Morning Briefing: LA Protests Charges Against Officer In Breonna Taylor’s Death
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On March 13, three officers executed a warrant at Breonna Taylor’s apartment in Louisville, Kentucky, busted through the front door with a battering ram, and fatally shot her.
The officers were searching for evidence related to drug crimes allegedly committed by Taylor’s former boyfriend, who did not live in the apartment.
Today, a grand jury announced that charges will be filed against one of those officers – but not in connection to Taylor’s death. Rather, the charges are in response to the officer firing into neighboring apartments.
I’m not sure there’s much more to say about this than to present the facts. But protesters are gathering around the country, including here in Los Angeles, to voice their hurt, anger, frustration, devastation, and more. Black Lives Matter-L.A. organized a protest at the Hall of Justice Wednesday afternoon, and Revolution Club Los Angeles organized an evening march that wound its way through the streets of downtown.
Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and stay safe out there.
Coming Up Today, September 24
A group of Black and Latino/a public school families are filing a lawsuit, claiming that LAUSD’s plans for distance learning violate students’ right to a basic public education under the California Constitution. Carla Javier will report on the suit, which also alleges Black students, Latina/o students, English learners, and students with disabilities are disproportionately negatively impacted.
As the movement to reduce funding for armed policing and reinvest that money into care-based programs gains momentum, some long-held assumptions about law enforcement’s role in traffic safety are being challenged. Ryan Fonseca explores the systemic racism and political shortfalls that have plagued traffic safety in L.A. and beyond to understand how things could change.
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The Past 24 Hours In LA
Climate Change: California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order requiring that only zero emissions passenger vehicles, including both cars and trucks, be sold in the state as of 2035. The new climate change center at UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health plans to study and help implement policies for adapting to and slowing climate change.
Wildfires: The Bobcat Fire has burned more than 113,000 acres in the Angeles National Forest and is at 38% containment.
Seeking Justice: One of the three officers involved in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor will face charges – although they are not related directly to her death. In New Mexico's Navajo Nation, Chinese immigrants from L.A. are toiling on an illegal marijuana farm run by a tribal member and an L.A.-based businessman – and some activists are concerned about human trafficking.
A New Start: California State University trustees picked Joseph I. Castro as the new chancellor of the 23-campus system – the first California native and first Mexican American to serve in the position.
Self-Care: In this week’s episode of Servant of Pod with Nick Quah, Nick talks with the hosts of Forever35 about starting their self-care podcast, watching its community grow, and what's bringing them peace right now.
Photo Of The Day
A protester holds a sign in downtown L.A. following the decision of a grand jury in the case of the officers who fatally shot Breonna Taylor.
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