Two Louisville police officers shot, multiple injured in Seattle, following Breonna Taylor grand jury decision

first_imgiStock/ChiccoDodiFCBy EMILY SHAPIRO and IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — Protests in Louisville, Kentucky turned violent as police said two officers were shot during demonstrations that erupted after a grand jury on Wednesday indicted one officer for allegedly endangering the neighbors of Breonna Taylor during the police shooting that resulted in her death.The Louisville Metro Police Department provided limited details about the shooting, which took place just before the 9 p.m. curfew went into effect. Both officers are stable and have non-life-threatening injuries.“I am very concerned about the safety of our officers,” interim Police Chief Robert Schroeder said at a press conference Wednesday night.The investigation into the shooting was ongoing, according to the LMPD. One suspect was in custody, police said.It is unclear if the shooting was directly related to the protests.President Donald Trump, who earlier in the day said he was not familiar enough with the case to comment, tweeted late Wednesday that he was praying for the officers.“Praying for the two police officers that were shot tonight in Louisville, Kentucky,” he wrote. “The Federal Government stands behind you and is ready to help. Spoke to @GovAndyBeshear and we are prepared to work together, immediately upon request!”Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden offered similar sentiments, writing on Twitter, “Even amidst the profound grief & anger today’s decision generated, violence is never & can never be the answer. Those who engage in it must be held accountable. Jill & I are keeping the officers shot tonight in Louisville in our prayers. We wish them both a swift & full recovery.”The shooting took place after hours of relatively peaceful protests throughout the city in the afternoon and evening hours following the grand jury decision.Officer Brett Hankison, who has been fired, was indicted on three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment for allegedly endangering Taylor’s neighbors when he fired into the apartment complex.The neighboring apartment had three people inside, thus the three charges against Hankison, said Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron. The other officers involved in Taylor’s death were not charged.Taylor family attorney Ben Crump tweeted Wednesday, “NOTHING for the murder of Breonna Taylor. This is outrageous and offensive!”“If Brett Hankison’s behavior was wanton endangerment to people in neighboring apartments, then it should have been wanton endangerment in Breonna Taylor’s apartment too. In fact, it should have been ruled wanton murder!” he wrote.Taylor’s sister, Ju’Niyah Palmer, posted to Instagram, “Sister I am so sorry.”In an Instagram story, Palmer said Taylor, who had previously worked as an EMT for the city, was “failed by a system” she “worked hard for.”On the streets of Louisville, after the sole indictment was announced, some wept, some chanted and some marched.Maj. Stephen Martin, a spokesman for the Kentucky National Guard, told ABC News that Gov. Andy Beshear authorized the deployment of a portion of the Kentucky National Guard to Louisville.“We will be engaged in limited and specific missions, protecting critical infrastructure. Our Guard leadership has been directed to retain command and control at all times while working with the Louisville Metro Police Department,” he said in a statement.The governor later activated 500 guardsmen.“We’re here to support the city of Louisville and its citizens and provide public safety,” Brig. Gen. Hal Lamberton, Kentucky’s adjutant general, said in a statement.Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced a 72-hour curfew starting Wednesday night at 9 p.m.Fischer told reporters that there were arrests during one protest that took place on Bardstown Road.Demonstrators and police in riot gear squared off after some protesters allegedly knocked over patio furniture at a business, according to Louisville ABC affiliate WHAS-TV. Officers allegedly used pepper balls to disperse the crowd and arrested some protesters.The mayor did not give more details on the number of arrests. Officers used their vehicles to block streets closer to downtown Louisville.Protesters grew throughout the evening, with most remaining peaceful marching through the streets.Many chanted Taylor’s name and “Black Lives Matter,” as a line of officers stood shoulder to shoulder, blocking them from parts of Louisville.Protesters gathered across the country Wednesday night, including in New York City, Portland, Seattle, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago and Minneapolis.In Seattle and Portland, Oregon, where protests have been held nearly every night since the death of George Floyd in May, protesters violently clashed with authorities.An unlawful assembly was declared in Seattle after multiple fires were set and explosives were thrown at officers, according to police.