Rubber bullets and flash-bangs don’t just tear through crowds — they jeopardize years of police reform : NBC News


“What I’d like to see is police not just taking a knee but standing in support of systemic, sustainable police reform,” a policing consultant said.

Source: Rubber bullets and flash-bangs don’t just tear through crowds — they jeopardize years of police reform : NBC News

Trump’s Recipe for Disaster: Daily Brief | Human Rights Watch


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Source: Trump’s Recipe for Disaster: Daily Brief | Human Rights Watch

James Mattis tears into Trump, calls him a threat to the constitution : MSNBC


In an interview with the Atlantic, Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis denounced Trump for dividing the country: “We must reject and hold accountable those in office who would make a mockery of our Constitution.”

Source: James Mattis tears into Trump, calls him a threat to the constitution : MSNBC

Sen. Kamala Harris: Pres. Trump’s threats to use the military against the American people are ‘the words of a dictator’ : MSNBC


Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) tells Lawrence O’Donnell that Donald Trump is “not capable” of being a strong commander-in-chief and is “fanning the flames of hurt and pain.”

Source: Sen. Kamala Harris: Pres. Trump’s threats to use the military against the American people are ‘the words of a dictator’ : MSNBC

‘By far, the most peaceful protest’: Protestors forced out of Lafayette Park before Trump visits church : MSNBC


NBC News Reporter Garrett Haake recounts the moment protestors were forced out of Lafayette Park so President Trump could get a photo opportunity with St. John’s Church. Haake notes that the protest was peaceful before police tried to disband it: “We had mounted federal police coming down H Street from east to west, clearing people out of the street. In front of them, they were using flash bangs, tear gas … All while I was listening to the President of the United States speak about law and order, I was watching people fall down as they ran, I was watching people get pushed aside by police forces.”

Source: ‘By far, the most peaceful protest’: Protestors forced out of Lafayette Park before Trump visits church : MSNBC

Biden follows guidance on masks; Trump wears no mask : MSNBC


Joe Biden appeared in public Monday for the first time in more than two months, laying a wreath to honor the fallen at a Delaware war memorial and wearing a mask. President Trump also marked the day commemorating U.S. war dead but didn’t wear a mask.

Source: Biden follows guidance on masks; Trump wears no mask : MSNBC

Cornwall farmer covers Mercedes in SLURRY after owner parked on his field ‘to go to the beach’ | Daily Mail Online


The tractor driver fired muck all over the luxury car near a gate on his farm in Cornwall. A clip of the incident emerged after people flocked to the coast to enjoy the warm weather over the weekend.

Source: Cornwall farmer covers Mercedes in SLURRY after owner parked on his field ‘to go to the beach’ | Daily Mail Online

COVID-19 has shown U.S., U.K. are vulnerable to biological terrorism, experts say


LONDON — The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed a structural vulnerability to biological attacks in the U.S. and Europe that requires urgent government action, multiple current and former national security and public health officials told NBC News.

Former officials in the U.S. and the U.K. warn that the devastating impact of the coronavirus on health care infrastructures and economies may act as a “neon light” for terrorist groups looking to unleash pathogens on Western nations.

The pandemic has shown that the West has trouble testing, tracking and treating a pandemic or sustaining a supply of protective equipment for health care workers. It has also raised questions about the security of pathogen research labs worldwide.

“Many of the very worst-case characteristics of an intentional event are also being seen in this naturally occurring pandemic,” said Dr. Robert Kadlec, the assistant secretary for preparedness and response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Kadlec, a retired Air Force colonel and surgeon who has spent much of the past two decades focused on biodefense policy and legislation inside the White House, the Defense Department and the Senate, helped the FBI with its investigation into the 2001 “Amerithrax” attacks. The perpetrator in the attacks, which killed five people and infected 17 others, used anthrax from a government lab. “We’ve come a long way in 20 years, and yet there is so much more that needs to be done,” he said.

Source: COVID-19 has shown U.S., U.K. are vulnerable to biological terrorism, experts say