7 Things: Breonna Taylor decision causes late-night chaos in Louisville, absentee ballots come in large numbers, former Speaker Hubbard seeks a lighter sentence and more …
7. Pro-life group gathered to promote equality
- Together in Montgomery, black pro-life group leaders, including Dr. Alveda King, discussed the racial issues surrounding abortion and argued that ending abortion is a necessary step in civil rights.
- They signed the Equality Proclamation, which says that Planned Parenthood and other abortion provider locations are racially discriminatory. According to a document by the group, “the targeted practices of Alabama abortion providers are both discriminatory and disproportionately harmful to black mothers and their babies.”
6. UAB professor said something dumb on Twitter
- An archeology professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Sarah Parcak, took to Twitter after the passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to say that she was “stronger in her mid 80’s than any M*AGA f*ckstick bootlicker could ever dream of.”
- UAB has said that she showed “poor judgement” and have condemned her comments, adding that they “do not represent the opinions of our university.” The university added, “Our 45,000+ students, faculty, and staff often use social media to express thoughts that do not necessarily reflect the voice of the university.”
5. Hubbard’s request opposed
- After being sentenced on 12 ethics violations, even though only six of those charges stuck, former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard has requested that his sentence be reduced, but Attorney General Steve Marshall is opposing this request.
- Marshall’s office advised, “Hubbard is not being punished for his reversed convictions. He is being punished for the crimes of which he remains convicted.” Hubbard’s attorneys have argued that Hubbard has already been punished in multiple ways, including being removed from office.
4. Hunter Biden report released
- The report on former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden has been released. The report focuses on his dealings with Ukraine. U.S. Senators Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) led the investigation into Hunter’s dealings with Burisma Holdings, and his position with the company was described as “problematic.” They also assert that the Obama administration was aware of this.
- The summary of the report says that “officials within the Obama administration ignored the glaring warning signs when the vice president’s son joined the board.” Records have been obtained from the U.S. Treasury Department that show “potential criminal activity relating to transactions among and between Hunter Biden, his family, and his associates with Ukrainian, Russian, Kazakh and Chinese nationals.”
3. Vaccine entering final study
- The Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine is entering a final study of 60,000 volunteers to try and prove if the vaccine can work in just one dose instead of two. The vaccine is being tested in the United States, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, South Africa, Peru, Mexico and Colombia.
- Director of the National Institutes of Health Dr. Anthony Fauci has insisted that corners aren’t being cut, saying that they’re doing “everything we can without sacrificing safety or efficacy … to make sure that we end up with vaccines that are going to save lives.”
2. 16,000 ballots received so far
- Absentee ballots are flowing into the Secretary of State’s office as the state expects more votes to come in early than ever before, but this could leave to some issues nationwide on Election Day.
- Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said that 74,000+ absentee ballot applications have been sent in during the last 18 days and 16,000 of these ballots have already been returned to the Secretary of State’s office.
1. Decision in Breonna Taylor case announced, violence ensues
- As announced by Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, former Officer Brett Hankison has been indicted by a grand jury on three counts of wanton endangerment due to him shooting into other apartments on the night of Breonna Taylor’s death. No other officers have been charged.
- Overnight, at least two officers were shot as “Burn Louisville” and “Amerikkka” trended on Twitter. The national media sought to stoke the false fires of social injustice for their own gain and to the detriment of the cities involved as the media claims they are “mostly peaceful.”