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Man Gets 15 Months for Inciting to Riot in Downtown Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago man who posted online to urge others to join massive crowds that were looting downtown businesses in the summer of 2020 was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison Tuesday. James Massey, 23, pleaded guilty …

Woman Gets 5-Year Term for Police Car Fires in 2020 Protest

SEATTLE (AP) — A woman who torched five Seattle police cars during a tumultuous protest that heralded a summer of unrest after George Floyd’s murder in 2020 was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison. Margaret Channon, 26, of Tacoma, …

Hundreds Protest Rittenhouse Acquittal Across U.S.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Law enforcement in Portland declared a riot Friday night as about 200 demonstrators protested the acquittal of a teen who killed two people and injured another in Wisconsin. The protesters were breaking windows, throwing objects at …

South African Riots to Cost $1.7 Billion in Insurance Claims

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The rioting that erupted in parts of South Africa in July over former President Jacob Zuma’s imprisonment caused damage worth $1.7 billion (25 billion rand), according to the state insurance company handling the claims. More than 300 …

South Africa’s State Insurer to Raise Cover for Unrest Following Riots

JOHANNESBURG — South Africa’s only insurer covering political violence will increase its premiums to cover a rise in reinsurance costs following some of the worst unrest in decades, the head of the state-owned company told Reuters. More than 300 people …

Suits Over New York Police Handling of 2020 Racial Protests to Proceed

A federal judge rejected a request by New York City to dismiss lawsuits claiming police violated the constitutional rights of people protesting racial injustice after the death of George Floyd last year. U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon in Manhattan on …

In Minneapolis, Armed Patrol Group Tries to Keep the Peace

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — As protests intensified in the Minneapolis suburb where a police officer fatally shot Daunte Wright, a group of Black men joined the crowd intent on keeping the peace and preventing protests from escalating into violence. …

Black Man’s Death in Minnesota Traffic Stop Sparks Unrest

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — A Black man died after being shot by police during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb, sparking violent protests that lasted into Monday as officers in riot gear clashed with demonstrators and the man’s …

N Ireland Leaders Call for Calm After Night of Rioting

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Rioters set a hijacked bus on fire and hurled gasoline bombs at police in Belfast in at least the fourth night of serious violence in a week in Northern Ireland, where Brexit has unsettled an …

Viewpoint: A Primer on Insurance Coverage for Civil Unrest

These are turbulent times. In the last year, cities have experienced many episodes of civil unrest with significant property damage and loss, physical harm to people. For our purposes, “civil unrest” encompasses three types of conduct. First, spontaneous or planned …