One Texas Department of Public Safety vehicle was spray painted and multiple occupied squad cars were also damaged, police said. “We’re at a turning point, we’re at a paradigm shift in this space.”. That could further heighten tensions, especially as Trump casts doubt on the fairness of the contest. Perhaps it goes without saying — but producing quality journalism isn't cheap. The summer’s demonstrations in Austin were propelled by the April death of Mike Ramos, an unarmed Black and Hispanic man who was fatally shot by police as he drove away from officers. We will not tolerate tearing up our city. Company owned by Berkshire Hathaway, (Gates recently left the board) and Marmon Group, Chicago. There was a group of protesters that began confronting officers in the area near city hall. At a time when newsroom resources and revenue across the country are declining, The Texas Tribune remains committed to sustaining our mission: creating a more engaged and informed Texas with every story we cover, every event we convene and every newsletter we send. Commentators had plenty of theories, claiming the rioters’ fairy godmother was “white supremacists” or Antifa, but none delivered conclusive proof. The news comes as riots take place across the country in at least 11 states over the death of George Floyd, an African American man who died in police custody on Monday in Minnesota. Do you value our journalism? People are waking up! Experts say officers must use "the least amount of force possible" while protecting free speech. All rights reserved. Because we do too… but last night peaceful protests began but that is not how it ended. Some police departments faced criticism for their response to demonstrations. But he stressed that law enforcement must balance public safety needs with protesters’ constitutional free speech rights. By about 10:45 p.m. Saturday, Dallas police said they had made 74 arrests of protesters who will be charged with inciting a riot. The bricks were said to be delivered by a corporation called AcmeBrick, owned by Berkshire Hathaway, a massive holding company on whose board Gates sat until recently. Another “researcher” has even claimed to have uncovered a connection between the bricks sprouting from sidewalks in Frisco, Texas and Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates. Police tweeted just after 9 p.m. that a cigar and donut shop near Elm and Lamar streets had been looted. But the Frisco Police Department declared the offending bricks were part of a “planned HOA construction project,” explaining they’d been removed “with permission” to be “returned at a later time.”, And the Kansas City Police Department alerted citizens on Sunday to be on the lookout for rogue brick stashes, warning they were lurking all over the city to be “used during a riot.”. The growing tensions led to officers using tear gas to disperse the crowd. The agency’s actions in late May drew widespread scrutiny, as police used chemical deterrents and rubber bullets to disperse gatherings. Dallas police spokesperson Melinda Gutierrez said the agency “will continue to coordinate with other law enforcement agencies, to include our federal partners, to ensure that our officers are up to date on intelligence in our efforts to keep Dallas safe.”. Of those, 27 were arrested on … This keeps everyone safe and allows your voice to continue to be heard. “Ain’t no damn construction around here!” a savvy demonstrator says in the clip, while another urges his fellow protesters to “do better.”, PATIOS ARE THE VIRUS!An explosion of patios being built as mysterious free piles of bricks appear nationwide on corners. “Look, it’s called insurrection,” Trump told a Fox News host. Stacks of bricks left seemingly unattended in riot hotspots across the US – as if begging to be snatched and thrown by unruly mobs – have protesters and journalists wondering whether the violent street clashes are orchestrated. Find a complete list of them here. A Texas journalist called around to local government and found that the city of Dallas was claiming ownership of the bricks, thus triggering a whole new round of speculation – smoking gun, or official incompetence? After thousands took to the streets this summer to protest police brutality and racial injustice, galvanized by the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, some Texas law enforcement agencies faced stiff criticism for their responses. In Dallas, where the county’s ... During an interview with Fox News last month, Trump threatened to quash riots on election night should he win reelection and people take to the streets. On June 1, officers detained 674 protesters after they marched onto the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune's journalism. — BREAKING RIOT UPDATES – BLAZE TV (@ElijahSchaffer) May 31, 2020. "—#Rioters in Manhattan chanced upon a cache in the street equipped with bricks and a shovel at 10:01 p.m. on Second Ave between St. Marks Pl. Allegations of excessive force prompted Austin to slash its police budget and other jurisdictions to adopt a series of reforms, from prohibiting the use of certain “less-lethal” weapons to requiring officers to intervene when they see another use extreme measures. “I don’t think anybody in Dallas who is anticipating a necessity for protests thinks that police are going to respond better,” said Kristian Hernandez, a member of Our City Our Future, a group that helped lead an effort to defund Dallas police that ultimately failed. As of 10:45 p.m., there have been at least 74 arrests made and those arrested will be charged with inciting a riot, police said. If you see anything like this, you can text 911 and let us know so we can remove them. I’d rather not do that because there’s no reason for it, but if we had to, we’d do that and put it down within minutes.”. Agencies in at least four major cities — Austin, El Paso, San Antonio and Fort Worth — confirmed they are planning for potential unrest around the Nov. 3 election. Austin is the only city to do so thus far. As mourners gathered in Pearland, near Houston, for George Floyd’s burial service, police asked other agencies for assistance in what they thought might be a massive gathering with protesters and counter-protesters. DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Protests over police brutality resumed in the downtown area of Dallas Saturday afternoon. APD’s actions came under further criticism in late May when police shot two protesters in the head with bean bag rounds, seriously wounding both.