Two Face Charges; Trump to Revamp Racial Training: Protest Wrap
(Bloomberg) -- Two militia members who drove from Missouri to Kenosha, Wisconsin, with a cache of guns to see President Donald Trump’s visit are charged with illegal possession of firearms, the Associated Press reported.
The two, who attended a rally for Trump supporters outside a Kenosha high school, were arrested by the FBI on Tuesday, AP reported, citing the criminal complaint.
The shooting of Jacob Blake, the Black man shot multiple times on Aug. 23 in the back by a White police officer in Kenosha, triggered a new wave of protests against police brutality in the past two weeks. After Trump’s visit, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden also traveled to Wisconsin, where he met with Blake’s family.
At the White House, Trump is moving to revamp racial sensitivity trainings by federal agencies, casting some of them “divisive” and “un-American,” the Washington Post said, citing a memo by the Office of Management and Budget. Director Russell Vought said Trump has asked him to stop agencies from spending millions on such training sessions and canceling those contracts, the paper said, citing the two-page memo.
Demonstrations are also planned outside the Kentucky Derby horse race on Saturday in Louisville, where Breonna Taylor, an unarmed 26-year-old Black woman, was fatally shot at home by police in March. Protests are also brewing in the nation’s capital, where an officer shot and killed an 18-year-old Black man on Wednesday.
Michael Forest Reinoehl, the prime suspect in a fatal Aug. 29 shooting during protests in Portland, Oregon, was killed in Washington state when a federal fugitive task force moved to arrest him. Four officers opened fire Thursday outside an apartment complex on Reinoehl, 48, who was thought to be armed, according to reports from the AP and New York Times. Reinoehl was suspected of shooting Aaron Danielson, 39, a Trump supporter who was part of a caravan in Portland to confront protesters.
In New York, eight protesters were arrested and two officers were injured early Friday during demonstrations in Rochester sparked by the death of Daniel Prude while in police custody, the AP reported. The day after Mayor Lovely Warren suspended the officers involved in the death of Prude, a Black man who suffocated during the incident in March, the head of the police union said the officers had followed training.
In New York’s Times Square, a car drove through a group of Black Lives Matter protesters on Thursday night, according to local media reports. A video footage showed the vehicle approaching a line of protesters, briefly pausing and then speeding through them as people jumped back to get out of the way. The New York Police Department said it was investigating, and stressed the black sedan was not an NYPD vehicle. No one appeared to be seriously injured.
About 93% of the protests against racial justice since the death of George Floyd have been peaceful and non-destructive, CNN reported, citing a report by the U.S. Crisis Project, a joint effort by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project and the Bridging Divides Initiative at Princeton University. Still, Fox News said data from the Portland Police Bureau points to a sharp increase in shootings this year in the city amid unruly protests.
In Portsmouth, Virginia, the police chief is on paid leave after her department charged a state senator and several others from the city’s Black community with conspiring to damage a Confederate monument, the AP reported. The Virginia House of Delegates approved a package of police reform bills Friday, AP added, which some lawmakers said would make the jobs of police officers more dangerous.
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