Asked to explain Donald Trump’s initial Twitter reaction to the news that NBA star Dwyane Wade’s cousin had been shot and killed in Chicago, his campaign manager Kellyanne Conway refused to defend the sentiment, instead shifting the focus to a tweet Trump sent hours later offering his condolences. Trump’s campaign deleted his first tweet because Wade’s first name was spelled incorrectly, but the message of the replacement remained the same: “Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!” More than four hours after he first posted that, he added, “My condolences to Dwyane Wade and his family, on the loss of Nykea Aldridge. They are in my thoughts and prayers.”
When both Face the Nation’s John Dickerson and Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace asked Conway to explain the first tweet, she would only discuss the more somber follow-up. Asked by Dickerson if it is “healthy” for a presidential candidate to see tragedy, whether it is a shooting on the streets of Chicago or a terror attack in Orlando as “validation of what he’s been saying,” Conway suggested that most Americans do not pay attention to Trump’s Twitter feed.
A bus carrying volunteers to flood-stricken areas of Louisiana crashed into a fire truck on Sunday, killing two and injuring 30 to 40 others. The fire truck had been stopped at the scene of another wreck, and multiple firefighters were outside the vehicle when the bus of volunteers struck them. Some of these firefighters were knocked off an overpass and into the floodwater below. Local fire chief Spencer Chauvin was killed, along with one other. Neither the bus nor its driver were properly licensed, the Associated Press reports.
French police in Nice are continuing to enforce a ban on burkinis, despite a court ruling that rendered the ban illegal. Police in Nice came under fire this week, after photos showed them forcing a woman to remove her burkini, a full-body swimsuit preferred by some Muslim women. The controversial burkini ban was ruled illegal by France's top court on Friday, with judges declaring the law a "serious and clearly illegal violation of fundamental freedoms". But authorities in some beach towns say they will continue to enforce the measure, even if it means breaking the law. After the court ruling, new signage appeared on some Nice beaches, banning “beachwear which ostentatiously displays religious affiliation.”
Corrections officers at New York City's Rikers Island prison routinely fudged incident reports to create the impression of a less-violent facility, the New York Daily News reports. Top officers allegedly pressured staffers to downgrade violent incidents; when an inmate was allegedly beat by four others, for example, Rikers staff allegedly reported that he had hit his head on a bedpost. The News found nine incidents of these supposed downgrades, but believe them to represent just a fraction of actual incidents.
“They lie about the use of force statistics,” an anonymous corrections officer said. “This is a practice to keep the stats down.”
Three people were killed and another 26 wounded in a series of Chicago shootings on Saturday night and Sunday morning. The overnight shootings continued a weekend of violence that has seen 7 killed and 38 injured by gunfire, including Nykea Aldridge, cousin of basketball player Dwyane Wade.
A student was fatally stabbed during a "large fight" at Cornell University, early Sunday morning, police say. The victim, a student at nearby Ithaca College, was one of two people stabbed outside a Cornell building that houses dormitories and classrooms. The other student has non-life threatening injuries from multiple stab wounds. Police have recovered the murder weapon, but have yet to take any suspects into custody.
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The United States will fulfill its goal of accepting 10,000 Syrian war refugees on Monday, when several hundred immigrants will arrive from Jordan. The U.S. has committed to a Syrian resettlement program, which will accept 10,000 refugees fleeing the ongoing civil war in Syria by the end of the 2016 fiscal year. The program focuses on Syria's most vulnerable populations, including people facing violence, and those who need medical care. The latest group of refugees will resettle in California and Virginia.
Two men have been charged in the shooting death of Nykea Aldridge, a Chicago woman and cousin of Dwyane Wade. Aldridge was shot in the head on Friday while out walking with her newborn baby. On Sunday morning, Chicago police announced charges against brothers Derren Sorrells, 22, and Darwin Sorrells, 26. Derren is a documented member of the Gangster Disciples group, police say. Both men were on parole at the time of Aldridge's death.
A Southwest Airlines engine appeared to explode during a Saturday flight from New Orleans to Orlando. Midway through the flight, the 99 passengers and five crewmembers on Southwest flight 3472 heard a boom from the engine, followed by clouds of smoke. When the smoke cleared, they saw the left engine blown open as though it had exploded. The body of the plane also sustained damage, causing oxygen masks to drop from the ceiling. The plane made an emergency landing, and is being investigated for what the airline is describing as a "mechanical issue with the number one engine."
Chicago police have issued an apology to Che Smith, the rapper better known for his stage name Rhymefest, after he posted video showing police arguing with him when he attempted to file a robbery report. Rhymefest said he had been robbed at gunpoint in his car. When he went to a police station to report the crime, he filmed a tense interaction with officers, who asked him to stop filming and leave the station without filing his report.
"We are disappointed with what we've seen and how Mr. Smith was treated, and the chief of patrol called him personally to apologize on behalf of the department," Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told the Chicago Tribune. "And Superintendent Johnson has directed the chief of patrol to ensure this matter is addressed today with the district."