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At least 39 injured in knife attack at China kindergarten

Channel 10 news - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 06:33

BEIJING (AP) — A school security guard injured at least 39 people in a knife attack at a kindergarten in southern China on Thursday morning, state media reported. The motive remains unknown.

The attack was an eerie throwback to deadly attacks at schools in China over past years that prompted security upgrades and that authorities have blamed largely on people bearing grudges or who had unidentified mental illnesses.

The local government in the Guangxi region’s Cangwu county said 37 students and two adults suffered injuries of varying degrees in the attack.

Chinese state media identified the attacker as a security guard at the school surnamed Li. The suspect had been detained while an investigation was underway, they said.

State broadcaster CCTV said 40 had been injured, three seriously, including the head of the school, another security guard and a student.

In earlier attacks, a woman wielding a knife injured 14 children at a kindergarten in the western city of Chongqing in October 2018.

Almost 20 children were killed in school attacks in 2010, prompting a response from top government officials and leading many schools to add gates and security guards.

Chinese law restricts the sale and possession of firearms, and mass attacks are generally carried out with knives or homemade explosives.

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Minneapolis officials estimate damages at $55M

News Channel 4 - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 06:32

MINNEAPOLIS — Officials in Minneapolis say the looting and property damage that following the death of George Floyd has caused at least $55 million in destruction.

Vandals damaged or set fire to at least 220 buildings in the city where Floyd died, but that number is expected to go up, city officials said.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey will ask for state and federal aid to help rebuild after the civil unrest. Until that happens, community members are pitching in to support Minneapolis neighborhoods.

More than $1 million has been raised to help businesses in north Minneapolis, WCCO-TV reported. The West Broadway Business and Area Coalition says it will announce how they plan to use the money in the coming weeks.

The violence follows the death of Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck, ignoring Floyd’s cries that he couldn’t breathe.

Prosecutors upgraded charges against the officer, Derek Chauvin, to second-degree murder on Wednesday and charged three other officers with aiding and abetting in the case that has rocked the nation with protests over race and police brutality.

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Industry leaders discuss future of concerts and live entertainment post pandemic

Channel 10 news - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 05:53

The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting restrictions have had a devastating impact on the concert, live music and entertainment industry.

"Things like Ohio State football, Cleveland Indians baseball, Blossom Music Center, you know, PromoWest Newport Music Hall, that's ingrained in our culture, and we had a hard stop on that, and we don't know when we're gonna be able to get together again," says Denny Young, owner of the Elevation Group -- a sports marketing, artist management and event planning company that produces the WonderBus Music and Arts Festival in Columbus.

With events postponed or canceled and local venues shuttered, many aspects of the entertainment industry have been struggling.

"You know, it's hard," Denny says, "when you've spent your entire career doing something and literally, within 24 to 48 hours, you're forced to reinvent your company, your business, yourself. And that's been probably the single biggest challenge in my life."

Artists, managers, promoters, sound companies and live music venues have all been faced with uncertainty.

"Concerts are prohibited right now," Denny adds, "concert venues are prohibited, sporting events are prohibited, and we don't know when that's going to be lifted. And when it is lifted, we don't know what the restrictions will be."

While live events have been canceled, the demand for entertainment, in general, seems to be on an upswing.

"The digital streaming platforms," Denny says, "the social media (outlets) like TikTok and YouTube, I mean, they're on fire right now!"

Now companies like the Elevation Group have had to pivot their focus to areas like artist management, helping those artists capitalize on new opportunities. With that comes a lot of trial and error.

"There's a lot of talk about virtual events and drive-in concerts," Denny says. "You know, nobody really was ready for any of that. There's not necessarily an economic model that makes those kinds of events viable."

While the future of live concerts and public gatherings is still in limbo, Denny says there's a silver lining to all of this.

"In the music industry, we run so fast and furious," he explains, "that we've been forced to stop and we've been forced to work together in ways we've never done before, and cooperate with one another and come up with solutions, and I think all of that is gonna make us better and stronger."

At the time this story was published, the Elevation Group indicated the WonderBus Music and Arts Festival is still going ahead as planned, on August 29-30 on the grounds of CAS in Columbus.

Of course, like many other live events, that is subject to change depending on the spread of COVI-19 in Ohio and orders from the Ohio Department of Health.

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Pedestrian killed in southwest Columbus crash

News Channel 4 - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 05:50

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Deputies are investigating a deadly crash in southwest Columbus involving pedestrian. 

