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NORTHWEST NEWS

Portland Police to Wear Helmets with 3-Digit Identification

Portland Police Bureau said Friday it will assign each officer a three-digit number which will be displayed on their helmets during events

Kafoury & McDougal File Four “Shopping While Black” Lawsuits

One woman was refused gas on her way to work becase the attendant "doesn't serve Blacks"

New Initiative to Boost Black Students’ Success

Oregon Community Foundation oversees grants, coalition of 20 community organizations to support education equity 

Oregon Historical Society Museum to Open Wednesday, October 14, Following Building Vandalism

The Afro-American Heritage Bicentennial Commemorative Quilt, which was taken Sunday evening has been recovered but sustained damage

NEWS BRIEFS

New Artist Relief Program to Provide $1.25 Million in Relief to Oregon Artists

Applications are now open to professional artists who have experienced or anticipate loss of revenue of $1,000 or more ...

Meals on Wheels Needs 500 Thanksgiving Friendly Chatters

To combat loneliness during the pandemic, volunteers are needed to call homebound participants on Thanksgiving Day ...

Multnomah County Elections Expands Open Hours

SE Portland and Gresham voter service locations now open each Saturday leading up to the Nov. 3 General Election ...

THURSDAY: Blumenauer and Ocasio-Cortez to Hold Joint Town Hall

Lawmakers will discuss their collaboration on housing, environmental justice, and more ...

Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury Announces New Directors for Health Clinics and Public Health

Two Multnomah County managers who’ve helped steer their divisions through the COVID-19 pandemic have been named to top executive...

Environmental groups sue over Portland tear gas use

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Night after night in Portland, tear gas and other crowd control devices have enveloped protesters and bystanders in airborne chemicals that settle on the ground, later to be washed into storm drains. Amid allegations that human health and the environment are suffering...

4th person with COVID-19 dies in eastern Oregon prison

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — A fourth person who tested positive for COVID-19 while incarcerated at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution in Pendleton has died, state officials said. The Oregon Department of Corrections said the man who died was between 50 and 60 years old. He is the 16th person...

SEC postpones 3rd game this week, moving Missouri-Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Southeastern Conference postponed next week's game between Missouri and No. 10 Florida on Friday, the third league contest moved this week because of COVID-19 outbreaks.The Gators had at least 21 players and coaches test positive for the coronavirus and dozens...

Week 7: Georgia-Alabama in spotlight; schedule disrupted

The COVID-19 pandemic is packing a punch in college football this week, nowhere harder than in the Southeastern Conference.Alabama coach Nick Saban might not be on the sideline when the No. 2 Crimson Tide hosts No. 3 Georgia on Saturday in perhaps the biggest game of the season. Saban tested...

OPINION

The Skanner News National 2020 Election Endorsements

Vote like your life depends on it. Read The Skanner News' endorsements for US President, and more ...

The Skanner News Statewide Election 2020 Endorsements

Read The Skanner News' endorsements for Portland Mayor, Portland City Council, and more ...

Muslim Advocates Denounces Trump’s Racist Attacks on Rep. Ilhan Omar and Refugees

The organization says Trump’s attacks invite violence against Rep. Omar and Minnesota’s Somali community ...

Trump and the Lost Country

Discussing the debate, Robert Koehler refers to an article by psychiatrists describing how power causes brain damage ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

San Francisco officials let people sue over racist 911 calls

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Fed up with white people calling 911 about people of color selling water bottles, barbecuing or otherwise going about their lives, San Francisco leaders unanimously approved hate crime legislation giving the targets of those calls the ability to sue the caller. The Board...

DOJ announces center to help cops, offers aid to Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday that it has put million toward the creation of a national center that will provide training and assistance to help law enforcement agencies prevent the use of excessive force, and officials expressed hope that Minneapolis...

Minneapolis police deputy demoted over 'white boys' comment

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A high-ranking deputy to the Minneapolis' police chief said he was demoted after he was quoted in a newspaper story referring to white officers as “white boys,” which led to a backlash within the department.Art Knight, who is Black and who was Police Chief...

ENTERTAINMENT

Altered photo shows Ice Cube, 50 Cent in 'Trump 2020' hats

An altered photo of rappers Ice Cube and 50 Cent in hats that appear to show support for President Donald Trump circulated widely on social media Tuesday, fueled in part by a tweet by Eric Trump.“Two great, courageous Americans,” Trump’s son tweeted. He removed the tweet with a...

Director Stephen Daldry exits 'Wicked' film adaptation

The long-gestating film adaptation of the Broadway hit “Wicked” has hit another snag. Director Stephen Daldry is exiting the project, a studio representative confirmed Tuesday. The industry trade website Deadline first reported the news. The “Billy Elliot” director has...

