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‘Dangerous’: Around World, Police Chokeholds Scrutinized

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In this May 26, 2019, file photo, police detain a woman during a yellow vest protest with other groups in Brussels. The death of George Floyd has renewed scrutiny of immobilization techniques long used in policing around the world. (AP Photo / Francisco Seco, File)

Three days after George Floyd died with a Minneapolis police officer choking off his air, another black man writhed on the tarmac of a street in Paris as a police officer pressed a knee to his neck during an arrest. 

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In this May 26, 2019, file photo, police detain a woman during a yellow vest protest with other groups in Brussels. The death of George Floyd has renewed scrutiny of immobilization techniques long used in policing around the world. (AP Photo / Francisco Seco, File)

‘Let’s Get it Done’: Lightfoot Demands More Police Reform Amid Unrest

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A screenshot from Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s “State of the City” address on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. (Chicago Mayor’s Office / Facebook)

In an address Tuesday night, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot outlined reforms based on improving police training, officer wellness and community relations she said are “critical to resolving our crisis.”

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A screenshot from Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s “State of the City” address on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. (Chicago Mayor’s Office / Facebook)

June 2, 2020 - Full Show

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Watch the June 2, 2020 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”

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Curfews Give Sweeping Powers to Cops, But Are Often Flouted

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Chicago Police officers and protesters clash during a protest over the death of George Floyd in Chicago, Saturday, May 30, 2020. Floyd died after being taken into custody and restrained by Minneapolis police on Memorial Day in Minnesota. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh)

Hundreds of cities have imposed curfews to keep the peace during a week of violent unrest across the U.S., employing a tactic that gives law enforcement sweeping arrest powers but is frequently criticized as being unconstitutional.

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Chicago Police officers and protesters clash during a protest over the death of George Floyd in Chicago, Saturday, May 30, 2020. Floyd died after being taken into custody and restrained by Minneapolis police on Memorial Day in Minnesota. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh)

#BlackBirdersWeek Sends the Message That Nature Is for Everyone

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Biologist Amber Wendler is among those taking part in #BlackBirdersWeek. (@amberwendler / Twitter)

The social media campaign running through Friday was founded by 30 African American scientists, birders and nature lovers as a response to the racism encountered by birder Christian Cooper in New York’s Central Park.

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Biologist Amber Wendler is among those taking part in #BlackBirdersWeek. (@amberwendler / Twitter)

How to Clean Your Cloth Face Covering

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Cloth face coverings should be washed after each use. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shares tips on how to get yours squeaky clean. 

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Faith Leaders, Activists Call for Peaceful Protests, Reform

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James Norwood, 53, of the suburb of South Holland, came to the Saturday, May 30, 2020 protest with his daughter Hannah. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)

Following days of violence and looting throughout the city and county, a group of faith leaders, community activists and politicians are urging peaceful protests while calling for reform. “There’s a way we can resist constructively,” said Jahmal Cole.

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James Norwood, 53, of the suburb of South Holland, came to the Saturday, May 30, 2020 protest with his daughter Hannah. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)

Lightfoot: Chicago Will Reopen Wednesday as Scheduled

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A business in Edison Park on Chicago’s Northwest Side tries to catch the attention of passersby during the pandemic. (WTTW News)

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she made the decision only after speaking with business owners, chambers of commerce and city officials, all of whom she said were fully behind moving into phase three of the state’s Restore Illinois plan.

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A business in Edison Park on Chicago’s Northwest Side tries to catch the attention of passersby during the pandemic. (WTTW News)

Protesters Invoke Different Names to Decry Police Treatment

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In this May 29, 2020, file photo, demonstrators march in Oakland, Calif. protesting the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo / Noah Berger, File

In Baltimore, protesters shouted the name of Freddie Gray. In Topeka, Kansas, T-shirts were emblazoned with the name of Dominique White. Protesters used their names to drive home the point that Floyd is part of a larger story about the dangers of being black in the U.S.

