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Floatation tank therapy has become immensely popular the world over simply because of the impact that it has on people. Floatation therapy which is basically a ‘friendly form’ of sensory deprivation, in essence, allows the brain to take a break from routine tasks.

These routine tasks are the inputs that are received by our brain through our sensory apparatus (skin that detects temperature changes, ears that loads sound waves, nostrils that detect smells, eyes that process vision). Our brain then goes about processing the inputs at incredible speeds that even supercomputers will not be able to perform.

This is a constant process that goes on 24/ 7 keeping our brain preoccupied with the environment around us throughout its existence. This is due to the direct function of the brain to remain alert at all times that takes place subconsciously and when conditions are not right or to our liking our bodies began to produce stress hormones which include cortisol and adrenaline which in turn cause a series of chemical-related chaos within us.

Excess cortisol and adrenaline have been linked to a wide variety of stress-related symptoms which among others include stress, manic depression, anxiety, low tolerance for pain and burnout. These ailments could be effectively subdued via floatation tank therapy based on observations from a large number of clinical trials across the globe.

The negative mental states introduced by stress-based ailments which are largely due to excess of these hormones in our systems usually lead to bad eating and sleeping habits. When individuals practice bad eating and sleeping habits, the toll that it takes on their biological conditions goes on an exponential negative tangent.

Hence it becomes absolutely critical that the mind is given a break from ‘external stimuli’ in order for it to be sent into a state of ‘deep relaxation’ where it would be able to recalibrate itself and everything else that the brain controls – which is our very existence.

This is why float tanks has become such a phenomenal success as when individuals submit to floatation therapy which basically means entering into a pod that is filled with Epsom salt that limits the impact of gravity on their bodies and the pod itself acts as a ‘blotter of external stimuli’ individual start to experience a feeling of weightlessness and with most of their sensory apparatus being deprived of stimuli, they easily fall into a meditative state where the brain alters its ‘functional frequency ‘into a lower state.

When this happens a process of inner ‘healing’ is triggered that lead to better mental clarity, better tolerance to pain, higher levels of energy, better moods and better just about everything. It is due to this reason that people who suffer from stress, anxiety, depression, women with PMS discomfort, those facing issues with gout or arthritis or even those who contend with severe headaches or chronic pain benefit from floatation therapy.

It is because of this that medical professionals across the globe frequently recommend sensory deprivation as part of the healing process for a wide range of ailments.

With a knack for storytelling, Evan started News Brig about a year ago. Covering substantial topics under the Sports,, he helps information seep in deeper with creative writing and content management skills.

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Amid the COVID-19 crisis and the looming economic recession, the Sports Fishing Equipment market worldwide will grow by a projected US$2.7 Billion, during the analysis period

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Amid the COVID-19 crisis and the looming economic recession, the Automotive Aftermarket Appearance Chemicals market worldwide will grow by a projected US$772.2 Million, during the analysis period

NEW YORK, June 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ —

Amid the COVID-19 crisis and the looming economic recession, the Sports Fishing Equipment market worldwide will grow by a projected US$2.7 Billion, during the analysis period, driven by a revised compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.3%. Rods, Reels, & Poles, one of the segments analyzed and sized in this study, is forecast to grow at over 2.2% and reach a market size of US$7.9 Billion by the end of the analysis period. An unusual period in history, the coronavirus pandemic has unleashed a series of unprecedented events affecting every industry. The Rods, Reels, & Poles market will be reset to a new normal which going forwards in a post COVID-19 era will be continuously redefined and redesigned. Staying on top of trends and accurate analysis is paramount now more than ever to manage uncertainty, change and continuously adapt to new and evolving market conditions.

