Weekly Roundup (4/19-4/25)


Protesters have taken to the streets in Chicago after 13-year old Adam Toledo was fatally shot in the chest by a police officer. In released body cam footage, Toledo does not appear to be in possession of a weapon as he is shot by Officer Eric Stillman. A handgun was found at the scene by police and it is believed to have been dumped by Toledo. Stillman has had four excessive use of force reports and three complaints filed against him. He has been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation. Two shootings occurred in Austin, Texas and Kenosha County, Wisconsin leaving 6 people dead. 41-year old Stephen Nicholas Broderick has been identified by authorities as the suspect in the shooting at Austin. Preliminary information indicates that he is a former law enforcement officer. Police have stated that the killings were an isolated domestic-violence situation and that there was no risk to the general public. Two men have been arrested for the murders of Jaida Peterson and Remy Fennell in Charlotte, North Carolina. Peterson and Fennell, both black transgender women, were found dead in hotel rooms. Transgender activists state that trans women in the area have difficulties finding employment and housing due to their gender identities, leading many of them to become sex workers and seek housing in hotels.


Representative Maxine Waters (CA-43) is facing backlash from Republicans following her suggestion for protesters to  “get more confrontational” if Derek Chauvin was not found guilty. On Tuesday afternoon, a verdict was reached in the Derek Chauvin case; “Chauvin was found guilty on all charges: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.” Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) has announced that she and Senator Markey (MA) are set to reintroduce the Green New Deal–this comes despite the fact that Democrats hold incredibly small majorities in both the House and Senate. Brazil has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, though with their new vaccine roll out program there has been a visible decrease in death amongst at risk residents. This unfortunately follows the fact that there has been a rise in reported cases of unvaccinated youth.


Ohio state officials are investigating the fatal police shooting of 16-year old Ma’Khia Bryant, who was killed hours after a Minneapolis jury convicted former police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd. Bryant’s death in Columbus, Ohio, sparked street protests there. According to The Wall Street Journal, fake doses of the vaccine Pfizer developed with BioNTech were found in Mexico and Poland. Pfizer tested the vials after authorities seized them in separate investigations. About 80 people paid roughly $1,000 per dose at a Mexican clinic for a phony vaccine that turned out to be distilled water. President Biden urged employers to give workers paid time off to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Biden said businesses with fewer than 500 employees will be able to get reimbursed for the cost of giving workers paid leave to get vaccinated. These businesses will be eligible for refundable tax credits under the American Rescue Plan.


A New Hampshire family’s gender reveal party used explosives which led to several earthquake reports and caused property damage. One neighbor has since reported cracks in their home’s foundation. Akayed Ullah, who detonated a bomb in an NYC subway back 2017 has now been convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Cincinnati is now pledging to provide its citizens with affordable housing–WLWT5 reports “on Wednesday, lawmakers unanimously approved $35.5 million of public money for affordable housing.


With eligibility for COVID vaccines opening up fully for all adults starting on Monday, April 19, supply will likely outstrip the demand for COVID vaccines in the next 2 to 4 weeks. According to Kaiser Health News, it is estimated that around 61% of adults have either received at least one vaccine dose or want to receive shots as soon as possible. The “enthusiasm limit” for vaccines will quickly become an issue once everyone who wants a vaccine receives a vaccine, but the percentage needed for herd immunity still has not been reached. A fatal shooting occurred at San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter left one dead and several injured. The suspect is currently in custody.


The Biden administration is set to increase the allowed number of temporary work visas. “Experts say the increase in temporary work visas at hotels, tourist attractions or landscaping jobs isn’t enough to resolve the current immigration crisis, but it is a step in the right direction.” An Ohio bar owner has claimed that he will now longer showcase NBA games until Lakers’ star Lebron James is expelled. This appears to be a response to James’ outspokenness on systemic racism. Reuters is reporting that India has asked Twitter to remove tweets that are critical of its handling of the pandemic. In India, Covid-19 cases have now reached 17 million and mass funerals are being held as crematoriums reach capacity.


The Supreme Court is entering into a hectic season as justices begin to draft opinions ahead of the S.C’s June term deadline. CNN notes the major topics that are on the chopping block includes: the “Affordable Care Act, the Voting Rights Act and a case on religious liberty.” We can expect divisive discourse surrounding these cases in the near future. A European Union official has announced that, pending changes to restriction guidelines, vaccinated Americans will be able to travel to Europe this summer.

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