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In this May 29, 2020, file photo, demonstrators march in Oakland, Calif. protesting the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo / Noah Berger, File

Democratic Governors Reject Trump’s Call to Send in Military

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President Donald Trump walks in Lafayette Park to visit outside St. John’s Church across from the White House Monday, June 1, 2020, in Washington. Part of the church was set on fire during protests on Sunday night. (AP Photo / Patrick Semansky)

Several Democratic governors, including Gov. J.B. Pritzker, pushed back against President Donald Trump’s threat to deploy the U.S. military unless they dispatch National Guard units to “dominate the streets” in reaction to violence.

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President Donald Trump walks in Lafayette Park to visit outside St. John’s Church across from the White House Monday, June 1, 2020, in Washington. Part of the church was set on fire during protests on Sunday night. (AP Photo / Patrick Semansky)

Residents Assess Damage in Aftermath of Looting on South Side, Loop

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Pastor Cornelius Parks of the First Bethel Missionary Baptist Church speaks with “Chicago Tonight” on Monday, June 1, 2020. (WTTW News)

Chicago is cleaning up from a weekend of protests, violence and looting. We check in with residents, business owners and officials on the South Side and in the Loop to talk about recovery efforts and more.

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Pastor Cornelius Parks of the First Bethel Missionary Baptist Church speaks with “Chicago Tonight” on Monday, June 1, 2020. (WTTW News)

Aurora Businesses Starting to Reopen Hit by Demonstration Damage

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A scene from downtown Aurora on Monday, June 1, 2020. (WTTW News)

Businesses in downtown Aurora were just beginning to reopen under Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan. Then they were hit by property damage and theft after peaceful protests on Sunday turned destructive. 

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A scene from downtown Aurora on Monday, June 1, 2020. (WTTW News)

Ald. Brendan Reilly: Chicago Will Still Partially Reopen Wednesday

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Boarded-up storefronts in the Loop on Monday, June 1, 2020 show damage caused by looting over the weekend. (WTTW News)

The city plans to allow outdoor dining, barbershops and limited retail to resume operations Wednesday, more than two months after they were shuttered by COVID-19 and after widespread looting devastated the city.

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Boarded-up storefronts in the Loop on Monday, June 1, 2020 show damage caused by looting over the weekend. (WTTW News)

Riot or Rebellion: Why Peaceful Protests Can Become Violent

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A chaotic scene in downtown Chicago on the evening of Saturday, May 30, 2020. (Hugo Balta / WTTW News)

The line between peaceful political protest and chaotic violence can be become blurred in an instant. Activist Jahmal Cole and educator Reuben Jonathan Miller of the University of Chicago weigh in.

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A chaotic scene in downtown Chicago on the evening of Saturday, May 30, 2020. (Hugo Balta / WTTW News)

Protests Raise Questions About Police-Community Relations in Chicago

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A protester faces off against police in Chicago on Saturday, May 30, 2020. (Hugo Balta / WTTW News)

The killing of George Floyd has brought the conversation about policing people of color in America front and center — again. What can be done to change the relationship between the police and the people they are sworn to serve and protect?

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A protester faces off against police in Chicago on Saturday, May 30, 2020. (Hugo Balta / WTTW News)

Pritzker Calls Up 250 More Guardsmen to Assist Local Law Enforcement

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announces a shelter-in-place rule to combat the spread of the Covid-19 virus, during a news conference Friday, March 20, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo / Charles Rex Arbogast)

A “surge of destructive action” across Illinois prompted Gov. J.B. Pritzker to issue a disaster proclamation Monday for nine counties and deploy additional state police and National Guard members. 

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announces a shelter-in-place rule to combat the spread of the Covid-19 virus, during a news conference Friday, March 20, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo / Charles Rex Arbogast)

Illinois Man Charged With Taking Explosives to Chicago, Minneapolis Protests

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An ATM in the Loop is destroyed and windows are smashed on Saturday, May 30, 2020. (Hugo Balta / WTTW News)

A 28-year-old man who took part in weekend protests in Chicago and Minneapolis is facing federal criminal charges after he allegedly handed out explosives and encouraged others to “light that b***h and throw it” at police officers.

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An ATM in the Loop is destroyed and windows are smashed on Saturday, May 30, 2020. (Hugo Balta / WTTW News)