The Daily Populous

Saturday June 20th, 2020 day edition

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Racial justice protests have spread from the United States to Europe, including this mid-June 2020 demo in Strasbourg, eastern France.

The European Parliament voted Friday to declare that "Black Lives Matter" and to denounce racism and white supremacism in all its forms.

The resolution has no legal consequences but sends a signal of support to anti-racism protesters, and it follows a UN call for a probe into police brutality and "systemic racism.".

The resolution, passed by 493 votes to 104, "strongly condemns the appalling death of George Floyd", an unarmed suspect killed by US police in May.

It rebukes Trump for his "inflammatory rhetoric" and for threatening to deploy the army against protesters.

EU capitals are urged to denounce "the disproportionate use of force and racist tendencies in law enforcement.".

Earlier Friday, the UN Human Rights Council demanded a report on "systemic racism", but left out any direct mention of the United States in the resolution. »

Asked repeatedly to say 'Black lives matter,' Mike Pence says 'all lives matter'

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(CNN) Vice President Mike Pence declined to say the words "Black lives matter" during an interview with an ABC affiliate in Pennsylvania on Friday, instead saying that "all lives matter.".

"Let me just say that what happened to George Floyd was a tragedy," Pence told 6ABC Action News in Philadelphia when asked directly if he would say that Black lives matter.

The distinction between saying "Black lives matter" and "all lives matter" has emerged as something of a cultural dividing line amid the nationwide discussion about racial equality that has been touched off in recent weeks. »

Colorado governor signs police accountability bill, ending qualified immunity defense in the state

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DENVER — Colorado Gov. Jared Polis on Friday signed into law a broad police accountability bill introduced amid protests over the police killing of George Floyd.

The measure eliminates the qualified immunity defense that protects police officers from lawsuits and it now allows them to be sued for misconduct.

Colorado becomes one of the first states in the country to END qualified immunity as part of this historic comprehensive police accountability bill. — ACLU of Colorado (@ACLUofColorado) June 19, 2020. »

AMC Theatres Reverses and Will Require Guests to Wear Masks Nationwide

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AMC has reversed its course and said that it will now require guests to wear masks at all its movie theaters nationwide.

Also Read: Alamo Drafthouse to Require Face Masks at Theaters.

As we reopen theatres, we now will require that all AMC guests nationwide wear masks as they enter and enjoy movies at our theatres. »

Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews tests positive for COVID-19

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Maple Leafs superstar Auston Matthews has tested positive for the coronavirus COVID-19, two National Hockey League sources outside Toronto have confirmed to the Toronto Sun.

Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen, who was spending much of the break from NHL play with Matthews’ at his Scottsdale home, did not test positive for COVID-19, the same sources indicate.

To date, the Maple Leafs have not commented on Matthews’ status and may have some kind of response later today or tomorrow. »