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Good Morning, News: Breonna Taylor Verdict Ignites Protests, Beaten Photojournalist Sues Cops, and Trump Refuses a Peaceful Election Transition – Blogtown – Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon 2020-09-24 12:00:00 –

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Louisville police arrest 100 protesters following grand jury’s refusal to indict the officers who killed Breonna Taylor. Jon Cherry / Getty Images

GOOD MORNING, PORTLAND! My eyes roll in my head, I toss and turn in my bed, in the morning when I think about you (yes I do). LET’S GO TO PRESS.

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• In response to a Kentucky grand jury who refused to charge the officers who shot and killed Breonna Taylor, protests erupted across the country last night, including Portland. Protesters gathered at the downtown Justice Center where speeches were made, and later a smaller crowd began throwing rocks at the Central Precinct. Police report that three Molotov cocktails were thrown at which point they declared the gathering a “riot” and with the help of federal officers fired munitions and air-borne irritants, while using physical force to push the demonstrators out of the area. Several people were arrested.

• The Portland Parks Bureau has denied a permit for violent, right-wing, white nationalist group Proud Boys to hold a rally this Saturday at Delta Park. The city says their estimated number of participants exceeds safety mandates during the COVID crisis.

• Reminder: The far-right agitators who planned to commit violence before the Trump caravan debacle in Portland, are doing it again in advance of this weekend’s Proud Boy rally. Read this story and then watch the cops, who also have this information, to see who they end up defending.

• Teri Jacobs, an independent photojournalist, is suing the city of Portland and a group of Portland Police officers for injuries sustained while covering a protest last month, including being hit in the face by a police baton. Blair Stenvick has more on this infuriating story.

• Gov. Kate Brown and state officials presented an Oregon wildfire update yesterday in which Brown announced we have seemingly “turned the corner,” a good number of the state’s blazes have been mostly contained, and all but two of the reported missing people have been located. However, while this week’s rain has definitely helped, we should expect some fires to stay with us until October. Our Blair Stenvick has the details.

• The people backing the Metro Transportation Funding measure are getting pushback from big business (surprise!), but supporters say the measure will help take on climate change, and unless we want more wildfires (we don’t), then we better vote for it in November. Our Blair Stenvick provides more details.

IN NATIONAL NEWS

• A Kentucky grand jury refused to level homicide charges against the officers who shot and killed Breonna Taylor after bursting into her apartment while she slept. However, one officer was charged with “wanton endangerment” for firing wildly into the homes of her neighbors—which didn’t kill anyone.

• As a reminder as to why police officers regularly get away with murder, there’s this clear-eyed explanation from the New York Times:

Union protections that shield police officers from timely investigation, legal standards that give them the benefit of the doubt, and a tendency to take officers at their word have added up to few convictions and little prison time for officers who kill.

• Two police officers were shot in Louisville during last night’s Breonna Taylor protests which erupted following the grand jury’s announcement. Neither of the injuries were life threatening, and one suspect is in custody.

• The lawyers for Kyle Rittenhouse—the 17-year-old white terrorist who shot two people at a Kenosha, Wisconsin protest—are portraying him as a patriot, even comparing him to a Revolutionary War hero.

• Trump briefly showed up to “pay his respects” (stop laughing) to the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Here’s what happened—and RBG would’ve been proud.

• When directly asked if he would commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the election, Trump once again refused saying, “We’re going to have to see what happens. You know that I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots, and the ballots are a disaster.” OH, BUT IT GETS WORSE. He then said, “We’ll want to have—get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very—we’ll have a very peaceful—there won’t be a transfer, frankly. There’ll be a continuation.” Rest assured Trump and the GOP are doing everything they can to take the mail-in ballot issue to the courts (which they’ve already stacked) and steal this election.

• Trump’s creepy son Eric Trump has been ordered by a judge to answer the questions of the New York Attorney General who’s investigating his pop’s almost certainly illegal business practices—and he must do so before the election.

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• Now let’s turn our eyes to the skies for the WEATHER: Expect more scattered showers today with a high of 70.

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