Jake Johnson, staff writer

Jake Johnson

Jake Johnson is a staff writer for Common Dreams. Follow him on Twitter: @johnsonjakep

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Tuesday, June 09, 2020
'Police Have Been Letting Us Live in Peace,' Says Trump as Activists Catalogue Nearly 600 Videos of Officer Violence Against Protesters
President Donald Trump on Monday applauded U.S. police officers as "great, great people" who "have been letting us live in peace," praise that is starkly odds with the direct experience of protesters and journalists on the ground who in recent days have witnessed—and, in many cases, captured on...
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Sunday, June 07, 2020
'Efforts at Incremental Reform Have Failed': Minneapolis City Council Members Declare Intent to Disband Police Department
A veto-proof majority of Minneapolis City Council members committed Sunday to disbanding the city's police department and "replacing it with a holistic model of public safety" in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, which sparked a nationwide uprising against law enforcement brutality and...
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Sunday, June 07, 2020
Defending Assault on Peaceful Protesters in DC, William Barr Falsely Claims Pepper Spray 'Not a Chemical Irritant'
In an interview on CBS that aired Sunday, Attorney General William Barr defended the police assault on peaceful protesters in the nation's capital on June 1 —an attack he personally ordered —by falsely claiming that the chemical irritants deployed by law enforcement against demonstrators were not,...
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Sunday, June 07, 2020
'No One Is Free When Others Are Oppressed': Thousands in Spain and UK Rally at US Embassies in Solidarity With America's Anti-Racist Uprising
After the U.S. saw its largest demonstrations yet over the police killing of George Floyd, massive demonstrations kicked off Sunday outside of the U.S. embassies in the United Kingdom and Spain as thousands gathered in a show of solidarity with America's uprising against law enforcement brutality...
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Sunday, June 07, 2020
'Gross Abuse of Authority': AOC, Pressley Join Probe Into Trump Use of Predator Drones to Surveil Protesters
Democrats on the House Oversight Committee, including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley, are investigating the Trump administration's potentially illegal use of predator drones and unidentified law enforcement officers to surveil nationwide protests over the police killing of...
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Saturday, June 06, 2020
'This Is Incredible': Enormous Crowds Flood Streets Across US Demanding End to Police Brutality and Justice for George Floyd
Hundreds of thousands of people across the United States—and, in stunning displays of solidarity, around the world—poured into the streets Saturday demanding an end to police brutality and racial injustice in the largest day of demonstrations since the killing of George Floyd at the hands of...
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Saturday, June 06, 2020
'American Secret Police'? Trump Deployment of Unidentified Law Enforcement Officials Across DC Sparks Alarm
Civil liberties groups and Democratic members of Congress are increasingly raising alarm at the Trump administration's rapid deployment of unidentified law enforcement officials across Washington, D.C. as mass protests over the police killing of George Floyd continue to grow in the nation's capital...
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Saturday, June 06, 2020
Labor Bureau Says 'Misclassification Error' Is Making Unemployment Rate Look Lower Than It Really Is
Buried at the bottom of the Bureau of Labor Statistics' May jobs report —which President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers touted Friday as evidence that the U.S. economy is rebounding from the Covid-19 crisis at an extraordinary clip—is a note conceding that a " misclassification error "...
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Saturday, June 06, 2020
'These Unions Dishonor the Labor Movement': Nearly 200 Academics, Lawmakers, and Activists Demand AFL-CIO Expel Police Unions
A coalition of nearly 200 civil rights activists, academics, and state and city lawmakers is calling on the AFL-CIO—the largest federation of unions in the United States—to permanently expel police unions from its ranks, arguing that organized labor's "proud history" of fighting for the most...
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Saturday, June 06, 2020
Condemning Police Conduct as 'Disgusting,' Federal Judge Bars Denver Cops From Using Chemical Weapons on Protesters
A federal judge late Friday issued a temporary order barring the Denver Police Department from using projectiles and chemical weapons such as tear gas against peaceful demonstrators, condemning the conduct of some officers against protesters across the nation in recent days as "disgusting." "The...
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