As protests against president-elect Donald Trump continue throughout the country, some of the demonstrations are taking a violent turn. According to reports, a march in Portland quickly escalated into a riot. Nearly 4,000 demonstrators took to the streets and damaged cars, shattered windows and vandalized buildings. Police officials used “rubber baton rounds” and pepper spray in an effort to stop the chaos. At one point, officers began using nonlethal flash grenades to control the crowd. “They’re not coming to show solidarity, they’re coming because they know there’s going to be a big crowd,” said Pete Simpson, the Portland Police department’s public information officer. “Their tactic is go out and destroy property. It’s definitely fair to say we are significantly outnumbered.” Nearly 29 people were arrested in Portland. Following Trump’s win, protests have erupted in major cities across the U.S., including Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York. Read more.
SFPD’s Use of Force Disproportionately Affects Blacks
According to a new report, the San Francisco Police Department’s use of force has affected Blacks more than any other race. The data, which was collected by the SFPD, shows that since the beginning of this year, officers have used force in 2,787 incidents. Nearly 1,266 of those occurrences involved African-Americans. Whites and Latinos made up 23 percent of the incidents. Examples of force include physically hurting an individual, putting someone in a chokehold, hitting a person with an object or fist, utilizing pepper spray, a baton, or a gun, and aiming a firearm at someone. The most common form of force was aiming a firearm. “The data warrants further analysis, and the SFPD is looking to partner with an academic institution to delve deeper into the numbers, including examination of factors leading to these reported uses of force,” said police spokeswoman Officer Grace Gatpandan. Read more.
President Obama Hosts Cleveland Cavaliers at the White House
President Obama welcomed the Cleveland Cavaliers and their families to the White House on Thursday. He held a ceremony to congratulate the team on winning the franchise’s first NBA title in 52 years. “This is a city that throughout sports history has been through a lot. ‘The Fumble,’ ‘The Drive,’ Jordan over Ehlo, a whole lot more,” said President Obama. “Cleveland was always Believeland. That’s why the Cavs have always given back to their fans and the community that’s been so loyal to them.” Some of the players took to social media to post pictures of their visit and express their discontent with the election of Donald Trump. J.R. Smith posted a photo of his daughter standing outside the White House with the caption, “How do you explain to this face what happen? You can be a educated women in your field an not get the job because your a women or cause your black? How do you say “go try your best” even though it won’t be good enough. How do I even feel confident sending her on play dates knowing the kids family voted for the racist, sexist person an I don’t know how they will treat her when she’s gone. How? Seriously How? I understand let go and let God! But damn!” Read more.
New Series Will Explore the Deaths of Tupac and Biggie
A new USA Network series will delve into the deaths of hip-hop legends Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. The dramatized series, titled Unsolved, will capture the experiences of LAPD Detective Greg Kading, who penned the book Murder Rap: The Untold Story of Biggie Smalls & Tupac Shakur Murder Investigations. It will examine both investigations surrounding their murders. Anthony Hemingway will executive produce and direct the series. Mark Taylor and Kyle Long will also serve as executive producers. Read more.
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