Thousands of peaceful demonstrators gathered during the day in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago, Milwaukee and the Washington, D.C., region protesting the killing of George Floyd. Several cities extended curfews and Army troops mobilized outside of Washington, D.C., in case of more trouble.
Americans awoke Sunday to charred and glass-strewn streets in dozens of cities after a night of unrest fueled by rage over the mistreatment of African Americans at the hands of police. Officers responded to the violence with tear gas and rubber bullets.
Preliminary data show that the fatality rate per mile driven was up 14 percent in March compared with last year. Police and road safety groups are alarmed about the increase in speeding during the pandemic.
In what could foreshadow a trend among cities whose budgets are being hit hard by the pandemic, San Diego is considering significant cuts to public safety efforts, including limiting hours for police helicopters, cutting crime investigators and police officer recruiting.
New Jersey announced a $20 million grant program to battle gun violence in the hospitals, with new intervention programs in hospitals in cities with some of the highest murder rates in the state, including Camden, Trenton, and Newark.
The firm’s U.S. subsidiaries have hired or retained at least 300 employees with questionable records, including criminal convictions, allegations of violence and prior law enforcement careers that ended in disgrace, according to USA Today and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.