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VW, Ford unveil SUVs at China auto show under virus controls

SHANGHAI (AP) — Volkswagen unveiled an electric SUV made for China ahead of the opening Monday of the Shanghai auto show, the industry’s biggest marketing event in a year overshadowed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Automakers are looking to China, their biggest market by sales volume and the first major economy to rebound from the pandemic, to revive sales and reverse multibillion-dollar losses.

Ford, Nissan and other brands planned to debut new models for China at the show, which opened under anti-virus controls. Few auto executives from abroad attended. Reporters were required to undergo virus tests.

VW’s ID.6 SUV reflects growing industry momentum toward electrification and designing models for Chinese tastes. VW said the six- and seven-seat models aim to create a “lounge on wheels” with semi-automated driving and other advanced technology.

Ford Motor Co. planned to present its first SUV created for global sales under a strategy to rely more heavily on its China operations for product development.

First-quarter sales of SUVs, sedans and minivans in China jumped 75.6% over a year earlier, when the ruling Communist Party closed factories and dealerships to fight the virus, according to an industry group, the China Association of Auto Manufacturers. By contrast, Edmunds.com Inc. forecast quarterly U.S. sales would rise 8.9% over a year ago but would be off 8.6% from the final quarter of 2020.

Sales of electric vehicles in China, the biggest market for that technology, nearly tripled in the first three months of 2021 over a year earlier to 515,000 units, according to CAAC.

Nissan Motor Co. planned to unveil its X-Trail crossover for the China market and its e-POWER electrified power train.

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Domestic violence victims advocates warn about decreased federal funding

Apr. 19—Federal funding for programs dedicated to victims of crime has been dwindling, and those who work with the victims are concerned about the impact on Connecticut organizations that help them.

The Victims of Crime Act, passed in 1984, created a funding pool for state and local victim services groups and programs, which is not taxpayer-funded. Instead, The Crime Victims Fund is funded with fines from federal convictions. During the past several years, VOCA funds have declined significantly due to “prosecutorial strategies that have changed over the course of the last decade,” according to the National Network to End Domestic Violence.

The Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence has 18 member organizations. It sent a letter to U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy on April 7 urging his support of the Fix Act and elaborated on why more money is needed.

“Instead of prosecuting federal crimes, particularly white-collar crimes, the Department of Justice is increasingly relying on non-prosecution and deferred-prosecution agreements,” the letter reads. “If these cases had been prosecuted, the monetary penalties would have been deposited into the Fund. Instead, the money that would otherwise go to serve victims is being deposited into the General Treasury.”

In 2020, the money CCADV received from the fund decreased by 25%, “and victim service providers have been told to expect further, potentially catastrophic cuts,” the letter reads. “Cuts of the magnitude that we are being warned about would devastate Connecticut’s domestic violence service system.”

The decline in funding led to the VOCA Fix to Sustain the Crime Victims Fund Act of 2021, which the U.S. House of Representatives passed in March. It’s now up to the U.S. Senate to move the bill forward. It amends the VOCA law to allow money from penalties and fines in deferred and non-prosecution agreements to be deposited in the Crime Victims Fund.

Safe Futures of New London Executive Director Katherine Verano has been one of many asking not only for Congress to pass the VOCA Fix Act, but to determine how organizations like hers will be funded years in advance. In some ways, the bill currently in the Senate is a stopgap measure, Verano said.

“It’s not just passing it, it’s also the decrease of 25% for the money supporting it, how do you get that back?” Verano said. “Beyond just keeping it going for now, they have to look at how to replenish it down the road.”

Verano went into detail about the services VOCA funding helps Safe Futures provide. One of these allows criminal and civil court advocates to work with victims in domestic violence arrests.

“You may have 20 arraignments on Monday morning in New London court alone on just domestic violence cases,” Verano said.

Advocates work on behalf of victims who are afraid to go and face their abuser in court.

“The advocate can work with you over the phone, or at one of our offices, and advocate for you in the courts system, with the prosecutor, with family relations,” Verano said. “Maybe three months down the road with the case continuing you may need a modification for a protective order. An advocate is there to do all this work, and confidentially. They’re the only people in the courthouse with that confidentiality.”

Civil court advocates also offer assistance with handling restraining orders.

“All of our services are free and confidential because sometimes victims can’t afford attorneys, and maybe their funds are connected with their partner’s,” Verano said. “One part of abuse is monetary abuse, emotional abuse, power and control. Offenders have public defenders if they can’t afford an attorney.”

