African American family mourns four loved ones as COVID-19 racial disparities exposed

first_imgSamara Heisz/iStock(NEW ORLEANS) — In the span of just 10 days, Kevin Franklin lost his 86-year-old mother and three big brothers to the coronavirus pandemic, and he says his loved ones didn’t know they had the disease until it was too late.“No one seemed sick. Nobody complained about nothing,” the 56-year-old Franklin told ABC News. “We didn’t know my mom had it until my mom went into the hospital.” Long-time residents of New Orleans, the Franklin family survived Hurricane Katrina, but the floodwaters that devastated the city in 2005 were a bit easier to battle because they could at least see them. Like Katrina, though, the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, appears to be bringing a disproportionate amount of pain to African Americans like Kevin Franklin, who is mourning his mother, Antoinette, and his brothers Herman, 71, Timothy, 61, and Anthony, 58, all at the same time.“I’m just torn up right now,” Kevin Franklin said. His life has been one of anguish and anxiety since March 20 when Herman Franklin was the first of the four to die at Ochsner Baptist Medical Center.Preliminary data from coast to coast has suddenly cast a harsh spotlight on the pandemic’s lopsided toll on the African American community in Louisiana and across the nation.Blacks accounted for 70% of the 702 deaths in Louisiana linked to the coronavirus as of Thursday. Louisiana Health Department data shows that 66% of those who have perished from the pathogen suffered from hypertension, 43% had diabetes, 24% were dealing with obesity and 22% had cardiac disease. Blacks account for 32% of the population of the state and 13% of the country as a whole, according to Census data.“We have a particularly difficult problem of an exacerbation of a health disparity. We’ve known, literally forever, that diseases like diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and asthma are disproportionately afflicting the minority populations, particularly the African Americans,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of President Donald Trump’s Coronavirus Task Force, said at White House briefing this week.“Unfortunately, when you look at the predisposing conditions that lead to a bad outcome with coronavirus — the things that get people into ICUs that require intubation and often lead to death — they are just those very comorbidities that are, unfortunately, disproportionately prevalent in the African American population,” Fauci added. “So we’re very concerned about that. It’s very sad. There’s nothing we can do about it right now, except to try and give them the best possible care to avoid those complications.”Grim numbersData in many locations across the nation appears to mirror what’s coming out of Louisiana (as of April 9):— Of the more than 6,600 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Chicago, 52% were black. Of the 196 deaths in Chicago linked to the disease, 67% were black, most with underlying chronic conditions, according to a daily tally provided Thursday afternoon by the city. Blacks make up 30% of the city’s population, per the Census.— In Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, 45% of the more than 1,500 people who had tested positive for the virus as of Thursday were black. Of the 68 people in the county to die from the disease, 45, or 66%, were black, according to numbers provided by officials there. Some 27% of the population is black in the county, the Census said.— In Michigan, blacks accounted for 40% of the more than 1,000 deaths, and 33% of confirmed COVID-19 cases, despite being 14% of the population. In Detroit, blacks, who represent 79% of the population, accounted for 76% of the 272 deaths in the city. But whites, who account for 15% of the population, represent 4% of the deaths and 3% of the cases. — While blacks comprise 22% of the population of North Carolina, they accounted for 39% of the more than 3,600 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 38% of the more than 60 deaths. Whites in the state accounted for 55% of confirmed cases and 63% of deaths, but make up 71% of the state’s population, according to the state Health Department.— In Maryland, blacks make up 31% of the population and 40% of the 138 deaths, according to the Maryland Department of Public Health.— In Ohio, blacks represent 13% of the population and 20% of the 5,500 confirmed cases and 13% of the 213 deaths, according to state data. Whites make up 81% of the population in Ohio, but 61% of the deaths.— And in Minnesota, blacks make up 9% of the population, but represent 8% of the more than 1,200 COVID cases and 2% of the 50 deaths, according to state data. Whites make up 84% of the population and 88% of the deaths.Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer told ABC News that while the virus is hitting people of all races in Michigan, it “is uniquely harmful to people that have had historical inequities.”She stressed that the only way to learn from the pandemic and prepare for the next is to drill down into the data and pinpoint ways to make sure the health care system doesn’t neglect minority communities. She urged other states to collect and release detailed information in order to ”level the barriers to health care and job opportunities, raising a family and education.”The data provided by other states is less clear when it comes to racial demographics. In some states, like Virginia and Massachusetts, there are large percentages where races are either unknown or not reported, making it tough to get a clear picture.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a portion of preliminary nationwide data on Wednesday amid increased political pressure to do so.While the CDC report was based on a scant sampling in March of 1,482 patients in 14 states and included race and ethnicity information on about 580 hospitalized cases, it showed that blacks, who represent 13% of the U.S. population, made up 33% of hospitalized coronavirus cases “suggesting that black populations might be disproportionately affected by COVID-19.”The CDC report does not mention deaths.There were more than 466,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States, as of Thursday evening, and the virus had killed more than 16,600 people in the nation, so the sampling in the CDC report is just a fraction of the known cases in the U.S.Vice President Mike Pence said a group of African American leaders have been invited to the White House to discuss concerns raised by the early data.‘Lack of information will exacerbate existing health disparities’In a letter sent on March 30 to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, both Massachusetts Democrats, ask for comprehensive demographic data on people who are tested or treated for COVID-19.”Any attempt to contain COVID-19 in the United States will have to address its potential spread in low-income communities of color, first and foremost to protect the lives of people in those communities, but also to slow the spread of the virus in the country as a whole,” the lawmakers wrote to Azar. ”This lack of information will exacerbate existing health disparities and result in the loss of lives in vulnerable communities.”The Poor People’s Campaign, a nonprofit grassroots organization that is a revival of the one started by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and led to the 1968 Poor People’s March on Washington, issued a statement Wednesday calling on hospitals and health departments across the country to begin reporting coronavirus cases by race and ethnicity, poverty and income.”Failure to do so masks underlying inequalities and hampers efforts to ensure prevention is equitable,” the organization’s COVID-19 Health Justice Advisory Committee, which is made up of experts from Harvard University, UCLA and other schools, said in a statement. “To mitigate the spread of the virus, everyone must have access to free and respectful medical testing, a safe place to recover, and high-quality medical treatment. Poor people and people of color must not be denied equal access to care.”‘It’s sick, it’s troubling, it’s wrong’New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday warned that a day of reckoning is at hand for the disparities wrought by an American health care system that he says generally bases its level of care on the content of an individual’s pocketbook.”It’s just abundantly clear that it’s sick, it’s troubling, it’s wrong,” de Blasio said. “Our nation has still not come to grips with the fact that health care is provided so unevenly and all based on how much money you have.”In New York City, the current epicenter of the global contagion, longtime disparities in the health care system are being dramatically exposed in overwhelmed hospital wards and show another minority community, Hispanics, bearing the burnt of the daily bad news.Of the more than 5,100 people whose deaths in New York City have been attributed to coronavirus, blacks, who comprise 22% of the city’s population, accounted for 28% of the deaths, while whites, who make up 32% of the population, accounted for 27% of the deaths. In the state as a whole, whites make up 74% of the population, but 61% of the deaths and blacks, while comprising 9% of the population made up 17% of the more than 7,000 fatalities.Public health officials in the city also expressed concern about the Hispanic population. Some 34% of New York City’s deaths were Hispanic, despite making up just 29% of the city’s population, according to data released on Wednesday by the New York Department of Public Health.“I am very concerned when I see the large percentage of Latinos who have died from this illness even though we have made lots of efforts to reassure people that our public hospitals see individuals independent of their immigration status, independent of insurance status,” Dr. Oxiris Barbot, commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, said at a news conference on Wednesday.“The overlay of the anti-immigrant rhetoric across this country, I think, has real implications in the health of our community and certainly concerns about Public Charge are something we need to dig into,” she said, referring to federal laws denying immigrants visas or permission to enter the country due to disabilities or lack of economic resources.Dr. Patricia Tellez-Giron, associate professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and co-chair of the Latino Health Council of Dane County, Wisconsin, said education and language barriers also pose roadblocks to proper health care for the Spanish-speaking community.“We were very lucky to [have] very good interpreting services set up for our hospitals before this crisis. However, when this pandemic started we didn’t have enough resources that were language and culturally appropriate for our communities,” Tellez-Giron told ABC News.“This pandemic really hit hard in my community because we can’t take advantage of the social nets that other people can take, like unemployment,” she added. “We’re on the front lines cleaning the hospitals and the stores and in the stores, and yet many of the undocumented community that we have will not take advantage of that.”In Wisconsin, Hispanics made up 10% of the cases as of April 9 and 3% of the deaths. They make up 7% of the population.Tellez-Giron has recently participated in Spanish radio programs in Wisconsin and spent nearly three hours taking questions from listeners about the COVID-19.“We knew we needed to do these as soon as possible,” Tellez-Giron said. “We jumped on the radio and started talking about prevention and people had very good questions about prevention. However, most of the questions were about what am I going to do now when I lose my job? How am I going to pay the rent? How do I protect my family?”‘A call-to-action moment’Both Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and New York Mayor de Blasio announced this week that they are working on launching programs to reach their devastated minority communities.”This is a call-to-action moment for all of us. When we talk about equity and inclusion, they are not just nice notions,” Lightfoot said at a news conference on Monday. ”They are an imperative that we must embrace as a city. And we see this even more urgently when we look at these numbers.”Lightfoot said the city would be deploying racial equity rapid response teams into the community to identify and help vulnerable people get medical services.De Blasio said he would like to see something similar in New York City.”We’re going to have to find a way to get health care professionals out into communities to educate people, to answer their questions, to help them address their immediate challenges, but in a way that is safe for those health care workers,” de Blasio said.In an appearance on ABC’s The View on Wednesday, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California, said no one should be surprised that the virus is taken an uneven toll on the African American community — noting that 20% of black children suffer from asthma, that 40% of blacks have high blood pressure and that black women are three times more likely than white women to have lupus.“Those who had preexisting health conditions based on racial disparities, based on socioeconomic disparities are doing even worse in the midst of this pandemic,” Harris said. “So it requires us to address it in a way that also recognizes the historical nature of it.”She suggested that one way to confront the problem would be for the Federal Emergency Management Association to direct resources to those communities that the data shows disparities in health care are most evident.“For years, I have been working on black maternal mortality, which before this pandemic was very real,” Harris said. “We were talking about it, black women are three to four times more likely to die in connection with childbirth than white women. When we looked at the issue, it had nothing to do with that woman’s education level or her socioeconomic level. It literally had to do with the fact that when a black woman was walking into a hospital or a clinic or a doctor’s office, she was not being taken seriously.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


