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Let’s Help Orlando

Let’s Help Orlando

Especially during COVID-19, these Central Florida non-profits could really use your help.

Goodwill Industries of Central Florida

  • Financial Donations much appreciated during this time since we have closed our stores and donation centers temporarily. We are a social enterprise that supports our programs and employees with the donated goods we sell in our stores.
  • We provide workforce development and job placement. We continue to serve our community through our virtual job connection center.
  • Go to www.goodwillcfl.org to donate or help find resources. 

Husky Haven of Florida

  • Donations at this time since we drained our funds helping several dogs with medical care from a hoarding case.
  • We help dogs that otherwise end up in shelters and/or euthanized due to shelters being overcrowded.
  • Contact (321) 277-2067 to donate or help find resources. 

Seniors First, Inc

  • We are the Meals on Wheels provider for Orange County and while we are currently fully staffed with volunteers, our most pressing need now is monetary and in-kind donations to our food pantry which serves senior citizens and the community at large. Donations can be made here: https://secure.qgiv.com/for/senfirqgiv/ and you can view our pantry needs list here: https://bit.ly/2UQsYGe 
  • Seniors First provides a wide range of nutrition and in home services designed to keep senior citizens living safe, healthy, independent lives in their own homes where they prefer to be. 
  • Contact (407) 292-0177 or visit www.seniorsfirstinc.org to donate or help find resources. 

Downtown Arts District, Inc.

  • The organization has experienced loss in income negatively affecting its operations. We have retained employees and programming while having fixed expenses for CityArts Orlando gallery. The greatest loss is for the artists we work with because they don't have the same opportunity to sell art providing income for their livelihood.
  • We are doing virtual events to keep artists connected to the community. We partnered with UCF on a virtual live performance called Creative Isolation, we have virtual galleries on our website and social media prompts and are asking artists to participate. In addition, one of our employees and her sister are donating time to make masks for those in need. We will do our first virtual 3rd Thursday Gallery event this month on zoom.
  • Contact (407) 648-7060 to donate or help find resources. 

IMPOWER

  • Our greatest needs at this time include: 
    • Grocery Gift cards and emergency funds for food and basic needs 
    • PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) including disposable gowns, masks, protective eye-wear/face shields for our medical and residential staff members
    • Video game system and sports equipment to keep teens in our residential programs busy and active (footballs, soccer balls, volleyballs, basketballs, corn hole, etc.) 
    • Cleaning products: disinfectant wipes, bleach 
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Hygiene supplies for youth clients 
    • Easter meal for youth in our residential programs as kids cannot leave to be with their families. 
    • Emergency funds for mental health services (requests for services are increasing dramatically but we don't have funding available to address all the needs)
  • IMPOWER serves approximately 10,000+ individuals and families each year through a continuum of mental health and child well-being services. Fortunately, our mental health services are fully operational as we were primarily using Telehealth before the virus began. As tensions rise across the community though, we are seeing a spike in referrals for counseling and psychiatric services. It is our residential programs, however, that are being the hardest hit at this point. 
  • Both The Village (transitional housing for homeless youth ages 18-24) and The Grove (residential substance abuse treatment for teenagers) are on lock-down and kids/youth are unable to leave campus. At The Grove, teens are unable to see their families other than through Facetime and desperately seeking activities to keep active and their treatment focused. At The Village, more than 75% of our youth have lost employment and income. These young people have no families or support systems to turn to. With no end in sight, they are leaning on us for food and basic needs at this time.
  • Contact (407) 215-0095 to donate or help find resources. 

Hemophilia Foundation of Greater Florida

  • We fundraiser for the bleeding disorders community of Florida. This year, due to COVID-19 and its financial effects, we anticipate a greater need for emergency financial assistance from our community. People can donate directly at our website or get involved with our fundraising events such as walks, a golf tournament, and a theater event.
  • HFGF provides emergency financial assistance, camp tuition, scholarships, educational programming, Medic Alert Identifications, etc. to the Florida bleeding disorders community. We anticipate a greater need for emergency financial assistance this year due to COVID-19 and its financial effects.
  • Contact (407) 629-0000 to donate or help find resources. 

Camaraderie Foundation, Inc

  • Camaraderie Foundation needs your financial support now more than ever.
  • Camaraderie Foundation’s mission is to provide healing for the “invisible wounds of war” through counseling, emotional and spiritual support for all branches of Post-9/11 Veterans, Service Members and their families.
  • Contact (407) 841-0071 to donate or help find resources. 

Autism Society of Greater Orlando

  • Donations of food gift cards to assist families with groceries during pandemic. We are looking for sponsors for our Autism Walk on July 26, 2020 inside the Orange County Convention Center. Sponsors can be cash or products to be used in our silent auction.
  • 100% of all funds donated and/or raised stay here in our local community to support programs and services to those with autism and their families in Central Florida. These supports include training for first responders and comminuted businesses, social skills groups for those with autism, programming for adults with autism, etc.
  • Contact (407) 855-0235 to donate or help find resources. 

The Foundation for Seminole County Public Schools

  • Due to COVID-19, Seminole County Public Schools is seeing an increase in need for food, school supplies, and other essential items for our students. Currently, SCPS has over 1,200 homeless students and 30,000 students in low-income households. These working families are feeling the burden of the economic slowdown. The Foundation exists to enhance education in Seminole County Public Schools. You can help ensure students have the resources they need during this difficult time. 
  • Donate financially to Families in Need: this is the best way to serve the greatest number of students. It allows us to utilize our vendor pricing and purchase food, hygiene items, and other supplies at a reduced rate, getting exactly what students need. Text SCPS to 243725 or donate to FIN online at www.FoundationSCPS.org. We will use these funds to purchase food for individual families/school food pantries, hygiene items, and other supplies for students. 
  • Donate non-perishable food to support local school food pantries. Make sure the food is not expired, and drop off between 9 am – 3 pm starting March 23 to any SCPS school. 
  • Donate school supplies to support students with at-home learning. All public school students are engaged in at-home learning until April 30th and need basic school supplies to support their education. Supplies can be dropped off at: 
  • Tools 4 Seminole Schools (1780 West Airport Blvd., Sanford, FL 32771) every Thursday between 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. or you can also call 407.320.7767 to schedule a drop off. Supplies can also be dropped off at East Coast Believers Church (3053 W. SR 426, Oviedo, FL 32765) Monday – Friday between 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.
  • We raise funds to purchase essential supplies for homeless students and students with financial need. Students can receive assistance through the Families in Need program. The funds we raise are used to purchase food, hygiene items, and at home school supplies for students during COVID-19.
  • Here is a direct link to our landing page for ways to help students in need during COVID-19. 
  • Contact (407) 320-0180 to donate or help find resources. 

Franklin’s Friends

  • During this time of economic uncertainty the number of pets that are being relinquished is at an all time high and people can often not afford elective procedures including but not limited to important spay/neuter surgeries. Therefore our need for donations is very high. We also always need and welcome interested volunteers.
  • We are an all volunteer 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to support Central Florida animal welfare by fundraising for local nonprofit and government agencies that are dedicated to Shelter/Rescue, Spay/Neuter and community education programs.
  • Contact (407) 461-1768 to donate or help find resources. 

Southeast Volusia Humane Society

  • Temporary fosters, permanent adopters, shelter supplies, financial donations
  • Our no-kill shelter houses and cares for more than 100 cats and dogs at any given time. They come from all over Volusia County, as well as other parts of Florida and southern Georgia. We pull dogs who are in danger of being euthanized for space in other shelters.
  • Contact (386) 428-9860 to donate or help find resources. 

JDRF

  • For us to deliver our mission, it is crucial for us to provide funding to our amazing researchers. We will be hosting our first ever Virtual One Walk on Saturday, May 16th. We ask you follow us on social media to join the fun. If you are able, we would love for you to show your support by donating and becoming a “walk star!” At JDRF, we do not turn away from challenges. We are forever awed by the generosity of the T1D community, which has remained strong even in the most of difficult times. With your help, we can continue our fight for a world without T1D with greater urgency, dedication and commitment.
  • At JDRF, our mission is to improve lives today and tomorrow by accelerating life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat type one diabetes and its complication. In addition to funding critical research, we provide education, resources and support to individuals who are diagnosed with T1D.
  • Contact (407) 774-2166 to donate or help find resources. 

Central Florida Concerns of Police Survivors

  • Our non-profit is always in need of donations and for large events we would love volunteers.
  • Our non-profit uses donations to help send families of fallen law enforcement officers to state and national memorials along with paying their way to attend retreats to unite those who have lost a loved one in the line of duty. This allows them to grieve with those who understand the tragic loss. We provide many local events and meetings for our members to come together and allows them to properly grieve and help them find their "new normal".
  • Contact centralflcops@gmail.com to donate or with any questions. 

Paving the Way Foundation

  • Financial donations to help pay rent, electric and internet so we can keep educating children and their parents about human trafficking to end it would make a huge difference for us. A donation of $1,500 would ease the burden for a couple of months. Thank you! 
  • We are educating and raising awareness about human trafficking, online grooming and recruitment tactics. With millions of our children currently online going to school, they are great risk to be lured into this life. Many of our students are at home without parental guidance. We educate and empower families to prevent them from being lured in and becoming victims of this silent crime. Think about it - we are in lockdown and daily there are children that go missing. Families need to be aware of what is happening on line, what to look for and how to avoid becoming a victim. 
  • Contact (386) 527-2452 to donate or help find resources.

The Lifeboat Project, Inc

  • Financial donations are always a huge need but gift cards to Walmart, target, amazon and Publix would be wonderful.
  • We specialize in providing wrap-around services for victims of human trafficking. We provide housing, clothing, food, education, medical, dental and eye care etc.
  • Contact (407) 310-8905 to donate or help find resources.

Let's Kick Asthma Foundation

  • Let's Kick Asthma encourages and welcomes donations and sponsorship's to continue assisting Asthma patients with their unique needs. Volunteers for administrative duties, fundraising, social media, public relations, and more are welcomed. You do not have to be an asthma patient to join our efforts.
  • Let's Kick Asthma provides education and outreach services to Asthma patients in order to help them overcome day-to-day challenges and learn ways to improve the quality of their lives.
  • Contact (407) 435-7513 to donate or help find resources.

Habitat for Humanity Orlando & Osceola

  • Donations and In-Kind building materials
  • We provide housing for low-income families.
  • Contact (407) 648-4567 to donate or help find resources.

American Lung Association - Central Florida

  • The American Lung Association in Central Florida needs community help via donations, volunteering, corporate teams for signature fundraising events, corporate sponsorship, and volunteer leadership. Every donation made to our organization furthers our mission of saving lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy, and research.
  • The American Lung Association helps those in need in a variety of ways listed below. Currently, we are working on various efforts with COVID-19, please see below to find what our organization is doing to combat this virus. 
  • Day to day support for those in need:
    • -Support groups throughout out 10 counties in Central Florida for those living with COPD
    • -Lung HelpLine staffed by Doctors and Respiratory Therapists to assist those with lung health related questions and concerns - 1.800.LUNGUSA
    • -Funding lung cancer research locally, and nationwide (Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer in both men AND women)
    • -Every year, we fund the best and the brightest in medical and scientific research to drive innovation, discover the unknown, and improve the lives of those living with lung disease
    • -Tobacco & Smoking Cessation programs 
    • -Federal & State Advocacy: we support laws that put public health first. Policies that improve lung health, reduce tobacco use, protect us from secondhand smoke, and clean up air pollution
  • COVID-19 Efforts:
    • -Hosting weekly webinars with our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Rizzo, to provide information on COVID-19 and recommendations for people with chronic lung disease and their caregivers.
    • -One of our research award recipients, Researcher John Schoggins, Ph.D., of UT Southwestern Medical Center helped discover a naturally occurring protein that inhibits COVID-19 infection. The protein, LY6E demonstrated the ability to block coronaviruses from entering cells. As such, Dr. Schoggins and his international team of collaborators have determined LY6E plays a key role in the primary immune response defending against COVID-19. 
    • -Providing updated COVID-19 FAQ's on our lung.org website to educate our communities with the most accurate and current statistics & information
  • Contact (407) 205-1822 to donate or help find resources.

onePULSE Foundation

  • Financial donations to help us with the operations of the Pulse Interim Memorial; to provide security and daily cleaning of the site. 
  • To create and support a memorial that opens hearts, a museum that opens minds, educational programs that open eyes and legacy scholarships that open doors.
  • Establishing a sanctuary of healing and a beacon of hope by memorializing the lives taken, the lives saved and all the lives affected by the Pulse nightclub tragedy of June 12, 2016 – ensuring Pulse’s legacy of love lives on forever.
  • Contact (407) 775-4611 to donate.