Last year, Safe Futures worked with more than 7,000 victims, which doesn’t include children affected by domestic violence. All told, CCADV’s organizations support more than 34,000 victims maneuvering through the court system each year.

In the coalition’s letter to Murphy, it said its member organizations have been able to increase advocacy in civil courts “to assist the more than 8,000 victims who annually seek restraining orders.”

Verano said her organization also uses the funding to hire a law enforcement advocate who works with the Lethality Assessment Program, which police use to assess a victim’s risk of being murdered.

“Cops will ask a series of questions at the scene, and if it comes up as high danger of murder, they contact us immediately, and connect that victim to services,” Verano said.

The advocate then provides those services to a victim.

She said in 2020 there was an increase in the state of about 1,200 Lethality Assessment Program screens. A total of 54% of the screening victims were deemed to be in high danger, and 94% of those victims use domestic violence services.

Safe Futures has advocates working in its offices that rely on VOCA funding. These services and more are at stake, Verano says, noting that the COVID-19 pandemic is tied to an uptick in domestic violence. One of Safe Futures’ functions is providing shelter for victims. One year prior to the onset of the pandemic, between March and January, the organization spent around $14,000 on hotel costs for when its shelters were over capacity. It spent more than $126,000 for that same timeframe during the pandemic.

In April 2020, The Day reported that domestic violence incidents had increased dramatically during the first month of the pandemic. At the time, calls to Safe Futures’ domestic violence hotlines had increased by 20%.

During that time, three Safe Futures clients died in three weeks: one by drug overdose, one by suicide and one by murder, traumatizing staff. New London police responded to 30 more reports of domestic violence between March 1 and April 15, 2020, than they did in the same timeframe in 2019.

Those who need help can call the Safe Futures support line, (860) 701-6000 or (888) 774-2900, or visit ConnecticutSafeConnect. The agency’s office at 16 Jay St., New London, is open with extra safety precautions in place, and victims’ advocates continue to work in the court system.

State Rep. Holly Cheeseman, R-East Lyme, said the state Judicial Branch briefed legislators on the VOCA issue last week. She said the amount of funding is declining, and “there is a cliff in 2022 where basically we have to ask, ‘How are we going to pay for this?'”

She said the bill in the U.S. Senate, at the very least, “changes VOCA’s funding structure to help address that cliff,” she added.

Cheeseman pointed out that Mothers Against Drunk Driving, a nonprofit organization that aims to stop drunken driving, and other groups receive VOCA funding as well. Throughout the U.S., more than 6,000 local organizations dedicated to servicing victims of all types of crimes receive VOCA funds. Aside from Safe Futures in New London, CCADV’s 17 other member organizations include Domestic Violence Program United Services in Willimantic and New Horizons in Middletown.

“If you don’t have these services, if everything gets cut, the state and the coalitions have to make a decision: Who gets cut, what gets cut, and which programs go on?” Verano asked.

s.spinella@theday.com

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Austin police search for former sheriff’s deputy after shooting that left 3 dead

Law enforcement were searching for a former sheriff’s deputy Sunday night, after three adults were fatally shot in the Great Hills Trail neighborhood of Austin, Texas, police said.

The latest: Interim Austin Police Chief Joseph Chacon said at an evening news conference residents no longer needed to shelter in place but should “remain vigilant,” as officers searched for suspect Stephen Broderick, 41, following Sunday morning’s shooting that killed a Hispanic woman and two Black men.

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  • Broderick is a former deputy with the Travis County sheriff’s office in Austin.

  • Austin Police Department tweeted that the incident appeared to be an isolated “domestic situation.”

The big picture: Officers responded to a 911 call at 11:42 a.m., Chacon said. After the first officer was on the scene at 11:46 a.m., residents were advised to shelter in place. The victims died from their injuries shortly after they were shot.

  • Chacon had advised residents earlier in the afternoon to shelter in place as officers were concerned that the suspect “might possibly take a hostage and be himself sheltered somewhere waiting for us to leave.

  • He said at the evening news conference that the victims “were all known to this suspect” and police did not believe the suspect was “out there targeting random people to shoot.

  • “That does not mean he is not dangerous,” Chacon added.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated with more details, including on the suspect and police’s revised warning to residents.

