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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. protestors set fire to the atlanta restaurant where police shot dead a black man resisting arrest. far—right protesters clash with police in central london, saying they're protecting a statue of winston churchill. in paris, clashes as anti—racist protestors demonstrate against police brutality. the canadian prime minister calls for an independent investigation after the violent arrest of an indigenous chief is caught on police camera.
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hello, welcome to bbc news. we start this hour in the united states, where the authorities are investigating yet another killing of an african—american man by a white police officer. security video shows rayshard brooks being shot outside a fast—food restaurant in atlanta on friday. the city's police chief has already resigned in response, while the mayor says she does not believe the use of deadly force was justified. our north america correspondent peter bowes reports. and a warning — this story contains some distressing pictures. the police said rayshard brooks, who was 27, had fallen asleep in his car while waiting in a queue at a drive—through restaurant. he was shot during a confrontation with two white officers after the police say he resisted arrest after having failed a sobriety test. as he is fleeing, he turns back over his shoulder with what appears —
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to the naked eye — to be this taser that witnesses told us they saw the individual have that, that belongs to one officer and he's turned it over. you will be able to see on the video, the atlanta officer literally reach down to get his service weapon and as he gets his weapon, mr brooks begins turning his body away from him, i presume, to flee, and it's a matter when it looks like the weapon goes off, just like that, literally. announcing the resignation of the police chief, the mayor, keisha lance—bottoms, said the police needed to rebuild trust with the communities they were intending to protect. while there may be debate as to whether this was an appropriate use of deadly force, i firmly believe there is a clear distinction between what you can do and what you should do. i do not believe that this was a justified use of deadly force and i have called for the immediate termination of the officer. protesters gathered at the scene of the shooting and elsewhere in atlanta
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to express their anger at the way mr brooks died. they shot him in cold blood! the officers need to be arrested, period! the officers need to be arrested! and it's not ok! it's not ok that every single day, i have to wake up and learn a new name. it follows almost three weeks of demonstrations over the death in police custody of george floyd in minneapolis. peter bowes, bbc news. the lawyer for the brooks family has been speaking. let's take a listen. just watch the video as he lays there dying, the officers stand around. one kicks him and flips him over. and then the witnesses tell us what you can't see on camera, but they filmed it, they went and picked up the shell casings. i wonder why. so that all of you can't know how far away he was when they shot. so that you can't find their positions when they used that weapon.
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that they appear to be caring more about covering their tracks than providing aid — aid that could have saved his life if he was allegedly taken to hospital and died in surgery. but they did not give that to him. so we agree with the mayor, saying that the officer that fired his weapon should be terminated also be prosecuted. i think we wantjustice, but i don't even care anymore. i don't even know what that is. and i've been doing this for 15 years. i don't know what justice is anymore. is it getting him arrested? somebody getting fired? is it a chief stepping down? i know that this isn'tjustice, what is happening inside atla nta. richard rose, president of the atlanta branch of the national association for the advancement of colored people, says america has a culture of "encouraging racism". this is, sadly, a continuation of police brutality direct and
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people of colour in america. america is wedded to the defence of denial as if racism does not exist from the naming of our military bases to confederate monuments which declared that their cause was just, even though they lost the war. america, so much of america has encouraged this racism, encourages this white supremacy and all of the evils that go with it. those evils you have been talking about, but has brought people onto the streets in atlanta, tonight, just as you know as we are speaking to you, richard, we are showing the live pictures ofa are showing the live pictures of a wendy's restaurant on fire. and there are police cars and protesters on the streets. what do you make of the protesters out on the streets of atla nta rig ht protesters out on the streets of atlanta right now? so earlier, i was there with some of the protesters. it was very peaceful. after i left a p pa re ntly peaceful. after i left apparently it escalated. there
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are influences that usually join some of these protesters to create situations where there is violence, where there is looting, where there is destruction of property. u nfortu nately. even destruction of property. unfortunately. even at one of doctor king's one of doctor luther king's much is at the end of his life, at the end of the much troublemakers came and joined that march and started throwing bricks into storefronts and so forth so that will happen but there is a lot of frustration because young black people see is the continued drumbeat of injustice, instead of the drumbeat toward justice. in many cases they are unemployed, unemployed, undereducated, and they know they have not had a fairshake in they know they have not had a fair shake in america. they see all of this opulence around them and of course they feel disenfranchised. you know, two, three of the emotions that come
