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Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend sues Louisville police for damages | News

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Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth “Kenny” Walker, has filed a lawsuit which claims he is a victim of police misconduct and asking for immunity for firing a bullet which wounded a police officer during the March 13 raid which killed Taylor. 

“Kenny continues to reel from the death of the love of his life”, the suit (PDF) says, “but he is also the victim and survivor of police misconduct – misconduct that threatens his freedom to this day

During the “no-knock” search on Taylor’s home on suspicion of drug possession, the warrant for which the suit claims was based on “inaccurate” information. No-knock searches are typically used in narcotics investigations, where the element of surprise is employed by law enforcement to keep evidence from being destroyed. 

After police used a battering ram to enter Taylor’s home, a firefight ensued between Walker, who was legally armed, and police.

Walker reportedly fired a “warning shot” which hit Sergeant Jonathan Mattingly in the leg. 

Reports say the police fired 40 to 45 rounds into Taylor’s home on March 13. Taylor, a 26-year-old healthcare worker, was shot five times and bled out. 

Taylor’s death has become a focal point in the Black Lives Matter movement that gained steam following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. 

No drugs were found inside her home, though local law enforcement claimed the search was called off. 

There are currently three active investigations into the raid, including a federal civil rights inquiry. 

Walker “did not in fact know, nor should he have known” that the “startling” crash that accompanied the Lousiville Metro Police Department’s (LMPD) entry to their home was, in fact, local law enforcement. 

The lawsuit claims Walker is protected against prosecution under Kentucky’s “Stand Your Ground” laws, which make defending oneself, loved ones and property with armed force legal. It asks for immediate judgement on Walker’s immunity.

The complaint goes on to allege that Walker was detained and interrogated by the LMPD under false pretences.

It seeks unspecified damages for assault, battery, false arrest and imprisonment, malicious prosecution, abuse of process and negligence from the City of Louisville and LMPD.

Previous connections 

A report by the New York Times provides details surrounding the roots fo the search warrant. Taylor had a previous relationship with a local man and alleged drug dealer, Jamarcus Glover. 

The report claims that Taylor and Glover were still involved as recently as January, according to recordings of conversations between the two after his arrest. 

A billboard showing Breonna Taylor sponsored by O Magazine, in Louisville, Kentucky [Dylan T Lovan/AP Photo]

The Times also said Taylor was seen during surveillance of abandoned homes Glover used to allegedly package drugs for sale. 

Their relationship began in 2016, Glover reportedly told police in a statement. At one point that year, Taylor rented a car which Glover then used. 

The car was found with a dead body was found inside the car, shot eight times, along with Taylor’s rental contract, the report said. Taylor was embroiled in a murder investigation at that point. 

Taylor was never charged and had no criminal record. Police suspected she was involved in Glover’s drug trade, but he has denied this.

A lawyer for Taylor’s family, Sam Aguiar, said a plea deal was offered to Glover in July that would have forced him to implicate her.  He posted a document on social media monday that appeared to show Taylor listed as a “co-defendant” in illegal activities. 

Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine said that document was a “draft that was part of pre-indictment plea negotiations”.

One of the officers involved in the raid, former Detective Brett Hankison, was fired from the LMPD in June for “blindly firing 10 rounds” according to police documents. Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove have been placed on administrative leave as investigations continue. 

Louisville Authorities have faced calls from sports and entertainment stars, activists and others to prosecute the officers involved in the shooting. They have yet to do so. 



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Charles Mbire gains $1.2 million as stake in MTN Uganda rises above $51 million

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Ugandan businessman and MTN Uganda Chairman Charles Mbire has seen the market value of his stake in MTN Uganda surge above $51 million in just two days, as the share price in the leading teleco company increased by a single digit.

The single-digit bump in the share price caused the market value of Mbire’s stake to gain UGX4.42 billion ($1.24 million) in less than two days.

The million-dollar increase in the value of his stake came after Uganda’s largest telecom company delivered the country’s largest-ever IPO through the listing of 22.4 billion ordinary shares on the Uganda Securities Exchange (USE).

Upon completing the largest IPO in Uganda’s history, MTN Uganda raised a record UGX535 billion ($150.4 million) from the applications that it received for a total of 2.9 billion shares, including incentive shares.

As of press time, Dec. 7, shares in the company were trading at UGX204.95 ($0.0574), down six basis points from their opening price this morning.

Data gathered by Billionaires.Africa revealed that since the telecom company registered its shares on the Ugandan bourse on Mon., Dec. 6, its share price has increased by 2.5 percent from UGX200 ($0.056) to UGX204.95 ($0.0574) as of the time of writing, as retail investors sustained buying interest long after the public offering.

The increase in the company’s share price caused the market value of Mbire’s 3.98-percent stake to rise from UGX178.45 billion ($49.96 million) to UGX182.86 billion ($51.2 million).

In less than two days, his stake gained more than UGX4.42 billion ($1.24 million).

In a statement after the successful listing of MTN Uganda’s shares, Mbire said the IPO shows the confidence that Ugandans and other investors have in the company, its brand and strategic intent.

“We commend all the regulators for their support in our work to become a USE-listed company and to comply in a timely manner with the listing provisions of the national telecommunications operators’ license,” he said.