According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, at about 4:03am, Thursday, a blue Dodge Patriot was traveling northbound on I-270, south of Georgesville Road, when it struck a person on the roadway. 

The pedestrian, Timothy Bobo, 32, of Grove City, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

I-270WB was closed for several hours while deputies were on scene, but it has since reopened.  

Deputies continue to investigate and ask anyone with information to call Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Accident Investigation Unit at 614-525-6113. 

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Is it a fire hazard to leave sanitizer in your car, especially on a hot day? Firefighters have the answer

News Channel 4 - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 04:12

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — As the Coronavirus threat still remains, many of us are carrying hand sanitizer and often leaving it in the car.  

The question has come up if sanitizer could possibly cause a fire. There is a photo that surfaced a few weeks ago from a fire department in Wisconsin, sending the message that people need to be careful leaving their sanitizer in the car to prevent fires like that from happening. 

That photo circling the internet has since been taken down by the fire department. They soon apologized and stated they did not say it was their photo and it was only used to get their point across. 

According to a recent report by Poynter, there have been a few of these hoaxes concerning car fires caused by sanitizer. The first appeared in Thailand, and even Costa Rica and Brazil. 

So, we wanted to find out if this could really happen. 

“It’s not something we really worry about.”  

Columbus Fire Battalion Chief Steve Martin says it is possible but it’s very unlikely. “What catches on fire on anything is the fumes. Liquid doesn’t really burn but when liquid turns into a gas that’s what would ignite if the temperature is high enough to do that.” 

He says the temperature in the vehicle would have to reach about 300 degrees for that to happen. “That would melt your dashboard and even your console.”  

And according to a study done by Arizona State University, “Vehicles parked in the sun, the average cabin temperature hit 116 degrees in one hour. Dashboards averaged 157 degrees, steering wheels 127 degrees and seats 123 degrees.”  

“There’s been some reports that sunlight coming through a water bottle at just the perfect angle can be like a magnifying glass and heat up and area of your car seat that it ignites. So probably anything clear or draws heat from the sun keep it in the shade.”  

“A lot of the hand sanitizers out there are alcohol based and they may be 80 percent alcohol,” explained Chief Martin. “It helps it to not only kill virus bacteria and that kind of thing but it can evaporate quickly.” 

So even if the sanitizer isn’t likely to combust or catch fire, it will evaporate when its left out.  

“Anything in the sun will draw more heat than it would in the shade.”  

The National Fire Protection Association released a video about the issue of sanitizer safety. They say their main concern is when it’s stored in bulk. 

“Some of the stuff now coming out from distilleries to help supplement the demand they can run up to 90% alcohol.” These distilleries store large amounts of sanitizer. 

“If you have five gallons of hand sanitizer you feel you need to have and store it. It’s probably good to have it in a flammable cabinet.” 

Overall, Chief Martin says even though the threat isn’t high it’s good to keep any clear bottle or any alcohol-based substance in a dark place. 

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Sheriff investigating crash involving pedestrian in southwest Columbus

Channel 10 news - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 03:56

COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Franklin County Sheriff's Office is investigating a crash involving a pedestrian in southwest Columbus.

The crash happened just before 5 a.m. on Interstate 270 at U.S. Route 62.

Authorities told 10TV the department's Accident Investigation Unit is on the scene. They do not have the condition of the pedestrian at this time.

We are on scene of a pedestrian-involved accident on I-270 and HWY 62. At this time 270 northbound is closed at 62, as well as 62 in both directions. Look for alternate travel routes. pic.twitter.com/PGe8A5ajER

— Franklin County Sheriff’s Office (@OHFCSO) June 4, 2020

I-270 north and westbound lanes are closed at US-62. Motorists can use I-71 northbound to I-70 westbound to get back to I-270.

Stay with 10TV and 10TV.com on this developing story.

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Man in critical condition after shooting on eastside of Columbus

News Channel 4 - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 03:14

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Police are investigating a shooting that left a man in critical condition Thursday.

Columbus Police say they responded to report of a shooting at 2 a.m., after a man was injured near Berwick Arms Place, but was dropped off at a McDonald’s at East Livingston and South James.

According to officials, the victim was transported to Grant Medical Center.

Police say they’re are still investigating the incident and there’s no suspect information at this time.

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Shooting victim found in parking lot of east Columbus McDonald's

Channel 10 news - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 03:10

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Columbus police are investigating a shooting on the city's east side.

