Breonna Taylor: family attorney says wanton endangerment charge ‘doesn’t make sense’ – live updates

Breonna Taylor: family attorney says wanton endangerment charge ‘doesn’t make sense’ – live updates

02:50

Summary

We’ll be closing this blog for now, but here’s a quick recap of where things stand before we go:

  • Protests have been seen tonight in multiple major cities across the country. From St Louis to Baltimore and New York City, hundreds are still chanting Breonna Taylor’s name and voicing their frustration over the grand jury’s decision not to charge officers for her death.
  • After two police officers suffered injuries from gunshots during last night’s protest in Louisville, local officials in the city have pled for peace. Protests in the city have been going on all day and appear to be continuing. The crowds have been largely peaceful. The city has a curfew in place that started at 9pm and will last until 6.30am.
  • Breonna Taylor’s family will be holding a press conference tomorrow morning at 10.30 am, their first since the announcement of the grand jury’s decision. They will be joined by their lawyers, including attorney Benjamin Crump.

We’ll be back soon with more live coverage of the response to the grand jury’s decision on Breonna Taylor. Thanks for reading.

Updated

02:04

Protesters in New York City are out on the streets again. Hundreds of people are in Brooklyn in support of Breonna Taylor. This is the second night of protests: large and peaceful crowds were also seen throughout the city last night.

Cristian Benavides
(@cbenavidesTV)

BREAKING: Group of about 1,000 protestors are hitting the streets of Brooklyn for a second night in a row@PIX11News #BreonnaTaylor pic.twitter.com/Pk90hnLUSF

September 25, 2020

Updated

01:16

Protests for Breonna Taylor are underway for a second night in cities across the United States.

A large crowd of protesters are still in Louisville, even as the city sent out reminders to people’s cell phones that curfew starts at 9pm. Two police officers sustain injuries from gunshots fired at the protest last night. Local officials have urged calm as protests continued into the second day.

Jessie Cohen
(@jessiecohennews)

The group is growing and they are making their way towards 2nd down Jefferson.

That’s where a police check point is @WHAS11 #nightteam #BreonnaTaylor #Breonna pic.twitter.com/O5SolmyAZ7

September 24, 2020

Rae Hodge
(@RaeHodge)

As everyone’s phone are buzzing and alerted to the upcoming 9pm curfew, #Louisville protesters gather and prepare: “Protect each other.” #BreonnaTaylor pic.twitter.com/YBKC377GyN

September 25, 2020

Other cities, including St. Louis and Baltimore, are seeing a dozens of protesters chanting “Say her name! Breonna Taylor!” and holding signs demanding justice for her case.

Alexis Zotos
(@alexiszotos)

Around 200 people have gathered outside @SLMPD for a protest and candlelight vigil for #BreonnaTaylor.

“We are the people, fighting for justice” sings Missouri State @RepSheenBean. #BLM pic.twitter.com/A5TqLBEdda

September 24, 2020

Ray Strickland
(@realraystrick)

About 80-100 people outside of the #Baltimore police department, protesting police violence against black people. This is happening one day after the controversial decision in the #BreonnaTaylor case. @WMAR2News pic.twitter.com/uLYxD2yGYl

September 24, 2020

00:46

Trump holds rally in Jacksonville, Florida

Donald Trump is at a rally in Jacksonville, Florida, delivering a stream-of-conscience speech about Joe Biden, Black Lives Matter protests and Democrat lawmakers.

Trump is repeating claims that the “Democratic party has been completely taken over by socialist, marxist and far-left”.

“We will ensure that Americans never becomes a socialist or communist country. These people are crazy,” Trump said.

Trump spoke about the protests against racial injustice, boasting about how federal forces “solved that problem” in Minneapolis in the aftermath of protests relating the police killing of George Floyd. “They formed a line, the easy part was walking forward,” he said. The crowd laughed as he recounted how a reporter and protestor were struck by tear gas canisters.

Trump boasted that his response to the protests in Minneapolis will help him Minnesota, though he lost the state in 2016 and the state has not voted for a Republican candidate since 1972. Current polling shows Biden has a 9-point lead over Trump in the state.

Updated

00:33

A Black man was executed today in Indiana, the first Black American to be executed on federal charges after the Trump administration’s resumption of federal executions.

Christopher Vialva, 40, was pronounced dead at 6:42 pm ET after receiving a lethal injection at a federal prison. Vialva was convicted of murdering a religious couple visiting Texas from Iowa in 1999, when Vialva was 19-years-old. Vialva shot the couple and burned them in the trunk of their car. Vialva is the seventh person to be executed on federal charges since July.

Vialva’s lawyer said that race played a role in her client’s place on death row. According to the Associated Press, the Death Penalty Information Center said Black Americans are overrepresented on death rows, and Black people who kill white people are far more likely to be sentenced to death than white people who kill Black people.

00:14

A new Fox News poll shows Joe Biden leading Donald Trump in three key states: Nevada, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Fox notes that Biden’s advantage comes from women, minorities, voters under 35 and voters over 65. In all three states, the majority of people disapprove of the job Trump is doing and do not believe that the coronavirus is under control.

