The Latest: Taylor’s family to hold Friday news conference

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Latest on a grand jury’s decision not to indict police officers on criminal charges directly related to Breonna Taylor’s death: (all times EDT)

4:30 p.m.

The family of Breonna Taylor plans to hold a news conference Friday morning along with civil rights attorney Ben Crump in Louisville.

A news release says they’ll address a grand jury’s decision Wednesday to not indict any of the police officers for Taylor’s death at the news conference scheduled for 10:30 a.m. EDT.

Cities around the country have seen protesters take to the streets following the grand jury decision.

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3:45 p.m.

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Amy McGrath says there is a need to “tackle the systemic racism” in the U.S.

McGrath is challenging U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky’s November election. She met in downtown Louisville on Thursday with some of the protesters who have taken to the streets to seek justice for Breonna Taylor.

Demonstrators turned out Wednesday in Louisville and throughout the country to express their disappointment that police officers weren’t criminally charged in her fatal shooting during a botched drug raid in March.

McGrath called for Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron to release details about the evidence presented to the grand jury in the Taylor case. She faced pushback from some protesters. Rose Henderson says McGrath’s appearance was “all about politics and cameras.”

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HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE BREONNA TAYLOR CASE:

A Kentucky grand jury has brought no charges against Louisville police for the killing of Breonna Taylor during a drug raid gone wrong. Prosecutors said Wednesday that two officers who fired their weapons at the Black woman were justified in using force to protect themselves. Instead, the only charges brought by the grand jury were three counts of wanton endangerment against fired Officer Brett Hankison for shooting into a home next to Taylor’s that had people inside. Taylor was shot multiple times by officers who burst into her home on March 13 during a narcotics investigation.

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— Black attorney general chokes up during Taylor announcement

— A timeline of events related to the death of Breonna Taylor

— Celebrities decry decision in Breonna Taylor case

HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING:

2:05 p.m.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany says she’s not aware of any conversation between President Donald Trump and the family of Breonna Taylor but that their hearts go out to her family.

Asked what the president’s message is to Taylor’s family, McEnany said what happened is “a horrible tragedy” and that their hearts are also with the two police officers who were shot Wednesday night during protests in Louisville.

Cities around the country saw protesters take to the streets following a Kentucky grand jury’s decision to not indict officers in Taylor’s fatal shooting.

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1:40 p.m.

A newspaper publisher says two of the paper’s reporters were arrested during protests in Louisville after a grand jury’s decision to not indict officers in the fatal shooting of Breonna

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Watch live: Trump holds White House news conference before campaign rally

President Trump is holding a news conference at the White House as he tries to make the case that his administration has done an a good job responding to the coronavirus pandemic and he deserves a second term.

On Friday, the president tried to insist that former Vice President Joe Biden did a horrible job handling the H1N1 pandemic, while his administration has done a much better job with a much tougher virus. 

“Biden FAILED BADLY with the Swine Flu. It was the Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight”. He didn’t have a clue. We have done an incredible job with the much tougher China Virus!” Mr. Trump tweeted.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 12,469 Americans died from H1N1 from April 2009 to April 2010, while 196,277 Americans have died so far from COVID-19 over six months.


How to watch President Trump’s news conference

  • What: President Trump holds a news conference
  • Date: August 5, 2020 
  • Time: 2 p.m. ET
  • Location: The White House
  • Online stream: Live on CBSN – in the player above and on your mobile or streaming device 

Mr. Trump visited Wisconsin Thursday night for a campaign rally, and he’ll be in Minnesota on Friday night for another rally. The president is trying to win both of those midwestern states in November. 

On Thursday night, Mr. Trump suggested coronavirus statistic would be much better without Democrat-run states. 

“We’re doing a great job. But if you really see a great job,” Mr. Trump said Thursday night. “Take New York and some of these other Democrat run states out of it. You’ll see numbers that are unbelievable. Because New York had a very, very hard time. A lot of bad things happened. But if you take a few states out and you’ll really see numbers.”

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Watch live: Trump holds White House news conference on Labor Day

President Trump is holding a news conference Monday at the White House, as he touts the economy and jobs as millions are still out of work. The president is still facing backlash from an article in The Atlantic that alleged he called fallen soldiers “suckers” and “losers,” which he and White House officials have vigorously denied. 

“Biggest and Fastest Financial Recovery In History. Next year will be the best ever, unless a Sleepy person, who wants to massively raise your taxes, gets in. I’m which case, CRASH!!!” Mr. Trump tweeted Monday morning.

“10.6 Million Jobs Created In Just 4 Months, A Record!!!” he also tweeted


How to watch President Trump’s news conference today

  • What: President Trump’s news conference 
  • Date: September 7, 2020 
  • Time: 1 p.m. ET
  • Location: The White House
  • Online stream: Live on CBSN – in the player above and on your mobile or streaming device 

Mr. Trump has emphatically denied the report in The Atlantic, some details of which have been confirmed by other outlets including Fox News, that he called Americans who died at war “losers” and “suckers.” 

“I would be willing to swear on anything that I never said that about our fallen heroes. There is nobody that respects them more. So, I just think it’s a horrible, horrible thing,” Mr. Trump told reporters last week.

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