Jenny Cavnar makes MLB history with Rockies-Padres play-by-play call

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) —  Jenny Cavnar has had a long-running career in Major League Baseball, but she slid into a historic new role in the broadcast booth Monday night, becoming the first woman since 1996 to call the televised play-by-play for a major league team.Cavnar called the Colorado Rockies and San Diego Padres matchup in Denver alongside analyst Jeff Huson and former Rockies outfielder-turned analyst Ryan Spilborghs. It was a fitting assignment for Cavnar, who previously reported for the Padres before joining the Rockies as a pre- and post-game host in 2012.With more than a decade of baseball reporting in various capacities under her belt, Cavnar called her first televised homerun Monday night when Rockies’ third baseman Nolan Arenado stepped up to the plate.“That ball is shot into left field, fire up the fountains she’s gone,” Cavnar announced, describing the two-run shot in the bottom of the first inning. Her run call coincided with the eruption of the classic Coors Field fountains whenever the home team hits a home run.Cavnar joins a shortlist of women who have called America’s pastime.Mary Shane was the first female in a booth, doing radio for the Chicago White Sox in 1976 before moving on to television; and Suzyn Waldman was the first woman to do baseball game commentary, for a few New York Mets games on radio in June 1993, according to ESPN. Waldman called her first TV broadcast in July 1995 for a New York Yankees versus Texas Rangers game on ABC’s “Baseball Night in America” and her first play-by-play in 1996.Other notable women who have spent time in the booth include Gayle Gardner, who replaced Charlie Jones on the Rockies TV broadcast for the Aug. 3, 1993 Rockies and Cincinnati Reds game. Pam Boucher announced 36 games on Yankees TV, WPIX in 1977.Cavnar, a Colorado native, previously made history in 2015 as the first female analyst for a series of National League games in the radio booth.She felt the love with messages of support from around the league and other women in the industry, including ESPN “Sunday Night Baseball” analyst Jessica Mendoza.Although the Rockies fell to the Padres 13-5, the night will go down as a win for Cavnar.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Weinstein case heads back to court amid potential setbacks for the prosecution

first_imgJefferson Siegel-Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New York prosecutors dropped part of their sexual assault case against Harvey Weinstein on Thursday.The Manhattan District Attorney decided to drop count six of the indictment, which involves Lucia Evans, the actress who accused Weinstein of forcing her to perform oral sex on him in 2004. The rest of the case remains intact.The district attorney’s office recently discovered a previous written account from Evans that could suggest her encounter with him was consensual. This would contradict the criminal charges that have been filed against him, sources familiar with the matter told ABC News.Evans is one of three women whose allegations form the backbone of the criminal case.Prosecutors are also dealing with an internal review of how a lead police detective conducted himself during the investigation. It was alleged the detective may have improperly “coached” a witness before she testified before a grand jury.The NYPD has said it stands by the criminal case against Weinstein but has not directly addressed the alleged conduct of the investigator.Weinstein has pleaded not guilty and denied all allegations of rape and sexual assault that have been made against him both in court and in the media.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

FBI, ATF responding to active shooter situation reported in Illinois

first_imgWe have an ongoing active shooter incident at 641 Archer Av. This is an ongoing active scene. We will provide more information once confirmed.— Aurora (IL) Police (@AuroraPoliceIL) February 15, 2019The active shooter was first publicly confirmed by the city on their Twitter account.The Chicago field office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announced in a tweet that it was responding to the active shooter reports.FBI agents out of the Chicago field office are also responding to the scene and assisting law enforcement, a spokesperson for FBI-Chicago told ABC News.This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Chalabala/iStock(CHICAGO) —  Police in Illinois are responding to calls of an ongoing active shooter situation in Aurora.The city of Aurora is located about 40 miles east of Chicago.“We have an ongoing active shooter incident at 641 Archer Av. This is an ongoing active scene. We will provide more information once confirmed,” the Aurora police department tweeted Friday afternoon.last_img read more

