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Violence Erupts As Outrage Over George Floyd Death Spills Into A New Week

Updated 11:31 a.m. ET Protesters staged large-scale demonstrations across the country on Sunday, expressing outrage at the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and, more broadly, anger at police brutality. Some cities, including Minneapolis, Atlanta and Seattle, saw clashes with police, buildings and cars set afire, and looting. By evening, many demonstrations had given way to another night of violence and destruction, with protesters ignoring curfews imposed in dozens of cities. Police used...

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Trump Lays Blame For Clashes On 'Radical-Left Anarchists'

Updated at 7:27 p.m. ET As overlapping crises convulse an anxious nation, President Trump on Sunday sought to cast blame for widespread protests gripping cities on "radical-left anarchists," while adding that the media "is doing everything within their power to foment hatred and anarchy." The president has said that members of the loosely defined far-left group Antifa — short for "anti-fascists" — have led clashes with police and looting in cities across the U.S. since the killing of a black...

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Dr. Alice Green says community policing has failed.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

An Albany civil rights leader says the peaceful protest of Saturday afternoon and the violence of Saturday night come from fears among African Americans that a loved one could be killed by law enforcement.

From left to right: Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple
Dave Lucas

It was a rough weekend for cities across the United States this weekend. The city of Albany was no exception, as dozens of businesses worked yesterday to board up broken windows and clean-up the inside of their destroyed storefronts.

The city instituted a curfew last night through early this morning to try to maintain order in the wake of rioting, which included fireworks being shot at police horses, a CDTA bus driver having to be rescued after being pinned in her bus, and an officer being injured after being hit with a brick.

At a press conference yesterday morning, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan said, "We are better than what happened Saturday night." 

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During the coronavirus pandemic, as work and schooling have largely moved online, many communities across the Northeast are feeling left behind.

Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC), Kingston, NY
Courtesy of Timothy Lee

The City of Kingston in Ulster County, New York is launching a cultural planning project. The city’s mayor says a master plan will help preserve cultural assets and help artists facing challenges in this economic landscape.

Police join with protesters in Schenectady Sunday.

Schenectady Police Chief Eric Clifford and his officers made national headlines on Sunday when they marched and kneeled alongside protesters who gathered in the city as part of nationwide actions following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody last week. There was no violence in the city Sunday, and a curfew remains in effect. Clifford spoke with WAMC Monday morning.

6/1/20 Panel

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      The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Professor Emeritus of History at Baruch College, CUNY and author of "Fight the Power: African Americans and the Long History of Police Brutality" Clarence Taylor, political consultant and lobbyist Libby Post, and Bard Center for Civic Engagement Senior Fellow and Dean of the School of Continuing Education at the American University Cairo Jim Ketterer.

Dr. Alan Chartock
Eric Korenman

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses President Trump's response to the growing protests over the police killing of George Floyd, which stretched nationwide over the weekend. 

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan says he's "deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry" following the death of George Floyd and the killings of black people at the hands of police. 

Morning Headlines With Yancey Roy

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Yancey Roy
Yancey Roy

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Yancey Roy, Albany bureau chief for Newsday, for an overview on the weekend's protests against police brutality across New York state. 

Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

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Paul Caiano

Here is NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano's WAMC Regional Forecast:

Partly sunny today, with a few scattered showers. Highs in the mid-to-upper 60s.


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