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As part of the new emerging geographic scenario, the United States is forecast to readjust to a 1.4% CAGR. Within Europe, the region worst hit by the pandemic, Germany will add over US$57.8 Million to the region’s size over the next 7 to 8 years. In addition, over US$68.3 Million worth of projected demand in the region will come from Rest of European markets. In Japan, the Rods, Reels, & Poles segment will reach a market size of US$394 Million by the close of the analysis period. Blamed for the pandemic, significant political and economic challenges confront China. Amid the growing push for decoupling and economic distancing, the changing relationship between China and the rest of the world will influence competition and opportunities in the Sports Fishing Equipment market. Against this backdrop and the changing geopolitical, business and consumer sentiments, the world’s second largest economy will grow at 4.8% over the next couple of years and add approximately US$931 Million in terms of addressable market opportunity. Continuous monitoring for emerging signs of a possible new world order post-COVID-19 crisis is a must for aspiring businesses and their astute leaders seeking to find success in the now changing Sports Fishing Equipment market landscape. All research viewpoints presented are based on validated engagements from influencers in the market, whose opinions supersede all other research methodologies.

Competitors identified in this market include, among others, AFTCO Mfg. Co., Inc.; Daiwa Corporation; Eagle Claw Fishing Tackle Co.; Eppinger Mfg. Co.; Gamakatsu Co., Ltd.; Grandt Industries, Inc.; Jim Teeny, Inc.; Koppers Fishing; O. Mustad & Son A.S.; Okuma Fishing Tackle Corporation; Plano Synergy Holdings, Inc.; PRADCO Outdoor Brands, Inc.; Pure Fishing, Inc.; Rapala VMC Corporation; Sea Masterenterprise Co., Ltd.; Shimano, Inc.; Taylor Fly Fishing; TICA Fishing Tackle

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SPORTS FISHING EQUIPMENT MCP-1
MARKET ANALYSIS, TRENDS, AND FORECASTS, JUNE 2
CONTENTS

I. INTRODUCTION, METHODOLOGY & REPORT SCOPE

II. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY


1. MARKET OVERVIEW

Impact of Covid-19 and a Looming Global Recession Recent Market Activity Sports Fishing Equipment: Meeting the Ever-Changing Needs of Recreational Fishing, the Healthful Pastime Myriad Health and Well-Being Benefits of Recreational Fishing Drive Widespread Adoption of Fishing Equipment Key Health and Well-Being Benefits of Recreational Fishing Ranked in the Order of Importance Global Market Outlook Lures, Flies, & Baits: The Fastest Growing Segment Global Competitor Market Shares Sports Fishing Equipment Competitor Market Share Scenario Worldwide (in %): 2018 & 2029

2. FOCUS ON SELECT PLAYERS
3. MARKET TRENDS & DRIVERS

Steady Proliferation of Connected Electronic Fishing Devices Drive Healthy Market Growth Select Innovative Electronic Sports Fishing-Related Products AngLR Tracker for Fishing Rod FishSentry Connected Fishing Rods PowerRay Underwater Robot Marcum Recon 5 Underwater Camera FLIR Ocean Scout TK Night-Vision Camera Passion for Outdoors and the Drive to Preserve Nature Drive Demand from the Millennials Population Global Millennial Population Facts & Figures: Important Opportunity Indicators Disruptive Technologies that Transformed the Sports Fishing Boats over the Years Surging Popularity of Kayak Fishing Benefits Market Expansion Increasing Disposable Incomes to Propel Sports Fishing Equipment Sales Surging Interest in Fishing among Women Opens Up Growth Avenues Airbomb: A Revolutionary Mid-Air Baiting Device Shimano Develops World’s Most Advanced Fishing Reel Lures Mimic Sounds of Fish Lures with Characteristic Wobbling Action Bait Covers More Water to Find Feeding Fish 3D Printed Fishing Bobbers Recent ARC Fishing Innovations Advancements in Fly Fishing Reels Innovative Fishing Accessories Other Innovative Fishing Rods, Lures and Reels