Heavy rains throughout Midwest, Tropical Storm Karen develops in Atlantic

first_imgIStock/Noppharat05081977(FARGO, N.D.) — Over 9 inches of rain has hit parts of the Northeastern Plains as a cold front sweeps across the Central states. Storms will push east today and could possibly impact the Northeast by Monday evening.This frontal system was responsible for at least 9.5 inches of rain in northern Minnesota and 8.73 inches of rain in eastern North Dakota on Saturday.As a result of the intense heavy rain, flash flooding was reported in both the Fargo and Grand Forks areas.The system also brought 2 reported tornadoes to eastern Kansas on Saturday night as well as a 75 mph wind gust in Russell, KS.This morning there have already been reports of rainfall totals approaching 4″ in parts of Southern Nebraska due to heavy rain.A long line of storms is visible on the radar stretching from the Mexican border to parts of the Upper Midwest.A cold front is tapping into moisture from a rapidly weakening Tropical Storm Elena along with tropical moisture from the Gulf.Flash flood Watches are in effect for parts of the region from southwest Texas to Wisconsin including Kansas City and Chicago.As the cold front moves east today it will likely fire up some strong storms and heavy rain through parts of Midwest from Missouri to Michigan, including around St. Louis, Chicago, and Indianapolis.Rainfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour could cause flash flooding in spots throughout the day. Later this evening and into early Monday storms will slide over into the Ohio Valley and the interior northeast but will likely lose some moisture and coverage with the loss of daytime heating.Then on Monday night into early Tuesday, it appears the cold front will tap into just enough heat and moisture to bring a round of storms to the northeast U.S.While the chances of severe thunderstorms remains isolated, gusty winds and locally heavy downpours appear likely in the major metro areas Monday night and early Tuesday.Locally over 4 inches of rain will fall in parts of the Midwest through today from this system, especially in areas of Illinois and Indiana.Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Karen has formed in the Atlantic and could impact Puerto Rico on Tuesday as new Tropical Strom Warnings have been issued in the Caribbean.A new tropical Storm warning has been issued for portions of the Windward Islands, including Trindiad and Tobago. Karen currently has winds of 40 mph and is moving West Northwest at 9MPH.Karen is expected to bring heavy rainfall and gusty winds to parts of the Caribbean, including Puerto Rico, over the next few days.Although some overnight models are beginning to indicate that this tropical wave could become a system worth monitoring later this week, it remains too early to determine how this system will evolve in the long term.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Oregon governor slams state troopers seen refusing to wear masks: ‘Absolutely unacceptable’

first_imgWe are thankful for all of the support we have received from our community. This was definitely not something we could have anticipated. Our amazing team handled the conflict in a calm and professional manner, and we could not be more proud. https://t.co/jN1nLfZHZh— Allan’s Coffee & Tea (@allans_coffee) July 2, 2020“This was definitely not something we could have anticipated,” the tweet added. “Our amazing team handled the conflict in a calm and professional manner, and we could not be more proud.”The incident in Oregon highlights the struggle many local businesses have encountered while attempting to enforce government mandates on face coverings.Despite the global health crisis raging and health officials urging the use of face masks to help stop the spread of COVID-19, wearing masks has become embroiled in a culture war of sorts in the U.S. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. pinkomelet/iStockBy CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News(SALEM, Ore.) — Oregon officials came out swinging at a group of state troopers caught on camera refusing to wear masks at a local coffee shop in Corvallis despite a statewide mandate.Surveillance video shared with local outlet The Oregonian shows what appears to be four state troopers enter a coffee shop, all without face coverings, on July 1. All employees behind the counter can be seen wearing masks.The store’s assistant manager told the local paper he informed the first trooper who arrived that masks were required, but the officer allegedly refused and went on to blast the governor’s mask mandate. The Oregonian reports that one unnamed trooper has been placed on administrative leave as a result of the incident, citing a statement from Oregon State Police spokesperson Timothy Fox. The agency did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment Friday.Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced a statewide mask mandate for all public indoor places on July 1 as part of an effort to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus as much of the U.S. is experiencing concerning new jumps in cases.Oregon health officials reported a record number of new COVID-19 cases on Thursday.Brown responded to the incident involving the troopers directly after the surveillance video from the shop, Allan’s Coffee and Tea, went viral.“It is inexcusable that a few Oregon State Troopers disregarded my face covering requirement yesterday, and ignored a request from a fellow Oregonian to follow the rule,” Brown said in a statement Thursday. “Oregon State Police Superintendent Hampton and I agree that their actions and behaviors were absolutely unacceptable.”“Let me crystal clear: No one is above the law,” she added. “Superintendent Hampton and I expect the Oregon State Police to lead by example.”Oregon State Police Superintendent Travis Hampton added in a separate statement that the police officer’s conduct is “embarrassing and indefensible, especially in the wake of thousands of Oregonians taking to the streets each day to rightfully demand police accountability.”“Like any police misconduct, the actions of a few bring discredit to the scores of dedicated officers that do not believe they are above the law they are sworn to uphold,” Hampton added.Hampton pledged that their conduct “is being immediately addressed” and personally apologized “to the coffee shop employees and the community.”Allan’s Coffee Shop did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment Friday, but shared in a post on Twitter that they are “thankful for all of the support we have received from our community.”last_img read more