Review: Charming 'Over the Moon' gets lost in lunar orbit

The acclaimed animator behind such powerful figures as Ariel, Aladdin, Tarzan and Rapunzel has a new heroine and she's going further than any of his creations — the moon.Twelve-year-old Fei Fei builds a handmade rocket to blast into outer space in the new Netflix movie musical “Over...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

US spacecraft touches asteroid for rare rubble grab

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft descended to an asteroid Tuesday and, dodging boulders the...

Grand juror speaks after judge ruling in Breonna Taylor case

LOUISVILLE, Ky (AP) — A grand juror in the Breonna Taylor case is speaking out after a Louisville judge...

Altered photo shows Ice Cube, 50 Cent in 'Trump 2020' hats

An altered photo of rappers Ice Cube and 50 Cent in hats that appear to show support for President Donald Trump...

Danish submarine killer briefly escapes from prison

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Danish man convicted of torturing and murdering a Swedish journalist on his...

Feds say US colleges 'massively' underreport foreign funding

A scathing report from the Trump administration on Tuesday concluded that top U.S. universities have...

Amnesty: Credible reports protesters shot dead in Nigeria

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Amnesty International said late Tuesday there was “credible but disturbing...

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By Ivan Watson and Gul Tuysuz CNN


ANKARA, Turkey (CNN) -- A day after conflicting accounts over the death of a protester sparked clashes between security forces and demonstrators in several Turkish cities, Turkey's interior minister insisted police played no role in the man's fatal injuries.

"What happened in Hatay is a saddening event. I wish peace from God for our deceased citizen," Muammer Guler told journalists. He was referring to Ahmet Atakan, 22, who died as a result of his injuries amid a predawn battle between demonstrators and riot police in the Turkish border province of Hatay on Tuesday.

"The investigation into the event was started immediately. However, as you also watched yesterday, footage emerged that shows there was no police intervention and that (he) fell from a high place. This is what the autopsy report says as well," Guler said.

Turkish authorities in the province of Hatay have not responded to CNN requests to share Atakan's official autopsy report.

Meanwhile, eyewitnesses and family members of the dead protester have insisted that Atakan did not fall from a building. Rather, they told CNN, he was shot in the head at close range by a tear gas canister fired by a passing police armored personnel carrier.

Since a wave of protests erupted over government plans to replace a park in Istanbul with a shopping mall last May, human rights groups have documented cases of a number of activists who were blinded, suffered brain damage, or remain in medically induced comas a result of tear gas canisters fired at their heads.

But Turkish government officials have pointed to two videos to bolster the case that Atakan fell to his death Tuesday morning.

One video from a camera aboard a police vehicle showed debris apparently being hurled from rooftops at the vehicle as it drove up Hatay's Gunduz Street. For months, the area has been the site of nearly weekly clashes between demonstrators from Turkey's Alawite religious minority and Turkish security forces.

At one moment in the video, the body of a man tumbles off of a dark curb onto the street, apparently forcing the police vehicle to swerve.

Later Tuesday, a second grainy video emerged on Turkish television that showed something that could have been a human body falling down the side of a building as police armored vehicles navigated Gunduz Street.

It is not clear whether the interior minister's statements or the two videos will persuade many critics of the Turkish government.

At a funeral in Hatay on Tuesday, angry relatives, friends and neighbors chanted "murderer police" as they carried Atakan's casket to a freshly dug grave.

"Erdogan's dogs killed my son," screamed Atakan's mother Emsal, in an interview with CNN. She was referring to Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's prime minister.

Atakan is the second man from his neighborhood -- and from the city of Hatay's Alawite community -- to have died amid clashes with police.

"How he died doesn't concern me, it's just a detail," said Hasan Akgol, a member of parliament from the opposition Republican People's Party in Hatay.

"The big picture is he died during a police intervention," he added in an interview with CNN. "How many more young kids are going to be killed by this kind of stuff?"

At least four other anti-government demonstrators -- all from Turkey's Alawite and Alevi religious minorities -- have also died as a result of injuries received amid the anti-government unrest that has ebbed and waned across Turkey throughout the summer.

"No matter what happened, we know that there are ethnic-based provocations in Hatay," Interior Minister Guler told journalists Wednesday.

Tear gas wafted through downtown Hatay late Tuesday night, after angry residents emerged from Atakan's funeral to again clash with Turkish riot police on Gunduz Street.

And on Tuesday night, Turkish riot police fired water cannons, plastic pellets and tear gas in Hatay province -- and in the cities of Ankara, Izmir and Istanbul -- to disperse angry protests that erupted in response to Atakan's death.

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