Police found the victim in the parking of a McDonald's around 2 a.m. in the area of E. Livingston Avenue and S. James Road.

Dispatchers tell 10TV it is believed the shooting happened at another location.

That victim was transported to Grant Medical Center and was in critical condition at the time.

Police did not have any information to release on a suspect.

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Columbus police horses receiving care after being struck with objects during protests

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/03/2020 - 21:39

The Columbus Division of Police's mounted unit has played a big role in controlling the massive crowds for almost a week now.

The horses train extensively on getting used to being around fireworks, large crowds and other loud noises.

Columbus police say as they have been hit with rocks, water bottles and fireworks, and so have the horses.

“The horses have been struck. Every horse has been struck at some point,” Columbus Police Sergeant Bob Forsythe said.

The vet came and checked out the horses Wednesday to make sure they are all healthy and ready to go back out. They got a little extra TLC as well.

“We've given them, especially with the heat and the extra work, we are doing liniment baths with them. It helps relieve those sore muscles because we can't soak them in a tub,” Lauren McPherson said.

A volunteer came in earlier this week and gave the horses massages as well to make sure they are holding up through the long days.

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Man marching with Columbus Police Deputy Chief says act showed solidarity

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/03/2020 - 21:36

While we have seen some destruction from the protests, we have also seen a lot of touching moments.

As curfew came Sunday night, Keith Enoch wanted a conversation with the officers.

“Myself and the assistant chief decided the best way to go about it is to get everybody together in peace and we can walk out of here and we cannot hurt each other,” he explained.

So for 20 minutes, Enoch and Columbus Police Deputy Chief Mike Woods talked.

“The police chief and myself figured if we show some solidarity between the two of us, we can get everybody to follow,” Enoch said.

No bullhorns, tear gas, or bottles being thrown. Just marching, side-by-side.

“Walked with one of the demonstrators, we walked a group out of here. Everything was peaceful. They were happy, we were happy,” Woods said.

A moment between an officer and a man here to protest the actions of another cop. Coming together to listen to each other, learn, and work together. An impactful moment for both.

“I had to wipe the tears away for a minute. You got to try to be tough because everyone was watching. I was kind of doing this,” Enoch said.

A moment of unity between both men, they hope others will follow.

“We appreciate the citizens of Columbus helping and working with us and making downtown safe again,” Woods said.

“It'd be nice if the whole country did that. If the whole country could walk together, side by side with their police force, and the people that are assigned to protect and people they trust their lives with, this would be a wonderful country,” Enoch said.

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Artists offer peace, understanding through Short North murals

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/03/2020 - 21:35

COLUMBUS, Ohio - What is it they say about the "writing on the wall?"

It's something we all must look at, absorb and take in before we can all truly understand. In the past week that writing hasn't been written in a universal language for all to hear.

But, maybe, it needs to be painted.

"Graffiti was always, basically, kind of like the voice of the public," Zachary Ros said. "We're doing it just to be positive about this whole situation."

Ros writes in the colorful, lost language of compassion. He painted a mural of Rosa Parks, Tuesday. Across the street, Tuesday evening, he was putting the finishing touches on a Martin Luther King, Jr. mural.

He's hoping people will finally see.

Another artist is Matt Lobban.

"I support the movement, man," he said. "I support Black Lives Matter, but I also recognize that I'm not black, so I have to hold a different space than someone who is black."

He knows this isn't about him. It's not about any one person. What he's doing, though, he believes it's his way to give people something to look at, absorb and take in.

"When you hear someone chanting, you have to hear it right there and then," Lobban said. "But, something on the wall can be interpreted and absorbed and understood at the user's pace. They can interpret that however, they want."

And the response has been positive.

Car horns up and down High Street are complemented by onlookers, passersby and pictures. It's starting that much-needed conversation.

"Why is it so difficult to have a conversation," 10TV's Bryant Somerville asked Ros.

"It's such a fragile topic, you know," he said.

A fragile topic where words hurt and people feel left out, forgotten and abandoned. A fragile topic where everyone thinks they have the right answer and are quick to say it. But, perhaps some say it best where the best thing to do is to say nothing.

"I think what people need to realize is, like, you don't need to know everything," Lobban said. "You just need to listen."

Listen. Embrace change. Embrace the answer of not having the right one. It's the only way to understand the writing on the wall.

The artists, Tuesday, were with the Lookout Supply Shop out of Columbus. The business, which concentrates on public art and the graffiti culture, specializes in selling art supplies, spray paint, streetwear and creative supplies.