Coronavirus live updates: Denmark abandons plan for mass mink cull

first_imgNov 10, 10:23 amParis prosecutor opens judicial inquiries into COVID-19 response complaintsThe Paris prosecutor’s office has opened four judicial inquiries in response to complaints related to how French authorities have handled the coronavirus pandemic.Remy Heitz, the chief public prosecutor in the French capital, said in a statement Tuesday that the judicial inquiries bring together 253 complaints against decision-makers and national public structures from the general population, health workers, civil servants as well as sick or dead people that were addressed to the Paris prosecutor’s office since March 24.The investigations will enable the prosecutor’s office to carry out complex investigations intended to bring to light any criminal offenses on counts of voluntary abstention from fighting a disaster, endangering the lives of others and unintentional homicides and injuries.France, along with much of Europe, is in the grip of a second wave of COVID-19 infections. Paris and its suburbs have been particularly hard-hit.ABC News’ Ibtissem Guenfoud contributed to this report.Nov 10, 9:14 amDenmark abandons plan for mass mink cullDenmark’s government will not move ahead with its plan to immediately slaughter all 17 million mink in the country, due to legal obstacles and a lack of political backing.Last week, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen announced the mass cull of the country’s entire mink population — including those that are healthy — amid concerns that a COVID-19 mutation moving from farmed mink to humans could evade future vaccines. But on Monday, Danish Environment and Food Minister Mogens Jensen admitted that the government did not have the legal basis for the order.Frederiksen’s minority Social Democratic government still plans to put forward emergency legislation to back the cull on Tuesday, but the draft needs a three-quarters majority in parliament and opposition parties have already suggested they won’t support it.There are doubts over whether the mass cull is actually scientifically based as well as concerns that it would threaten the livelihoods of hundreds of mink breeders. Denmark is the largest exporter of mink fur in the world.Meanwhile, mink breeders will continue to cull any infected animals on farms. As of Tuesday morning, around 2.5 million mink have been culled so far, a spokesman for Denmark’s Ministry of Environment and Food told ABC News. The animals are gassed and then either incinerated or buried in mass graves on military land.Nov 10, 6:43 amRussia registers over 20,000 new cases for fifth day in a rowRussia confirmed 20,977 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, marking the fifth consecutive day where daily infections exceeded 20,000.An additional 368 deaths from COVID-19 were also registered nationwide over the past day. The cumulative total now stands at 1,817,109 cases with 31,161 deaths, according to Russia’s coronavirus response headquarters.Moscow remains the epicenter of the country’s outbreak and recent surge. More than 28% of the newly confirmed cases — 5,902 — and over 18% of the new deaths — 68 — were reported in the capital, according to the coronavirus response headquarters.Despite rising infections, Russian authorities have repeatedly said they have no plans to impose another nationwide lockdown.The Eastern European country of 145 million people has the fifth-highest tally of COVID-19 cases in the world, behind only the United States, India, Brazil and France, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Nov 10, 5:45 amEmployee at Shanghai’s main international airport tests positiveAuthorities in China’s largest city have quarantined dozens of people after an airport employee tested positive for COVID-19.A 51-year-old man who works as a freight handler at Shanghai Pudong International Airport, a major aviation hub of East Asia, was confirmed to be infected on Monday and has since been transferred to an area hospital for treatment, authorities said.It’s the first domestic case of COVID-19 reported in Shanghai in months, and it remains unclear how the patient contracted the disease. He has not left Shanghai and reported no history of being in high-risk areas in the 14 days prior to the onset of illness. He also has no history of contact with anyone infected with COVID-19 and has not been to any other hospitals within the past three months, according to authorities.Twenty-six close contacts, including the man’s family members and colleagues, have been quarantined and have all tested negative for COVID-19. More than 100 others were also placed in isolation for medical observation, authorities said.So far, no additional cases have been found.The local health authority has raised the COVID-19 risk area to medium in the village where the patient lives in Shanghai’s district of Pudong. The rest of Shanghai remains low-risk.Nov 10, 4:38 amUS sees highest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations since JulyThere were 59,275 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 across the United States on Monday, according to data collected by The COVID Tracking Project.That figure — up from 56,768 on Sunday — marks the largest single-day increase since July 10 and the highest total amount since July 25, The COVID Tracking Project said.Nov 10, 4:24 amUS reports over 100,000 new cases for sixth straight dayThere were 119,944 new cases of COVID-19 identified in the United States on Monday, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.It’s the sixth straight day that the country has reported over 100,000 new infections. The latest daily tally is slightly less than the nation’s all-time high of 128,412 new cases set on Saturday.An additional 670 fatalities from COVID-19 were also registered nationwide Monday, down from a peak of 2,666 new deaths in mid-April.A total of 10,110,552 people in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 238,251 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C. and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.Much of the country was under lockdown by the end of March as the first wave of pandemic hit. By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up and crossing 100,000 for the first time on Nov. 4.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Ovidiu Dugulan/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 1.2 million people worldwide.Over 50.4 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks. The criteria for diagnosis — through clinical means or a lab test — has also varied from country to country.Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the virus has rapidly spread to every continent except Antarctica. The United States is the worst-affected nation, with more than 10 million diagnosed cases and at least 238,251 deaths.Nearly 200 vaccine candidates for COVID-19 are being tracked by the World Health Organization, at least 10 of which are in crucial phase three studies. Of those 10 potential vaccines in late-stage trials, there are currently five that will be available in the United States if approved.Here’s how the news is developing Tuesday. All times Eastern:last_img read more

