It is another Tuesday. And since it’s the Fall Solstice and all, I want to be one of the first to say to you – It IS fall, y’all.
Guess what, CivMixers? It’s Taaarraaaavel Baan Tuuuesday*. Five states have been added to the 14-day quarantine list for New York: Arizona, Minnesota, Nevada, Rhode Island, and Wyoming. No states or territories were removed today. The full list can be seen here.
Elsewhere around the U.S., COVID cases continue to remain steady or climb. Wisconsin has seen a recent surge in positivity they are attributing to returning college kids. The US has surpassed a death toll of 200,000 people. For more COVID updates, please go here.
Let’s get to it…5 Things, you know the drill.
1) The Louisville Metro Police Department announced today that six officers are subjects of internal investigations for their roles in the death of Breonna Taylor, 26, the night of March 13. LMPD spokesperson Sgt. Lamont Washington confirmed that during this probe, every aspect of that night will be reviewed to see if any officer violated any policies or procedures.
The six officers are: Det. Joshua Jayes, the detective that secured the no-knock warrant that was being executed that night, Det. Myles COsgroce and Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, two of the LMPD officers who discharged their weapons into Taylor’s residence. The other three detectives are Michael Campbell, Tony James, and Michael Nobles.
On March 13, the LMPD executed a no-knock warrant late at night, when they believed Taylor would be home by herself. Her boyfriend was there, however, and legally armed. He thought someone was breaking in when Cosgrove and Mattingly, joined by ex-officer Brett Hankison, broke the door of the apartment down with a battering tram. He opened fire, shooting Mattingly in the leg and severing his femoral artery. The police fired back, and Taylor was killed in the return fire.
In June, Hankinson was fired for his role in this incident. The Interim Police chief of Louisville, Robert Schroeder, said Hankison fired 10 rounds into Taylor’s apartment “wantonly and blindly” violating the SOP for the department and, according to Schroeder, showing an extreme lack of respect to human life. Hankison is currently appealing his termination.
Taylor’s family responded to the news of the internal investigation through one of their lawyers, Lonita Baker. In short: They are delighted and believe that the outcome will determine many rules were violated, which should lead to discipline that could include termination for all the officers involved. They are hopeful that this will not be dragged out, as has happened with the LMPD in the past.
Daniel Cameron, Kentucky’s AG, is researching whether there is any call for criminal charges, and a grand jury is already empaneled in Louisville. The announcement regarding possible criminal charges is expected any day.
2) Pascale Cecile Veronique Ferrier, 53, was arrested this past Sunday on the “Peace Bridge” between Buffalo and Fort Erie, Canada. The U.S. authorities took her into custody after she told Customs and Border Protection Officers that the FBI was looking for her in connection to the letters containing ricin that were recently sent to President Trump.
When searched, she was found to have a knife and a loaded firearm.
Ferrier was charged with making threats against the president, responsible for an envelope found in the sorting facility for the White House in Washington, D.C. this past Friday. When the FBI had the white powder tested, it was positive for ricin, a highly toxic poison.
Along with the ricin, Ferrier included a letter to President Trump, telling him that he ruined the USA and led us into disaster. It went on to threaten that if the ricin didn’t work, the sender would keep trying either with better poison or a gun.
Six other letters were sent to detention center and prison officers from Canada to Texas, all places that Ferrier was a resident of at some point in 2019. It is unclear if any of those letters reached their mark, but no charges were filed regarding them.
She was scheduled to appear in a federal court in Buffalo, NY today, presided over by US Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder Jr. at 4 PM.
I am writing this at 4:54 p.m.; there has been no update on the case.
3) In the mid-Hudson Valley, white-tailed deer have been killed by a hemorrhagic fever that is fueled by a virus that does not affect humans. The virus has been detected in at least one, if not multiple counties throughout the Hudson Valley.
Though the virus is expected in the Southern U.S., it did not come to upstate New York until 2007 and waited 14 years to spread to the lower parts of the Hudson Valley. The virus is known as the epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) and is dangerous only to white-tailed deer. The EHD is carried and transmitted by “no-see-um” biting midges. These midgies are also known as midgies.
Though EHD does not infect humans, the NYS DEC is asking for anyone who sees any deer that appears sick or dying to leave them alone and contact local conservation officers. They have also warned hunters not to handle deer that appear to be acting differently or seem sick.
4) Today, the Boys and Girls Club of the Capital Area announced it will be providing space in which students can learn virtually. The spots will be included in a program offered in the Club’s Albany and Troy locations that launched earlier this month.
The services offered will range from arts and crafts to tutoring. The sessions are split into two, with an 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. block and an “after school” block from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. The former will be $225 a week and $125 for the latter.
Club officials hope this will make it easier for working parents whose kids are learning from home.
5) To celebrate National Voter Registration Day, The League of Women Voters of Saratoga hosted a huge registration event. There were dozens of volunteers working throughout Saratoga, Washington, and Warren counties to assist people register, change party affiliation or even fill out their absentee registration requests.
They also encourage younger kids to preregister.
They had formed on-site, and people could either fill out later or get assistance from the members there to help with any issues or questions.
For our part to celebrate National Voter Registration Day here at CivMix, we want to encourage everyone who can to vote – be it in person or through the mail. If you are unsure if you are registered, please check here.
Please keep the following dates in mind:
- Oct. 9 – Registration is to be concluded – either in-person or postmarked no later than this day
- Oct. 27 – Online and mail-in registration ends
- Nov. 2 – In-person absentee registration ends
- Nov. 3 – Election Day
Stay steady, stay strong, stay safe.
*Credit to Amy Marlette
Photo credit: George Fazio.