Jun 16, 2020

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 410 words, a 2-minute read.

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Situational awareness: Jimmy Kimmel will host and produce the coronavirus-altered Emmys, which will be the first major awards show of the pandemic. (Hollywood Reporter)

1 big thing: Getting bad cops off the streets

President Trump speaks during an event on police reform in the Rose Garden. Photo: Evan Vucci/AP

President Trump hinted today at a small potential area of bipartisan consensus on policing.

Why it matters: America's police departments do a bad job of keeping bad cops off the streets, with unsurprising and unacceptable results.

  • Systemic racism is real, and America's police disproportionately target black men in a way that white people are finally beginning to recognize.

Today in the Rose Garden, Trump said there are a “small number of bad police officers. ... They are very tiny. I use the word ‘tiny.’ It is a very small percentage. But you have them.”

  • He was there to sign a modest executive order limiting the use of chokeholds and moves to create a national database for police misconduct, Axios' Alayna Treene reports.
  • The order also pushes for de-escalation training, which Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms called for yesterday.
  • “You’ve got to get cops to understand that it’s not a cowardly act, that backing off could save this person’s life,” said Tom Manger, a retired police chief in Virginia and Maryland and former president of the Major Cities Chiefs Association. (AP)

Between the lines: Both of the police officers involved in recent high-profile killings of black men had previous incidents that should have raised red flags.

  • Garrett Rolfe: "The former Atlanta police officer who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks in a Wendy's parking lot faced disciplinary action in 2016 for a use-of-force incident involving a firearm, according to department records." (NBC)
  • Derek Chauvin: "The former Minneapolis police officer charged with murder in the death of George Floyd shot one suspect, was involved in the fatal shooting of another, and received at least 17 complaints during his nearly two decades with the department, according to police records and archived news reports." (WashPost)

The bottom line: Police departments in general need work. Police used tear gas on protesters in 98 cities across 35 states in the weeks since George Floyd was killed, the N.Y. Times reports.

Go deeper: Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan on reopening in the midst of protests

2. Pic du jour

Photo: George Frey/Getty Images

One proud mama 🐻: A Grizzly bear named "399" walks with her four cubs outside Jackson, Wyoming.

  • 399 inhabits Grand Teton National Park and Bridger-Teton National Forest and is considered by some to be the most famous brown bear mother in the world. She just gave birth to four cubs at the age of 24.
3. Catch up quick
  1. The Indian army says 20 of its troops were killed in a violent clash with Chinese forces in a disputed border region high in the Himalayas. Go deeper.
  2. U.S. companies exported record levels of pork to China in April, even as U.S. consumers faced shortages and packing plants became coronavirus hot spots. Go deeper.
  3. AT&T is planning to cut 3,400 technician and clerical jobs in the next few weeks and also close 250 retail stores, impacting 1,300 retail jobs. Go deeper.
  4. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam wants to make Juneteenth — the day that commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S. — a paid, state holiday.
  5. 👽 Bonus: More than 30 intelligent alien civilizations could exist in the Milky Way, according to a new study. Go deeper.
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