The Daily Populous

Wednesday October 28th, 2020 night edition

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Reverend Mark Tyler of Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church broke the news of a police shooting in West Philadelphia to members of the Special Committee on Criminal Justice Reform while providing testimony during a hearing on police oversight in the city.

According to reports, police officers shot and killed Walter Wallace Jr., as he approached officers while wielding a knife.

“It’s moments like this that remind us the importance of the work of police oversight,” said Tyler, before announcing he was heading to the scene.

As neighbors in Cobbs Creek began protesting another Black man’s death at the hands of police, Council was discussing a proposed overhaul and rebranding of Philadelphia’s Police Advisory Commission via a measure on the ballot this Election Day.

The measure asks if the Home Rule Charter should be amended to create a Citizens Police Oversight Commission, and if City Council should be authorized to determine the composition, powers and duties of the Commission.

Before Tyler’s testimony, community members explored how a new oversight commission could create more accountability for law enforcement.

One would require public input during collective bargaining between the city and the police department during contract negotiations. »

R. Kelly was beaten in jail while 'no one raised a finger,' attorneys say

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A Bureau of Prisons report says a prison employee ordered the attacker to stop and deployed pepper spray.

Kelly's attorneys claim the video shows the attacker "roamed a great distance within the MCC before carrying out that act, without any opposition.

"An unresolved issue remains as to whether MCC personnel encouraged, and then allowed, a beating of Mr. Kelly to take place," wrote Michael Leonard, a lawyer for R. Kelly. »

Justice Kavanaugh Caught Cherry-Picking Line from a Law Review Article That Contradicted His Conclusion

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Kavanaugh a cherry-picked quote which–in the context of the whole law review article–ultimately contradicted his actual point.

Kavanaugh then quoted from a law review article titled “How to Accommodate a Massive Surge in Absentee Voting” by New York University Law Professor Richard Pildes to bolster his point.

In her dissent, Justice Elena Kagan argued that Kavanaugh’s claim that votes counted after Election Day might “flip” the election results is simply nonsensical. »

Trump’s finances: President has real estate debts of $1.1bn with $900m due in four years

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The huge sums of money are linked to his commercial real estate properties and golf courses, says the Financial Times.

Mr Trump also has $257 million in loans taken out against Trump properties, which were packaged up and sold to a commerical mortgage-backed securities trust.

They are also loans on Trump golf courses in New Jersey and Washington DC, and a residential tower in New York City. »