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This week on "Sunday Morning" (May 31)
Fri, 29 May 2020 11:19:32 -0400
A look at the features for this week's broadcast of the #1 Sunday morning news program
Protests rage in Minneapolis over George Floyd's death
Fri, 29 May 2020 11:17:57 -0400
Angry demonstrations flared over the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer kneeled on his neck.
How COVID-19 is driving the creativity of musicians
Fri, 29 May 2020 11:17:11 -0400
Singer-songwriters Jon Bon Jovi, Jewel talk with "CBS Sunday Morning" about opportunities for making music during an unsettling time
Twitter flags Trump's "shooting" tweet for glorifying violence
Fri, 29 May 2020 11:14:42 -0400
His tough talk in a tweet on the Minneapolis unrest was quickly rebuked. So was one on Minneapolis' mayor.
Did the "Hollywood Ripper" kill for the thrill of it?
Fri, 29 May 2020 11:14:04 -0400
Prosecutors say serial killer Michael Gargiulo lived near his victims and spied on them.
Inside the mind of the Hollywood Ripper
Fri, 29 May 2020 11:05:25 -0400
Forensic psychologist Kris Mohandie explains what drives serial killers like Michael Gargiulo.
Police hold a line in Minneapolis amid protests
Fri, 29 May 2020 10:52:11 -0400
Video out of Minneapolis Friday morning showed police in the city holding a line as unrest continued for a fourth day over the death of George Floyd. Watch this CBSN Minnesota report live from the scene.
Executive order takes aim at social media companies
Fri, 29 May 2020 10:44:38 -0400
The president and attorney general said the administration is working on legislation, too.
12-year-old's heartbreaking song goes viral
Fri, 29 May 2020 10:42:54 -0400
"I'm a young black man, doing all that I can to stand...I just want to live," gospel singer Keedron Bryant sings.
Watch live: Minnesota governor Tim Walz addresses Twin Cities unrest
Fri, 29 May 2020 10:40:00 -0400
Fires, looting and violence stemmed from outrage over the death of George Floyd
RNC gives North Carolina until June 3 to approve convention proposal
Fri, 29 May 2020 10:35:46 -0400
President Trump has threatened to move the convention if North Carolina does not lift restrictions that could limit attendance.
12-year-old gospel singer's heartbreaking song in wake of George Floyd's death goes viral
Fri, 29 May 2020 10:34:40 -0400
A 12-year-old gospel singer named Keedron Bryant posted an original song about the heartbreaking realities of being a young black man. In the wake of George Foyd's death, the boy's song has become a rallying cry. "Just singing what’s on my heart...hope this blesses someone," Bryant wrote about the song on Instagram.
Minneapolis mayor makes emotional call for peace
Fri, 29 May 2020 10:07:00 -0400
Mayor Jacob Frey held back tears as he called for calm in the wake of violent protests over George Floyd's police death.
Transcript of 911 call on George Floyd released
Fri, 29 May 2020 09:58:44 -0400
Floyd, 46, died after a police officer kept his knee on his neck​ for several minutes while he cried out that he couldn't breathe.
Minneapolis police precinct set ablaze as protests rage on
Fri, 29 May 2020 09:50:31 -0400
The third precinct is in smoldering remains after protesters descended on the building, fanning flames and breaking windows.
Floyd family attorney Ben Crump on possible charges for officers involved and protests in Minnesota
Fri, 29 May 2020 09:42:54 -0400
Floyd family attorney Ben Crump joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss George Floyd's death and possible charges for the four officers involved. He also weighs in on protests and riots in Minneapolis and across the nation.
"Haircut Night in America" features celebrities guiding Americans on DIY hair do's and don'ts
Fri, 29 May 2020 09:42:53 -0400
Married actors Jerry O'Connell and Rebecca Romijn host "Haircut Night in America," a one-hour CBS primetime special. Joining the couple are top hairstylists who will guide celebrities and frontline health care workers and offer tips on achieving top-notch DIY hairdos. Vladimir Duthiers reports.
Teen siblings create Zoom spelling bee after Scripps National Spelling Bee was canceled
Fri, 29 May 2020 09:42:52 -0400
With the Scripps National Spelling Bee canceled due to COVID-19, two teenagers stepped in to help. The siblings created a Zoom spelling bee, and hundreds of kids signed up to compete. Janet Shamlian reports.
SpaceX postpones historic launch due to weather
Fri, 29 May 2020 09:24:31 -0400
The next attempt to launch will be Saturday afternoon, after weather conditions forced a delay.
At least 7 shot in Louisville during Breonna Taylor protests
Fri, 29 May 2020 09:07:22 -0400
"Please go home, be safe, and be ready to keep fighting," Juniyah Palmer, Taylor's sister, said in a video address to protesters.
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One of Trump's favorite pollsters shows his approval plummeting
Wed, 27 May 2020 14:39:59 -0400
One of Trump's favorite pollsters shows his approval plummetingPresident Trump’s approval rating has plummeted since late February, according to the Rasmussen daily tracking poll, which the president frequently cited during his first three years in office.
