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PBC News & Comment: George Floyd Protests Are Changing Americans’ Views

After 2 weeks of constant protest, new polls show that big majorities—including some Republicans—recognize systemic injustice in America…--disapproval of Trump’s handling of protests and pandemic show his support declining, and Biden’s growing

--WashPost details Biden’s pro-cop history in this deep dive

--now that it barely matters, Hillary Clinton endorses Black Lives Matter, as Alan Mcleod reports

--AG Barr contradicts Trump, says 45 went to the bunker on May 29 due to security concerns, not for “inspection”

--based on speculative report from OAN, Trump’s new favorite network, he tweets bizarre claim that brutalized Buffalo elder could be “antifa provocateur”

--24-year-old pre-law student from Charlotte tweeted taunt at FBI, posing as leader of local antifa unit, and FBI asked him to become an informer

--a man who rammed his truck into crowd of protesters in Virginia Sunday isn’t antifa—he’s an admitted Klan leader; a white supremacist in Bakersfield used his vehicle to kill a black protester

--2 more cases of police-induced asphyxiation are reported

--listener John Zweibel shared link to this video compilation of police violence against protesters

--NY cop who shoved a woman to the ground is first to face brutality charges

--in Brooklyn, film maker Christopher Frierson got a face full of pepper spray, and caught it on video

--in San Jose, an activist who trained cops on implicit bias tried to de-escalate a confrontation, and was shot with rubber bullet

--New York state’s civil code section 50-a, which keeps police misconduct secret, may be overturned

--in lengthy op-ed, Michelle Alexander offers wise words

--and at ConsortiumNews, Caitlin Johnstone warns that the Democrats will kill any real attempts at change

--in final memorial to George Floyd in Houston, Rep. Al Green calls for new “department of reconciliation”

--as GOP leaders reject calls to “defund the police”, David Sirota lists the law enforcement efforts already defunded by Republicans

--like the MeToo movement, the Floyd protests are reaching into the workplace, too

--Forbes report on Norwegian scientist’s claim that coronavirus was made in a lab has disappeared online

--new study from UC Berkeley says the Covid shutdown prevented spread of 4.8 million cases in US by early April

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

--the Trump recession following Covid shutdown is hastening the death of retail

--driven by more voter purges and new voting machines, Georgia’s primary sees long line and 3-hour waits

--WashPost editorial notes that Trump’s efforts to isolate Iran and Venezuela have brought them together against US