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NYPD Disbands Anti-Crime Unit; Shake Shack Probe: Protest Wrap

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NYPD Disbands Anti-Crime Unit; Shake Shack Probe: Protest Wrap

(Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump said he’ll sign an executive order on policing on Tuesday. The NYPD will disband its anti-crime unit, reassigning 600 plainclothes officers to other parts of the force. And officials in New York, California and Colorado moved to increase police accountability and limit officers’ use of deadly force.

NYPD said there was “no criminality by Shake Shack’s employees” after an investigation into an incident where three NYPD officers were taken to a local hospital after ingesting what they believed to be a bleach-like substance in their milkshakes at a Shake Shack in Manhattan. A police union had earlier said they were “intentionally poisoned.” Shake Shack, which earlier said it was cooperating with the probe, said in response to the finding of no criminality that their team “is working hard to get the full picture” of what happened and is “relieved to hear the officers are all okay.”

Statues continue to be a flashpoint, with protesters in America, Britain and Belgium tearing down and defacing monuments to famous people with sometimes infamous histories on race. A man was shot Monday in Albuquerque, New Mexico, during a protest event connected to one such statue, local police said.

Protesters were trying to tear down a statue of Spanish conquistador Juan de Oñate outside the Albuquerque Museum, according to local media reports, when at least four shots were fired. Some members of an armed militia group were later arrested, according to a local TV station and a New York Times reporter on scene. It’s unclear who fired the shots, and police said the FBI was helping to interview people involved. The city is taking the sculpture down for now as an “urgent matter of public safety,” Mayor Tim Keller said.

In Atlanta, the fatal June 12 shooting of a black man by a white police officer fueled outrage over deaths involving law enforcements’ use of force, weeks after George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis sparked global protests. Rayshard Brooks, 27, was shot twice in the back as he tried to flee during an arrest. The city’s police chief resigned hours after the killing, and the officer was fired. An autopsy released Sunday determined the death was a homicide.

In Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Monday announced a community working group to review and revise its police department’s use-of-force policy, marking the latest public safety reform effort since Floyd’s killing.

Money is flowing into the cause. More than $90 million was raised in two weeks for bail funds, the New York Times reported. Not all is going to the intended recipients. Buzzfeed on Monday reported millions of dollars have been raised for the Black Lives Matter Foundation, which isn’t affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement.

Key developments:

Juneteenth Becomes a Paid Holiday for Target, J.C. PenneyTrump Says He’s Planning Crackdown on Seattle ProtestersNew York Police Now Obligated To Report When Weapons FiredSenate’s Scott Says Time’s Running Out for Police Reform BillNYPD Will Disband Its Citywide Plainclothes Anti-Crime Teams

Here’s the latest from Bloomberg’s QuickTake:

Protesters react with anger to the Atlanta incident.

Large protests continued Sunday in Brooklyn.

A protest in California halts traffic.

Thousands gathered in protests in Brazil over the weekend.

London statues

Emmanuel Macron said France won’t take down any statue.

(Updates with Shake Shack response to finding of “no criminality” by its employees in 2nd paragraph.)

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