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from sustained generational oppression are apathy, anger and despondency. all of which you see on display with these kind of violent actions. mr rose, i want to get your reaction to what the authorities have done here because obviously given your experience and knowledge of history, i wonder what you make of the fact that already the police chief has resigned, saying there needs to be a rebuilding of trust, the mayor already has came out and said the police response was not justified. do you welcome those responses? absolutely. you know, we this is not the first killing by an unarmed black man under the police chief erika shields. and so i think it is appropriate, it is clear that she did not have the leadership ability because some of these things, we have addressed with her. in one on one meetings. we sent you need to do a deep dive into these officers to determine their fitness to serve in a diverse community like atlanta. you know, the
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current process when first sign up, do some kind of cursory psychological evaluation and we think both ought to be periodic and regular psychologic evaluations for all of those who have life and death in their hands by their weapons and by the interface with the community. those are some of the and we have asked the police atlanta police department to adopt president obama's 21st—century police policy, policing policy, which has not been done. there are a lot of things to do but we have to recognise that our current police structure has evolved from slave catching programmes, patrols, for more than 100 yea rs patrols, for more than 100 years ago. so we have to deconstruct and reconstruct their approach to public safety andi their approach to public safety and i like to call it public safety. but police are... on
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reconstructing that approach, just before we leave it there, given what has happened here in atla nta o n given what has happened here in atlanta on friday and given what happened three weeks ago in the protests on the street over the last three weeks, how optimistic now are you that those changes could be implemented? i am optimistic because i think america, much of america has echoed the sentiments of all of us who have been in the fight for a long time. that america needs to change. america has been, racism has been bipartisan and we have to admit to where we are. and you cannot change it u nless are. and you cannot change it unless you recognise that you need to change and put forth the effort to change. i am soberly optimistic, i would say. 0ur our thanks to richard rose there. we'll return to that story in a moment, but here in the uk, police have been hit with bottles and cans during clashes with far—right activists in central london.
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the confrontations came after large crowds gathered, some of whom claimed to want to protect statues such as that of winston churchill, from anti—racism demonstrators. afterwards prime minister boris johnson said "racist thuggery had no place on our streets". this report from tom symonds contains some violent scenes from the start. shouting. there had been some peaceful protesting but it wasn't long before this started. shouting. throughout the day, the police have been repeatedly attacked. shouting. these lines of officers were there to keep the protesters apart from an anti—racism demonstration nearby. this team were pushed back from outside parliament. shouting. the crowd broke through. they attacked photographers.
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we tried to ask some of those protesting why they had come. report the truth! repeats: report the truth! i am asking to speak to you so i can report what your truth is. it is quite hard for us to ask these protesters what their demands are. we have faced threats today. they are from a variety of backgrounds, different groups, from right—wing activist organisations and organised football fans as well. the one thing they say they aren't is racist. the clearest motivation today — protecting, in the protesters' words, the statues in this area, though winston churchill, nelson mandela and the others had already been covered up. 0ne protester, who would talk, said he felt churchill, british history, were under attack. come on! i mean, he had some racist views, but at the end of the day, he led us through our darkest hour. i mean, you know... i'm from south london. i've grown up with black people. we're all working class
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who live side by side. nobody here has an issue with blm. some anti—racism protesters did gather today in central london, but black lives matter brought forward its latest events to yesterday to avoid trouble, though there were still some scuffles. we have power to change... at a blm event in newcastle, the organisers said there had been threats. we have received a lot of opposition and threats from far—right groups and whatnot, so we had to keep this quite low—key. man yells: scum! and elsewhere in the city, the tension was clear on the streets, but nothing to compare with london, including scenes like this. police are investigating. the memorial is to pc keith palmer murdered there in a terror attack in 2017. the prime minister tweeted: this from the home secretary.