“Protestors continue to throw rocks, bottles, and even a fire extinguisher at officers. Additional arrests have been made,” the department tweeted.Multiple officers were injured, including one who was hit with a baseball bat, which cracked his helmet, according to a statement from the Seattle Police Department.A group of protesters was causing property damage as they marched through Seattle, authorities said. Around 10:45 p.m. local time, police said protesters approached the East Precinct and threw an explosive that went through a gate and exploded near bike officers. A few minutes later, wires that power the security cameras to the precinct were cut.When officers tried to arrest the suspect who allegedly threw the explosive, rocks and bottles were thrown at them, police said. Officers then “deployed pepper spray and blast balls.” Authorities said 13 people were arrested with charges ranging from property destruction, resisting arrest and assault on an officer.Portland Police say an awning outside a precinct was lit on fire and “multiple rocks” were thrown, leaving substantial damage. Authorities also said a Molotov cocktail was thrown towards officers overnight.Hundreds gathered outside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, while large groups also gathered in Atlanta and marched to city hall in Austin, Texas. Groups gathered in downtown Denver and Sacramento, California, as well.All of the gatherings nationwide appeared largely peaceful.Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman, was shot dead by police while in her Louisville home on March 13. Taylor and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, were asleep when three Louisville Metro Police Department officers, including Hankison, tried to execute a “no-knock” search warrant. The officers were investigating a suspected drug operation linked to Taylor’s ex-boyfriend. No drugs were found in the apartment.Walker contends he asked the officers to identify themselves as they tried to break open the door, but got no response, which prompted him to open fire with his licensed gun. Mattingly was shot in the leg, according to Cameron.The attorney general said Hankison fired no shots that struck Taylor. He added Detective Myles Cosgrove and Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly were “justified” when they opened fire 22 times during the incident since they were returning fire.Hankison was fired and the other officers involved were placed on administrative duty.Taylor’s death sparked months of nationwide protests against police violence and calls for the officers to be charged.Across the country, people turned to social media Wednesday to voice their frustration and anger.Chanelle Helm, an organizer of Black Lives Matter Louisville, said, “We shouldn’t be too surprised at what’s happening.”“What is frustrating is that white supremacy, this government and its elected officials continue to deny us healing and any taste of what real justice looks like. Justice in this country is nonexistent,” Helm said in a statement. “This country hasn’t changed. This country hasn’t come to the realization that fascism was its only goal. We move every day for capitalism and not for humanity. Instead of bringing in paths for healing, we keep bringing in more law enforcement, more military and more representations of the systems we desperately need to dismantle.”The ACLU of Kentucky called this “the latest miscarriage of justice in our nation’s long history of denying that Black lives matter.”“We join the Taylor family and the community in protesting and mourning the Commonwealth’s choice to deny justice for Breonna,” the ACLU said in a statement. “Breonna Taylor was killed when plainclothes officers used a no-knock warrant to enter her home in the middle of the night. They did not even perform life-saving measures as she took her last breaths after they shot her five times. Throughout this tragic series of events, including today, the police and prosecutors continuously have failed Breonna Taylor, her family, and Black Kentuckians.”“This outcome shows us that true police accountability does not exist in Kentucky,” the ACLU said. “The results of this investigation reflect insufficient standards for police use of force, government-sanctioned violence and terror in communities of color, and a need to completely rebuild our justice system.”Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP, tweeted, “Breonna Taylor deserves justice. This was not justice. 1 of the 3 officers was indicted for wanton endangerment. No one was charged for her murder.”“We must take this anger to the polls, and vote this November like we’ve never voted before,” he said. “Black Lives Matter.”Cameron said federal prosecutors are looking into potential civil rights charges.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Oxford students set up COVID-19 support website for Zimbabwe