Hospital CEO’s response to Black doctor’s COVID-19 death prompts backlash

first_imgSusan Moore/FacebookBy BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC News(CARMEL, Ind.) — The president and CEO of an Indiana hospital has prompted backlash for releasing what medical professionals and health care advocates described as a “blame the victim” statement about a Black physician who died of COVID-19 after alleging she was mistreated by a doctor and nurses at his medical facility because of the color of her skin.In a press release, Indiana University Hospital president and CEO Dennis M. Murphy described Dr. Susan Moore as a “complex patient” and said that during her stay at the IU Health North facility in Carmel, Indiana, the nursing staff treating her for coronavirus “may have been intimidated by a knowledgeable patient who was using social media to voice her concerns and critique the care they were delivering.”Moore, 52, who operated her own family practice, died at another hospital she went to a day after being discharged from IU Health North, her 19-year-old son, Henry Muhammed, told ABC News.Before being sent home from IU Health North, Moore recorded a scathing review of her treatment and posted the video on her Facebook page, saying, “I put forth, and I maintain, if I was white, I wouldn’t have to go through that.”She alleged that the doctor treating her repeatedly ignored her complaints that she was in excruciating pain and wanted to send her home. That doctor, she alleged, initially told her he felt uncomfortable giving her painkillers and “made me feel like a drug addict,” she said on social media.“This is how Black people get killed. When you send them home and they don’t know how to fight for themselves,” Moore said in the Dec. 4 video she posted on her Facebook page from her hospital bed at IU Health North. “I had to talk to somebody, maybe the media, to let people know how I’m being treated up in this place.”Muhammed told ABC News in a telephone interview Wednesday that his mother knew her own medical history better than anyone else and should have been seen as an asset to the medical team and not as a sign of intimidation.“I don’t understand how knowing your medical history is intimidating to a nurse or hospital staff,” Muhammed said.He said that other than a chaplain from the IU Health system reaching out to him, no officials from the medical center have contacted him to apologize or express remorse.In his statement, Murphy said he is “deeply saddened by her death and the loss her family is feeling.”“I am even more saddened by the experience she described in the video,” Murphy wrote. “It hurt me personally to see a patient reach out via social media because they felt their care was inadequate and their personal needs were not being heard.”Murphy promised to assemble a diverse panel of health care and diversity experts to conduct an external medical review of Moore’s concerns “to address any potential treatment bias.” At the same time, he appeared to defend the hospital staff that treated Moore.“I do not believe that we failed the technical aspects of the delivery of Dr. Moore’s care,” Murphy wrote. “I am concerned, however, that we may not have shown the level of compassion and respect we strive for in understanding what matters most to patients. I am worried that our care team did not have the time due to the burden of this pandemic to hear and understand patient concerns and questions.”Muhammed said he and his family have been speaking with lawyers about their options for recourse but have not yet decided whether to take legal action against IU Health.“I hope they do an honest, unbiased investigation,” he said of the hospital. “But I can only hope for that. I don’t know if they will.”Moore tested positive for COVID on Nov. 29 and went to IU Health North because she had been to the hospital before and it was close to her home, Muhammed said.He said his mother was discharged from IU Health North on Dec. 7 but was only home for 12 hours before he had to call an ambulance to rush her to a different hospital. Moore wrote on her Facebook page that when she was admitted to Ascension St. Vincent Hospital in Carmel, her temperature had spiked to 103 degrees, and her blood pressure fell to 80/60. Normal blood pressure is generally 120/80.Her health continued to deteriorate, and she was placed on a ventilator, her son said. She died of complications from COVID-19 on Dec. 20.Moore’s ordeal has left public health advocates and medical providers disappointed in Murphy’s statement and prompted many of them to vent their outrage on social media.Dr. Theresa Chapple, a Black physician and public health advocate from Maryland, wrote on Twitter that after reading Murphy’s statement, “I feel gaslit.”