Biden on 100,000 coronavirus deaths: 'To those hurting, the nation grieves with you.'
Wed, 27 May 2020 19:39:11 -0400
Biden on 100,000 coronavirus deaths: 'To those hurting, the nation grieves with you.'Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden released a video message on Wednesday marking the grim milestone of 100,000 American lives lost to the coronavirus pandemic, telling the bereaved: "The nation grieves with you." Biden spoke after various tallies of COVID-19 deaths, including one compiled by Reuters, showed that the novel coronavirus has killed over 100,000 people in the United States, even as the slowdown in deaths encouraged businesses to reopen and Americans to emerge from more than two months of lockdowns. Biden, speaking from his home in Delaware, drew on his own family loss when making his remarks.
Why the officers fired for the George Floyd killing could ultimately get their jobs back
Thu, 28 May 2020 10:19:31 -0400
Why the officers fired for the George Floyd killing could ultimately get their jobs backOfficers in the US are frequently rehired after termination for misconduct – and it increases the likelihood of abuse and killings by police, experts sayThe four Minneapolis officers involved in the killing of George Floyd were swiftly fired after footage of his death went viral.But that doesn’t mean they’re permanently losing their badges. Officers in the US are frequently rehired after their termination for misconduct, a problem that experts say increases the likelihood of abuse and killings by police.Despite the decision on Tuesday to fire the policeman who knelt on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes, along with three other officers at the scene, it’s uncertain if the officers will face long-term repercussions. On the contrary, some civil rights advocates warn the men could ultimately avoid legal and financial consequences, continue working in other police departments or even win back their positions.That’s how policing works across America, researchers and activists said, and it’s a process that can drag victims’ families through years of court proceedings and media attention, with minimal relief at the end. > The officers are afforded every opportunity to clear their name and regain everything they lost> > Adanté Pointer“The officers are afforded every opportunity to clear their name and regain everything they lost – their reputation, their status and their jobs,” said Adanté Pointer, a California lawyer who represents police brutality victims. “The family has to endure disappointment after disappointment.”Floyd’s death on Monday, now under FBI investigation, was the latest example of a black American dying at the hands of a white police officer.Footage captured Derek Chauvin, an officer, kneeling on top of Floyd, 46, as he lay on the ground shouting “I cannot breathe” and “Don’t kill me!” until he became motionless. Bystanders pleaded for Chauvin to stop. Police were responding to a call of a possible forged check, and authorities on Wednesday identified the other terminated officers as Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J Alexander Kueng.The footage sparked widespread condemnation and massive protests marked by rubber bullets and teargas. Minneapolis’ mayor, Jacob Frey, has said the “officer failed in the most basic human sense”. Floyd’s family has called for murder charges, though in the US prosecution and conviction of officers is rare, since the law gives officers wide latitude to kill, and prosecutors often have close ties with police.Prompt termination is also uncommon – and often doesn’t last. Officers can appeal firings, typically supported by powerful police unions. The outcome is frequently decided by arbiters in secretive hearings. A recent analysis by a local Minnesota paper, the Pioneer Press, found arbiters reversed 46% of police terminations in the last five years. Police chiefs across the US have publicly complained that the process forces them to put officers back on the street after firing them for egregious conduct such as unjustified killings, sexual abuse and lying.When officers are rehired, “it says they have a license to kill”, said Cat Brooks, an activist in Oakland, where transit police killed Oscar Grant in 2009. “If they killed this time, they’ve often killed before or have a history of problematic use of force.” In one Bay Area city with high rates of police violence, there are numerous officers who have been involved in more than one fatal shooting of a civilian. If the fired officers in Minneapolis don’t win their jobs back, “I think they’ll quietly be invited to work in other law enforcement departments”, Brooks predicted. Some police departments also knowingly hire officers who were fired in other jurisdictions, said Roger Goldman, an emeritus law professor at Saint Louis University and expert on police licensing. That’s often because the departments are located in smaller cities with tight budgets and can pay a lower salary to an officer who was terminated. “They are so strapped for cash, so they hire you,” Goldman said. The Cleveland officer who was fired after fatally shooting 12-year-old Tamir Rice in 2014 was hired by a small Ohio village police department four years later. His new employer defended the decision, noting the officer was never charged.The Louisiana officer who killed Alton Sterling in 2016 as he was selling CDs outside a convenience store was eventually fired in 2018. But last year, the city reached a settlement with the officer that retracted the firing and allowed him to resign. “It’s really devastating. You took someone’s life,” Quinyetta McMillon, the mother of Sterling’s son, said in an interview this week. The long process of trying to get justice “impacted us really badly – emotionally, physically, mentally, it was draining”, she said, adding that it was painful to think of the obstacles Floyd’s family will face moving forward, even with the terminations. If fired officers were barred from serving as police, “it would help save a lot of lives”, McMillon said.Sometimes police chiefs unknowingly hire officers with misconduct histories because of laws that allow officers to keep disciplinary records secret. Other times, they aren’t running thorough background checks, or they determine an officer’s record would not be a liability, said Ben Grunwald, a Duke University law professor.In a study Grunwald co-authored last month for the Yale Law Journal, he and another researcher found that an average of roughly 1,100 officers working in Florida each year have previously been fired. They tended to move to agencies with fewer resources and slightly larger communities of color. The fired officers were also twice as likely to be fired a second time compared to officers who have never been fired. The consequences of this rehiring are severe, said L Chris Stewart, a civil rights attorney based in Atlanta. “If you don’t fear losing your job and you know you have all these different immunities that will protect you, you know you will get away with [misconduct].” He said it was hard not to think of this dynamic when watching the video of the Minneapolis killing where the officer ignored Floyd’s cries for help. An attorney for Chauvin did not respond to a request for comment, and the other officers could not be reached. Some advocates have pushed for a publicly accessible national database that documents officers’ disciplinary histories, which could help prevent re-hirings that endanger the public. “You can look up what a doctor has done, what a realtor has done, what you and I have done as members of the public, but you have no way to look into the background of a person with a badge and a gun,” said Pointer.Marc McCoy, whose brother Willie McCoy was killed by police in Vallejo, California last year, said it was hard when the family learned that the officers involved had previously killed other civilians and been the subject of excessive force complaints. “These laws that you think will lead to the officers’ arrest are actually there to protect them,” he said.
