America’s Brutal Society

Democratic D.C. mayor slashes funding for homeless services in midst of surging pandemic

By Isaac White, 23 January 2021

The cuts will cause untold misery among the most vulnerable layers of the population.

Another 900,000 file for unemployment, record jobless claims continue amid mass death from pandemic

By Jacob Crosse, 22 January 2021

Despite the urgent need for additional stimulus, reports indicate that another relief bill will not be passed until March.

Trump administration executes two more death row prisoners in pre-Inauguration Day killing spree

By Kate Randall, 16 January 2021

The US government executed two prisoners Thursday night and early Saturday as the Trump administration continued its killing spree in advance of the inauguration of Joe Biden as president on January 20. The US Supreme Court allowed both executions to proceed.

Killeen, Texas police officer shot and killed unarmed man during mental health call

By Chase Lawrence, 16 January 2021

Patrick Warren, Sr. was shot multiple times in the front yard of his home as his family watched in horror.

Mentally ill woman executed as Trump continues federal killing spree

By Chase Lawrence, 15 January 2021

The US Supreme Court cleared the way for the execution of Lisa Montgomery at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, despite clear evidence of her mental incompetency.

Fascist Wisconsin shooter Rittenhouse posed with Proud Boys and waved “white power” sign

By Kevin Reed, 15 January 2021

Kyle Rittenhouse, the right-wing vigilante who shot three anti-police violence protesters in Kenosha on August 25—two of them to death—was photographed celebrating at a bar with members of the fascist Proud Boys shortly after his January 5 arraignment and not guilty plea.

US lost 140,000 jobs in December

By Tom Hall, 9 January 2021

The disastrous Labor Department report did not halt the speculative orgy on Wall Street, where the run-up in share values is driven by an endless flow of free money from the Federal Reserve.

New weekly jobless claims at 797,000 amid signs of US economic slowdown

By Shannon Jones, 8 January 2021

Weekly unemployment claims remained steady at just under 790,000 for the week ending January 2, as economic data pointed to a net loss of jobs in December after months of gains.

Los Angeles limits ambulance services as COVID-19 infections skyrocket in California and nationwide

By Bryan Dyne, 6 January 2021

The unfolding nightmare in the city of 4 million people is the direct result of the ongoing drive to reopen schools and non-essential businesses.

Minneapolis police terrorize family after murdering their son

By Jacob Crosse, 4 January 2021

In the first documented killing by Minneapolis police since the murder of George Floyd, 23-year-old Somali-American immigrant Dolal Idd was killed in a barrage of gunfire under murky circumstances.

No federal charges in Cleveland police shooting of Tamir Rice

By Kevin Reed, 31 December 2020

The US Department of Justice announced on Tuesday that no federal charges would be brought against the Cleveland police officers who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice in November 2014.

Explosion in Nashville, Tennessee leaves thousands without communication, disrupts emergency services

By Our reporters, 29 December 2020

The motive behind the explosion, which occurred in the early hours of Christmas morning, is unclear.

Dire warning from CDC on US life expectancy: “A drop of two to three years for 2020 isn’t out of the question”

By Kate Randall, 23 December 2020

The US has not seen a decline in life expectancy of this magnitude since 1943, when World War II pushed the metric down by 2.9 years. The year 2020 is on track to be the deadliest year in US history, with deaths topping three million for the first time.

Congress to America’s workers: “Let them eat cake”

By Niles Niemuth, 23 December 2020

While the government spends money like water to prop up big business and the Federal Reserve funnels trillions into the stock market, nothing is being done to spare the working class.

CDC reports a record 81,000 drug overdose deaths in the US in a 12-month period

By Alex Findijs, 22 December 2020

Drug overdoses have been rising for decades, but data collected by the CDC shows that overdose deaths accelerated significantly in the first months of the pandemic.

One in five US prisoners has contracted COVID-19, more than 1,700 have died

By Kate Randall, 19 December 2020

The staggering totals for infections and deaths show that the ruling elite’s policy of “herd immunity” is even more concentrated within prison walls, where prisoners are confined to close quarters and social distancing is nearly impossible.

Unprecedented US job losses continue while Congress dithers over shrinking “relief” bill

By Jacob Crosse, 18 December 2020

Combined state and federal new unemployment claims exceeded 1.3 million last week, the highest since September, even as Congress looked to pass another giveaway to the super-rich.

