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QUESTIONS: Grand Jury tape of Breonna Taylor case to be released Wednesday

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A tape recording of the Kentucky grand jury proceedings in the Breonna Taylor case will be released on Wednesday after an anonymous juror filed a legal complaint saying the Kentucky Attorney General, Daniel Cameron, misrepresented the case.

The juror said they had not been offered “the option of indicting the two officers who fatally shot the young woman.” The public will find out on Wednesday if that was the case and the details surrounding the case.

The juror said they had not been offered “the option of indicting the two officers who fatally shot the young woman.”

Taylor’s case, is one of many that has spurred nationwide protests and riots across the country. The grand jury indicted the former Louisville police officer for wanton endangerment during the raid that took the life of Taylor.  

However, the other two officers who also fired shots, were not indicted. Moreover, no one was charged for causing Ms. Taylor’s death.

According to reports the former Louisville police officer, Brett Hankison, who was a detective at the time, fired into the sliding glass patio door and window of Ms. Taylor’s apartment. The windows were covered with blinds, so shooting into the apartment was in violation of a department policy. The department, according to reports, requires officers to have a line of sight when they fire their weapons, meaning that they can see what they are firing at.

The three officers, which included Hankison, were dismissed from the force. The letter of termination according to The New York Times stated that that he showed “an extreme indifference to the value of human life.”

There are a lot of questions connected to the Taylor case that still need to be answered but in my opinion the most important one is the one we’re not dealing with: police officer training.

We saw in the case of George Floyd the extensive use of force that led to his killing and in Taylor’s case a failure to follow proper protocol and training when firing a weapon.

I wonder if what we’re seeing has more to do with improper training than racism.

It’s a question worth asking and looking into.

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BREAKING: Senate votes down both articles of impeachment against Mayorkas in party-line vote

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The Senate voted down two articles of impeachment Wednesday which alleged Department of Homeland Security Secretary  Alejandro Mayorkas engaged in the “willful and systemic refusal to comply with the law” regarding the southern border in his capacity as DHS secretary. The second claimed Mayorkas had breached public trust.

What resulted in a party-line vote, began with Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., proposing a point of order declaring the first article unconstitutional, to which the majority of senators agreed following several failed motions by Republicans. The article was deemed unconstitutional by a vote of 51-48, with Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, voting present.

Fox News reports:

Schumer’s point of order was proposed after his request for unanimous consent, which would have provided a set amount of time for debate among the senators, as well as votes on two GOP resolutions and a set amount of agreed upon points of order, was objected to by Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Mo.

Schmitt stated in his objection that the Senate should conduct a full trial into the impeachment articles against Mayorkas, rather than the debate and points of order suggested by Schumer’s unanimous consent request, which would be followed by a likely successful motion to dismiss the articles. 

Republican senators took issue with Schumer’s point of order, as agreeing to it would effectively kill the first of the two articles. Several GOP lawmakers proposed motions, which took precedence over the point of order, to adjourn or table the point, among other things. But all GOP motions failed. 

After another batch of motions to avoid voting on Schumer’s second point of order, which would deem the second article unconstitutional, the Senate agreed to it. The vote was along party lines 51-49, with Murkowski rejoining the Republicans. 

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