With rent due, millions of Americans can’t — or won’t — pay

first_imgAndreiPopov/iStockBy WILL CARR, ALYSSA PONE, AND ELLIE SMITH, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) — It’s the first of the month — the time when so many start counting their dollars, making sure they have enough to pay rent.“I’ll be able to make rent next month, but then after that, if unemployment doesn’t kick in, I’m definitely in trouble,” Gabby Namm, an unemployed cook in New York, told ABC News.More than 30 million Americans have filed for unemployment since mid-March as the novel coronavirus hit the U.S., leaving many filled with anxiety, not knowing when they’ll get another paycheck. That’s sparking rent strikes across the country from New York to Philadelphia to Chicago to Los Angeles.“The choices that we have right now is we pay rent, and we’re left without any money for food,” Manuel Antonio Rodrigues told ABC News.Rodrigues lost his job in March. He joined a socially distanced protest in Los Angeles this week, asking the mayor to cancel rent for May.“So many of us here have had to make that decision whether we’re going to use up a little bit of money that we have on rent or whether we should save it for medicine for food and other essential needs right now,” he said.Others, like Alex Mercier, who also lost his job in March, have teamed up with the tenants in their buildings to forgo their rent payments together.“There are people I’ve been talking to who are sick and need their medicine and putting them in a situation where it’s pay rent or medicine, that’s just ridiculous,” Mercier, who lives in Los Angeles, said.But renters aren’t the only ones struggling. Landlords have bills to pay too.“These are my children,” Darryl Marshak, a landlord in Los Angeles, said, talking about his tenants. “I’m still shy on April’s rent on some of them, but I understand, they’re usually great.”Marshak is a mom-and-pop building owner with six tenants.“Maybe I got two months total of my mortgage if I have to come up with it myself,” he told ABC News. “Not to mention water, power, sewage, gardener.”“It’s not a fight with the landlords, it’s a fight with the banks who need to understand that they were bailed out about ten years ago, and now we need a bailout for the working people,” Rodrigues was quick to point out while protesting on the steps of Los Angeles’ City Hall.Across the country, there are patchwork policies for housing protection, creating widespread confusion. Eight states — Georgia, Arkansas, Idaho, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming and Oklahoma — currently have not implemented any statewide orders to suspend evictions and foreclosures during the pandemic, according to an analysis by Princeton.“Lost jobs and lost wages — combined with rents that were unaffordable even before coronavirus — leaves millions of people struggling to figure out how to make rent and scared of being evicted during a public health emergency,” Diane Yentel, the President of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, told ABC News.“In this moment when our collective health depends on our ability to stay home, it’s never been more obvious that housing is health care. Congress should be doing everything they can to keep people stably housed during and after this public health emergency by implementing a national moratorium on evictions and providing at least $100 billion in rental assistance,” she said.For many home owners under financial stress, the federal rescue package signed in March, known as the CARES Act, allows up to a year to skip or delay mortgage loan payments. According to Black Knight, a data and analytics firm, 3.4 million homeowners will do just that, skipping payments for the immediate future. But others without mortgages backed by the federal government are left uncovered.So, what can you do?For starters, talk to your landlord or lender. Times are hard right now, and many may be willing to negotiate or workout a payment plan.Also, make sure you know your rights. Eviction laws are different across the country. Make sure you’re familiar with yours. Remember, what you’re told by a landlord or lender is not always what’s factually accurate.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