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China trials mixing of COVID-19 vaccines from CanSinoBIO and Zhifei Longcom: data

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BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese researchers are testing mixing two COVID-19 vaccines developed by CanSino Biologics and a unit of Chongqing Zhifei Biological Products respectively, according to clinical trial registration data.

Earlier this month, the director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention said the country was “formally considering” giving people COVID-19 vaccines developed with different technologies as a way of further boosting vaccine efficacy.

A trial expected to involve 120 participants will test the safety and ability to trigger immune response of a dose of CanSinoBIO’s Ad5-nCoV treatment, followed by a dose of ZF2001 from Anhui Zhifei Longcom Biopharmaceutical, at 28-day or 56-day interval, according to clinical trial record site ClinicalTrials.gov maintained by a department under the National Institute of Health of the United States.

The trial, under way in the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing, is sponsored by disease control authorities in Jiangsu province, according to the record.

Both vaccines are included in China’s mass vaccination drive.

CanSinoBIO said interim data from overseas Phase III clinical trials showed its Ad5-nCoV vaccine was 68.83% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 disease two weeks after one injection, while the rate fell to 65.28% four weeks after one shot.

Chinese researchers are also running trials for two-dose-based vaccination of Ad5-nCoV, as well as an inhalation version of the vaccine.

No efficacy readings has been made available from Phase III trials for Zhifei Longcom’s ZF2001 vaccine, which requires three injections when used on its own.

CanSinoBIO and Chongqing Zhifei Biological Products were not immediately available for comment.

(Reporting by Roxanne Liu and Ryan Woo; Editing by Kenneth Maxwell)

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Asian shares near 1-1/2 week highs, Bitcoin recoups losses

By Swati Pandey

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Asian shares hovered near 1-1/2 week highs on Monday helped by expectations monetary policy will remain accommodative the world over, while COVID-19 vaccine rollouts help ease fears of another dangerous wave of coronavirus infections.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was last at 695.59, within striking distance of Friday’s high of 696.48 – a level not seen since Apr. 7.

The index jumped 1.2% last week and is up 5% so far this year, on track for its third straight yearly gain.

“The extremely supportive monetary and fiscal policy setting continues to provide a fertile environment for risk assets,” said Rodrigo Catril, senior forex strategist at National Australia Bank.

Australian shares were 0.25% higher while New Zealand’s benchmark index and South Korea’s KOSPI added 0.4% each. Japan’s Nikkei eased 0.4%.

On Friday, the S&P 500 gained 0.4% to close at a new record high while clocking its sixth straight weekly gain. The Dow finished 0.5%, also at a record high while the Nasdaq climbed 0.1%.

E-mini futures for the S&P 500 were down 0.3% in early Asian trading.

This week is off to a quiet start with no major data releases slated on Monday.

Investors will keep their eyes peeled for earnings from IBM and Coca-Cola later in the day. Netflix reports on Tuesday while later in the week American Airlines and Southwest will be the first major post-COVID cyclicals to post results.

The European Central Bank (ECB) meets on Thursday with no changes to rates or guidance expected while preliminary data on factory activity around the globe for April is due on Friday.

Elsewhere, Bitcoin, the world’s biggest cryptocurrency, recouped most of its losses after plunging as much as 14% on Sunday following speculation the U.S. Treasury may be looking at cracking down on money-laundering activity within digital assets, NAB’s Catril said.

Data website CoinMarketCap cited a blackout in China’s Xinjiang region, which reportedly powers a lot of bitcoin mining, for the selloff.

The retreat in Bitcoin also comes after Turkey’s central bank banned the use of cryptocurrencies for purchases on Friday.

Bitcoin is up more than 90% year to date, driven by its mainstream acceptance as an investment and a means of payment, accompanied by the rush of retail cash into stocks, exchange-traded funds and other risky assets.

In currencies, the U.S. dollar loitered near a four-week low against a basket of currencies as investors increasingly bought into the Federal Reserve’s insistence it would keep an accommodative policy stance for a while longer.

The dollar index measuring the greenback against a basket of six currencies was unchanged at 91.612, not far from its lowest since March 18 touched on Friday.

Against the Japanese yen, the greenback was off a touch at 108.72. The euro was a tad lower at $1.1966 while the British pound eased 0.07% to $1.3820.

The risk-sensitive Aussie dollar slipped for a second straight day to be down 0.2% at $0.7715.