What is the impact of $37,000 of student debt on a worker’s life?

By Emily Ochai, 18 December 2020

Under the current conditions, in which millions of people are unemployed due to the pandemic, student debt becomes even more debilitating for young people in the United States.

Chicago mayor Lightfoot sought to block release of video of wrongful police raid

By Alexander Fangmann, 16 December 2020

City lawyers tried to suppress a CBS newscast depicting the brutal and illegal 2019 night-time raid on the home of social worker Anjanette Young and are seeking to sanction the victim.

Hundreds protest in Columbus, Ohio to demand justice for Casey Goodson, victim of police shooting

By Isaac Finn, 14 December 2020

More than 200 protesters gathered in front of the state capitol on Saturday to demand justice for the 23-year-old African-American man gunned down by a sheriff’s deputy on December 4.

Hospital capacity in the US severely strained as coronavirus infections continue to surge

By Benjamin Mateus, 12 December 2020

A recent report by the US Department of Health and Human Services showed that as many as 200 hospitals had reached full capacity last week. One-third of all hospitals reported their ICU occupancy was above 90 percent.

Trump administration’s state-sponsored killing spree continues with two more federal executions

By Kate Randall, 12 December 2020

Trump’s Justice Department is proceeding with a blood-thirsty disregard for life that is in keeping with the administration’s homicidal “herd immunity” policy, which is taking the lives of thousands of people a day as millions are forced into COVID-ridden workplaces and dangerously unsafe schools.

US jobless claims spike to 853,000 while Congress stalls further aid

By Jacob Crosse, 11 December 2020

Unprecedented job losses coupled with deliberate congressional indifference spell misery and hunger for up to 50 million people.

US Army punishes 14 senior officers at Fort Hood citing “leadership failures”

By Chase Lawrence, 11 December 2020

The disciplinary actions were one of the single largest taken by the Army in history, indicating that the Pentagon is well aware of deep disillusionment and anger within the ranks.

Tens of millions of Americans require aid as USDA food box program nears expiration

By Alex Findijs, 11 December 2020

Hunger in the US has risen considerably during the pandemic. In 2019, an estimated 34 million people suffered from food insecurity. That number is expected to rise to 54 million by the end of the year.

Democratic mayor green lights police assault on protesters opposing family’s eviction in Portland, Oregon

By Kayla Costa, 10 December 2020

The police are preparing a brutal crackdown on hundreds of protesters who have occupied the area in front of the home of the Kinney family in opposition to their eviction.

One-quarter of Macomb County Jail inmates test positive for coronavirus

By Eboni Davis, 7 December 2020

The county as a whole has had more than 39,000 cases throughout the year, equal to nearly 4.5 percent of the entire population.

Trump administration plans five federal executions before January 20, authorizes use of firing squads, electric chair and asphyxiation

By Kate Randall, 5 December 2020

The rush to carry out these executions in the weeks leading up to inauguration, and the regulation permitting various barbaric forms of putting prisoners to death, are in line with the violence being promoted by fascistic forces in and around President Trump following his electoral defeat.

As US stocks set record highs

November jobs report shows collapse of economic growth

By Jacob Crosse, 5 December 2020

As daily infections, hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 continued to explode, Friday’s US employment report showed a disastrous drop in new jobs and a dramatic increase in long-term unemployment. Wall Street celebrated with record highs on all major stock indexes.

New US unemployment claims top 712,000 as mass layoffs continue

By Jacob Crosse, 4 December 2020

Historic job losses coupled with the out-of-control spread of COVID-19 have left millions of workers on the brink while Wall Street continues to set record highs

“I just have been in a fog since the incident”

Two years since the Camp Fire destroyed the town of Paradise, California

By Linda Rios and Alexa Castro, 3 December 2020

While environmental conditions, such as strong winds and low humidity, factored into the severity of the disaster, the event was largely due to negligence by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), the utility company which provides electricity to northern California.

“We are not criminals”

ICE detainees in New Jersey stage hunger strike over coronavirus threat

By Erik Schreiber, 30 November 2020

Nine immigrants held at Bergen County Jail in Hackensack are demanding release from the rat-infested facility where social distancing is not possible.

California Highway Patrol evicts homeless families on Thanksgiving eve

By Jacob Crosse, 28 November 2020

Citing COVID-19 state mandated shelter-in-place orders, families and activists with Reclaim and Rebuild our Community attempted to take up residence in vacant publicly owned homes.