Iran Guards warn US after receiving new combat vessels
Thu, 28 May 2020 09:15:47 -0400
Iran Guards warn US after receiving new combat vesselsIran's Revolutionary Guards on Thursday warned the United States against its naval presence in the Gulf as they received 110 new combat vessels. "We announce today that wherever the Americans are, we are right next to them, and they will feel our presence even more in the near future," the Guards' navy chief Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri said during a ceremony in southern Iran. Iran and the United States have appeared to be on the brink of an all-out confrontation twice in the past year.
Amy Cooper: Woman sacked after calling police on black man
Thu, 28 May 2020 10:53:46 -0400
Amy Cooper: Woman sacked after calling police on black manThe woman, identified as Amy Cooper, called police saying an African-American man was threatening her life.
British mercenaries 'involved in botched operation' backing rebel leader in Libya, according to secret UN report
Wed, 27 May 2020 15:43:30 -0400
British mercenaries 'involved in botched operation' backing rebel leader in Libya, according to secret UN reportSix British citizens including two former Royal Marine commandos have been accused of taking part in a botched mercenary mission to Libya to fight on behalf of renegade general Khalifa Haftar. The five men and one woman are named in a confidential report by the United Nations panel of experts on Libya into a botched mission that ended with the mercenaries making a remarkable sea-borne escape after falling out with their hosts. The men, including former Royal Marines Sean Callaghan Louw and Andrew Scott Ritchie, were among around 20 mercenaries who travelled to Benghazi in eastern Libya in June 2019 in a contract organised by a UAE based company called Opus, according to the report seen by the Daily Telegraph. Amanda Perry, a United Arab Emirate based businesswoman, is identified and is alleged to have been a "facilitator" of the project. She is the managing director of Opus Capital Asset FZE, the company that hired two boats used by the group. She is also company secretary of Lancaster 6, a business owned by Christiaan Durrant, a former Australian fighter pilot and Malta resident who is also named - and accused of being a facilitator in the report.
Failed Maduro coup leader flew on pro-govt magnate's plane
Thu, 28 May 2020 08:15:43 -0400
Failed Maduro coup leader flew on pro-govt magnate's planeIt was mid-January and Jordan Goudreau was itching to get going on a secret plan to raid Venezuela and arrest President Nicolás Maduro when the former special forces commando flew to the city of Barranquilla in Colombia to meet with his would-be partner in arms. To get there, Goudreau and two former Green Beret buddies relied on some unusual help: a chartered flight out of Miami’s Opa Locka executive airport on a plane owned by a Venezuelan businessman so close to the government of Hugo Chávez that he spent almost 4 years in a U.S. prison for trying to cover up clandestine cash payments to its allies. The owner of the Venezuela-registered Cessna Citation II with yellow and blue lines, identified with the tail number YV-3231, was Franklin Durán, according to three people familiar with the businessman’s movements who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation.
CDC changes its 'confusing' guidelines on coronavirus and surfaces. Here's what we know.
Wed, 27 May 2020 14:48:19 -0400
CDC changes its 'confusing' guidelines on coronavirus and surfaces. Here's what we know.This new CDC update may quell some major concerns about how COVID-19 is transmitted, but plenty of questions still remain. Here's what to know.
One of the coldest places on Earth is experiencing a record-breaking heat wave
Fri, 29 May 2020 07:24:00 -0400
One of the coldest places on Earth is experiencing a record-breaking heat waveHeat wave sparks concerns about devastating wildfire season and melting permafrost.
Trump's draft executive order targeting social media companies sparks battle inside the White House
Thu, 28 May 2020 14:34:06 -0400
Trump's draft executive order targeting social media companies sparks battle inside the White HouseThe Trump White House has been embroiled in a vigorous internal debate over whether to issue an executive order aimed at punishing social media companies for perceived political bias.
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