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In a move that possibly placed his job in peril, Defense Secretary Mark Esper publicly disagreed Wednesday with President Trump's threatened use of the 1807 Insurrection Act to quell widespread unrest over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck.

The best thing about being 17, according to Shawn Richardson, is freedom.

"I'm able to go out more with my friends," he says. "I can do things solo."

Shawn is a rising high school senior in Minneapolis. School is fine, but what he really loves is track. His friend timed him running the 100-meter dash in 10.71 seconds.

The track season was canceled because of COVID-19. But if he can run that time officially, he will have the school record. Distance running isn't his thing. Shawn is a sprinter.

"It's like gathering energy and then just letting it go," he says.

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine says he's meeting with state lawmakers to address racial disparities and injustice as police brutaility demonstrations continue.  

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Ohio's governor and one of its two U.S. senators say the military shouldn't be sent into their home state as police brutality protests continue. 

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Police brutality protestors were joined in Columbus last night by Mayor Andy Ginther and Police Chief Thomas Quinlan on the sixth consecutive day of demonstrations.  

Updated at 11:46 a.m. ET

Former Vice President Joe Biden condemned both police violence and President Trump's increasingly confrontational response to widespread unrest in a Tuesday morning speech delivered at Philadelphia City Hall.

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Ohio State University issued an alert last night asking people to avoid the area of High Street and Lane Avenue because of police activity and reports of damage. 

Updated at 9:31 p.m. ET

Escalating his rhetoric during a period of roiling national crises, President Trump on Monday threatened to deploy the U.S. military to cities or states that don't take "necessary" actions to halt violent protests, saying the armed forces will "quickly solve the problem for them."

Trump's Rose Garden remarks came as just across the street, law enforcement officers deployed tear gas and shot rubber bullets to forcefully disperse peaceful protesters. Washington, D.C., had set a curfew Monday of 7 p.m. ET.

The City of Columbus has established an email to report instances of excessive force by police that took place over the weekend at protests downtown.

Through days of unrest, dozens of American cities — from Minneapolis to Atlanta, from New York to Grand Rapids, Mich. — have been wracked by violent protests.

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A Cincinnati police officer escaped injury when his helmet was struck by a bullet during a police brutality protest early Sunday while in Columbus a fire considered suspicious destroyed a nearly completed apartment building. 

Columbus Division of Police

Protesters took over last night's Columbus City Council meeting for nearly two hours, reiterating demands made last week to fire the white police officers captured on video beating a black man during an arrest on September 1st.

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A white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black driver in Euclid won't face charges.  

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A black man seen in a cellphone video being punched more than a dozen times by a white police officer after a traffic stop in Euclid has pleaded not guilty to resisting arrest.   

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