“It is so utterly ridiculous and also something that Black people have been going through for quite some time in this country, and that includes Black doctors,” Chapple told ABC News on Wednesday. “We have gone through this when we try to advocate for ourselves, when we try to advocate for our children. We’re dismissed. We’re seen as angry, or upset or volatile. Intimidating is a new one that I hadn’t heard before reading this.”Chapple said her work is focused on maternal mortality and trying to prevent Black women from dying as a result of giving birth.“One of the ways that we tell women that they can do to help address that is to advocate for themselves or to have an advocate there with them. So to now take this tried-and-true approach that we know helps in certain circumstances and be able to clearly see that it does not help when you’re Black and educated, it’s really a slap in the face,” Chapple said. “What else can you do to save your own life?”Christie VanHorne, a public health advocate from New York whose company, CVH Consulting, works to improve communication between patients and medical providers, said she felt so angered by Murphy’s response that she wrote IU Health a message complaining that the hospital was “victim-blaming” Moore for the alleged inadequate care she received.“It’s honestly a disgrace to the medical profession that they would blame the victim and the nursing team,” VanHorne told ABC News on Wednesday. “To say that the nurses were intimidated by the patient, it’s absolutely ridiculous when she was just trying to advocate for herself.”Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones, a Black adjunct associate professor at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta and former president of the American Public Health Association, and three of her medical profession colleagues wrote an op-ed piece on Moore’s case that was published in the Washington Post on Saturday saying Moore’s experience is more “confirmation” of racial inequities in the nation’s health care system that have risen to the surface during the COVID-19 pandemic.“That system has a name: racism. No matter how well-intentioned our health care system is, it has not rooted out the false idea of a hierarchy of human valuation based on skin color and the false idea that, if there were such a hierarchy, ‘White’ people would be at the top,” reads the op-ed Jones wrote with Aletha Maybank, chief health equity officer at the American Medical Association, Uché Blackstock, founder and CEO of Advancing Health Equity, and Joia Crear Perry, president of the National Birth Equity Collaborative.Black people have also been disproportionately affected and have died from coronavirus more than their white counterparts. An analysis by the Brookings Institution released earlier this year showed that the COVID-19 death rate for Black people was 3.6 times the rate of white people.An ABC News investigation published in April found that Black people in coronavirus hot spots are twice as likely to die from the illness than their white counterparts.“Dr. Moore knew that she was being mistreated. She knew she was being mistreated because she knew what she was supposed to be getting. So that makes her voice even more powerful when she was calling them out,” Jones told ABC News on Wednesday.Jones said IU Health has to acknowledge that systemic racism exists in its system before it can fix the problem.“It’s not on one individual nurse to fix themselves or one individual doctor to fix themselves,” Jones said. “You have to engage a lot of people, understanding that racism exists, and that it’s a problem for the whole system.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Daunte Wright’s parents speak out after shooting: ‘He’s never coming back’