Minnesota protest live updates: Protesters would’ve faced ‘vicious dogs’: Trump

first_imgIf only I were surprised by this hypocrisy. Minneapolis PD arrests journalists but not murderers from within its own ranks. These problems will require systematic change to start the healing process. It won’t be easy, but it’s essential. https://t.co/2wC3qxLWFT— Benjamin Crump, Esq. (@AttorneyCrump) May 29, 2020 Photos showed members of the National Guard in the streets of Minneapolis. Gov. Tim Walz signed an executive order Thursday activating the Minnesota National Guard after Wednesday night’s destructive protests.10:50 pm.: Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden said he was “furious” over President Donald Trump’s tweet on the protests“I will not lift the President’s tweet. I will not give him that amplification. But he is calling for violence against American citizens during a moment of pain for so many. I’m furious, and you should be too,” Biden wrote.Trump tweeted in the early morning hours of Friday that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” referring to the protests. He also called protesters “thugs.” The National Guard has arrived on the scene. They are in Minneapolis and fully prepared. George Floyd will not have died in vain. Respect his memory!!!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2020 Biden said that he will be speaking more later today about the situation in Minneapolis. He also addressed a CNN crew being arrested.“This is not abstract: a black reporter was arrested while doing his job this morning, while the white police officer who killed George Floyd remains free. I am glad swift action was taken, but this, to me, says everything,” Biden said, with the swift action appearing to refer to their release.10:20 a.m.: Melania Trump says there is ‘no reason for violence’First Lady Melania Trump said the nation needs to focus on healing and “there is no reason for violence.”“Our country allows for peaceful protests, but there is no reason for violence,” she tweeted. “I’ve seen our citizens unify & take care of one another through COVID19 & we can’t stop now.”Trump also offered her “deepest condolences” to Floyd’s family. “As a nation, let’s focus on peace, prayers & healing,” the first lady wrote.  10:09 a.m.: City is handling situation in ‘best way that we can,’ city council VP saysMinneapolis’ city council vice president said the government is still adjusting to the situation, but is handling it “in the best way that we can given all of the chaos, all of the unrest, all of the anger and pain in this community.”City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins told ABC News’ Amy Robach on Friday that the city must take control of the situation and “restore some order back.”She also begged people not to gather in the streets, citing the pandemic and the damage that has been done in the last two nights. Jenkins said that the anger of the community has been expressed and she did not want further action to lead to injuries or loss of life.“We can’t allow this type of civic unrest to continue,” she said.Jenkins on Thursday called on city officials to declare racism a public health crisis.“By declaring racism a public health emergency it provides us the opportunity to name the virus that has infected our American institutions for centuries but in addition, it gives us the opportunities to … you can’t really begin to cure a disease until you know what that disease is. … It’s an infectious disease just like the coronavirus and it’s not just Minneapolis.”9:45 a.m.: Floyd family attorney calls CNN arrest ‘hypocrisy’Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump, who is representing Floyd’s family, said he was not surprised by the “hypocrisy” of police arresting a CNN crew, but not arresting “murderers from within its own ranks.”“These problems will require systematic change to start the healing process. It won’t be easy, but it’s essential,” Crump wrote on Twitter. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Enough.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) May 29, 2020 6:59 a.m.: CNN reporter, crew arrested live on airCNN reporter Omar Jimenez and his production crew were arrested in Minneapolis live on air Friday morning while reporting on the Floyd protests.The news outlet is reporting that police said they were arrested because they were told to move and didn’t.“A CNN reporter & his production team were arrested this morning in Minneapolis for doing their jobs, despite identifying themselves – a clear violation of their First Amendment rights,” CNN said in a statement Friday morning. “The authorities in Minnesota, incl. the Governor, must release the 3 CNN employees immediately.”Minnesota State Sen. Jeff Hayden phoned into CNN and said he just had a joint text with the governor and mayor and that they were just trying to get control of the area and weren’t aware of the CNN reporter getting arrested.“Hoping that we can figure it out,” Hayden said.6:44 a.m.: 70 arrested or summonsed in New York City during George Floyd protestsAt least 70 people were arrested or summonsed during a series of protests that started in Union Square and spread through Lower Manhattan through Thursday night.Most will be summonsed for obstruction of governmental administration and social distancing violations, but there will also be assault and weapon possession charges.The protest began in Union Square after 3 p.m., Thursday but after that broke up, protests reemerged at Foley Square courthouses, City Hall and Zuccotti Park, the site of the 2011 Occupy Wall Street protest, and moved toward the West Side Highway.Several police officers were taken to the hospital with minor injuries, one with a possible concussion.One person was arrested for assaulting a police officer for throwing a garbage can into a crowd and striking a police officer in the head.Another person attempted to grab the service weapon from a Deputy Inspector’s holster. That person will be charged with robbery.1:15 a.m.: Trump says military could assume control in city, ‘when the looting starts, the shooting starts’President Donald Trump weighed in on the destructive protests in Minneapolis early Friday morning, saying the military could “assume control” of the response.“These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen,” Trump tweeted early Friday morning. “Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”Trump also attacked Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, saying the protests are a result of a lack of leadership.“Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right,” Trump tweeted.Frey responded to Trump at an early-morning press conference Friday, saying it’s weakness to point fingers during times of crisis.“Weakness is refusing to take responsibility for your actions. Weakness is pointing your finger at somebody else during a time of crisis,” Frey said. “Donald Trump knows nothing about the strength of Minneapolis. We are strong as hell. Is this a difficult time period? Yes. But you better be damn sure that we’re gonna get through this.”12:48 a.m.: Minneapolis asks residents to ‘retreat’ over precinct explosion possibilityAfter people protesting George Floyd’s death forcibly took over a Minneapolis precinct and began to ignite fires, city officials are now warning residents to leave the area in case the building explodes.“We’re hearing unconfirmed reports that gas lines to the Third Precinct have been cut and other explosive materials are in the building,” the city tweeted. “If you are near the building, for your safety, PLEASE RETREAT in the event the building explodes.”Frey said residents must clear the area so the fire department can put out fires.“We are working with @MinneapolisFire to deliver resources and respond for a beloved neighborhood in our city,” Frey tweeted. “We all need to work together to ensure the safety of our friends, family, and Minneapolis residents. And right now working together means clearing the area.”The Minnesota National Guard has been activated for the area and said it’s helping the fire department safely get to fires to help them battle the blazes.Since the protests started, the Saint Paul Police Department said more than 170 businesses have been damaged or looted. Despite the destruction, with dozens of fires set, authorities said there are no reports of serious injuries. “Calm on the horizon,” the department said late Thursday night.12:32 a.m.: Governor ‘shocked’ after vehicle attempts to run over protesterColorado Gov. Jared Polis said he is “absolutely shocked” by video of a car attempting to run over a person protesting the death of Floyd in Denver on Thursday. What started as a peaceful protest turned chaotic with reports of vandalism and violence.“Tonight is a very sad night for our state. While we are still uncovering all of the facts, a protest regarding the killing of George Floyd devolved into vandalism and violence, and I was absolutely shocked by video evidence of a motorist attempting to run over a protestor,” Polis tweeted. “Coloradans are better than this. I share the immense anguish we all feel about the unjust murder of George Floyd. But let me be clear, senseless violence will never be healed by more violence.”Previously shots were fired across the street from Colorado’s State Capitol in Denver.11:51 p.m.: Protesters gain access to police precinctPeople protesting the death of Floyd have reportedly taken over the Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd precinct and set it on fire, according to authorities.Minneapolis Police spokesperson John Elder said staff was evacuated from the building around 10 p.m. local time and that protesters forcibly entered the building and ignited several fires.Shortly after reports of the precinct takeover, the Minnesota National Guard said it was deploying more than 500 soldiers to the area.“We have activated more than 500 soldiers to St. Paul, Minneapolis and surrounding communities,” the National Guard said in a statement. “Our mission is to protect life, preserve property and the right to peacefully demonstrate. A key objective is to ensure fire departments are able to respond to calls.”9:20 p.m.: Colorado protest marred by gunshotsProtesters outside Colorado’s State Capitol in Denver received a scare when someone apparently fired shots nearby, causing the assembled group to flee.There were no injuries, authorities confirmed to ABC News.“Officers on scene at W Colfax Ave and W 15 st on shots fired in the area of the Capital. This is an ongoing investigation and the motive is unknown,” Denver police wrote on Twitter.Leslie Herod, who is a state representative, tweeted about the incident as well. She added that someone was apprehended, though police have not confirmed any arrests.The Capitol was put on lockdown, with Herod, who fled inside included. Herod told an ABC News producer she was not scared by the incident.“No. This only makes me more resolved. We have more work to do,” she said.8:31 p.m.: 911 call releasedThe 911 call made by the store owner who accused Floyd of using fraudulent money was released by authorities Thursday evening.According to the transcript of the call released by the state of Minnesota, the caller — a store owner — told the operator that Floyd entered the store drunk and tried to pay for something with “fake bills.” He later left the shop and sat on his car. It was there where police found him when they arrived at the scene.“Someone comes [to] our store and give us fake bills and we realize it before he left the store, and we ran back outside, they was [sic] sitting on their car,” the caller said. “We tell them to give us their phone, put their… thing back and everything, and he was also drunk and everything and return to give us our cigarettes back and so he can, so he can go home but he doesn’t want to do that, and he’s sitting on his car cause he is awfully drunk and he’s not in control of himself.”The operator then asked the caller for Floyd’s race and sex.“No, he’s a black guy,” the caller replied. “Alright,” the operator said, letting out a sigh according to the transcript, before the caller asked, “How is your day going?”6:25 p.m.: Investigation is ‘top priority’ for DOJThe Department of Justice has made the investigation into Floyd’s death a “top priority,” Erica MacDonald, attorney for state of Minnesota, said at a press conference.MacDonald said President Donald Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr are “directly and actively” monitoring the case.“It is critical, it is essential, it is imperative that the investigation is done right and done right the first time,” she said. “And that is what we are going to do.”No federal or state charges against the officers were announced at the press conference.Hennepin County Attorney Michael Freeman asked for “patience.”“Give us the time to do this right and we will bring you justice — I promise,” Freeman said.He said his office has been flooded with calls on the status of the investigation. The main question, he said, has been, “what’re you gonna do about the murder of George Floyd?”“We are going to investigate as thoroughly as justice demands,” Freeman said.He called the officer’s action “excessive and wrong,” but said he needs to determine if it was criminal.Both MacDonald and Freeman called on the public to come forward with any information they may have.There was a delay in starting the press conference, which MacDonald apologized for and said she was hoping to share a development but that it was not the right time.5:35 p.m.: City releases complaint history of 4 officersThe police officer seen in a video with his knee on Floyd’s neck was involved in 18 complaints prior to being fired, according to records released by the city.Derek Chauvin, who was fired following Floyd’s death, was only disciplined for two of those complaints, according to the city records.The documents do not provide the details of the complaints or the disciplines.Tou Thao, who was the officer seen standing up in the video, had six complaints, one of which remains open, according to the records. Thao, who was also fired, was not disciplined for the other five complaints.The other two officers who were fired, Thomas Lane and J Alexander Kueng, have had no complaints.5:15 p.m.: Governor signs executive order activating National GuardGov. Tim Walz signed an executive order activating the Minnesota National Guard following Wednesday night’s protests.Walz said the purpose of the National Guard was “to protect people, to protect people safely demonstrating, and to protect small business owners.”“The anger and grief of this moment is unbearable. People deserve to be seen. People deserve to be heard. People deserve to be safe,” he said in a statement. “While many Minnesotans are taking extensive safety precautions while exercising their right to protest, the demonstration last night became incredibly unsafe for all involved.”The National Guard Adjutant General will work with local government agencies to provide personnel, equipment, and facilities needed to respond to and recover from the protests, according to Walz’s office.There will also be about 200 members of the Minnesota State Patrol that will work with state, county, and local community and public safety partners. State Patrol helicopters and fixed wind aircraft on the ground will assist law enforcement officers, the governor’s office said.5:03 p.m.: Families of Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery issue joint statementThe families of Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery — all of whom died after incidents with current and former law enforcement — are demanding change and calling for government action to address this “national crisis.”“We’re devastated about the senseless violence that has broken the hearts of our families,” the families said in a joint statement. “While we are grateful for the outpouring of love and support, it’s important that now – more than ever – we use our voices to enact change, demand accountability within our justice system and keep the legacies of Breonna, Ahmaud and George alive. This is a national crisis and our government needs to take immediate and widespread action to protect our black and brown communities.”The families have called for a congressional hearing and a national task force to create new bipartisan legislation that is aimed at ending racial violence and increasing police accountability.They will also present a case to United Nation Human Rights Committee for sweeping changes to the nation’s criminal justice system. A date for when they would be presenting their case was not provided.Taylor, a black woman, was a front-line worker who died after a police-involved shooting. Taylor and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, were sleeping inside their Springfield Drive apartment on March 13 when officers with the Louisville Metro Police Department attempted to execute a “no-knock” search warrant.Three plainclothes officers opened Taylor’s front door and “blindly” opened fire into their apartment, according to a wrongful death lawsuit filed in April by Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer. Taylor was shot at least eight times and died.Arbery, a black man, was out for a jog when two white men saw him and set off to confront him, police said. The men, Travis McMichael and his father Gregory McMichael, a former police officer, were armed.A video shows Arbery and Travis McMichael tussling with the shotgun before three shots are fired. Arbery stumbled and fell to the ground, where he was pronounced dead.City leaders react to protestsThe mayor, police chief and city council vice president in Minneapolis emotionally addressed the violent protests that took place Wednesday night over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was seen pinned down in a video by a white police officer and later died.Mayor Jacob Frey, who at one point became choked up and tearful, said that the protests were “the result of so much built up anger and sadness.”