SEPTEMBER 04, 2020
Good morning. In today’s AP Morning Wire:
- US Federal task force kills Portland shooting suspect during arrest.
- Biden, in Kenosha, says U.S. confronting ‘original sin’ of slavery.
- India adds another 83,000 infections, nears 2nd-most in world.
- August US jobs report will likely show slow recovery amid virus.
DEPUTY DIRECTOR – GLOBAL NEWS COORDINATION, LONDON
Federal task force kills Portland shooting suspect during arrest; He was a regular at the city’s protests
The man suspected of fatally shooting a supporter of a right-wing group in Portland, Oregon, last week was killed as a fugitive task force tried to arrest him in Lacey, Washington,
Michael Forest Reinoehl was killed as a federal task force attempted to apprehend him. Reinoehl pulled a gun during the encounter and was shot by a law enforcement officer. He was the prime suspect in the killing of 39-year-old Aaron “Jay” Danielson, who was shot in the chest Saturday night. Mike Balsamo and Ted Warren report.
Suspect Profile: The 48-year-old Reinoehl was a regular at the demonstrations that have wracked Portland for months. He had described himself in a social media post as “100% ANTIFA,” suggested the tactics of counter-protesters amounted to “warfare,” and had been shot at one protest and cited for having a gun at another, Gene Johnson and Gillian Flaccus write.
Coming Up-100 Days: Once hailed as one of the most livable and liberal American cities, Portland is struggling with an uncertain future as it reaches a stunning benchmark: 100 consecutive nights of racial injustice protests marred by vandalism, chaos, a U.S. federal agents’ clampdown — and the killing of a supporter of President Donald Trump. You can read that story here in a few hours.
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In Kenosha, Biden says U.S. confronting ‘original sin’; Rochester suspends officers in man’s suffocation death
Joe Biden told residents of Kenosha, Wisconsin, that recent turmoil following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, could help Americans confront centuries of systemic racism, drawing a vivid contrast with President Trump amid a reckoning that has galvanized millions across America.
“We’re finally now getting to the point where we’re going to be addressing the original sin of this country, 400 years old … slavery and all the vestiges of it,” Biden said at Grace Lutheran Church, where he met with community leaders after a private session with Blake and his family. Bill Barrow, Will Weissert and Scott Bauer report.
Trump visited Kenosha earlier this week and concentrated on praising law enforcement and accusing protesters of “domestic terrorism.” Biden also talked with the hospitalized Blake on the phone. Blake’s uncle said Biden’s visit was more unifying, and he noted Trump did not ask at all about his nephew.
Rochester Death: Seven police officers involved in the suffocation death of Daniel Prude were suspended by the city’s mayor in New York state, who said she was misled for months about the circumstances of the fatal encounter. Prude, 41, who was Black, died when he was taken off life support March 30.
That was seven days after officers who encountered him running naked through the street put a hood over his head to stop him from spitting, then held him down for about two minutes until he stopped breathing. Carolyn Thompson and Michael Hill report.
Rochester Police Tactics: Described by a medical examiner as a ”homicide caused by “complications of asphyxia in the setting of physical restraint,” Prude’s death after police slipped a “spit hood” over his head has drawn new attention to the tactic and the frequent reliance on police to respond to mental health emergencies.
It has underscored one of the top demands of the police reform movement: that certain duties should not be handled by law enforcement but by social workers or mental health experts. Michael R. Sisak and Mike Balsamo have that story.
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India reports another 83,000 cases, nears 2nd-most in world; US jobs report will likely show slow recovery
The number of people infected by the virus in India rose by another 83,000 and is near Brazil’s total, the second-highest in the world. India’s total has now gone past 3.9 million.
India’s Health Ministry also reported 1,096 deaths, taking total fatalities past 68,000. India’s case fatality rate is well below the global average and experts have questioned whether some Indian states have undercounted deaths.
In a country of 1.4 billion people, only those places most affected by the virus remain under lockdown. People are crowding markets and other public spaces. Potential safety measures like masks and social distancing go largely unenforced.
U.S. Jobs: The country is regaining more of the jobs that vanished when the pandemic cratered the economy early this spring. Yet so deep were the layoffs that began in March that millions of Americans remain burdened by job losses that might prove permanent.
Economists have forecast that employers added 1.4 million jobs in August and that the unemployment rate fell from 10.2% to 9.8%, Christopher Rugaber writes. The report is released at 8:30 a.m. Eastern. You can follow all developments here.
Falling Through the Cracks: The Trump administration rolled out a $300-a-week federal unemployment benefit after Congress failed to agree to extend a $600 payment. Yet because of a raft of restrictions and bureaucratic hurdles, more than 1 million unemployed won’t receive that $300 check, and their financial struggles will deepen.
Many were low-paid workers whose unemployment aid falls below the $100 weekly threshold. That stands to widen the inequalities that disproportionately hurt Black and Latino workers, who are more likely to work in low-wage jobs. Gig and contract workers won’t qualify, either.
Vaccine Doubts: Could the U.S. really see a coronavirus vaccine before Election Day? A letter from federal health officials instructing states to be ready to begin distributing a vaccine by Nov. 1 — two days before the election — has met not with exhilaration but with suspicion among public health experts and others.
They wonder whether the Trump administration is hyping the possibility or intends to rush approval for political gain. The administration is giving assurances it will not sacrifice safety, Linda A. Johnson and Michelle R. Smith report.
U.S. Mayor’s Death: The death of a longtime mayor has brought about a reckoning in the Alabama town where he spent his entire life. Residents around Clanton thought of COVID-19 as a distant threat until Mayor Billy Joe Driver died of the illness at age 84 in July. Residents say they’re now more committed about wearing masks. And older people look askance at others who don’t follow health guidelines to guard against the virus, Jay Reeves reports.