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Protesters gather outside Mayor Ginther's home calling on him to resign

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/03/2020 - 21:33

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Hundreds of protesters circled in front of Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther's home for more than two hours on Wednesday night.

The protesters were there to call for Ginther to resign.

They said as the leader of the city, Ginther should do more to prevent police brutality in the city.

"The mayor hasn't done anything to create change. He created this curfew to keep businesses safe and not people. Since I have lived in Columbus, Tyre King has died, Henry Green has died, and no cops are getting held accountable."

"He should resign. We need action, we don't need conversation. We've been asking for conversation, we can't even get that. We need actual action if we are going to save people's lives."

Ginther was not home at the time but did release the following statement:

“I am committed to the same racial justice protestors seek, and to rooting out racism and stopping police violence against people of color in Columbus and in every city in America. It is long past time, and we must get to work now. Columbus is taking action, and is making real change, but as we raise our collective voices to take a stand against racism, we must also pause to listen to each other. I hear these protestors and I ask them to join with me to do the hard work to combat racism in the days and weeks ahead.”

Some of the mayor's neighbors said they support the protesters' First Amendment right and they thought the group made some interesting points.

They added they were glad the protest was peaceful.

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Man dies in crash involving three semis in Madison County

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/03/2020 - 21:21

MADISON COUNTY, Ohio - A man was killed in a crash involving three semi-tractor trailers on Monday in Madison County, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

OSHP said the crash happened on I-71 in the southbound lanes in Pleasant Township near milepost 85 around 8:30 a.m.

OSHP said 40-year-old Kumareswaran Sinnathambi of Fort Worth, Texas, was driving a semi when he hit the back of another semi that was stopped in traffic, pushing that semi into a third one.

Sinnathambi was pronounced dead at the scene.

The drivers of the other two semis were not hurt.

Alcohol and drugs are not suspected to have been a factor in the crash, investigators said.

The crash is still under investigation by the West Jefferson post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

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OSHP: Man dies after pickup truck hit by semi in Madison County construction zone

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/03/2020 - 21:12

MADISON COUNTY, Ohio - A man is dead after a crash in a construction zone on I-71 south in Madison County on Monday, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

OSHP said the crash happened around 7:10 a.m. Monday in Range Township, west of Mount Sterling.

Investigators said a man was driving a semi-tractor trailer in the right lane on I-71 southbound near milepost 80 in a construction zone.

Troopers said 28-year-old Clinton Baker of Crooksville was in a stopped in a pickup truck with an arrow board partially in the right lane. A paver, trailer and a pickup truck were on the right berm.

The driver of the semi did not change lanes and hit the pickup truck with the arrow board and the other vehicles were also hit, OSHP said.

OSHP said Baker was flown to the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and pronounced dead.

No other injuries were reported.

The crash is still under investigation by the Circleville post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

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Protesters gather outside the house of Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther

News Channel 4 - Wed, 06/03/2020 - 20:59

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – After a week of protests downtown and in other parts of Columbus, a demonstration was also held outside Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther’s home on Wednesday night. Hundreds marched in front of his house and in his neighborhood chanting, “Black lives matter,” “George Floyd,” “No justice, no peace” in addition to other chants.  

NOW: Group out front of Mayor Ginther’s house. This chant from earlier. Organizer over megaphone just said they are calling for resignation of the mayor and Police Chief Thomas Quinlan. @nbc4i pic.twitter.com/2xDWytBgd6

— Eric Halperin (@EricHalperinTV) June 3, 2020

At one point, protesters stopped and lay down on the street for eight minutes and 46 seconds to honor George Floyd.  

As they got up they chanted #GeorgeFloyd’s name. Crowd now chanting Henry Green and Breonna Taylor. @nbc4i pic.twitter.com/kuODeDP14E

— Eric Halperin (@EricHalperinTV) June 3, 2020

“I’m here for my son,” said Paisha Thomas, who has a 20-year-old black son. “I’m afraid to let him walk to UDF at night because he could be gunned down because someones afraid of him and they call the police.”

She, like many of the other protesters who were there, are calling for change at the top.

“I’m just tired of it. I have a black son, I’m black and we’re done dying,” Thomas said.  

The protesters said they want both the mayor and Columbus Police Chief Thomas Quinlan to resign. Former congressional candidate Morgan Harper was one of those protesting. 