“Anger and sadness that has been engrained in our black community, not just because of five minutes of horror, but 400 years,” Frey said at a press conference. “If you’re feeling that sadness and anger, it’s not only understandable, it’s right.”Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said he knew that there was a “deficit of hope” in the community and that his department has contributed to that deficit.He also said that the violence and destruction seen in Wednesday night’s protest was mostly caused by a “core group of people” who were not from Minnesota. He said that most of the community members who have been protesting since Floyd’s death Monday have been peaceful.Arradondo said he wanted to ensure that people could safely protest, but he said he could not allow for criminal acts.Wednesday night’s protest caused destruction and chaos in Minneapolis, including a deadly shooting, looting and multiple fires.The protests, which had been largely peaceful up until Wednesday night, were in wake of Floyd’s death after he was apprehended by Minneapolis police Monday. Disturbing video emerged on social media showing a police officer with his knee on the man’s neck as the man repeatedly yells out, “I can’t breathe.”“I can’t breathe, please, the knee in my neck,” the man said in a video showing a police officer pinning him to the ground. “I can’t move … my neck … I’m through, I’m through.”City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins sang “Amazing Grace” at Thursday’s press conference before addressing the protests.Jenkins said she wanted to offer “amazing grace” and her condolences to the Floyd family.“We feel as if there was a knee on all of our collective necks, a knee that says black lives do not matter,” Jenkins, who is black, said. “I am part of this system to help to take that knee off of our necks.”Jenkins, Frey and Arradondo said they would be working with the community leaders. A “healing space” will be created at the 3rd Precinct in Minneapolis for residents to express their concerns and anger in a safe and humane way, Jenkins said.Overnight developmentsPolice said during the protests they responded to a call of a stabbing victim and found a man in grave condition near the protests. The man later died in the hospital and authorities learned he died from a gunshot wound, according to John Elder, the director of communication for Minneapolis police.One person was in custody after the shooting, police said. It was not immediately clear what led to the shooting, but the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that the owner of a pawn shop opened fire on a man he believed was burglarizing his business and fatally shot him.Police said multiple businesses were looted during the protests and the city’s fire department said there were 30 intentional fires during the protests, including at least 16 structure fires.Massive flames were seen in the sky on videos that circulated throughout social media. As of Thursday afternoon, the fire department said crews were still extinguishing fires along East Lake Street.People were also throwing rocks at fire department vehicles responding to the scene, according to the fire department, which noted there were no firefighter injuries. Elder had said people were throwing rocks at firefighters.Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump, who is representing Floyd’s family, wrote on Twitter the family thanked the protesters and wanted peace in Minneapolis, but “knows that Black people want peace in their souls — and until we get #JusticeForFloyd there will be no peace.”“We cannot sink to the level of our oppressors and endanger each other as we respond to the necessary urge to raise our voices in unison and in outrage,” Crump wrote Thursday morning. “Looting and violence distract from strength of our collective voice.”Please, Minneapolis, we cannot let tragedy beget more tragedy. The area along Lake has become unsafe. We are asking for your help in keeping the peace tonight. https://t.co/kRZuWGJY29— Mayor Jacob Frey (@MayorFrey) May 28, 2020The city requested assistance from the National Guard late Wednesday during the protests, according to ABC Saint Paul affiliate KSTP.The National Guard did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.“Tonight was a different night of protesting. Last night we had 8,000 protestors all peaceful. Tonight we did not have that,” Elder said.Elder said that there were no serious injuries to officers. He was not sure about the number of people arrested.The fire department said there were no civilian injuries from the fires.Gov. Tim Walz urged people to leave the area as the situation escalated.“The situation near Lake Street and Hiawatha in Minneapolis has evolved into an extremely dangerous situation. For everyone’s safety, please leave the area and allow firefighters and paramedics to get to the scene,” Walz wrote on Twitter.Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey also asked people to evacuate the area.“Please, Minneapolis, we cannot let tragedy beget more tragedy,” Frey wrote on Twitter.The Federal Bureau of Investigation is probing Floyd’s death. On Thursday, it was announced that the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota, the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and the FBI’s Minneapolis Field Office were conducting a “robust” criminal investigation into his death.“The federal investigation will determine whether the actions by the involved former Minneapolis Police Department officers violated federal law. It is a violation of federal law for an individual acting under color of law to willfully deprive another person of any right protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States,” according to a joint statement from United States Attorney Erica MacDonald And FBI Special Agent In Charge Rainer Drolshagen.The officers involved in the incident were identified by police as Officer Derek Chauvin, Officer Thomas Lane, Officer Tou Thao and Officer J Alexander Kueng.All four officers were fired, according to Frey.“This is the right call,” the mayor said.The Minneapolis Police Department said Monday that officers were initially called to the scene “on a report of a forgery in progress” in a statement on their website.The statement added that officers were advised that the suspect “appeared to be under the influence” and that he “physically resisted officers.”He later “appeared to be suffering medical distress” and officers called an ambulance. He was transported to the Hennepin County Medical Center by ambulance, “where he died a short time later.”The police department said there were no weapons of any type used by anyone involved in the incident and no officers were injured.ABC News’ Catherine, Thorbecke and Will Gretsky contributed to this report. Our country allows for peaceful protests, but there is no reason for violence. I’ve seen our citizens unify & take care of one another through COVID19 & we can’t stop now. My deepest condolences to the family of George Floyd. As a nation, let’s focus on peace, prayers & healing.— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) May 29, 2020 Evgen_Prozhyrko/iStockBy ELLA TORRES, WILLIAM MANSELL and IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(MINNEAPOLIS) — The death of George Floyd, a black man who was seen pinned down in a video by a white police officer and later died, has caused outrage in the city of Minneapolis and across the United States. What started as mostly peaceful protests at the beginning of the week has turned into chaos.City leaders have pleaded with communities to voice their outrage in a lawful manner, but the widespread escalation of protests continued Friday night into Saturday.Murder and manslaughter charges have been filed against Derek Chauvin, one of the four officers at the scene who were all fired. The Department of Justice has said a full investigation of the incident is a “top priority.”Prosecutors said Chauvin, who was the officer seen in video pressing his knee against Floyd’s neck, had his knee on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. Floyd was unresponsive for two minutes and 53 seconds of the encounter.This story will be updated as protests continue throughout the country. Please check back for updates. All times Eastern.10:58 a.m.: NYPD arrested over 200 during protestsDemonstrations throughout New York City Friday night resulted in the arrest of over 200, including one person in Brooklyn who had a loaded gun and a woman who was armed with a lit Molotov cocktail.More than 3000 demonstrators gathered in Foley Square and outside Barclays Center, police said.At the height of the protests, 37 patrol cars were vandalized with graffiti and broken windows, a police van was set on fire and a Molotov cocktail was thrown into an occupied police car — the officers inside were not hurt.There were more than a dozen officers injured, ranging from teeth knocked out to shoulder and head injuries.10:47 a.m.: 1,000 more National Guard service members activated in MinnesotaGovernor Tim Walz announced on Saturday morning that an additional thousand members of the National Guard will be deployed to “support civil authorities” during protests over the murder of George Floyd.“Our communities of color, our business community were out front fighting hand in hand to save businesses it took a decade to build,” said Walz during a press conference Saturday morning.Protests turned violent with fires set across the city, objects were thrown at the police and dozens have been arrested, officials said. Over 700 soldiers and air service members’ duty were activated overnight.What’s happening in the city is in “no way about the murder of George Floyd it’s about attacking civil society and installing fear,” said Walz.“We cannot as members of the community tolerate that,” said Minneapolis Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington at a press conference on Saturday.Officials said only about 20% of the rioters are Minnesota residents.Walz noted that practicing First Amendment rights should also involve practicing COVID-19 guidelines, but “the folks that are gathering out there … the masks were worn to disguise, to cause confusion and take advantage of that situation.”“The Minnesota National Guard is prepared to protect life, protect property and restore order,” according to a press release by the state’s National Guard.9:24 a.m.: FBI director calls George Floyd investigation “a top priority”ABC News has obtained a message to FBI employees sent by FBI Director Chris Wray, on Friday. In it, Wray said the investigation into the circumstances surrounding George Floyd’s death “is a top priority, and experienced prosecutors and FBI agents have been assigned to the matter.” He said the investigation “will determine whether the actions by the former Minneapolis police officers involved in this incident violated federal law.”He also wrote about how damaging the failure to honor the rights of citizens, particularly those in custody, can be.“Law enforcement officers have indispensable and often dangerous jobs, but that doesn’t diminish the crucial, overarching role we play in society – to protect and serve all citizens no matter their race, creed, orientation, or station in life. This, of course, includes those citizens who are in law enforcement custody,” Wray said.“When we fail to honor their rights, we not only tarnish the badge we wear, we completely erode the trust so many of us in law enforcement work so hard to build, particularly within minority communities. The events this past week in Minneapolis clearly illustrate just how quickly that trust can be lost,” the message stated.”8:41 a.m.: White House protesters would have been met with “most vicious dogs,” “most ominous weapons,” president tweetsPresident Trump fired off a series of tweets Saturday morning praising the Secret Service after protesters marched in front of the White House Friday night.“They were not only totally professional, but very cool,” he president tweeted. “They let the “protesters” scream & rant as much as they wanted…” he wrote.The president also wrote that if protestors had become “too frisky” or “got out of line,” “they would quickly come down on them,” he wrote. He also tweeted that if protesters had breached the White House fence, they would have been “greeted with the most vicious dogs, and most ominous weapons, I have ever seen.”He also took a jab at D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. “On the bad side, the D.C. Mayor, @MurielBowser, who is always looking for money & help, wouldn’t let the D.C. Police get involved. “Not their job.” Nice!,” the president tweeted.8:19 a.m.: FBI issues statement on Oakland shootingThe Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a statement after one person was killed, and another injured in a shooting at that took place while protests were happening in Oakland, California. FBI San Francisco and Oakland police are investigating, but it is unknown yet if the shooting is connected to the protest.“FBI San Francisco and the Oakland Police Department are investigating a shooting that occurred at the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building at 1301 Clay Street in Oakland, California.,” the statement read. “At approximately 9:45pm on Friday, May 29, 2020, a vehicle approached the building. An individual inside the vehicle began firing gunshots at contract security officers for the Federal Protective Service of the Department of Homeland Security. One officer was killed and another was injured,” according to the statement.“The FBI has deployed investigators and the Evidence Response Team to the crime scene. We will continue to work this investigation alongside the Oakland Police Department,” the statement continued.7:24 a.m.: Portland mayor declares State of EmergencyPortland Mayor Ted Wheeler announced Saturday morning that he’s declaring a State of Emergency in the city following the destructive unrest in the wake of the death of Floyd.He also announced the city has a curfew in effect until 6 a.m. local time Saturday and will begin again at 8 p.m.“Burning buildings with people inside, stealing from small and large businesses, threatening and harassing reporters. All in the middle of a pandemic where people have already lost everything,” Wheeler said in a statement Saturday. “This isn’t calling for meaningful change in our communities, this is disgusting.”Overnight the Portland Police Department declared the protest as a riot after “significant vandalism” was reported and a fire was set inside the city’s Justice Center. Police said there was also a shooting connected to the protest.Police said large sections of downtown were closed and that protesters should “disperse now or you will be subject to gas, projectiles, and other means necessary for dispersal.”5:43 a.m.: 1 dead in Detroit after person opens fire on protesters from vehicleOne person is dead in Detroit after a vehicle drove up on people protesting the death of Floyd and opened fire, according to authorities.A gray Dodge Durango pulled up and fired into the crowd, hitting a 19-year-old man who later died at the hospital, a Detroit Police Department spokesperson told ABC affiliate WXYZ.Detroit Police Chief James Craig said the violence and destruction overnight is not what the city of Detroit is about.“This does not represent the vast major of Detroiters who came here to make a statement,” Craig said during a press conference Friday night. “We support the message, but let’s do it peacefully.”He said many of the people taunting police officers and trying to incite violence have come from outside the city to sow chaos.“We know that the individuals from outside the city of Detroit who converged at the protest location don’t represent this city. They are not from this city,” Craig said. “Let’s peacefully protest, but outside of that, we’re not going to tolerate it. We’re not going to tolerate criminal acts.”4:26 a.m.: ‘Prudent’ to have Army units ready to deploy to Minnesota, governor saysAs fires raged and protests escalated even further throughout Minneapolis Saturday morning, local and state officials said getting the chaos under control will take a response never before seen in the state because “there’s simply more of them than us.”Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said at least 1,000 additional Minnesota National Guard troops would be activated Saturday, and even then, that might not be enough. “You may have seen or heard that, this evening, the president directed the Pentagon to put units of United States Army on alert to possible operation in Minneapolis,” Maj. General John Jensen, Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard, said during a press conference Saturday. “While we were not consulted with, as it relates to that, I do believe it’s a prudent move to provide other options available for the governor, if the governor elects to use those resources.”Walz said it’s more complicated than just saying yes and deploying them now because the move to have federal troops patrolling in Minneapolis would be something never before seen in the state.“I spoke with President Trump the other night, I think it is prudent to have them ready for us to exhaust all resources that we need,” Walz said Saturday.Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and Walz angrily took to the podium Saturday morning to ask those setting fires, attacking officers and looting businesses to stop.“We as a city can be so much better than this,” Frey said at the press conference Saturday. “There is no honor in burning down your city. There is no pride in looting local businesses that have become institutions of a neighborhood.”He said people, especially during a pandemic, are counting on grocery stores being open to get groceries, pharmacies to get needed medicine and banks to get money.“If you care about your community, you got to put this to an end; it needs to stop,” Frey said.Walz said the tragedy of Floyd’s death has morphed into “an unprecedented threat to our state,” where those causing destruction have no regard to property or life.Dozens of arrests were made on Friday, but an official total has not been released for the city. In one instance, shots were fired at law enforcement officers overnight.1:48 a.m.: Shots fired at law enforecment officers in MinnesotaShots were fired at law enforcement officers in Minneapolis early Saturday morning near the police department’s Fifth Precinct, according to Minnesota State Police. No officers are believed to have been hit.Following the shots, authorities warned residents to leave the area immediately or they would be arrested.The Minnesota Department of Public Safety said there are 350 officers and troopers in the area and “officers have arrested several people who ignored multiple dispersal orders.”Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz pleaded with protesters overnight to go home.“Minnesotans, please go home. It’s time to restore peace on our streets and in our neighborhoods,” Walz said in a statement. “The situation has become dangerous for Minnesotans and first responders.”Protesters took over the Minnesota Police Department’s Third Precinct building late Thursday night and ignited several fires.12:58 a.m.: LAPD asks residents to stay inside, businesses to close in downtown LAThe Los Angeles Police Department has asked downtown Los Angeles residents to stay inside and for all businesses to close due to the escalating protests in the city.“We have declared an unlawful assembly throughout downtown LA,” the department said in a statement Friday. The areas impacted are from the 10 Freeway to the 101 Highway and the 110 Freeway to Alameda.“This is being made following repeated acts of violence & property damage,” LAPD said. “Those on the street are to leave the area.”The department previously asked people to avoid downtown Los Angeles Friday, including nearby side streets and freeways.12:27 a.m.: Georgia issues State of Emergency, activates National GuardGeorgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced Friday night that he has issued a State of Emergency for Fulton County, where protests have turned violent in downtown Atlanta. He also announced that he’s activating 500 Georgia National Guard members.“At the request of Mayor @KeishaBottoms & in consultation with public safety & emergency preparedness officials, I have issued a State of Emergency for Fulton County to activate as many as 500 @GeorgiaGuard troops to protect people & property in Atlanta,” Kemp tweeted Friday.He said the troops would deploy immediately to help local and state law enforcement officials get control of the “unlawful activity” and to “restore peace.”“We will continue to make all state resources available to local leaders during this emergency situation,” he said.10:21 p.m.: Protests grow violent in BrooklynProtests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis erupted Friday night in Brooklyn where there have been at least 150 arrests, police sources told ABC News.The protest outside Barclays Center, the home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets, began peacefully, but drew what police sources described as professional agitators and turned ugly.There were more than 100 protesters detained outside the arena, mainly for throwing bottles and other disturbances.Protesters moved toward two police precincts in northern Brooklyn, the 88th Precinct in Fort Green and the 79th Precinct in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Along the way, a police van was set on fire and several cruisers were defaced with graffiti and broken windows.Some 500 demonstrators massed outside the 88 Precinct, where the van was set on fire. There were about 40 arrests there.Some demonstrators made it inside the 79 Precinct but were immediately arrestedThere have been about a dozen officers hurt so far in clashes with the protesters.9:21 p.m.: Atlanta sees violence spark outside CNNA protest in Atlanta grew violent this evening as a handful of protesters began smashing the doors to CNN Headquarters just after 8 p.m., according to Atlanta ABC affiliate WSB.After defacing the outside of the news network’s HQ and lighting a police car on fire, protesters began throwing objects at police who are inside the building’s lobby. Police were holding a line with shields.“Above everything else, I am a mother. I am a mother to four black children in America, one of whom is 18 years old,” Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said at a press conference Friday night. “When i saw the murder of George Floyd I hurt like a mother would hurt. And yesterday when I heard about rumors of violent protests in Atlanta, I did what a mother would do, I called my son and said, ‘Where are you?’ I cannot protect you and black boys should not be out today.”“So you’re not gonna out-concern me or out-care about where we are in America,” she added. “I wear this each and every day and I pray over my children each and every day.”8:19 p.m.: Protest outside White House draws Secret ServiceA protest this evening in Lafayette Park just north of the White House has drawn the assistance of the Secret Service.Chants of “Let him breathe,” and, “don’t shoot,” could be heard.The U.S. Secret Service tweeted, “Secret Service personnel are currently assisting other law enforcement agencies during a demonstration in Lafayette Park. In the interest of public safety we encourage all to remain peaceful.”5:31 p.m.: Trump says he spoke to Floyd’s familyTrump told reporters at a business roundtable event Friday afternoon that he had spoken to the family of George Floyd, four days after his death.“I spoke to members of the family. Terrific people. And we’ll be reporting as time goes by. We think that we’ll also have to make the statement,” Trump said. “It’s very important, I believe, to the family, to everybody that the memory of George Floyd be a perfect memory — let it be a perfect memory.”The president also took the chance to emphasize peaceful protests, following controversial tweets earlier Friday in which he said “when the looting starts the shooting starts.”“It’s very important that we have peaceful protesters and support the rights for peaceful protesters. We can’t allow a situation like happened in Minneapolis to descend further into lawless anarchy and chaos, and we understand that very well,” the president said. “The looters should not be allowed to drown out the voices of so many peaceful protesters.”4:21 p.m.: Minneapolis, St. Paul enforce curfewGov. Tim Walz has said a curfew will be in place starting Friday night from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Saturday in the entire Twin Cities region.No one will be allowed in the streets in public except for first responders and media. The curfew will also be in place Saturday night at 8 p.m. to Sunday 6 a.m.“It’s time to rebuild our community and that starts with safety in our streets,” Walz said in a statement. “Thousands of Minnesotans have expressed their grief and frustration in a peaceful manner. But the unlawful and dangerous actions of others, under the cover of darkness, has caused irreversible pain and damage to our community. This behavior has compromised the safety of bystanders, businesses, lawful demonstrators, and first responders. Now, we come together to restore the peace.”Officers will arrest those who do not comply, Walz said.Earlier, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey had already issued a curfew order for the city for the same times.3:40 p.m.: Prosecutors reveal more details about charges on former officerThe Hennepin County Attorney released the full criminal complaint for former officer Derek Chauvin.The 44-year-old officer who was filmed putting his knee on Floyd’s neck faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison for third-degree murder charges and a maximum of 10 years behind bars for manslaughter charges.“Derek Michael Chauvin caused the death of George Floyd by his culpable negligence, creating an unreasonable risk and taking a chance of causing death or great bodily harm to George Floyd,” the complaint read.“The defendant had his knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds in total. Two minutes and 53 seconds of this was after Mr. Floyd was non-responsive,” according to the complaint.3:07 p.m.: Floyd’s family responds to former officer’s arrestWhile they said they were pleased with that he was apprehended, they said they expected first-degree murder charges.“We call on authorities to revise the charges to reflect the true culpability of this officer,” they said in a statement.The family also asked for the remaining three officers to be arrested and charged.2:28 p.m.: Trump tweets against lootingPresident Trump again doubled down on his earlier remarks about the ongoing protests.He tweeted again that “looting leads to shooting” citing “what just happened with 7 people shot.” In Minneapolis.“I don’t want this to happen, and that’s what the expression put out last night means,” he tweeted2:26 p.m.: Bill Barr releases statement on Floyd deathAttorney General Bill Barr said the Department of Justice and FBI are conducting an independent investigation to determine whether any federal civil rights laws were violated in George Floyd’s death.“The video images of the incident that ended with death of Mr. Floyd, while in custody of Minneapolis police officers, were harrowing to watch and deeply disturbing,” he said in a statement.Barr said the state’s charging decisions will be made first. 1:22 p.m.: Officer arrested in connection with Floyd’s deathDerek Chauvin, one of the four former officers fired for their involvement in George Floyd’s death, has been taken into custody by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, according to Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington.Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman is scheduled to give a news conference on developments in the case at 2 p.m.1:09 p.m.: Cops warn of anarchists infiltrating protestsABC News obtained a police bulletin issued to the Philadelphia Police Department and the Delaware Valley Intelligence Center that warned that anarchists and other groups are calling on their supporters to commit acts of violence against police officers in light of the protests in Minneapolis.The bulletin said there have been several social media posts calling for looting and civil disobedience as well as other acts of violence.“Domestic extremists, including anarchist extremists and other anti-government extremists, are using the unrest in Minneapolis to amplify and justify their calls for dismantling law enforcement agencies and carrying out attacks on law enforcement, government, and capitalist targets,” the bulletin said.The bulletin stressed that non-violent protests are legal and protected by the Constitution.“Anarchist extremists may be attracted to this call to action and engage in direct action against law enforcement property, such as buildings and vehicles, in order to draw attention to their cause,” it said.12:56 p.m.: Obama offers statement on George Floyd of our darkest chapters’Former President Barack Obama issued a statement on social media about Floyd’s death and the subsequent protests in Minneapolis.“This shouldn’t be ‘normal’ in 2020 America,” he wrote. “It can’t be ‘normal.’ If we want our children to grow up in a nation that lives up to its highest ideals, we can and must be better.”Obama said it is up to Minnesota officials to ensure that Floyd’s death is fully investigated and justice is ultimately done, however, he encouraged people “to work together to create a ‘new normal’ in which the legacy of bigotry and unequal treatment no longer infects our institutions or our hearts.”12:40 p.m.: Governor calls on order to be restored after ‘one of our darkest chapters’Gov. Tim Walz called the death of George Floyd and the subsequent protests that took place have been “one of our darkest chapters.” However, he said he refused to let those who caused destruction to Minneapolis “take away the attention of the stain that we need to be working on” and pleaded with the community to help restore order.Walz said that the “looting and recklessness” that occurred was not caused by those who wanted justice for Floyd.“We have to restore order to our society before we can start addressing the issues,” the governor said, later calling one of the issues “fundamental institutional racism.”He said that he would not “patronize” the black community as a white man, but asked the community to “help us use a humane way to get the streets back to a place where we can restore justice.”Walz started off his press conference by acknowledging generations of pain and anguish that communities of color in America have experienced. He said that those communities have not been truly heard, “much like we failed to hear George Floyd as he pleaded for his life, as the world watched, by the people sworn to protect him, his community, our state.”The commissioner for the state’s Department of Public Safety called Floyd’s death “murder.”“That’s what it looked like to me,” Commissioner John Harrington said. His comment marked the first time a member of law enforcement call Floyd’s death murder publicly.Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison began his remarks by quoting Martin Luther King Jr., saying “riot is the way that the unheart get heard.”He said King urged people not to dismiss non-peaceful protests or relegate it as criminality, but ask what was really going on there.Ellison said that protesters should not react to the National Guard in the way that may react to the Minneapolis Police Department. He noted they are two different agencies and “their job is trying to bring peace and calm back again.”Ellison said that although people continue to ask when justice will be served, he believes authorities understand that “the wheels of justice must turn swiftly.”He also said that while the investigation and criminal procedure for this case is important, it by no means addresses the root of these problems in this country.“I think we’re gonna do some real change. … We’re not just gonna fix the windows and sweep up the glass. We’re gonna fix the broken, shattered society that leaves so many behind.”11:10 a.m.: City is handling situation in ‘best way that we can,’ city council VP saysMinneapolis’ city council vice president said the government is still adjusting to the situation, but is handling it “in the best way that we can given all of the chaos, all of the unrest, all of the anger and pain in this community.”City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins told ABC News’ Amy Robach on Friday that the city must take control of the situation and “restore some order back.”She also begged people not to gather in the streets, citing the pandemic and the damage that has been done in the last two nights. Jenkins said that the anger of the community has been expressed and she did not want further action to lead to injuries or loss of life.“We can’t allow this type of civic unrest to continue,” she said.Jenkins on Thursday called on city officials to declare racism a public health crisis.“By declaring racism a public health emergency it provides us the opportunity to name the virus that has infected our American institutions for centuries but in addition, it gives us the opportunities to … you can’t really begin to cure a disease until you know what that disease is,” she said. “It’s an infectious disease just like the coronavirus and it’s not just Minneapolis.”11 a.m.: Trump says National Guard is in MinneapolisPresident Donald Trump tweeted that the National Guard is now in Minneapolis.“They are in Minneapolis and fully prepared,” the president wrote. “George Floyd will not have died in vain. Respect his memory!!!”last_img read more


