In the News This Week

by Debra Brown

Alton SterlingEach Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news. 


Baton Rouge Officers Will Not Be Charged in Alton Sterling’s Killing.

Louisiana Atty. Gen. Jeff Landry said that he would not charge two white officers in the death. The announcement came close to 11 months after the U.S. Department of Justice similarly ruled out federal charges against the officers, Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II.


Trump Signs New Transgender Military Ban.

The new memorandum says that transgender individuals with a history of gender dysphoria are barred from military service “except under certain limited circumstances”. The new policy approved by President Trump allows current transgender service members with gender dysphoria to continue serving if they were diagnosed after the Obama administration’s policy took effect.


More Than a Million People Participated in March for Our Lives Protests.

Police and city officials counted more than 200,000 marchers at the largest demonstration, on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington. Another 175,000 people took to the streets in Manhattan, according to New York City police. In total, March for Our Lives events took place Saturday in more than 800 cities, both in the United States and around the globe.


California Department of Justice Will Oversee Investigation of Stephon Clark Killing by Sacramento Police.

California’s Department of Justice will oversee a Sacramento police investigation into the shooting death of Stephon Clark, the unarmed black man who was killed by officers during a vandalism investigation. The shooting has sparked nationwide outrage. The muting of the police officers body cameras are raising questions about the officers’ actions.

The oversight of the Justice Department will not affect Dist. Atty. Anne Marie Schubert’s review of the final report, or the decision on whether to press criminal charges against the two officers.

Clark’s family has set up a GoFundMe page where you can make donations to help them fund his funeral. You can also support Black Lives Matter by making donations or joining an upcoming protest in your area. Similarly, you can join or donate to Campaign Zero, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending police violence.


At Least 100 Russian Diplomats Expelled Worldwide.

The Russian government is threatening retaliation over one of the largest mass expulsions of its diplomats in history after more than 20 countries, including the United States, backed action by the UK over the poisoning of a former Russian spy in southern England.

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