Good morning. It's Thursday, Sept. 24, and protests broke out across the US last night after Kentucky prosecutors released their charging decision in the shooting of Breonna Taylor. Have feedback? Let us know at email@example.com.
Thousands protested in major cities across the country last night after prosecutors declined to directly charge officers in the March shooting of Breonna Taylor. In Louisville, Kentucky, where Taylor was killed, at least 46 people were arrested and two police officers were shot. Both are in stable condition and recovering, and a suspect has been arrested. The officers were said to be investigating reports of gunfire and a
large crowd just blocks east of the state courthouse; few details on the incident were available as of early this morning.
One officer, former Detective Brett Hankison was charged with three felony counts of wanton endangerment, not directly related to Taylor's death, but instead for firing multiple shots that traveled through a wall and into the adjacent apartment. Hankison was terminated in June, and the neighboring family filed suit.
Taylor was killed during a midnight
no-knock raid on her apartment. Though her name and residence were on the warrant (case fact-check), she was considered a soft target with police having located the prime suspect. Taylor was shot multiple times when her boyfriend exchanged gunfire with officers, believing them to be intruders. Her death became a central rallying cry for racial and social justice protests that have gripped the nation.
Experts had previously said the case presented a number of legal tangles that would make it difficult for prosecutors to prove officers acted with excessive force.
J&J Reaches Phase 3
Pharmaceutical and consumer goods giant Johnson & Johnson announced yesterday its COVID-19 vaccine candidate has entered Phase 3 clinical trials, becoming the fourth company to reach the final stage of testing. Officials said 60,000 volunteers will receive the single-shot drug—an advantage over Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca, whose Phase 3 candidates each require two staggered doses. The approach uses an engineered version of a much weaker bug, adenovirus 26—a technique also being used to fight Zika and Ebola. Results are expected by early 2021.
Separately, new data provide cautious optimism ($$, WashPo) for K-12 school reopenings. A new nationwide dashboard released its first batch of tracking data, showing two-week infection rates at 0.08% for students and 0.15% for staff, at or below the surrounding community rates. Figures are expected to rise as bigger school districts begin shifting to in-person schooling; find the
continuously updated dashboard here.
The US has reported 6.93 million total COVID-19 cases as of this morning, with 201,909 deaths. See rolling averages for both here and here.
Justice Targets 230
The Justice Department submitted a proposal to Congress yesterday that would modify longstanding protections for a number of internet behemoths including Facebook, Google, Twitter, and others.
The draft legislation targets Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (see overview), which
effectively treats internet companies as publishing intermediaries not responsible for lawful content posted by others. The law also protects companies from editing or deleting content broadly defined as objectionable—if done in good faith—even if otherwise protected by the First Amendment. The changes would narrow the protections, potentially opening up companies to lawsuits for moderating anything not explicitly illegal.
Nearly 75% of Americans believe platforms exhibit bias in content moderation, though experts say users often misunderstand policies and fail to
distinguish between legitimate content and mis- or disinformation.
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"In any case you mustn't confuse a single failure with a final defeat."
- F. Scott Fitzgerald, "Tender is the Night"
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