In commodities, oil prices were down with the Brent slipping 34 cents to $66.43 a barrel and U.S. crude falling 29 cents to $62.84.

Gold was up 0.2% at $1,779.3 an ounce.

(Editing by Michael Perry)

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Weaver woman killed, 4-year-old hospitalized, suspect dead by suicide

Apr. 18—An Oxford man killed a woman and shot her 4-year-old son in her home north of Weaver Saturday before shooting himself, according to Weaver police.

In a news release made public via Facebook late that night, Weaver police Chief Wayne Bush said Alex Haynes, 21, had confessed to his mother that he had killed his girlfriend, 24-year-old Katlynn Jones, who lived on Juanita Lane.

Police found Jones dead with multiple gunshot and stab wounds while performing a welfare check, Bush said. Her 4-year-old son had been shot in the head but was still alive. The rear door of the home appeared to have been forced open.

Anniston police located Haynes and a pursuit began, moving to Oxford and ending in a Talladega County field. Haynes shot himself, Bush said, and later died as a result of the injury.

Jones’ son was in critical condition at UAB Hospital in Birmingham at the time of the release Saturday night.

Police are still investigating, Bush said.

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Austell police K-9 shot, suspect killed after chase in Douglasville

Apr. 18—A man fled a police checkpoint in Douglasville on Sunday, leading to a police chase that resulted in the shooting and injuring of a police K-9 dog and the death of the suspect, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Douglasville Police Department officers were conducting a driver’s license and safety checkpoint on Chapel Hill Road near its interchange with Interstate 20 exit around 2:07 a.m., the GBI said.

While at the checkpoint, officers saw a vehicle try to avoid police. They began pursuing the vehicle, which then stopped. A male driver exited and ran away.

Police then set up a perimeter and requested assistance from the Austell Police Department’s K-9 unit, the GBI said. During the search, the man was found, and an Austell officer exchanged fire with the suspect.

The Austell K-9, named Jerry Lee, was struck once in his front left leg. Austell police said in a Facebook post that Jerry Lee was shot by the suspect.

The man then ran along a wood line parallel to I-20.

Georgia State Patrol Aviation located the man in the woods near the 6800 block of Douglas Boulevard at approximately 5:08 a.m., the GBI said. Douglas County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team members tried speaking with the man and “during their attempts they reported hearing a gunshot.”

“Officers found the man with a gunshot wound and rendered medical aid,” a GBI news release said. “A handgun was found near his body.”

A GBI spokesperson said it was under investigation on if the man shot himself.

The man, who has not been identified pending notification of next of kin, was taken to Wellstar Douglas Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the GBI said.

An autopsy will be performed by the GBI, which is conducting an independent investigation. Once completed, it will be turned over to the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office for review.

Jerry Lee, the K-9, was transported to a veterinarian and is in stable condition. No other police were injured, the GBI said.

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Analysis-China’s green car credit scheme turns up heat on carbon-emitters

By Yilei Sun and Tony Munroe

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – A policy shift by China’s government is ratcheting up pressure on automakers to hasten development of green vehicles or pay rivals such as Tesla Inc and Chinese startups for green credits.

Regulators are putting more teeth on a system of tradable green car credits to wean the industry off a decade-long policy of subsidies which has helped create some of the biggest companies in the industry.

The system gives automakers credits for selling electric or fuel-efficient vehicles that can offset penalties on their more carbon-intensive models.

The shift has happened fast, catching some global automakers and state-owned Chinese manufacturers flat-footed.

Volkswagen AG, for example, only began counting the cost of Chinese green car credits in 2020 when executives realised they needed more to comply with the requirement for the year, sources familiar with the matter said.

The German automaker, which aims to be a world leader in electric vehicles, had to buy credits from U.S. rival Tesla for its China venture with state-owned FAW Group, sources told Reuters.

FAW-Volkswagen, which sold 2.16 million cars last year, was the biggest negative credit generator in 2019 thanks to its popular gasoline sport-utility vehicles.

Volkswagen told Reuters it was “strategically targeting to be self-compliant” with the rules in China, and would buy credits if required. It declined to comment further.

China has had a green-car credit system since 2017 but fuel-efficiency standards tightened significantly last year and many manufacturers failed to comply, according to preliminary 2020 credit data published by MIIT.

Electric vehicle sales were lower in 2020 than policymakers had expected, explaining the credit deficit, Haitong International analyst Shi Ji said.

