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Florida Sheriff Warns Rioters That He Will Deputize Gun Owners If Necessary to Keep Peace

"If we can’t handle you, I’ll exercise the power and authority as the sheriff, and I’ll make special deputies of every lawful gun owner in this county and I’ll deputize them for this one purpose to stand in the gap between lawlessness and civility."

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Los Angeles Takes First Steps to Have Unarmed Officials Respond to Some Calls Now Handled by Police

Councilman Herb Wesson said he looks forward to working on the project with members of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles.

City Council Cuts LAPD Hiring, Force to Fall Below 10K Sworn

Faced with a grim budget outlook and deluged by demands for reductions in police spending, the council voted 12 to 2 to take the Los Angeles Police Department down to 9,757 officers by next summer — a level of staffing not seen in the city since 2008.

Seattle Businesses Hired Private Police for Protection in Lawless CHOP Zone

On Monday morning some protesters and a Fox News reporter got into a shouting match, which was broken up by black-clad, gun-toting men who appeared to be officers. One’s vest read, “Public Safety Officer.” The other read: “Iconic Global Officer.”

Seattle Police Clear Out Occupied Zone, Arrest 31

Officers gave the order to disperse the area at 5 a.m. and gave protestors eight minutes to comply, informing them they could safely exit the region to the south.

Shooting in Seattle "Autonomous Zone" Leaves 14-Year-Old Wounded

One person was killed and a 14-year-old boy was wounded in a shooting on Monday morning near Seattle's "Autonomous Zone" as occupants prevented police officers from responding to the scene.

Detroit Officer Uses SUV to Escape Dangerous Crowd

An officer with the Detroit Police Department was briefly surrounded by a group of protesters who appeared to be turning violent and used his marked patrol vehicle to move through the crowd to effect an escape.

Dismantling Law Enforcement

The protests over the George Floyd in-custody death quickly shifted from "Justice for George" to defunding and even abolishing police departments.

Protesters Block Off Seattle Neighborhood After Police Leave

Midway through the evening, protestors hung a banner on the East Precinct that read, “Property of the People.” There were signs and graffiti lining the streets that read "Welcome to Free Capitol Hill" and "Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone."

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Black Lives Matter Leader Says Group to Field Armed "Peace Officers"

“We are preparing and training our people to defend our communities,” Newsome said. He told the British paper that BLM members with military experience, including members of the special forces community, are advising the organization.