News Headlines 4/23/21

GLOBAL LEADERS PLEDGE COOPERATION IN FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE IN U.S.-HOSTED VIRTUAL SUMMIT: Leaders of countries around the world pledged cooperation in fighting climate change yesterday (April 22nd), the first day of a two-day livestreamed virtual summit hosted by the U.S.  Speaking during the virtual summit of 40 world leaders, President Biden said the “science is undeniable” and the world is facing, quote, “a moment of peril” but also “a moment of opportunity.” Biden made an ambitious new commitment for the summit, saying the U.S. would cut its fossil fuel emissions by as much as 52 percent by 2030. Other nations also made new climate commitments.

FUNERAL HELD FOR DAUNTE WRIGHT, KILLED BY POLICE IN MINNESOTA: An emotional funeral was held yesterday for Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man who was shot and killed by a police officer during an April 11th traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. Kim Potter, a 26-year police veteran who is white, was arrested on manslaughter charges after appearing to have mistakenly fired her gun at Wright instead of her Taser as he tried to struggle out of the grasp of police and get away when they tried to arrest him on an outstanding warrant. Hundreds of people attended the service at Shiloh Temple International Ministries that included a eulogy by civil rights leader Reverend  Al Sharpton, who said, “The absence of justice is the absence of peace. You can’t tell us to shut up and suffer.” The families of several other Black people whose killings made national headlines attended, as did Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Governor Tim Walz and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey. Klobucher delivered remarks, saying, “True justice is not done as long as a chokehold, the knee on the neck or a no-knock warrant is considered legitimate policing.”

CNN: ARGUMENT THAT LED COLUMBUS TEENAGER TO BE KILLED BY POLICE WAS OVER HOUSEKEEPING: The fight that led to 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant being killed by a police officer in Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday as she swung a knife at a young woman began over housekeeping, the woman who cared for Bryant in foster care said yesterday (April 22nd). Angela Moore told CNN that two of her former foster children had come to her home Tuesday to celebrate her birthday when the young women and Ma’Khia began arguing over housekeeping. Moore described what she was told happened by one of the the other girls or young women in the  house at the time, saying, “It was over keeping the house clean. The older one told them to clean up the house because ‘Mom doesn’t like the house dirty.’ So that’s how it all started.” When spoken to about the housekeeping, Bryant answered, “You’re not the guardian of  me.” The fight escalated among them, leading to police being called and, ultimately, Bryant being fatally shot by the officer.

SUPREME COURT RULING MAKES IT EASIER FOR MINORS TO BE SENTENCED TO LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE: A 6-3 Supreme Court ruling yesterday (April 22nd) makes it easier for minors who’ve been convicted of murder to be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, the now more conservative court reversing a trend for more than a decade of the high court moving towards more leniency for minors convicted of murder. The case, which involved a Mississippi inmate jailed for a murder committed when he was 15, was about whether a minor has to be found to be “permanently incorrigible, making incapable of being rehabilitated, before being sentenced to life without parole. The court’s ruling says the minor doesn’t have to be. Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who dissented with the court’s other two liberal justices, wrote in a dissent that the decision, quote, “guts” prior cases granting more leniency to minors.