Journalists are deliberately targeted during #GeorgeFloydProtests … “How to Protest Safely in the Age of Surveillance…

bellingcat – May 31, 6:18 AM

Bellingcat has identified and collected multiple instances of US law enforcement deliberately targeting journalists during the protests against the killing of George Floyd. The arrest of a CNN crew in Minneapolis while broadcasting live on air on

How to Protest Safely in the Age of Surveillance

Law enforcement has more tools than ever to track your movements and access your communications. Here’s how to protect your privacy if you plan to protest.
African American mayors and sheriffs stand among George Floyd protestors

In Central North Carolina, as in many places throughout the US, a mounting ammount of protesters from many
One journalist lost sight in one eye, another was pepper sprayed while he was held down, and several were struck with rubber bullets and tear gas.

In this video, two cops are seen detaining a black man. The casual racism and hostility to a peaceful bystander is appalling in any case, but these cops have made a worse error: the man they’ve handcuffed identifies himself as an FBI agent. They free the man at once.

The New York Times – Evan Hill – May 31, 8:47 PM

new video loaded: 8 Minutes and 46 Seconds: How George Floyd Was Killed in Police Custody Continue reading the main story

Los Angeles Times – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – May 30, 7:29 PM

What was your first reaction when you saw the video of the white cop kneeling on George Floyd’s neck while Floyd croaked, “I can’t breathe”? If you’re white, you probably muttered a horrified, “Oh, my God” while shaking

The MAGA Party didn’t go as planned for President Trump, who fled to the White House bunker after protestors, not presidential partisans, turned up in numbers outside the executive mansion.

Why Trump Can’t Designate Antifa as a Terrorist Organization

For one thing, they are neither terrorists nor an organization.
Research on How to Stop Police Violence

From Samuel Sinyangwe, a thread about research-based solutions to stop police violence . Body cams & police training

“Get your fucking knee off his neck!” people repeatedly shout as a cop dares to restrain a man by shoving his knee into the guy’s neck. The cop’s partner looks around, realizes what’s happening (or realizes that they’re on camera), and pushes the cop’s knee away.

Americans say there are two main sources of COVID-19 misinformation: social media and Donald Trump

A majority of U.S. adults think that misinformation about the the COVID-19 pandemic is a problem, according to survey results released Monday by Gallup and the Knight Foundation. And who are its sources?

Asked to identify the two most common sources of misinformation, a combined 68 percent name social media and 54 percent the Trump administration, though more give the Trump administration as their first response (47 percent) than social media (15 percent).

US Covid-19 Death Toll Nears 100,000

That’s the front page of the NY Times today, listing the names of hundreds of the nearly 100,000 Americans who have died from Covid-19 (the full listing is of ~1000 names and continues inside the paper).

Trump and Twitter Go to War

The consequences could change the nature of social media.

Twitter last night hid one of President Trump’s tweet behind a warning, saying that it broke the company’s policy against glorifying violence. In the tweet, Trump branded protestors in Minneapolis ‘THUGS’ and suggested they should be shot.

….These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!


The news: Twitter placed a warning label on a tweet from US President Donald Trump early on May 29, saying that it violated the platform’s rules against “glorifying violence.” In the tweet, sent at 12:53 a.m., the president called Minneapolis protesters demonstrating against the death of a black man in police custody “THUGS,” threatened military intervention, and said that “When the looting starts, the shooting starts.”

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