Black leaders greet Biden win, pledge to push for equality
During a contentious campaign against Trump, Biden made explicit appeals for the support of Black voters. Black voters powered Biden's successful campaign, particularly in critical states like Michigan, Wisconsin and Georgia. Nine in 10 Black voters nationwide supported him, according to AP VoteCast, an expansive survey of more than 110,000 voters across the country. White voters, who made up roughly three-quarters of the electorate, were more likely to support Trump, 55% vs. 43% for Biden. In 2016, a coalition composed largely of white voters powered Trump’s win over then-challenger Hillary Clinton.
George Floyd’s brother rallies voters on Election Day
Terrence Floyd, brother of George Floyd, waits to speak at a Get Out the Vote Rally outside the Brooklyn Museum, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK – The murmurs spread quickly among the poll workers late Tuesday morning at a Brooklyn neighborhood station: George Floyd’s brother was present. A few came up to Terrence Floyd, whose brother George died at the hands of Minneapolis police, sparking protests for racial justice across the nation. A 42-year-old school bus driver in New York, Terrence is normally a quiet man, deeply attached to his three children. “My administration is fully committed that, for George and his family, justice will be served,” Trump said in remarks from the White House Rose Garden.
An Election Day role for National Guard? Maybe, but limited
If any element of the military were to get involved, it would likely be the National Guard under state control. A look at the potential National Guard role in the election:WHAT MIGHT THE GUARD DO? National Guard leaders have bought additional protective equipment and have increased troop training on proper procedures during protests. If the president federalizes Guard troops, they are then under his control, not the governor's. Legal experts say two laws expressly forbid the use of active-duty or federalized National Guard troops at the polls.
Walmart pulls guns, ammo off sales floors because of 'civil unrest' in some areas, but will still sell them
Walmart has removed guns and ammunition from sales floors because of isolated incidents of "civil unrest" in some areas around the U.S. — but the retail giant said it will continue selling them. The action echoes an identical one in June, when Walmart pulled firearms and ammo from sales floors following demonstrations over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis during an arrest related to an alleged counterfeit bill. "These items do remain available for purchase by customers," the retail giant said. Walmart said it sells firearms in about half its stores, "primarily where there are large concentrations of hunters, sportsmen, and sportswomen." Walmart operates 4,752 stores under the Walmart name in the United States, along with 599 Sam's Club locations.cnbc.com
Philly shooting brings policing, racism back into campaign
“I can tell you, Biden and Harris stand with the rioters and the vandals,” Trump said of the former vice president and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, during a campaign rally. Biden, who has tried to keep his campaign squarely focused on the pandemic, tread carefully. Later Tuesday, the Biden campaign issued a joint statement in which Biden and Harris said that Wallace’s was “a black life that mattered.”Biden and Harris spoke strongly in condemning the unrest. Kevin Hayes, a sales representative who is white, had a handful of Trump campaign signs in the yard of his Springfield home and a “Cops for Trump” sign in his window. Follow Madhani on Twitter at @AamerISMadThis story has been corrected to show that Jacob Blake was grievously wounded in police shooting, not killed.
The Latest: Winfrey boosts Biden at get-out-the-vote event
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON – The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local):8:35 p.m.Joe Biden is getting a boost from Oprah Winfrey in the final days of the presidential campaign. While President Donald Trump won all but Minnesota in 2016, Democrats are increasingly optimistic Biden can win at least Michigan and Pennsylvania back, and he’s making a play for Ohio as well. ___HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE:The presidential campaign shifts west as President Donald Trump visits an Arizona town across the Colorado River from Nevada. The Biden campaign announced the rally on Wednesday but hasn’t said where it will be held. President Donald Trump won Michigan by just under 11,000 votes four years ago, making it his closest margin of victory in any state.
Philadelphia pledges better response after Black man's death
Hundreds of demonstrators marched in West Philadelphia over the death of Walter Wallace, a Black man who was killed by police in Philadelphia on Monday. Police shot and killed the 27-year-old on a Philadelphia street after yelling at him to drop his knife. Wallace's mother said she warned police Monday afternoon that her son was in the throes of a mental health crisis. His family's lawyer said the family had called for an ambulance to get him help with a mental health crisis. His sentence, according to court records, included mental health supervision and six years of probation.
81 people arrested in Philadelphia on second night of unrest over fatal police shooting
Philadelphia officials on Wednesday said 81 people were arrested during the widespread unrest on Tuesday night sparked by the fatal police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. Protesters faced off with police at department headquarters on Tuesday night, where officers were stationed with riot shields. Meanwhile, video showed people streaming into stores and stealing goods on the opposite side of the city from where Wallace was shot. Police commissioner Danielle Outlaw told reporters that of the 81 people arrested, 53 were arrested for burglary, eight were arrested for assaulting officers, and small numbers of others were arrested for crimes including arson, disorderly conduct and criminal trespass. Wallace's family said they called an ambulance to get him help during a mental health crisis and did not ask for police, the Associated Press reported.cbsnews.com
Philadelphia victim's family sought ambulance, not police
PHILADELPHIA – The family of a Black man killed by Philadelphia police officers in a shooting caught on video had called for an ambulance to get him help with a mental health crisis, not for police intervention, their lawyer said Tuesday. Police said Walter Wallace Jr., 27, was wielding a knife and ignored orders to drop the weapon before officers fired shots Monday afternoon. About 500 people had gathered at a West Philadelphia park Tuesday night and began marching through the neighborhood, chanting. The Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management tweeted around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, cautioning residents in eastern Philadelphia to remain indoors. Police had previously said 30 officers were injured in the Monday night unrest, most of them hit with thrown objects like bricks.