Justice for Atatiana Jefferson Shooting, Killed in Her Home by Police + More News

by Debra Brown

Atatiana Jefferson Shooting

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Atatiana Jefferson Shooting

The Fort Worth, Texas, police officer who fatally shot Atatiana Jefferson, 28, babysitting her nephew over the weekend has been charged with murder.

Jefferson was playing video games with her nephew early Saturday morning when a neighbor noticed the front door of the house ajar. Concerned, the neighbor called the Fort Worth police department’s non-emergency line to request a wellness check.

Body camera shows that when police arrived, an officer shined a flashlight through Jefferson’s window and yelled, “Put your hands up — show me your hands,” before firing a single shot at Jefferson seconds later.

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price asked the City Manager David Cooke to hire a third-party panel of national experts to review the city’s police department, “everything from top to bottom.”


Donald Trump has sanctioned Turkey for Syria invasion 

Donald Trump has sanctioned Turkey for its Syria invasion. Trump issued an executive order on Monday that imposed penalties on three Turkish officials and two ministries for their role in the incursion into Syria. The president also announced in a statement Monday that he was reimposing steel tariffs of 50 percent on Turkey and would halt trade negotiations with the country immediately.

Some EU countries, including Germany and France, have suspended weapons exports to Turkey in the wake of the invasion.

The UN estimates that 100,000 people have been displaced, though Kurdish authorities put that number closer to 300,000.


Brexit Update: A new vote and EU customs at the Northern Ireland border

The Liberal Democrats will try to push MPs to a fresh vote on a second Brexit referendum. The Lib Dems have said they back another vote on EU membership but, should they win a majority of seats at a general election, they would immediately revoke the government’s decision to trigger article 50 and the UK would remain in the bloc. 

Johnson will still have to win over parliament – including the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and the hardline Tory Brexiters of the European Research Group (ERG) – on the basis that, under the deal, Northern Ireland will still legally be within the UK’s customs territory.

Mr. Johnson’s proposal is different in that Northern Ireland would remain legally part of the UK customs area — and eligible to benefit from trade deals negotiated by Britain. But Northern Ireland would de facto be inside the EU customs territory.


Pence, Giuliani and the Office of Management and Budget refuse to comply with Impeachment inquiry 

The office of President Mike Pence declined to comply with a records request from House committees leading an impeachment inquiry into President Trump. President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani refused to comply with a congressional subpoena for documents about his efforts to pressure the Ukrainian government, with his attorney calling the impeachment inquiry “unconstitutional, baseless, and illegitimate.”

Two of Giuliani’s associates who were involved in his Ukraine work were indicted on federal campaign finance charges last week.

The Office of Management and Budget also didn’t comply with a subpoena for documents about the delay in nearly $400 million in aid to Ukraine, according to a senior administration official. House Democrats are seeking documents about why the aid was withheld, probing, among other matters, who was involved in the decision-making process for delaying the money.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic leaders will hold off on a full House vote authorizing an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. 

“There’s no requirement that we have a vote, and at this time, we will not have a vote,” Pelosi told reporters Tuesday evening. “We’re not here to call bluffs. We’re here to find the truth, to uphold the Constitution of the United States,” Pelosi added. 


Democratic Debate Highlights: Women’s health care, police reform, and wealth taxes

Kamala Harris focused on women’s access to healthcare. She said, “There are states that have passed laws that will virtually prevent women from having access to reproductive health care, and it is not an exaggeration to say women will die,” Harris said. “Poor women, women of color will die because these Republican legislatures in these various states who are out of touch with America are telling women what to do with their bodies.”

Julián Castro points out that police violence is gun violence. In June, Castro rolled out a sweeping plan to reform policing; he was the first one to do so of the 2020 Democrats. Among his proposals are putting an end to overly aggressive and biased policing and holding the police accountable for misconduct. He also brought up the weekend shooting of Atatiana Jefferson.

Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders defend “wealth taxes” to address rampant inequality in the United States. Warren sells it as a “two-cent tax” on the 75,000 wealthiest families in the country: She’s proposing a 2 percent tax on household assets above $50 million and 3 percent for households with assets worth more than $1 billion. Sanders has come out with his own version of the proposal, one that starts with a 1 percent tax on wealth above $32 million and slowly increases the tax rate on the larger the sum of assets.


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