Louisville officer shot while executing a warrant at Breonna Taylor's home has sued her boyfriend
- Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly claims he is entitled to damages for medical treatment, trauma and pain he suffered after he was fired upon by Walker, who was with Taylor, 26, the moment she was fatally shot by police.
- In response, Mattingly, who was at the entrance of Taylor's home, fired six shots down the hallway, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said in a news conference in late September.
- Detective Myles Cosgrove, who was also in the doorway, shot 16 times, and former detective Brett Hankison fired his weapon 10 times, "including from an outside sliding glass door and through a bedroom window," Cameron said.
- Two of them told journalists this week that prosecutors were dismissive of their questions and there was an "uproar" when the grand jurors realized Louisville police officers would not be charged in Taylor's death.
NFL legend endorses Trump for president
- The endorsement comes a little more than a week since Favre asked Trump during a town hall how professional sports leagues should promote an anti-racism position without alienating fans.
- Favre mostly avoided making political statements throughout his playing career and since retiring in 2010.
- But in July, he was photographed golfing with President Trump.
- The two "discussed the importance of sports as a critical unifying and uplifting part of the safe reopening of America," White House deputy press secretary Brian Morgenstern said, according to CNN affiliate WTMJ.
- While NFL team owners have donated millions to Trump's campaign in the past, Favre is one of the few former or current NFL players to endorse the President.
- In 2017 and 2018, he criticized Colin Kaepernick and other players who knelt during the National Anthem to protest police violence against Black Americans and said they should be fired.
Lil Wayne met with Trump and praised the President's plan for Black Americans
- Trump's "platinum plan" is geared toward Black voters and includes a number of broad initiatives like building neighborhoods with the "highest policing standards," expanding school choice and improving economic opportunity for Black Americans.
- When the President unveiled the plan in late September, though, he did not specify what those economic initiatives for Black Americans would entail.
- Both Lil Wayne and the President have made widely criticized remarks regarding racial justice.
- Trump, earlier this year, called Black Lives Matter "a symbol of hate" and accused the movement of provoking killings of police officers.
- In 2016, Carter was criticized for an interview with "Nightline" when he said he didn't feel "connected" to the Black Lives Matter movement.
- Lil Wayne has mostly avoided commenting on racial justice issues since, though in May, he hosted Dr. Anthony Fauci on his Apple Music radio show to discuss the pandemic's impact on Black Americans.
Virus surging in every swing state
- A record-setting surge in new infections nationally is coming at the worst possible time for President Donald Trump, who has made a claim that the country is "turning the corner" in the pandemic a catchcry in the final days of the campaign.
- But the spiking case numbers and rising hospitalisations in key battleground states could deter some Republicans from voting, even though the party insists Trump supporters remain fiercely motivated to show up.
- The surge in cases also puts Trump on the defensive and keeps the focus at the end of the race on his handling of the pandemic, which Democrat Joe Biden has made a central part of his campaign.
- In a note, AGF chief investment officer Kevin McCreadie said a Blue Wave, or Democratic sweep of the White House and both chambers of Congress, is now "the most likely US election outcome" facing investors.
The NYPD will have a Black woman as its chief of patrol for the first time
- The announcement came on Thursday from NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea, who said he is "beyond proud" to name Chief Juanita Holmes to serve in the post.
- New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has been criticized for not putting a black person in the position and has passed over Ben Tucker, the second in command at the NYPD and highest ranking black leader in the department, when hiring Shea and his predecessor James O'Neill.
- After beginning her career on patrol in 1987, Holmes rose through the ranks as sergeant, lieutenant, captain, deputy inspector, inspector, deputy chief, and finally assistant chief in 2016 -- the first African American woman to serve as borough commander in that role.
- The rising star, who serves alongside 16 other immediate family members, also oversaw the department's School Safety Division and commanded both the Domestic Violence Unit and the Office of the Deputy Commissioner of Training.
