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PBC News & Comment: Blue Wall Crumbles in Minneapolis

At hearing, 3 cops—including 2 rookies—who watched Derek Chauvin suffocate George Floyd turn on Chauvin, a notable departure….–officers’ loyalty to bad cops is a central problem in police misconduct cases, argues PBC

–Minneapolis enacts immediate ban on police use of chokeholds

–Rev. Al Sharpton gave an impressive eulogy at George Floyd’s funeral yesterday

–at Rose Garden press event, Trump boasts about flaky unemployment numbers, and unloads cringeworthy remark “this is a great day for George Floyd”

–Biden denounces Trump’s comment as “despicable”, as he recovers from his own gaffe last night that “10-15% of Americans are just not very good people”

–armed guards defending Trump’s new White House wall display no identification and won’t say where they’re from or who they report to

–DC Mayor Muriel Bowser demands removal of the mystery militias, and renames street near White House “Black Lives Matter Plaza”

–after humiliating his defense secretary, Trump relents, sends military units back to their bases, and remaining National Guard units ordered to disarm

–ACLU and BLM sue TrumpCo for Monday’s assault on peaceful protesters, as Park Service admits that tear gas was used, contradicting Trump

–Twitter disables Trump campaign video that misappropriates Floyd’s death, due to copyright complaint

–Maine governor warns Trump to avoid divisive language as he visits Bangor today, after Gov. Mills pointedly asked him to cancel

–at Bradblog, Brad Friedman makes the case that Trump committed felony voter fraud by absentee voting in Florida

–NYPD leads the nation in brutal attacks on curfew violators, using fake taxis and dragnet “kettling” on nonviolent protesters; arrestees risk infection in jails

–at memorial for Floyd, Mayor de Blasio is booed

–Brooklyn man who was arrested after curfew faced FBI interrogation over his political beliefs

–at Shadowproof, Kevin Gosztola debunks “outside agitator” assertions

–at The Intercept, Nick Turse reveals Pentagon war game that focused on rebellion by Gen Z

–listener Andrea Hegland advocates for vitamin D and hydroxychloroquine in memo to PBC

–in our daily Covid-19 update, Linda Lewis addresses Hegland’s research

NY Times bosses now say that Sen. Tom Cotton’s semi-fascist op-ed was the result of “rushed editorial process”

–as YouTube took down the Michael Moore/Jeff Gibbs documentary Planet of the Humans, Matt Taibbi sounds the alarm on expanding censorship

–2 Senate committees press on with investigation of the Russiagate investigation

–Gitmo’s top judge rules that defendants who were tortured can get relief at sentencing