'It was a massacre': Family of man fatally shot by troopers announces lawsuit
OAKLAND, Calif. — The family of a man killed by CHP officers over a presumed stolen car is filing a lawsuit for his wrongful death after he was shot 18 times.The man’s pregnant girlfriend, who was also struck by gunfire, is claiming the shooting also contributed to the loss of their baby.The law offices of civil rights attorney John Burris announced the federal lawsuit Monday against the California Highway Patrol over the June 2 fatal shooting of Erik Salgado, 23, and his girlfriend Brianna Colombo, who was injured. The car Salgado was driving was struck 40 times; Salgado himself fatally wound...
The Mercury News
US House passes bill to establish Orlando's Pulse Nightclub as a national memorial
ORLANDO, Fla. — The U.S. House unanimously passed a resolution Friday that would establish the Pulse nightclub in Orlando as a national memorial site, four years after a mass shooting there killed 49 and wounded dozens more.“What Pulse is and what Pulse symbolizes is relevant to all Americans,” said co-sponsor of the bill, U.S. Rep. Val Demings, D-Orlando. “We honor not only the victims, but what they stood for, what they represent, and what our country could be and should be.”H.R. 3094 grants a federal designation honoring the 49 lives taken on June 12, 2016, as well as the survivors, first r...
California slow to adopt gun violence measure intended to prevent mass shootings
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California passed a law in the aftermath of the 2014 Isla Vista mass shootings that allow judges to remove guns from the possession of people deemed at extreme risk of using them to harm themselves or others.Now, after examining the initial four years of state data on these extreme risk protection orders, researchers at the University of California, Davis Health reported that California has been slower to utilize the measures compared with other states that have similar laws.The UC Davis analysis offers a look at who’s using these violence prevention tools, who’s being ask...
The Sacramento Bee
New Florida law to teach, recognize 1920 Ocoee massacre that destroyed Black community
ORLANDO, Fla. — A new Florida law will bring more public awareness to the victims of the Ocoee massacre of 1920, when a white mob on Election Day lynched a Black man dedicated to expanding voting access, then burned the city’s Black community to the ground.“This recognition is a way that we start to talk about, not only the history of Ocoee, but the history of the state,” said state Sen. Randolph Bracy, D-Ocoee, who sponsored the legislation.He said in working on the bill, which Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law Tuesday, he learned of other lynchings and acts of racial violence carried out acr...
Fourth person dies after mass shooting at northwest Charlotte street party
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A fourth person has died at a local hospital as a result of the mass shooting that occurred at a multi-day block party on Beatties Ford Road in Charlotte.Nearly 200 shots were fired into a crowd of more than 400 people early Monday, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.The latest victim was identified Wednesday morning as Dairyon Dejean, 31, who died of a gunshot wound, CMPD said.The other victims were identified as Kelly Miller, 29, Christopher Antonio Gleaton, 28, and Jamaa Keon Cassell, 39. One of the three died of injuries suffered from being hit by a car at the scen...
The Charlotte Observer
Governor says love prevails on anniversary of Emanuel AME Church massacre
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said that love, not evil, reigns five years after a shooting inside a Charleston church when nine people were killed by a white supremacist.“Five years ago, we lost nine beautiful souls at Mother Emanuel and our state was shaken by an unspeakable act of hatred and ignorance,” McMaster said Wednesday in a news release. “But evil did not win the day. Love, compassion, strength, and faith — exemplified by the families of the Emanuel 9 — reigned supreme.”Clementa Pinckney, Sharonda Singleton, Daniel Simmons Sr., Cynthia Hurd, Tywanza Sanders, Myra Thompson, Ethel...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
Florida governor orders moment of silence, flags at half -staff to mark Pulse shooting anniversary
ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday ordered a moment of silence and state flags to be flown at half-staff on Friday, the fourth anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando that left 49 innocent people dead.Pulse Remembrance Day, declared in a proclamation signed by the governor, asks Floridians to “pause for a moment of silence” at 9 a.m.The document calls the massacre “one of the darkest moments in our state’s history” and lists the names of all the victims of a gunman who targeted the club just south of downtown Orlando. The shooter was later killed by police aft...
Amid coronavirus, Pulse remembrance will be mostly virtual
ORLANDO, Fla. — In a time of social distancing, Friday’s remembrance of the 2016 Pulse nightclub massacre will be different from years past, but church bells will still sound, rainbow flags will still wave, and the 49 individuals who lost their lives will not be forgotten.“The current public health crisis won’t prevent us from spreading the message of love and hope and unity,” said Jennifer Foster, executive director of One Orlando Alliance, a coalition formed in the aftermath of the June 12 mass shooting at the club four years ago. “The Pulse tragedy was the darkest day in Orlando’s history, ...
Trudy Rubin: From Tiananmen Square to Lafayette Square, Trump's love of military undermines democracy
On June 4, 1989, exactly 41 years ago, China’s military shot, killed and arrested thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.Tens of thousands of Hong Kong protesters came out with candles on Thursday in memory of the massacre, despite a Beijing-backed ban on their rally.Yet Donald Trump, then a 43-year-old real estate magnate, praised the Chinese massacre in 1990. “When the students poured into Tiananmen Square, the Chinese government almost blew it,” Trump told Playboy magazine. “Then they were vicious, they were horrible, but they put it down with strength. That ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
New on DVD: 'The Hunt' not worth pursuit
“The Hunt”: Director Craig Zobel’s horror thriller following a group of “elites” hunting down “deplorables” has been cursed with bad timing. It was originally slated for theatrical release in September 2019, but Universal pulled it after mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. It didn’t see the light of day until March 13, just before governors began shutdowns in wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Its DVD release comes in the midst of nationwide protests and violence following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. But despite the controversy that has surrounded the film, what re...
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