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SLC is under curfew as a rally to protest death of George Floyd turns violent. Gov. Herbert activate

SLC is under curfew as a rally to protest death of George Floyd turns violent. Gov. Herbert activates National Guard.

A protest denouncing racism and deadly force by law enforcement turned violent Saturday afternoon as protesters set two cars on fire and threw rocks at the windows of businesses and cars while police responded with rubber bullets and arrests.

Salt Lake City set a curfew at 8 p.m. that will extend through 6 a.m. Monday, but a couple hundred continued to circulate in the metro area well after 9:30 p.m. At 5:11 p.m., Gov. Gary Herbert activated the National Guard.

Earlier in the day, hundreds peacefully marched from the Salt Lake City Police Department to the State Capitol to protest the death of George Floyd, a black man who died earlier this week after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

Utah Against Police Brutality had organized the day’s protest as a car caravan, however, that protest later spilled out onto the streets as more people arrived than could be contained in cars. The protest continued for the next 11 hours.

Read more: https://www.sltrib.com/news/2020/05/30/rally-protests-death/
(Salt Lake Tribune)

37 new cases: Southwestern Utah sees spike in COVID-19

Southwestern Utah's curve has spiked upward, with the area's number of confirmed COVID-19 cases jumping by 37 on Saturday, the third consecutive day the region has counted its highest single-day total.

The region has now seen 423 total cases, with 37 people hospitalized. Four people have died.

The case numbers had been steadily increasing in recent weeks before dropping slightly coming out of the three-day Memorial Day weekend. Since then they've jumped, with 25 cases reported on Thursday and 26 on Friday.

The region didn't report its 100th case until May 1 but has seen three times as many since.

Read more: https://www.thespectrum.com/story/news/2020/05/30/covid-19-updates-southwest-utah-counts-37-new-cases/5292662002/
(St. George The Spectrum)

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 hit new record in Arizona Saturday, overall cases now exceed 19,000

Statewide hospitalizations of people with positive and suspected COVID-19 in Arizona increased for a fourth day in a row, reaching a record high of 975, Saturday's state data shows.

Ventilator use and ICU bed use by patients with positive and suspected COVID-19 climbed again, with both numbers marking all-time highs since the state began reporting COVID-19 hospitalization data on April 9, numbers from the Arizona Department of Health Services show.

Known deaths in the state caused by the the novel virus as of Saturday stand at 903. Eighteen new deaths were reported Saturday.

The state's total number of reported positive COVID-19 cases jumped 4.2% on Saturday, signaling the highest single-day increase in cases: 790. The total number of positive cases reported statewide is 19,255.

Read more: https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona-health/2020/05/30/hospitalizations-covid-19-hit-new-record-arizona-deaths-top-900-coronavirus/5291126002/

Scottsdale police declare unlawful assembly

Protesters descended on downtown Phoenix and the Arizona state Capitol on Saturday for the third night in a row to decry the recent deaths of black men at the hands of law enforcement.

The 5 p.m. protest started with demonstrators gathering outside Phoenix City Hall before marching to the Arizona state Capitol and back. The official protest ended shortly after 7 p.m., but demonstrators lingered in the streets of downtown Phoenix for hours. Most demonstrated peacefully, but others repeatedly clashed with police

In Scottsdale, dozens were seen looting and vandalizing stores throughout Scottsdale Fashion Square late into the night.

Protests continued nationwide on Saturday, days after former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin was arrested days after video circulated of him holding his knee to George Floyd's neck for more than eight minutes before Floyd died.

Read more: https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix-breaking/2020/05/30/third-night-protests-after-officials-warn-criminal-behavior-wont-tolerated/5293224002/

Arizona deserves better than McSally's pandemic performance

U.S. Sen. Martha McSally serves in an Arizona Senate seat that is hallowed ground, a seat made iconic by two giants of the Senate – Barry Goldwater and John McCain – in the course of 60-plus years of service.

It’s not for me to suggest how McSally’s predecessors would have approached a global pandemic. But it’s hard to imagine either of these independent-minded figures would have chosen the path their appointed successor has: protecting President Trump at all costs, participating in his charade of avoiding responsibility and pretending that “the buck” stops in Beijing or anywhere but the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office.

The number of COVID-19 cases in Arizona rises daily, as does the number of times Trump turns to a familiar script to divert attention from his own failures: the very president who now scapegoats China just months ago actually parroted Chinese propaganda over and over, instead of defending America from an insidious virus that has cost us lives and brought our economy to a halt.

Surely, McSally knows better – and Arizona surely deserves better.

No mistake in the US response to COVID-19 bears the president’s fingerprints more than his mismanagement of the China front in the battle against a pandemic. From his early refusal to engage the Chinese government in the search for facts, to his failed travel ban, all the way through his labeling COVID-19 as “the Chinese virus,” Trump’s diplomatic malpractice has cost us time, lives, and jeopardized our economy – trading judgment for bluster at every turn.