4. GLOBAL MARKET PERSPECTIVE

Table 1: Sports Fishing Equipment Global Market Estimates and Forecasts in US$ Million by Region/Country: 2020-2027 Table 2: Sports Fishing Equipment Global Retrospective Market Scenario in US$ Million by Region/Country: 2012-2019 Table 3: Sports Fishing Equipment Market Share Shift across Key Geographies Worldwide: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 Table 4: Rods, Reels, & Poles (Product Segment) World Market by Region/Country in US$ Million: 2020 to 2027 Table 5: Rods, Reels, & Poles (Product Segment) Historic Market Analysis by Region/Country in US$ Million: 2012 to 2019 Table 6: Rods, Reels, & Poles (Product Segment) Market Share Breakdown of Worldwide Sales by Region/Country: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 Table 7: Lures, Flies, & Baits (Product Segment) Potential Growth Markets Worldwide in US$ Million: 2020 to 2027 Table 8: Lures, Flies, & Baits (Product Segment) Historic Market Perspective by Region/Country in US$ Million: 2012 to 2019 Table 9: Lures, Flies, & Baits (Product Segment) Market Sales Breakdown by Region/Country in Percentage: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 Table 10: Fishing Lines (Product Segment) Geographic Market Spread Worldwide in US$ Million: 2020 to 2027 Table 11: Fishing Lines (Product Segment) Region Wise Breakdown of Global Historic Demand in US$ Million: 2012 to 2019 Table 12: Fishing Lines (Product Segment) Market Share Distribution in Percentage by Region/Country: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 Table 13: Fishing Hooks (Product Segment) World Market Estimates and Forecasts by Region/Country in US$ Million: 2
to 2027 Table 14: Fishing Hooks (Product Segment) Market Historic Review by Region/Country in US$ Million: 2012 to 2019 Table 15: Fishing Hooks (Product Segment) Market Share Breakdown by Region/Country: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 Table 16: Other Product Segments (Product Segment) World Market by Region/Country in US$ Million: 2020 to 2027 Table 17: Other Product Segments (Product Segment) Historic Market Analysis by Region/Country in US$ Million: 2012 to 2019 Table 18: Other Product Segments (Product Segment) Market Share Distribution in Percentage by Region/Country: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027
III. MARKET ANALYSIS