A poll released today from Monmouth University showed that Trump is in the lead in Iowa and Texas, which both voted for him in 2016. The poll showed similar ambiguity of where Ohio voters stand on the two candidates.

Trump is about to speak at a rally on an airplane tarmac in Jacksonville, Florida. We’ll be tuning in.

Johnny Verhovek
(@JTHVerhovek)

NEW Fox News polls (Likely voters)

Nevada
Biden 52% (+11)
Trump 41%

Ohio
Biden: 50% (+5)
Trump: 45%

Pennsylvania
Biden: 51% (+7)
Trump 44%https://t.co/EQQySKpZb8

September 24, 2020

23:50

At a press conference, Kentucky’s governor, Andy Beshear, condemned the shooting of two police officers in Louisville last night during protests for Breonna Taylor.

“I want to condemn this act of violence in the most stark terms. It is absolutely wrong. We want to make sure that any type of activity or demonstrations remain nonviolent and peaceful,” Beshear said. “Just one person can mar something that otherwise is done the right way.”

Beshear said that he had a call with Donald Trump about the incident and said he told the president he thinks Kentucky officials have a handle on the situation but will take extra support from the federal government if needed.

Meanwhile, Greg Fischer, the mayor of Louisville, extended the city’s curfew and closure of downtown government facilities through the weekend, noting that “most of the violence we’ve seen have occurred after dark”. Curfew starts at 9pm in the city and ends at 6.30am.

Updated

23:29

Breonna Taylor’s family to hold press conference on Friday

The family of Breonna Taylor, alongside their lawyers, including attorney Ben Crump, will hold a press conference in Louisville tomorrow morning at 10:30 am, according to the Associated Press.

While Taylor’s family has been outspoken against police brutality, they have not spoken out publicly since the grand jury’s decision was announced Wednesday. Members of her family instead posted on social media about their frustration over the announcement. Tamika Palmer, Taylor’s mother, posted an illustration of Taylor with the caption: “It’s still Breonna for me #thesystemfailedBreonna.”

Updated

23:04

Donald Trump said that Medicare beneficiaries will soon be receiving a $200 card in the mail to help them afford their prescriptions.

“Nobody’s seen this before. These cards are incredible,” Trump said. “I will always take care of our wonderful senior citizens.”

Trump has made longstanding claims that he has lowered drug prices, though the claim is shaky given that executive orders that he’s signed haven’t been implemented or don’t do much to help.

It seems that the president is attempting to take things into his own hands after talks about having pharmaceutical companies distribute $100 cards to seniors before the election – “Trump cards” as people in the industry called them – fell through.

The New York Times reported that drugmakers balked at the idea of being a part of an 11th-hour campaign initiative that seems to be aimed at the president’s reelection campaign.

With about 44 million Americans on Medicare, if every beneficiary used their $200 card, the cost would come out to $8.8bn. Trump did not mention how the White House plans to fund the cards.

Updated

22:38

Trump unveils ‘American First’ healthcare plan

While unveiling his “America First Healthcare Plan” in a speech in Charlotte, North Carolina, Donald Trump is veering away from healthcare and is trying to paint the Democratic party as “socialism”.

“Under the Democrats plan, costs would skyrocket,” he said. “Seniors, they’ve been paying their entire lives.” Trump said, seeming to talk about healthcare, but then seemed to veer off saying that the Democrats support “socialism and open borders”.

Trump said if the “unsolicited ballots” go out and Democrats win, “our economy will collapse”.

“What they’re doing is socialized medicine. It’s going to be a disaster in terms of quality and cost. It will ruin our country,” he said.

Trump said that Democrats’ claims that he is attacking social security is “disinformation”. “I made social security better.”

Last month, Trump directed the treasury department to allow employers to temporarily suspend collection of social security taxes and has teased the idea of cutting social security taxes.

Updated

22:20

This is Lauren Aratani taking over for Joan E Greve. Donald Trump is speaking in Charlotte, North Carolina, unveiling his healthcare plan as the Republican lawsuit against Obamacare awaits for a supreme court ruling.

Trump is saying that the plan is “much better” than Obamacare, saying that the plan would mean more affordable healthcare.

But while Trump is touting his own plan, the two executive orders he is signing today leaves most of the work to Congress to figure out.

The first order pressures Republican lawmakers to come up with an alternative to Obamacare’s protection of people with pre-existing conditions seeking healthcare. The second is aimed at “surprise” medical bills, directing Congress to pass legislation that would prevent surprise bills by 1 January, after the election.

One reporter at the speech noted not many people in the crowd are wearing masks in the indoor space.

Jill Colvin
(@colvinj)

As Trump talks up what he’s calling his “America First Healthcare Plan,” lots of folks in the audience are not wearing masks, including some in white lab coats. https://t.co/gJXLE7uWCp

September 24, 2020

Updated

22:00

Today so far

That’s it from me today. My Guardian colleague, Lauren Aratani, will take over the blog for the next few hours.

