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Police reclaimed the area of downtown Seattle, formerly known as CHOP (Capitol Hill Occupied Protest zone) early Wednesday.

Around 5 a.m., police moved in to dismantle the area around the East Precinct 29 days after Black Lives Matter activists took over six city blocks and chased the police out.

Six people - all Black - were shot by CHOP zone "security" forces over the past 2 weeks. Two Black teenagers, ages 16 and 17, were killed by CHOP security.

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City workers used heavy machinery to clear out barricades, tents, sofas, armchairs and other junk from the area. They removed tons of trash.

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BLM activists were rousted out of their sleep by police who ordered them to evacuate their tents in Cal Anderson Park. 23 arrests were made when some activists refused to leave.

Police tweeted anyone who remains in the area or returns to it will be subject to arrest.

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Mayor Jenny Durkan, who initially supported the protesters, signed an executive order allowing police to clear the CHOP zone and arrest protesters if necessary.

"Due to ongoing violence and public safety issues in the East Precinct/Cal Anderson Park area, Mayor Jenny Durkan has issued an executive order to vacate the area. Seattle police will be in the area this morning enforcing the Mayor's order," the Seattle Police Department tweeted on Wednesday.

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"As I have said, and I will say again, I support peaceful demonstrations. Black Lives Matter, and I too want to help propel this movement toward meaningful change in our community.?But enough is enough," she said.

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CHOP was previously called CHAZ (Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone), but the name was changed after the shootings began and police and paramedics refused to enter the autonomous zone to treat the wounded.

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The New York City Council voted overnight to slash $1 billion from the NYPD's spending budget. The council voted 32-17 to cut the police budget just after midnight Wednesday.

The council vote came in response to demonstrations in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minnesota in May.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said the money will be transferred from the NYPD budget to fund youth organizations in the city.

$350 million that would have been allocated for schools safety will be transferred to other city agencies.

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De Blasio was reportedly angry that the NYPD leaked his daughter's arrest information to a news media outlet last month. He said the leak was a violation of his daughter, Chiara's privacy.

The budget cuts will trim the police force by 1,163 cops, which Mayor de Blasio insisted would not decrease public safety or increase the crime wave the city is currently under.

Violent crime waves in the city have spiked, as murders, car theft, burglaries, and rapes are all up double digits since February.

"Today is not a day of celebration, we are not in a time of celebration, it is the time of necessity and today's budget agreement is one of necessity," Council Speaker Corey Johnson said following the vote.

Occupy City Hall demonstrators and activists say the City Council's vote don't go far enough. They demand more police reforms.

"A $1 billion budget cut can't address the racism that runs rampant in the NYPD," said Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Queens).

"We must send a clear message that it's not okay to kettle peaceful protesters, that it's not okay to place black and brown New Yorkers in a chokehold as they gasp for air."

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A Black teenager driving through Seattle's notorious occupied "CHOP" zone was shot and killed by protesters who claim the teen shot at them first.

The driver of the white Jeep, a 16-year-old boy, was killed during the shooting. A 14-year-old passenger was also shot. The boy, who is also Black, was rushed to a hospital by bystanders. He is reportedly in critical condition.

The CHOP zone protesters said occupants of the white Jeep fired on them so they returned fire. But witnesses say they targeted the wrong vehicle.

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911 callers said several people fired into the Jeep. Cellphone video of the 3 a.m. incident shows a man in the CHOP zone yelling "You're not dead yet?"

The heavily armed CHOP security guards claim they were fired on by the teenagers. But police secured the Jeep and found no weapons. Police say there is evidence the Jeep had been "disturbed."

The latest murder comes a week after a 19-year-old Black man was fatally shot and another Black man was wounded by gunfire in the CHOP zone, an occupied area of about 3 city blocks in downtown Seattle.

Horace Lorenzo Anderson (pictured above) cried as he spoke to reporters about his son, Horace Lorenzo Anderson Jr., who was killed earlier this month by CHOP forces.

Seattle's police chief Carmen Best now says "enough is enough."

"Two African American men are dead, at a place where they claim to be working for Black Lives Matter. But they're gone, they're dead now,” the police chief told reporters.

Mayor Jenny Durkan, who previously praised the protesters, said last week that the city would dismantle the CHOP zone after last week's killing.

But city workers were prevented from removing barricades by armed CHOP forces.
 

 

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President Trump deleted a tweet that contained a video of a white man yelling "white power". But the White House stated the president didn't hear what the man yelled.

The video, which Trump retweeted on Sunday morning, shows two groups of senior citizens yelling at each other during a pro-Trump parade at a retirement community in Florida.

In the viral video, a pro-Trump supporter riding in a golf cart yelled "White power" in a mocking tone at an anti-Trump protester.

Trump captioned the video, "Thank you to the great people of The Villages. The Radical Left Do Nothing Democrats will Fall in the Fall. Corrupt Joe is shot. See you soon!!!"

