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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Adidas HR Chief Resigns; $1 Billion Cut From NYPD: Protest Wrap

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council agreed to an $88 billion budget on the final day of the city’s fiscal year, cutting about $1 billion from the NYPD. But that wasn’t enough to satisfy demands for change in police practices and spending: Protesters gathered outside City Hall said the cuts didn’t all come from the department’s $5.9 billion operating budget and didn’t reduce its 36,000-officer headcount enough
Adidas AG’s human resources chief resigned following criticism from Black employees who said the German sportswear giant has done too little to promote diversity. The NBA plans to paint ‘Black Lives Matter’ on the courts it will be using in Orlando, Florida, when it resumes the league’s Covid-shortened season late next month, ESPN reported. After widespread voting issues during the Georgia primary, the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks will turn their home arena into the largest polling site in state history. Two schools in Virginia named for a Confederate general are set to be renamed in honor of local Black community members.

A judge in Georgia granted bond for the former police officer charged in the killing of Rayshard Brooks in a Wendy’s parking lot June 12, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. The city of Aurora, Colorado, has suspended three officers pending an investigation over photos taken at a memorial for Elijah McClain, local TV station CBS4 reports. The photos reportedly involve officers reenacting the restraint that preceded McClain’s death. The city’s interim police chief said in a statement the investigation is the department’s top priority and will be publicly released. Inc.’s live streaming site Twitch temporarily banned Trump’s account including for reposting a 2016 speech in which he characterized Mexicans as rapists. Reddit took down 2,000 pages including Trump fan board r/The_Donald over hate speech concerns. Alphabet Inc.’s YouTube took down six channels it said promote white supremacist content, including those of David Duke, Stefan Molyneux and Richard Spencer.
For the first time since it won independence 60 years ago, the Democratic Republic of Congo was offered “regrets,” short of an apology, from its former colonial ruler. In a letter to Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi, Belgium’s King Philippe expressed his “deepest regrets” for both the “violence and horror” during King Leopold II’s rule of Congo and for the “suffering and humiliations” in the subsequent Belgian colonial period. The Belgian monarch pledged to fight any form of racism.

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