Breonna Taylor protests in Louisville: Two officers shot will recover, over 100 demonstrators arrested


first_imgiStock/ChiccoDodiFCBy EMILY SHAPIRO and IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — Two Louisville police officers shot during Wednesday night’s protests are doing well and will survive their injuries, announced interim police chief Robert Schroeder, who also said that more than 100 people were arrested during the demonstrations that followed the grand jury’s decision in the Breonna Taylor case.Maj. Aubrey Gregory, who is the commander of Louisville police department’s special operations division, was shot while leading the protest response on the ground, Schroeder said. Gregory has since been treated and released from a hospital for a gunshot wound to the hip, Schroeder said.The other officer who was shot is Robinson Desroches, who was struck in the abdomen. He underwent surgery and is in stable condition and expected to recover, the interim chief said.One suspect was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree assault and 14 counts of wanton endangerment directed against police officers, Schroeder said.President Donald Trump, who earlier Wednesday said he was not familiar enough with the case to comment, tweeted Wednesday night that he was praying for the officers.“The Federal Government stands behind you and is ready to help. Spoke to @GovAndyBeshear and we are prepared to work together, immediately upon request!” he wrote.Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden tweeted, “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 followed hours of protests throughout Louisville, which erupted after a Kentucky grand jury on Wednesday indicted one officer on charges of endangering Taylor’s neighbors during the police shooting that resulted in her death.After the sole indictment was announced, some wept, some chanted and some marched. Many chanted Taylor’s name and “Black Lives Matter,” as a line of officers stood shoulder-to-shoulder, blocking them from parts of the city.Schroeder said during Wednesday night’s protests there were several instances of unlawful behavior — including looting, damage to businesses, damage to a public works vehicle and the moving of barricades — during which police intervened.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. Officers allegedly used pepper balls to disperse the crowd.Louisville police made 127 arrests Wednesday night, Schroeder said.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.The governor later activated 500 guardsmen.Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced a 72-hour curfew starting at 9 p.m. The police officers were shot Wednesday just before the 9 p.m. curfew went into effect.On Wednesday, former Louisville police officer Brett Hankison 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.”Protests spread across the country Wednesday night, from New York City to to Portland to Seattle to Chicago to Atlanta to Washington, D.C., in remembrance of the 26-year-old Taylor.Taylor 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.People also 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

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first_imgDESSERTS company Vittles Desserts is planning to expand its bakery in Leicester from 10,000sq ft to 14,000sq ft in the next 18 months. The £2.5m turnover company needs more space, primarily due to increased demand on the cheesecake side of its business, MD Martin Zalesny told British Baker. Vittles Desserts supplies coffee shops and own-label for foodservice customers including Booker and Delice de France.DURING March, April and May, ADM Milling will be offering users of its Bakers Mixes confectionery range a promotional competition. With a first prize of a family break to Alton Towers and runners-up prizes, the competition includes a complimentary point-of-sale pack.last_img

Self-Bonding Leading to Environmental Hazards As Coal Company Bankruptcies Mount


first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享By Mead Gruver in the Seattle Times: CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — As more coal companies file for bankruptcy, it’s increasingly likely that taxpayers will be stuck with the very high costs of preventing abandoned mines from becoming environmental disasters.The question is not if, but when, where and how many more coal mines will close as the industry declines, analysts say. Many mines already operate at a loss, and there’s not enough money in the fuel anymore to enable their owners to keep their promises to clean up the land.“It’s sort of a situation where nobody, really, is going to end up looking good,” said James Stevenson, director of North American coal for analyst firm IHS. “The states have I think a significant risk — the federal government does as well.”This reclamation crisis looms because of a practice called self-bonding, which allows coal companies to promise to eventually cover the cost of cleaning up abandoned mines without first setting aside the necessary money.Because of self-bonding, billions of dollars in legally required reclamation funding exist only as IOUs, without dedicated assets or bonds backed by third-party investors.Nationwide, self-bonding in the coal-mining industry tops $3.3 billion. That includes $2.3 billion in IOUs that the three biggest bankrupt coal companies — Alpha Natural Resources, Arch Coal and Peabody — owe in five states, according to an Associated Press analysis of bonding obligations in the top 16 coal-mining states.The dilemma for state and federal regulators got even bleaker when the nation’s largest coal producer, Peabody, filed for Chapter 11 protection from its creditors in April. Peabody alone holds more than $1.1 billion in self-bonding obligations for mines in Illinois, Indiana, New Mexico and Wyoming, where its North Antelope Rochelle mine produces almost 12 percent of the nation’s coal.With several major U.S. coal producers filing for Chapter 11 over the last two years, the issue will play an important part in shaping coal’s future. Mines in Appalachia are particularly likely to close as the industry consolidates around a smaller number of still-profitable mines out West, Stevenson said.Full article:  http://www.seattletimes.com/business/mine-environmental-risk-grows-with-bankruptcies-in-big-coal/ Self-Bonding Leading to Environmental Hazards As Coal Company Bankruptcies Mountlast_img read more

