Breonna Taylor’s Family Receives Large Settlement & Global News

by Debra Brown

Breonna Taylor Settlement

 

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Breonna Taylor’s Family Receives Large Settlement & Global News

The $12 million Breonna Taylor settlement with her family is a historic move for Louisville, Kentucky, but across America, it’s the latest financial repercussion in a police misconduct case.

More than six months after Taylor was killed inside her apartment as police officers executed a “no-knock” search warrant, the city is poised to pay its highest-ever settlement. The agreement with the Breonna Taylor settlement did not require the city to acknowledge wrongdoing.

The Breonna Taylor settlement includes a series of police reforms in the city, including a requirement that all search warrants be approved by a senior officer. 

In a short statement, Taylor’s mother Tamika Palmer called for criminal charges against the officers and asked people to continue to say her daughter’s name publicly in advocacy for police reforms.

Millions in lawsuit settlements are another hidden cost of police misconduct, legal experts say. False arrests, civil rights violations, and excessive force are just some of the claims made by civilians, costing taxpayers over $300 million in the fiscal year of 2019. Thousands of police misconduct lawsuits are filed every year in the U.S.

It’s Been More Than Six Months Since Breonna Taylor’s Death. Here’s how you can help demand justice. 

 

California Bill Clears Path For Ex-Inmates To Become Firefighters

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill allowing inmate firefighters to have their records expunged, clearing the path for them to be eligible for firefighting jobs upon release.

The bill, sponsored by Democratic Assemblywoman Eloise Reyes, lets prisoners who received “valuable training and [placed] themselves in danger assisting firefighters to defend the life and property of Californians” to petition the courts to dismiss their convictions after completing their sentences.

That will make them eligible to receive EMT certification, a hiring requirement of municipal firefighting departments. However, one that former inmates are prohibited by state law to pursue.

People convicted of violent felonies, including murder, kidnapping, and sex offenses are ineligible to fight fires as inmates and therefore also excluded from applying to have their records cleared.

 

Smoke from West Coast Wildfires Has Drifted to New York and Washington DC

Unprecedented wildfires, which have burned some 4.5m acres, have torn through towns in Oregon while also devouring forests in California, Washington, and Idaho. The resulting blanket of ash and smoke has made the region’s hazardous air quality among the worst in the world.

Smoke from wildfires in the western US has drifted as far east as New York and Washington DC, with residents there observing hazy skies and unusual sunrises.

However, smoke over the east coast may not necessarily be affecting air quality, said John Simko, a spokesman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

 

Whistleblower Alleges ICE Facility Is Forcing Hysterectomies on Detained Immigrants

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Georgia is performing mass hysterectomies on detained immigrants, according to a whistleblower complaint filed by several advocacy groups on behalf of multiple detainees and a nurse who worked at the location.

Nurse Dawn Wooten and several detained women told nonprofit Project South that authorities from the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia, have sent “many women to see a particular gynecologist outside the facility.”

Wooten expressed concern at the high rate of hysterectomies, a surgical procedure that removes parts or all of the uterus, performed on detained immigrants, according to the complaint.

Besides the frightening rate of hysterectomies performed on detained immigrants, other detainees came forward with stories of medical neglect and inhumane living conditions, including dirty medical units, overcrowding, and rotten food.

ICDC employees and detainees also reported a lack of personal protective equipment and flagrant violations of COVID-19 guidelines suggested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In a statement to VICE, ICE said, “ICE takes all allegations seriously and defers to the [Office of Inspector General] regarding any potential investigation and/or results. That said, in general, anonymous, unproven allegations, made without any fact-checkable specifics, should be treated with the appropriate skepticism they deserve.”

 

Palestinians Protest Arab Normalization Deals with Israel

Hundreds of Palestinians protested in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip, denouncing the Emirati and Bahraini normalization agreements with Israel as rockets were fired into the country.

The deals, brokered by the United States, were signed at the White House, where Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Bahraini and Emirati officials.

Donald Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, hailed the US-brokered peace treaties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain as the beginning of “a new Middle East” and signaled that the Trump administration is making progress in getting more countries in the region, including Saudi Arabia, to recognize Israel.

The proposed sale of advanced U.S. fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates is raising concerns among some security experts in Israel that the Middle East could be on the verge of an arms race even as those two countries sign a peace deal at the White House.

 

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