George Floyd protest live updates: States of emergency declared in multiple locations

first_imgiStock/ChiccoDodiFCBy: JON HAWORTH and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News  (NEW YORK) — The death of George Floyd, a black man who died on Memorial Day after he was pinned down by a white Minnesota police officer, has sparked outrage and protests in Minneapolis and across the United States.The National Guard has been activated in Washington, D.C., and 17 states: Colorado, Georgia, Kentucky, Minnesota, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, Utah, North Dakota, California, Missouri, Virginia, Kansas, Illinois and Nevada. Police have made over 1,000 arrests across 22 U.S. cities since Thursday.Curfews are in effect in cities from San Francisco to Portland to Atlanta to Kansas City.In the wake of Floyd’s death, murder and manslaughter charges have been filed against Derek Chauvin, the officer who prosecutors say held his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. Chauvin and the other three officers at the scene have been fired. The Department of Justice is investigating.Latest news:– At least 155 arrested overnight in Minnesota– Denver police looking for driver who struck cop car, injuring 4– ‘State of Disaster’ declared in TexasThis story will be updated throughout the day. Please check back for updates. All times Eastern.3:53 p.m.: Philadelphia mayor says destruction ‘disappointed me beyond words’Protests in Philadelphia turned violent on Saturday. Fires were set — including on police cars — and stores were looted through the night.Mayor Jim Kenney said Saturday night’s “destruction” “disappointed me beyond words.”“I’m sure it saddened every Philadelphian who takes pride in our city — especially the thousands of Philadelphians who came out earlier in the day yesterday to peacefully yet forcefully protest,” he said Sunday. “They made a tremendous statement about their decades of anger over a system that degrades black Americans because of the color of their skin. That statement was important. And it in no way should be diminished by other organized groups of people who tried to cause chaos in our city.”“Those vandals in Center City did a great disservice to the many others who chose to speak out forcefully against institutional racism and violence at the hands of police,” Kenney continued. “In looting downtown, these individuals not only desecrated private businesses, they also desecrated the important message that was heard in the earlier, peaceful protests.”The Ben Franklin Bridge and all streets in Center City Philadelphia have been shut down for cleaning, officials said, according to ABC Philadelphia station WPVI-TV. A citywide curfew is in effect from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., during which time residents can only leave their homes to go to work at an essential business, get medical attention or get police help.Retail businesses have been ordered to close immediately and any business owners or residents cleaning up vandalized stores must finish by 5 p.m., officials said.3:30 p.m.: At least 155 arrested overnight in MinnesotaAt least 155 people were arrested Saturday and overnight in Minnesota, the epicenter of the protests — and that number is expected to rise as jails book suspects, authorities said.Arrests ranged from rioting to weapons violations to curfew violations.AR-15s were among the 12 guns confiscated from protesters, officials said.Cars without any license plates or lights drove through communities, and when they were pulled over, drivers fled on foot, officials said.One officer was shot at but was not hit, officials said. The two people in the car from which the shot was fired were arrested and an AR-15 was recovered in that case, officials said.Authorities shutdown major freeways in the city and closed off key routes between Minneapolis and St. Paul to prevent groups from moving between the two cities. A police line blocked the Ford Parkway Bridge.About 40 minutes after Saturday’s 8 p.m. curfew began, riot police seemed to appear from every direction, dozens coming off of city buses and deploying flashbangs and tear gas.But unlike the violent protests in Minneapolis earlier in the week, Saturday night did not see fires set, looting or destruction of property, police said.The curfew and freeway closings will be extended into Sunday night, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said. All transit service in Minneapolis is suspended through at least Monday.At a Sunday press conference, Walz said he’s proud of Minnesota’s accomplishments, and that the state ranks second to Hawaii for happiness — but only for Minnesota’s white residents.“You cannot continue to say you’re a great place to live if your neighbor, because of the color of their skin, doesn’t have that same opportunity,” Walz said.Floyd’s family has asked Walz to let Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison prosecute the case, the governor said. No decision has been made, he added.Walz said rapper Jay-Z called him to discuss the protests and brought up his concern about hoping the prosecution will move forward fairly.“It wasn’t Jay-Z, international, you know, celebrity … it was a dad, and quite honestly, a black man whose visceral pain” was clear, the governor said.“He was passionate, he was gracious,” Walz said. “He knows that the world is watching how Minnesota handles this” and that that’ll have “an impact across the country.”3 p.m.: DC mayor pleads, ‘we do not want our city to be destroyed’Seventeen people were arrested overnight in Washington, D.C., police said. The U.S. Secret Service said it made one arrest overnight after protesters tried to knock over security barriers and vandalized six Secret Service cars. The National Park Service is reporting vandalism to historic sites around the National Mall.The night prior, more than 60 Secret Service personnel were injured from thrown bricks, rocks, bottles and fireworks, officials said.“Secret Service personnel were also directly physically assaulted as they were kicked, punched, and exposed to bodily fluids,” the Secret Service said. “A total of 11 injured employees were transported to a local hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.”“No individuals crossed the White House Fence and no Secret Service protectees were ever in any danger,” the Secret Service added.D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser on Sunday pleaded with residents, “we do not want our city to be destroyed.”“We certainly recognize and empathize with the outrage that people feel … and we certainly empathize that the killing of George Floyd wasn’t the first,” she said. “Our police, and firefighters, and members of the public safety team for Washington, D.C., along with our federal partners, have been working to make sure people can exercise their First Amendment rights, while not destroying Washington, D.C.”2 p.m.: ‘State of Disaster’ declared in TexasTexas Gov. Greg Abbott declared a statewide “State of Disaster” amid the protests.“Violence against others and the destruction of property is unacceptable and counterproductive,” Abbott stressed. “As protests have turned violent in various areas across the state, it is crucial that we maintain order, uphold public safety, and protect against property damage or loss.”“By authorizing additional federal agents to serve as Texas Peace Officers we will help protect people’s safety while ensuring that peaceful protesters can continue to make their voices heard,” he said.The body of George Floyd, who was a native of Houston, will be returned to the city, Mayor Sylvester Turner said.Floyd’s family and attorneys have yet to confirm funeral arrangements for the 46-year-old.“The focus needs to be on supporting and uplifting his family,” Turner said. “And that’s what I want to keep bringing this conversation to. George Floyd. It’s not about these other individuals, who won’t be a moment. It’s about George Floyd, and justice for George Floyd.”1:45 p.m.: Protests reach US Embassies in Europe, 5 arrested in London The protests over Floyd’s death have also gone international, with crowds gathering at U.S. Embassies in Dublin, Berlin and London.In London, several hundred people sat in the street outside the embassy on Sunday, The Associated Press reported. The Metropolitan Police said officers were sent to the scene to engage with those in attendance.Five people were arrested: three for violating COVID-19 rules and two for assaulting police, authorities said.They were between the ages of 17 and 25, police said, and have been taken into custody.Woody Johnson, U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom, tweeted, “Freedom of Speech and Assembly are cornerstones of a healthy democracy. I thank those peacefully making their views heard today outside the US Embassy in London and the Met police for ensuring everyone’s safety.”1:30 p.m.: Illinois National Guard activated after request from Chicago mayorAfter “multiple public safety incidents and property damage” during protests overnight, Chicago officials on Sunday announced new precautionary measures for the city.Access to Chicago’s Central Business District and Loop will only be available for people who live in the area, work in the area and who are there to engage in essential activities, the city said.Train and bus service will also be suspended for the Loop area “for public safety reasons.”“Following today’s announcement, the City is working closely with the organizers of rallies and protests scheduled to take place within the area this afternoon to provide an alternative, optional route for marches to peacefully and safely return in Chicago,” city officials said.A citywide curfew is effective from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily until further notice.Gov. JB Pritzker said he is activating the Illinois National Guard after a request from the mayor.“To those peacefully expressing the pain, fear, and rage of this moment, I hear you,” the governor said in a statement. “Your voices matter. We must address the profound injustices in our society and bring about real and meaningful change.”1:15 p.m.: Denver police looking for driver who struck cop car, injuring 4Denver authorities are looking for a driver who they say hit a police car, severely injuring three officers and a citizen, during the protests.One officer remains in the hospital but all three are expected to make a full recovery, police said. The condition of the injured citizen was not clear.Denver police say they arrested 83 people for curfew violations. Some protesters are facing additional charges for allegedly throwing missiles (any object or substance), damaging property and having prohibited weapons, said police.12:44 p.m.: LA County declares state of emergencyA state of emergency has been declared in Los Angeles County in the wake of the widespread protests overnight, which included looting and spray painting.The proclamation said the numerous acts of violence pose “extreme peril” to people and property.“This is a time for us to come together to stand against injustice in ways that will make us stronger as a County and as a nation,” Board of Supervisors Chair Kathryn Barger said in a statement. “If you are assembling to protest, please do so peacefully and with respect for all those who are suffering.”The Los Angeles Police Department earlier issued a mandatory curfew from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. for the entire city.12 p.m.: NYC police cars plow through crowd, mayor calls for investigationIn New York City, mostly peaceful daytime marches on Saturday turned violent overnight, with people throwing projectiles and torching police cars.At least 345 people were arrested, according to police sources.At least 33 officers were injured, including some seriously, police sources said, and dozens police cars were damaged or destroyed.But police are also facing criticism after NYPD SUVs drove through a Brooklyn crowd where people were holding a metal barricade.There was no loss of life and no major injuries.Mayor Bill de Blasio is calling for an investigation which will be led by the city’s corporation counsel and Department of Investigation commissioner.“There were many things done right by the NYPD,” he said, but “there were also mistakes that must be investigated.”Overall, he said the NYPD demonstrated “tremendous restraint.”10:12 a.m.: Richmond police investigating shooting incident during protestsPolice in Richmond, Virginia, are investigating a shooting that took place around 1 a.m. during the overnight protests.A man suffered a life-threatening gunshot wound when the car he was riding in came in contact with a group of protesters.Detectives have determined the gunshots came from behind the car. There is no suspect description at this time and the investigation is ongoing.Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said he’s authorized a curfew in Richmond and has placed the Virginia National Guard on alert.“They stand ready to assist in protecting our residents, businesses, especially small and black-owned businesses, and the capital city,” Northam said in a statement Sunday,“I acknowledge each of the voices crying out for justice and healing across the United States and in our Commonwealth. I affirm the deep concerns from the black community,” he said. “As Governor of Virginia, I call on all Virginians to join together and build a renewed commitment to working for justice and fair treatment.”5:57 a.m.: At least 1 killed in shooting during Indianapolis protestsPolice Chief Randal Taylor of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department held a press conference late last night confirming that at least one person has been shot and killed and three more people had been shot throughout the day as protests engulfed the city.“Earlier this evening our officers worked to protect our residents’ right to peaceful protests. Most of those protesters cooperated and did a fine job. For that, we’re thankful. However, there was a small group of people that escalated to violent acts, including throwing projectiles at officers and breaking windows of government buildings,” Taylor said. “Since then, we have seen continued and escalating incidents of violence. This includes shots fired and loss of life. This is not acceptable in this community. This behavior will not be tolerated by IMPD.”“We’re asking that residents who do not live in the downtown area go home. Enough is enough. Indianapolis, we are better than this. Downtown is not safe at this time. Residents who do not live in the downtown area, we’re asking to please vacate the area,” Taylor added.The IMPD did not give any further details on the circumstances around the death of the individual involved in the shooting and said that they had “lost count” of the number of reported shots being fired across the city.4:32 a.m.: 28 arrested in Nashville; horses used to back crowd away from precinctA total of 28 people have been arrested by the Metro Nashville Police Department after the 10 p.m. curfew took effect.Earlier in the day, protesters marched down Broadway and 1st Avenue North arriving at 1 Public Square to continue protesting outside of the Metropolitan Nashville Courthouse.Protesters could be seen shouting “no peace” and “don’t shoot’ as they gathered on the steps of Public Square Park.Protesters reportedly broke out windows of Metro courthouse and spray-painted obscenities against law enforcement on the walls and sidewalk.A group of people also managed to break into the Metro courthouse and set fire to the outside and inside of the building before authorities were able to disperse the crowd using fireworks and a smoke bomb. Protesters could also be seen outside the front of the courthouse burning an American flag.3:39 a.m.: Target temporarily closes 175 stores in 13 states due to protestsTarget said Saturday night it will be temporarily closing 175 stores due to ongoing protests.Target closed 71 stores in Minnesota; 49 stores in California; four stores in Colorado; two stores in Georgia; seven stores in Illinois; one store in Michigan; five stores in Missouri; 12 stores in New York; one store in Nebraska; eight stores in Oregon; four stores in Pennsylvania; nine stores in Texas; and two stores in Wisconsin.Team members impacted by store closures will be paid for up to 14 days of scheduled hours during store closures, including COVID-19 premium pay.2:02 a.m.: Atlanta police arrest 70 people, majority of protesters have now dispersedAtlanta Police have issued a statement saying that they are no longer working any major incidents and the vast majority of protesters have dispersed.A total of 70 people have been arrested Saturday night into Sunday morning.1:12 a.m.: Protests mount in Ferguson, MissouriFerguson, Missouri, took violent turn when protesters have vandalized the police department.Ferguson was the center of civil of unrest in 2014 after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black man.All non-essential personnel were evacuated at the Ferguson Police Department.Missouri Governor Mike Parson declared a state of emergency late Saturday and activated the Missouri National Guard to stand ready to assist.Two officers were injured and transported to the hospital while two others were treated on the scene for minor injuries.12:53 a.m.: Miami-Dade Police arrest 38 people, suspends all transit services on SundayThe Miami-Dade Police Department have announced that 38 people have been arrested so far after Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez signed a local state of emergency declaration, ordering a curfew that took place at 10 p.m. last night until 6 a.m. on Sunday after some protesters began to burn police cars at the Miami Police Station.The Department of Transportation and Public Works also has suspended all Miami-Dade Transit services on Sunday, May 31, including Metrorail, Metromover and Metrobus. This decision was made in an abundance of caution, and to ensure the safety of all passengers and employees, according to a statement released by Miami-Dade County.12:46 a.m.: Biden releases statement on protests, urges understanding but cautions against ‘needless destruction’Former vice president Joe Biden released a paper statement just after midnight eastern on the ongoing unrest and protests currently gripping several major American cities, urging an understanding of the trauma many people of color in America are facing in the wake of George Floyd’s death, but also speaking out against the “needless destruction,” that is playing out as a result of the protests.“These last few days have laid bare that we are a nation furious at injustice. Every person of conscience can understand the rawness of the trauma people of color experience in this country, from the daily indignities to the extreme violence, like the horrific killing of George Floyd,” Biden wrote.“Protesting such brutality is right and necessary. It’s an utterly American response. But burning down communities and needless destruction is not. Violence that endangers lives is not. Violence that guts and shutters businesses that serve the community is not,” he added.The presumptive Democratic nominee also added that the protests going on tonight should not overshadow the cause they are trying to advance.“The act of protesting should never be allowed to overshadow the reason we protest. It should not drive people away from the just cause that protest is meant to advance,” Biden wrote.Biden also acknowledged the widespread pain across the country, not only from the pain of Floyd’s death, but from coronavirus as well, relating to the feeling of grief, but implored the country to use the current anger to “compel our nation across this turbulent threshold into the next phase of progress, inclusion, and opportunity for our great democracy.”“I know that there are people all across this country who are suffering tonight. Suffering the loss of a loved one to intolerable circumstances, like the Floyd family, or to the virus that is still gripping our nation. Suffering economic hardships, whether due to COVID-19 or entrenched inequalities in our system. And I know that a grief that dark and deep may at times feel too heavy to bear,” Biden said.“I know.”“And I also know that the only way to bear it is to turn all that anguish to purpose. So tonight, I ask all of America to join me — not in denying our pain or covering it over– but using it to compel our nation across this turbulent threshold into the next phase of progress, inclusion, and opportunity for our great democracy.”“We are a nation in pain, but we must not allow this pain to destroy us. We are a nation enraged, but we cannot allow our rage to consume us. We are a nation exhausted, but we will not allow our exhaustion to defeat us,” the statement said.Biden also pledged, if elected, to help lead a conversation on the issues that have caused the current unrest, and referenced again his recent conversation with George Floyd’s family and a promise he made to ensure his death will not just be a “hashtag.”“As President, I will help lead this conversation — and more importantly, I will listen. I will keep the commitment I made to George’s brother, Philonise, that George will not just be a hashtag. We must and will get to a place where everyone, regardless of race, believes that ‘to protect and serve’ means to protect and serve them,” Biden wrote.“Please stay safe. Please take care of each other,” he added, ending his statement.ABC News’ Whitney Lloyd, Aaron Katersky, Jeff Cook, Christine Theodorou, Ahmad Hemingway, Josh Hoyos, Alexandra Faul, Marcus Moore, Clayton Sandell, Bonnie McLean, Sarah Shales, Luis Martinez, Jake Date, and John Verhovek contributed to this report.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


