The Most Recent: Columbus statue taken down in Camden, New Jersey – Marin Independent Journal

11June 2020

By The Associated Press TOP OF THE HOUR:

— Columbus statue removed in Camden, New Jersey

— Kentucky prohibits use of ‘no knock' warrnts, names regulation after Breonna Taylor

— Georgia male dealing with updated charges for ramming his ATV into an Atlanta cop during a demonstration.

— Group of Minneapolis law enforcement officer say they're all set to back authorities chief's assured overhaul of the department.

— Lafayette Park fencing near White House being taken down.


CAMDEN, N.J.– A New Jersey city near Philadelphia has taken down a statue of Christopher Columbus, signing up with others throughout the nation.

The city of Camden released a statement Thursday night calling the statue in Farnham Park a “questionable symbol” that has “long pained locals of the community.”

Protesters mobilized by the death of George Floyd at the hands of police have actually required the removal of statues of Columbus. They state the Italian explorer is accountable for the genocide and exploitation of native peoples in the Americas.

Video from local news outlets showed the statue coming down Thursday night. The city's statement says “a strategy to reexamine these outdated signs of racial department and oppressions” is overdue. The majority of Camden citizens are individuals of color.

Statues of Columbus have likewise been fallen or vandalized in cities such as Miami; Richmond, Virginia; St. Paul, Minnesota, and Boston, where one was decapitated.


LOUISVILLE, Ky.– The use of questionable “no-knock” warrants has been prohibited in Louisville, and the brand-new regulation called for Breonna Taylor, who was fatally shot after officers break into her home.

The city's Metro Council all voted Thursday night to prohibit the controversial warrants after days of demonstrations and calls for reform.

Taylor, who was studying to end up being a nurse, was shot 8 times by officers conducting a narcotics investigation on March 13. No drugs were found at her home.

“I'm just going to say, Breonna, that's all she wished to do was conserve lives, so with this law she will continue to get to do that,” Taylor's mother, Tamika Palmer, stated after the law was passed. “She would be so happy.”

The law bans making use of the warrants by Louisville Metro officers. Police generally use them in drug cases over issue that proof might be destroyed if they announce their arrival. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul likewise presented federal legislation Thursday that would ban using no-knock warrants nationwide.


ATLANTA– Charges have actually been updated against a 42-year-old guy accused of deliberately running his ATV into an Atlanta policeman throughout a demonstration of cops brutality and the death of George Floyd.

In a statement Thursday, Atlanta police spokesperson Carlos Campos said Avery Goggans, of Stone Mountain, faces brand-new charges of exacerbated assault, worsened battery and belongings of a gun during the commission of a felony.

Campos stated the brand-new charges were submitted due to the fact that Goggans had actually tried to strike 2 other officers at different crossways prior to he rammed into Officer Maximilian Brewer in downtown Atlanta on the night of May 30. Maker suffered significant injuries to his legs.

Goggans was at first charged with DUI, careless driving, ownership of marijuana and other traffic offenses consisting of major injury by car, Campos stated.


HOUSTON– Two statues that commemorate the Confederacy will be eliminated from Houston city parks, Mayor Sylvester Turner announced Thursday.

The statue of a Confederate soldier called “Spirit of The Confederacy” will be moved from Sam Houston Park to the Houston Museum of African American Culture. Ann Stern, president of a museum benefactor, states the statue will be able to be translated in a manner that promotes an inclusive and anti-racist community,

A statue of a Confederate weapons leader popular in the naval victory versus 2 Union vessels in the Battle of Sabine Pass will be moved from Hermann Park to the Sabine Pass Battleground State Historical Site near Port Arthur, Texas.

The relocations were suggested by a city task force Turner selected to think about the problem.


FRANKFORT, Ky.– Kentucky's governor has actually asked a state commission to vote to get rid of a statue of Jefferson Davis from the Capitol's Rotunda, a day after another statue of the Confederate president was fallen by protesters in Virginia.

Gov. Andy Beshear's demand comes in the middle of a rapidly unfolding protest movement to take down Confederate monuments around the U.S. after the death of George Floyd, a black guy who died in police custody in Minnesota.

