Gizmodo reports nonprofit watchdog group American Oversight is suing the US Justice Department and five other agencies. The lawsuit concerns the deployment of federal police against protesters in Portland and other cities to counter Black Lives Matter protests. It accuses government officials of unlawfully withholding public records under the Freedom of Information Act.
Rapper Wretch 32 joins a Black Lives Matter protest on the streets of Tottenham in north London. Campaigner Stafford Scott says they had no choice but to hold another demonstration to highlight racism in the police force. Report by Barnesj. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Organisers of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham are no longer planningto use a single-site athletes' village. The accommodation facility was set tobe built in the Perry Barr area of the city, but the coronavirus pandemic haschanged the thinking, with three sites now being used.
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Inquiries are continuing to establish the cause of a huge blaze whichdestroyed a plastics factory in Birmingham. West Midlands Ambulance Servicesaid no patients had been treated during the fire in the Tyseley area andeveryone from the building had been accounted for. More than 100 firefighterswere sent to the scene in Seeleys Road at about 4.50pm on Monday and wereassisted by drone footage filmed by a member of West Midlands AmbulanceService’s hazardous area response team (HART). Residents in the area werestill being advised to keep windows and doors closed on Tuesday morning asaround 35 fire service personnel remained at the scene.
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The new digital service automates the process of switching to electric-onlypower when a BMW plug-in hybrid vehicle enters a defined area of the city. BMWeDrive Zones technology provides many benefits, for both the driver and thecity in which it is enabled. For customers, the automated nature of theservice will help reduce fuel consumption and therefore lower the cost of eachjourney. Emissions and vehicle noise are reduced when driving in city traffic,helping to improve the quality of life in urban environment.
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Beauty salons across England are reopening today in the latest lockdown easing. Businesses such as Gina Rose Beauty in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham are allowed to offer certain treatments such as manicures but not facial procedures including eyebrows or lashes.
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An independent live music figurehead has warned many people in his industry 'will be looking for other jobs' by January unless more Government financial support or a return to unrestricted gigs and concerts is forthcoming. Adam Regan, director of the famous Hare & Hounds pub in Kings Heath, Birmingham, has kept the venue shut for the time being because around 80% of its income is from gigs and club nights.
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A bystander who identifies himself as a taxi driver but would not give hisname heckles London mayor Sadiq Khan, blaming him for stifling business in thecapital by "shutting it down" via his transport policies. The man is applaudedby other taxi drivers and passers-by in Oxford Circus, central London, whereMr Khan had been greeting staff at Selfridges department store. When askedabout the incident during an interview later that day, the London Mayorsympathises with black cab drivers but stands by his stance to keep manycentral London roads pedestrianised.
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Three UK has unveiled an art installation that shows trending moments duringthe Covid-19 lockdown. Illustrated by London artist Emmy Lupin, How WeScrolled: Lockdown 2020 is an undulating, 25-metre look at what kept peopleconnected over the five months.
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The public are “ready” to get back to watching live theatre performances, anactor starring in an upcoming outdoor production of Jesus Christ Superstar hassaid. The Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre will stage its production of Tim Riceand Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage show from Friday. The London venue has reducedits normal capacity of 1,256 down to 390 to allow for social distancing.
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London landmarks were lit red on Tuesday evening to mark 'Red Alert' day, highlighting the plight of arts and events venues affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Report by Jonesia. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar represents Minneapolis, Minnesota in congress. She is facing a stiff primary challenge from lawyer Antone Melton-Meaux. Melton-Meaux raised an absurd $3.2 million in the second quarter of this year to Omar’s $471,000. Omar represents a sizable Jewish community in her district. She has been the face of multiple national controversies for her perceived use of coded anti-Semitic language.
Amid demands for more police transparency after the killing of George Floyd, U.S. police departments are experimenting with a new way of capturing potentially deadly moments: putting small cameras on their guns. This report produced by Yahaira Jacquez.
Police near Minneapolis, Minnesota used drones last week to check on an enormous threat to the local social order. Namely, CNN reports the drones were activated to check if sunbathers at a lakeside beach were breaking the law by going nude or topless. Golden Valley city officials say the police department used the high-tech surveillance devices at Twin Lake on July 10 after receiving complaints from the public. This stuff has been going on there for decades.
Attorneys for the family of George Floyd filed a federal civil lawsuit on Wednesday. The suit is against the city of Minneapolis and the police officers involved in the death of George Floyd. Floyd died May 25 after former officer Derek Chauvin used his leg to pin Floyd's neck to the ground for nearly nine minutes. Chauvin was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. The lawsuit was filed in US District Court for the District of Minnesota.
Whitney Reddick teaches special education in Jacksonville, Florida, and has a definite opinion about going back to the classroom. Duval County public schools are slated to reopen next Thursday with both in-person and remote learning options for students. According to HuffPost, Reddick responded by writing and posting her own obituary to Facebook. In it, she proclaims that she died 'while alone in isolation and on a ventilator at a Duval county hospital' last week at age 33.
Britain’s most senior police officer has denied that the Metropolitan Police is institutionally racist branding the label unhelpful. “I think it is a contested definition. I think it means all sorts of things to different people. I don’t think it’s helpful” the Metropolitan Police Commissioner tells Channel 4 News. Report by Jonesia. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Police officers and Network Rail staff attend the scene of Wednesday’s passenger train derailment near Stonehaven. Report by Jonesia. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
First Minister of Northern Ireland Arlene Foster and Taoiseach Micheál Martin discuss post-Brexit relations between Great Britain, Northern Ireland and Ireland as Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits County Down. Report by Jonesia. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Prime Minister Boris Johnson discusses the A-level exam results system on a visit to Northern Ireland. Report by Jonesia. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn