Democratic lawmakers are outraged at a video showing a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on the neck of a handcuffed African-American man and ignoring his protests that he couldn't breathe. George Floyd later died, and State Representative Rena Moran says it was like watching Philando Castile take his last breath: "To see George Floyd take his last breaths and asking for mercy. I don't know how you legislate humanity. I don't know how you do that." Moran says Democrats brought forward recommendations but could not get agreement from the Senate. Republican leaders declined to comment.
Officials have ruled that a fire at a Minneapolis mosque on Monday was accidental. But Jaylani Hussein with the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Minnesota) is still concerned about false social media reports that mosques have remained open during COVID-19: "Mosques have been following the guidelines just like any other faith-based organization, mosques have actually closed earlier than the initial order came down, so this is definitely a tragic anti-Muslim agenda trying to drive a wedge between the Muslim community and others." Hussein says there's been an uptick in hate crimes targeting the Muslim community. Late last month [...]