“We see continued issues of police brutality coming from the Columbus Police Department, other police departments. We really need to see a change in leadership to make sure these problems do not continue,” said Harper. “Just talking about implementing the recommendations from the matrix report, it’s honestly not enough.” 

Chief Quinlan has previously said he understands the frustrations, but his job is to make changes and he said he’s done that with the mayor and will continue to do so. Protesters also say they want changes to the city’s contract with the police union and to see some police department funding go elsewhere in the city. 

“Away from police and into the community. I think if we had funds into the community for resources and other things we wouldn’t need the amount of police he’s sending into our communities,” said Art Davis.. “I think we’re over policed.”

The mayor’s spokesperson sent the following statement about the protest outside his house: 

“I am committed to the same racial justice protestors seek, and to rooting out racism and stopping police violence against people of color in Columbus and in every city in America. It is long past time, and we must get to work now. Columbus is taking action, and is making real change, but as we raise our collective voices to take a stand against racism, we must also pause to listen to each other. I hear these protestors and I ask them to join with me to do the hard work to combat racism in the days and weeks ahead.” 

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Sheriff’s Office investigating after Dublin YouTubers give up adopted son

News Channel 4 - Wed, 06/03/2020 - 19:11

DELAWARE, Ohio (WCMH) — The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office says it started an investigation after receiving several tips about the well-being of a five-year-old child who was recently put up for adoption.

The sheriff’s office says it received several inquiries about the well-being of the child. The child is not missing, according to the sheriff’s office.

The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office has received several inquiries regarding the welfare of a local 5-year-old child, who was recently given up for adoption. This child is not missing. Our primary concern is for the well-being of this child, as well as the other children in the household. Our investigation is ongoing, and will include contact with all children to ensure their safety. All adoption cases are confidential, and must go through a thorough process, with specific requirements and safeguards. In private adoptions there are the same legal requirements that must be adhered to. These include home studies as well as background checks on the adopting parent(s). In this case we are confident that the appropriate process is occurring. In addition, both parties are being represented by attorneys to ensure full compliance with the court process. Due to the confidential nature of this case, we will not be releasing any specific information or further comment.

Delaware County Sheriff’s Office

That release comes a week after a Dublin area YouTuber announced her family has permanently placed their adopted son in a new “forever home.”

Myka Stauffer and her husband, James, adopted Huxley, who has autism, from China in 2017, according to PEOPLE. They shared his story with her hundreds of thousands of followers recently.

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Stauffer shared videos of the adoption process and posted several videos of Huxley when he was first brought into the family. According to BuzzFeed, Myka produced 27 videos about the family’s “adoption journey.”

In a video posted on last week titled “an update on our family,” the couple said Huxley had “more special needs that we weren’t aware of and that we were not told.”

“There’s not an ounce of our body that doesn’t love Huxley with all of our being,” Myka said in the video. “There wasn’t a minute that I didn’t try our hardest … after multiple assessments, after multiple evaluations, numerous medical professionals have felt that he needed a different fit and that his medical needs, he needed more.”

It took nearly a year for the family to adopt Huxley, according to Yahoo Lifestyle. Myka said Huxley is living with a “new mommy” in a “forever home.”

“Do I feel like a failure as a mom? Like, 500 percent,” Myka said. “The last couple months have been like the hardest thing I could have ever imagined to going to choosing to do because ultimately, after pouring our guts and our heart into this little boy.”

Myka and her husband have four other children.

“He is thriving, he is happy, he is doing really well, and his new mommy has medical professional training, and it is a very good fit,” Myka said.

In the video caption, Myka wrote: “Thank you for all of your love, prayers and support…. We love Huxley with all of our heart and always will.”

NBC4 reached out to Myka Stauffer for an interview. Her manager would not confirm the investigation is connected and said they are not speaking with the press at this time.

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Ohio State approves tuition increases for the upcoming year

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/03/2020 - 19:04

COLUMBUS, Ohio— The Ohio State University approved a tuition increase for undergraduate, graduate and profession students on Wednesday.

According to the university, Ohio first-year students will pay $11,518 for tuition. An increase of 3.9%.

The non-resident tuition will increase 3.6% and the international tuition will increase 3.4%

The new rate will be frozen for these students as a part of the “Ohio State Tuition Guarantee.”

The university also projects a nearly $300 million in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic and is still finalizing the fiscal 2021 budget to include losses due to the pandemic.

