Breonna investigates

FBI investigates Breonna Taylor shooting as Louisville police chief announces retirement – Fox News

The FBI announced it is launching a probe into the shooting death of EMT Breonna Taylor from Louisville, Ky., after she was killed when local police allegedly executed a no-knock warrant on the wrong house, news that also coincides with the retirement of Lousiville Police Chief Steve Conrad.

Taylor’s family filed a lawsuit accusing officers of firing more than 20 shots inside Breonna Taylor’s home. Taylor, 26, was killed on March 13 after she was shot eight times by police. She was an aspiring nurse.

Her mother, Tamika Palmer, said she filed the lawsuit to get justice for her daughter. “I want them to say her name,” she told The Washington Post. “There’s no reason Breonna should be dead at all.”


The lawsuit, filed late last month, accuses the officers of wrongful death, excessive force and gross negligence.

According to court documents, the officers who stormed Taylor’s house were executing a drug warrant in search of a male suspect who didn’t live in her apartment complex. It turned out he had already been detained by authorities before the warrant was executed.

Special Agent in Charge Robert Brown put out a statement saying: “FBI Lousiville has opened an investigation into the shooting of Breonna Taylor. The FBI will collect all available facts and evidence and will ensure that the investigation is conducted in a fair, thorough, and impartial manner. As this is an ongoing investigation, we are not able to comment further at this time.”

Conrad announced he will be stepping down in June after more than eight years in his position, WDRB in Louisville reported.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said in a news release that Conrad had informed him of the decision on Thursday. Fischer has reportedly named Col. Robert Schroeder to serve on an interim basis, once Conrad’s retirement is made official.


“It has been the highlight of my professional career to be Louisville’s police chief,” Conrad said in a press release. “LMPD [Louisville Metro Police Department] is full of amazing men and women who come to work each day to do their best for this community and it has been a privilege to lead them.”

“You all are weathering a lot right now and I know how challenging this is,” he wrote in an email to officers Thursday, according to WDRB. “Approach this as we approach all our struggles — as a team. Look out for each other. Show compassion to the community, even when it might not be shown to you.”

Fox News’ Barnini Chakraborty contributed to this report.

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New York investigates coronavirus in children after 5-year-old NYC boy dies from complications, Gov. Cuomo says – CNBC

New York is investigating how Covid-19 impacts children after a 5-year-old boy in New York City died this week from coronavirus-related complications, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday.

“This is every parent’s nightmare, right? That your child may actually be affected by this virus. But it’s something that we have to consider seriously now,” Cuomo said at a news briefing in Poughkeepsie, New York. “While rare, we’re seeing some cases where children affected with the Covid virus can become ill with symptoms similar to the Kawasaki disease or the toxic shock-like syndrome.”

The child in NYC died Thursday and the state Department of Health is investigating several other cases, he said. Cuomo said there have been 73 cases in the state of children falling severely ill with the symptoms. State health data shows at least three children under 10 years old have died from the coronavirus in New York.

Toxic shock syndrome is a rare, life-threatening condition caused by bacteria getting into the body and releasing harmful toxins. Symptoms include a high temperature, a sunburn-like rash and flu-like symptoms such as a headache and sore throat.

Kawasaki disease causes swelling of the heart’s blood vessels and mainly affects children under the age of 5, according to the U.K.’s NHS. Symptoms include a rash, swollen glands in the neck, dry or cracked lips and red fingers or toes. The Mayo Clinic says it is usually treatable.

“Caution to all people who again may have believed that their child couldn’t be affected by Covid,” Cuomo said. “This information suggests we may want to revisit that quote-unquote fact, that assumption, and if you see any of the symptoms that are on the chart that your child is evidencing, caution should be taken.”

Children generally do not develop severe disease from the coronavirus, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the CDC noted in a report last month that “Severe outcomes have been reported in children, including three deaths.”

“Based on available evidence, children do not appear to be at higher risk for COVID-19 than adults,” the CDC’s site says. “While some children and infants have been sick with COVID-19, adults make up most of the known cases to date.”

The World Health Organization has previously warned that the coronavirus appears to cause some children to develop symptoms consistent with Kawasaki syndrome.

The WHO has asked its global network of clinicians to be “on alert” for such cases around the world. The coronavirus, which is primarily a respiratory disease, is affecting more than just the lungs, as first thought, said Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of WHO’s emergencies program. 

“Obviously it’s causing inflammation and attacks tissue other than lung tissue,” he said. “We are in a situation where clinicians are looking at what those other effects of having this coronavirus infection are.”

It’s “very important” that researchers look further into such reports to better understand the nature of the virus and the disease it causes, Ryan said. He added that the condition remains very rare.

The spread of the virus in New York is decelerating in New York, Cuomo said, adding that “the beast is on the run.”

The net change in Covid-19 hospitalizations and net change in intubations, or people placed on a ventilator, both fell onThursday, he said. He added that the number of new Covid-19 hospitalizations have remained basically flat for several days but remain far below the peak. He said 216 people died on Thursday in New York due to Covid-19, down from 231 on Wednesday.

“We’re finally ahead of this virus. For so long we were playing catch up,” he said. “I feel for the first time that we’re actually ahead of it. We have shown that we can control the beast.”

Cuomo said he’s hesitant to begin reopening the economy as some other governors already have. He said other countries have reopened after wrestling with an epidemic and then had to close down again due to a resurgence. Cuomo acknwoledged that “the economics are devastating.”

The U.S. Labor Department reported earlier Friday that 20.5 million workers lost their jobs in April, sending the unemployment rate skyrocketing to 14.7%.

“There is no doubt that this is a horrific period to live though,” Cuomo said. “But we have to get through it … If we make a mistake and we react too quickly, the situation’s only going to get worse and only going to get longer.”

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