650 bodies stored in freezer trucks for months in New York City disaster morgue

By Josh Varlin, 24 November 2020

Hundreds of people, mostly victims of the pandemic, have been stored in freezer trucks in Brooklyn for months as city authorities struggle to identify their next of kin and make funeral arrangements.

Federal prisoner Orlando Hall executed after US Supreme Court clears the way

By Kate Randall, 21 November 2020

The Trump administration aims to carry out at least three more executions before Inauguration Day, including that of the first federal woman prisoner in almost seven decades.

As winter sets in Portland’s homeless face exposure to the cold, lack of beds and COVID-19

By David Fitzgerald, 21 November 2020

The city has resorted to urgently asking the general public for help in locating structures that can shelter the homeless from the cold while protecting them from COVID-19.

Fascist Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse released after posting $2 million bail

By Jacob Crosse, 21 November 2020

The bail money was raised by defense attorneys and generously supported by Republican party donors.

Louisville Metro Police Department and city officials implicated in cover-up of child sexual abuse ring

By Dominic Gustavo, 19 November 2020

The department concealed and then destroyed at least 738,000 records documenting the sexual abuse of minors in a youth program designed for children and teens who aspire to be police officers.

North Dakota reaches 100 percent hospital capacity, tells health care workers to continue working if infected with COVID-19

By Alex Findijs, 12 November 2020

North Dakota is facing a critical health emergency, with hospitals at full capacity. The state’s herd immunity policy has resulted in a crisis so dire that infected health care workers are being told to continue working to avoid staff shortages

More than 660 parents of separated immigrant children cannot be located by the US government

By Harvey Simpkins, 11 November 2020

After an ACLU lawsuit last month revealed that the parents of 545 immigrant children could not be located, a lawyer tasked with reuniting families revealed this week that the total has now risen to 666.

Wisconsin man charged with providing assault rifle to Kenosha shooter Rittenhouse

By Kevin Reed, 11 November 2020

Nineteen-year-old Dominick Black has been arrested and charged with intentionally providing a dangerous weapon to Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, who shot and killed two protesters with the rifle during protests against police violence in Kenosha on August 25.

US coronavirus hospitalizations hit new peak

By Bryan Dyne, 11 November 2020

The seven-day average of daily deaths in the United States surpassed 1,000 on Monday for the first time since August 22.

NYPD runs amok during post-Election Day protests

By Josh Varlin, 11 November 2020

The NYPD harbors fascistic elements which have brutalized workers in New York City in the days before and after November 3.

Arkansas police chief resigns after calling on social media for execution of “Marxist Democrats”

By Jacob Crosse, 11 November 2020

Lang Holland is the latest high-ranking cop forced to resign after calling for violence against opponents of Trump.

“Zero was never a realistic expectation”

Official academics downplay the risks of school reopenings as pandemic rages across the US

By Benjamin Mateus, 5 November 2020

The official bourgeois academics and health experts, as evidenced by the likes of Emily Oster, Ashish Jha and Scott Atlas, place the profit interests of the ruling class above the safety and lives of the working class.

Highest one-week increase in US child cases since onset of COVID-19 pandemic

By Genevieve Leigh, 4 November 2020

More than 61,000 children in the US were diagnosed with COVID-19 last week, more than in any other week during the pandemic.

“You are going to have students, employees and the community getting sick and possibly dying.”

Philadelphia educators speak out against the deadly reopening of schools

By Samuel Davidson, 30 October 2020

Educators in the Philadelphia region are speaking out against plans to resume in-person teaching early next month.

Demonstrations against police violence continue in Washington D.C., federal agents target Philadelphia teacher for protesting

By Jacob Crosse, 30 October 2020

Protesters in D.C. were doused with pepper spray and fired upon with “less-lethal” ammunition, while a Philadelphia social studies teacher was arrested by federal agents for his alleged role in George Floyd protests over the summer.

Nearly 10,000 eviction actions filed across the US since September despite CDC moratorium

By Aaron Murch, 29 October 2020

According to a recent clarification issued by the CDC, landlords can proceed with the legal procedures required for an eviction as long as tenants are not forced out before the end of the year.

Health systems in the United States are facing growing strains with the surge in COVID-19 cases

By Benjamin Mateus, 29 October 2020

The number of US COVID-19 cases surpassed nine million yesterday, with 500,000 of these cases added to the ledger just in the last week.

