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Black Lives Matter activist Sasha Johnson speaks outside of a police station in London. Photo: Guy Smallman/Getty Images

London Metropolitan Police arrested five men in connection with the shooting of British Black Lives Matter activist Sasha Johnson, according to a police statement.

The state of play: A 17-year-old was arrested on suspicions of having a weapon, as well as for possession of class A drugs with intent to distribute. Three men were arrested on suspicions of "affray" — fighting in a public space — and for possessing class B drugs with intent to supply.

  • A fifth man was arrested following a vehicular car chase on suspicion of affray and for failing to stop for police.

What they're saying: "While the investigation remains in its early stages, these arrests show that progress is being made," Detective Chief Inspector Richard Leonard said.

  • "However, I would continue to appeal to those who may hold information about the events that led to Sasha receiving her horrific injuries, or about those responsible, to do the right thing and come forward and speak to police," he added.

Catch up quick: Johnson, a mother of three, was shot in the head on Sunday and is in critical condition. Police said there is no evidence that the shooting was related to her activism, BBC reports.

  • A friend of Johnson's told the BBC that she believes the event was a result of a disagreement between "rival gangs."

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Report: Suburbs' arrest rates surpass urban cities

Officers stand guard in front of the police station in the St. Louis, a suburb of Ferguson, Mo. Photo: Basri Sahin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Suburban cities saw a higher arrest rate than urban cities, despite having substantially fewer violent crime arrests, according to a new finding from a policy group that monitors criminal justice and racial disparities.

Why it matters: The findings released Wednesday by the Vera Institute of Justice suggest suburban cities are making less progress around policing while bigger cities adopt reforms.

May 26, 2021 - Axios Denver

How Colorado police departments have adjusted their training since George Floyd's death

Police officers pepper spray a person near the Colorado State Capitol during George Floyd protests last May in Denver. Photo: Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images

Police departments in Colorado and across America have made moves toward better training since George Floyd’s murder — but experts say it could take years to have enough impact to prevent more needless deaths of people of color.

Zoom in: Law enforcement agencies in Colorado have adopted new strategies designed to avoid the use of force and address implicit biases in various ways.

Biden details new vaccination initiatives as COVID cases surge

Joe Biden. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

President Biden detailed several new initiatives on Thursday to get more Americans vaccinated and slow the spread of the Delta variant.

Why it matters: The plan outlines aggressive next steps from the federal government as COVID-19 cases surge across the country due to the contagious Delta variant and as demand for vaccines has tapered off.