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — The parents of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man who was shot and killed by a white police officer in a Minneapolis suburb on Sunday, said they “can’t accept” the notion that their son’s killing was a mistake.“I lost my son, he’s never coming back,” Daunte Wright’s father, Aubrey Wright, told ABC News’ Robin Roberts in an exclusive interview Tuesday on Good Morning America.“I can’t accept that — a mistake, that doesn’t even sound right,” he added. “This officer has been on the force for 26 years. I can’t accept that.”Daunte Wright was driving in Brooklyn Center, about 10 miles northwest of Minneapolis, when he was stopped by police on Sunday afternoon. The officers initially pulled him over for an expired registration tag on his car but determined during the traffic stop that he had an outstanding gross misdemeanor warrant, according to Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon.As police attempted to take him into custody, Daunte Wright reentered the vehicle and one of the officers fired their weapon, striking him. The officer — identified by authorities as Kim Potter, a 26-year veteran of the Brooklyn Center Police Department — intended to deploy her Taser instead of her gun when she “accidentally” shot Daunte Wright, Gannon said.The car sped off, traveling several blocks before crashing into another vehicle. A female passenger in Daunte Wright’s car sustained non-life-threatening injuries during the crash and was transported to a nearby hospital. The passengers in the other vehicle were not injured, according to Gannon.Officers and medical personnel “attempted life-saving measures” on Daunte Wright but he died at the scene, Gannon said.Daunte Wright’s mother, Katie Wright, told ABC News that her son had called her during the traffic stop. She said he told her that police had pulled him over due to air fresheners hanging in his rear view mirror. She told him to take them down and to let her speak with police over the phone if they ask for his car insurance so she could give them the information. That’s when she heard police ask her son to step out of the vehicle.“Daunte said, ‘For what, am I in trouble?’ I heard the phone getting put down pretty hard,” Katie Wright said during Tuesday’s exclusive interview on GMA. “And then I heard scuffling and the girl that was with him screaming, and I heard an officer ask for them to hang up the phone and then I didn’t hear anything else.”“I tried to call back three, four times and the girl that was with him answered the phone and she said that they shot him and he was lying in the driver’s seat unresponsive,” the mother recalled, with tears streaming down her face. “And then I heard an officer ask her to hang up the phone again and then after that, that’s the last time I’ve seen my son. I haven’t seen him since.”She said she’s unsure why the situation escalated.“I know my son was scared. He’s afraid of the police, and I just seen and heard the fear in his voice,” she added. “But I don’t know why and it should have never escalated the way it did.”The mother described her son as “an amazing, loving kid” who “had a big heart,” “bright” smile and “loved basketball.”“He had a 2-year-old son that’s not going to be able to play basketball with him. He had sisters and brothers that he loved so much,” Katie Wright said. “He just had his whole life taken away from him. We had our hearts pulled out of our chests. He was my baby.”The parents said they want to see “justice served” and the officer who shot their son “held accountable for everything that she’s taken from us.” Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott has said he “fully support[s] releasing the officer of her duties.”“My position is that we cannot afford to make mistakes that lead to the loss of life of other people in our profession,” Elliott told reporters Monday.A preliminary report issued by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner on Monday evening said Daunte Wright died from a gunshot wound to the chest and that his death was a homicide.Earlier Monday, the Brooklyn Center Police Department released body camera footage of the fatal encounter. The police chief said Potter can be heard in the video warning Daunte Wright and her fellow officers that she will be deploying her Taser.“However, the officer drew their handgun instead of their Taser,” Gannon told reporters. “It is my belief that the officer had the intention to deploy their Taser, but instead shot Mr. Wright with a single bullet. This appears to me, from what I viewed and the officer’s reaction and distress immediately after, that this was an accidental discharge that resulted in the tragic death of Mr. Wright.”Potter can be heard in the video yelling, “Holy s—, I just shot him!”The Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the incident.A source with knowledge of the investigation told ABC News that Potter was field training another officer at the time of the shooting.Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump — who has represented the families of Trayvon Martin, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and more — is one of the lawyers representing the Wright family and told ABC News during Tuesday’s interview that fatal encounters between police and people of color will only stop “when we start treating each other all the same.”“She was a training officer and so it’s not about training, it’s about implicit bias,” Crump said. “It’s about giving the same respect and consideration to people of color that we give to white American citizens. We don’t see these sort of things happening to white young people that we see happening over and over and over again to young, marginalized minorities.”“They could have given him a ticket, given him a notice to show up. But just like in George Floyd — they could have given him a ticket — they used the most force when it comes to dealing with marginalized minorities,” he added. “And we can’t have these two Americas — one where we treat Black Americans different from white Americans in policing.”Daunte Wright’s killing has sparked demonstrations — some violent — in Brooklyn Center, Minneapolis; Portland, Oregon; New York and other U.S. cities. The shooting occurred amid the ongoing murder trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged in the May 2020 death of Floyd, which ignited nationwide protests.Daunte Wright’s family has called for peaceful protests.“I want to say thank you so much for the support and standing by us,” Katie Wright said, “and making sure that my son’s name doesn’t get swept under the rug.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Ex-CBI adviser taken on as pay expert for IPD