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the individuals that are basically putting the safety of our police officers and the safety the public at risk will expect to face the full force of the law. it went on and on. waterloo station this evening. a massive police operation's been needed to restore order. 100 arrests, another six officers injured. protesters, too, including this man, carried to safety. but an angry day is finally over. tom symonds, bbc news, central london. let's get some of the day's other news. the italian prime minister says his country should turn the coronavirus crisis into an opportunity to push through long—delayed reforms. giuseppe conte announced plans to simplify bureaucracy, improve education and support the poorest. italy is set to be the largest beneficiary of a huge eu recovery fund. russia has reported more than 8,000 new coronavirus cases on saturday, raising
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its total to over 520,000. it means the country has the third—highest figure in the world after the united states and brazil. its official death toll stands at nearly 7,000 — many times lower than the figure seen in other countries with serious outbreaks. moving to france now, where there have been clashes between protesters and police in several cities across france. demonstrators are demanding an end to racism in french society under the black lives matter movement following the death of george floyd in the united states. police fired tear gas after crowds threw fireworks and bottles. rich preston has this report. demonstrations were most intense in the capital, paris, but also took place in marseille, nice and lyon. chanting. in the capital, around 15,000 gathered in place de la republique. they say the supposed glory of the republic doesn't apply to black people.
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rallies which started peacefully intensified. some protesters threw fireworks, bottles and paving stones. police fired back with tear gas. officials say more than 20 people were arrested, including 12 far right activists, who draped a white lives matter banner from an apartment block. the killing of george floyd in the united states has sparked a global wave of protests against racism. many here see parallels with the death of a 24—year—old black parisian in police custody in 2016. chanting. the police officers involved in adama traore's death were exonerated. these people say justice hasn't been done. translation: the death of george floyd echoed the death of my little brother. what's happening in the united states is exactly the same as what's happening in france. 0ur brothers are dying. there is a fractious relationship between police and ethnic minorities in france, with frequent allegations of victimisation and excessive force.
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french officials say they will take a zero tolerance approach to racism in law enforcement and have banned restraints like chokeholds. police unions deny racism is rampant within the ranks. intense feelings of discrimination and unfairness have caused emotions to run high across france, but many say once the fog has lifted, much needs to be done to address systemic racism in french society. rich preston, bbc news. you're watching bbc news. a reminder of our main story this hour. protesters have set fire to the atlanta restaurant where police shot dead a black man resisting arrest. let's stay with that story. christian boone is a journalist working for the newspaper atlanta journal—constitution. he gave us more on the details of the shooting. well, it happened friday
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night, at a wendy's. rayshard brooks had fallen asleep, two officers arrived on the scene, and what we are told tonight by the lawyers who are speaking for the brooks family, and had spoken with some witnesses, is that it started off low—key. they seem to having a conversation. and then brooks was arrested. things got sort of out of hand from there. he took off with a taser and he was shot in the back. and what else have the lawyers for brooks' family been telling you? well, they've talked to several witnesses and they said the officers on the scene, before they ever rendered help to mr brooks, they collected their shell casings. which, you know... why would they do that? perhaps the distance, they wanted to alter the distance, i can't say exactly why they did it.
