CHICAGO (AP) — Vandalism and unrest arising from protests over police brutality are moving into some neighborhoods and suburbs as city centers lock down. That’s leaving communities that had felt insulated from early unrest more fearful and vulnerable. Vandals robbed malls and shopping centers in communities outside Chicago’s downtown. They stormed stores across the San Francisco Bay in apparently coordinated smash-and-grabs. Banks and a sleek, modern office building were burned to the ground in a San Diego suburb. Many blame the mayhem on opportunists rather than those protesting police brutality in the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.
CHICAGO (AP) — Officials in the Chicago suburb of Cicero say two people were killed during unrest as protests continued over the killing of George Floyd by a white Minneapolis police officer. Town spokesman Ray Hanania said in addition to the deaths, 60 people were arrested Monday. He didn’t provide additional information about those killed. Protesters also marched in the Chicago suburb of Naperville, where after a peaceful gathering some protesters defied a local curfew Monday night and broke windows on downtown businesses.
CHICAGO (AP) — The message from protesters around the United States is that George Floyd is the latest addition to a grim roster of African Americans to be killed by police. In demonstration after demonstration, protesters are carrying signs that include the names of other blacks whose lives ended violently in encounters with police. They point out that Floyd is part of a larger story about police brutality and racism and that his death is a reminder of the dangers facing African Americans from California to Florida and from New York to Texas.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An Illinois man who allegedly said he was traveling to Minneapolis to “riot” after the death of George Floyd has been charged with federal counts. Twenty-eight-year-old Matthew Lee Rupert of Galesburg is charged with civil disorder, rioting and possession of unregistered destructive devices. An FBI affidavit says Rupert posted videos to his Facebook page last week that showed him in Minneapolis, handing out explosives to others. Floyd, a black man, died May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck, despite Floyd saying he couldn’t breathe. The charges come as civic leaders nationwide have blamed outsiders for bringing trouble into their communities.