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The Daily Brief: City of Minneapolis approves $27 million settlement for wrongful death of George Floyd

Settlement Awarded at the same time as Jury Selection Process for Criminal Charges in Floyd’s Death takes place

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Settlement Awarded at the same time as Jury Selection Process for Criminal Charges in Floyd’s Death takes place

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  • The Minneapolis City Council unanimously approved a $27 million dollar settlement with the family of George Floyd; the settlement is the largest of its kind in the state of Minnesota.
  • George Floyd died in May 2020, the result of an act of alleged police brutality committed by Derek Chauvin.
  • Floyd’s death last year set off a wave of protests against racism and brutality, particularly amongst law enforcement.
  • Floyd’s family has committed a portion of the settlement to revitalization in the neighborhood where Mr. Floyd was forcefully detained.
  • The City of Minneapolis has enacted several policy reforms in an attempt to better local policing, including banning chokeholds and increasing capacity for review of complaints of police behavior.
  • While the settlement concludes the civil suit against the City of Minneapolis, a separate criminal process is underway in a suit against Derek Chauvin.
  • The jury selection process has proven difficult in terms of identifying potential jurors who have not been biased by the extensive media coverage of George Floyd’s death.
  • George Floyd’s death has forced long overdue conversations on racial injustice in the United States.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Facing Numerous Sexual Misconduct Allegations

  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been called to resign after several allegations of sexual misconduct were placed on him.
  • The majority of the New York congressional delegation and Democrats in the state legislature have pulled their support from governor Cuomo.
  • Cuomo denies all claims and refuses to resign stating the backlash is a result of ‘cancel culture.’
  • White House secretary Jen Psaki did not reveal President Biden’s opinion on the matter when asked and instead stated every woman “deserves to have her voice heard, should be treated with respect and should be able to tell her story.”

The United States, India, Japan, and Australia enter the Quad Alliance 

  • The United States, India, Japan, and Australia joined together to form the ‘Quad’ alliance in an attempt to combat China’s influence in the Indo-Pacific and cooperate on issues of Covid-19 and climate change. 
  • The ‘Quad’ group, short for the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, also reaffirmed that efforts will be put into place to denuclearize North Korea and reinstate the elected government in Myanmar.
  • The team also aims to develop 1 billion vaccines by 2022 to tackle the issue of vaccine shortages in Southeast Asia. 

Al-Shabab Incites Terror Over Mozambique 

  • Al-Shabab in Mozambique have displaced upwards of half a million individuals, inciting violence and terror among the people. 
  • Fleeing citizens attempt to travel south via boats, as food and water are scarcely provided to those taking refuge in Palma despite the country’s abundance in resources. 
  • These organizations had recently been called “designated global terrorists” by the United States, placing sanctions on groups similar to Al-Shabab spreading in Southern Africa. 

Largest Decline in Trade Following Brexit in Britain

  • Reports of a drastic decrease in imports and exports of goods to the United Kingdom amidst new Brexit politics, with a significant drop of 40.9%, the largest decline since the 1997. 
  • Exports specifically to the European Union (EU), Britain’s largest trading partner, fell by 29% compared to the previous month. 
  • The government has claimed that these figures don’t currently represent the state of trade with the EU, stating “Many businesses have adapted well” and are focused on supporting businesses still facing trading challenges. 

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Credit Suisse Found Guilty for Involvement in Money Laundering Scheme

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  • Switzerland’s Federal Criminal Court found Credit Suisse, Switzerland’s second largest bank, guilty for its involvement in a money laundering scheme involving a Bulgarian drug trafficking gang.
  • The bank is being fined 21 million Swiss francs ($22 million) due to its poor monitoring and implementation of anti-money laundering rules. More than 12 million francs worth of assets are also being confiscated due to their connection with the criminal group.
  • Credit Suisse has denied any wrongdoings and stated that it has been “continuously testing its anti-money laundering framework and has been strengthening it over time, in accordance with evolving regulatory standards.”
  • This case originated from actions taken by a former employee in 2007 and 2008, and two other Bulgarian citizens’ actions in 2005 and 2009. Some of their sentences and fines were suspended due to the amount of time passed since the crimes took place.

