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Owner of Dallas boutique ransacked during protests asks for community to come together: ‘I have worked so hard’

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Looters ransacked a boutique owned by a black woman during protests-turned-riots in Dallas following the death of George Floyd, according to a report Monday.

The coronavirus pandemic closed Princess Pope’s Guns and Roses Boutique for weeks. Then after just being allowed to reopen it was vandalized and looted, KXAS-TV reports.

“I can’t believe it,” Pope told the station. “I opened this business in 2014 and [it’s] the only black-owned business on the street. I have worked so hard and have poured so much into this community for it to be done like this.”

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Looters vandalized Guns and Rose Boutique in Dallas during George Floyd protests.  (Google Maps)

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Pope said she understands the anger so many are feeling right now but to her, the worst thing to do is to destroy the very businesses that help support the community.

“I am asking us as a community to not tear down other black businesses but come together and focus on the real problem and that is police brutality in America. United we stand but divided we fall,” she said.

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Pope was a mentor to young designers, according to the station.

“I would have their clothes in my store too,” she said. “I did nothing but pour back into the community that poured into me.”

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On Facebook Pope said she would work vigilantly to rebuild and restore what was destroyed “and look forward to returning bigger, better and even bolder than before.”

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Spurs’ Lonnie Walker IV helps clean up San Antonio businesses damaged during protests

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San Antonio Spurs guard Lonnie Walker IV helped clean up some of the buildings in San Antonio that were damaged during the George Floyd protests Saturday night.

Walker was among a group Sunday morning who helped clean up businesses in the central part of the city, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

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“I take great pride in saying that I live in San Antonio,” Walker told the Express-News. “I am part of this community.”

Walker, who was in the middle of his second season with the Spurs before the league pressed pause on the season due to the coronavirus pandemic, handed out water bottles to other workers, police officers and fans. Walker received praise from fans who were also in the area while he was cleaning up and helping out.

“I am just trying to be another human being playing my part,” Walker told the paper. “I am not Lonnie Walker who plays for the Spurs. I am not an NBA player. I am just a regular human being trying to do what we are supposed to do, and that’s to create peace, positivity, and joy throughout everybody’s lives.”

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According to the Express-News, around 5,000 demonstrators flocked to downtown San Antonio to march in support of Floyd – a Minneapolis man who died in a police-involved incident last week. The protests then turned violent as some people clashed with police.

“Everyone is not seeing eye to eye at the moment,” Walker said. “There are people who have an abundant amount of emotions who really don’t know how to express themselves, and that’s why you have mistakes. All humans make mistakes. The most we can do is forgive them.”

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Walker didn’t give his thoughts on the Floyd incident and instead wanted to focus his efforts on helping to clean up the city.

“We are here as a group,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if you are white, black, Mexican. We are trying to get to the end all be all, which is that world peace. Peace, positivity, and being equal. It all starts here. So, spreading love is, for sure, a pinpoint for it.”

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The 21-year-old was averaging 5.6 points and 2.2 rebounds in 53 games for the Spurs. San Antonio was 28-35 before the season was on hold.

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Texas Gov. Abbott declares state of disaster following George Floyd protests

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Gov. Greg Abbott on Sunday placed Texas under a state of disaster in response to George Floyd protests in Dallas and other cities in the state.

The declaration allows federal agents to act as Texas peace officers in order to “help protect people’s safety while ensuring that peaceful protesters can continue to make their voices heard.”

“Every Texan and every American has the right to protest and I encourage all Texans to exercise their First Amendment rights,” said Abbott, a Republican, said in a statement, Fox 4 Dallas reported.  “However, violence against others and the destruction of property is unacceptable and counterproductive. As protests have turned violent in various areas across the state, it is crucial that we maintain order, uphold public safety and protect against property damage or loss.”

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Protesters take a knee to demonstrate in front of Dallas City Hall in downtown Dallas, Saturday. Protests across the country have escalated over the death of George Floyd who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

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A protest in Dallas Saturday over the death of George Floyd turned violent after several hours, the station reported.

Police reported that during the protest there were a number of looting incidents and vandalism and said they made more than 100 arrests, according to the station.

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Protesters beat a Dallas man with a machete who police said was trying to “allegedly protect his neighborhood from protesters,” according to reports.

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Machete-wielding man attacked by Dallas mob in shocking video was ‘allegedly protecting neighborhood’: police

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A machete-wielding man in Dallas was surrounded by a mob and brutally beaten and stoned in a horrifying moment captured on video Saturday night, as looting and violence gripped cities across the country in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The man, who has not been named, was hospitalized and in stable condition as of Sunday morning, local news outlets reported, citing Dallas police. No further information on his injuries was immediately released.

