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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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Virginia Public Schools Reinstates Two Books Despite Complaints of Pedophilia and Pornography

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Fairfax County Public Schools has reinstated two books despite complaints from parents that the literature depicted and legitimized obscene and pedophilic material. Parents confronted the school board with the graphic images contained in the books beginning in September. Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) announced the books were restored to libraries after two committees reviewed them.

The books, “Lawn Boy” and “Gender Queer” have been determined by the District as helpful to the LGBTQ community. Fox News reports “Lawn Boy” by Jonathan Evison includes long sections of a boy reminiscing about explicit experiences he had at 10 years old. “Gender Queer: A Memoir” is by Maia Kobabe and includes photos of sexual acts between a boy and a man.

Virginia mother and president of Parents Defending Education, Nicole Nelly, told Fox News last week, “It’s appalling that Fairfax County’s response to parental feedback is to quibble over the definition of ‘pedophilia’ and to shame and denigrate families who are concerned about this material.”

“By attempting to normalize this content – and reinstating these books under cover of darkness right before Thanksgiving break – FCPS has demonstrated that in their eyes, parental input is a bug, not a feature, in the system” added Nelly.

In an interview with Fox News, Stacy Langton, one of the mothers who first confronted the school board, says “plenty” of Democrats and liberals are also calling her to say they “don’t want their kids exposed to this in school…this is FCPS coming out and explicitly saying they are in favor of porn in schools for your children.”

FCPS, however, claims that two committees comprised of school administrators, librarians, parents, and students determined that the books did not contain pedophilia, nor did they violate regulations by including obscene material.

“The decision reaffirms FCPS’s ongoing commitment to provide diverse reading materials that reflect on our student population, allowing every child an opportunity to see themselves reflected in literary characters” said FCPS in a released statement.

“Both reviews concluded that the books were valuable in their potential to reach marginalized youth who may struggle to find relatable literary characters that reflect their personal journeys” the statement continued.

Michael Sabbeth, Colorado attorney and author of “The Good, The Bad & The Difference: How to Talk With Children About Values” says “the Board’s assertion cleverly employs a logical fallacy—a strawman argument.”

While the board’s “refutation alleges the material affirms students with ‘marginalized identities’ and acknowledges the ‘difficulties nonbinary and asexual individuals may face’, their justification ignores and fails to negate allegations of obscenity, pornography and or pedophilia” states Sabbeth.

“Ironically, the Board’s justification demeans those it alleges to support. If, for example, pedophilia is in a book, arguing it helps youngsters is morally beneath contempt. To virtuously support those individuals, the Board need do no more than advance this unambiguous message: Treat all people respectfully” Sabbeth concludes.

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