Honor Flight

  • Donations to keep the planes flying so we can fulfill our mission of providing completely free Honor Flights to Washington DC to our senior aged Veterans so that they can view and reflect at the memorials built in their honor.
  • We offer a mission of honor to those hometown heroes in our community - WWll, Korea, and Vietnam era Veterans. Most have never seen the memorials built to honor them and the fallen they fought alongside, and our tours of the Veteran memorials provide a way for them to see that the personal sacrifices they made on behalf of all of us will never be forgotten. Honor Flights allow for us to provide an overdue honor to those who have fought for our freedom around the world during times when they answered the call to serve for all of us. We also provide closure to a Veteran's service in a way no other organization does.
  • Contact (321) 303-8914 or go to honorflightcentralflorida.org to donate or help find resources.

Beacon College 

  • Beacon College, America’s first accredited baccalaureate program dedicated to educating students with learning disabilities, provides the Beacon Salon Speaker Series, a free educational Community outreach program that features experts and performers from Florida and across the nation in monthly events that also include free heavy appetizers. In its 4th year, the entire 55K cost of the series — which is attended largely by seniors — has been footed by our small college (425 students) and the pandemic threatens to torpedo the 2020-21 season because of deep budget cuts.
  • Contact (352) 638-9789 or go to https://www.beaconcollege.edu to donate or find more information. 

Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando

  • Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando could use assistance in the form of cash donations to support our programs, donations of pet food for our community pet food pantry and volunteers interested in fostering animals.
  • Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando assists the community in the following ways:
  1. Animal Sheltering - Each year, more than 6,000 dogs and cats are turned into our shelters by people that can no longer care for them. Pet Alliance provides shelter, food, medical care and enrichment for the dogs and cats until they find their new home. With the current situation we anticipate seeing an increase in the number of animals turned in at our shelters in the coming months.
  2. Pet Owner Assistance - Pet Alliance provides free pet food for community members experiencing financial difficulties. We also partner with local senior service agencies to provide free food and veterinary care for low income senior citizens who own pets. We have already experienced an increase in the number of people contacting us for free food and anticipate that will continue to grow.
  3. Low Cost Veterinary Care - Pet Alliance provides veterinary care at our three clinics throughout central Florida. Services include low-cost wellness, vaccines, and spay neuter surgeries. Proper care and wellness of pets is important and providing low-cost care will help pet owners keep their pets healthy. 
  • Pet Alliance recently completed a survey of pet owners in our community and learned that 30% of people think they will need free pet food in the coming months and about 50% of people anticipate needing low-cost wellness and vaccines. Financial support will allow us to provide these services as well as ensure our shelters have the resources needed to care for homeless pets. In kind donations of pet food will help community members facing job loss and other economic factors that would require them to need free food for their pet.
  • Contact (407) 351-7722 or go to Petallianceorlando.org to donate or for more information.

The Sharing Center

  • The Sharing Center is the largest food pantry in Seminole County. Launching “Operation Good Samaritan” from 4/6 – 5/1 with a goal of raising $120,000 to help our neighbors with food and financial support during this extreme time of need.
  • Contact (407) 260-9155 or click here to donate.

Everyone's Counseling Center, Inc

  • We are open for Video Therapy for mental health and offering 2 free sessions for those impacted by COVID19. This includes 1st responders, doctors, nurses, hospital techs, aides, those who have lost their jobs, those without insurance, those in grief of a loved one. We are here to help. 
  • Please call us at 407-423-3327 and press ext 110 to speak with our intake specialist Jason. He will confirm your needs and set your appointment for a Video or Telephone Therapy with a therapist. We're here to help!

Orlando After-School All-Stars

  • As we are in the midst of significant transition, we are shifting our programming needs to better serve kids. Here are the two major things happening at All-Stars that are requiring us to shift future funding/grant dollars to be able to serve the following immediate two needs:
    • Programming Services:
      • Training and utilizing our staff to fill the gaps and support the District's new virtual learning for students outside the classroom
      • Shifting to delivering our programs virtually--programs such as health/wellness, academic (STEM), workforce development training, and other enrichment programs
  • Family Resources: 
    • Providing the necessary tools to our front-line staff to perform wellness checks and communicating resource information to families on a regular basis
    • Identifying the needs of our low-income families and making sure they have essential tools/resources at home (i.e. Internet service, food/groceries, school supplies, etc.) 
    • How does your non-profit help those in need? Orlando After-School All-Stars provides comprehensive youth development programs that keep children safe and help them achieve in school and life
  • Orlando ASAS serves over 2,600 students and their families annually in our year-round programs. All programs are school based and tailored to supplement and enhance the existing efforts of each specific school site. Orlando ASAS’s programming centers around the core components of academics, enrichment, athletics and service learning.
  • The organization utilizes an innovative and diversified year-round curriculum to engage youth so that they may develop the life-skills, maturity and confidence necessary to become responsible and productive citizens at home, school and in their community

Children's Home Society of Florida

  • Our greatest need is donations so we can continue to serve children and families in greatest need, including children and families in the foster care system. 
  • Many families we serve struggle financially and struggle to afford basic necessities, such as diapers, yet they are also struggling with mounting stress triggered by the public health crisis, increasing their need for critical mental health services. 
  • Additionally, financial contributions help provide 24/7 crisis support to children, families and adults. During this time of social isolation, families are under increased stress and pressure - and, without support - this could put children at a greater risk of experiencing abuse or neglect. Our crisis intervention and family support services help families manage this stress, keeping more kids safe.
  • We also ask our community to be the "eyes and ears" for kids right now to be on alert for children who may be experiencing abuse or neglect, and to be alert for individuals and families that may be under intense strain - please refer them to CHS for services and support. 
  • During this unprecedented time, CHS provides crisis intervention and support to children, families and individuals who are experiencing additional stress and anxiety. As many families are experiencing unemployment, the strain of schooling children at home and/or having young children at the home 24/7, families are feeling overwhelmed. CHS provides mental health support through telehealth counseling, telehealth parenting support, and referrals to other community resources.
  • Additionally, CHS protects and cares for children in the foster care system, helping them find safety, stability and success -- all the more important during this unprecedented time.

Poodle and Pooch Rescue

  • We have had a great response for foster and volunteer support because so many are out of work. Our greatest need now is monetary donations. 
  • Poodle and Pooch rescue is run 100% by volunteers. No one is paid. We do this work because we love dogs and we want to save lives. If that sounds like you, please consider joining the Poodle and Pooch team! There are lots of ways you can help! We specialize in the rescue, rehabilitation, socialization and re-homing of abandoned, neglected, and abused dogs. We provide safe foster homes and necessary veterinary care which often includes much more than vaccinations, spay/neuter and dentals. 
  • Our vets perform all necessary diagnostics, procedures, and surgeries to make these dogs well, to repair the damage inflicted by others. Compassion, generosity, and love of our fellow creatures is what brings us all to dog rescue. We are dedicated to honoring and continually inspiring and nurturing these qualities in our volunteers, donors, and adopters. We appreciate each other and our donors for bringing the courage, joy, and humor that makes such challenging work possible.

Basket Brigade Florida

  • Donations graciously accepted in preparation for the annual Thanksgiving Basket Brigade to support families in our community. Please consider donating now, or reaching out if you have questions. This will be the 23rd year of Basket Brigade Central Florida. :)
  • Basket Brigade believes that one small act of kindness makes a difference for many. With your donation, our goal is surprise 3000 families with baskets for Thanksgiving.

Freedom Ride

  • Freedom Ride provides therapeutic horseback riding for individuals with disabilities and our US Veterans. We also provide horse therapy for individuals with anxiety, depression and human trafficking victims.
  • Currently we are in need of monetary donations.

New Beginnings of Central Florida

  • We are a poverty prevention ministry offering resources and assistance during this very challenging time. To learn more visit us online nbcfl.org or give us a call 352-404-6946.

AdventHealth Foundation Central Florida

  • 100% of your tax-deductible gift will be used to help with COVID-19 relief efforts that include, but are not limited to, food and lodging for on-call staff and care packages for caregivers who have been impacted by COVID-19.
  • Please click here for 3 ways you can give back during this time.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida

  • The loss of economic activity has already started impacting thousands of hourly workers and their families. More will be impacted in the weeks ahead. 
    • Financial donations are needed to restock shelves and provide fuel and drivers for food distribution. Every dollar donated to Second Harvest Food Bank can provide 4 meals to a person in need.
    • Volunteers help sort and pack food for distribution and prepare meals in our production kitchen. Volunteer shifts are limited due to CDC guidelines. Please check back often as shifts are added. www.feedhopenow.org/volunteer
    • Virtual food drives. We are not asking the community for traditional food drives in order to protect the safety of the food supply. Instead, rally your co-workers, friends and family in a virtual food drive. Learn more at www.feedhopenow.org/coronavirus. 
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is a private, nonprofit organization that collects, stores and distributes donated food to more than 550 feeding partners in six Central Florida counties: Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia. Last year, with the help of numerous donors, volunteers and a caring, committed community, the food bank distributed nearly 63 million meals to partner programs such as food pantries, soup kitchens, women’s shelters, senior centers, day care centers and Kids Cafes.

United Against Poverty

  • Sharing with families in Orlando that our grocery program is open 7 days a week for lower income households. We also have a need for volunteers to help run the program.
  • To serve those in poverty by providing crisis care, case management, transformative education, food and household subsidy, employment training and placement, personal empowerment training and active referrals to other collaborative social service providers.
  • To donate, volunteer or get more info contact (407) 650-0774 or email eric@unitedagainstpoverty.org

Runway to Hope

  • Runway to Hope relies on financial donations to fund our Family Assistance Program, which provides much need relief to children and their families battling pediatric cancer.
    Often times, when a child is diagnosed with cancer, one parent has to quit their job, inevitably reducing their household income by 50%. Those affected by COVID-19 are further out of work and still trying to ensure life saving treatment for their child.
  • Runway to Hope helps to alleviate the financial burden of families by paying bills for rent or mortgage, electricity, car payments, as well as gas and food allowances. We also have a partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank, providing groceries and other essentials to families with a child battling pediatric cancer.
  • For more information contatct (407)802-1544 or email Laura@runwaytohope.org

Restaurant Partners Helping Heroes

  • Tijuana Flats has launched an initiative with their Just In Queso 501C3 Foundation... RESTAURANT PARTNERS HELPING HEROES. This effort has started in ORL-TMP-JAX-WPB and S.FL to help feed front-line workers during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Besides the end goal of feeding front-line workers – the other big part of this effort is that LOCAL RESTAURANTS staffed by local people, and NOT SPECIFICALLY Tijuana Flats restaurants - are going to participate in this on a fair and rotating basis – which means employment opportunities (hours) for these area restaurant workers. 
  • Mission: Local restaurants partnering together to raise funds and provide free meals to front line emergency workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic. 
    *Front Line Emergency Workers Defined As: Medical Personnel, Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facility staff, Police Officers, Paramedics and Fire Fighters. 
  • Goals
    1. Support front line emergency workers through ongoing meal donations. 
    2. Support local restaurants by purchasing the meals to be donated
  • Social Media: Facebook: www.facebook.com/RestaurantPartnersHelpingHeroes 
  • How to Donate: Go Fund Me: https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/restaurant-partners-helping-heroes 
  • Contact Us: Meagan Gallagher Executive Director, Just In Queso 321-624-4400 Meagan.Gallagher@tijuanaflats.com https://www.tijuanaflats.com/just-in-queso

The CARE Foundation

  •  Donations of cash, Home Depot, Publix, or Walmart gift cards. Dog food, cat food, canned fruits & veggies, bleach
  • We provide a safe & per Mona to home to wild & exotic animals. We also provide educational programs. 
One Heart for Women and Children of Central Florida
  • Our Mission... One Heart for Women and Children's mission is to provide the necessary resources for families as they transition through and overcome varying hardships of daily living in the Central Florida region and abroad. How we do that… We have established partnerships with many Central Florida resources to educate, empower, and mentor men, women and children. We provide the following services from our Homebase in Orlando, Fl.: Clothes, Food, School Supplies, Personal Hygiene Items, Household Items. We offer a full spectrum education and prevention services to families including: Life skills and Parenting Classes, Youth education, and Outreach Drug and Alcohol Prevention. Abroad One Heart for Women and Children delivers many of these services to Haiti, Costa Rica and Africa.
  • Community Food Pantry is open Monday - Friday from 9am to 3pm. 
  • Check out our websiteFacebook or Instagram page for more information.