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Chlorine Gas Leak in Jordan Port City Kills Thirteen People

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  • A gas leak in Aqaba, Jordan killed at least thirteen people and injured more than 250. A storage container carrying between 25 and 30 tonnes of chlorine gas fell as it was being exported to Djibouti, releasing the gas.
  • A video of the incident on state TV shows the container being dropped onto the deck of the ship and a yellow colored gas spreading through the air as people try to evacuate. The accident seems to be a result of the crane malfunctioning.
  • If chlorine is inhaled at high levels, it can cause life-threatening damage. A nearby beach in Aqaba was evacuated as a safety precaution, and residents who live in the nearest residential area, about 25 kilometers (15 miles) away, were advised to stay inside and close windows.
  • Jordan’s Prime Minister Bisher al-Khasawneh traveled to Aqaba and visited some of the injured at the hospital. He also formed a team led by the interior minister to investigate the incident.

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Russian Missile Sets Ukraine Shopping Center on Fire

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  • A busy shopping center in Ukraine was set on fire by Russian missiles on Monday, killing at least thirteen people and injuring dozens. The total number of casualties is still unknown.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stated that “The number of victims is impossible to imagine” and that there could have been up to 1,000 people in the mall.
  • The attack came during the G7 summit, where world leaders condemned recent atrocities and promised to support Ukraine “for as long as it takes” in a joint statement. President Zelensky spoke to the leaders at the summit and stated that he wants the war to end before winter.
  • NATO has decided to increase the number of troops in its rapid reaction force from 40,000 to 300,000, more than eightfold. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg stated this move is part of the “biggest overhaul of collective defense and deterrence since the Cold War.”
  • The United States has announced that it will provide Ukraine with advanced medium and long-range air defense capabilities.

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World Watches as the United States Supreme Court Abolishes a Woman’s Right to an Abortion

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  • The United States’ top justices voted to eliminate the constitutional right to an abortion, a law that had been in place for over 50 years.
  • The closely watched decision was heralded by some and derided by others, depending on their position on the controversial concept of a woman’s right to choose for her own body.
  • With the abolition of the constitutional right, it is expected that many states in the U.S. will implement near total bans of abortion rights, while other states such as California, Oregon and Washington have reaffirmed their commitment to preserve the right to an abortion.
  • Planned Parenthood, the advocacy face for abortion rights, is mobilizing around the country to bolster and increase services in those states that will preserve the right, and engage voters in those states that plan to abolish the right.

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The EU Approves Ukraine for Candidacy

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  • The EU has finally approved the application of Ukraine to become a candidate country for admission to the 27- country organization. Ukraine will now join the official candidate list, which already includes Albania, the Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Turkey. 
  • The US is expected to provide an additional $450m in security assistance to Ukraine. Which includes four more High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems. 
  • The EU and Norway have agreed to cooperate and provide the EU’s 27 countries with gas from Western Europe’s biggest provider. The EU imports roughly ⅕ of its gas from Norway compared to the 40% it was receiving from Russia. Currently, Russia has been cutting gas supplies to countries refusing to pay for it in roubles. 
  • Melbourne is considering utilizing its largely vacant $200m Center for National Resilience building to house hundreds of refugees fleeing war-torn Ukraine and Afghanistan. The center will only be able to temporarily house about 500 refugees from Afghanistan and about 200 from Ukraine. 
  • Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov thanked US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin after receiving and welcoming the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) from the United States. 
  • Nike joined other leading Western brands by formally making a full exit from Russia, three months after suspending its operations. Telecoms equipment maker Cisco is also planning to wind down business in Russia and Belarus as well.

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US Supreme Court Expands Gun Carrying Rights Causing National Outrage 

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  • The US Supreme Court expanded gun carrying rights after a New York law denied the plaintiffs Robert Nash and Brandon Koch from carrying a concealed weapon in public, despite them having licenses for recreational gun ownership. 
  • The US court ruled that the New York law requiring residents to prove “proper cause” to carry a concealed weapon is unconstitutional. Justice Clarence Thomas, who represented the 6 justices who ruled in favor of the decision, stated that Americans have the right to carry “commonly used” firearms in public for personal defense. 
  • This decision comes amid an intense national debate over gun violence, and could possibly challenge the  outcome of similar regulations in other states, such as California and New Jersey, and affect a quarter of Americans by allowing more people to carry guns legally. 
  • Three liberal justices, Elena Kahan, Sonia Sotomayor, and Stephen Breyer, were against the majority decision, and Justice Breyer noted that “since the start of this year alone (2022), there have already been 277 reported mass shootings – an average of more than one per day.”
  • While the National Rifle Association (NRA) celebrated the judgment, President Biden stated that he was “deeply disappointed” by the court’s decision and that the ruling “contradicts both common sense and the Constitution, and should trouble us all.” 
  • New York Mayor Eric Adams also agreed with Biden and stated that he would review other ways to restrict gun access by restricting the application process for buying guns and looking into bans of firearms at specific locations. 

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