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Protests flared for a 16th day on Wednesday, with many activists calling for a ban on choke holds and other methods of restraint used by police.Police have also been criticized for heavy-handed tactics against protesters in various places. Indiscriminate use of tear gas, flash grenades, and many incidents of police hitting protesters with batons have been recorded.Protesters in Portland, Oregon, flooded city-center streets late on Wednesday blocking traffic. Media reported a crowd of more than 1,000 calling for the resignation of the mayor.Protesters in Portsmouth, Virginia, defaced a Confederate monument and a man was injured when the structure tumbled down, a reporter with WAVY News said on Twitter.Chauvin remains in jail in lieu of $1.25 million bail. The other officers, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng, remain in jail in lieu of $750,000 bail and charges each of aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.In Minnesota, pleas are not entered in preliminary hearings.Lane’s next hearing is scheduled for June 29, and his attorney is planning to file a motion to dismiss the charges, media reported.Topics : One of the four former white Minneapolis police officers who were charged over the death of George Floyd, 46, a black man whose death in custody set off protests for police reform and racial justice, was released on bail on Wednesday.Former officer Thomas Lane, 37, who had been held on $750,000 bail was freed from Hennepin County jail, sheriff’s office records showed.He was one of the three police officers charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death on May 25. A fourth officer, Derek Chauvin, was videotaped pressing his knee to Floyd’s neck as he gasped “I can’t breathe” and called for his mother before he died. Chauvin was charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.All four officers have been fired from the Minneapolis police department.Lane’s attorney, Earl Gray, did not immediately return telephone phone calls to Reuters on Wednesday night but Gray has told media that his client tried to help Floyd.Gray told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that there was an online fundraiser for Lane on social media, soliciting PayPal contributions. The site has since been taken down. read more
When it was time for the Russian athletes to enter the 2016 Olympics, it was found that the Russian Sports Federation had quite a doping system set up. When athletes were tested, their urine samples were sent to a centralized testing center. In this testing center, they drilled holes in the wall so that the tainted samples could be passed to another room. In return, a clean urine sample was given to the testing personnel.When the IOC was given this information, the track team was already under suspension. However, the IOC passed the buck and told each sports federation to do their own checking. With only about 2 weeks left before the start of the Olympics, it was impossible to verify whether any of the other sports athletes were involved.The people who were definitely hurt by this action were the “clean” athletes coming from Russia. If any of these athletes win, they will (of course) be lumped in with those athletes who were caught cheating. Just another example that the Russians still do not like to follow the rules of the game. read more