The arrest of a teenage boy for the murder of two people in clashes in Kenosha, Wisconsin, for the police shooting of a black man has fueled the nation's culture wars.
Unrest in Kenosha
Troubles in Kenosha, Wisconsin, this week began on Sunday when police shot Jacob Blake seven times in the back while the 29-year-old black man tried to get into an SUV that was carrying his three children. Nights of unrest followed – and on the third two people were killed and one injured in gunfire. On Wednesday, authorities arrested a 17-year-old white youth who the police have often praised – and who is now charged with murder, what officials have called vigilante groups.
The protests against the police shots that paralyzed Blake took place not only on the streets, but also in sports and politics. What started with the Milwaukee Bucks refusing to take the field for game 5 of their NBA playoff series against the Orlando Magic quickly resulted in the league's other two scheduled games being halted. By the end of Wednesday, the Lakers and Clippers had both decided as teams that they no longer wanted to play games, although it is unclear whether their decision will stand.
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In baseball, the Dodgers and San Francisco Giants players chose not to play, and the game was one of three major league games postponed in protest. Other leagues like the WNBA and Major League Soccer also didn't play games.
And the arrest of 17-year-old self-proclaimed civic patrol Kyle Rittenhouse for the murder of two people has re-fueled the nation's culture wars and challenged President Trump's re-election campaign. Details became known that Rittenhouse published on social media in support of the Blue Lives Matter police force. He spoke to reporters before the shooting about being a self-proclaimed citizen patrol that came to Kenosha to protect companies from vandalism. And he's featured in photos at a Trump rally in Des Moines, Iowa this year.
& # 39; Law and Order & # 39;
Law and order was already a planned topic for the Republican National Convention on Wednesday evening. The upheaval in Wisconsin made the debate about what exactly that means all the more urgent and immediate.
With most of the speeches of Congress already recorded, the riots in Kenosha were not mentioned, even after Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden condemned the police shooting and violence that followed Blake. One spokesman after another created riot, chaos and chaos in the nation's cities and welcomed Trump as a friend of the police. It was left to Vice President Mike Pence, who spoke last, to deliberate.
"President Trump and I will always support Americans' right to peaceful protest," he said, accepting his formal nomination for a second term in the historic Ft. McHenry in Baltimore. But he continued, “The violence must stop, whether in Minneapolis, Portland or Kenosha. Too many heroes have died to defend our freedom to see Americans beat one another down. We will have law and order on the streets of this land for every American of every race, creed and color. "
Unlike all other speakers, Pence recognized the impending threat from Hurricane Laura and urged residents along the Gulf Coast to stay safe as the strongest storm to hit the US that year was about to hit the upper one Texas Coast and West Louisiana Hrs. Up to 20 million people may have been on the way.
Police reform comes to a standstill
Three months after the police murder of George Floyd sparked national outrage and filled the streets of California with protesters, state law is in the final hours of a session poised to put forward a much more humble law enforcement reform agenda, than many expected.
In the weeks following Floyd's death in May, more than a dozen police accountability and control bills were introduced. Now lawmakers are lukewarm when it comes to getting some of these reforms through. Supporters blame multiple factors, from outside sources – a cut session due to the coronavirus and the urgency to focus on forest fires – to fierce opposition from law enforcement unions who have long been major rulers in Sacramento.
Measures that have not been taken include a legislative proposal to require law enforcement officials to intervene if they witness excessive violence, a plan to streamline sheriff's department oversight and an attempt to further restrict the use of lethal force by the police. The exhibition underscores the challenges of a comprehensive police reform even in a liberal state like California, where surveys show that some of the measures are widely supported.
New guidelines? No thanks, says California
New guidelines on coronavirus testing and travel issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are being heavily pushed back by California officials.
The CDC no longer recommends a 14-day quarantine for travelers, which has been an important tool in containing the spread of the novel coronavirus – especially among people who may be asymptomatic. And it is also no longer recommended to test those without symptoms, even after coming into contact with an infected person. (Interestingly, Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN that he was undergoing surgery when the White House task force met to discuss the updated guidelines.)
Governor Gavin Newsom said he disagreed with the CDC's new guidelines and insisted it would not affect California. He also said the state has signed a contract with an east coast medical diagnostics company to more than double the number of coronavirus tests that California can process, and eventually expand capacity to about a quarter of a million tests per day.
Meanwhile, the Food and Drug Administration has approved the first rapid coronavirus test that doesn't require special computer equipment to get results. Abbott Laboratories' 15-minute test sells for $ 5.
More top coronavirus headlines
– A month after Newsom promised an aggressive program to test nursing home inspectors for the virus, at least 60% have not yet been tested, state health officials admitted.
