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    Rallies against police brutality are hitting the United States, with mass demonstrations in solidarity also being held across the globe, including Europe and Canada.

    The mass unrest started in the US last month after the death of African American man George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. During his arrest on 25 May, officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes despite the latter being handcuffed, and pleading with Chauvin to stop, saying that he could not breathe.

    As a result, four officers were fired. Chauvin has since been charged with second-degree murder, while three other officers have been charged with aiding and abetting murder.

    Following Floyd's death mass protests erupted across the country, accompanied by numerous cases of looting, vandalism, and arson.

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      Pelosi Says Trump's Order on Police Reform Lacks Meaningful Measures to End Misconduct

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement on Tuesday that President Donald Trump's new executive order on police reform lacks meaningful measures to end officer misconduct.

      "The President’s weak executive order falls sadly and seriously short of what is required to combat the epidemic of racial injustice and police brutality that is murdering hundreds of Black Americans," Pelosi said. "The executive order lacks meaningful, mandatory accountability measures to end misconduct."

      Pelosi said lawmakers are working to advance the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which includes measures to curb police brutality, end racial profiling and the court-created doctrine of qualified immunity for police officers.

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      Trump Announces US Police Reform That Would Ban Chokeholds Unless Officer's Life in Danger

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      Trump Announces US Police Reform That Would Ban Chokeholds Unless Officer's Life in Danger

      The executive order will mark the start of the White House’s efforts to deal with the excessive use of force by police. According to media reports, it will order the creation of a system tracking the misconduct of specific officers and lay out methods to incentivise police departments to use social workers and mental health professionals.
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      Bust of Charles de Gaulle Vandalised in Hautmont, France

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      The incident comes after President Emmanuel Macron said France would not erase "a trace" of its history, bashing protesters who urged to remove "controversial" statues, following similar measures in the US, the UK, and other countries.
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    • 08:37

      One in Critical Condition After Shooting During Protests in US' New Mexico - Police

      A shooting broke out during anti-racism protests in Albuquerque in the US state of New Mexico on Monday evening, with the victim now in critical condition, the city police said.

      According to local media, the incident took place during a protest where demonstrators planned to topple a statue to Spanish conquistador Juan de Onate.

      "Albuquerque police intervened this evening with its Emergency Response Team after an individual shot another individual during a protest in Albuquerque’s Old Town. Police used chemical irritants and flash bangs to protect officers and detain individuals involved in the shooting. The individuals were disarmed and taken into custody for questioning," the police said in a press release, posted on Twitter late on Monday.

      They added that the injured man has been hospitalized and is "reported to be in critical but stable condition."

      The Federal Bureau of Investigation is assisting the Albuquerque Police Department’s violent crime investigators as they interview the shooting suspects.

    • 07:01

      Man Defending a Statue of Spanish Conquistador Shot as Protests Turn Violent in Albuquerque

    • 06:08

      Nancy Pelosi Claims Police 'Chokehold is a Lynching', Urging Republicans to Ban It

      "A chokehold is a lynching. That's a strangulation. It's a lynching. I think that is almost like the lowest common denominator, but again I will leave it up to my negotiators, because as you know in a negotiation, it's not what's in or out, it's the sum total of the different impact that the legislation will have in justice and policing", Pelosi told CNN.

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