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The man was carrying the machete to “allegedly protect his neighborhood from protesters,” police said, according to WFAA-TV. He confronted protesters while holding the machete and was then assaulted.

Graphic video of the encounter was shared on social media Saturday night after what started as peaceful protests during the day turned increasingly violent as night fell.

The video shows the man on the ground while a mob surrounds him. The man was kicked, punched and had rocks thrown at him. Many members of the mob scatter after the man appears to lie motionless on the ground in a pool of blood.

Amid screams, people can be heard yelling, “Turn him over!” while another says, “Don’t touch him.”

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Elijah Schaffer, of Blaze TV, captured the video of the assault and shared an additional video, which shows the moments leading up to the encounter.

In the video, the man appears to be walking along a sidewalk, away from protesters, who follow him while throwing what appears to be rocks in his direction. As protesters get closer, the man rushes at them while holding the machete. The large mob then collapses on the man and attacks him.

Schaffer and others at the scene said the man was apparently trying to defend his store. Fox News could not immediately confirm this information.

Police said the man was taken to a hospital by the time officers arrived at the scene, KTXA-TV reported. Police are continuing to investigate the incident.

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Dallas SWAT deployed gas to disperse the unruly protesters at the corner of Young and Akard Street on Saturday, police said. (Dallas Police Department)

Hundreds of protesters looted stores and vandalized buildings throughout the night, Dallas police said. At least 74 arrests were made before midnight. They were to be charged with inciting a riot.

Police also said three guns and a taser were recovered from 15 other people who were detained for vandalizing buildings after midnight.

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The riots have spread to dozens of cities across the country and prompted curfews and calls for the National Guard to be deployed.

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George Floyd’s body will return to Houston, mayor says

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HOUSTON — The mayor of Houston said Saturday that the body of George Floyd, whose death after a Minneapolis police officer pressed a knee on his neck during an arrest has sparked protests across the U.S, will be returning to the city where he grew up.

Floyd was a Houston native before moving to Minnesota. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said at a news conference that Floyd’s body would be coming back to Houston but provided no additional details. His family has not announced funeral plans.

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“This is the same city that George Floyd grew up in. And his body will be returning to this city,” Turner said. “And so the focus needs to be on supporting and uplifting this family.”

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This undated handout photo provided by Christopher Harris shows George Floyd, who died Monday while in police custody in Minneapolis. (Christopher Harris via AP)

Turner spoke alongside Houston Police Chief Art Acevdeo, who said his department had arrested more than 130 people since protests began Friday in the nation’s fourth-largest city.

Floyd, 46, grew up in Houston’s Third Ward, one of the city’s predominantly black neighborhoods. At 6 feet, 6 inches, Floyd emerged as a star tight end for Jack Yates High School and played in the 1992 state championship game in the Houston Astrodome. Yates lost to Temple, 38-20.

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Floyd’s death Monday and other police killings of black men have fueled tense demonstrations nationwide.

The white police officer who held his knee to Floyd’s neck as he begged for air was arrested Friday and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. But many protesters are demanding the arrests of the three other officers involved.

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Ted Cruz on Floyd’s death, riots: ‘The law should apply fairly and uniform for everyone’

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George Floyd‘s death was indefensible and the police officers involved clearly bear responsibility, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said Saturday night.

Cruz make his remarks during an appearance on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” The senator also blasted rioters for turning some peaceful protests into nights of violence and destruction.

“Mr. Floyd has, he is handcuffed, he’s clearly incapacitated. He’s begging for his life. And what we saw was wrong,” Cruz said. “There’s no legitimate law enforcement purpose for what we saw right there.”

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“But it was clearly police brutality and it was not conduct we expect of any officer,” Cruz said.

A cell phone video that went viral shows Floyd lying in the street with his head turned to the side, and he does not appear to be resisting. Officer Derek Chauvin has his knee pressed to the back of Floyd’s neck for several minutes as Floyd is seen gasping for air and begging Chauvin to stop. He does not. Bystanders are also heard shouting at Chauvin to take his knee off Floyd’s neck.

Chauvin has since been fired, arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. Three other officers were fired and may face charges as well, authorities have said.

Cruz also commented on the riots in Minneapolis and protests that are happening nationwide, calling the violence “unacceptable.”

“And one of the reasons, sadly, that we are seeing this this violence and this rioting is that you have a lot of demagogues that want to use this incident of clear abuse by one police officer and they want to use it to paint every police officer is corrupt and racist,” Cruz said. “And most police officers heroically risk their lives to protect the communities they’re in, often minority communities. And and for everyone that is stirring up racial division and engaging in violence and looting, that is completely unacceptable.”

