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are jointly investigating what happened with the semi that drove into demonstrators tonight on I-35W. The incident is being investigated as a criminal matter. We will share more when we have it,” Minnesota Department of Public Safety said in a tweet.

One Twitter user pointed out that protesters were “taking a knee” when the truck driver drove onto the highway at fast speed.

Photographs by Reuters show people holding back fellow protesters from the driver, and handing over the driver to police.

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Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz told reporters the incident “just underscores the volatile situation we have out there,” adding he didn’t know the driver’s motives.

According to Reuters, footage showed the truck had a logo for an Ohio transport company called Kenan Advantage Group.

The company told Reuters that it was informed of an incident involving one of its independent contractors in Minneapolis and it would be co-operating with investigating authorities.

READ MORE: George Floyd protests: Video shows NYPD vehicles driving into crowd

Floyd’s death last Monday during an arrest where a white police officer pinned a knee into his neck was captured on camera and has sparked days of ongoing protests against police brutality in the U.S.

The officer, Derek Chauvin, was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter on Friday.

Protests are taking place across cities including Minneapolis, where the 46-year-old Black man died, Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York City and several others.

4:18George Floyd death: Crowd rushes toward Global News reporter live on air in Washington

George Floyd death: Crowd rushes toward Global News reporter live on air in Washington

Curfews were imposed in major cities around the U.S., including Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. About 5,000 National Guard soldiers and airmen were activated in 15 states and Washington, D.C., according to The Associated Press.

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On Saturday night, the New York Police Department was denounced after videos showed two NYPD vehicles drive into a crowd of dozens of protesters.

READ MORE: George Floyd protests: 2 Atlanta police officers fired for using ‘excessive force,’ mayor says

While Mayor Bill de Blasio defended the officers, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez condemned the incident as well as his reaction.

“Running SUVs in crowds of people should never, ever be normalized,” she tweeted.

— With files by Reuters

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Video shows crowd of George Floyd protesters running from speeding truck – CKNW News Talk 980

May 31st, 2020

Footage out of Minnesota shows a tanker truck driving into a quickly parting crowd of thousands of people peacefully protesting the death of George Floyd. Officials say it appears no protesters were hit.

The video shows the truck moving fast along Interstate 35W Bridge in Minneapolis, the crowd scattering, before coming to a stop. 

Dozens of protesters then approach the truck. 

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety denounced the truck driver’s actions, saying he incited peaceful protesters and has been arrested.

“Very disturbing actions by a truck driver on I-35W, inciting a crowd of peaceful demonstrators,” the department tweeted Sunday night.

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The truck driver was taken to hospital for non-life threatening injuries and is under arrest. 

“It doesn’t appear any protesters were hit by the truck,” the department said in its public posts on Twitter.

Officials are trying to figure out how the truck managed to get on the highway in the first place. According to CBS News, the highway had shut down to vehicles just 40 minutes earlier. 

Harrington told both CBS News and Fox9 News that the truck was already on the highway as officers moved to shut it down.

“It was one of the most dangerous things I’ve ever seen,” public safety commissioner John Harrington told CBS News. 

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According to Harrington, there were 5,000 to 6,000 people on the highway at the time. 

Officials are investigating it as a criminal matter.

“The Minnesota State Patrol and Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are jointly investigating what happened with the semi that drove into demonstrators tonight on I-35W. The incident is being investigated as a criminal matter. We will share more when we have it,” Minnesota Department of Public Safety said in a tweet.

One Twitter user pointed out that protesters were “taking a knee” when the truck driver drove onto the highway at fast speed.

Photographs by Reuters show people holding back fellow protesters from the driver, and handing over the driver to police.

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Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz told reporters the incident “just underscores the volatile situation we have out there,” adding he didn’t know the driver’s motives.

According to Reuters, footage showed the truck had a logo for an Ohio transport company called Kenan Advantage Group.

The company told Reuters that it was informed of an incident involving one of its independent contractors in Minneapolis and it would be co-operating with investigating authorities.