first_imgThe IPD has recruited a former CBI adviser to act as a specialist on pay andemployment conditions.Nick Page, formerly lead adviser on pensions at the CBI, will move to theIPD in the next few weeks. His responsibilities will include providing guidance and carrying out researchin areas such as performance-related pay, labour turnover and compensation.Page replaces Oonagh Ryden, who left in December last year after severalyears with the IPD. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Ex-CBI adviser taken on as pay expert for IPDOn 14 Mar 2000 in Personnel Todaylast_img

e-business jargon buster: chatrooms

first_img Previous Article Next Article e-business jargon buster: chatroomsOn 22 Aug 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Chatrooms are sections of a web site specially set up for users to communicate with each other, often in real time. Simply key in your lines of “chat” and send it over the Internet for people to read and respond to. Some chatrooms are moderated, which means that somebody is monitoring what is being sent. As long as you’re chatting via a web site, you don’t need any extra software to chat on-line. Be wary of registering your personal details unless you know who is behind the site.NewsgroupsNewsgroups are like bulletin boards where visitors can leave messages on a particular subject for others to see and respond to. There are thousands of newsgroups on the Net – it is one of the Internet’s oldest services – covering just about every aspect of life. They can be accessed using e-mail software such as Microsoft’s Outlook Express but you may find it easier to go to www.deja.com which lets you read and send messages from the site. This is a simpler introduction to the world of newsgroups than trying to configure software to access it. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more