The Davis statue is one of a number of in the Rotunda and lies not far from a bronze likeness of Abraham Lincoln. Both Civil War adversaries were born in Kentucky.

The Democratic guv calls the statue a dissentious sign, saying it needs to go, and anticipates a vote Friday in favor of moving it.


MINNEAPOLIS– A group of Minneapolis police officers is condemning the officer charged with murder in George Floyd's death and say they're prepared to back the police chief's assured overhaul of the department.

Fourteen officers signed an open letter Thursday addressed to “Dear Everyone– however specifically Minneapolis residents.”

The letter stated Officer Derek Chauvin “failed as a human” and “stripped George Floyd of his dignity and life.”

Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder in Floyd's May 25 death for pressing his knee into Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes as he lay handcuffed. The letter makes no mention of 3 other officers charged with aiding and abetting.

The officers signing the letter said they represent “hundreds” of other officers.


NEW ORLEANS– The New Orleans authorities chief steadfastly protected his department's usage of tear gas versus protesters recently and stated tried to powerfully cross a cops line and cross a Mississippi River bridge.

Under sharp questioning Thursday from New Orleans City Council members, Superintendent Shaun Ferguson said from 100 to 200 protesters had actually attempted to require the concern when authorities obstructed passage on an approach to the bridge.

Ferguson stated during an online conference that violence appeared after the protesters attempted to break the cutting edge.

The virtual meeting was held as about 300 people collected outside City Hall for a “Defund the Police” rally.

Authorities abuse has actually long resounded in New Orleans, where the deaths of unarmed civilians at the hands of cops following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 led to federal investigations and court-ordered reforms.


MINNEAPOLIS– Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz stated at a press conference Thursday afternoon that there will be legal consequences for individuals who lassoed and took down a statue of Columbus on the Minnesota State Capitol premises in St. Paul on Wednesday night.

But lieutenant guv Peggy Flanagan, a Native American from the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, explained that she was happy to see it go. She chairs a board with oversight over the Capitol premises and had been pursuing years to get it removed.

She later stated the explorer's legacy was “setting in movement generations of violence, rape and genocide against native individuals. Positioning a statue of a historical figure on the Minnesota State Capitol premises gives an honor to their tradition. There is no honor in the tradition of Christopher Columbus,” she stated.


WASHINGTON– Workers on Thursday started eliminating the tall black chain-link fence from the north side of Lafayette Park, permitting access to the historical protest area straight in front of the White House.

A senior member of DC Mayor Muriel Bowser's personnel tweeted video Thursday afternoon revealing the fence being gotten rid of in areas. Bowser's government has actually consistently requested the elimination.

The fence was erected late at night on June 1, a couple of hours after U.S. Park Police and other security forces utilized smoke bombs, pepper pellets and officers on horseback to strongly clear peaceful protesters so President Donald Trump might stage a quick picture chance in front of St. John's, a historic church that had actually been harmed in the protests.

The fence quickly ended up being a forum for numerous indications, portraits and pieces of demonstration art. Previously this week volunteers began getting rid of and maintaining the art work and signs.

The National Park Service validated the removal of the fencing around the park's border however said some short-lived fencing would remain up until damaged locations can be repaired.


BIRMINGHAM, Ala.– An Alabama comedian who spoke at a rally following the authorities killing of George Floyd was detained on a charge of prompting a riot by cops who contend he assisted trigger a night of violent discontent in Birmingham.

Jermaine Johnson surrendered to authorities on the misdemeanor charge on Tuesday and paid a $500 bond prior to being launched, his lawyer, Emory Anthony, informed

Anthony stated he was surprised that authorities decided to charge Johnson, who's understood for his videos about the University of Alabama football team.

Johnson spoke at a peaceful rally in a downtown park on May 31 prior to a crowd went a few blocks away to Linn Park, where a Confederate monolith was terribly harmed. Individuals later on expanded through the location, smashing windows, setting fires and looting despite cautionary words in Johnson's speech.

The harmed obelisk was gotten rid of.


SIOUX FALLS, S.D.– The South Dakota town where George Floyd's uncle lives is seeing a renewed debate over its cops department logo design in the middle of calls for the elimination of the Confederate flag across the nation.