Healthy Start Coalition of Orange County 

  • Our donor efforts allow us to address the needs of many families we serve and to offer special initiatives that focus on the issues of preterm birth, low birth weight and infant mortality. To support Healthy Start and the important work that we do, there are many ways that your contribution can make a difference! The following is a list of our vital needs including the monetary value of the items within each category. We accept financial contributions at www.HealthyStartOrange.org/Donate, and new, donated items at our program office (475 Story Rd., Ocoee, FL 34761):
    • Healthy Start “Mall” Needs / $5 - $75
      Diapers (size N-4), wipes, onesies, bath tubs, tummy time mats
    • Infant Safety Needs / $76 - $125 
      Pack-n-plays and car seats
    • Care Coordination Needs / $126 + 
      Client education, prevention and counseling*
    • *Please contact Healthy Start at info@healthystartorange.org if you are interested in volunteering.
  • The Healthy Start Coalition of Orange County is a non-profit organization that since 1992 has been providing preventative education and support services to pregnant women and infants. Services are provided at no cost and are designed to improve birth outcomes as well as infant health and development. 
  • Complete a Prenatal Risk-Screen at your doctor’s office! You may have risk factors that can contribute to your baby being born too early or too small. 
  • Complete an Infant Risk-Screen when your baby is born! Your baby may have risk factors that can lead to health and/or developmental problems.
  • Healthy Start offers free services that have been shown to reduce those risks. Services include:
    • Pregnancy and baby care education 
    • Breastfeeding education 
    • Childbirth classes 
    • Counseling Help to stop smoking 
    • House calls by health professionals 
    • Nutrition education 
    • Mental health counseling 
    • Referrals to other agencies

Dreamcatcher Horse Ranch Rescue Center 

  • Donations to help us pay for the rescue horses feed and vet care
  • We have community outreach programs 6 days a week to educate and provide extra curriculum to children and adults alike. We provide equine therapy to people in need. 
  • To donate or get more info contact (407) 702-8332 or email dchorses1@gmail.com

TeleHealth Access for Seniors

  •  We are a registered non-profit with 501(c)(3) status pending. We are a group of high school and college students looking for old, used iPhones, iPads, Samsung/Android smart devices. These devices are going to be distributed to medical practices across Orlando for use by low-income elderly patients. Patients will get to use these for telehealth appointments. We have already dropped off devices at multiple practices in the area. We need device donations as well as donations to our GoFundMe.
  • Our devices go to practices who identify at-risk patients who lack devices. Once patients are given the donated devices, they are able to set up virtual video appointments with their doctor and able to access care. This protects our most vulnerably populations and helps prevent spread of disease. 

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  •  To donate, volunteer or get more info contact (407) 523-1991 or email mministries@cfl.rr.com
  • Morgan Ministries feeds an average of 500 people a month in downtown Orlando.

 

  