GEOGRAPHIC MARKET ANALYSIS UNITED STATES Market Facts & Figures US Sports Fishing Equipment Market Share (in %) by Company: 2018 & 2025 Market Analytics Table 19: United States Sports Fishing Equipment Market Estimates and Projections in US$ Million by Product Segment: 2020 to 2027 Table 20: Sports Fishing Equipment Market in the United States by Product Segment: A Historic Review in US$ Million for 2012-2019 Table 21: United States Sports Fishing Equipment Market Share Breakdown by Product Segment: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 CANADA Table 22: Canadian Sports Fishing Equipment Market Estimates and Forecasts in US$ Million by Product Segment: 2020 to 2027 Table 23: Canadian Sports Fishing Equipment Historic Market Review by Product Segment in US$ Million: 2012-2019 Table 24: Sports Fishing Equipment Market in Canada: Percentage Share Breakdown of Sales by Product Segment for 2012, 2020, and 2027 JAPAN Table 25: Japanese Market for Sports Fishing Equipment: Annual Sales Estimates and Projections in US$ Million by Product Segment for the Period 2020-2027 Table 26: Sports Fishing Equipment Market in Japan: Historic Sales Analysis in US$ Million by Product Segment for the Period 2012-2019 Table 27: Japanese Sports Fishing Equipment Market Share Analysis by Product Segment: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 CHINA Table 28: Chinese Sports Fishing Equipment Market Growth Prospects in US$ Million by Product Segment for the Period 2020-2027 Table 29: Sports Fishing Equipment Historic Market Analysis in China in US$ Million by Product Segment: 2012-2019 Table 30: Chinese Sports Fishing Equipment Market by Product Segment: Percentage Breakdown of Sales for 2012, 2020, and 2027 EUROPE Market Facts & Figures European Sports Fishing Equipment Market: Competitor Market Share Scenario (in %) for 2018 & 2025 Market Analytics Table 31: European Sports Fishing Equipment Market Demand Scenario in US$ Million by Region/Country: 2020-2027 Table 32: Sports Fishing Equipment Market in Europe: A Historic Market Perspective in US$ Million by Region/Country for the Period 2012-2019 Table 33: European Sports Fishing Equipment Market Share Shift by Region/Country: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 Table 34: European Sports Fishing Equipment Market Estimates and Forecasts in US$ Million by Product Segment: 2020-2027 Table 35: Sports Fishing Equipment Market in Europe in US$ Million by Product Segment: A Historic Review for the Period 2012-2019 Table 36: European Sports Fishing Equipment Market Share Breakdown by Product Segment: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 FRANCE Table 37: Sports Fishing Equipment Market in France by Product Segment: Estimates and Projections in US$ Million for the Period 2020-2027 Table 38: French Sports Fishing Equipment Historic Market Scenario in US$ Million by Product Segment: 2012-2019 Table 39: French Sports Fishing Equipment Market Share Analysis by Product Segment: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 GERMANY Table 40: Sports Fishing Equipment Market in Germany: Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis in US$ Million by Product Segment for the Period 2020-2027 Table 41: German Sports Fishing Equipment Historic Market Analysis in US$ Million by Product Segment: 2012-2019 Table 42: German Sports Fishing Equipment Market Share Breakdown by Product Segment: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 ITALY Table 43: Italian Sports Fishing Equipment Market Growth Prospects in US$ Million by Product Segment for the Period 2020-2027 Table 44: Sports Fishing Equipment Historic Market Analysis in Italy in US$ Million by Product Segment: 2012-2019 Table 45: Italian Sports Fishing Equipment Market by Product Segment: Percentage Breakdown of Sales for 2012, 2020, and 2027 UNITED KINGDOM Table 46: United Kingdom Market for Sports Fishing Equipment: Annual Sales Estimates and Projections in US$ Million by Product Segment for the Period 2020-2027 Table 47: Sports Fishing Equipment Market in the United Kingdom: Historic Sales Analysis in US$ Million by Product Segment for the Period 2012-2019 Table 48: United Kingdom Sports Fishing Equipment Market Share Analysis by Product Segment: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 SPAIN Table 49: Spanish Sports Fishing Equipment Market Estimates and Forecasts in US$ Million by Product Segment: 2020 to 2027 Table 50: Spanish Sports Fishing Equipment Historic Market Review by Product Segment in US$ Million: 2012-2019 Table 51: Sports Fishing Equipment Market in Spain: Percentage Share Breakdown of Sales by Product Segment for 2012, 2020, and 2027 RUSSIA Table 52: Russian Sports Fishing Equipment Market Estimates and Projections in US$ Million by Product Segment: 2020 to 2027 Table 53: Sports Fishing Equipment Market in Russia
by Product Segment: A Historic Review in US$ Million for 2012-2019 Table 54: Russian Sports Fishing Equipment Market Share Breakdown by Product Segment: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 REST OF EUROPE Table 55: Rest of Europe Sports Fishing Equipment Market Estimates and Forecasts in US$ Million by Product Segment: 2020-2027 Table 56: Sports Fishing Equipment Market in Rest of Europe in US$ Million by Product Segment: A Historic Review for the Period 2012-2019 Table 57: Rest of Europe Sports Fishing Equipment Market Share Breakdown by Product Segment: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 ASIA-PACIFIC Table 58: Asia-Pacific Sports Fishing Equipment Market Estimates and Forecasts in US$ Million by Region/Country: 2020-2027 Table 59: Sports Fishing Equipment Market in Asia-Pacific: Historic Market Analysis in US$ Million by Region/Country for the Period 2012-2019 Table 60: Asia-Pacific Sports Fishing Equipment Market Share Analysis by Region/Country: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 Table 61: Sports Fishing Equipment Market in Asia-Pacific by Product Segment: Estimates and Projections in US$ Million for the Period 2020-2027 Table 62: Asia-Pacific Sports Fishing Equipment Historic Market Scenario in US$ Million by Product Segment: 2012-2019 Table 63: Asia-Pacific Sports Fishing Equipment Market Share Analysis by Product Segment: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 AUSTRALIA Table 64: Sports Fishing Equipment Market in Australia: Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis in US$ Million by Product Segment for the Period 2020-2027 Table 65: Australian Sports Fishing Equipment Historic Market Analysis in US$ Million by Product Segment: 2012-2019 Table 66: Australian Sports Fishing Equipment Market Share Breakdown by Product Segment: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 INDIA Table 67: Indian Sports Fishing Equipment Market Estimates and Forecasts in US$ Million by Product Segment: 2020 to 2027 Table 68: Indian Sports Fishing Equipment Historic Market Review by Product Segment in US$ Million: 2012-2019 Table 69: Sports Fishing Equipment Market in India: Percentage Share Breakdown of Sales by Product Segment for 2012, 2020, and 2027 SOUTH KOREA Table 70: Sports Fishing Equipment Market in South Korea: Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis in US$ Million by Product Segment for the Period 2020-2027 Table 71: South Korean Sports Fishing Equipment Historic Market Analysis in US$ Million by Product Segment: 2012-2019 Table 72: Sports Fishing Equipment Market Share Distribution in South Korea by Product Segment: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 REST OF ASIA-PACIFIC Table 73: Rest of Asia-Pacific Market for Sports Fishing Equipment: Annual Sales Estimates and Projections in US$ Million by Product Segment for the Period 2020-2027 Table 74: Sports Fishing Equipment Market in Rest of Asia-Pacific: Historic Sales Analysis in US$ Million by Product Segment for the Period 2012-2019 Table 75: Rest of Asia-Pacific Sports Fishing Equipment Market Share Analysis by Product Segment: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 LATIN AMERICA Table 76: Latin American Sports Fishing Equipment Market Trends by Region/Country in US$ Million: 2020-2027 Table 77: Sports Fishing Equipment Market in Latin America in US$ Million by Region/Country: A Historic Perspective for the Period 2012-2019 Table 78: Latin American Sports Fishing Equipment Market Percentage Breakdown of Sales by Region/Country: 2012, 2020, and 2027 Table 79: Latin American Sports Fishing Equipment Market Growth Prospects in US$ Million by Product Segment for the Period 2020-2027 Table 80: Sports Fishing Equipment Historic Market Analysis in Latin America in US$ Million by Product Segment: 2012-2019 Table 81: Latin American Sports Fishing Equipment Market by Product Segment: Percentage Breakdown of Sales for 2012, 2020, and 2027 ARGENTINA Table 82: Argentinean Sports Fishing Equipment Market Estimates and Forecasts in US$ Million by Product Segment: 2020-2027 Table 83: Sports Fishing Equipment Market in Argentina in US$ Million by Product Segment: A Historic Review for the Period 2012-2019 Table 84: Argentinean Sports Fishing Equipment Market Share Breakdown by Product Segment: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 BRAZIL Table 85: Sports Fishing Equipment Market in Brazil by Product Segment: Estimates and Projections in US$ Million for the Period 2020-2027 Table 86: Brazilian Sports Fishing Equipment Historic Market Scenario in US$ Million by Product Segment: 2012-2019 Table 87: Brazilian Sports Fishing Equipment Market Share Analysis by Product Segment: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 MEXICO Table 88: Sports Fishing Equipment Market in Mexico: Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis in US$ Million by Product Segment for the Period 2020-2027 Table 89: Mexican Sports Fishing Equipment Historic Market Analysis in US$ Million by Product Segment: 2012-2019 Table 90: Mexican Sports Fishing Equipment Market Share Breakdown by Product Segment: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 REST OF LATIN AMERICA Table 91: Rest of Latin America Sports Fishing Equipment Market Estimates and Projections in US$ Million by Product Segment: 2020 to 2027 Table 92: Sports Fishing Equipment Market in Rest of Latin America by Product Segment: A Historic Review in US$ Million for 2012-2019 Table 93: Rest of Latin America Sports Fishing Equipment Market Share Breakdown by Product Segment: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 MIDDLE EAST Table 94: The Middle East Sports Fishing Equipment Market Estimates and Forecasts in US$ Million by Region/Country: 2020-2027 Table 95: Sports Fishing Equipment Market in the Middle East by Region/Country in US$ Million: 2012-2019 Table 96: The Middle East Sports Fishing Equipment Market Share Breakdown by Region/Country: 2012, 2020, and 2027 Table 97: The Middle East Sports Fishing Equipment Market Estimates and Forecasts in US$ Million by Product Segment: 2
to 2027 Table 98: The Middle East Sports Fishing Equipment Historic Market by Product Segment in US$ Million: 2012-2019 Table 99: Sports Fishing Equipment Market in the Middle East: Percentage Share Breakdown of Sales by Product Segment for 2012,2020, and 2027 IRAN Table 100: Iranian Market for Sports Fishing Equipment: Annual Sales Estimates and Projections in US$ Million by Product Segment for the Period 2020-2027 Table 101: Sports Fishing Equipment Market in Iran: Historic Sales Analysis in US$ Million by Product Segment for the Period 2012-2019 Table 102: Iranian Sports Fishing Equipment Market Share Analysis by Product Segment: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 ISRAEL Table 103: Israeli Sports Fishing Equipment Market Estimates and Forecasts in US$ Million by Product Segment: 2020-2027 Table 104: Sports Fishing Equipment Market in Israel in US$ Million by Product Segment: A Historic Review for the Period 2012-2019 Table 105: Israeli Sports Fishing Equipment Market Share Breakdown by Product Segment: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 SAUDI ARABIA Table 106: Saudi Arabian Sports Fishing Equipment Market Growth Prospects in US$ Million by Product Segment for the Period 2020-2027 Table 107: Sports Fishing Equipment Historic Market Analysis in Saudi Arabia in US$ Million by Product Segment: 2012-2019 Table 108: Saudi Arabian Sports Fishing Equipment Market by Product Segment: Percentage Breakdown of Sales for 2012, 2020, and 2027 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES Table 109: Sports Fishing Equipment Market in the United Arab Emirates: Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis in US$ Million by Product Segment for the Period 2020-2027 Table 110: United Arab Emirates Sports Fishing Equipment Historic Market Analysis in US$ Million by Product Segment: 2012-2019 Table 111: Sports Fishing Equipment Market Share Distribution in United Arab Emirates by Product Segment: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 REST OF MIDDLE EAST Table 112: Sports Fishing Equipment Market in Rest of Middle East: Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis in US$ Million by Product Segment for the Period 2020-2027 Table 113: Rest of Middle East Sports Fishing Equipment Historic Market Analysis in US$ Million by Product Segment: 2012-2019 Table 114: Rest of Middle East Sports Fishing Equipment Market Share Breakdown by Product Segment: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 AFRICA Table 115: African Sports Fishing Equipment Market Estimates and Projections in US$ Million by Product Segment: 2020 to 2027 Table 116: Sports Fishing Equipment Market in Africa by Product Segment: A Historic Review in US$ Million for 2012-2019 Table 117: African Sports Fishing Equipment Market Share Breakdown by Product Segment: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027
IV. COMPETITION