first_imgThe website states: “We are a group of Zimbabwean professionals and researchers in the diaspora. We all have family and friends in the country. We are living through COVID-19 in other countries, but are deeply concerned about the threat of the virus to Zimbabweans. Zimbabwe faces challenges of poverty, a weakened public health system, high rates of HIV-AIDS and other underlying medical conditions, food insecurity, unemployment and fiscal instability that make the COVID-19 threat to Zimbabwe particularly severe.” “Two, through amplifying the efforts of others in Government and civil society in Zimbabwe, including by encouraging Zimbabweans in the diaspora to help wherever they can. This includes information on GoFundMe campaigns and innovations by local universities.” Five Oxford students are part of a global group of Zimbabwean students and young professionals who have founded the Zimbabwe Covid-19 Support Hub. The website pools data, advice, and support information to amplify the Zimbabwean government and civil society’s responses to coronavirus. Abudu told Cherwell: “It was really the first COVID-19 death that was the wake-up call, because the case was of a young rising media star we all knew: Zororo Makamba. Motivated and deeply saddened by this, we had to act in such uncertain times and provide a platform to use our talents to contribute to the fight against COVID-19 in Zimbabwe.” Zimbabwe Covid-19 Support Hub shares information on its website, and can also be found on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Are you wondering how you can explain COVID-19 (coronavirus) to 3-6 year olds in ways they can understand? Worry no more, here’s verified information in Shona and Ndebele to help you. Share with family and friends! #ZimCovid19— Zimbabwe COVID-19 Support Hub (@zimcovid19) April 9, 2020 They collect and share information from authoritative sources, including accurate health advice, government information on the spread of the virus in Zimbabwe, and government measures. The website also collates details about how to access and support community-based projects, and the organisations to contact for assistance. About 30 Zimbabwean volunteers use their expertise in programming, communication, economics, law, and other fields to run the website. The Oxford students are postgraduates originally from Zimbabwe: Terrens Muradzikwa from Keble College, Prince Abudu and Itai Muzhingi from Balliol College, and Jason Brickhill and Ngoni Mugwisi from Trinity College. Muradzikwa explained to Cherwell how the website will support Zimbabwe’s response to coronavirus: “One, through busting fake news by sharing verified and accessible COVID-19 information in local languages such as Shona, Ndebele and Kalanga. We have translated expert-reviewed information from various sources such as the Ministry of Health, WHO, and COVID-19 Health Literacy Project. We have been distributing this information over our website and social media channels reaching over 100,000 people.last_img read more