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  • Authorities have arrested four Minneapolis police officers on suspicion of killing George Floyd, whose death on May 25 sparked global outrage and prompted nationwide protests against police brutality. Former officer Derek Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death. Three other officers -- identified as Thomas Lane, J.A. Kueng and Tou Thao -- were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter. Floyd died on Memorial Day after he was detained for questioning regarding a possible forgery in progress. Video of his death caught by bystanders and shared on social media showed Chauvin holding his knee to Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes as Floyd pleaded for air. Live updates for Friday, June 5 continue below:  Police arrest man accused of assaulting teens posting fliers on DC trail Update 9:40 p.m. EDT June 5: A Maryland man has been arrested and charged with three counts of second degree assault. Maryland-National Capital Park Police arrested Anthony Brennan III, 60 of Kensington, Maryland. Video appeared to show him violently grab an object from a young adult who was posting signs protesting the death of George Floyd, park police said. Police said the incident occurred Monday on the Capital Crescent Trail. The trail runs along MacArthur Boulevard in northwest Washington D.C. and into Montgomery County in Maryland. The 34-second video shows a cyclist walk up to a young adult. Someone yells, “She has nothing, do not touch her sir!” but the man grabs her arm for several seconds and wrestles an object from her. The cyclist was then shown picking up his bicycle, running with it toward the person shooting the video and forcing him to the ground. It was not immediately clear whether Brennan has an attorney who could comment on the charges. Black cops feel pain of Floyd’s death, duty to their uniform Update 8:30 p.m. EDT June 5: Black police officers find themselves torn between two worlds: They feel the pain of seeing yet another black man killed at the hands of fellow officers, yet they must also try to keep the peace during angry protests fueled by that death. Those feelings, familiar to many blacks in law enforcement for years, have never been more intense than in the days since the death of George Floyd. The 46-year-old black man died in Minneapolis after a white officer pressed his knee into his neck for several minutes even after Floyd stopped moving and pleading for air as other officers watched. “My emotion, my fervor is no less than those people on the streets,” said New York City police Detective Felicia Richards, who is black. “I stand in this uniform, and I understand what my obligation is to this uniform, but I can’t compromise my humanity.” Richards, president of the NYPD Guardians Association, a fraternal organization, said she was horrified by the video that captured Floyd’s arrest and final moments. She struggled to understand what could possibly have warranted such “brute force.” Floyd, who was laid off from his job as a bouncer when Minnesota shut down restaurants as part of a stay-at-home order during the coronavirus pandemic, was being arrested May 25. A convenience store worker had accused him of using counterfeit money. Floyd was handcuffed and did not appear to be resisting the officers. Black police officers who saw the footage “let out a sigh of disgust and abandonment right there,” Richards said. “When we saw that man was not moving, we have to answer to the community.” Richards, a 34-year veteran of the NYPD, said the toll on officers’ mental health runs deep. They cannot grieve with the rest of the black America, and many of them must meet a seething public. The National Black Police Association was blunt in its assessment of Floyd’s death and how law enforcement has historically treated black citizens. “Let’s speak truths: In America, it is clear that the humanity of black people appears invisible to law enforcement,” it said in a statement. “What other explanation would there be for (Minneapolis Police Officer Derek) Chauvin to lean on the neck of a handcuffed black man until he dies?” NFL Commissioner encourages players 'to speak out and peacefully protest' Update 6:45 p.m. EDT June 5: In a video statement, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell admitted they were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encouraged all to speak out and peacefully protest. It has been a difficult time for our country. In particular, black people in our country. First, my condolences to the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and all the families who have endured police brutality. We, the National Football League, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black people. We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest. We, the National Football League, believe Black Lives Matter. I personally protest with you and want to be a part of the much needed change in this country. Without black players there would be no National Football League. And the protests around the country are emblematic of the centuries of silence, inequality and oppression of black players, coaches, fans and staff. We are listening, I am listening, and I will be reaching out to players who have raised their voices and others on how we can improve and move forward together for a better and more united NFL family. Protesters take police reform demands to S. Carolina capitol Update 6 p.m. EDT June 5: Hundreds of protesters against police violence marched downtown from the South Carolina Governor’s Mansion to the state capitol Friday to present a list of demands to reform the state’s criminal justice system. The demonstration marked the end of a week of protests in Columbia and statewide that were spurred by the May 25 death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee against his neck for several minutes. Speakers at the demonstration presented a list of reforms, including requiring all law enforcement to use body cameras at all times, banning the purchasing of military-grade weapons by local agencies, and requiring de-escalation training for officers. Mayor downplays rough police treatment of NYC protesters Update 5 p.m. EDT June 5: Another day of protests over the death of George Floyd brought more examples of New York City officials downplaying or denying the police department’s rough treatment of protesters — even when it was caught on video. Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday said he had personally seen “no use of force around peaceful protests” and cast doubt on people who had, belying social media posts and witness accounts of officers moving on demonstrators without provocation and bashing them with batons. De Blasio made the comment in response to questions at his morning news briefing about teams of officers aggressively breaking up a rally in the Bronx as the city’s 8 p.m. curfew kicked in Thursday, leading to scores of arrests and cries of brutality. He said officers were using “lots of restraint” with protesters. “What an absolute disgrace. This is just not true,” City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer tweeted afterward. “You are gaslighting an entire City.” Protesters marched through the city again Friday by the thousands. The violent flareups that characterized some demonstrations last weekend have almost entirely given way to peaceful affairs. Looting that occurred on Sunday and Monday also appears to have ceased. Police, community members kneel together to pray in Orlando, Florida Update 3:50 p.m. EDT June 5: Police Chief Orlando Rolon of the Orlando, Florida, Police Department on Friday asked community members to take a knee and pray for law enforcement officers, those in pain and for everyone to come together in peace, WFTV reported. Orlando Police✔@OrlandoPolice .@OrlandoPDChief asks the community to take a knee and pray for those behind the badge, pray for those in pain, pray for all of us to come together in peace. #MourningWalk 48 9:21 AM - Jun 5, 2020 Twitter Ads info and privacy 28 people are talking about this >> Read more on WFTV.com Georgia faith leaders urge lawmakers to pass hate crime bill Update 3:45 p.m. EDT June 5: A group of faith leaders across Georgia are calling on lawmakers to pass a hate crime bill, WSB-TV reported. The news station noted that the state is one of only four without a hate crime law. Tony Lankford, pastor of First Baptist Church of St. Simons’ Island, said now is the time to pass hate crime legislation, WSB-TV reported. “You have a responsibility to the citizens of Georgia and an opportunity to make Georgia a better place to live for all generations to come,” Lankford said. >> Read more on WSBTV.com ‘Now is not the time to stay silent’: Carolina Panthers players join marches Update 3:30 p.m. EDT June 5: A group of Carolina Panthers joined protests in uptown Charlotte over police brutality following the killing of George Floyd, WSOC-TV reported Friday. Shaq Thompson, Chris Manhertz, Andrew Smith, Tre Boston and Ian Thomas were among those marching for change Tuesday, according to WSOC-TV. “For those demanding change, now is not the time to stay silent, no matter your station in life.' Manhertz said. “No matter what you have to lose.” >> Read more on WSOCTV.com Ohio guardsman suspended amid FBI investigation into white supremacist posts Update 3:10 p.m. EDT June 5: State authorities and officials with the FBI are investigating a member of the Ohio National Guard who had been deployed to Washington D.C., WHIO-TV reported. ”A member of the Ohio national guard was removed from the mission in Washington, D.C., after the FBI uncovered information that this guardsman expressed white supremacist ideology on the internet prior to this assignment,” Gov. Mike DeWine said in a news briefing Friday, according to WHIO-TV. The guardsman has been suspended. “This is an investigation being done, not by authorities in Ohio, but by the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” the governor said, WHIO-TV reported. >> Read more on WHIO.com Boston University to create center for antiracist research Update 2:45 p.m. EDT June 5: School officials with Boston University announced they will soon be launching a center for antiracist research, according to WFXT. The news station reported that plans for the program have been more than a year in the making. The announcement comes at a time where race and discrimination issues are at the forefront. School officials told WFXT that they hope this will transform how racial research is done. >> Read more on Boston25News.com Atlanta police officer charged in Tasing of students also tied to death of man shot 76 times by police Update 2:40 p.m. EDT June 5: One of the six Atlanta police officers charged after a violent confrontation with two college students during protests over the weekend is also under investigation in connection with a 2016 shooting that left a man dead, WSB-TV reported. A video posted on social media and body camera footage showed officers use Taser stun guns on two students, Messiah Young and Taniyah Pilgrim, while they sat in their car Saturday. The officers then forcefully dragged them out of the car and arrested them. Willie Sauls,a 27-year veteran of the Atlanta Police Department, was serving on a federal task force in 2016 when members of the task force shot and killed Jamarion Rashad Robinson, 26, according to WSB-TV. Authorities said he matched the description of a person who had pointed a gun at Atlanta police officers days earlier. Autopsy reports showed Robinson had been shot 76 times, WSB-TV reported. Sauls is facing charges of aggravated assault and property damage in connection with last weekend’s situation, according to WSB-TV. >> Read more on WSBTV.com Police union criticizes mayor for call to fire, prosecute officers after Manuel Ellis’ death Update 2:20 p.m. EDT June 5: The police union in Tacoma, Washington, on Friday sent a letter to Mayor Victoria Woodards criticizing her decision to call for the firing and prosecution of four officers involved in the death of Manuel Ellis, KIRO-TV reported. Tacoma Police Union Local No. 6 President Chris Tracy said Woodards passed judgment on the officers without “an ounce of evidence” on the basis of less than a minute of short, blurry video posted on Twitter, according to KIRO-TV. Tracy said the union welcomes a full and fair investigation by the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and a review by the prosecuting attorney. He added that the facts will show the public that the officers did nothing wrong. >> Read more on KIRO7.com Most Americans believe Trump has fueled racial tensions, new poll finds Update 1:35 p.m. EDT June 5: Just over two-thirds of Americans believe President Donald Trump has helped to increase racial tensions since George Floyd was killed in an encounter with Minneapolis police, according to an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll released Friday. Interviewers surveyed 1,062 Americans as part of the poll, asking about Trump’s performance, the aftermath of Floyd’s killing and the November election. Asked whether Trump has increased or decreased racial tensions in his response to the May 25 killing of Floyd, 67% of respondents said he “mostly increased tensions” while 18% said he has mostly decreased them and 15% said they were unsure. >> Read full results from the NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll Trump has been criticized for his response to Floyd’s killing, including the decision for federal officials to clear protesters gathered near the White House with tear gas to allow for the president to do a photo-op at St. Johns Episcopal Church. Critics have questioned the difference between his reaction to protests at state capitols demanding that government reopen businesses closed by the coronavirus and his response to the recent protests over police brutality that have gripped the nation. On social media, Trump urged governors to listen to protesters, who were mostly white, who demonstrated to reopen businesses while calling protesters demonstrating against racially based police violence “thugs.” Minneapolis to ban chokeholds by police Update 1:20 p.m. EDT June 5: Negotiators for the city of Minneapolis have agreed with the state to ban the use of chokeholds by police, and to require police to report and intervene any time they see an unauthorized use of force by another officer. The moves are part of a stipulation between the city and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, which launched a civil rights investigation this week in response to the death of George Floyd in police custody. The City Council is expected to approve the agreement Friday. The agreement, which will be enforceable in court, would require any officer, regardless of tenure or rank, to immediately report the use of any neck restraint or chokehold from the scene to their commander or their commander’s superiors. Similarly, any officer who sees another officer commit any unauthorized use of force, including any chokehold or neck restraint, must try to intervene verbally and even physically. If they don’t, they’d be subject to discipline as severe as if they themselves had used the prohibited force. The agreement also requires authorization from the police chief or a designated deputy chief to use crowd control weapons, including chemical agents, rubber bullets, flash-bangs, batons, and marking rounds. And it requires more timely decisions on disciplining officers. Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian resigns from board, urges seat be filled by Black candidate Update 12:55 p.m. EDT June 5: Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian announced in a video posted on social media Friday that he’s resigned from his position on the website’s board and asked that the seat be filled by a Black candidate. “It is long overdue to do the right thing,' Ohanian said. “I’m doing this for me, for my family and for my country. I am saying this as a father who needs to be able to answer his black daughter when she asks, ‘What did you do?’” Ohanian married tennis superstar Serena Williams in 2017. The couple welcomed their daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian, that same year. Ohanian pledged to use future funds gained from his Reddit stock “to serve the Black community, chiefly to curb racial hate.” He said he started Friday with a $1 million donation to former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp. “I believe resignation can actually be an act of leadership from people in power right now,” Ohanian said. 'To everyone fighting to fix our broken nation: Do not stop.” Alexis Ohanian Sr. ✔@alexisohanian · 6h Replying to @alexisohanian I believe resignation can actually be an act of leadership from people in power right now. To everyone fighting to fix our broken nation: do not stop.https://twitter.com/alexisohanian/status/1267467074022125568 … Alexis Ohanian Sr. ✔@alexisohanian This is from 2016. We need to #DoBetter Alexis Ohanian Sr. ✔@alexisohanian 22.9K 9:35 AM - Jun 5, 2020 Twitter Ads info and privacy 5,028 people are talking about this DC paints huge Black Lives Matter mural near White House Update 12:35 p.m. EDT June 5: City workers and activists painted the words Black Lives Matter in enormous bright yellow letters on the the street leading to the White House, a highly visible sign of the District of Columbia’s embrace of a protest movement that has put it at odds with President Donald Trump. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser tweeted aerial video of the mural shortly after it was completed Friday. Mayor Muriel Bowser✔@MayorBowser Breonna Taylor, on your birthday, let us stand with determination. Determination to make America the land it ought to be. 33.3K 9:30 AM - Jun 5, 2020 Twitter Ads info and privacy 12.1K people are talking about this The letters and an image of the city’s flag stretch across 16th Street for two blocks, ending just before the church where Trump staged a photo-op after federal officers forcibly cleared a peaceful demonstration to make way for the president and his entourage. “The section of 16th street in front of the White House is now officially ‘Black Lives Matter Plaza,’” Bowser tweeted. A black and white sign was put up to mark the change. Nearly 84,000 National Guard members activated amid civil unrest, COVID-19 Update 12:05 p.m. EDT June 5: Officials with the U.S. National Guard said Friday that nearly 84,000 soldiers and airmen have been activated due to civil unrest in the wake of the killing of George Floyd and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Officials said 37,400 National Guard members were assisting states as they respond to the threat of COVID-19. More than 41,500 members of the National Guard were on duty in 33 states and Washington D.C. as protests over police brutality continue across the country. “The hardest mission we do is responding in times of civil unrest,” Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel, chief of the National Guard Bureau, said Friday in a statement. “As a uniformed member of America’s military, it breaks my heart to see the country I love in such pain.” National Guard✔@USNationalGuard As of Friday morning, nearly 84,000 National Guard Soldiers and Airmen are activated across the United States responding to COVID-19, civil unrest and natural disasters. 