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PBC News & Comment: Beware, Some Police “Reforms” Are Fake News

As Trump signs executive order flanked by cops, and NYPD disbands aggressive detective unit, healthy skepticism is advisable…–Trump order indirectly bans chokeholds, with exceptions, and Dems slam it

–as The Intercept reports, disbanding NYPD unit “is a shell game” according to critics

–police surveillance expert Albert Cahn, quoted in Intercept report, was a guest on a PBC podcast

–Sen. Tim Scott is optimistic about new bill to end chokeholds

–and CA Attorney General Becerra—who was slow to implement law on disclosure of police personnel files, now wants to decertify bad cops

–PBC proposes that officers must buy their own Errors & Omissions coverage

–reality check: France reverses new ban on chokeholds after gendarmes protest

investigations expanded into 2 apparent lynchings in southern California

–in Albuquerque, man was shot by vigilante at protest over statue of conquistadore

–in Seattle’s occupied CHAZ, no Boogaloos have shown up so far

–the Atlanta cop who killed Rayshard Brooks was reprimanded for use of force in 2016, and has 4 other complaints and 5 vehicle accidents in his file

–on The Daily Show, Trevor Noah gave an honest account of the “messy” incident that led to Brooks’ death

–in the George Floyd killing, a 911 dispatcher was able to monitor the incident on video, notified her superior of possible excessive force

–recently in Virginia, a pastor who owns an apartment building called police after threats from white people, and the sheriff arrested him

–some thought-provoking commentary on the history of police killings by Rob Urie

and a comparison between Black Lives Matter and the Black Panthers from Pepe Escobar

Buzzfeed investigation reveals that the Black Lives Matter Foundation is not connected to the main Black Lives Matter organization

–turning the tables, Aldous Tyler interviews PBC in new podcast

–Today’s Covid-19 update, edited by Linda Lewis

–Trump overpromises on Covid vaccine, and claims that it will be free for “vulnerable” Americans

–in Tulsa, confirmed cases climb as Trump campaign considers opening second venue to MAGA mob this Saturday

–border tensions erupt between China and India, and between the Koreas

–House majority leader Hoyer has changed his position, now supports statehood for DC

–House Dems subpoena the Mueller prosecutor who resigned after Barr ordered reduced sentence recommendation for Roger Stone

–the ripple effect of yesterday’s SCOTUS ruling on transgender rights undercuts Trump bigly, and 45 says he has read the decision and will accept it

–Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) releases report on CIA hackers who lost control of their hacking tools, leading to Vault 7 release by WikiLeaks

–in vivid example of corrupt campaign system, Dem. Veteran Rep. Eliot Engel is supported by GOP money laundered through pro-Israel group that attacked Bernie Sanders

–California’s rogue utility, PG&E, pleads guilty to 84 counts of manslaughter in fire that leveled Paradise in 2018