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but we were told that it was two minutes and 16 seconds before they ever rendered aid to mr brooks. right, yeah, of course, at this stage we don't want to be speculating at all on any motives or anything for doing anything, apologies for putting you in that position. that's ok. we have heard from the lawyers. interesting that when they spoke to the press, they were talking about this idea ofjustice, and him not really knowing whatjustice would mean any more? that was chris stewart, who has handled virtually all of the big cases involving officer shootings, walter scott in charleston, alton sterling in louisiana. he's one of the attorneys on the ahmaud arbery case. george floyd. i think he just had another one of those conversations today with the family, loved ones of someone who's been killed. i think he's grown weary of it,
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because it keeps happening. we're watching, as we're speaking to you, live pictures from atlanta, with cars and police and protesters out on the streets there. what has been happening with protesters on the streets in atla nta ? well, they blocked the highway, the interstate, which goes downtown, and if you've ever been to atlanta you know what that entails. it seems to be building, protests had continued in atlanta since the last two weeks, but it has calmed down a little bit, things had not been quite so tense. but this escalates things back to square one, if not more, because this is spreading like wildfire. and what do we know about the man himself, rayshard brooks? well, he was 27, had three children, one stepchild. today was his daughter's eighth birthday.
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she was waiting for him, in fact, the lawyer said when they were speaking to the family, they were having her birthday today, because she doesn't know what happened. she was waiting on her dad to come get her to take her skating. so, it is a surreal scene, as the lawyers are talking about what happens next, brooks being dead, the little girl is waiting for her dad to come pick her up. canadians have been reacting to disturbing footage which has emerged, showing police punching and applying a choke—hold on an indigenous chief in alberta. it's prompted the prime minister to call for an independent inquiry into the incident. the release of the video coincides with recent protests in canada calling for police reform — in the wake of the death of george floyd in the us. reged ahmad reports. and a warning, some viewers may find some of the following scenes upsetting. it's nearly 12 minutes of difficult—to—watch dashcam footage. initially, there are tense exchanges.
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chief allan adam grows increasingly frustrated with police officers. an officer and mr adam continue in heated argument. as the situation deteriorates and more officers arrive, one is seen running, tackling mr adam to the ground. he repeatedly punches him while shouting, "don't resist," as bystanders plead with him to stop. before this footage was released publicly, police said they had viewed the video and found the officer's actions reasonable. mr adam later released a picture of injuries he says he sustained in the attack. the incident is now being investigated by the alberta serious response team, but the canadian prime minister is calling for an independent inquiry. and he and other officials are now talking about racism in the royal canadian mounted police. the events that have been brought to light over the past days highlight that, without question, there
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is systemic discrimination within our institutions, including within the rcmp. we need to move forward to correct that. mr trudeau, seen here taking a knee at a recent anti—racism protest in ottawa, has himself faced serious criticisms of his government's track record on indigenous issues — and personal allegations, too of racism after photos surfaced of him in blackface. but this latest footage of mr adam's violent arrest comes at a time when the black lives matter demonstrations in canada — initially denouncing the death of george floyd in the us — have prompted a wider discussion about race and policing in canada. since covid, since april, we've had nine deaths from the hands of police in this country of indigenous people, and that has to stop. a country normally known for its politeness and multiculturalism, canada has its own history of violence against indigenous people to contend with.
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many will be hoping this is a galvanising moment, when things finally start to change. reged ahmad, bbc news. one of the industries that's been hit hardest by the coronavirus lockdown is tourism. borders have been closed and people have been unable to travel — so a holiday was out of the question. in many places restrictions are now being eased, but some are calling for restraint, as the bbc‘s tim allman explains. venice is not open for business. at least that's the message these venetians want you to hear. a human chain and a giant banner stretched out over one of the city's famous canals. the people here calling for responsible tourism. an end to the mass invasion that comes every summer. visitors are already returning. the famous doge's palace has reopened its doors. but locals are calling
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for quality, not necessarily quantity. we hope to have, in the future, slow tourism. slow tourism. this is very important. it means not less tourism, but better, good organisation. this is the first thing. around 30 million people visit venice each year, a city with a native population of little more than 50,000. many only come for the day, bringing little income to the local economy. and residents say many neighbourhoods are being ruined by landlords who turn rental properties into holiday lets, pricing out those who live here. then there's the cruise ships. larger vessels were banned from parts of the city after this crash last summer. their absence and then the lockdown has meant cleaner waterways, a cleaner venice. but that's the dilemma. these people need tourism, but they don't want too much.
