A bicycle ride turned tragic for a five year old boy in North Carolina after he was allegedly shot dead by his neighbor. The child was playing outside his father’s house with his sisters, aged 7 and 8, in the city of Wilson, when 25 year old Darius Sessoms reportedly shot him in the head. Mr. Sessoms was caught in Goldsboro and is currently facing first degree murder charges.
Former Vice President Joe Biden’s running mate Senator Kamala Harris had, in 2018, sparked controversy by comparing the US Immigration and Custom Enforcement to the Ku Klux Klan, while at a Senate hearing. The remarks were made by Senator Harris at a November 2018 confirmation hearing, where she asked Ronald Vitiello, if he was ’aware of the perception’ of a similarity between ICE and the KKK.
Second protester died in police custody Wednesday as demonstrations against the elections results in Belarus entered the 4th night. The UN has condemned the use of excessive force and said that more than 6000 people, including minors, have been detained, in violation of human rights norms. Meanwhile, the EU foreign ministers are meeting Fri to discuss possible sanctions against the country.
Mike Schmidt, the Multnomah County District Attorney announced on Tuesday that the hundreds of protesters who have been arrested in Portland over the 80 days demonstrations will not face any charges. Schmidt said that the policy was a step towards recognizing that centuries of disparate treatment against blacks and browns has left deep wounds and the healing process will not be easy.
Billy Woods, the sheriff of Marion County sent an email to his deputies, asking them to not wear masks when they are in his office or while on duty. The order extends to MCSO employees and visitors, too. Mr. Woods said that the no mask policy will help him identify anyone coming into his office, and that he took the decision based on current attitudes towards police officers in the country.
The ship, Wakashio, owned by Nagashiki Shipping and operated by Mitsui, struck a coral reef on Mauritius’ southeast coast on July 25 and began leaking oil last week, raising fears of a major ecological crisis. Activists warned that dead eels & starfish were floating in water and crabs & seabirds are also dying. The ship is still holding ~2,000 tonnes of oil and is expected to eventually break up.
Tech tycoon John McAfee claimed he was arrested after refusing to remove a black lace thong which he used as a face mask . McAfee, 74, who is known for his anti-virus software, McAfee, said on Monday that he had been detained in Norway because he refused to don a medically certified mask instead of — or over — the ladies underwear. Later, the tycoon said he was released after 14 hours in jail.
According to the Supreme Court of New Jersey, the Fifth Amendment does not protect a person’s phone from the police and that the police can force a suspect to unlock their phone. According to the court, the Fifth Amendment may not apply if the police know the owner of the phone as well as the evidence that could be found in the phone.
Fauci has doubts about the effectiveness of Russia’s coronavirus vaccine despite its regulatory approval. ’Having a vaccine and proving that a vaccine is safe and effective are two different things,’ Fauci said. ’We have half a dozen or more vaccines. So, if we wanted to take the chance of hurting a lot of people, or giving them something that doesn’t work. We could start doing this next week’.
An Air Force official reported that a pilot was injured after a US Air Force helicopter was shot at while it was flying near Manassas, Virginia. The UH-1N was flying on a routine training mission at a height of 1,000 feet, and landed safely at Manassas Regional Airport west of Washington, DC. The pilot was taken to the hospital and was released post treatment.
NZ has reported 14 new Covid-19 cases a day after Auckland went back into lockdown, forcing officials to scramble to trace the source of the spread. The discovery of 4 infected family members in NZ’s biggest city 2 days ago came as a surprise for the country that had not recorded a single case for more than 3 months. PM Ardent says that she expects the cluster to grow further before slowing down.
Two Indianapolis police officers have been indicted on battery and other charges for the violent arrests of 2 women at an anti-police protest in May 31. Two other officers named in the suit were not charged. The indicted officers, Jonathan Horlock and Nathaniel Schauwecker, were reportedly filmed shoving one of the women to the ground and striking the other with batons during the protest.