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Hot, hot, hot today
Hottest day with this heat wave will be today with highs in the triple digits area wide. 102 for Lubbock, record high at 106. Sunny with a light breeze from the southwest 10-18 mph. Prepare for a gusty wind tonight with the arrival of a cold front and wind speeds in the 20-30 mph. Temperatures drop to the lower 60s in the morning, with highs in the lower to mid 80s and still sunny
George Floyd will be laid to rest this week near his hometown of Houston
The body arrived in Texas over the weekend. Mourners will be able to view his casket today, as the series of memorials in his honor reach their final stop. Visitors must wear a mask and gloves to comply with coronavirus-related guidelines. Floyd's funeral will be tomorrow. It was two weeks ago today that he died after a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into his neck for almost nine minutes, bringing out protests both here in the U.S. and in other parts of the world. Presumptive democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden plans to travel to Houston to meet with Floyd's family and will provide a video message for the funeral service. His plans do not include attending the service itself. Floyd will be buried in the Houston suburb of Pearland.
More protests over Floyd's death, including at the Tim Cole statue at 19th and University
A large turnout for this one with signs also highlighting the death of Breonna Taylor, who was killed during a police raid in Louisville, Kentucky. Protestors calling for officers to be arrested in that case, too. Demonstrators say they want to see action from police. More info on policies here.
The "8 Can't Wait" campaign is a research-backed list of policy priorities dealing with use of force
The Lubbock Police Department released a checklist for how its policies line up with the campaign. It revolves around de-escalation, internal reporting and training officers not to rely on brute force. Over the past few years, command staff for LPD say they've complied with all eight priorities. That includes requiring officers to report unnecessary force from other officers, banning shooting at moving vehicles and requiring intervention. That means if an officer sees another cop using excessive force, the witnessing officer is obligated to stop it.
Lubbock police are addressing a social media video showing an officer using force to subdue a suspect
Chief Floyd Mitchell says there were no violations of policy. The department reports that a man was asking for money near 50th and the West Loop Wednesday. As an officer was writing a citation for the offense, that's when police say the man asked someone else for money. The officer then called in for permission to arrest the man due to his repeated violations. That was approved and when the officer tried to put the suspect in handcuffs. police say he actively resisted arrest and fought the officer and his back-up. He reports trying an "apen area takedown" on the man, then when he continued to fight. punched him three times in the abdomen to gain compliance. The chief says it falls within the department's "less-lethal use of force" policy. The suspect in the video is charged with assault on a public servant, a third degree felony. That carries a penalty of two to ten years in prison.
Congressional democrats are coming out with legislation to overhaul police accountability
The justice in policing act being released today would overhaul legal protections for police, create a national database of excessive-force episodes and set new standards for police training. The Associated Press obtained a draft outline of the package. The draft document says the proposed legislation would revise the federal criminal police misconduct statute to make it easier to prosecute officers who are involved in misconduct "knowingly or with reckless disregard."
Between Saturday and Sunday, Lubbock confirmed 13 new cases of COVID-19, 7 Saturday and six yesterday
There are 192 active cases. 505 cases have recovered. It's been four weeks since someone in Lubbock has died from it. That number remains at 50. The city hasn't reported a new nursing home case since May 28th. 240 of the total cases were in those facilities. No health care workers have tested positive for the virus in a week, 40 of them confirmed so far. The rest are all community spread. We have links to more data, including testing breakdowns and demographic analysis here.
Only a handful of those who have recovered from the virus have donated their plasma for a therapy that could be life-saving
As soon as he was fully recovered, Jeffrey Lowry began donating his plasma at Vitalant blood bank. Some research suggests that once a person recovers, they may have antibodies that could be used to boost other's immune systems. UMC has used the plasma, alongside Remdesevir, to treat about 23 critically ill patients. Lowry is encouraging the people who have recovered to take some time to give others a fighting chance. Vitalant has also begun to test all its blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies. For more information about who is eligible to donate, click here.
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