Two officers were shot in Louisville, Kentucky overnight amid citywide riots in reaction to the verdict of the Breonna Taylor case. A suspect has been charged and identified by Louisville police in connection with the shooting, according to local reports.
Suspect Larynzo Johnson, 26, was arrested Wednesday after the two officers were shot. Louisville police confirmed the officers were both taken to the hospital and one underwent surgery and both were said to be in stable condition Wednesday night.
The shooting occurred hours after the Breonna Taylor’s case was decided. One former officer was indicted for “wanton endangerment” for shooting into a neighboring apartment.
Many took to the streets in frustration over the fact that the officers that were serving the warrant in Taylor’s apartment didn’t face charges. Moreover, rioters and protestors felt murder charges were warranted.
In anticipation of the decision, Louisville Police declared a state of emergency. However, the situation escalated beyond what the police could handle and ultimately led to Wednesday night’s shooting.
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Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar kicked off House Foreign Affairs Committee
Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar was voted off the House Foreign Affairs Committee Thursday. The action was expected, as Republican members of Congress had criticized Omar’s antisemetic and anti-American rhetoric.
After intense debating on the House floor, the resolution passed with a 218-211 vote. Democrats attempted to pull the race card, accusing Republican House members of racism for removing Omar from the committee.
Omar also accused House Republicans of racism, saying, “I am Muslim, I am an immigrant, and interestingly, from Africa…Is anyone surprised that I am being targeted? Is anyone surprised that I am somehow deemed unworthy to speak about American foreign policy, or that they see me as a powerful voice that needs to be silenced?”
“There is this idea that you are a suspect if you are an immigrant or if you are from certain parts of the world or certain skin tone or a muslim.” Omar said during the heated debate. A fiery Alexandria Ocasia Cortez also chimed in shouting, “This is an attack on women of color!”
Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, from New York, said she had personally witnessed Omar spew anti-American rhetoric. Malliotakis said, “I have been in that committee room where, the representative, equates Israel and the United States to Hamas and the Taliban. Absolutely unacceptable for a member of that committee.”
A four-page resolution was written for the justification of removing Omar from the house Foreign Affairs Committee. The resolution states that in 2019, Omar suggested that Jewish people were buying U.S. political support when she posted on Twitter, “it’s all about the Benjamins, baby.”
Omar also commented on the September 11th attacks saying, “some people did something.” This type of comment is unacceptable for any representative who is sitting on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, lawmakers said.
In the resolution it states that members of this committee should all be held to an “equal standard of conduct due to the international sensitivities and national security concerns under the jurisdiction of this committee.”
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