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Weekend Review: 9 Casualties Reported in Latest U.S. Mass Shooting

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Posted: April 17, 2021 at 9:28 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Eight people were killed in a mass shooting at a FedEx warehouse in Indianapolis late Thursday night. At least five other victims were sent for treatment of injuries and one was listed in critical condition.

The shooter also died at the scene, reportedly by suicide. Police have confirmed he was an ex-employee and that his mother had contacted the FBI regarding concerns about him last year.

The names and ages of those killed were released to the public on Friday. They are Amarjeet Johal, 66; Jaswinder Kaur, 64; Amarjit Sekhon, 48; Jaswinder Singh, 68; Karli Smith, 19; Samaria Blackwell, 19; Matthew R. Alexander, 32; and John Weisert, 74. At least four were members of the Indianapolis Sikh community, as were many employees at the facility, according to the Sikh Coalition. This raises the question of whether the gunman was motivated by hate.

Last week, President Joe Biden called gun violence in the U.S. an “epidemic” and an “international embarrassment.” He has proposed legislation to help control access to firearms for specified individuals and to regulate the parts and purchases of “ghost guns,” or weapons made at home using kits.    

Body Cam Footage Shows Moment 13-Year-Old Adam Toledo Was Shot by Chicago Police Officer   

More than two weeks following the death of Adam Toledo at the hands of Chicago police officers, the city has released body cam footage of the 13-year-old’s final moments.  

Police arrived at the scene to investigate reports that a 21-year-old man had fired a gun at a vehicle. But Toledo was allegedly holding the weapon and ran when police arrived on the scene. In the moments before he was shot, he appeared to be turning to the officer with his hands up to show him they were empty. 

Toledo’s mother said he still played with Hot Wheels and Legos and wanted to be a police officer one day. He was one of five siblings.

The U.S. Dept. of Justice determined years ago that Chicago police “engage in tactically unsound and unnecessary foot pursuits, and that these foot pursuits too often end with officers unreasonably shooting someone.” Those individuals are also too often unarmed. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot called foot pursuits by police “a significant safety issue” and promised a policy change is imminent. 

Myanmar’s Military Opens Fire on Protesting Healthcare Workers, Ousted MPs Assemble ‘Shadow’ Government

Myanmar’s military continues a reign of terror, targeting a group of protesting healthcare workers on Thursday. At least one person was killed.

This news came after civil disobedience charges were announced against 19 doctors on Wednesday, allegedly for participating in protests against military dictatorship. They are accused of acting with an “aim to deteriorate the state administrative machinery.”

As of Thursday, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners of Burma reported 726 deaths “in violent crackdowns” since the elected government of Myanmar was overthrown by the military.  Earlier this month, it was also widely reported that forces have killed more than 40 children in that time. 

On Friday, reports came that a secret ‘parliament’ was holding meetings with plans to overthrow the military, also called the junta. Deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi is allegedly at the forefront of the effort.

Meanwhile, the U.K.’s government is accused of acquiescing to Myanmar’s military by kicking out the country’s London ambassador, Kyaw Zwar Min. Min has been a vocal critic of the junta’s actions and denies their authority. He said he fears for his life if he is forced to return to Myanmar and was reportedly sleeping in his vehicle. 

U.K. officials said they were forced to expel Min from his residence when asked by Myanmar’s junta due to protocols laid out by the Vienna Convention. However, legal experts argue that the decision was political, not legal, as it served to internationally legitimize the military as the government of Myanmar.   

Matt Gaetz Spending Campaign Donations

According to the latest campaign disclosure from Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, he has spent more than $85,000 of money donated to his political campaign on legal fees. The first payment was made soon after the indictment of former Seminole County Tax Collector Joel Greenberg on charges including sexual trafficking of a minor.

The payments may be in violation of federal law as the Federal Election Commission prohibits the “personal use” of campaign funds. That is specifically defined as the use of campaign funds “to fulfill a commitment, obligation or expense…that would exist irrespective of the candidate’s campaign or responsibilities as a federal officeholder.”

Greenberg initially fell under investigation when he accused a local high school teacher who was opposing him of having a sexual relationship with a student.

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