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Cramm for 5/20/21
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THE HIGHLIGHTS

Everyone’s talking about Ronald Greene. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

Back in 2019, a 49 year old Black man named Ronald Greene was killed by state troopers outside Monroe, Louisiana, after he led them on a high-speed chase. Initially, Greene’s family was told he died on impact after crashing into a tree. But then the story changed, with police saying he struggled with officers and died on his way to the hospital. State police maintained that the troopers’ use of force was totally justified - and didn’t open an investigation until 474 days after Greene’s death. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

Over the years, the public’s never been able to get a look at any sort of body cam footage. Untillll now. See: recently, the Associated Press got ahold of a 46 minute body cam video showing Greene’s death. And it’s intense. In the video, state troopers can be seen stunning, punching, and dragging Greene as he apologizes for leading them on that high-speed chase and yells, “I’m scared! I’m scared!” Greene is then shackled, handcuffed, and put facedown. He’s left unattended and moaning for more than 9 minutes as officers use sanitizer wipes to wash blood off their hands and faces. Greene disappears from the footage for a few minutes, and then he reappears limp, unresponsive, and bleeding. He’s then taken to the hospital. 

 

THE REACTION. 

The video is leading to renewed anger over Greene’s death. This comes as his family filed a wrongful death lawsuit alleging troopers “brutalized” him and covered it up. 

 

THE TAKE. 

The DOJ and FBI are investigating the death, too. TBD on what they uncover. 


THE ACTION

USA: Yesterday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a “heartbeat bill” into law, banning abortions after six weeks of pregnancy - with zero exceptions for rape or incest. ICYDK, six weeks is before many people even know they’re pregnant. The law also lets private citizens sue abortion providers for “aiding and abbetting” anyone who violates the ban. Expect reproductive rights advocates to take this to court. In other news, the House of Reps just gave the thumbs-up to the commission to investigate the January 6 Capitol attack. While the commission didn’t get the support of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, 35 Republicans jumped ship and voted in favor of it. Not yet clear whether it’ll get enough votes to pass in the Senate. 

 

WORLD: All eyes are on Israel and Hamas. Last night saw the longest stretch of peace since this latest escalation of violence began about ten days ago. And while air strikes and rocket attacks started up again this morning, there are rising hopes that a ceasefire could be reached soon. Around 220 Palestinians and 12 Israelis - many of whom are kids - have been killed in the violence so far. Meanwhile, a US Navy warship just sailed near disputed China-controlled islands in the South China Sea. Cue backlash from the Chinese gov. In other news, the European Union is set to let in vaccinated travelers from “Covid-safe countries” as early as next week. 

 

ENVIRONMENT: Today, an Indonesian court was set to make a ruling on a citizen lawsuit over pollution in the capital of Jakarta...but then suddenly delayed it to next month, apparently because some docs were missing from the court file. ICYMI, the lawsuit seeks to force Indonesia’s prez and other gov officials to address Jakarta’s dangerous pollution problem, which has led to severe health risks for some of its residents. Think: one man’s lungs showed the kind of damage that comes with cigarettes, even though he’d never smoked in his life. In other news, the world’s largest iceberg - nearly four times the size of New York City - just broke off from Antarctica. You read that right. 


WHAT TO KNOW

An Australian woman:” who woke up with an Irish accent after surgery. Huh? 


SAY WHAT?

“My mum refuses to call my baby by her real name and instead calls her Sushi” - an actual headline. We repeat: huh? 

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