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Nationwide outrage in the wake of George Floyd
Tensions are high across the nation as protesters continue to demand for justice in the name of George Floyd. Thousands of people have been arrested during the past few days of demonstrations and at least 5 people have been killed. Protests began peacefully in the Twin Cities and quickly spread to other major metropolises across the country, but they have turned violent. Tensions between police and demonstrators began to escalate. Law enforcement officials said outside extremist groups are responsible for at least some of the violence.
Protests at the White House
President Trump was taken to a White House bunker during Friday night's protests outside the executive mansion. Secret Service Agents rushed him there as some of the demonstrators were throwing bricks, bottles and even fireworks, and tugging at police barricades. Trump spent nearly an hour in the underground shelter, which was designed for use in emergencies like terrorist attacks.
Mostly peaceful protest held over the weekend in Lubbock
A couple hundred people came out to protest over the weekend at the Tim Cole Memorial on 19th and University. The demonstrators remained mostly non violent with chants of George Floyd's name and supportive honks from cars passing by. The weekend of civil demonstration was interrupted by one chaotic event Saturday evening. A man with a rifle identified as 25 years old Emmanuel Quinones showed up. He was tackled by Ezequiel Cantu Valderas, someone who organizers claim was actually counter-protesting beforehand. Both were arrested and an L.P.D. officer was taken to the hospital.
Gov. Abbott sends out National Guard
Governor Abbott activated the National Guard because of protest violence in cities around Texas. He also sent more than 1,500 state troopers to Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin to help control protests. About 200 people were arrested in Houston and four officers were injured during protests. In Dallas, protesters blocked an interstate and one officer was injured. Police in both cities used pepper spray and tear gas to disperse crowds that numbered in the hundreds.
NASA and SpaceX make history
This past weekend was the first time in nearly nine years NASA astronauts launched into space from American soil. It was also the first time ever a commercially owned and operated vehicle took them there. Texas Tech alum, Ginger Kerrick, Deputy Director of the exploration, Integration and Science Directorate at NASA helped lead the mission. She hopes she inspires others at Texas Tech that it is possible to land your dream career.
City of Lubbock confirms one new COVID-19 case Sunday
The City of Lubbock confirmed one new case of Coronavirus yesterday. That brings the total number of cases in Lubbock County to 692 with 171 active and 471 listed as recovered. The number of deaths remains at 50.
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