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Saturday June 20th, 2020 morning edition

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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.

Polis, a Democrat, said the new law will help restore trust between law enforcement and the community and that “black Americans deserve to feel safe.”.

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.

The new law requires all local and Colorado State Patrol officers who have contact with the public to be equipped with body cameras by July 1, 2023.

Grand juries under the law will be required to release reports when they decide against charging officers accused in deaths.

The state Legislature overwhelmingly approved the bill 10 days after it was introduced on June 3. »

Petition underway to rename Columbus, Ohio, 'Flavortown' as city removes Christopher Columbus statue

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As Columbus, Ohio’s mayor announced that the city’s statue of Christopher Columbus will come down, a petition is circulating to rename the city “Flavortown.”.

The Christopher Columbus statue at Columbus’ City Hall is one of several across the country that are slated to come down.

A separate statue of Christopher Columbus in Columbus, Ohio, will come down from the center of Columbus State Community College's campus. »

Kid Rock’s Nashville Bar Loses Beer Permit Over COVID Violations

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Kid Rock’s Big Ass Honky Tonk and Rock & Roll Steakhouse will have its permit to sell beer suspended for five days after the Nashville venue served patrons at its bar — a violation of the city’s active public-health emergency order.

A photo taken last weekend inside the subtly named entertainment venue, which is co-owned by Nashville businessman Steve Smith, showed a packed bar and no masks from most customers or servers.

The temporary suspension of the beer permit was a result of a later inspection. »

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. »