Read more: https://www.azmirror.com/2020/05/27/arizona-deserves-better-than-mcsally-pandemic-performance/

Asset forfeiture reform bill falls victim to COVID-shortened session

In a normal legislative session, lawmakers, prosecutors and interest groups would have had some time to hash out their differences on civil asset forfeiture, possibly paving the way for the passage of a reform that advocates have sought for years.

The 2020 session, however, was far from normal. The COVID-19 crisis led the legislature to go on hiatus for more than a month, and when lawmakers returned to the Capitol, the House of Representatives and Senate operated independently of each other, with little coordination or cooperation.

Senate Bill 1556 would have made a number of changes to Arizona’s civil asset forfeiture system, under which law enforcement and prosecutors can take money and property allegedly used for or resulting from crimes. Chief among them would be to require a criminal conviction before property can be permanently taken.

For advocates of reform, requiring a conviction before property can be taken through forfeiture is a matter of basic fairness and constitutional rights. In the United States, people are supposed to be considered innocent until proven guilty, and no one is supposed to be deprived of property without due process of law.

Read more: https://www.azmirror.com/2020/05/29/asset-forfeiture-reform-bill-falls-victim-to-covid-shortened-session/

Vigil scheduled for next week as Tucson braced for another night of protests

Tucson leaders announced a community rally and vigil to talk about race relations while simultaneously bracing for another night of protests Saturday night.

Mayor Regina Romero said the family of George Floyd, the unarmed black man who died during an arrest last week in Minneapolis, deserve swift justice and that systemic reform is all long overdue, during a news conference on Saturday. But, she said, violent protests are not Tucson, and they’re not going to be what moves the community forward.

“Violence only brings violence,” Romero said. “Harming locally owned mom-and-pop businesses and inflicting harm does nothing to accomplish justice for Mr. Floyd and only serves to divide our community. These are not just businesses. These are Tucsonans. They are people’s livelihoods. Many are minority-owned and are already suffering greatly during these difficult times we are living in.”

Leaders in Tucson’s black community are planning a peaceful rally and candlelight vigil for people who have lost their lives to excessive force by police at 7 p.m. Monday at the Dunbar Community Center, 325 W. Second St.

Read more: https://tucson.com/news/local/vigil-scheduled-for-next-week-as-tucson-braced-for-another-night-of-protests/article_9b35b6e4-16fd-5220-be7d-0f5686a5b08c.html

Regulators approve PG&E bankruptcy plan despite safety fears

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — California power regulators on Thursday unanimously approved Pacific Gas & Electric's $58 billion plan for getting out of a bankruptcy caused by a series of deadly wildfires, despite ongoing worries about the utility's ability to safely operate its crumbling electrical grid.

The vote by the Public Utilities Commission came just a few hours after a federal judge ripped the company for continuing to engage in reckless behavior that he believes is endangering even more lives.

U.S. District Judge William Alsup blasted PG&E for “flim flamming” him about its newfound commitment to safety in previous hearings. He also raised worries that state power regulators haven’t done enough to prevent “a recalcitrant criminal” from causing more death and destruction as the risk of wildfires rises with the summer temperatures.

“If there ever was a corporation that deserved to go to prison, it is PG&E,” Alsup said.

Read more: https://www.lmtonline.com/news/article/Judge-rips-PG-E-s-safety-record-before-key-15301616.php
(Laredo Morning Times)

Tensions At The Alamo Flare Into Violence Following Peaceful George Floyd Protest

SAN ANTONIO -- A riot broke out on East Houston Street Saturday night, with people breaking shop windows and stealing items.

San Antonio police officers responded by releasing what appeared to be tear gas and shooting people with rubber bullets or pellets to clear the area. Multiple people were taken into custody.

After hundreds of people left the march and vigil for George Floyd, who was killed while being restrained by police in Minneapolis, several hundred more people gathered at the Alamo where they spent about around three contentious hours protesting police violence and counter-demonstrators at the Alamo.

Several armed militia groups, including the Texas Freedom Fighters, stood behind police officers, to guard the historic Cenotaph, which was graffitied on Friday.

Read more: https://www.tpr.org/post/tensions-alamo-flare-violence-following-peaceful-george-floyd-protest

One dead in Indianapolis shootings amid protests

INDIANAPOLIS - Authorities are investigating “multiple shootings,” including one that left a person dead, in downtown Indianapolis on Saturday amid protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Chief Randal Taylor confirmed the shootings during a late night news conference, but didn’t offer any more details. Police later tweeted that no officers were involved.

Protests became dangerous for a second straight night in Indianapolis as buildings were damaged, officers deployed tear gas and at least one business was briefly on fire.

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