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Week of 04/04: FREECABLE TV’s Top 10 Stories

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Week of 04/04: FREECABLE TV’s Top 10 Stories

NYC Ends Qualified Immunity For Police

New York city has since moved to end qualified immunity for police this week, effectively making it the first city in the United States to do so, ABC News reported. For those less familiar with the idea, qualified immunity is the practice of not being able to file a civil lawsuit against a government official performing his or her official duties unless they "clearly established statutory or constitutional rights of which a reasonable person would have known." In an interview on WNYC's "The Brian Lehrer Show," Mayor Bill DeBlasio stressed that the bill won't be holding officers personally responsible. "It makes it easier if someone has a concern to bring a legal action, but it does not put the individual financial penalty on the officer," DeBlasio said. "It puts it on the department and the city, and that's what I was comfortable with."

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CDC Warns Of "Impending Doom"

As new COVID-19 infections spike yet again nationwide, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said she's afraid of what will happen next, CNN News reported. "What we've seen over the last week or so is a steady rise of cases," said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky this past Monday. "I know that travel is up, and I just worry that we will see the surges that we saw over the summer and over the winter again." The US has come "such a long way," Walensky went onto say, pleading with all Americans to keep masks on and to "hold on a little while longer" as more people get vaccinated.

Watch more: https://youtu.be/Dwz6HGfdu6Y

Ghislaine Maxwell Now Facing Two New Charges

When Maxwell was first arrested, she was facing six counts, including conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, and perjury. This week, the British socialite accused of aiding in her former partner Jeffrey Epstein’s sexual abuse of minor girls is now facing two more charges: sex trafficking conspiracy and sex trafficking of a minor, both of which involving a “minor victim-4”. Maxwell's attorneys did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the new charges, TheGuardian News reported.

Watch more: https://youtu.be/apIEs5OjUP4

Teen Who Recorded Viral Floyd Video Testifies

Teenager Darnella Frazier, 18, who recorded the infamous video showing the death of George Floyd offered an emotional testimony this past Tuesday in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin, telling attorneys the incident has changed her life, USAToday reported. "When I look at George Floyd, I look at my dad, I look at my brothers, I look at my cousins, my uncles," Frazier said. She said she has stayed up some nights "apologizing and apologizing to George Floyd for not doing more and not physically interacting and not saving his life." But, Frazier continued, "it’s not what I should have done. It’s what he (Chauvin) should have done."

Watch more: https://youtu.be/RHzWaZHQmOg

Police Lt. Calls Chauvin's Use Of Force "Totally Unnecessary"

"First of all, holding him down to the ground, face down and putting your knee on a neck for that amount of time is just uncalled for," Lt. Richard Zimmerman said. "I saw no reason why the officers felt they were in danger, if that is what they felt. And that is what they would have to have felt to be able use that kind of force."

Watch more: https://youtu.be/6kLPlYmqL4o

COVID Psychosis

A small percentage of Covid-19 patients are reportedly experiencing "Covid psychosis” after infection, including distress and an impaired sense of reality, NBC News reported. Dr. Danesh Alam, a psychiatrist with Northwestern Medicine, says "post-COVID psychosis" is rare, but as a result of reported cases, researchers are looking to see how COVID affects the human brain. "Labs suggest that the virus may actually be crossing the blood brain barrier, and some of the changes that we see in [the] brain related to major psychotic disorders are being observed."

Watch more: https://youtu.be/QIVnyLAq6G0

Trump's Statements In Old Lawsuit Resurfaces

Manhattan prosecutors are now investigating whether former Pres. Trump's "best spin" was common practice in local real estate circles or if he had crossed the line into illegal activity, CNN News reported. For example, Trump reportedly said he once calculated his net worth, to a degree, on his "feelings," and that he put the "best spin" on some of the assets. "I think everybody" exaggerates about the value of their properties. "Who wouldn't?"

Watch more: https://youtu.be/o39gp20nOpY

The Deadly Office Shooting In Orange, CA

Southern California police said this past Thursday that the gunman, later to be identified as Aminadab Gonzalez, who killed four people and wounded a fifth at an office complex knew all the victims either through business or personally, ABC News reported. Orange police Lt. Jennifer Amat also revealed that the gunman had chained gates to the complex closed, forcing officers who responded Wednesday to engage him purely from the outside. And while police withheld the identities of the dead, they have confirmed that one was a 9-year-old boy; the others were one man and two women.

Watch more: https://youtu.be/q2gsBTfUSVc

Capitol Threat Suspect Identified

One U.S. Capitol Police officer was killed and another injured when a man rammed a vehicle into them at a barricade outside the Capitol building this past Friday, CBS News reported. The suspect, later identified as 25-year-old Noah R. Green of Indiana, was shot by police after he got out of the car and lunged at officers. Green died later at a nearby hospital. Unfortunately, Officer William "Billy" Evans, an 18-year veteran of the police force, was the one later identified as the slain officer killed at the scene.

Watch more: https://youtu.be/bXqcZc62QCQ

Biden Releases Statement On Capitol Hill Attack

Pres. Biden sent his 'heartfelt condolences' to the slain officers family and was noted to have been receiving updates from Homeland Security with regards to the attack, FOX News reported. "I want to express the nation’s gratitude to the Capitol Police, the National Guard Immediate Response Force, and others who quickly responded to this attack. As we mourn the loss of yet another courageous Capitol Police officer, I have ordered that the White House flags be lowered to half-staff."

Watch more: https://youtu.be/hVS_3i4iPb8

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