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PBC News & Comment: As ‘Defund Police’ Calls Expand, Police Remain Defiant

Protesters demand to “defund the police” as Minneapolis council members vow to “dismantle” rogue department; Buffalo, Philly cops back their bad apples…--the slogan has various interpretations, but reflects strong need to drastically reform policing and remove protections for law-breaking cops

--NYC’s de Blasio bows to pressure, to cut NYPD budget, but Joe Biden says he opposes budget cuts

--House Democrats propose bill to limit bias and excessive force

--in past 5 years, police have killed over 1,000 suspects each year

--lawmakers demand an end to DEA surveillance of protesters

--viral videos reveal police brutality in Buffalo and Philadelphia, but fellow officers support the accused cops

--new protest is sparked in Oakland after Highway Patrol officers shot and killed suspect in looted car

--active duty air force MP is accused of killing sheriff’s deputy in California, same suspect my have killed security guard in Oakland

--Sunday night in Seattle, a protester was killed after confronting armed man who drove his car through a crowd

--undocumented man in Phoenix was swept up in protest dragnet, now faces deportation

--Army opens investigation into use of choppers to buzz DC protesters last Monday

--NY Times sacks editorial page editor over Tom Cotton op-ed, as tensions rise in newsrooms

--at The Grayzone, Yasha Levine reports that US propaganda media aren’t reporting the protests

--our daily Covid-19 update, prepared by Linda Lewis

--Libyan civil war may be winding down, as CIA buddy Hifter signals defeat

--in Israel, Netanyahu’s plan to annex parts of West Bank draw surprise challenges from settlers and Palestinian Authority

--Glenn Greenwald slams NY Times as it finally admits the false reporting that led to coup in Bolivia last year

--at Jacobin, Derek Davison and Alex Thurston preview foreign policy in a Biden presidency

--WashPost shows potential fraud rate in vote by mail states is .0025 percent