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Barr plans death penalty fast-track for mass shooters and police killers

 US Attorney General William Barr delivers remarks on citizenship and the census in the Rose Garden
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Attorney General Bill Barr told the Fraternal Order of Police conference in New Orleans Monday the Trump administration will push for legislation fast-tracking the death penalty in cases of mass shootings or the killing of police officers.

"I will share with you one proposal that we will be advancing after Labor Day.  We will be proposing legislation providing that in cases of mass murder, or in cases of murder of a law enforcement officer, there will be a timetable for judicial proceedings that will allow imposition of any death sentence without undue delay.  Punishment must be swift and certain."
— Attorney General Bill Barr speech to the Fraternal Order of Police

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Civil servants join unrest as tens of thousands protest in Hong Kong

This image shows a riot officer yelling with his face exposed in a line of helmeted officers.
Riot police shout warnings in Hong Kong's Mong Kok district on August 3. Photo: Isaac Lawrence/AFP/Getty Images

Tens of thousands of Hongkongers faced tear gas and police beatings on Saturday in the city's ninth consecutive weekend of pro-democracy protests.

What's changed: Thousands of Hong Kong civil servants joined more than 40,000 protestors — a number provided by organizers — to demonstrate against the government on Friday. They violated Hong Kong's Civil Service Code, which calls for "total loyalty" to the Chief Executive and the government, by demanding that Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam step down.