Trump defends killer cops and police attacks on protesters in Philadelphia

By Jacob Crosse, 29 October 2020

Trump is using protests against the police murder of Walter Wallace, Jr. in Philadelphia to justify repression by federal, state and local forces against the eruption of mass opposition to his planned election coup.

Hunger and social misery soar in Washington D.C. during the pandemic

By Nick Barrickman and Dominic Gustavo, 28 October 2020

Local charities reported a nearly 300 percent increase in demand in the months following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gig workers hired to evict people from their homes as millions struggle to pay rent

By Dominic Gustavo, 28 October 2020

A new startup is recruiting temporary “gig” workers to evict people from their homes during the most severe housing crisis since the Great Depression.

ICE uses torture to pressure African asylum seekers to agree to deportation

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 26 October 2020

In a blatant violation of international law and the US constitution, ICE officials in the privately run detention center in Mississippi have been forcing asylum seekers from Cameroon to sign their own deportation forms and quickly shipping them back on secret flights.

Mercenary group sued for hiring armed poll watchers for election day in Minnesota

By Kevin Martinez, 26 October 2020

The Council on American-Islamic Relations of Minnesota is suing Atlas Aegis for recruiting former Special Operations personnel to patrol polling places.

As police continue to disobey orders

Right-wing groups sue Michigan over ban on weapons at polling stations

By Michael Anders, 23 October 2020

Three right-wing organizations have filed a lawsuit to overturn Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s order banning open carry of firearms at polling stations.

As coronavirus infections spike across Midwest

Excess US deaths during COVID-19 pandemic top 300,000

By Benjamin Mateus, 22 October 2020

The estimate by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is nearly 50 percent higher than the official coronavirus death toll of 220,000 in the United States.

Breonna Taylor grand jury was never given option to indict killer cops

By Jacob Crosse, 21 October 2020

Jurors have begun to come forward to dispute Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s characterization of the grand jury deliberations.

Fair Wayne Bryant, jailed for life for stealing hedge clippers, granted parole by Louisiana Pardon Board

By Helen Halyard, 21 October 2020

Imprisoned for life at the notorious Angola State Penitentiary in Louisiana on one count of attempted simple burglary, he was granted parole by a 3-0 vote of the state Parole Board, after being denied parole on three previous occasions.

Federal Reserve data shows over 100 million in US out of labor force

By Jacob Crosse, 21 October 2020

The number reveals that despite claims of a falling unemployment rate, millions remain out of work as Congress refuses to pass coronavirus relief.

Anti-mask zealot arrested after threat to kidnap and kill Democratic mayor of Wichita

By Jacob Crosse, 20 October 2020

Meredith Dowty, 59, was charged with criminal threat after sending text messages to a city official in an attempt to ascertain the mayor’s address to facilitate a kidnapping.

As threat of militia violence looms

Michigan sheriffs and police refuse to enforce state government ban on guns at polling places

By Eric London, 20 October 2020

Police leaders announced Monday they would not enforce a recent order by the elected secretary of state aimed at preventing fascist militias from interfering with the November election.

The Detroit triple murder: What the media doesn’t say

By Jerry White, 19 October 2020

The brutal murders of six-year-old Tai’raz Moore and two other victims in the Detroit suburb of Warren, Michigan shocked residents throughout the metropolitan area.

US border police attack Native American protest against Arizona border wall

By Adria French, 17 October 2020

Thirty protesters were shot with rubber bullets and teargassed during a ceremony Monday held at a border checkpoint on O’odham lands in southern Arizona.

Questions surround role of presidential adviser Stephen Moore

Trump calls Whitmer “dictator” as evidence emerges of involvement of Wisconsin militia in Michigan coup plot

By Eric London, 16 October 2020

A transcript of a preliminary hearing held Tuesday in the federal case against conspirators in the Michigan coup plot makes clear that only a fraction of the details have yet been exposed.

No relief for unemployed in sight as 840,000 in US file new jobless claims

By Shannon Jones, 9 October 2020

Airlines began mass layoffs and furloughs this week as new claims for unemployment remain at historically unprecedented levels amidst ever widening destitution.

