Dec 9, 2018

2018 was a record year for school gun violence

The March for Our Lives protest in Washington. Photo: Visions of America/UIG via Getty Images

There have been a record 94 incidents of gun violence in schools across the United States in 2018 — a nearly 60% jump from the previous high set in 2006, according to data from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.

The big picture: The database, which stretches back to 1970, records any incident in which a gun is "brandished, is fired, or a bullet hits school property for any reason," per The Guardian. The February school shooting in Parkland, Florida, which resulted in 17 deaths, helped to reinvigorate a national movement against gun violence. The student-led March for Our Lives demonstration earlier this year saw more than 1.7 million people march in 752 protests across the U.S.

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Trump walks to historic St. John's Church outside White House as protests rage

President Trump walked to the historic St. John’s Episcopal Church, located just steps away from the White House across Lafayette Park, on Monday night as protests linked to the murder of George Floyd raged across the capital and cities around the country.

What we're seeing: Military police and park rangers used physical force and tear gas on peaceful protestors to clear the area so that Trump could "pay respects" to the church that was damaged by a fire on Sunday.

Trump threatens to deploy military amid national unrest

President Trump announced from the White House Rose Garden Monday evening that he is "mobilizing all available federal resources, civilian and military" to stop violent protests across the country, decrying "professional anarchists, looters, criminals, antifa and others" whose actions have "gripped" the nation.

The backdrop: Trump's announcement came as police clashed with protesters just outside of the White House, using tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse crowds chanting, "Hands up, don't shoot," and other slogans. Flash bangs used outside the White House could be heard from the Rose Garden.

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Autopsies say George Floyd's death was homicide

Police watch as demonstrators block a roadway while protesting the death of George Floyd in Miami. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Preliminary results from an independent autopsy commissioned by George Floyd's family found that his death in the custody of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was "homicide caused by asphyxia due to neck and back compression that led to a lack of blood flow to the brain," according to a statement from the family's attorney.

The latest: An updated official autopsy released by the Hennepin County medical examiner also determined that the manner of Floyd's death was "homicide," ruling it was caused by "cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdued, restraint, and neck compression."