Opinion: Vote the whole ballot. The next decade depends on it
- In most states, the winners of state legislative elections will be in the driver's seat for redrawing their states' maps -- which will, in turn, determine who controls the next 10 years on voting rights, gun safety, police accountability, Covid-19 recovery and so much more.
- What's at stake is nothing less than what representative democracy looks like in battleground states: Whether one party will have the ability to hold durable legislative majorities for another decade even with a minority of votes, to enact an extreme policy agenda most voters oppose, and to limit voting rights in states that control more than 100 Electoral College votes.
- The echoes of 2010's Republican state legislative triumph are still felt today: Before Virginia flipped blue last year, nearly 60 million Americans lived in a state where one or both chambers of the state legislature is controlled by the party that won fewer votes in 2018, according to a USC Schwarzenegger Institute study.
Susan Collins: 'I do not believe systemic racism is a problem in the state of Maine'
- Washington (CNN) - Sen. Susan Collins, a Maine Republican defending her seat in a competitive reelection fight, said during a debate on Wednesday that she does not think that systemic racism is a problem in the state.
- The comments from the GOP senator came after the moderator asked, "Is the phrase 'Black lives matter' controversial and is there a systemic racism problem here in Maine?," noting that the overwhelming majority of state residents identify as white.
- Gideon, the Democratic challenger, responded to the same question by saying, "Black lives do matter and the reason we have to say it is because there is a legacy of bigotry in this country that results in systemic racism," and noting the existence of racial disparities in Maine.
- Senate Democrats have made Maine one of their top targets where Collins, a long-time GOP incumbent, is facing a tough reelection fight in a state that Hillary Clinton won in the 2016 presidential election.
As experts call for nationwide mask mandate, anti-maskers stab guard 27 times
- As US coronavirus cases dramatically shoot up to the highest peak yet in the pandemic, prominent public health experts are calling for a nationwide mandate to wear masks to try to drag down disease spread.
- The day Gottlieb’s oped ran, a shoe-store security guard in Chicago was stabbed 27 times after asking two sisters to put on masks and use store-provided hand sanitizer.
- In August, a Michigan man died after being stabbed by another customer at a Quality Dairy store, who refused to wear a mask when confronted by a grocery store employee.
- In July, police in California charged a grocery-store security guard and his wife with murder after a fight with a maskless customer.
- And in May, the security guard of a Family Dollar store in Michigan was killed after telling a customer that her child had to wear a mask to enter the store.
Philadelphia shooting is just the latest case in a long history of mental health crisis calls that turned deadly in the US
- In March, 41-year-old Daniel Prude was having a mental health episode when his brother called the Rochester Police Department for help, his family said.
- Police Chief Art Acevedo said Chavez had been incapacitated by multiple Taser cartridges, bean bags and three gunshots before the four officers fired -- after he was down -- a total of 21 shots in the final moments of a 15-minute encounter.
- Of the five people who called 911 that day, four told dispatchers Hall had mental health problems, according to recordings released by police late last June.
- Before the 911 calls were made, his mother said, she had also been communicating with the police and told them he had mental health problems.
- As a second officer prepared a Taser, the man "rapidly drew an object" and placed both hands on it "like you would be holding a firearm," Davis said.
Four families connected by pain are hoping to use their influence to get out the vote
- The 26-year-old, who was shot and killed in March by Louisville police officers after they broke open her apartment door, never missed an opportunity to vote, her aunt Bianca Austin told CNN.
- Just days before Election Day, the families of Taylor, George Floyd, Jacob Blake, and Alvin Cole are joining forces at a rally in Chicago on Thursday in an effort to encourage people to vote.
- Meanwhile, Austin will be out in Louisville with other members of the Breonna Taylor Foundation, escorting people to polling sites and making sure they're filling out their ballots correctly.
- When people recognize them as the brothers of George Floyd -- whose killing has been a catalyst for the change seen in police departments across the nation -- they're anxious to talk about what's on their minds, Philonise Floyd said.