“We suggest automakers with large gasoline car sales volume will accelerate electrification,” Shi said.

All six major state-owned auto groups are struggling to comply with the credit system, the chairman of state-owned automaker Changan, Zhu Huarong, said in January.

Changan, which has a venture with Ford, lost 4,000 yuan ($611.86) per car because it needed to buy credits or sell unprofitable EVs, he told an industry conference.

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In modified rules starting this year, regulators also raised the standards for electric vehicles to qualify for credits and introduced new standards such as EV power efficiency.

Policymakers are considering further tightening the credit system and are expected to roll out rules for commercial vehicles this year, said sources familiar with the process, who declined to be named.

Driving the changes are officials at China’s finance ministry, who want to shift government funding to other industries such as semiconductors, according to officials’ speeches and people with understanding of policy discussions.

China’s finance ministry and industry ministry did not respond to requests for comment.

Subsidies helped a swathe of Chinese EV makers including BYD and Nio Inc improve products and boost sales. Chinese EV technology suppliers were buoyed as well. Battery maker CATL became one of world’s top battery makers, competing with established players such as Panasonic and LG Chem.

Beijing hopes the compliance system will consolidate China’s lead in electric vehicles, with credit trading meant to encourage automakers that have been slow to develop electric cars to support EV startups, sources said.

Tesla, the leading electric vehicle maker, is the top green credit generator in China, according to MIIT. Tesla reported receiving $1.58 billion from credit sales last year globally.

Automakers under compliance pressure include Geely, General Motor Co’s China tie-up with SAIC Motor, Daimler AG’s partnership with BAIC Motor, another Volkswagen venture with SAIC Motor.

Geely, Daimler, GM all told Reuters they will manage the credits between different ventures and will comply with the rules by expanding electric lineup in next years.

Geely President An Conghui said the group was compliant thanks to roll-over credits from previous years and new electric models, and would not buy credits from external companies.

Daimler and GM both said they planned to expand their ranges of electric vehicles in China.

(Reporting by Yilei Sun and Tony Munroe; Editing by Stephen Coates)

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Former police detective named as suspect in Austin shooting which left three dead

There was a heavy police presence at the scene of Sunday’s shooting

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Three people were shot dead on Sunday in Austin, Texas as the manhunt continues for the gunman who fled the scene.

Police identified Stephen Nicholas Broderick, 41, as the suspect, and said that he is armed and dangerous. It is unknown if he fled on foot or in a vehicle.

Local residents were advised to shelter in place during the incident. Police later described it as a domestic situation, but said the scene as “very active” on Twitter.

First responders found three adults, two Hispanic women and a Black man, with gunshot wounds. They were pronounced dead at the scene. A preliminary investigation indicated that the suspect knew the victims.

Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services said there were no reports of further victims.

Mr Broderick is a former Travis County Sheriff’s Office detective and was charged with the sexual assault of a child in June 2020, according to KXAN.

He was placed on administrative leave and taken into custody at Travis County jail on a $100,000 bond.

Following the shooting, there was a huge police presence on the scene near the junction Great Hills Trail and Rain Creek Parkway in the Arboretum area of the city. A heavily-armed SWAT team in military fatigues was part of the response.

The incident occurred shortly before noon at an apartment complex, a few blocks from a strip mall and Trader Joe’s grocery store.

Interim chief of police Joseph Chacon says that a child was involved, but is safe and now in custody.

A number of roads were closed off in the area and people asked to report any suspicious activity as the hunt for the suspect continues.

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Three people dead in ‘active shooting incident’ in Austin, Texas

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George Floyd killing: protests flare as Americans await verdict in Chauvin trial