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The senator added that the law should be applied “fairly.”

“Violence and criminal conduct is unacceptable, whether it is committed by a mob in rage or whether it’s committed by a police officer who’s breaking the law,” Cruz said. The law should apply fairly and uniform for everyone.”

Fox News’ Caitlan McFall contributed to this report.

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Texas Rep. Crenshaw on George Floyd’s death: ‘There’s a very clear injustice there’

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Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw spoke to “The Story with Martha MacCallum” Friday and gave his take on George Floyd‘s death and the protests that have ensued across the nation.

“I think two things are true. George Floyd should be alive,” Crenshaw said. “There’s a very clear injustice there and I think there’s also wide agreement on what should happen with respect to bringing justice to not just that one officer, but we’re looking at all of them. There’s no disagreement there.”

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Floyd, a black man, died in police custody this week after a white officer pinned him down by pressing his knee into the back of Floyd’s neck while Floyd repeatedly said he couldn’t breathe. The officer, Derek Chauvin, was fired and on Friday charged with murder. Three other police officers were also fired but have not been charged.

The White House was under a brief lockdown Friday night, as protests over Floyd’s death in Minneapolis continued to expand nationwide for a third night.

Crenshaw also spoke about the demonstrations erupting in major cities throughout the U.S.

“But there also shouldn’t be disagreement on what’s happening with these riots and the injustice that is occurring against innocent people in Minneapolis because of this. And I’m a little confused that some people that want to just brush right past that and make excuses for it,” Crenshaw said. “That’s also not OK. No, we can live by a very clear system of justice in this country.”

“And we should all unite around George Floyd’s case. I think that’s very clear,” Crenshaw added. “And we should also be able to say to you that… injustice does not justify further injustices against other people.”

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The congressman said anger is “clearly” justified in the case of Floyd.

“But the anger for this is clearly justified,” Crenshaw said. “[…] It’s clearly justified. There’s no disputing that. There’s no disagreement there.”

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George Floyd case: Family, friends describe him as ‘gentle giant’ looking for a new life

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Moving to Minneapolis was supposed to be George Floyd’s second chance at living a good life.

The native Texan followed some friends there about five years ago and landed a job working security at a Salvation Army store downtown.

Soon thereafter, he had picked up two others gigs: one driving trucks and another as a bouncer at Conga Latin Bistro where he was affectionately known as “Big Floyd.”

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But like so many other Americans, Floyd lost his job in the service industry when the coronavirus pandemic hit and a stay-at-home order was issued.

Fast forward a few weeks and Floyd, who has been accused of trying to pass a counterfeit $20 bill Monday night, was videotaped pinned on the ground by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chavin and struggled for air and begged for his life.

His death resulted in the swift dismissal of Chavin and three other officers involved in the incident: Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng.

It also forced leaders in Minneapolis to take a hard look at how its people are policed.

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Protests began late Wednesday and went into Thursday. Although most protests were peaceful, looting was reported, more than a dozen buildings were torched, and one man was shot.

On Thursday, Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arrandondo acknowledged that his department contributed to the so-called “deficit of hope” that has plagued the city well before Floyd’s death but said urged unruly demonstrators to stay home.

Floyd’s death has not only rocked Minneapolis but has led to protests in other cities including Memphis and Los Angeles.

So, who was George Floyd?

Floyd, 46, grew up in Houston’s Third Ward, one of the city’s predominantly black neighborhoods. At 6 feet, 6 inches, Floyd emerged as a star tight end for Jack Yates High School and played in the 1992 state championship game in the Houston Astrodome. Yates lost to Temple, 38-20.

Donnell Cooper, one of Floyd’s former classmates, said he remembered watching Floyd score touchdowns and commented on how he towered over everyone and earned the nickname “gentle giant.”

“Quiet personality but a beautiful spirit,” Cooper said. His death “definitely caught me by surprise. It’s just so sad, the world we’re living in now.”

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Floyd was charged in 2007 with armed robbery in a home invasion in Houston and in 2009 was sentenced to five years in prison as part of a plea deal, according to court documents.

Christopher Harris, Floyd’s childhood friend, said he and some of their mutual friends had moved to Minneapolis in search of jobs around 2014. Harris said he talked Floyd into also moving there after he got out of prison.

“He was looking to start over fresh, a new beginning,” Harris said. “He was happy with the change he was making.”

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Conga Latin Bistro owner Jovanni Tunstrom described Floyd as “always cheerful.”

“He had a good attitude. He would dance badly to make people laugh. I tried to teach him how to dance because he loved Latin music, but I couldn’t because he was too tall for me. He always called me Bossman. I said, ’Floyd, don’t call me Bossman. I’m your friend.”