Texas police officer charged with murder after shooting and killing unarmed black man

By Alex Findijs, 7 October 2020

Jonathan Price intervened to prevent a fight inside a convenience store. When police officer Shaun Lucas attempted to detain Price, he stunned him with a Taser and shot him three times.

Sudden forced eviction of Tennessee encampment leaves 50 homeless inhabitants struggling to find shelter

By Zac Thorton, 2 October 2020

Despite having lived at the site for years, the Chattanooga camp’s inhabitants received no notice of the impending evictions, leaving them desperate and scrambling to find shelter this week.

“They view soldiers as expendable”: Mother speaks out on son’s suicide at Fort Hood Army base

By Chase Lawrence, 30 September 2020

Patrician Troyan explained that her son, Pfc. Logan Castello, was isolated and neglected by the Army before his tragic death at the Texas military base in late 2019.

US military suicides spike 20 percent in 2020

By Chase Lawrence, 29 September 2020

US Army leaders have suggested that the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic has played a part in the sharp rise in suicides this year.

Trump’s Operation Legend prepares local police forces to suppress opposition

By Alex Findijs, 28 September 2020

Tens of millions of dollars have been provided to local police forces to hire more officers, upgrade crowd control equipment and develop surveillance operations.

Protests across the US against whitewash of Breonna Taylor murder met with police repression

By Jacob Crosse, 25 September 2020

Four months of largely peaceful protests against police violence have been answered with violent repression and judicial cover-ups.

Louisville police chief declares “state of emergency” in advance of state’s decision on charges against policemen who killed Breonna Taylor

By Kevin Reed, 22 September 2020

Federal police agencies have been requested by U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman to provide protection for the courthouse and three other buildings in downtown Louisville in anticipation of protests this week.

Lancaster, Pennsylvania police assault protesters after killing mentally ill man

By Douglas Lyons, 15 September 2020

The killing of Ricardo Munoz, who suffered from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, sparked protests by hundreds of residents Sunday in the city of 80,000.

Los Angeles Sheriff threatens violence, reporter arrested after shooting of deputies

By John Andrews, 15 September 2020

After the shooting of two deputy sheriffs by an unknown gunman in Compton, California, Los Angeles Sheriff Alex Villanueva threatened anti-police violence protesters and deputies roughed up and arrested a local reporter.

Eyewitness testimony: Death of Portland protester Michael Reinoehl was targeted assassination

By Patrick Martin, 11 September 2020

Sought for the shooting of a fascist vigilante in Portland, Oregon, Reinoehl was walking to his car when four policemen opened fire on him without warning, riddling him with bullets.

Federal prosecutors request halt to “Jane Doe” civil lawsuit against Ghislaine Maxwell and Epstein estate

By Kevin Reed, 11 September 2020

The US Justice Department—which has charged Ghislaine Maxwell with six offenses in connection with Jeffrey Epstein’s criminal sex-trafficking operation—is arguing in court that a parallel civil lawsuit against her must be halted.

The coronavirus conspiracy: What did they know, and when did they know it?

By Andre Damon, 11 September 2020

While Trump is the first US official to admit to having deliberately lied to the American population about the dangers posed by the pandemic, he did not act alone.

Democrats and media silent on execution of Michael Reinoehl by US Marshals

By Kevin Reed, 10 September 2020

New details on the September 3 killing of Michael Reinoehl by a task force led by federal Marshals confirm that the Portland protester was executed in a hail of police bullets.

Salt Lake City police engage in a cover-up after shooting autistic 13-year-old boy multiple times

By Jacob Crosse, 10 September 2020

Linden Cameron was shot by a Salt Lake City, Utah police officer after his mother called emergency services to report that her son was experiencing a mental health crisis and needed help.

Trump endorses right-wing violence in Kenosha, Portland

By Patrick Martin, 1 September 2020

While Trump seeks to mobilize fascistic elements, his Democratic opponent Joe Biden condemns “looting and rioting” and directs his main appeal to big business and the military.

US government executes only Native American prisoner on federal death row

By Jessica Goldstein, 29 August 2020

Under the pro-death penalty, law and order administration of President Trump, the federal government has executed more inmates this year than in all previous 56 years combined.

The Republican National Convention: A frightened ruling class incites fascist violence

By Patrick Martin, 27 August 2020

The convention, dominated by hysterical threats against left-wing political opposition, took place against the backdrop of a shooting of demonstrators by a right-wing vigilante.