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Trump also took aim at Democratic nominee Joe Biden's mental status, tweeting that Biden is "shot", meaning he is mentally unfit.

Many believe Biden suffers from senile dementia.

The president deleted the tweet Sunday morning on the advice of his White House advisors.

The White House was adamant that the president didn't see or hear the language used by his supporter.

Another possibility is that Trump did hear what the man yelled - and he retweeted the video anyway to troll his haters.
 

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BET founder Robert L. Johnson said Black people laugh at white protesters who tear down statues of Confederate generals and presidents.

The billionaire businessman referred to white protestors as "borderline anarchists" -- and he said their actions "absolutely means nothing" to Black Americans.

During an appearance on Fox News on Wednesday, Johnson said white people "have the mistaken assumption that black people are sitting around cheering for them saying 'Oh, my God, look at these white people. They're doing something so important to us. They're taking down the statue of a Civil War general who fought for the South."

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Johnson, who became America's first Black billionaire, said white people tearing down statues is "not going to close the wealth gap. It's not going to give a kid whose parents can't afford college money to go to college. It's not going to close the labor gap between what white workers are paid and what black workers are paid. And it’s not going to take people off welfare or food stamps."

Johnson continued: "You know, black people, in my opinion, black people laugh at white people who do this the same way we laugh at white people who say, 'we got to take off the TV shows.'"

"If you ask us what would make you feel better, and we said fine, everybody write us a check starting tomorrow. Eleven thousand dollars every year for the next 30 years. That makes us feel better. You okay with that? That's what's missing in this whole thing.

He added: "To me what white people are doing with the idea that they are making us feel good is tantamount to rearranging the deck chairs on a racial Titanic. It absolutely means nothing."

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Richard Atikins, a board member for Central Unified School District in Fresno, Calif. resigned after a blogger mobilized her Instagram followers to get him fired.

Californians have endured ongoing protests as Black Lives Matter and Antifa organizations clash with police while attempting to tear down historic statues.

Atkins allegedly wrote an Instagram post urging protesters to "go back to the country you or your ancestors came from."

He added, "I am SICK of this shit."

Instagram blogger @gossipofthecity_ urged her followers to call the board and demand his termination.

"Call up @centralusd right now at their board meeting & demand Richard Atkins be terminated . Call : 559-276-3150."

Atkins apparently resigned during the board meeting on Tuesday.

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Shaun King says statues of "white" Jesus Christ should be torn down. He made his remarks as Black Lives Matter protesters have torn down statues of past presidents and Confederate generals.

The transracial Caucasian activist, who claims to be a Black man, says historians believe Jesus likely had the appearance of people who typically lived in the Middle East rather than the white, bearded man depicted in the Holy Bible and other Christian literature.

"Yes, I think the statues of the white European they claim is Jesus should also come down. They are a form of white supremacy. Always have been."

He added: "In the Bible, when the family of Jesus wanted to hide, and blend in, guess where they went? EGYPT! Not Denmark. Tear them down."

He also said that stained glass windows and other images of a white Jesus, his white mother and "their white friends" should all be destroyed."

The backlash was swift. King complained that he'd received 20 death threats in a span of 12 hours.

Some Twitter users said King's comments are in keeping with the Democrats' goal to destroy traditional values, the church and family.

Others noted the irony in King's words, since he himself is a white man.

Twitter user @CharriseLane tweeted:

"Shaun King is trying to take down White Jesus statues while knowing that he himself is White.

Sit your White behind down and mind your business Shaun."

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Demonstrations and clashes with police continued for a third day in California after an 18-year-old man was gunned down by LA County sheriff's deputies while working as a security guard at an auto body shop.

"He ran because he was scared," one of the protesters' signs read as the crowd chanted, "Why'd you kill that kid?" during a protest on Sunday.

As protesters blocked traffic, a sheriff's helicopter circled overhead. "We don't want to see your children hurt," a voice announced from the helicopter.

He urged the protesters to leave the area so the women and children weren't exposed to pepper spray or tear gas.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department confirmed a sheriff's deputy fired six shots at Andres Guardado during a foot pursuit at the rear of a car business at 420 West Redondo Beach Blvd on Thursday, June 18.

The incident happened shortly before 6 p.m., when two Compton Station deputies who were on patrol spotted Guardado talking to someone in a car that was blocking the driveway to the body shop.

Guardado reportedly looked at them, produced a handgun and fled southbound between two businesses.

The police stopped him at the rear of the car business and one of them fired six rounds at him, killing him.

A .40 caliber semiautomatic pistol with no markings or serial number was recovered near his body. The gun had been altered with an illegal, extended 15-round magazine with 13 live rounds in it, police say.

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Guardado's sister, Jennifer Guardado, 22, (pictured above), said her brother ran when he saw armed police because he was scared.

