The U.S. Army is considering having a ‘bipartisan conversation’ about renaming military installations and bases bearing the names of confederate military commanders.
This comes as the U.S continues to experience protests after the death of George Floyd, a black man, at the hands of the Minnesota police.
The Confederacy flag, the statues and the symbols that commemorate Confederate leaders have increasingly grown to be a rallying call for white supremacists.
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and US Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy are both open to this conversation, referring to around a dozen such installations.
Some of these bases include Fort Hood in Texas, Fort Bragg in North Carolina, and Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia.
Already last week, Ralph Northam, the Governor of Virginia, announced plans to remove a statue in honor of Confederate General Robert E. Lee located in Richmond’s historic Monument Avenue.
And on Friday, the US Marine Corps ordered the removal of every public display of the Confederate flag from Marine bases and installations.
Do you agree with the people who say the Confederate flag is a symbol of Southern pride and heritage? Or with those who refer to it as a symbol of oppression?
New Video Shows Policeman Shooting and Killing an Unarmed Black Man
It seems that it is open season for police officers to kill civilians without a care in the world.
Just weeks after George Floyd died at the hands of the Minneapolis police, New Jersey’s attorney general has released footage that showed the shooting of an unarmed black man.
The 30-minute video from a police dash-camera shows Sergeant Randall Wetzel shooting and killing 28-year-old Maurice Gordon on May 23.
According to the officer, Gordon was speeding.
With ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests raging on across America, and the fact that Sgt. Wetzel is white, do you think that this development will make the situation worse?
U.S. Coronavirus Deaths Could Hit 145,000 by August
So far, the United States has reported over 113,000 COVID-19 related deaths.
But the situation is bound to get worse, according to the University of Washington researchers who have estimated around 145,728 more fatalities by August 2020.
On Friday, the well-reputed Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the university predicted the figure could be 140,496, before revising the number.
The researchers didn’t explain the abrupt change in the number of projected fatalities.
This new figure comes in the wake of 22 U.S states showing a slight rise in the number of new confirmed COVID-19 cases.
Do you think that the massive street protests across major U.S cities are to blame for this surge in infections?
WHO Cautions COVID-19 Pandemic Is Getting Worse
The World Health Organization has warned of tough days ahead and that the coronavirus pandemic is getting worse.
According to the WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, ‘More than six months into the pandemic, this is not the time for any country to take its foot off the pedal.’
He continued to say that the world has reported the highest daily jump in cases (136,000) and that, ‘Although the situation in Europe is improving, globally it is worsening.’
Around 75% of the 136,000 COVID-19 cases are from 10 countries in South Asia and the Americas.
Maria van Kerkhove, the WHO’s technical leader on the pandemic, said that a ‘comprehensive approach’ was needed in South America and that ‘this is far from over’ because recent research suggests that asymptomatic transmission of the coronavirus ‘appears to be rare.’
Court Bans Minneapolis Police from Using Excessive Force
A county court in Minnesota has ordered Minneapolis police to stop using neck restraints and chokeholds.
These are the same tactics applied by former police officer Derek Chauvin who was involved in George Floyd’s death.
The preliminary injunction states that any officer who witnesses a colleague applying a neck restrain or chokehold must intervene, both verbally and physically, and report the case to the Minneapolis police department.
Seeing that the two rookies involved in the Floyd incident said that they couldn’t challenge a superior officer, this new order stands regardless of tenure and rank.
Sadly, since 2015, the police in Minneapolis have rendered victims unconscious by the use of neck restraints a shocking 44 times.
Maybe if this court order had been in place earlier, George Floyd wouldn’t have died. Do you agree?