Police Shooting of Jacob Blake Sparks Protests & Global News

by Debra Brown

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Police Shooting of Jacob Blake Sparks Protests & Global News

Jacob Blake was shot multiple times and critically injured by an officer with the Kenosha Police Department, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers said. Blake’s three young sons watched from a car as he was shot, attorney Benjamin Crump said.

Ben Crump, the attorney for the families of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery, will be representing Jacob Blake and his family. 

His father said there are now “eight holes” in his son’s body, and he’s paralyzed from the waist down. Doctors don’t yet know if the injury is permanent.

Footage of the shooting has spread across social media, sparking protests and leading county officials to institute a curfew. The shooting prompted nationwide anger and protests once again against police brutality toward African Americans. 

Five people have been arrested in Minneapolis in relation to the Jacob Blake protests, according to Minneapolis Police.

Gunfire rang out from a crowd of protesters early during a day of protests in Kenosha, Wis., on the third night of unrest over the police shooting of Jacob Blake Jr. At least three people were injured. It is unclear who fired the shots, and police and hospital officials have not yet confirmed the severity of the injuries.

Two Wisconsin police officers have been placed on administrative leave as state authorities investigate the shooting.

The Kenosha, Wisconsin, Mayor John Antaramian said in a news conference that the Kenosha Police Department does not have body cameras. 


Tennessee Adopts New Law That Could Strip Some Protesters of Voting Rights

Tennessee protesters could now lose their right to vote under a new law Gov. Bill Lee (R) signed. Protesters who camp out on state property, such as the activists who have demonstrated for months outside the state Capitol against racial injustice, could now face felony charges punishable by up to six years in prison. Convicted felons are automatically stripped of their voting rights in Tennessee.

It also imposes mandatory minimum jail sentences for assaulting a first responder or participating in a riot. It also enhances penalties for vandalism of government property.

The new law, which went into effect immediately, outraged civil rights groups, who say the move is Tennessee’s latest attempt to repress voting ahead of the November elections.

“The racial motivation underlying the law is undeniable,” said Kristen Clarke, president of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. “It’s a clear backlash response to the Black Lives Matter movement and to people who are decisively protesting racial injustice and police violence.”

Tennessee is among the states not allowing voters to use fear of the novel coronavirus as a reason to vote by mail. In the state, it is a crime to distribute mail-in ballot applications. Last year, a federal judge blocked a new Tennessee law that sought to restrict voter registration drives.


California Wildfires Have Burned 1.25 Million Acres

Lower temperatures and weaker winds are helping firefighters get a handle on deadly wildfires that have afflicted California for days, fire officials said. 

More than 650 wildfires, many sparked by lightning, have burned more than 1.25 million acres in the state since August 15. That’s more than six times the size of New York City.

The fires have left seven people dead and more than 1,400 buildings destroyed, Cal Fire said.

So far, 93 large fires have burned more than 1.8 million acres in 14 states, including 24 in California, 16 in Arizona, 14 in Oregon, seven in Alaska, and six in Colorado, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.


UN Security Council Rejects US Attempt to Extend Iran Sanctions

The president of the UN security council rejected the Trump administration’s attempt to extend economic sanctions on Iran.

America was rebuffed last week when 13 countries on the security council argued that the US had no legal right to “snap back” sanctions because it had already walked out of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.

The US claims it still has a right to intervene on the nuclear deal since the original Iran deal listed the US as a participant, and it requires only one signatory to the deal for the sanctions to be reimposed.

The EU has its own separate arms embargo but is working to keep alive the 2015 deal – known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – partly in the hope that the deal could be revived if Trump is unsuccessful in his bid for re-election.


Gulf Coast Evacuates in Anticipation of Hurricane Laura

Forecasters predicted that Laura, which reached hurricane strength, would become a Category 3 storm before making landfall near the Louisiana-Texas border. Officials have told more than 500,000 people in Louisiana and Texas to evacuate.

The governor drew comparisons to Hurricane Rita, which caused an estimated $25.2 billion in damage when it hit Louisiana and Texas in 2005. He said Laura resembled Rita in its intensity and expected path.

The region had been bracing for Tropical Storm Marco, but it significantly weakened before making landfall. Now the focus is on Laura, which has unleashed heavy rainfall across Cuba and Jamaica.

Traditional shelters like gymnasiums and convention centers that have hosted hundreds of evacuees in past disasters will be set up to provide “layers of separation” between the occupants, Mr. Abbott said. The shelters and buses will be supplied with hand sanitizer and personal protective equipment like face masks, and state officials plan to dispatch testing teams to the larger shelters.

In Cuba, the damage was being assessed, but no casualties have been reported.


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