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'3 years without mature leadership': Gen. Jim Mattis unloads on Trump

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/03/2020 - 18:00

WASHINGTON — In an extraordinary rebuke, former defense secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday denounced President Donald Trump's heavy-handed use of military force to quell protests and said his former boss was setting up a “false conflict" between the military and civilian society.

“I have watched this week's unfolding events, angry and appalled,” Mattis wrote.

The criticism was all the more remarkable because Mattis has generally kept a low profile since retiring as defense secretary in December 2018 to protest Trump's Syria policy. He had declined to speak out against Trump, saying he owed the nation public silence while his former boss remained in office.

But he’s speaking out after this past week’s protests in response to the death of George Floyd in police custody.

Mattis had a scathing description of Trump's walk to a historic nearby church Monday to pose with a Bible after law enforcement forcibly cleared Lafayette Park of mostly peaceful protesters.

He said he never dreamed troops “would be ordered under any circumstance to violate the Constitutional rights of their fellow citizens — much less to provide a bizarre photo op for the elected commander-in-chief, with military leadership standing alongside.”

“Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people —does not even pretend to try. Instead he tries to divide us," Mattis wrote in a statement published by The Atlantic. “We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership."

Mattis called on Americans to "unite without him, drawing on the strengths inherent in our civil society. This will not be easy, as the past few days have shown, but we owe it to our fellow citizens; to past generations that bled to defend our promise; and to our children."

Mattis said of the protesters that Americans should not be distracted by a small number of lawbreakers. He said they are rightly demanding that the country follow the words of “Equal Justice Under Law" that are on display at the U.S. Supreme Court.

“The protests are defined by tens of thousands of people of conscience who are insisting that we live up to our values — our values as people and our values as a nation," Mattis said.

Mattis took particular issue with the use of force to move back protesters so Trump could visit St. John's Church the day after it was damaged by fire during protests.

“We know that we are better than the abuse of executive authority that we witnessed in Lafayette Square. We must reject and hold accountable those in office who would make a mockery of our Constitution," Mattis said.

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7th-straight day of protests in Columbus

News Channel 4 - Wed, 06/03/2020 - 17:07

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Protesters came out for a seventh-straight day in Columbus to take part in demonstrations following the death of George Floyd.

For the seventh day in a row, a demonstration is underway outside the Ohio Statehouse. pic.twitter.com/0AxyrFSa6u

— Dan Pearlman (@danpearlman) June 3, 2020

NBC4’s Dan Pearlman spoke with a woman who brought two of her three children to Wednesday’s protests.

“I have three boys and something just sparked in me,” the woman told NBC4. “If I don’t stand for something, then I don’t fall for anything, so this is a time better than any. Right now. So, everybody has to. We’ve got to. This is us. It’s a world crisis, this is a life crisis. We all have to be involved.”

Hundreds came out for the protest and many told NBC4 they felt it is their duty to protest police brutality and advocate for everyone to be treated fairly and equally.

Pearlman also spoke with a father who has been part of the protests for several days and brought his children for the first time Wednesday.

“It’s important that they see the sounds and hear the voices, that they feel like they’re part of the movement,” the man told NBC4. “This walk, this march affects them. This is their livelihood at risk. I wanted to bring them down here so I could educate them for myself about what it truly means to be black in America.”

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Black business owner hopes protests spark change

Channel 10 news - Wed, 06/03/2020 - 17:06

For nearly 30 years, Al Edmondson has cut hair inside his Mt. Vernon Avenue Barbershop.

He says the protests over police brutality needed to happen.

"It's necessary because when we do it peaceful nothing happens," he said.

He saw the death of George Floyd as "a modern-day lynching right in front of your eyes."

Edmondson says if black America wants change, they need to vote.

"In order for things to get done we have to put people in place that support us that care about us and that's my whole thing. I'm to the point to where I'm going to support those who support me," he said.

This father of two believes if reform is to happen, police need to change the way they police communities.

"We would like our police officers to be part of our neighborhoods. I know that not everyone can live in our neighborhood but it would be nice if they were here," he said.

Others, like Charles Townsend, say social injustice is more than skin color, it's about communities needing to invest in black neighborhoods.

"Give everybody a fair chance to have access to money I'm a small business owner my self we all need access to finances to bank loans to education," he said.

Edmondson hopes the once vibrant Mt. Vernon community where he works, depicted by a massive mural inside his shop, will someday return.

"I am really frustrated about it because our people are dying because we don't have the necessary health options to improve our health. Our communities are in distress," he said.

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