Nat Geo Acquires Steve James’ ‘City So Real’ Docuseries, Adds Episode About COVID-19 and George Floyd Protests

National Geographic has acquired “City So Real,” Steve James’ docuseries about Chicago’s “history-making” 2019 mayoral election, National Geographic Global Television Networks president Courteney Monroe said during the cable channel’s session at the virtual Summer CTAM press tour. Originally conceived as four one-hour episodes, the show will air this fall with an additional fifth episode exclusive to Nat Geo, which…

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Nonviolent Protests at Officials’ Houses Are Protected Speech. Political Leaders Want to Shut Them Down.

“Pyrotechnic explosives” recovered by police executing a search warrant after recent protests Elected officials and the police chief of Seattle, who holds the most powerful unelected position in city government, have come together in opposition to a form of behavior that all agree is inexcusable, reprehensible, and violates “every democratic principle that guides our nation.” No, I’m not talking…

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Schiff will reportedly probe DHS intel branch after Portland protests

WASHINGTON — The House Intelligence Committee, chaired by Rep. Adam Schiff, is opening an investigation into how the Department of Homeland Security responded to protests over police brutality, according to a new report. The probe will focus specifically on the department’s intelligence arm which reportedly distributed material on both reporters and demonstrations who were present at protests in Portland…

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Metro Police officer petrol bombed during Cape Town land protests

Amidst ongoing violent protest in the Western Cape, a Metro Police officer has been badly burnt after his vehicle was petrol bombed in Kraaifontein on Saturday 1 August.  Land evictions sparked widespread protest in and around Cape Town in July, and protesters have continued to vandalise property and cause road closures over the weekend. A crowd confronted the officer…

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Coronavirus and social protests motivating young California voters: poll

A new poll released Monday by Power California, a nonprofit working to get more young people to vote, suggests that the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic coupled with growing concern about social justice issues are pushing young voters to the ballot boxes. The survey of about 1,500 eligible California voters between the ages of 18 and 29 revealed…

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45 police injured in Berlin protests against COVID-19 curbs – CNA

BERLIN: Around 45 police officers were injured in a wave of weekend demonstrations in Berlin including protests against coronavirus restrictions, police said as protesters gathered again in smaller numbers on Sunday (Aug 2). A total of 133 people were arrested during Saturday’s protests, which included a huge “day of freedom” demo against coronavirus restrictions, police said in a statement. The…

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George Floyd protests: Black police officers see fight for racial justice through personal lens

After days of protests over police brutality in Los Angeles County, a young sheriff’s deputy on the front lines reached out to her commander, reeling. As a Black woman, she wanted to show solidarity with her community in grieving the brutal police killing of George Floyd. But as a law enforcement officer, she feared backlash from her peers if…

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CrimethInc. : Tools and Tactics in the Portland Protests : From Leaf Blowers and Umbrellas to Lasers, Balloons, and Power Tools

Across over two months of protests, demonstrators in Portland have experimented with a variety of tactics and strategies. The clashes in Portland drew international attention starting in mid-June, when footage spread of federal agents in unmarked cars snatching demonstrators off the sidewalks and Donald Trump announced that federal agents would be using this model to intervene in other cities…

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As Protests Continue in Portland, Artists Set Up Easels on the Streets

The “Wall of Artists” in Portland, Oregon (all photos courtesy of Jonny Luczycki, unless stated otherwise) On Saturday evening, August 1, artists in Portland, Oregon set up a wall of easels around the scene of the violence incited by Trump-ordered federal agents who were sent to the city to suppress protests. A group of 15 local artists, mostly painters, participated…

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Penn, Drexel police on 52nd Street amid protests renews calls to defund campus forces

And although both universities say their officers did not use tear gas, rubber bullets, or pepper spray, or make arrests in West Philadelphia that Sunday, their presence at the violent scene has caused students, faculty, and staff to question why the two private, tuition-funded police agencies were sent there in the first place. “We never believed that Drexel officers…

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