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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In a turn of events, the House of Representatives made history on Friday with a vote to expel Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.), marking the first such expulsion in over two decades. A moment fraught with gravity unfolded as Speaker Mike Johnson wielded his gavel to formalize Santos’ removal, setting a precedent in congressional annals.
Santos, indicted on 23 counts related to wire fraud, identity theft, and other charges, has not faced conviction but stands accused of misusing campaign funds for opulent purchases. The bipartisan vote, tallying 311 to 114, signaled robust support for expulsion, with a marginally higher number of Republicans opting to retain Santos.
Questions loomed as Speaker Johnson left the chamber, his silence leaving the fate of the ongoing government spending battle uncertain. According to reports from Fox News, Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer emphasized the non-partisan nature of the decision, asserting that members concluded Santos had tarnished the House’s reputation and was unfit for representation.
Within the GOP, conflicting opinions emerged, with Rep. Darrell Issa arguing against expulsion, citing the presumption of innocence. The tight-lipped stance of the House Ethics Committee played a pivotal role in the deliberations.
Conversely, members of the New York Republican delegation, led by Rep. Marc Molinaro, asserted Santos’ commission of crimes, justifying expulsion based on a comprehensive investigation.
Santos himself predicted the outcome in an exclusive morning interview on “FOX & Friends.” This vote not only underlines the House’s rare use of expulsion powers but also sets a critical precedent in handling members facing severe legal challenges.
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