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Police and protesters confront each other in front of the Kenosha County Courthouse on Aug. 25, 2020. Photo: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The only survivor of a fatal shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, during protests last year has accused law enforcement in a lawsuit of conspiring with a "band of white nationalist vigilantes," the Washington Post reported Saturday.

Of note: Kyle Rittenhouse, 18, is due to stand trial on Nov. 1, accused of wounding Gaige Grosskreutz, who filed the suit, and killing two other people protesting the police shooting of Jacob Blake on Aug. 25, 2020. He's pleaded not guilty to charges including homicide and attempted homicide and maintains he fired in self-defense.

  • The family of Anthony Huber, one of the men Rittenhouse is accused of fatally shooting, filed a lawsuit in August against police, the City of Kenosha, and Kenosha County officials, claiming officers failed to intervene and conspired with white militia members.

Details: Grosskreutz, 27, accuses a law enforcement officer in his suit, filed in a Milwaukee federal court on Thursday, of saying to a group of armed males including Rittenhouse during unrest over Blake's shooting: "We appreciate you guys — we really do."

  • "Kenosha law enforcement officers and white nationalist militia persons discussed and coordinated strategy," alleges the suit, which seeks a jury trial along with unspecified compensatory and punitive damages, and "injunctive relief to prevent future violations of the law."
  • The lawsuit names the City of Kenosha, Kenosha County and individual officers including the city's police chief and the county sheriff.

What they're saying: An attorney representing Kenosha County and Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth told CNN that Grosskreutz's allegations were "false" and they would file a motion seeking dismissal of the case.

  • "The lawsuit also fails to acknowledge that Mr. Grosskreutz was himself armed with a firearm when he was shot and Mr. Grosskreutz failed to file this lawsuit against the person who actually shot him," added the attorney, Samuel Hall.

For the record: The Justice Department announced earlier this month that it would not pursue criminal civil rights charges against the Kenosha police officer who shot Blake seven times in the back as he entered a vehicle, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.

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Three Ahmaud Arbery killers found guilty of murder

Beverly Green, with the Transformative Justice Coalition, demonstrates outside the Glynn County Courthouse on Oct. 18 in Brunswick, Ga. Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images

A jury on Wednesday found all three suspects guilty in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man who was chased and shot while running in February 2020.

The big picture: Prosecutors only pursued the case after a video of the killing went viral in May 2020 sparking a national outrage. The case preceded the murder of George Floyd but Arbery's name, along with those of Floyd and Breonna Taylor, were at the center of last year's nationwide racial justice protests.

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WHO: Not yet known whether Omicron leads to more severe disease

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The World Health Organization on Sunday said that it is not yet clear whether the newly discovered Omicron variant is more transmissible than other strains of the COVID-19 virus.

Why it matters: The agency's statement comes as the variant, discovered in South Africa, has already been detected in European and Asian countries.

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Fauci: Omicron variant will "inevitably" be found in U.S.

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Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, cautioned on Sunday that the COVID-19 Omicron variant will "inevitably" be found in the United States.

Driving the news: Fauci, Biden's chief medical adviser, told ABC's George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" that U.S. officials will meet with colleagues from South Africa later on Sunday to try to determine the severity of the cases, as countries scramble to learn more about the variant.