New York Fed Chief Stands Firm Against Charges of Weak Oversight


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York WASHINGTON–For almost two hours Friday, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York defended heated assertions from Democratic senators that his institution is too cozy with big banks to be an effective guardian of the financial system.At times stammering and flustered, New York Fed President Bill Dudley stood behind the work of his staff and insisted that the nation’s too-big-to-fail banks were safer for it.The Senate Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection called the hearing to explore issues of regulatory capture in light of reports by ProPublica and This American Life and other news media that the New York Fed had failed to act aggressively in the face of suspect transactions or questions raised by its examiners.But Dudley insisted the New York Fed had adopted an array of changes since the 2008 financial crisis, including steps to remedy what a 2009 study said was a culture of deference and unwillingness to hear dissenting views.“We should be judged on where the banking industry is today versus where it was six years ago,” said Dudley. “I think we’ve made a lot of progress. Are we where we want to be? Absolutely not.”He also pointed to yesterday’s announcement by the Federal Reserve Board that it had launched reviews of its supervisory procedures involving big banks, to be conducted both internally and by the Fed’s inspector general’s office.No Republican senators attended Friday’s session, leaving Dudley to confront a handful of Democrats who took turns firing off one series of skeptical questions after another.Chairman Sherrod Brown of Ohio described Dudley’s written testimony as “a sunny description” belied by a lack of public confidence in financial regulators. Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon termed Dudley’s defense of the New York Fed “a very glib presentation of everything being wonderful.”Dudley disagreed that the New York Fed’s role is to police Wall Street, describing it more like that of a “fire warden” to ensure the financial system “does not catch on fire and burn down.” In several sharp exchanges with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, he declined to concede that the New York Fed’s culture contributed to weak oversight.“Is there a cultural problem at the New York Fed? I’m convinced there is. I think the evidence says that there is,” Warren admonished. “You need to fix it Mr. Dudley, or we need to get someone who will.”Questioning at several points touched on incidents involving Carmen Segarra, a former New York Fed examiner who secretly recorded some 46 hours of meetings while embedded at Goldman Sachs in 2012. Segarra, part of a new wave of specialists hired by the New York Fed after the financial crisis, was fired after seven months on the job.A week before her dismissal, Segarra’s supervisor tried repeatedly to convince her to change her views on whether Goldman Sachs had a conflicts-of-interest policy. Segarra contends in a lawsuit that she was fired for refusing to budge, an accusation the New York Fed has denied. Her case was dismissed but is on appeal.Asked about the incident, one that Segarra recorded, Dudley said supervisor Michael Silva and others had concluded that Goldman did, in fact, have a conflicts-of-interest policy but were trying to turn the discussion to whether it was a good one.Dudley said “this issue was vetted” inside the bank and that the problem was Segarra’s “lack of a willingness to agree” with her supervisors that Goldman did have a policy. Previously the New York Fed has declined to comment on the recordings on grounds that they contain confidential supervisory information.Segarra was not invited to testify at the hearing but sat in the audience scribbling notes as Dudley and the senators talked about events she had witnessed in her seven-month tenure at the New York Fed. They included deliberations about a transaction involving the Spanish bank, Banco Santander, that also were captured on Segarra’s recordings.In early 2012, Goldman and Santander arranged a deal to help the Spanish bank achieve capital levels demanded by European regulators. Senators asked whether the Fed should have taken a stronger stance on what Silva, the head Fed supervisor embedded at Goldman, had called a “legal but shady” transaction.Dudley said the deal was thoroughly reviewed, found to be legal and did not pose a reputational risk to Goldman. Under questioning from Warren, he said he did not know if the New York Fed ever notified European banking authorities but that the Bank of Spain was informed about the deal.One clause in the deal seemed to require pre-approval by the New York Fed. “The implication that we were somehow approving the transaction is false,” Dudley said. Yet the New York Fed did review other transactions to ensure that Goldman was not making similar claims elsewhere, he said.Three expert witnesses followed Dudley, including David Beim, a Columbia University professor who led the 2009 investigation into the New York Fed’s regulatory culture.Beim said the most important thing Congress could do to reduce the odds of regulatory capture 2013 when government watchdogs get too close to the institutions they oversee 2013 is to strengthen revolving door rules. The existing one-year wait required before regulators can work at bank they supervised should be extended to three years, he said.Beim said Segarra’s experience of feeling pressured by superiors “illustrated in Technicolor” the cultural issues his 2009 study uncovered at the New York Fed. “It does suggest to me … continuing problems,” he said.ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter.last_img read more

Local family launches ‘Cuddle Bear Drive’ during Batesville Fire & Rescue Summerfest


first_imgBatesville, In. — The Batesville Fire and Rescue Summerfest is Saturday and a local family is launching a “Cuddle Bear Drive” to support first responders.A $25 donation will fund a full Cuddle Bear set and there will be a 50 percent match of all donations. The goal is toraise enough money to fund 240 Cuddle Bear sets.The bears will given to local first responders who will give them to children they meet in the line of duty.For more information please call 812-363-3763.last_img