"He was going to have a great career and a family," she said Friday, according to The LA Times. "He'll never get to experience that. They took that away from him. I never got to say goodbye."

She said her brother was a hard-working teenager who held down two jobs and loved going to the gym. He was working at the auto body shop to get back into school.

But police say Guardado was not wearing a security uniform, nor was he wearing a gun belt or holster. He did not have handcuffs or a security badge.

The age requirement to work as a security guard in California is 21.

Guardado's family want an independent investigation into Guardado's murder.

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The Minnesota Freedom Fund revealed it used only $200,000 out of $35 million in donations to bail out protesters during the civil unrest following the murder of George Floyd.

The unrest has resulted in millions of dollars in donations to help those arrested. But many say they have not seen an accounting of the money from any bail fund organization.

The MFF is a small, volunteer community fund based in Minneapolis -- the city where Floyd was killed by a former Minneapolis cop.

In the last few weeks, the MFF has been hashtagged in posts on Instagram and Twitter, asking for donations to bail out protesters.

But in the last week, donors -- particularly major corporations -- have been asking for an accounting of where the money went -- since many of those arrested are still sitting in jails.

One Twitter user, Evelyn Woodsen, founder of The Affinity Mag, tweeted, "Wait till Twitter wakes up tomorrow and finds out the Minnesota Bail Fund got $35 million and only used $200k to bail out protestors."

After calls for transparency and accountability, the MFF finally acknowledged it was overwhelmed with donations and struggling to figure out what to do with the money.

"We are a volunteer community fund who until last month was doing all we could to pay a handful of misdemeanors each month, steadily paying, getting funds back, raising more $ when we could, doing it again," they wrote.

They removed their "donate" button and tried to redirect funds to other organizations with bail-out initiatives. But donations kept pouring in.

A lawyer contacted by Refinery29 explained the organization's dilemma:

"We were a small organization that was not ready for this kind of influx and so we're working as quickly as possible while being mindful that we have to take slow, necessary steps and have conversations with the group about hiring an accountant and attorney who can help us go through these processes," Mirella Ceja-Orozco, the Immigration Attorney Volunteer on the Board of Minnesota Freedom Fund, told Refinery29. "Before, we were an organization that had two staff members and maybe 8 volunteers and that's completely changing now."

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Seattle, Washington police chief Carmen Best apologized to her police officers for abandoning the city's East Precinct located inside the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) in the Capitol Hill neighborhood that was taken over by Antifa anarchists.

Protesters chased the police out of the East Precinct and caused some damage to the building during their occupation of a 6-block area of Seattle. An order was given to police to abandon the precinct. But Chief Best said that order did not come from her.

"You should know, leaving the police precinct was not my decision," the somber police chief said during a 3-minute message to her police officers. "It seems like an insult to you," she said, before adding that city leaders "had other plans for the building."

She noted that "armed people" are patrolling the neighborhood and police response times for major crimes such as murder and rape have tripled to an average of 18 minutes.

"This is very concerning, especially because we don't know who these people are," she added.

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The protesters said they will continue to occupy CHAZ until their demands are met. Those demands include releasing inmates and abolishing police and the courts system.

Capitol Hill residents complain that Mayor Jenny Durkan and Governor Jay Inslee are protecting the protesters and not taking the city's occupation seriously.

Earlier this week, Gov. Inslee made light of the situation, saying he knew nothing about an Antifa takeover in his state.

Durkan referred to her city's takeover as "patriotism" and she compared the rallies inside the autonomous zone to a "gay pride parade."

President Trump called on Washington lawmakers to put an end to the occupation of the Capitol Hill neighborhood, or else.

Trump said the city or the state has to do something about it, or he will step in and do something about it.

All three major networks have ignored Antifa's occupation of Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood.
 

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Porsha Williams teared up while discussing racism in America and the ongoing George Floyd protests.

"Extra" spoke to Porsha, who recently attended protests in Atlanta.

Overcome with emotion, she said, "It's just difficult to keep waking up and seeing more and more death.

"More black people being killed and even more and more white people being mistreated at the protests. It's just hard to wake up and see what we're dealing with."

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Porsha said her 15-month-old daughter, Pilar Jhena, is part of the driving force to fight for change, explaining, "When I see my daughter, it's just like... 'I'm gonna fight. I'm gonna push.' I don't want her to have to deal with this. I don't want anyone to have to deal with this, honestly," she said tearfully.

The 38-year-old took to social media to explain how she and others were tear-gassed by police on the frontlines of an Atlanta protest.

"That was just awful. It really was... It was disheartening to be out there and try to be heard and wanted to send this powerful message that we are standing together in a visual way... And to be gassed felt like I was being silenced."

