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Judge tosses most claims in lawsuit over protest clearing for Trump photo op (access required)

A federal judge dismissed most claims filed by activists and civil liberties groups who accused the Trump administration of violating the civil rights of protesters who were forcefully removed by police before then-President Donald Trump walked to a church near the White House for a photo op.

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DC protest not broken up due to Trump photo op, federal investigation finds (access required)

An internal investigation has determined that the decision to forcibly clear racial justice protesters from an area in front of the White House last summer was not influenced by then-President Donald Trump's plan to stage a photo opportunity at that spot.

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Protesters return to the streets as Trump decries ‘lowlifes’ (access required)

Undeterred by curfews, protesters streamed back into the nation's streets Tuesday, hours after President Donald Trump pressed governors to put down the violence set off by George Floyd's death and demanded that New York call up the National Guard to stop the “lowlifes and losers.”

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Protest, muted and small, accompanies Freddie Gray hearing (access required)

Concerns about large protests went unfounded as pretrial hearings for the six Baltimore police officers charged in connection with Freddie Gray’s death began on Wednesday. Baltimore police, city officials and businesses expressed concern that large protests, like the city experienced ...

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Appeals court says Supreme Court can ban protests on plaza (access required)

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court, the setting for landmark rulings in favor of free speech, can keep protesters off its marble plaza without violating their constitutional rights, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. The inviting 20,000-square-foot, open-air plaza can remain ...

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Harmed by riots, small businesses now face a curfew

Casey Yang, owner of Coffee-Land, usually closes his shop downtown at about 5 p.m. and is out the door about 15 minutes later. But on Monday, there were a few late sandwich orders that kept the store open longer and delayed his going home. That delay proved to be fateful. As he was preparing to leave, he noticed a group of teenagers gathering in front of his store on Charles Street downtown. Yang, 54, felt the situation was dangerous so he locked his door and hid in a corner. But the group of about 20 teenagers saw him, smashed the glass door; demanded money; ransacked the store; hit him in the head with a container; and stole his briefcase. Despite the ordeal, he plans to open his doors again on Wednesday and dismissed the idea of relocating the shop. "We have to keep [the] business here. We have no choice," Yang said. Small businesses throughout the city, even those that haven't been directly impacted by the riots, are hurting as a result of the destruction that started on Saturday, and erupted into full scale riots on Monday. The violence comes as an off shoot of anger over the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray from injuries suffered while in the Baltimore Police Department's custody.

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