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are they protesting against the one thing that will get venice back on its feet? tim allman, bbc news. a quick reminder of our top story. the chief of police in the us city of atlanta has resigned after police shot dead a black man on friday. this is after weeks of nationwide unrest over the killing of george floyd in minneapolis. a warning, these pictures are disturbing. the video we are about to show is from the security camera outside a fast—food restau ra nt. the 27—year—old black man, rayshard brooks, was running from police. we've frozen the video there. but immediately after this point he was shot by an officer. police say he was shot after failing a sobriety test, resisting arrest and fleeing. crowds have set fire to the drive—through restaurant, which was close to the scene of the killing, and they've blocked a major road nearby. police in atlanta have used tear gas to disperse protesters during unrest sparked by the shooting. these are live pictures. the
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fast food restaurant where it happened has been set on fire. protesters are still on the streets. i'm lewis vaughan jones, this is bbc news. hello again. the next few days will bring a real mixture of weather across the uk, just like we saw during the first half of the weekend. the sunshine in the north—west of wales lifted temperatures to a high of 25.5 degrees here. whereas the low cloud, the fog, the haar, that affected eastern scotland meant the temperature in edinburgh was only 12 degrees in the afternoon. we also saw quite a few heavy and thundery showers breaking out, but we've still got this area of low pressure sitting close to the south—west. that's where we had more frequent showers earlier on. and there may well be some further thundery showers breaking out on sunday, but large parts of the uk will be dry, warm and humid as well. it will start off grey and misty and murky, though, across much of scotland
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and the north east of england. that low cloud, the haar, retreating back to coastal areas, and we'll see some sunny spells developing. that will trigger some showers, particularly into the afternoon across parts of england and wales. it may stay dry in the south—east of england. there won't be as many showers in the south—west. the main focus of the thundery showers breaking out probably across wales and the midlands. further north, some sunshine, but also areas of low cloud lapping onto coasts of north—east england and affecting eastern scotland. so it's likely to be about ten degrees warmer, perhaps, in western scotland than the eastern side of the country. there may be a bit of rain up towards aberdeenshire. those heavy showers, though, continuing through the evening across england and wales, tending to fade away as the sun goes down. but as we move into the beginning of the week, we've still got this very warm and muggy air and an area of low pressure sitting close to the uk, so that's a recipe for more heavy and thundery showers to break out. again, there'll be a lot of low cloud starting the day across scotland and the north east of england, tending to lift in most areas. but when we get some
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sunshine coming through, that'll bubble up the showers again, more especially for the western side of the uk. and again, those temperatures will typically be reaching around about the low 20s or so. and as we move into tuesday as well, it's a similar sort of story. perhaps not so much of that low cloud in the north east of the uk, some sunshine, but more showers more widely on tuesday. notjust in the west this time, and again they could be heavy and thundery and they're not going to move very far at all, so some torrential downpours and temperatures into the low 20s. not a great deal changing, really, through wednesday and thursday. more heavy and thundery showers to come. probably a bit drier on friday.
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this is bbc news. the headlines: crowds have set fire to a drive—through restaurant in atlanta where a young black man was killed by police on friday. the city's chief of police has resigned. video appears to show the man had one of the officers' tasers in his hand as he tried to flee. more than 100 people have been arrested at a protest in central london, where demonstrators, including far—right activists, clashed with police. a crowd surrounded a statue of sir winston churchill, which was boarded up after it was vandalised during the black lives matter demonstration last weekend. french police have clashed with protesters in several cities, where thousands of people demonstrated against racism and allegations of police brutality. marchers in paris demanded justice for adama traore, a 24—year—old black man who died four years ago when he was pinned down by police officers in the city.


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