Here’s where the day stands so far:

  • A man was charged in the shooting of two Louisville police officers during yesterday’s protests, the city’s police chief announced. Protests in Louisville were re-energized yesterday, after a grand jury announced no charges in direct relation to the fatal police shooting of Breonna Taylor. One officer was indicted for blindly firing into the apartment of Taylor’s neighbors.
  • Trump again raised doubts about the integrity of the election, a day after he refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. “We want to make sure the election is honest, and I’m not sure that it can be,” Trump told reporters shortly before leaving for North Carolina. The president has repeatedly claimed without evidence that voting by mail will be susceptible to widespread fraud, even though voter fraud is actually very rare and US states have been sending mail-in ballots to voters for decades.
  • The FBI director said there is no precedent for a national voter fraud effort. The FBI director, Christopher Wray, told the Senate homeland security committee: “We have not seen historically any kind of coordinated national voter fraud effort in a major election, whether it’s by mail or otherwise. We have seen voter fraud at the local level from time to time.”
  • Another 870,000 Americans filed new unemployment claims last week, according to figures released by the labor department this morning. The number represents a slight increase from a week earlier and underscores the ongoing economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic more than six months after it started.
  • Bernie Sanders called for the creation of an independent election commission to protect American democracy. The Vermont senator delivered a speech in Washington today, marking his first in-person event since suspending his presidential campaign in the spring. Sanders said: “This is not just an election between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. This is an election between Donald Trump and democracy – and democracy must win.”

Lauren will have more coming up, so stay tuned.

Updated

21:39

The Capitol is preparing for its ceremony to honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who will lie in state in Statuary Hall tomorrow.

Workers displayed two portraits of the late supreme court justice in advance of tomorrow’s ceremony, which will be limited to invited guests due to coronavirus restrictions.

Jake Sherman
(@JakeSherman)

Workers in the Capitol are preparing for the Ruth Bader Ginsburg ceremony tomorrow.

Here are the portraits they’ll use. pic.twitter.com/lfWyzFJ0hS

September 24, 2020

Ginsburg is currently lying in repose at the supreme court, where members of the public have been able to pay their respects since yesterday.

The House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, noted today that Ginsburg will be the first woman and the first Jewish person to lie in state at the Capitol.

Updated

21:18

Polls: Trump up in Texas and Iowa, a virtual tie in Ohio

Here’s today’s polling roundup, with just 40 days to go until the presidential election.

A Monmouth University poll of Iowa showed Trump has a six-point lead over Joe Biden among the state’s registered voters, 50%-44%. When only likely voters are polled, Trump’s lead in Iowa shrinks to 3 points, 49%-46%, which is within the poll’s margin of error.

MonmouthPoll
(@MonmouthPoll)

IOWA POLL: #GeneralElection matchup
Registered voters:
50% @realDonaldTrump (48% in August)
44% @JoeBiden (45%)

Likely voters, high turnout:
49% Trump (48%)
46% Biden (46%)

Likely voters, low turnout:
49% Trump (47%)
46% Biden (47%)https://t.co/a8IGA98RVp pic.twitter.com/ZAnFKCRB1U

September 24, 2020

Quinnipiac University also released two polls of Ohio and Texas, both of which Trump won in 2016.

According to Quinnipiac, Trump holds a five-point lead among likely voters in Texas, 50%-45%. The race in Ohio is too close to call, with Biden at 48% and Trump at 47% among likely voters.

Trump carried all three of these states in 2016 by eight to nine points, and he will likely need to win all of them again to secure a second term.

The polling results provide further evidence that Trump’s lead is narrowing in states he easily won in 2016. With less than six weeks to go until election day and ballots already being sent to voters in many states, the president is running out of time to reverse that trend.

Updated

21:02

While speaking to reporters before leaving for North Carolina, Trump also briefly addressed the case of Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old EMT who was fatally shot by Louisville police in March.

“I think it’s a sad thing, and I give my regards to the family,” Trump said. “I also think it’s so sad what’s happening with everything about that case, including law enforcement. So many people suffering.”

A Kentucky grand jury declined to issue charges in direct connection to the fatal shooting of Taylor. Instead, one officer was indicted for blindly firing into the apartment of Taylor’s neighbors.

The announcement set off re-energized protests in Louisville yesterday, during which two police officers were shot. They are both expected to recover, and a man has been charged for the shooting.

20:46

Trump again raises doubts about legitimacy of election without evidence

Speaking to reporters before leaving for North Carolina, Trump again raised doubts about the legitimacy of the presidential election.

“We want to make sure the election is honest, and I’m not sure that it can be,” Trump said. “I don’t know that it can be with this whole situation, unsolicited ballots.”


Trump again raises doubts about legitimacy of US election without evidence – video

The president has repeatedly suggested that voting by mail, which will be more common this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, will be susceptible to widespread fraud.

But voter fraud is actually very rare, and US states have been sending mail-in ballots to voters for decades.

Trump’s comments to reporters come one day after he refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power after the presidential election.


Trump refuses to commit to a peaceful transfer of power: ‘there will be a continuation’ – video

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