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The recent Supreme Court rulings regarding DACA and the LGBTQ community "are very important steps that support the civil rights of our country," as are the nationwide protests against excessive use of force by police, former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett said on Friday during an Axios virtual event.

Why it matters: Jarrett said that while "the government can't always change the hearts and minds of the American people...what they can do is set the rules." She said changes in policing are trickling down to local communities as states and cities ban chokeholds and no-knock warrants.

Background: The Supreme Court ruled earlier this week that the Trump administration illegally shut down the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an Obama-era order that allows immigrants bought into the country illegally as children to remain and work if they met certain criteria.

What she's saying: "All of these are very important steps that support the civil rights of our country being fair and equal to everyone."

  • "Even Congress, both the Senate and the House in a bipartisan way are trying to look for solutions, and I think we have to build on that momentum.

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The big picture: The number of coronavirus cases increased in the vast majority of states over the last week, and decreased in only two states plus the District of Columbia, Axios' Andrew Witherspoon and Caitlin Owens report.

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Colorado police chief fires officers who reenacted Elijah McClain's death

LaWayne Mosley, father of Elijah McClain, wears a t-shirt with is son's picture on it during a press conference in Oct. 2019. Photo: Andy Cross/MediaNewsGroup/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Interim Aurora, Colo., police chief Vanessa Wilson fired two officers for reenacting the death of 23-year-old Elijah McClain and a third officer for commenting on the photo that captured the "despicable act," The Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: McClain died in the summer of 2019 after police officers held him in a chokehold and paramedics used a sedative, ketamine. People have been protesting McClain's death recently after the police killing of George Floyd revitalized the movement against police brutality.