Floyd was laid off when Minnesota shut down restaurants as part of a stay-at-home order. Harris said he spoke with Floyd on Sunday night and gave him some information for contacting a temporary jobs agency.

“He was doing whatever it takes to maintain going forward with his life,” Harris said, adding he couldn’t believe that Floyd would resort to forgery. “I’ve never known him to do anything like that.”

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Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd, told CNN that “knowing my brother is to love my brother.”

“He’s a gentle giant, he don’t hurt anybody,” he told Don Lemon.

Floyd leaves behind a 6-year-old daughter who still lives in Houston with her mother, Roxie Washington, the Houston Chronicle reported.

“The way he died was senseless,” Harris said. “He begged for his life. He pleaded for his life. When you try so hard to put faith in this system, a system that you know isn’t designed for you, when you constantly seek justice by lawful means and you can’t get it, you begin to take the law into your own hands.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Texas driver accused in crash that left 3 dead tells officers ‘I don’t want to be drunk no more’: report

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A 23-year-old Texas driver accused of drinking, running a red light, and then causing a crash that left three people dead reportedly told responding officers: “I don’t want to be drunk no more.”

Jose Arroyo is facing three counts of intoxication manslaughter and one count of intoxication assault stemming from the fatal collision in Dallas early Monday.

Police believe he was driving drunk and speeding in an SUV before ignoring a red light and slamming into a car, KDFW reports. The crash killed Ernesto Deleon, 47, Ashley Deleon, 18, and Leslie Deleon, 19, while the girls’ mother – Laura Sanchez-Quiroz – was sent to a local hospital’s intensive care unit.

“I don’t want to be drunk no more,” a Dallas officer overheard Arroyo saying at the scene, according to an arrest affidavit viewed by the station. “I [expletive] up.”

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Jose Arroyo is facing numerous charges following a suspected drunken driving crash that left three people dead in Dallas early Monday. (Dallas County Jail)

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The station reports that Arroyo had been convicted in 2019 on a DWI charge in Dallas County.

In this most recent incident, investigators now are trying to figure out if Arroyo was overserved at a bar or nightclub prior to the crash, it added. The affidavit viewed by KDFW also said an officer who took him into custody noticed that Arroyo had bloodshot eyes, slurred his speech and had breath that smelled of alcohol.

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Friends of the Deleons tell KDFW that Sanchez-Quiroz is not yet aware of the losses her family has suffered in the crash — and they are trying to raise funds for funeral expenses.

Arroyo, meanwhile, is being held at Dallas County Jail on a $350,000 bond.

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Trump claims ‘Big win’ after Texas court rules lack of coronavirus immunity not valid for mail-in ballot

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The Texas Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a lack of immunity to the coronavirus does not qualify as a disability under state law for requesting a mail-in ballot.

The all Republican-court agreed with Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who had filed a petition to order local officials to follow state laws regarding mail-in ballots after a Court of Appeals ruled to allow anyone in Travis County to request a ballot, according to FOX 7 in Austin.

President Trump, who has repeatedly claimed that mail-in voting is associated with widespread voter fraud, tweeted after the ruling.

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“Big win in Texas on the dangerous Mail In Voting Scam!” the president wrote.

The ruling was a loss for the Texas Democratic Party and voter rights groups, which had sought expanding mail-in voting during the pandemic.

To receive a mail-in ballot in Texas, voters must either claim a disability, be over 65, in jail, or away from their home county during the election, according to the Texas Tribune.

“We agree with the State that a voter’s lack of immunity to COVID-19, without more, is not a ‘disability’ as defined by the Election Code,” the court’s ruling said, adding that voters must determine if they meet the definition of “disability” and “election officials have no responsibility to question or investigate a ballot application that is valid on its face,” FOX 7 reported.

Voters citing a disability when requesting a ballot are not required to to specify.

“The question before us is not whether voting by mail is better policy or worse, but what the Legislature has enacted. It is purely a question of law,” the ruling said, according to the Dallas Morning News. “Our authority and responsibility are to interpret the statutory text and give effect to the Legislature’s intent.”

Having the virus, however, could entitle a voter to a mail-in ballot.

Paxton, in a statement said he applauded the court “for ruling that certain election officials’ definition of ‘disability’ does not trump that of the Legislature, which has determined that widespread mail-in balloting carries unacceptable risks of corruption and fraud.”

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“Election officials have a duty to reject mail-in ballot applications from voters who are not entitled to vote by mail. In-person voting is the surest way to maintain the integrity of our elections, prevent voter fraud and guarantee that every voter is who they claim to be,” he said, according to FOX 7. 

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