Brook Food donates money from Rofco sales to NHS

first_imgBrook Food Processing Equipment is to donate money to NHS charity Love Musgrove for every Rofco oven sold during lockdown.The equipment supplier, which is based in Somerset, said it would donate £50 from every Rofco oven sold to the official charity of Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton.It added that orders for this type of oven had increased as bakers looked to meet demand.“At the community level, many are beginning to bake bread to serve demand that’s growing across village shops, micro bakeries and other outlets and the increased enquiries we’ve seen for equipment to achieve this has been unexpected,” said Ann Wells, commercial director, Brook Food.“The Rofco oven range suits these producers like nothing else. With the ability to bake authentic breads in a larger-than-domestic scale, they are ideal and bakers are ordering them at high levels to help keep up with a new demand for even more local, authentic and available bread.”Since lockdown began, Brook Food has taken orders for 30 Rofco ovens, meaning the initial donation to Love Musgrove will be £1,500.“We will continue to count up orders and make a donation in the next few months, which we hope will help in some way,” Wells added.last_img read more

DARPA to fund prof research

first_imgThree professors in the Viterbi School of Engineering have won three of ten contracts from a research program that aims to increase efficiency of low-powered electronics, USC announced Friday.The Power Efficiency Revolution For Embedded Computing Technologies Program, or PERFECT Program, is a division in the government’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (or DARPA) that not only deemphasizes constructing hardware, but also focuses more on the impact of the existing technology. DARPA, which was launched in 1958 as a response to the Sputnik launch, is used by software companies and the U.S. military to promote military projects.Michael Fritze, Massoud Pedram and Viktor Prasanna received contracts that will fund their continuing research in ultra low-power microelectronics. The research aims to lower the consumption of power that certain electronic devices use by 64 times less than what the current systems utilize.The competitors included professors from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and UC Berkeley, and Viterbi received more contracts than any other university.The professors, whose three contracts combined are a multi-million dollar deal to fund research for energy conservation, will focus on the benefit of low-powered devices and the dependability of such systems.A research professor of electrical engineering and electrophysics, Fritze created the low-powered circuits that are installed in computers and military electronic systems. The systems are also known as field programmable gate arrays, or FPGA. Fritze’s work has resulted in the lowest-powered FPGAs in the world, according to the Viterbi School of Engineering. Prasanna, who is the Charles Lee Powell Chair in Engineering and a professor of electrical engineering and computer science, was recognized for his work in signal-processing algorithms that work with low-powered devices.Pedram, an associate professor of electrical engineering systems, won for the development of low-powered circuits that are thinner than a single sheet of paper.John Damoulakis, the deputy director of advanced electronics at Viterbi’s Information Sciences Institute, said the systems can be applied to multiple industries.“The university has a long history of developing capable ultra-low-power microelectronics,” Damoulakis said. “These professors have spent decades designing low-powered devices and systems that can be applied to both commercial and military industries.”last_img read more

Katie Ledecky net worth: How much is the five-time Olympic gold medalist worth?

first_img Written By ALSO READ: AP WAS THERE: 1948 London OlympicsLedecky holds the record for the most world championship gold medals(15) for a female swimmer. Ledecky has won a total of 34 medals (28 golds, 5 silvers, and 1 bronze) in major international competitions. In her short career so far, Ledecky has broken a total of fourteen world records.ALSO READ: Fanny Blankers-Koen Shattered Myths At 1948 OlympicsKatie Ledecky net worthAccording to reports from Celebrity Net Worth, the Katie Ledecky net worth is an estimated $4 million. The Katie Ledecky net worth is boosted by the American’s participation in major swimming competitions. Back in May 2018, Katie Ledecky signed her first major endorsement deal with swimwear company TYR. The deal will see Katie Ledecky earn a reported $7 million over the course of six years.ALSO READ: Want To Win Medals At Olympics, Asian Games: Indian Women’s Junior Hockey Forward Mumtaz Katie Ledecky Instagram stunt: Katie Ledecky milk chocolate balance On Monday, Katie Ledecky uploaded a #gotmilk challenge on her Instagram and wooed her 403,000 followers. In the video, Katie Ledecky is seen calmly placing a glass of chocolate milk on the back of her head before swimming the entire length of a pool with the glass perfectly balanced. Her video soon went viral, getting a whopping 177,000 views and over thousands of comments. Katie described her balancing act as one of her ‘best swims ever’.Disclaimer: The above Katie Ladecky net worth information is sourced from various websites/ media reports. The website does not guarantee a 100% accuracy of the figures.Image Credits – Katie Ledecky Instagram LIVE TV First Published: 5th August, 2020 10:31 IST Five-time Olympic Gold medalist Katie Ledecky has been all over the news following her latest balancing act. The 23-year-old swimmer was trending all over social media following after a video showed Ledecky balancing a glass of chocolate milk on her head while swimming an entire length of a pool, without spilling a single drop. Here’s a look at the Katie Ledecky Olympic medals and the Katie Ledecky net worth following the swimmer’s astonishing stunt. ALSO READ: Tokyo Olympics Could Witness ‘limited Spectators’ Next Year Due To COVID-19 ConcernsKatie Ledecky Olympic medals Katie Ledecky has won a total of six Olympic medals in her career so far. The first of the Katie Ledecky Olympic medals came at the 2012 London Olympics when she won gold in the 800m freestyle. Ledecky then crowned herself as the most decorated female athlete at the 2016 Rio Olympics when she won four gold medals and one silver. Her gold medals came in the 200m, 400m, 800m freestyle and the 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay. Katie won silver in 4 x 100m  Freestyle Relay. Arnold Dsouza center_img SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 5th August, 2020 10:31 IST Katie Ledecky Net Worth: How Much Is The Five-time Olympic Gold Medalist Worth? Katie Ledecky Olympic medals: The American swimmer has a total of six Olympic medals and became the most decorated female athlete at the 2016 Rio Olympics. COMMENT FOLLOW USlast_img read more