Floyd's uncle Selwyn Jones tells the Rapid City Journal that he ‘d like his hometown of Gettysburg to change the logo design that embellishes patrol car and officer spots. It's been in place considering that 2009 and features an American flag along with a Confederate flag.

Mayor Bill Wuttke says he will not eliminate the flag from the logo and maintains it represents history. He says the factor it was put on had nothing to do with racism.


SEATTLE– Police have largely withdrawn from a location of the Capitol Hill area in Seattle that has been transformed into a festival-like scene of murals, street merchants and a rotating group of speakers.

The “Capital Hill Autonomous Zone” emerged after cops on Monday removed barricades near the East Precinct and generally deserted the structure after officers utilized tear gas, pepper spray and flash bangs over the weekend to disperse demonstrators they said were assaulting them with projectiles throughout demonstrations in the wake of the death of George Floyd.

Across several blocks, lots of people now appear to listen to speakers calling for cops reform, racial justice and compensation for Native American groups on whose land the city was founded.


BOSTON– Statues and historical websites in Boston that are seen as signs of oppression are being targeted for modification.

Mahtowin Munro, a spokesperson for United American Indians of New England, stated in a statement Thursday that a park with a statue of Christopher Columbus “must be a public place that feels welcoming to everyone in Boston, not a place that is a homage to a genocidal beast.”

Mayor Marty Walsh told protesters he's open to a minimum of considering a name modification for Faneuil Hall, where rebellious colonists plotted independence from Britain. The conference hall and its marketplace are major traveler draws and were constructed with financing from merchant Peter Faneuil, who owned and traded servants.

Activists are lobbying to have the website renamed to honor Crispus Attucks, a black man extensively considered to be the first American casualty of the Revolutionary War. Kevin Peterson, founder of the New Democracy Coalition that's pushing for the name modification, calls the building “a sign of white supremacy.”


ALBANY, N.Y.– New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo stated Thursday that he supports the statue of Christopher Columbus that stands in the middle of Columbus Circle in Manhattan.

Cuomo, who is Italian-American., states he understands “the feelings about Christopher Columbus and a few of his acts, which no one would support.”

However Cuomo states the statue has pertained to represent and signify gratitude for the Italian American contribution to New York,” and for that reason he supports it.


MADISON, Wis.– The mayor of Madison has actually excused a personal message to the city's police in which she had compassion with officers handling civil unrest that followed the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The personal video was made public Tuesday when it was posted on Facebook and drew criticism from social justice advocates.

On Wednesday, Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway asked forgiveness openly saying she stopped working to make it clear in her message to cops that black lives matter, the State Journal reported.

Tranquil protests in Madison following Floyd's death May 25 were spoiled by a number of nights of looting and burglaries near the Capitol.


MIAMI– The head of Florida's biggest authorities department states his agency will stop using chokeholds.

Alfredo Ramirez, director of the Miami-Dade Police Department, states the applied carotid triangle restraint will not be utilized, and the choice was based on feedback from the community and policing professionals.

He states: “As a progressive company, we must remain in a constant state of evaluation and open up to emerging finest practices and neighborhood feedback.”

Demonstrators around the U.S. have actually been requiring authorities reforms following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

In 2014, Eric Garner passed away in New York City after being placed in a chokehold by a police officer.


MIAMI– Miami authorities state seven individuals have actually been arrested for vandalizing statues of Christopher Columbus and Juan Ponce de León.

The arrests happened Wednesday when numerous police vehicles pulled up and had a fight with protesters, the Miami Herald reported. Some demonstrators in Bayfront Park had spray painted statues of Columbus and Ponce de León with “George Floyd,” “BLM” (Black Lives Matter) and a hammer and sickle.

Miami cops say officers who responded to the scene were assaulted and a cars and truck was damaged. Video from the Herald shows cops chasing protesters and numerous being pushed by police, some to the ground.

Police say in a brand-new release there's “absolutely no tolerance” for home damage or injuring the general public or officers.

Richard Dombroff, a demonstrator, told officers with a bullhorn, “We've been peaceful all week long and you simply broke that peace.”

The rally was held to honor 18-year-old Israel “Reefa” Hernandez, who passed away after cops used a stun weapon on him in 2013.

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