President Joe Biden said Tuesday he will tap former assistant federal defender Candace Jackson-Akiwumi to replace Justice Amy Coney Barrett on Chicago’s federal appeals court. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Jackson-Akiwumi, 41, would be the only Black woman on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Jackson-Akiwumi, a partner at Zuckerman Spaeder in Washington, D.C., is a 2005 graduate of Yale Law School and was a law clerk for U.S. District Judge David Coar in Chicago before joining the federal defender’s office here in 2010. According to a bio released Tuesday by the White House, Jackson-Ak...
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‘A real hero’: Man threw himself in front of racist ‘nut job’ to save children during California shooting
According to Robert Endy, an acquaintance of the victim speaking to ABC7, Travis Barber took his family to go fishing when the suspect approached their car as they were packing up to leave.
"Travis and his friend were shot for no reason by some nut job who is now in custody. Its important that you know Travis fought to save those around him," the GoFundMe page states.
Endy said that the suspect walked up to a car, "and apparently the car had a kid in the back of it and it looked like he was trying to steal the car." The suspect then started shouting racial slurs against African Americans to Barber's friend, Endy said.
The assailant said a couple of things to him and ended up shooting him. "Travis picked up a rock, from what I hear from his daughter this morning, he threw the rock and hit the guy in the head with it," Endy said.
According to Endy, the suspect continued shouting racial slurs while shooting Barber's friend, and then pointed the gun at the car with the children inside. Barber then stepped in front of the gun and was shot in the leg.
"It was a pretty dramatic story, but this man's a real hero," Endy said. "He did what he had to do to save his friends and his family."
The suspect, Silas Matthew Hesselberg, was detained at gunpoint by another man nearby until police arrived.
Authorities are investigating the shooting as a hate crime.
‘A hit dog will holler’: Congresswoman slammed for claiming Biden and Harris ‘say we’re all racists’
U.S. Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-AZ) is being criticized after falsely claiming that President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris "say we're all racists" when they delivered remarks after a jury convicted former police officer Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd.
"You know, it's just a sad day in America when the President of the United States and the Vice President of the United States don't applaud that our justice system passed the test," Lesko said on Fox News Wednesday morning. "Justice was served. Instead they say we're all racists."
Neither the President nor the Vice President said "we're all racists," nor did they come close to saying that. Both Biden and Harris referred to systemic racism in their brief remarks Tuesday evening.
"America has a long history of systemic racism. Black Americans -- and Black men, in particular -- have been treated, throughout the course of our history, as less than human," Vice President Harris said.
"It was a murder in the full light of day," President Biden said, "and it ripped the blinders off for the whole world to see the systemic racism the Vice President just referred to -- the systemic racism that is a stain our nation's soul; the knee on the neck of justice for Black Americans; the profound fear and trauma, the pain, the exhaustion that Black and brown Americans experience every single day."
Lesko is a far right wing Republican who voted to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. She opposes the LGBTQ Equality Act and in 2019 urged the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that discriminating against LGBTQ people is legal.
Congresswoman Lesko's remarks were not well-received, with several suggesting her false claims were a response to having a "guilty conscience," or, as many put it, "a hit dog will holler."
US Attorney General Merrick Garland on Wednesday launched a sweeping investigation into policing practices in Minneapolis following a jury's verdict that former city police officer Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd.
"Today, I am announcing that the Justice Department has opened a civil investigation to determine whether the Minneapolis Police Department engages in a pattern or practice of unconstitutional or unlawful policing," Garland said at a news conference.
He said the civil probe – separate from an ongoing criminal investigation into Floyd's death – will examine whether the police systematically engaged in the use of excessive force, including during legal protests.
It will also examine whether the city force showed a pattern of discrimination and unlawful treatment of people with behavioral health disabilities, Garland said.
If evidence is found of a pattern of unlawful practices, the investigation could possibly lead to a civil lawsuit seeking to compel the city to undertake sweeping reforms of its police department.
"The Justice department will be unwavering in its pursuit of equal justice under law," Garland said.
Chauvin's conviction was a milestone in the fraught racial history of the United States and a rebuke of law enforcement's treatment of Black Americans.
Garland has previously said he will make cracking down on police misconduct a priority.
President Joe Biden called the conviction of Chauvin a "giant step" towards justice in the United States.
The Justice Department previously announced an investigation into whether the officers involved in Floyd's death violated his civil rights.
Last Friday the Justice Department withdrew a policy put in place during former President Donald Trump's administration that limited the tools the federal government could use to monitor and probe police misconduct.
Garland, in a memo to staff, said the department would return to its traditional practices of investigating state and local police departments, allowing unit heads to approve most settlements and consent decrees.
(FRANCE 24 with AFP and REUTERS)
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