Sep 15, 2017

Police using pepper spray after cop acquitted for murder

A man rides a bike as police in riot gear stand watch following a verdict. Photo: Jeff Roberson / AP

Police are using pepper spray Friday evening on protesters in St. Louis, Reuters reports, citing witnesses and video. The protesters who have flooded the streets of St. Louis are gathering after a white police officer was acquitted for the 2011 murder of Anthony Lamar Smith.

The judge said an "urban heroin dealer" without a weapon would be an anomaly — a statement the attorney for the mother of Smith's daughter, Christina Wilson, cited as evidence the ruling was prejudiced.

Back story: The lawyers for the police officer, Jason Stockley, said he had fired in self-defense in 2011, although he was accused of planting a gun in Smith's car.

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Coronavirus could hit developing countries hardest

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The coronavirus is spreading most widely in countries that should be among the best equipped to handle it. There's no reason to expect that to remain the case.

Where things stand: 88% of new coronavirus cases confirmed on Wednesday came within the OECD club of wealthy nations, which together account for just 17% of the world's population. While that data is based on uneven and inadequate testing, Europe and North America are clearly in the eye of the storm.

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The Humanity First push for a coronavirus vaccine

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Policy responses to the global coronavirus crisis have been every-country-for-itself and — in the case of the U.S. and China — tinged with geopolitics.

The flipside: The scientific work underway to understand the virus and develop a vaccine has been globalized on an unprecedented scale.

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Trump attacks Schumer for impeachment in letter about coronavirus crisis

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President Trump accused Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of being "missing in action" during the coronavirus crisis, writing in a scathing letter on Thursday that Schumer's focus on the "ridiculous impeachment hoax" resulted in New York being ill-prepared for the pandemic.

Why it matters: It's a blistering response to Schumer urging Trump to assign a senior military officer to enforce the Defense Production Act to produce more medical supplies.