“I’m free,” Irons said after walking out of the Jefferson City Correctional Center. “I’m blessed.”
A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 515,000 people worldwide. Over 10.6 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations' outbreaks.
Police Chief Carmen Best reiterated her support for Black Lives Matter movement, but said of the weekslong occupation: "Enough is enough."
Hong Kong police arrested a 24-year-old man at the city's airport in the early hours of Thursday on suspicion of attacking and wounding an officer during protests against a new national security law Beijing imposed on the financial hub. Hong Kong police fired water cannon and tear gas and arrested more than 300 people on Wednesday as protesters took to the streets in defiance of the sweeping security legislation introduced by China to snuff out dissent. On Wednesday, police posted pictures on Twitter of an officer with a bleeding arm saying he was stabbed by "rioters holding sharp objects". The suspects fled while bystanders offered no help, police said. A police spokesman told Reuters the arrested man was surnamed Wong but could not confirm if he was leaving Hong Kong or working at the airport. Local newspaper Apple Daily, citing unnamed sources, said the suspect was onboard a Cathay Pacific flight to London due to depart just before midnight.
The U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee said on Wednesday it had rescheduled until later in July a hearing in its investigation of the firing of the State Department's inspector general, with testimony from a top aide to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Brian Bulatao, the under-secretary of State for management, was to have testified to the committee on Thursday. Bulatao has emerged as a central figure in the removal of Steve Linick as State's inspector general.
"We put together 600 lawyers and a group of people throughout the country who are going into every single state to try to figure out whether chicanery is likely to take place," Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, said on a video conference with donors to his campaign. Biden's remarks come as the candidate offers dire warnings about efforts by Republicans to cheat in the Nov. 3 election while also criticizing his election opponent, Republican President Donald Trump, for undermining confidence in the vote. A senior political adviser and top lawyer for Trump's campaign, Justin Clark, said Biden is lying and stoking fear while Democrats are trying to "fundamentally change" how elections are conducted, an apparent reference to their support for widespread mail-in voting.
Relatives gather in California’s capital after fatal shootings of two Latino men last monthFamily members of Sean Monterrosa and Erik Salgado – two Latino men shot to death in separate incidents by law enforcement in the Bay Area last month – gathered on Wednesday on the steps of the California’s state capitol to demand answers and accountability.Monterrosa, 22, was killed on 2 June when Vallejo police responded to reports of alleged looting, and an officer in an unmarked vehicle fired five bullets at him through the vehicle’s windshield. Monterrosa was unarmed, on his knees with his hands up.“We’re demanding footage, we’re demanding officers’ names. We don’t just want prosecution. We want a conviction. They know they murdered my brother,” said Sean’s sister Michelle Monterrosa.Just four days after Monterrosa was killed, California highway patrol (CHP) officers pursuing a vehicle they suspected had been stolen opened fire on the car, killing the driver, 23-year-old Erik Salgado, and injuring his pregnant girlfriend, Brianna Colombo. Colombo survived, but the baby did not, family members said.Salgado’s sister, Amanda Majail-Blanco, said she believes police have focused on the vehicle, and whether it was stolen, in order to distract from the killing.“I feel like they’re trying to paint him as this person, this criminal, in order to justify the fact they murdered him. They’re trying to erase him. And I’m afraid it’s going to become the story people tell,” Majail-Blanco.“My brother was a product of his environment. He had his past, like we all do, but he was a good dad, he was a hard worker, and he was robbed of the opportunity to become a better man,” she added.Though CHP officers fired the shots that killed Salgado, the Oakland police department has said it is conducting a criminal investigation while the county’s district attorney investigates the use of deadly force.“This is about as bad a shooting as you could see,” said John Burris, a civil rights attorney who is representing the families of Salgado and Monterrosa.“We have different officers firing into the car and shooting Salgado more than 40 times. His body was just riddled with bullets, both in the front and back. A young lady in the passenger seat was shot – all while investigating a stolen car. A stolen car in no way justifies the use of deadly force,” Burris said.CHP said that officers fired into the car after Salgado attempted to “ram” patrol cars to escape a road block, but Burris said he had uncovered evidence that contradicts the official police narrative.Burris said that law enforcement collected surveillance footage from nearby houses that could clarify what happened in the final minutes of Salgado’s life, but that police so far have not released reports, photographs or footage they have requested.Meantime, California’s attorney general, Xavier Becerra, declined last week to investigate Monterrosa’s shooting, which had been requested by the district attorney in Solano county, where the shooting took place. Becerra said the Solano county DA had not proven she was incapable of investigating the case on her own.“Absent a conflict of interest, an abuse of discretion or other exceptional circumstances, the Department of Justice does not assume responsibility for local investigations or prosecutions typically handled by local authorities,” Becerra’s office said in a statement.Three days prior, Becerra had announced plans to “review and reform” the Vallejo police department, whose officers have killed 19 people since 2010, one of the highest rates in the state.The officer who shot Monterrosa, Detective Jarrett Tonn, has been involved in four shootings in five years and is one of 14 Vallejo policemen whom residents and activists call the “Fatal 14” – officers who have repeatedly shot and killed citizens and escaped consequences.Michelle Monterrosa, Sean’s sister, said the attorney general’s decision not to investigate, coupled with elected officials’ silence on the shootings, speak to a lack of political will when it comes to investigating the killing of black and brown people.“Becerra can’t just choose when he wants to be Latino and stand up for black and brown people,” said Monterrosa.
The record follows a warning by the government's top infectious diseases expert that the number could soon double to 100,000 cases a day if Americans do not come together to take steps necessary to halt the virus' resurgent spread, such as wearing masks when unable to practice social distancing. In the first week of June, the United States added about 22,000 new coronavirus cases each day. In the last seven days of June, daily new infections almost doubled to 42,000 nationally.
the Army announced a probe into the local program intended to respond to and prevent sexual assault.
China on Thursday reported three new coronavirus cases in the mainland for July 1, compared with three cases a day earlier, the health authority said. Two of the new infections were imported cases, the National Health Commission said in a statement, while the capital city of Beijing reported one new case. China also reported two new asymptomatic patients, down from three a day earlier.
Haitian President Jovenel Moïse has granted executive clemency to 415 prisoners, including at least 15 hardened criminals who human rights advocates say should not be walking free.