322 7:51 AM - Jun 5, 2020 Twitter Ads info and privacy 146 people are talking about this Section of street in front of White House renamed to Black Lives Matter Plaza, mayor announces Update 11:45 a.m. EDT June 5: A stretch of 16th Street in front of the White House on Friday officially became Black Lives Matter Plaza. The change was announced by Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, who has been critical of the federal response to protests in the city. Mayor Muriel Bowser✔@MayorBowser The section of 16th street in front of the White House is now officially “Black Lives Matter Plaza”. 127K 8:32 AM - Jun 5, 2020 Twitter Ads info and privacy 44.6K people are talking about this Earlier this week, federal authorities used tear gas to clear peaceful protesters from a park near the White House to allow for the president to walk across the street for a photo-op at St. Johns Episcopal Church. The move was widely criticized by current and former members of the military among several others. Officials in Washington said they were not alerted before the situation began. Bowser earlier this week used the incident to highlight the fight for D.C. statehood. Trump says ‘this is a great day’ for George Floyd as protests continue across US Update 11:20 a.m. EDT June 5: President Donald Trump said Friday that he hopes George Floyd, the 46-year-old killed by Minneapolis police last week, would be glad to see the May jobs report, which showed lower unemployment than expected amid the coronavirus pandemic. “Hopefully George is looking down right now and saying ‘This is a great thing that’s happening for our country,’” the president said during a news conference. “This is a great day for him. It’s a great day for everybody.” Adam Cancryn✔@adamcancryn Trump imagining George Floyd’s reaction to the jobs numbers: “Hopefully George is looking down right now and saying this is a great thing that’s happening for our country. This is a great day for him, it’s a great day for everybody.” 3,461 8:00 AM - Jun 5, 2020 Twitter Ads info and privacy 4,866 people are talking about this Floyd died last week after then-Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes as three other police officers, Thomas Lane, J.A. Kueng and Tou Thao, watched or actively helped to hold him down, according to prosecutors. ‘You have to dominate the streets,’ Trump says amid nationwide protests over police brutality Update 11 a.m. EDT June 5: Speaking Friday at a news conference, President Donald Trump praised his impact on the Black community in America and repeated previous comments about dominating protesters who have taken to the streets to protest police violence in recent days. “You have to dominate the streets,” Trump said. “You can’t let what’s happening happen.” Trump faced heavy criticism earlier this week after authorities used tear gas to clear protesters from Washington D.C.'s Lafayette Square, across the street from the White House, before the president walked across the street for a photo-op with a bible at St. Johns Episcopal Church. The president praised the work of law enforcement officials amid the protests and added that “Nobody’s ever done for the Black community what President Trump has done.” DC mayor asks for federal law enforcement, military to withdraw from city Update 9:40 a.m. EDT June 5: Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has shared a letter sent to President Donald Trump on Thursday requesting that federal law enforcement and military personnel leave the city as protests over the death of George Floyd continue. “The protesters have been peaceful, and last night, the Metropolitan Police Department did not make a single arrest,” Bowser said in the letter, which she shared Friday on social media. “The deployment of federal law enforcement personnel and equipment are inflaming demonstrators and adding to the grievances of those who, by and large, are peacefully protesting for change and for reforms to the racist and broken systems that are killing Black Americans.” Mayor Muriel Bowser✔@MayorBowser I request that @realDonaldTrump withdraw all extraordinary federal law enforcement and military presence from our city. 77.6K 6:19 AM - Jun 5, 2020 Twitter Ads info and privacy 26.6K people are talking about this Tacoma mayor calls for firing of officers in death of man while in police custody Update 8:26 a.m. EDT June 5: Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards called Friday for the firing of all four officers involved in the death of Manuel Ellis, ruled a homicide early Friday by the county medical examiner. Ellis, 33, died while restrained in handcuffs on the ground. >> Read more on KIRO7.com Previously unreleased video footage surfaced late Thursday, showing Tacoma officers beating Ellis on the side of the road. “Tonight, [(the family]) asked, why does it always take a video for the public to believe when a black person’s life is taken unjustly? As an African American woman, I didn’t need a video to believe,” Woodards said in a video statement, adding, “As I watched that video I became even more enraged and angered and disappointed.” She then demanded Tacoma’s city manager fire all four officers involved and that funds for body cameras be allocated immediately. According to the Pierce County medical examiner ruling, Ellis died of respiratory arrest due to hypoxia, a lack of oxygen reaching body tissues, which was due to is being physically restrained by officers, The Washington Post reported. Video vindicates Philadelphia student charged with assaulting police Update 5:24 a.m. EDT June 5: A Temple University student arrested for assaulting police during a Philadelphia protest Monday has been vindicated by video of the incident. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Evan Gorski was accused of pushing an officer off his bike and fracturing his hand during a confrontation between police and demonstrators protesting police brutality. Video released Wednesday instead showed an officer striking Gorski with a baton, while another officer pinned the 21-year-old engineering student’s face to the ground. Gorski was released Wednesday. William Bender✔@wbender99 Spent the last 24 hours trying to figure out what happened here, but this is what I have so far .... https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-police-beating-temple-student-evan-gorski-protest-20200604.html … ‘Police just went nuts’: Charges dropped after video surfaces of police beating student, other... Prosecutors dropped charges against Temple student Evan Gorski after videos at a protest appeared to show a police officer striking him on the head with a baton and another pressing a knee on his... inquirer.com 2,262 2:29 PM - Jun 4, 2020 Twitter Ads info and privacy 1,339 people are talking about this 2 National Guardsmen injured in DC lightning strike Update 4:38 a.m. EDT June 5: A lightning strike in Washington, D.C.’s Lafayette Square injured two National Guardsmen around midnight Thursday. Both guardsmen were transported to a nearby hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries, Vito Maggiolo, a spokesman for the district’s Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, said via Twitter. There were no other reports of injuries associated with the strike. DC Fire and EMS #StayHomeDC✔@dcfireems Shortly after midnight, #DCsBravest received a call for a report of 2 military personnel suffering the effects of a nearby lighting strike within the Lafayette Park perimeter. Both were transported with non life threatening injuries. 481 10:05 PM - Jun 4, 2020 Twitter Ads info and privacy 385 people are talking about this NYC mayor: Essential workers’ arrests after curfew are ‘NOT acceptable and must stop’ Update 4:38 a.m. EDT June 5: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio implored police to safeguard the rights of essential workers after viral videos recorded late Thursday showed the arrest of a food delivery worker out past the city’s 8 p.m. curfew. Mayor Bill de Blasio✔@NYCMayor Just got off the phone with @NYPDShea after seeing the troubling video of a delivery worker arrested by police while doing his job. This is NOT acceptable and must stop. Food delivery is essential work and is EXEMPTED from the curfew. 19.5K 9:06 PM - Jun 4, 2020 Twitter Ads info and privacy 10.4K people are talking about this In one video, a man is seen holding an insulated backpack from a food delivery company. A bicycle is splayed at his feet, and at least six officers have him surrounded. Kirsti Karttunen@KirstiKarttunen This delivery guy thought he’s an essential worker, police seemed to disagree. The rules issued before the curfew very unclear but according to the state, restaurants, bar & food industry workers are classified as essential. #nycurfew #NYCPolice 41.3K 6:01 PM - Jun 4, 2020 Twitter Ads info and privacy 23.4K people are talking about this “Are you serious? Look, look, look I’m not even doing anything,” the man can be heard shouting, while officers tell him to “relax” and begin removing his backpack. A second video shared a few minutes later shows the unidentified man being loaded into a police van. peter hess@PeterNHess NYPD officers arrest an essential worker—his Caviar bag is sitting by his bike, 27 min after curfew at 108 and Central Park West in Manhattancity and state officials assured essential workers they are exemptat least three white shirts (commanding officers) are present 10.3K 6:04 PM - Jun 4, 2020 Twitter Ads info and privacy 5,883 people are talking about this NYPD officials told The Washington Post the man’s credentials were later verified at a nearby precinct, and he was released. California mayor resigns after sending email claiming local police never killed a ‘good person of color’ Update 4:11 a.m. EDT June 5: The mayor of Temecula, California, resigned late Thursday after sending an email earlier in the week that claimed local police had never killed a “good person of color.” David Begnaud✔@DavidBegnaud The Mayor of Temecula, California James “Stew” Stewart has resigned over an email stating, in part ‘I don’t believe there’s ever been a good person of color killed by a police officer.’https://myvalleynews.com/temecula-mayor-under-fire-for-email-stating-i-dont-believe-theres-ever-been-a-good-person-of-color-killed-by-a-police-officer/ … 1,994 10:06 PM - Jun 4, 2020 Twitter Ads info and privacy 1,361 people are talking about this The email, sent by Mayor James “Stew” Stewart Tuesday night, was in response to a constituent asking what his administration is doing to address systemic racism in policing. After the communication was made public, Stewart claimed talk-to-text software had mistakenly added the word “good,” The Press-Enterprise reported. “As you know the City of Temecula does not have its own Police Department. We contract with Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. And I don’t believe there’s ever been a good person of color killed by a police officer. So I’m kind of confuse what you are looking for,” the email read. Stewart said he failed to proofread the email before sending after working a 12-hour shift at his barber shop, The Press-Enterprise reported. In the statement announcing his resignation, Stewart wrote, “City of Temecula, I hear you, I agree with you, and I am deeply sorry,” the newspaper reported. “I understand that even my sincerest apologies cannot remedy this situation. Because actions speak louder than words, I will step down as your Mayor and City Council Member effective immediately,” he added. 1 shot, 2 possibly injured near Denver protest Update 2:41 a.m. EDT June 5: A chaotic scene unfolded in Denver Thursday night after a man was shot one block away from protesters gathered near the capitol building. Denver Police confirmed one man had been shot and transported to a nearby hospital, but they offered no additional details on his condition or possible motivations for the shooting. Denver Police Dept.✔@DenverPolice #Alert #DPD Officers are on-scene in the area of Colfax and Broadway in response to a shooting. At present one person has been transported for medical treatment. There is no available suspect information at this time. Information will be provided as available. #Denver. 58 9:01 PM - Jun 4, 2020 Twitter Ads info and privacy 59 people are talking about this Two other “walk-in” patients – one with a gunshot wound and another suffering stab wounds – arrived at the hospital a short time later, but a police spokesman told The Washington Post that officers have not confirmed if those injuries are connected to the shooting of the first unidentified man. Denver Police Dept.✔@DenverPolice #DPD UPDATE: Two parties, possibly related to the scene @ Broadway/Colfax, have presented as “Walk-Ins” at hospital. One persons is being treated for GSW. One person is being treated for stab wound(s). #Denver 37 9:27 PM - Jun 4, 2020 Twitter Ads info and privacy 43 people are talking about this 2 Buffalo police officers suspended after video shows them pushing, injuring elderly man Update 2:27 a.m. EDT June 5: Two police officers in Buffalo, New York, have been suspended without pay after video of protests appears to show them knocking down a 75-year-old man. WARNING: Links in this post may contain video some readers might find disturbing due to its violent nature. The video shows the man being pushed by officers and then falling backward. The victim appears to bleed from his head while lying motionless on the ground. Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said in a Thursday night statement he was “deeply disturbed” by video of the altercation and an immediate investigation has been launched by the city’s police commissioner. According to The Washington Post, officers who were not directly involved but witnessed the incident initially described the man as “tripping and falling,” but Brown launched his investigation immediately upon viewing the footage. Capt. Jeff Rinaldo with the Buffalo Police Department told the Post the victim is in stable condition with a laceration and possible concussion. 'After days of peaceful protests and several meetings between myself, police leadership and members of the community, tonight’s event is disheartening. My thoughts are with the victim tonight,” Brown said in the statement. Meanwhile, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the incident “unjustified and utterly disgraceful.” Andrew Cuomo✔@NYGovCuomo This incident is wholly unjustified and utterly disgraceful.I've spoken with Buffalo @MayorByronBrown and we agree that the officers involved should be immediately suspended pending a formal investigation.Police Officers must enforce — NOT ABUSE — the law. https://twitter.com/WBFO/status/1268712530358292484 … 5,881 8:01 PM - Jun 4, 2020 Twitter Ads info and privacy 5,088 people are talking about this The Associated Press contributed to this report. © 2020 Cox Media Group Trending Now Bat-wielding grandmother confronts protesters in Michigan Here are the steps Delta says it’s taking to keep you safe amid COVID-19 Woman says she was wrongfully jailed over kidney ailment Seattle to offer free citywide coronavirus testing 88-year-old man graduates college after dropping out 60 years ago Protesters take police reform demands to S. Carolina capitol Update 6 p.m. EDT June 5: Hundreds of protesters against police violence marched downtown from the South Carolina Governor’s Mansion to the state capitol Friday to present a list of demands to reform the state’s criminal justice system. The demonstration marked the end of a week of protests in Columbia and statewide that were spurred by the May 25 death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee against his neck for several minutes. Speakers at the demonstration presented a list of reforms, including requiring all law enforcement to use body cameras at all times, banning the purchasing of military-grade weapons by local agencies, and requiring de-escalation training for officers. Mayor downplays rough police treatment of NYC protesters Update 5 p.m. EDT June 5: Another day of protests over the death of George Floyd brought more examples of New York City officials downplaying or denying the police department’s rough treatment of protesters — even when it was caught on video. Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday said he had personally seen “no use of force around peaceful protests” and cast doubt on people who had, belying social media posts and witness accounts of officers moving on demonstrators without provocation and bashing them with batons. De Blasio made the comment in response to questions at his morning news briefing about teams of officers aggressively breaking up a rally in the Bronx as the city’s 8 p.m. curfew kicked in Thursday, leading to scores of arrests and cries of brutality. He said officers were using “lots of restraint” with protesters. “What an absolute disgrace. This is just not true,” City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer tweeted afterward. “You are gaslighting an entire City.” Protesters marched through the city again Friday by the thousands. The violent flareups that characterized some demonstrations last weekend have almost entirely given way to peaceful affairs. Looting that occurred on Sunday and Monday also appears to have ceased. Police, community members kneel together to pray in Orlando, Florida Update 3:50 p.m. EDT June 5: Police Chief Orlando Rolon of the Orlando, Florida, Police Department on Friday asked community members to take a knee and pray for law enforcement officers, those in pain and for everyone to come together in peace, WFTV reported. >> Read more on WFTV.com Georgia faith leaders urge lawmakers to pass hate crime bill Update 3:45 p.m. EDT June 5: A group of faith leaders across Georgia are calling on lawmakers to pass a hate crime bill, WSB-TV reported. The news station noted that the state is one of only four without a hate crime law. Tony Lankford, pastor of First Baptist Church of St. Simons’ Island, said now is the time to pass hate crime legislation, WSB-TV reported. “You have a responsibility to the citizens of Georgia and an opportunity to make Georgia a better place to live for all generations to come,” Lankford said. >> Read more on WSBTV.com ‘Now is not the time to stay silent’: Carolina Panthers players join marches Update 3:30 p.m. EDT June 5: A group of Carolina Panthers joined protests in uptown Charlotte over police brutality following the killing of George Floyd, WSOC-TV reported Friday. Shaq Thompson, Chris Manhertz, Andrew Smith, Tre Boston and Ian Thomas were among those marching for change Tuesday, according to WSOC-TV. “For those demanding change, now is not the time to stay silent, no matter your station in life.' Manhertz said. “No matter what you have to lose.” >> Read more on WSOCTV.com Ohio guardsman suspended amid FBI investigation into white supremacist posts Update 3:10 p.m. EDT June 5: State authorities and officials with the FBI are investigating a member of the Ohio National Guard who had been deployed to Washington D.C., WHIO-TV reported. ”A member of the Ohio national guard was removed from the mission in Washington, D.C., after the FBI uncovered information that this guardsman expressed white supremacist ideology on the internet prior to this assignment,” Gov. Mike DeWine said in a news briefing Friday, according to WHIO-TV. The guardsman has been suspended. “This is an investigation being done, not by authorities in Ohio, but by the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” the governor said, WHIO-TV reported. >> Read more on WHIO.com Boston University to create center for antiracist research Update 2:45 p.m. EDT June 5: School officials with Boston University announced they will soon be launching a center for antiracist research, according to WFXT. The news station reported that plans for the program have been more than a year in the making. The announcement comes at a time where race and discrimination issues are at the forefront. School officials told WFXT that they hope this will transform how racial research is done. >> Read more on Boston25News.com Atlanta police officer charged in Tasing of students also tied to death of man shot 76 times by police Update 2:40 p.m. EDT June 5: One of the six Atlanta police officers charged after a violent confrontation with two college students during protests over the weekend is also under investigation in connection with a 2016 shooting that left a man dead, WSB-TV reported. A video posted on social media and body camera footage showed officers use Taser stun guns on two students, Messiah Young and Taniyah Pilgrim, while they sat in their car Saturday. The officers then forcefully dragged them out of the car and arrested them. Willie Sauls,a 27-year veteran of the Atlanta Police Department, was serving on a federal task force in 2016 when members of the task force shot and killed Jamarion Rashad Robinson, 26, according to WSB-TV. Authorities said he matched the description of a person who had pointed a gun at Atlanta police officers days earlier. Autopsy reports showed Robinson had been shot 76 times, WSB-TV reported. Sauls is facing charges of aggravated assault and property damage in connection with last weekend’s situation, according to WSB-TV. >> Read more on WSBTV.com Police union criticizes mayor for call to fire, prosecute officers after Manuel Ellis’ death Update 2:20 p.m. EDT June 5: The police union in Tacoma, Washington, on Friday sent a letter to Mayor Victoria Woodards criticizing her decision to call for the firing and prosecution of four officers involved in the death of Manuel Ellis, KIRO-TV reported. Tacoma Police Union Local No. 6 President Chris Tracy said Woodards passed judgment on the officers without “an ounce of evidence” on the basis of less than a minute of short, blurry video posted on Twitter, according to KIRO-TV. Tracy said the union welcomes a full and fair investigation by the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and a review by the prosecuting attorney. He added that the facts will show the public that the officers did nothing wrong. >> Read more on KIRO7.com Most Americans believe Trump has fueled racial tensions, new poll finds Update 1:35 p.m. EDT June 5: Just over two-thirds of Americans believe President Donald Trump has helped to increase racial tensions since George Floyd was killed in an encounter with Minneapolis police, according to an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll released Friday. Interviewers surveyed 1,062 Americans as part of the poll, asking about Trump’s performance, the aftermath of Floyd’s killing and the November election. Asked whether Trump has increased or decreased racial tensions in his response to the May 25 killing of Floyd, 67% of respondents said he “mostly increased tensions” while 18% said he has mostly decreased them and 15% said they were unsure. >> Read full results from the NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll Trump has been criticized for his response to Floyd’s killing, including the decision for federal officials to clear protesters gathered near the White House with tear gas to allow for the president to do a photo-op at St. Johns Episcopal Church. Critics have questioned the difference between his reaction to protests at state capitols demanding that government reopen businesses closed by the coronavirus and his response to the recent protests over police brutality that have gripped the nation. On social media, Trump urged governors to listen to protesters, who were mostly white, who demonstrated to reopen businesses while calling protesters demonstrating against racially based police violence “thugs.” Minneapolis to ban chokeholds by police Update 1:20 p.m. EDT June 5: Negotiators for the city of Minneapolis have agreed with the state to ban the use of chokeholds by police, and to require police to report and intervene any time they see an unauthorized use of force by another officer. The moves are part of a stipulation between the city and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, which launched a civil rights investigation this week in response to the death of George Floyd in police custody. The City Council is expected to approve the agreement Friday. The agreement, which will be enforceable in court, would require any officer, regardless of tenure or rank, to immediately report the use of any neck restraint or chokehold from the scene to their commander or their commander’s superiors. Similarly, any officer who sees another officer commit any unauthorized use of force, including any chokehold or neck restraint, must try to intervene verbally and even physically. If they don’t, they’d be subject to discipline as severe as if they themselves had used the prohibited force. The agreement also requires authorization from the police chief or a designated deputy chief to use crowd control weapons, including chemical agents, rubber bullets, flash-bangs, batons, and marking rounds. And it requires more timely decisions on disciplining officers. Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian resigns from board, urges seat be filled by Black candidate Update 12:55 p.m. EDT June 5: Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian announced in a video posted on social media Friday that he’s resigned from his position on the website’s board and asked that the seat be filled by a Black candidate. “It is long overdue to do the right thing,' Ohanian said. “I’m doing this for me, for my family and for my country. I am saying this as a father who needs to be able to answer his black daughter when she asks, ‘What did you do?’” Ohanian married tennis superstar Serena Williams in 2017. The couple welcomed their daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian, that same year. Ohanian pledged to use future funds gained from his Reddit stock “to serve the Black community, chiefly to curb racial hate.” He said he started Friday with a $1 million donation to former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp. “I believe resignation can actually be an act of leadership from people in power right now,” Ohanian said. 'To everyone fighting to fix our broken nation: Do not stop.” DC paints huge Black Lives Matter mural near White House Update 12:35 p.m. EDT June 5: City workers and activists painted the words Black Lives Matter in enormous bright yellow letters on the the street leading to the White House, a highly visible sign of the District of Columbia's embrace of a protest movement that has put it at odds with President Donald Trump. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser tweeted aerial video of the mural shortly after it was completed Friday. The letters and an image of the city’s flag stretch across 16th Street for two blocks, ending just before the church where Trump staged a photo-op after federal officers forcibly cleared a peaceful demonstration to make way for the president and his entourage. “The section of 16th street in front of the White House is now officially ‘Black Lives Matter Plaza,’” Bowser tweeted. A black and white sign was put up to mark the change. Nearly 84,000 National Guard members activated amid civil unrest, COVID-19 Update 12:05 p.m. EDT June 5: Officials with the U.S. National Guard said Friday that nearly 84,000 soldiers and airmen have been activated due to civil unrest in the wake of the killing of George Floyd and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Officials said 37,400 National Guard members were assisting states as they respond to the threat of COVID-19. More than 41,500 members of the National Guard were on duty in 33 states and Washington D.C. as protests over police brutality continue across the country. “The hardest mission we do is responding in times of civil unrest,” Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel, chief of the National Guard Bureau, said Friday in a statement. “As a uniformed member of America’s military, it breaks my heart to see the country I love in such pain.” Section of street in front of White House renamed to Black Lives Matter Plaza, mayor announces Update 11:45 a.m. EDT June 5: A stretch of 16th Street in front of the White House on Friday officially became Black Lives Matter Plaza. The change was announced by Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, who has been critical of the federal response to protests in the city. Earlier this week, federal authorities used tear gas to clear peaceful protesters from a park near the White House to allow for the president to walk across the street for a photo-op at St. Johns Episcopal Church. The move was widely criticized by current and former members of the military among several others. Officials in Washington said they were not alerted before the situation began. Bowser earlier this week used the incident to highlight the fight for D.C. statehood. Trump says ‘this is a great day’ for George Floyd as protests continue across US Update 11:20 a.m. EDT June 5: President Donald Trump said Friday that he hopes George Floyd, the 46-year-old killed by Minneapolis police last week, would be glad to see the May jobs report, which showed lower unemployment than expected amid the coronavirus pandemic. “Hopefully George is looking down right now and saying ‘This is a great thing that’s happening for our country,’” the president said during a news conference. “This is a great day for him. It’s a great day for everybody.” Floyd died last week after then-Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes as three other police officers, Thomas Lane, J.A. Kueng and Tou Thao, watched or actively helped to hold him down, according to prosecutors. ‘You have to dominate the streets,’ Trump says amid nationwide protests over police brutality Update 11 a.m. EDT June 5: Speaking Friday at a news conference, President Donald Trump praised his impact on the Black community in America and repeated previous comments about dominating protesters who have taken to the streets to protest police violence in recent days. “You have to dominate the streets,” Trump said. “You can’t let what’s happening happen.” Trump faced heavy criticism earlier this week after authorities used tear gas to clear protesters from Washington D.C.'s Lafayette Square, across the street from the White House, before the president walked across the street for a photo-op with a bible at St. Johns Episcopal Church. The president praised the work of law enforcement officials amid the protests and added that “Nobody’s ever done for the Black community what President Trump has done.” DC mayor asks for federal law enforcement, military to withdraw from city Update 9:40 a.m. EDT June 5: Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has shared a letter sent to President Donald Trump on Thursday requesting that federal law enforcement and military personnel leave the city as protests over the death of George Floyd continue. “The protesters have been peaceful, and last night, the Metropolitan Police Department did not make a single arrest,” Bowser said in the letter, which she shared Friday on social media. “The deployment of federal law enforcement personnel and equipment are inflaming demonstrators and adding to the grievances of those who, by and large, are peacefully protesting for change and for reforms to the racist and broken systems that are killing Black Americans.” Tacoma mayor calls for firing of officers in death of man while in police custody Update 8:26 a.m. EDT June 5: Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards called Friday for the firing of all four officers involved in the death of Manuel Ellis, ruled a homicide early Friday by the county medical examiner. Ellis, 33, died while restrained in handcuffs on the ground. >> Read more on KIRO7.com Previously unreleased video footage surfaced late Thursday, showing Tacoma officers beating Ellis on the side of the road. “Tonight, [(the family]) asked, why does it always take a video for the public to believe when a black person’s life is taken unjustly? As an African American woman, I didn’t need a video to believe,” Woodards said in a video statement, adding, “As I watched that video I became even more enraged and angered and disappointed.” She then demanded Tacoma’s city manager fire all four officers involved and that funds for body cameras be allocated immediately. According to the Pierce County medical examiner ruling, Ellis died of respiratory arrest due to hypoxia, a lack of oxygen reaching body tissues, which was due to is being physically restrained by officers, The Washington Post reported. Video vindicates Philadelphia student charged with assaulting police Update 5:24 a.m. EDT June 5: A Temple University student arrested for assaulting police during a Philadelphia protest Monday has been vindicated by video of the incident. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Evan Gorski was accused of pushing an officer off his bike and fracturing his hand during a confrontation between police and demonstrators protesting police brutality. Video released Wednesday instead showed an officer striking Gorski with a baton, while another officer pinned the 21-year-old engineering student’s face to the ground. Gorski was released Wednesday. 2 National Guardsmen injured in DC lightning strike Update 4:55 a.m. EDT June 5: A lightning strike in Washington, D.C.’s Lafayette Square injured two National Guardsmen around midnight Thursday. Both guardsmen were transported to a nearby hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries, Vito Maggiolo, a spokesman for the district’s Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, said via Twitter. There were no other reports of injuries associated with the strike. NYC mayor: Essential workers’ arrests after curfew are ‘NOT acceptable and must stop’ Update 4:38 a.m. EDT June 5: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio implored police to safeguard the rights of essential workers after viral videos recorded late Thursday showed the arrest of a food delivery worker out past the city’s 8 p.m. curfew. In one video, a man is seen holding an insulated backpack from a food delivery company. A bicycle is splayed at his feet, and at least six officers have him surrounded. “Are you serious? Look, look, look I’m not even doing anything,” the man can be heard shouting, while officers tell him to “relax” and begin removing his backpack. A second video shared a few minutes later shows the unidentified man being loaded into a police van. NYPD officials told The Washington Post the man’s credentials were later verified at a nearby precinct, and he was released. California mayor resigns after sending email claiming local police never killed a ‘good person of color’ Update 4:11 a.m. EDT June 5: The mayor of Temecula, California, resigned late Thursday after sending an email earlier in the week that claimed local police had never killed a “good person of color.” The email, sent by Mayor James “Stew” Stewart Tuesday night, was in response to a constituent asking what his administration is doing to address systemic racism in policing. After the communication was made public, Stewart claimed talk-to-text software had mistakenly added the word “good,” The Press-Enterprise reported. “As you know the City of Temecula does not have its own Police Department. We contract with Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. And I don’t believe there’s ever been a good person of color killed by a police officer. So I’m kind of confuse what you are looking for,” the email read. Stewart said he failed to proofread the email before sending after working a 12-hour shift at his barber shop, The Press-Enterprise reported. In the statement announcing his resignation, Stewart wrote, “City of Temecula, I hear you, I agree with you, and I am deeply sorry,” the newspaper reported. “I understand that even my sincerest apologies cannot remedy this situation. Because actions speak louder than words, I will step down as your Mayor and City Council Member effective immediately,” he added. 1 shot, 2 possibly injured near Denver protest Update 2:41 a.m. EDT June 5: A chaotic scene unfolded in Denver Thursday night after a man was shot one block away from protesters gathered near the capitol building. Denver Police confirmed one man had been shot and transported to a nearby hospital, but they offered no additional details on his condition or possible motivations for the shooting.  Two other “walk-in” patients – one with a gunshot wound and another suffering stab wounds – arrived at the hospital a short time later, but a police spokesman told The Washington Post that officers have not confirmed if those injuries are connected to the shooting of the first unidentified man. 2 Buffalo police officers suspended after video shows them pushing, injuring elderly man Update 2:27 a.m. EDT June 5: Two police officers in Buffalo, New York, have been suspended without pay after video of protests appears to show them knocking down a 75-year-old man. WARNING: Links in this post may contain video some readers might find disturbing due to its violent nature. The video shows the man being pushed by officers and then falling backward. The victim appears to bleed from his head while lying motionless on the ground. Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said in a Thursday night statement he was “deeply disturbed” by video of the altercation and an immediate investigation has been launched by the city’s police commissioner. According to The Washington Post, officers who were not directly involved but witnessed the incident initially described the man as “tripping and falling,” but Brown launched his investigation immediately upon viewing the footage. Capt. Jeff Rinaldo with the Buffalo Police Department told the Post the victim is in stable condition with a laceration and possible concussion. 'After days of peaceful protests and several meetings between myself, police leadership and members of the community, tonight’s event is disheartening. My thoughts are with the victim tonight,” Brown said in the statement. Meanwhile, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the incident “unjustified and utterly disgraceful.” The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • More than 6.6 million people worldwide -- including nearly 1.9 million in the United States – have been infected with the new coronavirus, and the number of deaths from the outbreak continues to rise. While efforts to contain the COVID-19 outbreak continue, states have begun to shift their focus toward reopening their economies. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tracking cases in the U.S. here. Live updates for Friday, June 5, continue below:  Populous Kansas counties see dozens of new coronavirus cases Update 7:45 p.m. EDT June 5: Kansas’ four most populous counties reported dozens of new coronavirus cases in the past two days, part of an increase that’s occurred since Gov. Laura Kelly lifted statewide restrictions on businesses. The state Department of Health and Environment said Friday that Kansas has had a total of 10,393 novel coronavirus cases since the pandemic reached it in early March. That’s up 2.2% or 223 from Wednesday. The department’s figures show that 70% of the new cases over the past two days — 156 in all — came from only four counties. They were Sedgwick County, home to the state’s largest city, Wichita; Shawnee County, home to Topeka, and Johnson and Wyandotte counties in the Kansas City area, the state’s first hotspot. Kelly lifted statewide restrictions on businesses on May 26 and left decisions on rules to each of the state’s 105 counties. Since then, Kansas has seen more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases. More than 500, or roughly half, have come from the four populous counties, and the percentage would be larger without outbreaks among workers in meatpacking plants. The state reported 10 new COVID-19-related deaths over the past two days, leaving the number at 232. Mexico alleges some doctors sold false death certificates Update 7:45 p.m. EDT June 5: Mexico City officials said Friday that prosecutors are investigating several doctors who allegedly issued false death certificates for people who may have died of the coronavirus. Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum alleged the doctors “were involved in charging for these services,” which are supposed to be free but can sometimes be lengthy and bureaucratic. “They sold these certificates when they should not have,” Sheinbaum said. The scheme purportedly involved at least one city government employee and around 10 doctors, none of whom were city hospital employees, the mayor said. There are also indications the doctors may have signed off causes of death other than COVID-19 for bodies they had never seen or examined, though the reasons were unclear, officials said. But bodies had been piling up at hospitals in Mexico City as the pandemic worsened, and some relatives may have simply wanted to get their deceased family members released more quickly. In addition, bodies of people who died from COVID-19 have to be cremated or buried under stricter rules so some families may have paid for a false certificate to avoid that or the social stigma the virus carries. No charges have been filed in the case. Citing jobs, Trump claims victory over virus, econ collapse Update 5:55 p.m. EDT June 5: President Donald Trump effectively claimed victory over the economic crisis and COVID-19 on Friday as well as major progress against racial inequality, heartily embracing a better-than-expected jobs report in hopes of convincing a discouraged nation he deserves another four years in office. In lengthy White House remarks amid sweeping social unrest, a still-rising virus death toll and Depression-level unemployment, the Republican president focused on what he said was improvement in all areas. He was quick to seize the positive jobs report at a time when his political standing is at one of the weakest points of his presidency less than five months before the general election. Just 2 in 10 voters believe the country is headed in the right direction, a Monmouth University poll found earlier in the week. California to allow schools, gyms and bars reopen next week Update 3:30 p.m. EDT June 5: California will allow schools, day camps, bars, gyms, campgrounds and professional sports to begin reopening with modifications starting next Friday. Mark Ghaly, the state’s top health official, said the state will release guidance later Friday for counties to follow to reopen a broad range of businesses that have been closed since mid-March because of concerns about spreading the coronavirus. The rules on schools and day camps will apply statewide. But only counties that have met certain thresholds on the number of cases, testing and preparedness will be allowed to start reopening the other sectors. The state’s guidance will also include rules on hotels, casinos, museums, zoos and aquariums and the resumption of music, film and television production. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has been moving the state through a methodical four-step process for reopening. Most of the new businesses are part of “Phase 3.” Nail salons will not be included in the list, Ghaly said. Ghaly stressed that its up to counties to determine whether they are ready to reopen based on their ability to manage an expected increase in the number of those testing positive. He said Thursday that the state’s coronavirus cases and hospitalizations remain stable. But the state is monitoring and preparing for a potential increase in cases due to broader reopening and mass protests across the state against racial injustice. For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause pneumonia and death. Nearly 42,000 coronavirus cases reported in Louisiana Update 3:30 p.m. EDT June 5: Officials in Louisiana reported 427 new coronavirus infections Friday, raising the state’s total number of infections to 41,989. Statewide, at least 2,801 people have died of COVID-19 and at least 31,728 people have recovered from the viral infection, officials said. Officials report 1,289 new COVID-19 cases in North Carolina, setting another high record Update 2:50 p.m. EDT June 5: Health officials in North Carolina announced Friday that 1,289 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported, setting a new high record for new coronavirus infections reported in a single day in the state, WSOC-TV reported. The record broke the one set one day earlier, when 1,189 new COVID-19 cases were reported, according to WSOC-TV. According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, 33,255 coronavirus infections have been reported statewide. As of Friday, 966 people have died of COVID-19. >> Read more on WSOCTV.com RNC to conduct official convention business in North Carolina, not Trump’s speech Update 2:30 p.m. EDT June 5: President Donald Trump won’t accept his party’s nomination in North Carolina, but the Republican National Committee confirmed to WSOC-TV that it would still hold meetings in Charlotte. City officials sent WSOC-TV a statement Thursday confirming that the city’s attorney met with RNC representatives, the host committee and all other parties Thursday. “RNC representatives confirmed that at this point in time, they intend to locate the entirety of the business portion of the Convention in Charlotte,' the statement said. “It was understood by the parties that some of the Convention events that were originally set to occur in Charlotte may be relocated to another community outside of North Carolina.' >> Read more on WSOCTV.com 864 new cases of COVID-19 reported in New Jersey Update 2:10 p.m. EDT June 5: Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey said Friday that 864 new coronavirus infections have been reported, raising the total number of COVID-19 cases in the state to 163,336. The governor also announced that he’s extended a public health emergency declared statewide for another 30 days. “We will continue our path forward, while remaining vigilant and prepared to act should there be a new outbreak of (COVID-19),' Murphy said. Officials also reported 79 more deaths associated with the coronavirus pandemic. As of Friday, 12,049 people have died statewide of COVID-19. Trial finds hydroxychloroquine has ‘no clinical benefit’ for COVID-19 patients Update 1:55 p.m. EDT June 5: An anti-malarial drug touted by President Donald Trump as a possible cure for COVID-19 has been found to have “no clinical benefit” for patients receiving treatment for coronavirus infections, according to a study out of the United Kingdom. “We have concluded that there is no beneficial effect of hydroxychloroquine in patients hospitalised with COVID-19,” The chief investigators of the RECOVERY trial, which is run by the University of Oxford, said in a statement Friday. “We have therefore decided to stop enrolling participants to the hydroxychloroquine arm of the RECOVER trial with immediate effect.” Researchers said they found no difference between the recoveries of 1,542 patients who were treated with hydroxychloroquine compared to 3,132 patients who were not given the drug. “There was no significant difference in the primary endpoint of 28-day mortality,” investigators said. “There was also no evidence of beneficial effects on hospital state duration or other outcomes.” Louisiana moves into second phase of reopening Update 1:15 p.m. EDT June 5: Spas, tattoo parlors, pool halls and more businesses were allowed to reopen Friday in Louisiana as officials continue to allow businesses shuttered by the threat of the coronavirus pandemic to reopen. In a statement released Thursday, Gov. John Bel Edwards emphasized that the move does not mean the threat of the virus has ended. “The public should not let its guard down,” he said. “COVID-19 is still a real issue in our communities, and it is still necessary that people wear masks while in public, wash their hands frequently and maintain good social distancing so that we can prevent cases from spiking as we ease restrictions in Phase Two.” Deaths from COVID-19 top 40,000 in the UK Update 12:55 p.m. EDT June 5: Officials in the United Kingdom reported 1,650 new coronavirus infections Friday, raising the country’s total number of infections to 283,311. Officials said that as of 5 p.m. local time Thursday, the most recent date for which data was available, 40,261 people had died nationwide of COVID-19. World Health Organization widens recommendations for use of masks Update 12:25 p.m. EDT June 5: The World Health Organization is changing its recommendations for the use of masks during the coronavirus pandemic and is now recommending that in areas where there is widespread transmission, people should wear masks when social distancing is not possible, such as on public transport and in shops. In a press briefing on Friday, WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also said people over age 60 or those with underlying medical conditions should wear a medical mask in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained. WHO has previously only recommended that health care workers, those sickened by COVID-19 and their care givers wear masks. Tedros emphasized that “masks on their own will not protect you from COVID-19” and emphasized the importance of hand-washing, social distancing and other measures. He added that health workers in areas with widespread transmission should now wear medical masks in all areas of health facilities and not just those with confirmed COVID-19 patients, saying that doctors working in cardiology or other wards, for example, should continue to wear a medical mask even if there are no known coronavirus patients. Trump says he hopes George Floyd ‘looking down,’ seeing better-than-expected jobless numbers Update 12:10 p.m. EDT June 5: President Donald Trump said Friday that he hopes George Floyd, the 46-year-old killed by Minneapolis police last week, would be glad to see the May jobs report, which showed lower unemployment than expected amid the coronavirus pandemic. “Hopefully George is looking down right now and saying ‘This is a great thing that’s happening for our country,’” the president said during a news conference. “This is a great day for him. It’s a great day for everybody.” Floyd died last week after then-Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes as three other police officers, Thomas Lane, J.A. Kueng and Tou Thao, watched or actively helped to hold him down, according to prosecutors. Nearly 84,000 National Guard members activated amid COVID-19, civil unrest Update 12:05 p.m. EDT June 5: Officials with the U.S. National Guard said Friday that nearly 84,000 soldiers and airmen have been activated due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and civil unrest in the wake of the killing of George Floyd. Officials said 37,400 National Guard members were assisting states as they respond to the threat of COVID-19. More than 41,500 members of the National Guard were on duty in 33 states and Washington D.C. as protests over police brutality continue across the country. 42 new fatal COVID-19 cases reported in New York Update 11:55 a.m. EDT June 5: Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York said Friday that 42 more people have died of COVID-19 in the state, “the lowest number since we started.” “Eight weeks ago, we had 800 (deaths),' Cuomo said at a news conference, calling the fall in deaths 'amazing.' He praised New Yorkers for adhering to social distancing measures to keep themselves and others safe amid the pandemic. “The people of the state radically changed how they behave,” he said. 79 new cases of COVID-19 reported in DC Update 11:30 a.m. EDT June 5: Health officials in Washington D.C. said Friday that 79 new coronavirus infections have been reported in the area, raising the total number of cases in the area to 9,199. Officials also announced that four more people between the ages of 44 and 84 have died of COVID-19 in Washington D.C., bringing the total number of deaths in the District to 479. Judge rules Tennessee residents can vote by mail Update 10:45 a.m. EDT June 5: A judge ruled Thursday that residents of Tennessee can vote by mail for August primary and the November general election, according to WHBQ-TV. The American Civil Liberties Union had brought the case to court on behalf of several Tennesseans who believe their health will be in jeopardy if they’re forced to vote in-person amid the coronavirus pandemic, WHBQ-TV reported. The state had required voters to provide an excuse to vote by mail. >> Read more on Fox13Memphis.com Trump holding news conference after release of May jobs report Update 10 a.m. EDT June 5: President Donald Trump is speaking Friday morning following the release of the May jobs report, which found that unemployment fell slightly to 13.3% last month. Stocks jump on Wall Street following surprise May job gains Update 9:55 a.m. EDT June 5: Stocks climbed early Friday after the government delivered a big positive surprise on the job market. Instead of another month of slashing jobs, employers added to their payrolls last month. The report gave another shot of adrenaline to Wall Street’s recent rally. The S&P 500 rose 2% and bond yields rose sharply after the government said employers added 2.5 million jobs in May, while economists were expecting them to cut another 8 million. While it’s just one month of data, the report gives credence to a building sense of optimism among investors that the economy can recover relatively quickly from the coronavirus slump. Universal Orlando reopening its three theme parks Friday Update 9:25 a.m. EDT June 5: Three Universal Orlando theme parks are set to reopen Friday morning after they were shut down due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. Universal is the first of Orlando, Florida’s three major theme parks to reopen, according to WFTV. Park officials said guests, team members and vendors will be required to wear face coverings in public areas, according to WFTV. Guests, team members and vendors will also be required to have temperature checks upon arrival, the news station reported. >> Read more on WFTV.com Trump to speak about unemployment figures Update 8:50 a.m. EDT June 5: President Donald Trump said Friday that he plans to speak at 10 a.m. about the May unemployment figures released by the U.S. Labor Department. Earlier Friday, Trump heralded the “really big jobs report.” US unemployment rate dips to 13.3% Update 8:40 a.m. EDT June 5: The unemployment rate in the United States slipped to 13.3% in May, down from the 14.7% reported in April, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Labor Department. The figures include an addition of 2.5 million jobs in May, as state governments eased restrictions on businesses prompted by the coronavirus pandemic. The job gain suggests that businesses have quickly been recalling workers as economies have reopened. Other evidence has also shown that the job market meltdown triggered by the coronavirus has bottomed out. The number of people applying for unemployment benefits has declined for nine straight weeks. And the total number of people receiving such aid has essentially leveled off. The overall job cuts have widened economic disparities that have disproportionately hurt minorities and lower-educated workers. Though the unemployment rate for white Americans was 12.4% May, it was 17.6% for Hispanics and 16.8% for African-Americans. Even with the surprising gain in May, it may take months for all those who lost work in April and March to find jobs. Some economists