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26 JUNE 2020

Uniformed police officers discuss “slaughtering African Americans,” the US House of Representatives passes a police reform bill, and Joe Biden takes a dramatic lead in Election 2020.

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George Floyd street art, murual and memorial in Minneapolis

North Carolina Police Officers discuss ‘Slaughtering Blacks in Another Civil War.’

Three police officers from Wilmington, North Carolina, have been fired after they were caught on tape using racist slurs and discussing plans to slaughter Black people in another civil war.

Sitting in his patrol car in Wilmington, N.C., Officer Michael “Kevin” Piner predicted Black Lives Matter protests would soon lead to civil war. “I’m ready,” Piner said, adding that he planned to buy an assault rifle. “We are just going to go out and start slaughtering them f------ n------.”

The shocking threat came amid extended, openly racist conversations between Piner (44), and two other police officers; Cpl. Jesse E. Moore (50), and Officer James “Brian” Gilmore (48). In their discussions, taped by accident on a patrol car camera and released Wednesday by the department, the men freely drop racial slurs, suggest killing black residents and deride protesters. “Wipe 'em off the f------ map,” Piner said of African Americans. “That’ll put 'em back about four or five generations.”

All three officers were fired Wednesday. Wilmington Police Chief Donny Williams called the conversations “brutally offensive.”

The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a sweeping Democratic police reform bill on Thursday. The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act mandates changes in law and policy to rein in police misconduct including chokeholds, no-knock warrants, police body cameras, use of deadly force, and training to de-escalate confrontations. The measure was sent to the Senate this morning.

Representative Karen Bass, chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, which represents over 50 Black lawmakers, said the Democrats’ bill would help prevent killings by ushering in bold, institutional changes that re-imagine police less as soldiers, and more as America's guardians.

Joe Biden leads President Trump by 14 points, says poll.

Joe Biden has a 14-point lead over President Trump, according to the first New York Times/Siena College poll of the general election. Biden leads among voters between 18-44 years of age, and is running virtually even with Donald Trump amongst voters 45+ and older. Whites with college degrees, voters that Republicans have traditionally relied on, are principally responsible for the collapse in support for Donald Trump. The president’s inability to project unifying leadership in response to three crises this spring — the pandemic, collapse of the economy, and racial unrest — has sent his support tumbling.

Joe Biden holds an advantage of at least 6 percentage points over President Donald Trump in each of the crucial battleground states, too. Voters in Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin—states that were all carried by Trump in 2016—are now all clearly leaning toward Biden four months from the 2020 election. Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin are all showing double-digit leads for the former vice president. The numbers show that Trump’s advantage among white voters in the swing states has nearly vanished.

“Every night we’re going to get tougher and tougher," President Trump told Sean Hannity during a Fox News interview Thursday night. "There is going to be retribution." Referring to protestors who've torn down or defaced confederate statues and monuments, he added, “These people are vandals. They’re agitators. They’re terrorists in a sense.”

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