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On the streets of Washington, pleas for change met with batons and rubber bullets

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On the streets of Washington, pleas for change met with batons and rubber bullets

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – They had come out by the hundreds on the streets of the U.S. capital to protest racism and police brutality. With a curfew fast approaching, they had only a few hours to make their voices heard.

Washington, D.C. National Guard military police block a street near the White House from protestors as the number of U.S. military forces deployed to the streets of the nation’s capital increases, while protests continue against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in Washington, U.S., June 1, 2020. REUTERS/Andy Sullivan

Pressed against metal barriers a block from the White House, a crowd of protesters – teenagers and seniors, white, black and brown – faced a line of police wearing body armor and carrying shields on Monday evening. The protesters chanted “hands up, don’t shoot” and “put your shields down.”

It had been a week since a black man named George Floyd died in Minneapolis police custody after a white policeman knelt on his neck for nine minutes, prompting furious protests demanding change as well as outbursts of violence across the United States.

In Washington, Mayor Muriel Bowser voiced her support for the protests, but also established a 7 p.m. curfew to head off a repeat of the looting and property destruction inflicted on her city the previous two nights.

Fresh graffiti covered Civil War monuments and expense-account restaurants. An Army Black Hawk helicopter circled overhead, with armed troops visible in its open doors. Rubber bullets lay underfoot, remnants of the previous night’s confrontations.

