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Kentucky to remove statue of Confederate leader Jefferson Davis from Capitol

(Reuters) - Kentucky on Friday agreed to remove a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis from its State Capitol building, the latest action in a renewed drive to take down such monuments in the wake of nationwide protests for racial justice. Workers prepare to remove a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis from the rotunda of the Capitol Building in Frankfort, Kentucky, U.S. June 12, 2020. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston In a bipartisa..

Trump campaign rallies to start up again in next two weeks

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S. March 2, 2020. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump plans to start holding campaign rallies again in the next two weeks, a Trump campaign official said on Monday, ending a three-month hiatus brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Trump, who thrives on the energy from packed arenas, has not held a r..

Bail raised to $1.25 million for former police officer in George Floyd death

(Reuters) - Bail for the white former Minneapolis police officer charged with murdering African American George Floyd, whose death ignited two weeks of protests, was raised by $250,000 to $1.25 million at a hearing on Monday. Former officer Derek Chauvin, 44, has been charged with second- and third-degree murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s May 25 death in Minneapolis by kneeling on his neck for nearly nine minutes. Chauvin made his first court ..

Biden’s ‘compassion’ meant world to Floyd family: lawyer

FILE PHOTO: Shareeduh Tate, family member of George Floyd, speaks during a memorial service for Floyd, who died in Minneapolis police custody, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. June 4, 2020. REUTERS/Nicholas Pfosi/File Photo (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden showed compassion that “meant the world” to George Floyd’s family on Monday, according to a lawyer for relatives of the black man who died in police custody. Biden met wi..

‘Get your knee off our necks,’ activist Sharpton tells George Floyd memorial

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - Prominent civil rights activist the Rev. Al Sharpton told mourners on Thursday that George Floyd’s fatal encounter with police and the nationwide protests his death ignited marked a reckoning for America over race and justice, demanding, “Get your knee off our necks.” Delivering the eulogy at a memorial service inside a university chapel in Minneapolis, Sharpton said Floyd’s fate - dying at the hands of police, pinned to ..

D.C. mayor wants Trump’s out-of-state troops gone from U.S. capital

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Thousands of National Guard troops and federal officers in riot gear and masks ringed the White House and monuments in the U.S. capital this week, evoking comparisons to an occupying force. FILE PHOTO: Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser bows her head in prayer during a vigil as protests continue on the streets near the White House over the death in police custody of George Floyd, in Washington, U.S., June 3, 2020. REUTERS/..

Virginia governor banishes statue of Civil War General Lee

(Reuters) - Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, responding to widespread protests decrying racism after the death of a black man in police custody in Minneapolis, ordered on Thursday the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in the state’s capital city of Richmond. Saying the statue should be detached from its pedestal “as soon as possible” by the Department of General Services, the Democratic governor acknowledged the move could..

U.S. cities fear more destruction as protesters rage against police brutality

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - Major U.S. cities feared another night of violent protests on Sunday over the death of George Floyd in police custody, cleaning up broken glass and burned out cars after curfews failed to stop confrontations between activists and law enforcement. What began as peaceful demonstrations over the death of Floyd, who died as a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck, have become a wave of outrage sweeping a politica..

Tanker truck drives into protesters on Minneapolis highway: Reuters witness

A tanker truck drives into thousands of protesters marching on 35W north bound highway during a protest against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. May 31, 2020. REUTERS/Eric Miller (Reuters) - A tanker truck drove into protesters on interstate highway 35 West in Minneapolis, but none of the marchers were injured, according to a Reuters Witness. The driver then got out of the truck and was bea..

Democrat Biden visits site of police brutality protest in Delaware

FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden is seen at War Memorial Plaza during Memorial Day, amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in New Castle, Delaware, U.S. May 25, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File Photo (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Sunday toured the site of one of the protests that ripped through U.S. cities overnight and called for prot..

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