The city of Louisville, Kentucky, will pay the mother of Breonna Taylor $12M and will commit to a series of police reforms, officials announced yesterday. The news was the result of a legal settlement with the family of Taylor, who was killed by police during a midnight no-knock raid in March. Taylor's boyfriend exchanged gunfire with officers—believing them to be intruders—during which Taylor was shot eight times.
The incident has become one of the central focal points of
social and racial justice protests that swept the country this year, with the side effect of drawing attention to the use of no-knock warrants (see overview, PDF). In addition to reviewing the way the city handles warrants, officials committed to establishing programs aimed at building ties between officers and communities.
A decision on whether the officers involved will be charged is still pending. Many rumors have swirled around the incident—see a fact check of major claims ($$, Courier Journal).
Sally Intensifies Before Arrival
Hurricane Sally will hit eastern Alabama and the western Florida panhandle this morning, making a leisurely landfall as a Category 2 hurricane. Meteorologists are more concerned about flooding than high winds. The system's forward movement had slowed to a sluggish 2 mph by yesterday afternoon—the average is 15-20 mph—raising fears of a stall out over cities like Mobile, Alabama, and Pensacola, Florida. Some forecasts predict up to 30 inches of rain in spots along the coast, with between 6 inches and 1 foot expected as the storm moves eastward through South Carolina (see trajectory). As of early this morning, 150,000 homes had already lost power.
The exact mechanics of hurricane slowdowns remain an open question, though studies have shown more frequent stalling over the past 50 years. Sally is the 18th named storm of the busy Atlantic hurricane season—one more named storm and forecasters will switch to Greek letters for just the second time on record (2005 saw 27 named storms).
A group of bipartisan lawmakers revealed a nearly $2T coronavirus stimulus package, the first major package to be proposed not originating from party leadership on either side. While the package is unlikely to be taken up as is, the group of 50 House lawmakers behind the push said they hoped to revive stalled negotiations behind a larger package. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D, CA-12) said the House would not break for an election
recess until a package is passed, but stayed quiet on the new bill; no progress has been made since talks broke down in early August.
Separately, Michael Caputo, the top communications official at the Department of Health and Human Services who caused an uproar after hosting a Facebook live event in which he accused CDC scientists of sedition, apologized to staff and is considering resigning.
The US has reported 6.6 million total cases as of this morning, with 195,942 deaths. See the rolling averages here and here.
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