In the United States, Kenosha Police Chief Daniel Miskinis has on Wednesday confirmed that a teenager identified as Kyle Rittenhouse has been arrested and charged with homicide after gunfire killed two persons and wounded a third during protests over the police shooting of a Black man in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
A Lake County court official said Rittenhouse was arrested on a warrant in the neighbouring state of Illinois and charged with first-degree intentional homicide in Kenosha.
Kenosha police identified the two persons killed only as a 26-year-old from Silver Lake, Wisconsin, and a 36-year-old from Kenosha. Police said one person was wounded, a 36-year-old from West Allis, Wisconsin who was expected to survive.
Rittenhouse remains held in Lake County awaiting an extradition hearing Friday.
The lakeside city has been rocked by civil unrest since Sunday, when police shot 29-year-old Jacob Blake in the back at close range. Demonstrations continued on Wednesday night and early Thursday protesters marched, drove cars and honked horns.
The shooting of Blake has reignited protests over racism and police use of force in the US, and prompted the Milwaukee Bucks – an NBA team from Wisconsin – to boycott a play-off game. Blake is recovering in hospital and is conscious, but his lawyers fear it will take a “miracle” for him to walk again.
Protests were mostly peaceful, in contrast to the violent clashes that marked earlier nights of demonstrations.
Miskinis said the events surrounding Blake’s shooting were being investigated by the criminal division of the Wisconsin Department of Justice “to give it the outside view”, and that he had no knowledge of the investigation as mandated by Wisconsin law and procedure.
Biden, Trump Prepare To Debate At A Time Of Mounting US Crises
The first presidential debate in this year’s U.S. General elections takes place tonight. The duel between incumbent Donald Trump and the man who intends to wrest the office from him, Joe Biden, could be an inflection point in an American election year like no other in living memory.
This year’s White House race has remained unchanged for months, fueled to some extent by the coronavirus pandemic and a sinking economy. The sustained demonstrations on racial injustice, police brutality and by black lives matter group have also played a role.
These events have sharply outlined partisan feelings that have been hardened over the most polarizing of presidents. As the race stands today, there are very few undecided voters left.
For Trump, the contest is one of his last opportunities to reshape the race and color voters’ impression of his opponent.
The debate comes just five weeks before election day, and voting is already underway in some key battleground states.
NY Times: Trump ‘Paid $750 In Federal Income Taxes In 2016 And 2017’
New York Times has obtained a copy of president Donald Trump’s federal income tax and has revealed the president paid just $750 in taxes in 2016, the year he ran for the U.S. Presidency, and the same amount during his first year in office. The newspaper also reports Trump paid no income taxes at all in ten of the previous fifteen years.
Trump has faced and is still facing legal challenges for refusing to share documents concerning his fortune and business dealings.
He is the first president since the 1970s who has refused to make his tax returns public. Even though making tax returns public is not legally required of presidential candidates or presidents, those who occupy the White House have always showed their tax returns in an act of transparency.
Trump says the times report was “fake news.” The newspaper says the information carried in the story was provided by sources with legal access to it.
Switzerland Referendum: Voters Reject End To Free Movement With EU
Six in ten Swiss voters have rejected a proposal to end an accord with the European Union allowing free movement of people.
Switzerland is not an EU member, but it has a series of interdependent treaties with Brussels which gives it access to Europe’s free trade area.
The move to rein in immigration was proposed by the Swiss people’s party but opposed by the government. A similar initiative to introduce quotas on immigrants from the EU to Switzerland narrowly passed in a 2014 referendum, damaging Swiss-EU relations.
The Swiss are given a direct say in their own affairs under the country’s system of direct democracy. They are regularly invited to vote on various issues in national or regional referendums.
Supporters of the anti-free movement plan say it would allow Switzerland to control its borders and select only the immigrants it wants.
Opponents argue it would plunge a healthy economy into recession at an uncertain time and deprive hundreds of thousands of Swiss citizens of their freedom to live and work across Europe.
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