Hundreds Sit-In at School of Teenager Shot in Hong Kong Protests + More News

by Debra Brown

Hong Kong Protests

ATPB NEWS: Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news.

 

Teenager shot in Hong Kong protests

Hundreds of students, alumni, and staff have held a sit-in denouncing police violence outside the school of a Hong Kong teenager who was shot in the chest by police during the Hong Kong protests. 

Tsang Chi-kin, 18, was taken to hospital in a critical condition after the shooting, the first time live ammunition was used on protesters in the city, representing a major escalation of force by authorities.

Other protesters gathered at a courtroom West Kowloon, where 96 people arrested at the weekend were expected to be charged with rioting. It will be the largest mass hearing in the city since the handover from British colonial rule, according to writer and activist Kong Tsung-gan.

Video footage of the incident showed the officer ran towards the group with his pistol drawn, even though he was also armed with pepper spray and a gun that fires non-lethal beanbag rounds.

 

California passes a law allowing college athletes to get paid

California Gov. Gavin Newsom passed Senate Bill 206, also known as the Fair Pay to Play Act, into law. The law allows college athletes to profit from their name, image, and likeness. The bill will go into effect in 2023. 

The Fair Pay to Play Act allows college athletes in California to sign endorsement deals; earn compensation based on the usage of their name, image, and likeness; and sign all types of licensing contracts that would allow them to earn money. These college athletes would also be able to hire an agent licensed by the state to represent them in any deals.

The NCAA operates as a nonprofit organization. For the 2017 fiscal year, the NCAA reported $1.1 billion in revenue. Considering all the money that these athletic programs generate for both the NCAA and each of the schools, critics have argued that students should be able to profit off the revenue that they help generate.

 

Judge rules in favor of Harvard in affirmative action case

A judge has ruled in favor of Harvard University in a high-profile court case centered on whether the school’s admissions process forces Asian Americans to clear a higher bar to get in.

The plaintiff, advocacy group Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA), accused Harvard of considering race too much and discriminating against Asian American applicants.

 

Federal judge blocks Georgia anti-abortion law

A federal judge blocked Georgia’s restrictive anti-abortion law from going into effect. District Judge Steve C. Jones’ ruling stops House Bill 481 from taking effect Jan. 1 while the case plays out. Anti-abortion activists are hoping the case winds up in the U.S. Supreme Court.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia sued the state saying the law, which bans most abortions once a doctor can detect fetal cardiac activity, violates a woman’s constitutional right to abortion as established by the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade.

 

Former Police Officer Amber Guyger Found Guilty of Murdering Botham Jean in His Own Apartment

A jury found Amber Guyger guilty of murder Tuesday for the killing of Botham Jean in September of last year. The former Dallas police officer now faces 5 to 99 years in prison. 

Guyger is now the third officer in Dallas County to be found guilty of murder since 2016. Before 2016, it had been 40 years since a police officer faced murder charges in the Dallas area. 

Guyger was originally charged with manslaughter three days after the shooting took place. She was later fired by the Dallas Police Department and charges were increased to murder. The jury had to decide if she was guilty of either murder or the lesser charge of manslaughter.

 

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