Black youth have most complaints against NYC police, including 8-year-old arrested for playing with sticks

first_imgiStock/ChiccoDodiFCBy: BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC News (NEW YORK) — Amid a series of nationwide protests over police treatment of African Americans, a report released Monday shows that 64% of civilian complaints against New York City police officers were filed by or on behalf of young black people ages 8 to 18 who claimed to have been mistreated after being stopped for innocuous activities like high-fiving and carrying backpacks.The report by the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB), a police watchdog agency, analyzed 112 completed investigations between Jan. 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019, showing an overwhelming number (nearly 90%) of grievances involved children of color (black and Hispanic youth).The report also found that the number of complaints by youth of color was significantly larger than in the overall population (69.1%) and that nearly half of the complaints (46.3%) came from or were made on behalf of black male youth.“Sadly, after years of witnessing news about police misconduct and possibly experiencing it themselves, even the youngest among us have an awareness of the tension that too often exists between the police and civilians,” CCRB Chairman Fred Davie said in a statement. “As young New Yorkers lead the way in calling for change in our city following the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless others, it’s time for the NYPD to re-consider how officers police our youth, address disparities in law enforcement, and commit to swift discipline when officers engage in misconduct.”Among the complaints probed was a March 2018 incident in which a group of black and Hispanic boys was stopped by multiple police officers simply for talking, laughing and playing with sticks picked up off the ground as they walked home, according to the report. A lieutenant had two of the boys, an 8-year-old and a 14-year-old, whom officers saw running with sticks in their hands handcuffed and taken to a police station in tears, according to the report.Two of the officers testified that they were looking for “a group of Hispanic men in their 20s with a machete and a stick chasing and fighting other individuals” but their stories were inconsistent.“The mother of the 8-year-old complained that her son was not treated properly and that his dreams of being a police officer were over,” the report reads, adding that the complaint was substantiated and two of the officers and a lieutenant are facing a trial on administrative charges brought against them.Other complaints substantiated by the board, include:— An 11-year-old black boy who was stopped and frisked by an undercover officer after they saw him shaking hands with and high-fiving a group of adults he knew in a housing project. “One of the bystanders told the officer that he should not be searching the victim as he was under the age of 13, but an officer replied that drugs can be given to younger children,” the report reads. “The officers then got back into their vehicle and drove away.”— A 16-year-old Hispanic boy stopped for jaywalking by an officer and a sergeant in plainclothes and searched without probable cause, according to the report. The officers discovered a small pocket knife on the boy. While the teenager was not arrested or issued a summons, the board “determined by a preponderance of the evidence” that the officers wrongfully invoked their authority because the boy’s behavior did not amount to founded suspicion of criminality allowing the officer to question him.— A 15-year-old black boy was holding a deli bag and walking to a homeless shelter when a plainclothes detective and sergeant in an unmarked vehicle ordered him to stop without announcing they were police. The teenager ran but was tackled and handcuffed, suffering minor injuries. The bag the boy was holding contained a cheese roll and a piece of cake, according to the report.In response to the report, NYPD officials said just one case of substantiated police misconduct is unacceptable.“A top priority Commissioner (Dermot) Shea has set for the NYPD is to reimagine doing all we can to protect and serve New York City’s kids,” the police department said in a statement. “After careful review, we accept each of the CCRB’s thoughtful and constructive recommendations — some of which are already in the process of being implemented and all of which will strengthen our new Youth Strategy.”The report showed that 407 total complaints were filed against New York City police by or on behalf of youth between Jan. 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. Of the 112 fully-investigated complaints analyzed, 72% were filed by young people ages 10 to 18.The report says that 42% of the fully-investigated complaints were unsubstantiated and 29% were substantiated. About 93% of the fully-investigated complaints involved young people ages 10 to 18 that were filed on their behalf by adults.The CCRB also noted that between Jan. 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019, the NYPD reported 15,279 interventions with children ages 10 to 18. Of those interventions, 88% were with black or Hispanic children while just 6% were with white children.The report was released along with a public service announcement encouraging young New Yorkers who experience police misconduct to call the CCRB.The CCRB recommended that the NYPD use the report in taking steps to avoid the “over-policing” of New York City youths of color and make public its use-of-force data, including breaking it down by age and race.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


Two more former paperboys come forward to allege sexual abuse by supervisor: Lawsuit

first_imgpeepo/iStockBy KATE HOLLAND, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Two former paperboys for a Gannett-owned newspaper filed a complaint on Friday alleging that they were sexually abused by their supervisor nearly 40 years ago, joining five other former paperboys who have made similar allegations.Ballard Tackett, 47, and Kelby Ash, 49, allege that they were repeatedly molested by Jack J. Lazeroff, a onetime district sales manager for the Rochester, N.Y.-based Democrat & Chronicle, when Lazeroff oversaw their paper route between 1982 and 1985, when Tackett was 11 to 12 years old and Ash was 11 to 13 years old.Lazeroff’s misconduct was widely known among D&C staff, the complaint alleges, but the newspaper and its corporate owner Gannett Co., Inc., failed to protect the boys under their care, custody and control, directly resulting in their abuse.“The D&C negligently hired Lazeroff then failed to properly supervise him … permitted Lazeroff unfettered and unsupervised access to … young children, failed to address sexual abuse that was occurring in plain sight, and exposed Plaintiffs to danger,” the filing reads. “As a result of the wrongful conduct of the D&C, Plaintiffs were sexually abused.”Lazeroff was arrested in 1987 and charged with disorderly conduct, according to the lawsuit, after an employee at a donut shop told police that Lazeroff came into the donut shop “almost daily with a young paperboy” whom he would touch inappropriately. The police report identifies three D&C paperboys who Lazeroff had taken there. It is unclear, however, how the case was resolved.Lazeroff was arrested again in 1988, the lawsuit said, and “charged with sexual abuse in the second degree,” but he was reportedly allowed to plead guilty to a lesser charge in order to avoid jail time.Lazeroff died in 2003, but five other former D&C paperboys have since publicly accused him of sexual abuse, filing two separate claims against the newspaper and parent company in October 2019 and February 2020. All three filings allege that Lazeroff was hired by the D&C after being fired from his position at a Rochester bank for openly abusing high school boys who came in to apply for student loans.Spokespeople for the newspaper and its parent company did not immediately respond to a request for comment from ABC News.According to statements from several former employees detailed in the complaints, Lazeroff was ultimately fired from the paper for “messing with a paperboy,” though the exact date is unclear. The D&C has published several articles about Lazeroff, writing in one that the complaints “do not cite any direct evidence” substantiating the reason for Lazeroff’s termination from the paper.In 2019, the D&C reported that Lazeroff “might have been a sexual predator,” but that “It could not be determined whether any of Lazeroff’s supervisors at the Democrat and Chronicle knew of or acted on the allegations of misconduct against him.”Child news carriers are largely a relic of the past. A 1987 study conducted by what later became the News Media Alliance reportedly found that newspapers replaced at least 70,000 paperboys and girls with adults during the 1980s.But an understanding of the dangers of the profession have only just begun to emerge. In 2018, The Columbia Journalism Review reported that at least 12 child newspaper carriers were “abducted, sexually abused or killed” between 1970 and 1993.With their lawsuit, Tackett and Ash join thousands of other people seeking restitution through the New York State court system under the Child Victims Act, passed in 2019 and recently extended until 2021, that allows victims of childhood sexual abuse to pursue civil claims that would have otherwise expired under the state’s statute of limitations.According to James Marsh, a partner at Marsh Law Firm PLLC, which represents all seven of Lazeroff’s alleged victims, these cases “highlight the risk that all children face.”“The realization that it isn’t just scouts or students or alter boys who are at-risk for child sex abuse is profound and these lawsuits are a good example of how predators will take advantage of children wherever and however they can,” Marsh told ABC News in a statement. “Power, access, and opportunity can place any child at risk anywhere from anyone. Even a paperboy trying their best to finish their route before school can be victimized, which, while a shocking realization, also unfortunately makes perfect sense.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


Unsettled weather West as severe storm threat develops South

first_imgABC NewsBY: DANIEL MANZO, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) — After a turbulent week, the weather pattern this weekend is looking much quieter across the country.However, a new storm is beginning to move through the Western U.S. and it will bring mountain snow and some rain to the major western cities.Any rain across most of the Western U.S., and especially in Southern California, is very much welcomed at the moment but the rain looks like it might just miss Los Angeles where they have received less than half the average of their wet season rainfall to date.Some mountain snow could also make for treacherous travel, especially in the mountains passes in the Sierra.By Monday, some of this activity will move into the Central U.S. and become the next organized system that will bring impactful weather to the eastern half of the nation.After receiving their fourth largest snowstorm on record earlier this week, it appears another round of snow is headed for the Denver metro area by Monday.Additionally, the developing storm will spark the next round of severe weather with strong storms developing later Monday across Oklahoma and Texas. The risk includes the threat of damaging winds.By Tuesday and Wednesday, the threat for rain and strong storms will move further south and east.There will likely be another severe weather threat across portions of the Gulf states in this time frame.The result of this pattern is, locally, over a foot of snow in some of the northern Rockies and Cascades through Monday.Several inches of snow will be possible in the urban corridor of Colorado as well on Monday and, locally, 2 to 3 inches of rain is possible through Monday in parts of the central Plains and Midwest.The other big news is that it is officially spring this morning and spring-like temperatures will surge into the Midwest and Northeast over the next few days.Temperatures will likely be 10 to 15 degrees above average in the coming days across this region.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