– When doctors at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center enroll 500 volunteers to test an AstraZeneca-made COVID-19 vaccine, they will seek to ensure that most, if not all, are members of underserved racial and ethnic groups. They know it won't be easy, but it is an "obligation".
– The University of California's first two locations, Berkeley and Merced, which reopened this fall, started teaching on Wednesday in multiple crises: fear of COVID-19 spikes among students, closed classrooms that have forced online learning , and battered university budgets.
– The California Senate abruptly halted the start of its session after an unnamed person in the House of Lords tested positive for COVID-19, complicating a hectic last week of state capitol legislature.
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The California Assembly is considering a bill to allow local governments to allow duplex apartments and effectively eliminate the single-family zone that dominates most suburban neighborhoods. The measure aims to reduce the nationwide housing shortage.
With more than 1 million acres burning in California, lawmakers are pushing at the last minute on a proposal to extend an existing utility bill by $ 500 million for immediate forest fire response and another $ 2.5 billion Fund US dollars for climate resilience and fire protection projects.
– After months of alleged "relentless and brutal" harassment by Sheriff Alex Villanueva, Los Angeles county executive director Sachi Hamai will receive $ 1.5 million and full-time private security after retiring on Monday to address personal safety concerns to clear out. under a settlement agreement and letter recently sent to the county board of directors.
– In light of the city's childcare crisis, the Los Angeles Board of Education has called for a contingency plan designed to help parents meet the challenge of work while supervising their children who are studying from home due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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– San Jose, along with Chicago and two other cities, is suing the federal government to stop the proliferation of "ghost guns" – easy-to-assemble guns that do not require serial numbers or background checks.
– Winter is ending in the southern hemisphere and country by country had a surprise: your steps against COVID-19 have apparently also blocked the flu. However, there is no guarantee that the northern hemisphere will avoid double epidemics as its own flu season is approaching while the coronavirus is still raging.
Police in Belarus dispersed demonstrators who gathered in the capital's central square and arrested dozens to end weeks of demonstrations that challenged the re-election of the country's authoritarian ruler.
– The white supremacist who slaughtered 51 worshipers in two New Zealand mosques was sentenced to life imprisonment with no parole.
HOLLYWOOD AND THE ARTS
– TikTok teens obsessed with "Criminal Minds" are sharing one viral video after another. You could change TV fandom forever.
– Five years after "Emotion", singer Carly Rae Jepsen learned to love pop music … and L.A.
– For the musician St. Vincent, living under COVID-19 meant recording a soul-enveloping podcast and engaging with Stalin.
– As protests raged earlier this summer, Los Angeles, along with dozens of other cities, painted a temporary mural entitled "All Black Lives Matter". Now the city is making it permanent on Hollywood Boulevard.
– Salesforce.com Inc. plans to cut around 1,000 jobs, as those familiar with the situation said. This is a move by the software giant to streamline its business, despite the fact that it reports record quarterly revenue and forecasts further gains.
– The U.S. Treasury Department has yet to tell companies how to deal with Trump's mandate, which is delaying the due date for employee payroll tax and is failing key employers like Walmart.
– UCLA has filed a lawsuit against Under Armor seeking more than $ 200 million in damages. She claims the clothing company cheated on the school by beautifying its financial standing before luring the Bruins into a record $ 280 million contract that it breached for not making scheduled payments or delivering the product as promised.
– USC suspended men's soccer and water polo training after eight athletes tested positive for COVID-19.
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– Trump is playing a dangerous game with QAnon, "which in any reasonable country in any reasonable era would be rejected or denounced by all kinds of rational politicians," writes columnist Nicholas Goldberg.
Action against police misconduct may have stalled in Washington, but California doesn't have to wait. The editorial team writes that the state can now act to prevent bad officials from switching between state police departments.
WHAT OUR EDITORS READ
– The first athlete to bring Black Lives Matter to protest against a national anthem was not Colin Kaepernick. It was college basketball player Ariyana Smith who recently spoke to the Edge of Sports podcast about activism in the arena. (The nation)
– You can't make heroin without the right chemicals, and US companies supply the legal market for them in Mexico by large-scale cartels manufacturing narcotics. The chemicals are so readily available that a reporter bought a $ 324 jug online, enough to produce 90,000 hits of high quality China White. (Bloomberg Businessweek)
ONLY IN L.A.
A lonely woman appeared at John M. Barger's stately home in San Marino one day last week, a small but sure sign that the growing excitement about the U.S. Postal Service had arrived on his doorstep. Barger, a financier and Republican political donor, is one of six members of the service's board of governors. The woman wanted to know if the postal service would be delivering postal ballot papers this fall. Barger was talking to the woman about a lemonade. She listened politely and moved on. But protesters returned in force on Saturday, with around 70 loitering in the normally quiet neighborhood Barger lives in. Her singing: "No postage, no peace!" sang the outsiders. They didn't go that fast.
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