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The death of George Floyd while in police custody ignited protests across the country over the weekend. In downtown Buffalo on Saturday, what began as a peaceful protest later turned into a night of vandalism in certain parts of the city.

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Thousands of Western New Yorkers tuned into Madison Carter’s coverage of the protest against police brutality in Buffalo for WKBW-TV on Saturday. In conversation with WBFO, Carter speaks out about being one of the only Black reporters on the scene and her fight for greater newsroom diversity across the city.


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It started peacefully. It ended with violence. Another day of protest in Buffalo.

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The 45th Juneteenth Festival will still take place in Buffalo, but amid a pandemic the African American celebration will be carried out online.

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Police and prosecutors say a 20-year-old Buffalo man is the one who tossed a flaming object through a broken City Hall window during Saturday night demonstrations in Niagara Square that, hours after an original protest, turned violent and destructive. Courtland Renford faces both state and federal counts.

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Escalating his rhetoric during a period of roiling national crises, President Trump on Monday threatened to deploy the U.S. military to cities or states that don't take "necessary" actions to halt violent protests, saying the armed forces will "quickly solve the problem for them."

Trump's Rose Garden remarks came as just across the street, law enforcement officers deployed tear gas and shot rubber bullets to forcefully disperse peaceful protesters. Washington, D.C., had set a curfew Monday of 7 p.m. ET.

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The widow and two children of Buffalo developer Mark Croce have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the maker of his helicopter.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the mass protests in New York City and in upstate cities over the past few nights have been "counterproductive" to the cause of racial justice and may even reignite the spread of the coronavirus.


A Buffalo man is facing up to seven years in prison after leading police on a chase in a stolen vehicle.

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The Hennepin County Medical Examiner released a new autopsy report Monday, ruling George Floyd's death was a homicide. The office said Floyd's heart and lungs stopped functioning "while being restrained" by law enforcement officers.

Floyd died due to "cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restrain, and neck compression," according to the report.

Louisville, Ky., resident David McAtee was shot and killed during a police response to a curfew violation early Monday. Both police and National Guard members were on the scene and fired shots. The incident has led to the firing of the police chief.

President Trump threatened Monday to take military action in American cities if the violent demonstrations that have been taking place in recent days aren't stamped out.

"If a city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them," Trump said in a short statement in the Rose Garden at the White House.

The plaza between St. John's Church and Lafayette Park was full of people nonviolently protesting police brutality late Monday afternoon when U.S. Park Police and National Guard troops, with the use of tear gas, suddenly started pushing them away for no apparent reason.

Sports are part of the fabric of American society, and often they've provided a medium for athlete protest. In recent years, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the face of the movement. In 2016, he began kneeling before games, during the playing of the national anthem, to protest police treatment of minorities and social inequality.

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The early history of Buffalo’s gay and lesbian community is lost, mainly because same-sex affection was so thoroughly stigmatized by society at large. It was, in the famous phrase of the 19 th century, the love that dare not speak its name. But luckily, the city’s later LGBTQ history is known to us – largely through the remarkable efforts of two scholars who reconstructed what queer life was like in Buffalo from the 1930s to the early ’60s.

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