Derek Chauvin verdict reactions: Updates

first_imgCourt TV via ABC News(MINNEAPOLIS) — People across the United States responded to the guilty verdict that was reached in the murder trial of former Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin, who was charged in the death of George Floyd.Chauvin was found guilty on all counts.Here’s how the news is developing. All times Eastern:Apr 21, 10:15 amAG announces civil investigation into Minneapolis Police DepartmentThe Justice Department is launching a civil investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department to determine whether the police department has a pattern or practice of unconstitutional or unlawful policing, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Wednesday.“Accountability is an essential part of building trust with the community,” Garland said. “Public safety requires public trust.”“Justice is sometimes slow, sometimes elusive and sometimes never comes,” he said. “The Department of Justice will be unwavering in its pursuit of equal justice.”Apr 20, 11:15 pmMinneapolis police chief: ‘I respect the process and the decision’  In a statement Thursday night, Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo reacted to the verdict reached in the Derek Chauvin trial, which found one of the department’s former officers guilty in the murder of George Floyd.“I want to acknowledge and thank the jurors on this case for their immense responsibility and honorable civic duty,” he said. “The verdict has been read and I respect the process and the decision.”The chief took the moment to thank the members of the force and their families.“The past year has been difficult and challenging, yet they have continued to show up and serve our community with the respect and dignity they deserve,” he said.Arradondo asked for “calm, safety and peace in our communities” in the wake of the verdict, and said the department will “strive to do our very best to earn your trust.”The chief was one of the highest-profile witnesses to testify for the prosecution during the trial. He told jurors that Chauvin violated numerous use-of-force and ethics policies in the fatal arrest of Floyd.Apr 20, 10:54 pmCelebrities, athletes react to the Chauvin verdictIn the wake of the Derek Chauvin guilty verdict, several celebrities and athletes took to social media to react.NBA star LeBron James summed it up in one word: “Accountability.”U.S. Open champ Naomi Osaka, who wore masks with the names of victims of racial injustice and police brutality during the tournament, including Floyd’s, said she was “hit with sadness because we are celebrating something that is clear as day.”Oprah Winfrey tweeted a photo of a young Floyd, saying she was “relieved” and “cried tears of joy as each verdict was read.”TV producer Shonda Rhimes said the verdict “does not bring back Mr Floyd. But justice is truth.”Whoopi Goldberg had a similar sentiment. “No one wins,” she tweeted. “George Floyd is still gone.”Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross said she is “weeping with grief and relief for George’s family, his loved ones, and this country.”Model Bella Hadid shared a photo of Floyd with his daughter, saying, “Thank God for justice and accountability today.”Actor George Takei, paraphrasing Martin Luther King Jr., tweeted that “the moral arc of the universe has finally bent toward” justice.Singer Barbra Streisand thanked the jury and the high schooler, Darnella Frazier, who filmed the viral video of the “horrible act.”Apr 20, 8:40 pmMayor: ‘This is a good day in Minneapolis’Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey described a city “gripped in grief” in the 11 months since George Floyd died while in police custody, as many residents took to the streets Tuesday to celebrate the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial.“This is a good day in Minneapolis,” Frey said during a press briefing a few hours after the verdict was announced. “But let me be exceedingly clear: This is day one.”“Justice has been rendered in this case, but we still have a long way to go to achieve true justice in our city and in our country,” he said, noting that the city is “piloting new ways of policing” in the wake of George Floyd’s death.The mayor said he was “relieved” by the verdict, and thanked the jurors and witnesses who testified.“We all wanted to see justice, we all wanted to make sure that, again, this was day one of the necessary change that we needed to see,” Frey said. “And I think we all were nervous that what has happened on so many occasions, through our judicial system, where we wouldn’t see that justice would happen.”The verdict comes as the city is also reeling from the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright while being detained by police last week in Brooklyn Center, a Minneapolis suburb. The shooting sparked widespread protests.A curfew has not been issued for Tuesday night, “although that certainly remains an option on the table if necessary,” Frey said. “That is not the desired approach, but it is an option that will be available.”Apr 20, 8:12 pmDHS Secretary: ‘This conviction is a step toward accountability’Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas weighed in on the conviction of Derek Chauvin on Twitter, Tuesday night.Mayorkas said the verdict was “a step toward accountability,” but said “it will not erase the pain felt by the Floyd family and Black Americans.”“I speak for myself and the entire Department of Homeland Security in reaffirming our commitment to do our part to end injustice as we work to make our country a safer and more equitable Nation for all,” he tweeted.Maorkas added that DHS is in contact with state and local agencies to ensure that citizens peacefully make their voices heard.-ABC News’ Luke BarrApr 20, 7:49 pmBiden, Harris deliver address from the White HousePresident Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris reacted to the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial in an address from the White House.Biden called the guilty verdict a “giant step forward in the march toward justice in America” and commended the witnesses who testified, including police officers.“Most men and women who wear the badge serve their communities honorably. Those few who failed to meet that standard must be held accountable, and they were today. One was,” Biden said. “No one should be above the law. And today’s verdict sends that message.”“But it’s not enough,” he continued. “We can’t stop here. In order to deliver a real change in reform, we can and we must do more to reduce the likelihood that tragedy like this will ever happen to occur again.”Harris called the verdict a step forward in law enforcement reform.“A measure of justice isn’t the same as equal justice,” she said. “We still have work to do.”Harris said she and Biden will continue to urge the Senate to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.“Black men are fathers and brothers and sons and uncles and grandfathers and friends and neighbors,” she said. “Their lives must be valued in our education system, in our health care system, in our housing system, in our economic system, in our criminal justice system, in our nation — full stop.”Apr 20, 7:45 pmJury ‘fulfilled’ its duty: Attorney General Merrick GarlandU.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland weighed on Tuesday’s verdict, stating the jury “has fulfilled its civic duty.”“While the state’s prosecution was successful, I know that nothing can fill the void that the loved ones of George Floyd have felt since his death,” he said in a statement.Garland added that the Justice Department’s civil rights investigation into Floyd’s death is still ongoing.Apr 20, 6:55 pmSenate Judiciary Committee announces police reform hearingU.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, who chairs the Judiciary Committee, said in a statement that he plans to hold a hearing on police reform next month, citing the Floyd case.“The verdict of this jury gives me hope that we can strive for a system of justice in our nation that is applied equally to all,” he said in a statement.“As Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I have the forum and the means to help move our nation nearer to that goal.”-ABC News’ Trish TurnerApr 20, 6:48 pmTeen who filmed viral video of arrest: ‘George Floyd we did it’The teenager who filmed George Floyd’s arrest and testified in court reacted after Derek Chauvin was found guilty of all three charges in his death.“I just cried so hard,” Darnella Frazier, 18, said in a social media post shortly after the verdict was announced. “This last hour my heart was beating so fast, I was so anxious.”“George Floyd we did it!!” she said. “Justice has been served.”Frazier, a high school student, was walking to Cup Foods with her 9-year-old cousin to buy some snacks on May 25, 2020, when they witnessed police officers pinning down Floyd.Frazier said she immediately began recording the incident with her cellphone.“He was in pain,” Frazier said of Floyd during her testimony the first week of the trial. “It seemed like, he knew … he knew it was over for him. He was terrified. He was suffering. This was a cry for help.”During her emotional, tearful testimony, Frazier said she has spent nights agonizing over what she saw.“I stayed up apologizing and apologizing to George Floyd for not doing more and not physically interacting, not saving his life,” she testified.ABC News’ Bill Hutchinson contributed to this report.Apr 20, 6:38 pmObama calls verdict ‘right thing,’ highlights activists’ work“Today, a jury in Minneapolis did the right thing,” former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama said in a joint statement.But the Obamas also said “true justice is about much more than a single verdict in a single trial.”“True justice requires that we come to terms with the fact that Black Americans are treated differently, every day,” they wrote. “It requires us to recognize that millions of our friends, family, and fellow citizens live in fear that their next encounter with law enforcement could be their last. And it requires us to do the sometimes thankless, often difficult, but always necessary work of making the America we know more like the America we believe in.”The Obamas said the verdict was a “necessary step,” but noted that concrete reforms to reduce and eliminate racial bias in the criminal justice system and efforts to expand economic opportunity for marginalized communities are needed.“And as we continue the fight, we can draw strength from the millions of people — especially young people — who have marched and protested and spoken up over the last year, shining a light on inequity and calling for change. Justice is closer today not simply because of this verdict, but because of their work,” they wrote.Apr 20, 6:35 pmMinnesota attorney general: Verdict is not ‘justice’Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, the lead prosecutor in the Derek Chauvin murder trial, measuredly addressed his victory shortly after the jury delivered its guilty verdict.“I would not call today’s verdict justice, however, because justice implies true restoration,” Ellison told reporters outside the Hennepin County Government Center. “But it is accountability, which is the first step towards justice.”Ellison thanked the witnesses who testified on behalf of the prosecution, including the bystanders to Floyd’s arrest on May 25, 2020, whom he referred to as a “bouquet of humanity.”“They didn’t know George Floyd,” he said. “They stopped and raised their voices, and they even challenged authority, because they saw his humanity. They stopped and they raised their voices because they knew that what they were seeing was wrong. They didn’t need to be medical professionals or experts in the use of force. They know what was wrong. And they were right.”Ellison also addressed Floyd’s family, who had to “relive again and again the worst day of their lives.”“I’m profoundly grateful to them for giving us the time we needed to prosecute this case,” Ellison said. “They have shown the world what grace and class and encourage really look like. Although verdict alone cannot heal their pain, I hope it’s another step on the long path toward healing for them.To the 14 members of the jury, Ellison thanked them for their time and attention “to carefully listen to the evidence.”“They answered the call, and they served in a landmark trial,” he said, and asked that people respect their privacy if they so desire.Ellison referred to his legal team as “all Michael Jordans.”“We presented the best case that we could, and the jury heard us, and we’re grateful for that,” he said. “We had the sole burden of proof in the case, and history shows that winning cases like these can be difficult.”With sentencing in the coming weeks, the attorney general said “this is not the end.” He also said his office expects to present another case, but did not go into any detail.Apr 20, 6:25 pmCongressional Black Caucus vows to press forward on police reformMembers of the Congressional Black Caucus reacted to the guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin case outside the Capitol on Tuesday, welcoming the news while vowing to press forward with police reform.“This verdict we certainly agree with, guilty on all charges,” Chair Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, said. “But we want our message to be very clear that this is just the first step. We know clearly that justice has been delayed.”Freshman Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., said the verdict “should be the regular thing” rather than a surprise international news headline. “All we’re doing is saying our lives matter.”“Step one is the verdict, step two is the sentencing,” Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., a leader of police reform legislation negotiations, added. “Now we have to focus on transforming policing in the United States.”-ABC News’ Ben SiegelApr 20, 6:25 pmCongressional Black Caucus vows to press forward on police reformMembers of the Congressional Black Caucus reacted to the guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin case outside the Capitol on Tuesday, welcoming the news while vowing to press forward with police reform.“This verdict we certainly agree with, guilty on all charges,” Chair Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, said. “But we want our message to be very clear that this is just the first step. We know clearly that justice has been delayed.”Freshman Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., said the verdict “should be the regular thing” rather than a surprise international news headline. “All we’re doing is saying our lives matter.”“Step one is the verdict, step two is the sentencing,” Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., a leader of police reform legislation negotiations, added. “Now we have to focus on transforming policing in the United States.”-ABC News’ Ben SiegelApr 20, 6:08 pmDemonstrators in Minneapolis reactPeople gathered Tuesday afternoon outside of the Hennepin County Government Center and at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis to hear the verdict.While some who were gathered were celebratory, others were tearful upon learning that Chauvin was found guilty on all of the counts against him.Police departments across the United States have been bracing for this moment. A state of emergency was declared, and National Guard troApr 20, 5:48 pmThe moment George Floyd’s family heard the verdictAs George Floyd’s family watched the verdict being read, they were overcome with emotion.Bystander video footage shown in court showed Floyd talking about his family while laying on the pavement under Chauvin’s knee.“Can’t believe this, man. Mom, love you. Love you. Tell my kids I love them. I’m dead,” he said.Apr 20, 5:37 pmA ‘turning point in American history,’ Floyd family lawyer saysBen Crump, one of the attorneys for George Floyd’s family that helped settle a $27 million civil lawsuit last month, called the Derek Chauvin case a “turning point in American history for accountability of law enforcement,” after the former Minneapolis police officer was convicted on all three counts in Floyd’s death.“Painfully earned justice has arrived for George Floyd’s family and the community here in Minneapolis, but today’s verdict goes far beyond this city and has significant implications for the country and even the world,” Crump said in a statement. “But it does not end here. We have not forgotten that the other three officers who played their own roles in the death of George Floyd must still be held accountable for their actions, as well.”Antonio M. Romanucci, another attorney on the legal team, said in a statement the verdict “reinforces significant police reforms underway in Minneapolis including use-of-force reporting, a requirement to keep body-worn cameras on, and a policy for officers to de-escalate non-threatening encounters by disengaging or walking away.”He called on Minnesota state lawmakers to pass The George Floyd Arbitration Reform Bill, and for the United States Senate to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.In March, Minneapolis’ City Council approved a $27 million settlement to the family of George Floyd.Apr 20, 5:29 pmMinnesota governor calls verdict an ‘important step forward’Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz released a statement on Facebook after the verdict was read, calling it an “important step forward for justice in Minnesota.” However, he noted, the death of Daunte Wright on April 11 is a reminder that “our work has only begun.”“A year later, Derek Chauvin has been found guilty of murder and faces years behind bars,” Walz wrote. “But we know that accountability in the courtroom is only the first step.”“No verdict can bring George back, and my heart is with his family as they continue to grieve his loss. Minnesota mourns with you, and we promise the pursuit of justice for George does not end today,” he continued.“True justice for George only comes through real, systemic change to prevent this from happening again,” Walz said. “And the tragic death of Daunte Wright this week serves as a heartbreaking reminder that we still have so much more work to do to get there.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


Council push to sell care

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Local authority wants law changed to enable it to sell its OH services tosmall-and medium-sized firmsNottinghamshire County Council is pressing for a change in the law to allowit to sell its OH services to local businesses. Personnel director Terry Gorman said there is strong demand from small- andmedium-sized enterprises, which cannot afford their own OH department, to buythe service from the council. “We cannot do work in the private sector,” said Gorman. “Wehave a first-rate OH service; we have been asked to provide that service toparts of the private sector, but we cannot.” Gorman is using his position as new president of the local governmentpersonnel managers’ body Socpo to press for a clause in the current Local GovernmentBill to permit such trading. This would bring councils into line with NHStrusts, many of which are providers of outsourced OH services to the privatesector. His call comes as Health Secretary Alan Milburn put pressure on more NHStrust OH departments to sell their services to local employers (see right). The RCN’s OH adviser Carol Bannister said Nottinghamshire council couldlearn from the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham. “They have a hugenumber of contracts but they have always increased the number of staff. If theyget a new contract, they get a new nurse.” Pressure for change in local councils comes from the Best Value scheme,under which they must provide better value for money than the private sector.Socpo argues that it is unfair competition as the private providers can takelocal authority business, but not vice versa. Council push to sell careOn 1 Apr 2000 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more


EC agrees to ‘expert’ tax breaks

first_imgEC agrees to ‘expert’ tax breaksOn 23 May 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article The European Commission has ruled that two Scandinavian schemes lowering taxes associated with recruiting experts from abroad do not constitute illegal state aid.Brussels said because employers in all sectors benefited from the systems – operating in Sweden and Denmark – they do not favour any particular industry or company, and so follow EU state aid rules.Benefits favour foreign experts with specialist qualifications.In Sweden, benefits of a 25 per cent reduction of income tax and in employers’ social contributions last up to five years. In Denmark, a special 25% flat rate income tax is offered for between six months and three years. Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more