Your Monday Briefing: The Fallout from a Police Beating
America grapples with other police beaten
The release of a video on Friday showed five officers from the Memphis Police Department punching and pepper-spraying Tire Nichols, a 29-year-old black man. Horror and disgusting from law enforcement officials, legislators, and others across the United States
According to the video, the officers increased their use of force and gave contradictory orders. Looks like Nichols doesn’t fight back while hitting. At one point, he shouted for his mother. When paramedics were on the scene, they standing for more than 16 minutes without any treatment.
Nichols was stopped because of what the police initially said reckless driving. He died three days later, and an independent autopsy found he was “bleeding heavily from the brutal beatings.”
The city of Memphis released the video a day after officers charged with second degree murder and other felonies. The five officers were all Black, a fact that turned the national conversation in the direction police culture itself. Many argue that the police system and its tactics promote racism and violence rather than the racial identity of any particular officer.
React: The country has repeatedly struggled with high-profile cases of Black men and women being killed by police. The relatively quick release of the footage reflect a national change about how the police investigate and talk about those cases.
Fall out: On Saturday, the Memphis Police Department announced that they have disbanding the controversial unit in which five officers worked.
Nichols Tires: A skateboarder and non-conformist, Nichols cuts his own path from California to Tennessee.
Violence erupts in Israel, West Bank
A series of raids and attacks since Thursday in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Jerusalem have left more than 20 people dead. Yesterday, an 18-year-old Palestinian young man shot dead outside an Israeli settlement.
Israel’s new far-right government has only been in power for a month. But from its point of view, Israelis and Palestinians have experienced one of the most violent periods, outside of an all-out war, in years.
Nine Palestinians have was shot to death on Thursday morning, in Israel’s bloodiest raid in at least half a decade. Yesterday, a tenth person died. On Friday, a Palestinian gunman kill seven people outside a synagogue in Jerusalem, the deadliest attack on civilians in the city since 2008. On Saturday, an attacker who police said was 13 years old wounded two Israelis near a settlement in East Jerusalem.
In response, the Israeli government on Saturday said it plans to issue gun licenses to Israeli citizens, strengthen military and police units to make more arrests of Palestinians and conduct other operations. operations to seize Palestinian weapons.
What’s next: Analysts fear that Israeli policies could fuel an already volatile situation. Our Jerusalem office chief, Patrick Kingsley, reports. Growing frustration and violence among Palestinian youth is also contributing to the flammability.
A radioactive capsule is missing in Australia
Authorities in Western Australia are looking for a dangerous radioactive capsule. It’s less than a penny and could be anywhere along the vast desert highway.
The device, part of a sensor used in mining, is believed to have fallen from a lorry traveling from the Rio Tinto mine in the far north of Western Australia to Perth, the state capital. The 870-mile (1,400 km) trip took several days.
The search involved the use of a radiation detector. “What we don’t do is try to find a tiny device with the naked eye,” said one official.
If you spot it: Stay at least five meters away. The capsule contains cesium-137. One hour of exposure at a distance of about one meter is equivalent to 10 x-rays. Long-term exposure can cause skin burns, acute radiation sickness and cancer.
The Associated Press caused a stir with a style tip: “We advise you to avoid generic and often dehumanizing labels for ‘people’ such as the poor, the mentally ill, the elderly, the poor, the mentally ill, the poor, the mentally ill, the mentally ill, the mentally ill, the mentally ill, the mentally ill, the mentally ill, the mentally ill, or the poor. France, the disabled.”
That doesn’t suit the French. (What else do we call them, “French”?) “In fact, the French like to be stereotyped as French,” wrote our Paris office chief. “They experience the Dharma with considerable enjoyment.”
ARTS AND IDEAS
cringe in the future
One day we will look back at the early 2020s and ask ourselves: What did we think? The Times asked more than 30 people from academia, the media, the arts and beyond to consider what they think will one day make us cringe.
Their responses included: monarchy, plastic bottles, selfies, and gender reveal parties. Also, the pandemic and our response to it, and the use of the word “journey” to describe anything other than a perilous journey.
Kevin Kelly, co-founder of Wired magazine, gave my favorite answers, which include: “Eat dead animals. It is not possible to have two spouses at the same time. Fear of human cloning. (They are serial twins.) Wrapped food in plastic. Think you need permission to visit another country.