06/14/2020 – MORNING DIGEST

Your water cooler cheat sheet

Good morning.  Here’s what you need to know.

‘Defund the police’ movement hits semantics roadblock Activists calling to “defund the police” are encountering early opposition to their slogan, with some supporters saying it’s confusing and others worrying the overall goal could be misinterpreted. (The Hill)

Rayshard Brooks death: Atlanta police officer fired; police chief steps down An Atlanta police officer was fired and another was placed on administrative duty Sunday as fallout continued from the fatal shooting of a Black man by an officer Friday night. (USA Today)

Pence promised gear for nursing homes. Some of what arrived was subpar Federal shipments of protective gear touted by Vice President Mike Pence as part of an effort to provide vital support to the nation’s nursing homes beleaguered by COVID-19 have at times included flimsy cloth masks and “trash bag”-like gowns that fail to meet even basic infection control standards, according to several groups that represent elder facilities. (ABC News)

Family of Atlanta Shooting Victim Disputes Police Account Atlanta’s police chief resigned on Saturday, less than 24 hours after a white police officer shot and killed an African-American man at a Wendy’s drive-through who had run from the police after failing a sobriety check and taking an officer’s Taser, the authorities said. (New York Times)

What is Juneteenth Day? Juneteenth, an annual holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, has been celebrated by African-Americans since the late 1800s. (Bloomberg)


Salma Hayek has joined efforts to try and find a U.S. Army soldier who went missing while on a military base in Texas in April – with the actress claiming the woman had been sexually harassed by a sergeant. Private First Class Vanessa Guillen, 20, was last spotted in the parking lot at Fort Hood where she is stationed. It is almost two months since Guillen has been spotted.