forecast the rate could remain in double-digits through the November elections and into next year. Global deaths near 392K, total cases approach 6.7M Update 8:02 a.m. EDT June 5: The global death toll attributed to the novel coronavirus reached 391,588 early Friday, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally. In the four months since the virus was first identified in Wuhan, China, it has infected at least 6,658,334 people worldwide. Meanwhile, 16 nations now have total infection counts higher than China’s 84,171. The 10 nations with the highest number of infections recorded to date are as follows: • The United States has reported 1,872,660 cases, resulting in 108,211 deaths. • Brazil has recorded 614,941 cases, resulting in 34,021 deaths. • Russia has confirmed 449,256 cases, resulting in 5,520 deaths. • The United Kingdom has reported 283,080 cases, resulting in 39,987 deaths. • Spain has confirmed 240,660 cases, resulting in 27,133 deaths. • Italy has reported 234,013 cases, resulting in 33,689 deaths. • India has reported 227,273 cases, resulting in 6,367 deaths. • France has confirmed 189,569 cases, resulting in 29,068 deaths. • Germany has reported 184,924 cases, resulting in 8,642 deaths. • Peru has reported 183,198 cases, resulting in 5,031 deaths. US biotech firm wins contract to deliver 10M doses of coronavirus vaccine candidate  Update 7:18 a.m. EDT June 5: Novavax Inc., a Maryland-based biotech company, said Thursday it has landed a contract worth as much as $60 million from the U.S. Department of Defense to mass produce its novel coronavirus vaccine candidate. The therapeutic candidate, which goes by the experimental name NVX-COV2373, started a Phase I safety trial with volunteers in May. Per the DOD contract, Novavax will deliver 10 million doses of the vaccine in 2020 that could be used in late-stage clinical trials or under an Emergency use authorization if the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves the vaccine, CNN reported. Mexico records 3rd consecutive daily record increase in new coronavirus cases  Update 6:40 a.m. EDT June 5: For the third consecutive day, Mexico has reported record-setting new coronavirus diagnoses. With 4,442 new cases recorded Thursday, Mexico’s total infections now stand at 105,680 and have resulted in at least 12,545 deaths, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally. Brazil’s coronavirus deaths surpass Italy’s fatalities Update 6:22 a.m. EDT June 5: With 1,473 additional novel coronavirus deaths recorded in the 24 hours ended Thursday, Brazil’s virus-related death toll surpassed that of Italy, once the epicenter of Europe’s outbreak. According to Brazil’s health ministry, the South American nation’s coronavirus deaths now total 34,021 compared with Italy’s 33,689. Meanwhile, Brazil’s total infections have swelled to 614,941, meaning it trails only the United States with slightly fewer than one-third of the U.S. infection count. US coronavirus cases near 1.9M, deaths top 108K Update 12:41 a.m. EDT June 5: The number of novel coronavirus cases in the United States continued to climb toward 1.9 million early Friday across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. According to a Johns Hopkins University tally, there are at least 1,872,660 confirmed U.S. cases of the virus, which have resulted in at least 108,211 deaths.  The hardest-hit states remain New York with 375,133 cases and 30,174 deaths and New Jersey with 162,530 cases and 11,970 deaths. Massachusetts, with 102,063 cases, has the third-highest number of deaths with 7,201, while Illinois has the third-highest number of cases with 124,759. Only 15 states and territories have confirmed fewer than 5,000 cases each. Six other states have now confirmed at least 55,000 novel coronavirus cases each, including: • California: 122,168 cases, resulting in 4,444 deaths • Pennsylvania: 78,335 cases, resulting in 5,832 deaths • Texas: 70,555 cases, resulting in 1,776 deaths • Florida: 60,183 cases, resulting in 2,607 deaths • Michigan: 58,241 cases, resulting in 5,595 deaths • Maryland: 55,858 cases, resulting in 2,668 deaths Meanwhile, Georgia, Virginia, Connecticut and Louisiana each has confirmed at least 41,000 cases; Ohio, Indiana and North Carolina each has confirmed at least 32,000 cases; Colorado, Minnesota, Tennessee, Arizona, Washington and Iowa each has confirmed at least 20,000 cases; Wisconsin and Alabama each has confirmed at least 19,000 cases, followed by Mississippi with 16,560; Rhode Island and Nebraska each has confirmed at least 15,000 cases, followed by Missouri with 14,438 and South Carolina with 12,415; Utah, Kentucky and Kansas each has confirmed at least 10,000 cases; Delaware, Nevada and the District of Columbia each has confirmed at least 9,000 cases; Arkansas and New Mexico each has confirmed at least 8,000 cases, followed by Oklahoma with 6,907 and South Dakota with 5,247. Click here to see CNN’s state-by-state breakdown. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  •  “I can’t breathe.” Like Eric Garner and George Floyd before him, Tacoma resident Manuel Ellis could be heard uttering those words to city police officers as they held him down on the ground March 3 during an arrest. The handcuffed Ellis, 33, died in police custody. The Pierce County medical examiner on Wednesday said Ellis died of hypoxia after being physically restrained by the officers, according to KIRO in Seattle. His heart was also enlarged, a condition called dilated cardiomyopathy, and he had methamphetamine in his system. The heart condition and drugs were contributing factors in his death, but the primary cause was respiratory arrest from the hypoxia, The Washington Post reported. The medical examiner has ruled Ellis’ death a homicide. In the background of a 911 call from the scene, Ellis can be heard telling the officers he couldn’t breathe, KIRO reported. “We actually hear his last words, ‘I can’t breathe.’ We actually hear somebody else saying, ‘Hobble him,’' Ellis family attorney James Bible said, according to the news station. In a family news conference Thursday, Ellis’ sister, Monet Carter-Mixon, accused law enforcement officials of wanting to cover up a murder. “Every single officer involved needs to be in a jumpsuit,” Carter-Mixon said. A vigil was held Wednesday night in Ellis’ honor. The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an independent investigation into Ellis’ killing. Detective Ed Troyer, a spokesman for the agency, told The New York Times the investigative package is being prepared for a review by prosecutors. “We expect to present it to the prosecutor at the end of this week or early next week,” Troyer said. Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards on Thursday called for the firing and prosecution of the police officers involved in Ellis’ death. A total of four officers have been placed on administrative leave in the case. Woodards said the actions she saw on the video only confirm the medical examiner’s ruling that Ellis was the victim of a homicide. “The officers who committed this crime should be fired and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Woodards said at a news conference late Thursday night. “I am demanding tonight that the Pierce County sheriff review and confirm every action taken by each officer. I demand that the sheriff provide details of the actions of each officer on the scene, and I am then directing the city manager to fire each officer involved.” ‘Stop hitting him! Just arrest him!’ Woodards’ stance came as video footage emerged showing a portion of Ellis’ confrontation with officers. According to The New York Times, authorities allege that Tacoma officers encountered Ellis, a musician and father of two, as they stopped at an intersection. Troyer told the Times that Ellis appeared to be in distress and was banging on the window of another vehicle. The officers said he approached them and threw one of the officers to the ground as he got out of his vehicle. A 36-second cellphone video, filmed by a woman driving by the scene and released by the Tacoma Action Collective, shows two police officers knock Ellis onto the ground near an intersection. Watch the video of Manuel Ellis being beaten below. Warning: The footage contains graphic images and explicit language. One of the officers then appears to get on top of Ellis and punch him several times. “Hey, stop!” the female driver screams. “Oh my God, stop hitting him! Just arrest him!” In a second, shorter video, the woman drives around the officers’ patrol SUV and stops to continue filming. Ellis no longer appears to be struggling and one officer holds a stun gun in his hand. “Put your hands behind your back,” one of the officers is heard telling Ellis. Both officers are on top of Ellis at that point in the footage. Watch the second video of Ellis’ arrest below. Troyer told the Times that the officers immediately rolled Ellis onto his side when he complained about his breathing. “The main reason why he was restrained was so he wouldn’t hurt himself or them,” Troyer said. “As soon as he said he couldn’t breathe, they requested medical aid.” Woodards said she became “enraged and angered and disappointed” while watching the cellphone footage. “(Ellis’ family) asked, ‘Why does it always take a video for the public to believe when a black person’s life is taken unjustly?’” the mayor said. “As an African American woman, I didn’t need a video to believe.” She said she doesn’t “get to take this skin color off every day.” “I don’t get to come out a different person. And while I am mayor, I am still black,” Woodards said. “I am still treated as an African American woman. I am still looked at as an African American woman, and my life could be taken. “Today, it stops in Tacoma.” Watch Mayor Victoria Woodards speak below about Manuel Ellis’ death. Aside from instructing the city manager to fire the officers involved, Woodards also ordered that the appropriate funds be allocated immediately to equip city police officers with body-worn cameras. She pointed to statements that the Ellis family made earlier in the day regarding the necessity of video footage for people to accept the systemic racism that affects black lives every day. “As the family mentioned to us this morning, it does take a video for so many people to believe the truth about systemic racism and its violent impact on black lives, on my life,” Woodards said. “But in order to ensure that every family, that every single family, gets the justice that they deserve, I am also directing the city manager to move forward with allocating funding for body cams immediately. “We have waited way too long, and we have heard way too many excuses. It stops tonight and we move forward.” ‘He was always uplifting’ Details of Ellis’ last moments come after more than a week of violent protests across the U.S. following the May 25 death of Floyd, who was accused of forgery when four Minneapolis police officers took him into custody. Cellphone video from a passerby shows the officers, who have since been fired and charged in his death, holding the handcuffed Floyd down on the street while one of the men kneels on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes, including for more than two minutes after Floyd has become unresponsive. Former Officer Derek Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death. The other three former officers, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas K. Lane and Tou Thao, are charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter. >> Related story: All four Minneapolis officers charged in George Floyd death An emotional Woodards on Wednesday called Ellis’ death a tragedy. “I cannot imagine the pain that continues with the Ellis family’s loss,” the mayor said. “But I do know that our community wants both answers and justice.” Woodards said amid the nationwide protests in the death of Floyd, as well as other recent high-profile deaths of unarmed black people, she is devastated to have Ellis’ name added to the national conversation about police brutality. She acknowledged that authorities do not yet have all the answers in the homicide and urged the public’s patience as Pierce County Sheriff’s Office detectives investigate the case. She also pledged to be transparent as the investigation moves forward. “As we learn more, you will know more,” she said. On Thursday, she reiterated her apology to the family on behalf on the city and vowed to do everything in her power as mayor to bring them justice. Brian Giordano, a friend of Ellis’, told the Times it would have been out of character for Ellis to become violent with police officers as described by authorities. Ellis, an admitted drug addict, was living in a “clean-and-sober” house at the time of his death and was trying to get his life back on track. “He was always uplifting,” Giordano said. “He was always on the up-and-up about taking care of people.” Ellis’ mother, Marcia Carter, said despite her son’s struggles, he had faith in God. “‘I want to do the right thing. I want to do the right thing,’ is what my son said,” Carter said, according to KIRO. “He loved the Lord. He played the drums four nights a week at the church.” He played drums at the church the night he died. Carter-Mixon told the Times her brother was not only a father to his own children but was also a father figure to her sons, coaching them on how to stay safe as a black man in America. “My heart literally hurts,” she told the newspaper. “It’s painful. My brother was my best friend.”
  • One of the best things about living in the greater Orlando area is the wide range of food selections. From delicious Puerto Rican mofongo to finger-licking Ethiopian injera dishes—Central Florida is home to a beautifully diverse array of cooking styles. With that said, local black-owned eateries and shops were some of the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Associated Press. Here’s a list to get your taste buds started on a colorful delectable experience: DaJen Eats Cafe & Creamery 323 E Kennedy Blvd suite F, Eatonville, FL 32751 “Small, modest quick-serve cafe offering Caribbean sandwiches, salads, sides & ice cream.” Seana's Caribbean | Soul Food719 Good Homes Rd, Orlando, FL 32818 Recent Review: “Pork chops were AMAZING!!! Mac and cheese was good and greens too. I didn't even use salt and pepper. Love it love it love it. Will be going back.” Chicken Fire609 Irvington Ave, Orlando, FL 32803 Located in the À La Cart hub, Chicken Fire is a takeout must-have for the spicy food lovers. Come for quality food, good portion sizes, and amazing taste at a  great price. Golden Krust Caribbean Restaurant5510 W Colonial Dr #107, Orlando, FL 32808 Started in NY more than 30 years ago, this Carribbean food franchise is revered for its fun atmosphere and kind staff. Taste of Jamaica6406 N Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32810 “Casual cafe decorated in cheery traditional colors, serving Caribbean & West Indian dishes.” Coleman's Sports Design Pizza521 E Kennedy Blvd, Maitland, FL 32751 Recent Review: Amazing pizza and cheese steak. “Have been visiting from Philadelphia and could not find a place that has its own delivery driver until this place.” Sister Honey's247 E Michigan St, Orlando, FL 32806 “Artisan bakery selling a variety of cakes (whole or by the slice), cupcakes, pies & pastries.” Something Fishy2107 E Semoran Blvd A, Apopka, FL 32703 “Easygoing seafood spot offering crab cakes, fish tacos & classic dishes in bright, relaxed digs.” Brick & Spoon933 S Orlando Ave, Maitland, FL 32751 “Unique meals with a spoonful of southern flair that comforts the heart and soul: upscale breakfast, brunch, and lunch dining.” Pete's Famous BBQ4334 Raleigh St, Orlando, FL 32811 Recent Review: 'Good ribs, great mustard sauce, friendly service.” Bar-B-Q Boyz6801 Forest City Rd, Orlando, FL 32810 Recent Review: “The ribs, brisket, baked beans, and that pineapple lemonade is on point! I suggest you try that!! Customer service is great too!! Definitely call ahead.” Virginia's Seafood & Wings968 W State Rd 434, Longwood, FL 32750 'Great food. Great price. Order ahead....even months after [move] the consistency is flavor is still there, if not, even better.' Selam Ethiopian & Eritrean Cuisine5494 Central Florida Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32821 “A menu featuring Ethiopian dishes in a traditional dining room with natural light & blue interiors.”  Want more? The Bungalower and Orlando Weekly compiled more local businesses.
  • The Mayor of Washington D.C. had “Black Lives Matter” painted on the street that eventually leads to the White House where protesters have been demonstrating following George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. Mayor Muriel Bowser also had the specific section of 16th Street renamed “Black Lives Matter Plaza.”  The road leads to both Lafayette Square and the White House. (App users tap to see tweet) (Tweet) President Donald Trump tweeted about Mayor Bowser shortly afterwards, calling her “incompetent.” (Tweet)

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  • Instead of an unemployment rate topping 20 percent as had been held out as a possibility by economic experts and senior Trump Administration officials, the latest jobs report shows the U.S. economy bouncing back a little, as states loosened restrictions from the Coronavirus, with the jobless rate dropping to 13.3 percent. 'These improvements in the labor market reflected a limited resumption of economic activity that had been curtailed in March and April due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and efforts to contain it,' the report stated.  At the White House, President Trump reveled in the job gains. 'It’s a stupendous number. It’s joyous, let’s call it like it is,' the President wrote on Twitter. 'The Market was right. It’s stunning!' Jobs data in May showed sharp job gains in construction, retail trade, leisure, education, and health care, as the unemployment rate retreated from a historic high of 14.7 percent in April. Republicans in Congress joined President Trump in hailing the new job figures. 'We’ve still got a ways to go but the Great American Comeback is underway!' said Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA). 'Not only are we going to bounce back, in many ways it may be even better than before,' said Rep. Rick Crawford (R-AR). 'America is on a HUGE comeback in record time,' said Rep. Roger Marshall (R-KS). 'The Great American Comeback is starting!' said House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy. The jobs report though also showed the level of upheaval within the job market, as over 6 million more Americans are working part-time right now, even though they would rather have a full-time job.