Situational awareness: As unrest spread across dozens of American cities yesterday, the Pentagon took the rare step of ordering the Army to prepare several active-duty U.S. military police units for deployment to Minneapolis, AP's James LaPorta reports.
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The fury over George Floyd's killing is erupting as the U.S. faces a wave of bankruptcies, "avalanche of evictions" and pandemic that are all hitting African Americans disproportionately, Axios Markets Editor Dion Rabouin reports.
Why it matters: What these seemingly disparate issues have in common is that they emanate from systemic abuses that calls to action and promised reforms have yet to meaningfully address.
Likewise, much of the economic fallout we're seeing because of the coronavirus stems from unresolved issues left over from the 2008 Great Recession.
The root cause of the 2008 crisis — rampant corporate greed — was never sufficiently contained.
Between the lines: The swift action from the Federal Reserve and Congress that saved the financial system had the unintended effect of exacerbating the nation's growing income inequality.
What's next: The coronavirus pandemic looks to be heading in much the same way.
Last August, activists demand police accountability at a rally in Grand Central Terminal marking the fifth anniversary of Mike Brown's killing by Ferguson, Mo., officer Darren Wilson. Photo: Erik McGregor via Getty Images
Seven years after the launch of the Black Lives Matter movement, it's still rare for police officers to be charged in the deaths of African Americans — and even more rare for an officer to go to jail, Axios' Ursula Perano writes.
The backstory: The Black Lives Matter movement took off in 2013 when George Zimmerman, a civilian, was acquitted of shooting Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager. The case kickstarted the international movement to address the controversial deaths of black people, particularly at the hands of police.
Explore how prominent cases ended.
Prime time in America was filled last night with live images of furious confrontations between protesters and police in Minneapolis ... Brooklyn ... outside the White House ... Atlanta ... Louisville ... Cincinnati ... Dallas ... L.A. ... San Jose ... Bakersfield (!) ... Portland, Ore. ... and more.
CNN showed captivating live pictures from behind a line of riot police in the lobby of CNN Center, one of Atlanta's top tourist attractions, as a guy with skateboard bashed in the massive front window while a crowd cheered and pelted officers with water bottles, smoke grenades and large objects.
When one demonstrator was arrested, Valencia pushed toward him and asked why he was there. The man complained about the country's black-white divide, and said: "Officers need to be trained better."
Scenes from America yesterday (clockwise from upper left):
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AP photographer Julio Cortez was working Thursday night near the burning Minneapolis precinct house, growing uneasy as word spread that a gas line had been severed and might explode.
We'd been working that scene for about two hours when this particular moment happened. The police abandoned the precinct — there was just chaos and fires and people throwing stuff.
When I saw the man walking up with the flag, I started getting closer. I could tell this was going to be very visual, so I just followed along. I wanted to silhouette him, so I waited for him to walk where it was burning.
Taken at 11:59 p.m. CT and transmitted a few moments later, the photo swiftly produced powerful reactions — perhaps the most indelible image yet of the racial divisions and violent protests flaring after the death of George Floyd.
David Ake, AP's director of photography, said: "The upside-down flag is the universal signal of distress and is framed perfectly and backlit by the flames."
Ake noted that the person holding the flag is unrecognizable: "It could be any person of any age, race, or gender."
The Minnesota State Patrol arrested CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez, who's based in Chicago — along with the producer and photojournalist with him — live in Minneapolis during the 6 a.m. ET hour of CNN's "New Day."
Jimenez, 26, was cool and respectful, continuing to narrate the scene calmly as a trooper put his hands on him:
We can move back to where you'd like. We can move back to where you'd like here. We are live on the air at the moment. ...
Just put us back where you want us. We are getting out of your way, so just let us know.
Wherever you'd want us, we will go. We were just getting out of your way when you were advancing through the intersection. So just let us know, and we gotcha.
Jimenez, telling the story during last night's coverage, said the team was in a transport van for a good 30 minutes, and in custody for 60-90 minutes.
Stunning scenes from Thursday night/Friday morning:
Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct burns.
Minnehaha Liquors alight.
Massive crowd outside burning Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct.
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Despite more storms in the forecast, SpaceX is pressing ahead today with its historic attempt to launch astronauts for NASA, a first by a private company.
President Trump and Vice President Pence are scheduled to attend.
In Minneapolis, this memorial to George Floyd has been drawn on the wall of the Cup Foods store at the corner of Chicago Avenue and East 38th Street.
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