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The reality star, who has been active with Black Lives Matter in both Breonna Taylor and Floyd's cases, vowed to keep fighting emphasizing, "It was tough for me to go back out there after that. It was a bit traumatizing. But I'll tell you what it really taught me is that protesting is a real thing... You are definitely putting your life on the line."

"I am a black woman and I'm always gonna be proud of that," Williams continued. "And I'm always going to stand... with my people against injustice."

On a lighter note, Porsha is getting ready to celebrate her birthday. "My birthday is coming up June 22 — that's exciting. I’ll be 39, closer to 40.”

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A Black Lives Matter protester who was hit by a falling statue in Virginia is in critical condition at a hospital, where doctors placed him in a medically induced coma.

Chris Green is on life support at Sentara Norfolk General hospital. Doctors put him in a medically induced coma to ease the swelling in his brain.

Green was in a crowd of Black Lives Matter activists dismantling a Confederate statue outside a courthouse in Portsmouth, Va. when the freak accident happened just after 9 p.m. on Wednesday night.

The police stood idly by while the activists used sledge hammers to chip away at a statue depicting George Pickett, a major general in the Confederate States Army.

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Green was standing under the statue when the crowd pulled the statue down on him. An activist who witnessed the accident said Green's head was split open exposing his brain matter.

The witness said Green lost a lot of blood before police cleared the area to allow medics to transport him.

Green's wife, who wasn't at the protest, said her husband's heart stopped twice in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.

She told 13News Now that they have two children. She said she was upset that protesters "didn't think" when they pulled the statue down on him.

A GoFundMe page was created by Green's wife to help pay his medical bills. The page collected nearly $16,000 as of this writing.

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Chicago experienced its deadliest day in the city's history as 18 people were gunned down in a 24 hours. 18 people died on May 31, while the city was ransacked by looters amid the George Floyd protests.

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Gang bangers and other lawbreakers took to the streets armed with guns while police were distracted with the protests.

Among those killed were John Tiggs, (pictured) a father of three, who was gunned down inside a Metro PCS store while trying to pay his cellphone bill.

Angelo Bronson, 36, a father of two, was shot when a bullet fired from a passing car hit him in the chest. He was in town visiting family, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

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College student Lazarra Daniels, 18, (pictured) was fatally shot around 10:51 p.m. Her body was found in the middle of a street.

"We've never seen anything like it, at all," Max Kapustin, Crime Lab senior research director told the Chicago Sun-Times.

Kapustin added that "I don't even know how to put it into context. It's beyond anything that we've ever seen before.

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All 57 members of Buffalo, NY's Emergency Response Team resigned in "disgust" after two of their fellow officers were suspended for shoving an elderly man to the ground during a George Floyd protest.

Graphic film shot by a cameraman for WBFO News shows Martin Gugino, 75, approach a group of Buffalo police officers and attempt to interact with them.

Two of the officers shoved the elderly man to the ground, causing him to hit his head on the sidewalk.

Blood is seen pouring from Gugino's right ear as he lay motionless on the sidewalk while the officers callously walked past him.

Gugino, a longtime peace activist from Amherst, was hospitalized at Erie County Medical Center with a concussion.

Two officers were suspended, and NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for the officers to be criminally charged.

"You see that video and it disturbs your basic sense of decency and humanity," Cuomo said Friday during his daily press briefing on the coronavirus.

"Why, why, why was that necessary? Where was the threat? Older gentleman. Where was the threat? And then you just walk by the person while you see blood coming from his head."

He added: "I was sick to my stomach... it was the same feeling I had for 90 of the past nights when I got the death tolls for coronavirus. I was physically sick to my stomach."

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Nearly four dozen Philadelphia Inquirer journalists called out sick after the paper published a "Buildings Matter Too" op-ed.

At least 44 Black journalists called out sick, saying they are tired of being "sick and tired" after the newspaper appeared to compare buildings with Black Lives Matter, the far left group that campaigns against violence and systemic racism.

The opinion piece expressed disapproval of the property damage caused by protests over the death of George Floyd, 46, at the hands of a white policeman who kneeled on his neck for nearly 9 minutes in Minneapolis.

"Yes, they can be rebuilt, while lives are forever lost. But that doesn't mean they will be," read the sub-headline.

The paper issued an apology on Wednesday, but it wasn't enough for the Black journalists who say the headline reflects the racial disharmony at the paper.

The journalists said an apology doesn't cut it when the culture of racism and lack of empathy persists at the Inquirer.

"As journalists of color, we do more than report on the community — we are the community," staffers said in an open letter Wednesday to the paper's top execs. "We do our best to give the community a platform to be heard. We strive to represent the voice of the people. And we are tired."

The Black writers went on to say they are tired of the "hasty apologies and silent corrections," of endless "workshops and worksheets and diversity panels," and of "working for months and years to gain the trust of our communities — only to see that trust eroded in an instant by careless, unempathetic decisions."