Two New York lawmakers are suing the New York police department after they said they were beaten with bicycles and pepper-sprayed during the George Floyd/Black Lives Matter protests in Brooklyn last summer.
State senator Zellnor Myrie and assemblywoman Diana Richardson named New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea and six individual officers as defendants in their lawsuit. They accused them of violating their first amendment rights to free speech and protest, assaulting them and illegally detaining Myrie, who was wearing a neon green shirt that said “Senator Myrie” on the back in block letters to make himself easily identifiable that day.
“The experience was a painful and humiliating reminder that following the rules and complying with police orders does not protect Black Americans from police brutality, not even Black Americans who have ascended to elected office,” the suit states.
Read the whole lawsuit here.
Supreme Court declines to hear transgender bathroom case
The Supreme Court declined today to hear a case that would decide whether schools must allow students to use the bathroom that match their gender identities, leaving in place a lower court’s ruling in a victory for transgender rights.
Gavin Grimm was a student who was denied the right to use the boys’ restroom by the Virginia school board. Last August, the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled that the school board had practiced sex-based discrimination and violated Grimm’s 14th Amendment rights by prohibiting him from using the boys’ restroom.
In not hearing the case, the Supreme Court upholds that decision, which sets a strong legal precedent. But in not hearing the case, that also means there is no nationwide ruling on the issue.
Joe Biden declared last week that “we have a deal” with the bipartisan $1tn infrastructure package. Then there was a veto threat, and the walking back of the veto threat. Now it’s time to get into the legislative nitty-gritty.
Read more about what’s to come here:
In another excerpt, this one previewed in Axios, Gen Mark Milley, the chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff, reportedly “yelled” at Donald Trump, prompting the Trump to yell back: “You can’t fucking talk to me like that!”
Milley had been arguing with Trump that he was not and would not be in charge of the federal response to protests for racial justice.
“I said you’re in fucking charge!” Trump reportedly shouted.
“Well, I’m not in charge!” Milley allegedly yelled back.
This excerpt came from Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost by Michael Bender, a Wall Street Journal reporter.
Barr calls Trump’s election fraud claims ‘bullshit’
Ahoy there, liveblog readers. It appears that the release of multiple books on the Trump administration is imminent, which means we the public are now privy to a wealth of previously unreported details in the form of long-form excerpts.
A particularly explosive one published in the Atlantic had Donald Trump railing against former attorney general William Barr in a three-page statement this weekend. In the excerpt from the upcoming book Betrayal, Barr told journalist and author Jonathan Karl that Trump’s claims of election fraud were “all bullshit”.
“My attitude was: It was put-up or shut-up time,” Barr said. “If there was evidence of fraud, I had no motive to suppress it. But my suspicion all the way along was that there was nothing there. It was all bullshit.”
Barr told Karl that then-senate majority leader Mitch McConnell had urged him to speak out about the fraud claims since mid-November. McConnell had concerns about the GOP’s ability to win the Georgia senate races.
“It’s people in authority like Bill Barr that allow the crazed Radical Left to succeed,” Trump said in a statement, in which he also referred to McConnell as “another beauty”.
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