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Lance Armstrong’s Texas bike shop ditches $300K contract with Austin police, allegedly because cops used bikes to control Black Lives Matter protests

A bicycle shop Lance Armstrong founded announced that it’s ditching a contract with the Austin, Texas, police department to provide bikes for officers, the
Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

The website for Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop notes that the business is Armstrong’s “brainchild,” and a 2019 report said he’s co-owner.

What are the details?

The bike shop made an announcement last week on social media that it’s walking away from the $314,000 contract several years early amid “the current evaluation of community policing in Austin” and because “businesses can no longer be non-participants in the communities they serve. We chose what we think will do the most to suture these divides and place our community on the right side of history,” KXAN-TV reported.

The station said Austin police used bicycles to keep protestors in one area at Black Lives Matter protests downtown.

Image source: KXAN-TV video screenshot

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According to a now-deleted Facebook post, that’s why the bike shop wanted to stop doing business with police. The post was written by an account with the same name as an Austin police officer whose name is on the contract with Mellow Johnny’s. It said shop employees didn’t like that the bikes were being used as a crowd management tool during the protests.

But Mellow Johnny’s statement didn’t include specific references to the recent protests, the station said.

“Our entire employee group was engaged in this dialogue, and we delved deep into our community to understand how we could best do our part to keep our customers safe and this city moving in the right direction,” the shop’s statement also said. “These are certainly trying times and we understand people will object to any decision made along these lines.”

The shop also noted that “we are not anti-police. We do believe our local police force will protect us from the very threats we are receiving right now.”

Anything else?

KXAN said Mellow Johnny’s three-year contract with police began in 2019 and stipulated that the department would spend more than $300,000 over five years to purchase bicycles from the shop; it included two renewal options. The city has spent about $52,000 so far, the station said.

“We wish this entire community peace and progress and togetherness at the conclusion of these trying times,” the shop’s statement added. “And we intend to be a part of the discourse, struggle, and growth for Austin, as we have since we opened our doors in 2008.”

Armstrong’s legendary status as arguably the greatest competitive cyclist ever was tarnished by a doping scandal, after which he was stripped of multiple Tour de France titles. As for Armstrong’s views on the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of George Floyd’s death in the hands of police in late May, he posted the following on Twitter:

(H/T: The Daily Wire)

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Videos capture Portland rioters bent on burning police precincts coming for neighborhoods, setting dumpster fires. One US flag-caped woman intervenes.

Rioters converged on Portland neighborhoods on Tuesday evening, chanting, “Every city, every town. Burn the precincts to the ground.”

In at least one video of the fiery carnage, an unidentified woman in an American flag cape attempts to quell at least one street fire. Other videos show burning dumpsters and reports allege that shots were even fired at one point during the melee.

The new developments come on Day 68 of protests, riots, and demonstrations following the police killing of George Floyd on May 25 in Minneapolis.

What are the details?

As highlighted Wednesday by
The Daily Wire, an unruly mob marched through the Oregon city’s streets and into neighborhoods insisting that they would burn down police precincts until police-community relations changed.

“Every city, every town, burn the precincts to the ground,” the group mindlessly
chanted while attempting to set buildings on fire by any means possible.

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KOIN-TV reporter Hannah Ray Lambert was at the scene, where she caught some of the vandalism attempts on video, including a dumpster fire in the middle of the street.

Other videos captured several attempts to burn down city structures.

“Dumpster on fire in the middle of the street,” Lambert shared.

“Some people put flaming cardboard up against the building,” Lambert
later revealed in a tweet. “Then the person in [a] flag cape started putting it out. Some people yelled that they were a cop.”

A woman can, indeed, be seen marching up to the burning cardboard, which was laid up against a building, and began dismantling the burning heap by stamping it out and separating the pieces.

The crowd immediately began booing and shouting for her to stop extinguishing the fire, but she refused.

The unnamed woman then turned to the crowd and demanded, “Stop hurting us!”

Some of the crowd then insisted that the woman was a cop. She fired back, “I could be a cop! … I wish I was!”

Other demonstrators who appear to be with the woman — or at least agree with her actions — were also seen dumping water bottles on the smoldering embers.

(Content warning: Rough language):

Reports of gunfire in the area

KOIN also reported that several shots rang out near North Mobile Avenue in the city, and then again a second time approximately 15 minutes later near North Lombard Street, near the Portland Police Association office.

The station reported no injuries as a result of the shots fired, but pointed out that a vehicle was struck.

‘May subject you to use of crowd control agents and/or impact weapons’

In a statement, the Portland Police Department said that the rioting would not be tolerated, and that demonstrators would be subject to any and all crowd control tactics if necessary.

“Some people in the crowd on N. Lombard St. and N. Campbell Ave. are involved in criminal activity,” the statement
read. “It appears these people are trying to break into the Portland Police Association office. To those attempting to break into and/or damage the Portland Police Association building: Stop now or you may be cited, arrested, or subject to use of force. If you are at this location to peacefully protest, know this criminal behavior is occurring and leave the area now.”

The department insisted that the situation outside of the Portland Police Association office was a riot at the time, and ordered congregants to immediately leave the area.

“Failure to comply with this order may subject you to citation or arrest, and may subject you to use of crowd control agents and/or impact weapons,” the statement
added.

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A&E viewership tanks after network axes ‘Live PD’ amid nationwide police brutality protests

A&E Network ratings have dropped nearly 50% following the network’s announcement it would be canceling its much-loved police reality show, “Live PD.”

What’s a brief history?

The network opted to cancel the show in June amid the ongoing police brutality protests in the U.S., which were spurred on by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in late May.

At the time of the cancellation, the network said, “This is a critical time in our nation’s history and we have made the decision to cease production on Live PD. Going forward, we will determine if there is a clear pathway to tell the stories of both the community and the police officers whose role it is to serve them.”

What are the details?

A&E’s decision to cancel the show has had a significantly negative impact on the network.

A Friday report from The Wall Street Journal notes that the show, before its cancellation, averaged 1.9 million viewers on Friday and Saturday nights.

Now, however, during the period immediately following the network’s cancellation — June 11 through July 19 — viewership on Friday and Saturday nights was 498,000 in the key demographic of adults ages 25 to 54 years.

Just before the network announced the cancellation of the hit show, A&E’s primetime viewership was up 4%, the outlet reports, citing relevant Nielsen data.

Following the cancellation, however, A&E saw its daily viewership drop 36% when compared to the same time in 2019.

A report from The Hollywood Reporter reveals that the network had run 298 episodes since its 2016 premiere, and had 160 more episodes contracted to air.

The outlet reported that on the days leading up to the cancellation, network and production executives “decided that for a variety of reasons, ranging from the current political moment to keeping crew members safe in the field amid clashes between police and protesters,” that the show would no longer air.

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