Steady but sure-MBIRE who is the biggest investor on Ugandas Stock exchange with stocks valued at more than $55 million is laughing all the way to the bank after MTN declared the latest dividend payout.He has steadily grown his business empire which is believed to be more that $350 million (debt free).

Steady but sure-MBIRE who is the biggest investor on Ugandas Stock exchange with stocks valued at more than $55 million is laughing all the way to the bank after MTN declared the latest dividend payout.He has steadily grown his business empire which is believed to be more that $350. ( debt free).

He is into communications-revenue assurance-cement-distribution-oil services-real estate-oil exploration and logistics.

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2-year-old dies at Arua hospital as nurse demands Shs 210,000 bribe

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A two-year-old child died at Arua Regional Referral hospital after a nurse, Paul Wamala demanded a bribe amounting to Shs 210,000 before carrying out an operation. 

The incident happened on Saturday, after Aron Nabil, a two-year-old child was referred to the hospital for an operation after he was diagnosed with intestinal obstruction, a medical emergency caused by a blockage that keeps food or liquid from passing through the small intestine or large intestine.

According to the relatives of the child, Wamala allegedly asked them to initially give him Shs 30,000 to buy medicines to commence the procedure. He however returned shortly asking for an additional Shs 180,000 from the relatives.

Emily Adiru, a resident of Osu cell, in Bazar Ward, Central Division, and a relative of the child says although they paid money to Wamala, he abandoned the child without carrying out the operation. According to Adiru, Wamala later refunded Shs 200,000 through mobile money, after she threatened to report him to the police.

“They told us this boy needs an operation which was supposed to be done in the morning on Sunday at around 7 am. They took him inside there, some doctor came from the theatre, he called one of us and said, we should pay Shs 70,000 for buying medicine to start the operation. We paid the Shs 30,000 [but] after paying the Shs 30,000, after some minutes, the same man came and opened the door and called us again, and told us we should pay another Shs 100,000. We also paid the Shs 100,000 and we thought it is finished. We were outside there waiting for our patient to come out [but] then this man came back again and said we should pay another Shs 80,000,” said Adiru.

Although the operation was later carried out after a 7-hour delay, the child didn’t make it, and relatives attribute the death to negligence. Miria Ahmed, a concerned resident wonders why such incidents have persisted at the facility which is supposed to service the citizens.

“Is the problem the hospital, is it the management or it is the human resource that is the problem in the hospital? A small child like this you demand Shs 210,000 for the operation? Well, if the money was taken and the operation is done, I would say anything bad but this money was taken and the small boy was abandoned in the theatre,” she said. 

When contacted Wamala refused to comment on the allegations. Dr Gilbert Aniku, the acting hospital director says that the hospital will issue an official statement later since consultations about the matter are ongoing.

Arua City resident district commissioner, Alice Akello has condemned the actions of the nurse saying she has ordered his arrest so as to set an example to the rest. The case has been reported to Arua regional referral hospital police post under SD reference No:05/30/05/2022.



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Mexican president’s Mayan Train dealt new legal setback | Tourism News

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Activists say the planned tourist train will harm the wildlife and natural features of the Yucatan Peninsula.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has been dealt the latest setback to an ambitious plan to create a tourist train to connect the country’s southern Yucatan Peninsula.

On Monday, a judge indefinitely suspended construction on a portion of the project, known as the Mayan Train, saying the plans currently do not comply “with the proceedings of the environmental impact evaluation”.

The ruling follows a legal challenge by activists who said they were concerned the 60km (37 mile) portion of the train that would connect the resorts of Playa del Carmen and Tulum would adversely affect the area’s wildlife, as well as its caves and water-filled sinkholes known as cenotes.

The original plan for the disputed section was for an overpass over a highway, but the route was modified early this year to go through jungle at ground level.

The federal judge cited the “imminent danger” of causing “irreversible damage” to ecosystems, according to one of the plaintiffs, the non-governmental group Defending the Right to a Healthy Environment. In a statement, the group said that authorities had failed to carry out the necessary environmental impact studies before starting construction of the section.

Lopez Obrador had announced the ambitious project in 2018, with construction beginning in 2020. The roughly 1,500km (930 mile) cargo and passenger rail loop was presented as a cornerstone of a wider plan to develop the poorer states and remote towns throughout the about 181,000sq km (70,000sq mile) Yucatan Peninsula.

The railway is set to connect Caribbean beach resorts with Mayan archaeological ruins, with authorities aiming to complete the project by the end of 2023. The plan is estimated to cost about $16bn.

The project has split communities across the region, with some welcoming the economic development and connectivity it would bring. Others, including some local Indigenous communities, have challenged the project, saying it could not only disrupt the migratory routes of endangered species, including jaguars, tapirs and ocelots, but could also potentially damage centuries-old Mayan archaeological sites.

The National Fund for the Promotion of Tourism, the government agency overseeing the project, has said that it expects to “overcome” the latest challenge and that work should continue after an environmental impact statement is finalised. It said the Environment Ministry was currently reviewing its environmental application for the project.

For his part, Lopez Obrador has insisted the railway will not have a significant environmental effect and has accused activists of being infiltrated by “impostors”.



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