READ MORE: George Floyd protests: Video shows NYPD vehicles driving into crowd

Floyd’s death last Monday during an arrest where a white police officer pinned a knee into his neck was captured on camera and has sparked days of ongoing protests against police brutality in the U.S.

The officer, Derek Chauvin, was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter on Friday.

Protests are taking place across cities including Minneapolis, where the 46-year-old Black man died, Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York City and several others.

4:18George Floyd death: Crowd rushes toward Global News reporter live on air in Washington

George Floyd death: Crowd rushes toward Global News reporter live on air in Washington

Curfews were imposed in major cities around the U.S., including Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. About 5,000 National Guard soldiers and airmen were activated in 15 states and Washington, D.C., according to The Associated Press.

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On Saturday night, the New York Police Department was denounced after videos showed two NYPD vehicles drive into a crowd of dozens of protesters.

READ MORE: George Floyd protests: 2 Atlanta police officers fired for using ‘excessive force,’ mayor says

While Mayor Bill de Blasio defended the officers, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez condemned the incident as well as his reaction.

“Running SUVs in crowds of people should never, ever be normalized,” she tweeted.

— With files by Reuters

© 2020 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

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May 31st, 2020

Protests could accelerate spread of coronavirus, experts say – NBC News

May 31st, 2020

Within the last few days, careful social distancing has been overturned by demonstrations against social injustice — as thousands of Americans congregate in cities across the country protesting the death of George Floyd.

The large gatherings, infectious disease experts said, could cause a catastrophic setback for controlling COVID-19 in the U.S. as cities and states try to reopen.

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“It makes me cringe on a number of levels,” said Dr. Katie Passaretti, medical director for infection prevention at Atrium Health in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“It’s a setup for further spread of COVID,” Passaretti added. “It’s heartbreaking.”

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The national unrest comes amid a global pandemic, which has already sickened more than 1.7 million people in the U.S., killing nearly 105,000.

COVID-19 spreads mainly through close contact, particularly large respiratory droplets from sneezes, coughs — as well as shouting and yelling.

“If you were out protesting last night, you probably need to go get a COVID test this week,” said Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms at a news briefing Sunday, “because there’s still a pandemic in America that’s killing black and brown people at higher numbers.”

Indeed, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said African Americans are disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

“It’s hard to step back and believe all this is going on at the same time.”

“It’s concerning on a number of fronts, amid multiple horrible situations,” Passaretti said. “It’s hard to step back and believe all this is going on at the same time.”

On Sunday, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former chief of the Food and Drug Administration warned that the U.S. “isn’t through this epidemic” yet. “Chains of transmission will have become lit from these gatherings,“ Gottlieb told CBS News’ “Face the Nation.”

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene tweeted guidance Saturday for protesting during the epidemic, advising participants to wear a face covering, use hand sanitizer and wear eye protection to prevent injury.

While many protestors at the more than 100 demonstrations nationwide appear to be wearing face coverings, social distancing — keeping at least 6 feet away from other people — is not happening. Face masks are not intended to stop the spread of the coronavirus, but experts say they can help reduce the risk of spreading the illness to others.

“Masks aren’t perfect, but a layer of protection is better than not having anything,” Passaretti said.

Passaretti also expressed concern that protesters may be traveling to and from a various cities and states, potentially spreading the virus.

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“People are coming from other locations to major cities,” Passaretti said. “So not only is there potential for spread at a given protest, people may take that back home,” and spread the virus to other areas.

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May 31st, 2020

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May 31st, 2020

Crowded protests spark concerns about fresh outbreaks of the deadly coronavirus – The Washington Post

May 31st, 2020

And in nearly two dozen U.S. cities, police grappled physically with more than 2,500 people arrested during often-violent protests over the death of a black man, George Floyd, in the custody of Minneapolis police on Memorial Day.

The rules of the covid-19 pandemic, so recently learned at considerable inconvenience, have been discarded on the streets in recent days. Protesters frequently find it impossible to stay six feet apart, to avoid hand-to-hand contact or to dodge the respiratory droplets of their shouting, chanting comrades amid the swirling chaos. And because the virus can be spread by people with no symptoms, it can be impossible to figure out whom to avoid.