As the curfew approached, protesters mulled whether to stay or head home.

“It does tend to get violent later, so I’ll just come out here for a few hours while I can and then leave,” said James Philip, 23, a cellphone salesman from suburban Lanham, Maryland who was wearing a Dallas Cowboys face mask, a face shield and a rapper Ice Cube T-shirt.

Violence started sooner than Philip expected – initiated by the police.

THE PRESIDENT AND THE BIBLE

Half an hour before curfew, baton-swinging police fired smoke canisters, flashbang grenades and rubber bullets to drive protesters farther from the White House, enabling President Donald Trump to walk across Lafayette Park and hold up a Bible in front of St. John’s Church, a house of worship visited by U.S. presidents for two centuries.

“We took a knee at the front line and the police threw tear gas – that was their response,” said a young man who was taunting police and gave his name only as “X” – clad in black and wearing a military-style ammunition belt with a tattered piece of an American flag attached.

“I did five years in the military, put my life on the line in Iraq, put my life on the line in Djibouti, just to come back home and get treated like shit,” the man added.

Others challenged black police officers serving in a city nearly half black to join the protest, chanting, “Quit your job.”

Outside St. John’s, people distributed water bottles and squirts of hand sanitizer amid the coronavirus pandemic as the rector, Father Rob Fisher, watched the protest. Fisher said that a fire set the previous night in the church’s nursery did little damage before being extinguished by firefighters.

“One thing I know for sure is that whoever started it is not representative of the majority of people protesting here,” Fisher added.

By night’s end, police said, more than 60 people had been arrested in Washington for curfew violations or felony rioting.

Trump on Monday night blamed “professional anarchists” and “thugs” for America’s urban unrest. Protesters called the violence a byproduct of centuries of oppression of African Americans, the same kind of rage behind the 1968 rioting ignited by the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King that scarred parts of Washington for decades.

“It’s an expression of anger. It’s saying, ‘I tried talking to you and you didn’t listen,’” said Caneisha Mills, 36, a black Washington public school teacher.

Floyd’s killing, the latest in a long line of similar incidents, came in the midst of a pandemic that has disproportionately sickened and killed black Americans and an economic downturn that has disproportionately cost them their jobs.

In Washington, protesters had plenty of opportunity for mayhem. Yet no trash cans were pitched through plate glass windows and no fires were set as hundreds marched up 14th Street in the city’s Northwest section, a formerly black neighborhood now lined with high-end boutiques and pricy condos.

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Only two police cars accompanied the protesters, leaving surprised motorists to pick their way through the crowds on their own – a marked contrast to the layers of armored federal police protecting the White House.

Tensions remained high. Just after 8:30 p.m., a column of police cars arrived, prompting the protesters to turn and confront them. A glass bottle shattered on the sidewalk. As the night wore on, more police arrived on the scene and started making arrests, loading zip-tied protesters into waiting vans.

“I’m ready to die tonight – for my people,” Kevin Johnson, 21, who was laid off from his job at a suburban pizza restaurant amid the pandemic, said as another man loaded broken bricks into a backpack nearby.

Reporting by Andy Sullivan and Jonathan Landay; Editing by Mary Milliken and Will Dunham

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Cyclist leaves Central Park jogger in critical condition

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Cyclist leaves Central Park jogger in critical condition

A cyclist “collided” with a jogger while zipping through Central Park early Tuesday morning, leaving her in critical condition, according to police.

The male cyclist, 24, was riding in the bike lane inside the park near Central Park West and 72nd Street at around 9 a.m., when a 48-year-old female runner veered into the lane “without warning,” according to the NYPD.

Emergency services rushed the injured woman to Weill Cornell Medical Center in critical but stable condition.

One witness called the scene “very upsetting.”

“She appeared to be seriously injured,” Susan Schwartz told West Side Rag.

The cyclist remained at the scene and an investigation is underway, cops said.

Collisions between cyclists and pedestrians in the park are rare, but not uncommon.

Harlem dad Charles Cheesboro died last August after colliding with an elderly pedestrian.

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