Outcome is expected to resonate nationwide, particularly in cities that have seen continuing demonstrations over police violence Protesters rally outside Brooklyn Center police department a day after Daunte Wright was shot and killed by a police officer, in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, on 12 April. Photograph: Leah Millis/Reuters Protests against police killings flared across the US this weekend, from Minneapolis to Chicago to Portland, as Americans wait for a verdict in the trial of the white police officer charged with murdering George Floyd last year. Closing arguments are expected in the Derek Chauvin trial on Monday. The most serious charge the former Minneapolis officer is facing in Floyd’s death is second-degree murder, but the jury might choose to find him guilty on third-degree murder or manslaughter, or acquit him altogether. Chauvin has pleaded not guilty to murder and manslaughter charges, arguing that he was following the training he received during his 19 years on the force. Benjamin Crump, a civil rights attorney representing the families of Floyd and Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old shot to death in Brooklyn Center, a suburb of Minneapolis, by a white police officer during a traffic stop on 11 April, as the Chauvin trial played out, said guilty verdict for Chauvin could set a precedent in the US. “The outcome that we pray for and Derek Chauvin is for him to be held criminally liable for killing George Floyd, because we believe that could be a precedent,” Crump told ABC’s This Week on Sunday. “Finally making America live up to its promise of liberty and justice for all. That means all of us – Black people, Hispanic people, Native people – all of us.” Maxine Waters, one of the most influential Black members of Congress, joined protesters in Brooklyn Center shortly before a curfew on Saturday night, and spoke to them about the need to see accountability for Chauvin. “I hope that we’re going to get a verdict that says, guilty, guilty, guilty,” Waters said. “And if we don’t, we cannot go away.” “Not manslaughter, no,” Waters added. “This is guilty for murder.” Minneapolis is braced for potential citywide protests if Chauvin is acquitted or convicted on one of the lesser charges, with buildings across town boarded up, and National Guard troops already in place across the city. The outcome in the case is expected to resonate nationwide, particularly in cities that have seen continuing demonstrations over police violence. In Chicago, at least 1,000 people demonstrated in Logan Square on Friday night, in the wake of the public release of a video showing the police killing of 13-year-old Adam Toledo. Activist groups in Chicago there said that multiple young people at the protest were arrested and at least one 17-year-old seriously assaulted by police. Two young people were arrested, including the 20-year-old son of a Black Lives Matter Chicago organizer, according to the Chicago Tribune. “There are literal children dying every single day in the city of Chicago, and not just because of the lack of funding that goes to Black and Brown communities, but because of the excess funding put into the Chicago police department,” said Alycia Kamil, a 20-year-old organizer with Good Kids Mad City, who attended the Friday night protest. Kamil said there was an obvious irony in seeing violent police crackdowns on young protesters in Chicago and elsewhere. “You see youth protesting that they aren’t being protected, that they aren’t being funded, that they’re being murdered by the police, and the reaction is more violence,” Kamil said. Hundreds of people were expected to gather on Sunday for a “peace walk” in Little Village, the predominantly Latino south-west Chicago neighborhood where Adam lived and was killed. Other vigils were being held around the city to call out racism, and remember Adam and others killed by police. A man faces the Minnesota state troopers standing guard outside the Brooklyn Center police station after a police officer shot and killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright in Minneapolis, Minnesota on 12 April. Photograph: Kerem Yucel/AFP/Getty Images In Portland, the fatal police shooting of Robert Douglas Delgado, a 46-year-old white man and longtime resident, sparked new volatile protests on Friday night. The protests in Brooklyn Center, a suburb of Minneapolis, was quieter on Saturday night. In an apparent change in police tactics from earlier in the week, officers did not appear en masse to confront protesters. The police headquarters was shielded behind a double layer of fencing. Minnesota governor Tim Walz had spoken out earlier on Saturday, calling the reports of police violence towards journalists at Brooklyn Center earlier in the week “unacceptable”. Dozens of American news organizations had signed onto a letter Saturday outlining “widespread intimidation, violence and other misconduct directed at journalists” who have been covering the protests in Minnesota, including the treatment of a CNN reporter who was thrown to the ground and arrested. As she was being detained, a Minnesota state trooper reportedly yelled at the reporter, who is Asian American, “Do you speak English?” Chauvin himself chose not testify at his trial, which featured 10 days of evidence by the prosecution against him, including hours of meticulous testimony by Dr Martin Tobin, and only two days of witnesses called by Chauvin’s defense. Waters, a California congresswoman, said she had come from Washington to Minneapolis to join the protesters who have demonstrated for a week over the killing of Wright as the Chauvin trial played out. “We all need to sustain this movement,” Waters told the crowd. “We cannot stop, we cannot hesitate, but we must say every day, every hour that we are going to persist.” The California congresswoman also noted that she had been pushing for police reform since the 1970s, when she spoke out over the killing of Eula Love, a Black mother in Los Angeles. While she would like to see Congress pass police reform legislation, Waters said, she was not certain it would get through: “The rightwing, the racists, are opposed to it.” “I know this,” she added. “We’ve got to stay in the street.” Oliver Laughland contributed reporting.