Officials are clearly worried about the possible impact of the protests on the health crisis. As of Sunday, the United States had recorded 1.7 million coronavirus infections and 103,000 covid-19 deaths — a disproportionate number of them black and brown people.

D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) said she is concerned about renewed outbreaks caused by large demonstrations in the nation’s capital. And Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D) urged her city’s demonstrators to seek tests for the virus as soon as possible.

“If you were out protesting last night, you probably need to go get a COVID test this week,” Bottoms said at a news conference Saturday. “There is still a pandemic in America that’s killing black and brown people at higher numbers.”

Experts said it remains to be seen whether the protests will produce a surge in infections. Given the behavior on the street, they said, there is cause for concern.

“Crowded protests, like any large gathering of people in a close space, can help facilitate the spread of covid-19, which is why it’s so important participants wear masks, eye protection and bring hand-gel,” Saskia Popescu, an infectious-disease epidemiologist at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government, wrote in an email.

“Shouting and screaming, as some studies have shown with singing, can project droplets farther, which makes the use of masks . . . and eye protection . . . that much more important.”

On the other hand, several circumstances play to the protesters’ benefit, experts said. The most critical is being outside; open space and breezes dilute and disperse the virus. In one study — which has yet to be peer reviewed — of 7,324 infected people in China, only two contracted it outdoors.

Researchers in Japan who looked at a small number of cases concluded that the chances of transmitting the virus are nearly 19 times greater indoors than out. That study also is awaiting review by other scientists.

“There are so many variables at play here: Extent of social distancing, ambient environmental conditions, number of people, extent of mask use, the effect of things like tear gas [and] pepper spray on susceptibility via different transmission routes,” Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, wrote in an email.

“I don’t think there’s any way to know how bad it will be,” she added, “but there is likely to be increased cases in cities with large protests.”

Linsey Marr, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech, who specializes in airborne transmission of viruses, said that even when people are crowded against each other, it takes time to transmit the virus in significant amounts — especially outdoors. She said she would worry if the density of the crowd approximated the conditions of packed seats in a basketball arena, and if people did not move much for at least a half-hour.

Mask-wearing by infected people would cut down on the spread of respiratory droplets, offering some protection to people nearby. Unless they are rated N95 or better, however, masks offer only limited protection against the microscopic virus for the people wearing them.

On the streets in recent days, many protesters, police and reporters appeared to be wearing masks, though some did not. Some police officers also wore plastic face shields.

“Outdoor contact is far, far less risky than indoor contact,” said Tom Frieden, former head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “When outdoors within 6 feet, a mask will further reduce risk.”

Shouting projects droplets farther than speaking, however. The best-known incident of this means of infection came in March, when 53 members of a Washington state choir were infected during a single rehearsal by droplets expelled while they sang. Two of them died.

Even ordinary speech can send out droplets that carry virus. One research group found these can linger for eight minutes — and possibly much longer — in stagnant air under laboratory conditions. The study could help explain why infections so often occur in houses, nursing homes, conferences, cruise ships and other confined spaces with limited air circulation.

The report, from researchers at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and the University of Pennsylvania, was published in May in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a peer-reviewed journal.

Frieden raised one other aspect of the protests that may contribute to the spread of the virus: the breakdown of trust in government. “Successful public health requires engagement and trust of the community,” he said.

Some demonstrators said they weighed the risk of covid-19 when deciding whether to attend a protest. Columbia University student Juliet Shatkin, 26, said her friends were “nervous about coronavirus,” so they did not join her during a protest Saturday on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

“It’s scary, but I don’t know,” Shatkin said. “People are mad, and everyone I’ve seen is wearing a mask.”

Elise Barr, a teacher at a child-care center, wore a mask to attend a protest Sunday in Kansas City, Mo., but she said she was not worried about catching the virus.

“Coronavirus is going to have to take a back seat. This movement is about more than that,” she said. “Black people are being murdered.”

Shayna Jacobs, Annie Gowen, Joel Achenbach and Meryl Kornfield contributed to this report.

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