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Video obtained by AP shows a Louisiana police officer in 2019 beating Aaron Larry Bowman, a Black man, 18 times with a flashlight, as he is heard screaming, "I'm not resisting! I'm not resisting!"

Driving the news: Bowman was left with a broken jaw, three fractured ribs, a broken wrist and a gash to his head that required six staples to close. The officer, who was white, defended the beating by saying it was "pain compliance" to get Bowman into handcuffs.

  • The police officer, Jacob Brown, was arrested in February on charges of aggravated second-degree battery and malfeasance in office in connection with the assault, the New York Times reports.
  • Brown had been involved in 23 incidents that involved use of force, and 19 of those incidents were against Black people, the Times notes.
  • Brown resigned from the Louisiana State Police in March.

Details: In the video, Brown is seen arriving at the scene after other officers remove Bowman from his car and pin him to the ground. Brown immediately begins beating Bowman on the head and on his body.

  • Bowman tried to explain that he was a dialysis patient and was not resisting, "I’m not fighting you, you’re fighting me," per AP, citing the state police investigation.
  • Bowman is then heard saying, "I'm bleeding! They hit me in the head with a flashlight!"

The big picture: The state police did not begin investigating the incident until 536 days after it happened, and after Bowman brought a civil lawsuit, per AP.

  • The FBI and the civil rights division of the Justice Department are investigating the case, the Times writes.

What they're saying: A police spokesperson told the Times that the investigation found that Brown's body-camera footage had been "intentionally mislabeled."

  • "As the investigation continued, detectives concluded that Brown engaged in excessive and unjustifiable actions and failed to report the use of force to his supervisors," the spokesperson added.

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NFL suspends Antonio Brown, 2 others for misrepresenting COVID vaccination status

Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown. Photo: Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

The National Football League (NFL) on Thursday suspended three players —Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown and safety Mike Edwards as well as former wide receiver John Franklin III — for violating COVID-related protocols.

Why it matters: The suspensions come after the NFL reviewed allegations that the players "misrepresented their vaccination status," and ultimately concluded that all three violated league protocols.

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  2. Vaccines: Pfizer begins clinical trial for Omicron-specific vaccine — The shifting definition of fully vaccinated.
  3. Politics: Biden admin withdraws temporary vaccine-or-test mandate for large employers — New York Supreme Court strikes down Gov. Hochul's mask mandate for public areas — Sarah Palin tests positive, delaying defamation trial — Virginia school boards sue Gov. Youngkin for lifting mask mandate.
  4. World: U.K. to lift travel testing requirement for fully vaccinated — Beijing Olympic Committee lowers testing threshold ahead of Games.
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The Robinhood M&A rumor mill churns

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Robinhood's valuation is now just over $11 billion, a fraction of where it traded in August and below that of its last private round of funding. Cue the M&A mongers.

Why it matters: It's not just Robinhood—falling values of growth-oriented tech stocks have raised speculation that formerly high-flying fintechs could be snapped up by more well-capitalized buyers.