Settlement reached with Breonna Taylor’s Family
The city of Louisville, Kentucky, reached a $12 million settlement with Breonna Taylor’s family at a joint press conference Tuesday afternoon with Taylor’s family and their attorneys. The terms of the settlement were announced by Mayor Greg Fischer.
Taylor was the 26-year-old EMT who was killed by police six months ago in her home during a police drug raid in which no money or drugs were found in the apartment.
The settlement includes police reforms to address officer accountability and execution of search warrants.
A wrongful death lawsuit was filed in late April against three Louisville Metro Police Department officers by Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer. She alleged in the lawsuit police used excessive force and the search was grossly negligent, according to NBC News.
Louisville passed Breonna’s Law in June, banning the use of no-knock warrants.
Israel signs deal at the White House establishing formal ties with two Arab states
President Trump moderated a White House signing ceremony Tuesday in which Israel established formal ties with two Arab states, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.
Trump calls this the “flowering” of his Middle East peace plan, according to the Washington Post.
The Abraham Accord, the name of the agreement, outlines the terms for diplomatic, economic and other ties between Israel and two Persian Gulf neighbors.
“We’re here this afternoon to change the course of history,” Trump said. “After decades of division and conflict, we mark the dawn of a new Middle East.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was at the ceremony, and the UAE and Bahrain sent their foreign ministers.
As wildfires rage on the west coast, leaders ask for ‘all the help we can get’
The wildfires raging on the west coast have become an all but inescapable crisis, according to The New York Times.
At least 27 people have died in three states. Fires and evacuations are starting in Idaho, and smoke clouds the skies over Michigan as haze reaches New York City.
More than 5 million acres have been burned so far in Oregon, California and Washington.
“To fight fires of this scale, we need all the help we can get,” said Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, who requested a presidential disaster declaration.
Gov. Gavin Newsom of California met with President Donald Trump on Monday thanking him for federal help. The governors of California, Oregon and Washington all cited climate change for making the fires worse.
“There is no fire suppression plan on this planet that does anyone any good if it doesn’t even acknowledge the role of climate change,” Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington wrote in an open letter Monday.
House will stay in session until COVID-19 relief bill is passed
On Tuesday, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said the House will remain in session until lawmakers deliver another stimulus deal to address COVID-19 relief.
“We are committed to staying here until we have an agreement — an agreement that meets the needs of the American people,” Pelosi said during an interview with CNBC, according to CNN.
House majority Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters the House will vote on a piece of legislation as soon as a deal can be reached.
Democratic leaders have pushed for a $2.2 trillion aid package — an amount top Republicans argue is too costly, according to CNN.