Far-right militia member arrested for fatally shooting two protesters and wounding a third in Kenosha, Wisconsin

By Jacob Crosse, 27 August 2020

Video posted on social media shows friendly interaction between Kenosha police and armed militia members just prior to the murderous assault on demonstrators.

Police violence continues unabated three months after the murder of George Floyd

By Niles Niemuth, 26 August 2020

The latest incident to produce an eruption of angry protests is the attempted murder of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old African American father of six, shot seven times in the back by a police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Governor deploys National Guard to Kenosha after protests break out in wake of brutal police shooting

By Jacob Crosse, 25 August 2020

Protests against police violence erupted Sunday after an officer was caught on video shooting Jacob Blake seven times in the back at point blank range.

Police arrest journalist and counterprotesters at far-right Proud Boys rally in Michigan

By Joseph Lorenz, 18 August 2020

The role of the police during the fascist attack Saturday in Kalamazoo contrasts sharply with the repressive response to protests against police violence in early June.

Analysis shows 54,000 “excess deaths” in US, pointing to coronavirus death toll of 200,700

By Kate Randall, 12 August 2020

A new analysis shows that the number of deaths from the coronavirus has likely been undercounted by 37 percent.

US Attorney General Barr gives fascistic tirade against Antifa, Black Lives Matter

By Patrick Martin, 11 August 2020

Barr made a political amalgam connecting the Democratic Party, Black Lives Matter, Antifa and terrorism.

The brutality of capitalist justice

Louisiana Supreme Court denies review of Fair Wayne Bryant’s life sentence for allegedly stealing a pair of hedge clippers

By Helen Halyard, 11 August 2020

This horrific experience demonstrates the true face of justice in America, with one set of rules for the poor and oppressed and another set of rules for the wealthy.

New York University withholds completed dental degree, student facing deportation

By Sam Dalton, 8 August 2020

Despite their completion of coursework, an international student faces deportation because they are unable to pay exorbitant tuition costs and fees.

Chad Wolf testifies before Senate committee

US Homeland Security chief defends police-state crackdown, announces federal paramilitaries to remain in Portland

By Barry Grey, 7 August 2020

Wolf specifically defended the chilling practice carried out in Portland of seizing protesters blocks away from the federal courthouse, trundling them into unmarked vehicles and taking them to secret locations to be interrogated.

Violent, secretive fascistic networks operating inside California police stations

By Tom Carter, 7 August 2020

Alongside rampant brutality, a secretive police culture has emerged featuring tattoos, occult rituals and symbols, codes of silence, and barbecues to celebrate murder.

From Medicare-for-All to “Masks-for-All”: Bernie Sanders and the incredible shrinking “political revolution”

By Genevieve Leigh, 5 August 2020

Under conditions of the greatest political, economic, social, and health catastrophe in US history, Sanders’ proposal amounts to less than a Band-Aid for a bullet wound.

Trump installs ex-general and anti-Islam bigot in top Pentagon post

By Patrick Martin, 4 August 2020

The appointment of retired Gen. Anthony Tata was carried out by means of a maneuver designed to bypass opposition from both Democrats and Republicans in the Senate.

Lawsuit exposes massive COVID-19 outbreak at privately-run immigrant detention center in Virginia

By Joe Williams, 1 August 2020

The Farmville Detention Center has the largest COVID-19 outbreak of all immigrant detainment facilities in the United States.

At least 735 COVID-19 deaths confirmed in US prison system

By Sam Dalton, 31 July 2020

Now exceeding April and May peaks, increases in prison deaths and infections are most acute in states that pursued reckless reopenings.

Plainclothes NYC police grab protester and throw her into unmarked car

By Niles Niemuth, 30 July 2020

The illegal seizure of the protester in broad daylight signaled the readiness of the New York Police Department to use the authoritarian methods made infamous by Trump’s paramilitary forces in Portland.

Ghislaine Maxwell attorneys submit motion to block release of documents from 2015 defamation case

By Kevin Reed, 28 July 2020

Lawyers for the former girlfriend and event organizer for convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein filed a motion on Monday to keep “highly confidential” documents from the earlier case from being made public.

As demonstrations erupt against Trump’s use of federal paramilitary police in Portland

Protester shot and killed in Austin, Texas

By Jacob Crosse, 27 July 2020

Nationwide protests against police violence, which had receded in recent days, reignited in dozens of US cities over the weekend.