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Study: Less-Lethal Munitions not Advised for Crowd Control

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Researchers studying injuries sustained by protesters and bystanders in the Twin Cities following the killing of George Floyd say “less-lethal” projectile weapons like rubber bullets are not appropriate for crowd control. University of Minnesota researchers …

Police and National Guard React to Unruly Protests in Four States

Post-election tensions spawned clashes between police and demonstrators in Minneapolis, Portland, Ore., Seattle and New York City Wednesday and Thursday. In Minneapolis, law enforcement officers arrested more than 600 demonstrators who marched onto an interstate in Minneapolis Wednesday night protesting …

Businesses Splurge on Insurance to Protect Against Post-Election Chaos

Retailers, pharmacies, liquor stores and other merchants across the United States are gobbling up insurance that protects buildings from damage caused by societal unrest, worried about possible street violence after the U.S. presidential election, insurers and brokers told Reuters. Many …

Federal Arrests Show Most Arrested in Protests Aren’t Organized Extremists

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump portrays the hundreds of people arrested nationwide in protests against racial injustice as violent urban left-wing radicals. But an Associated Press review of thousands of pages of court documents tell a different story. Very few …

What Drove Protesters in May Unrest Over George Floyd?

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Before facing federal arson charges, the only other time McKenzy Ann DeGidio Dunn could recall appearing before a judge was three years ago, when she was legally adopted by a rural Pope County, Minnesota family at …

Owners Find Insurance Inadequate to Cover Demolition of Buildings Destroyed by Riots

Some commercial property owners whose businesses were torched by rioters are learning that they don’t have enough insurance to clear away the debris. The StarTribune newspaper reported Monday that many property owners in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area purchased policies that …

Riot-Gear Spending Soars 114% in Trump’s Police-Power Surge

Federal agencies are bolstering arsenals of tear gas, sponge-tipped bullets and other crowd-control gear after President Donald Trump ordered U.S. agents to assume new policing powers in cities to quell protests that he said threatened government monuments, statues and property. …

Insurers May Rethink Property Risk After Unprecedented Losses From Riots

The civil disturbance that started in Minneapolis after the killing by police of George Floyd spread to 20 other states — an unprecedented property insurance catastrophe that will likely impact policy renewals and could even persuade some insurers to exclude …

Unrest After George Floyd Death Reminds Insurers of 1968 Uprising

Scenes that played out over the past few days in several East region states are serving as a stark reminder for the insurance industry of civil unrest that took place in New York and other U.S. states more than 50 …

Amazon Delivery Drivers Say They Fear Becoming Target of Looters

An Amazon.com Inc. delivery driver in Long Island, New York, was told to abandon his van and call 911 in the event of looting and avoid “high crime” areas. A driver in Chicago encountered a heavy police presence and road …