Weekly News Briefs: July 18

Local
Ex officer arrested for murder charges
On June 22, ex officer James R. Burns fatally shot a black motorist who he believed was trying to make an escape from the crime scene. After an internal affairs investigation it was determined that Burns used excessive force. He was then fired from the Atlanta Police Department on July 1, nine days following the incident. Just two weeks later, court records show the white former Atlanta police officer has been arrested on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and violation of his oath of office. Currently no bond has been set.

National
3 Baton Rouge officers dead
A man with a gun opened fire on Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge Parish police officers responding to a 911 call about “a person walking around Airline Highway with a rifle” today at 9 a.m. At least seven officers were shot and three dead according to a source who has knowledge of the case. Louisiana’s governor John Bel Edwards said, “This is an unspeakable and unjustified attack on all of us at a time when we need unity and healing.”

International
Terror attacks in Nice, France
During the Bastille Day fireworks celebration in Nice, France, a 19-ton truck driven by 31-year-old Tunisia native Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel ran over dozens of people. The killing spree began late Thursday night when Bouhlel was able to surpass security precautions for this event with a rented refrigerated truck and enter the promenade containing hundreds of people. The assailant was shot and killed by the police, but left 202 people injured and 84 dead. The existing state of Emergency for France, that was supposed to end at the end of the month, will be extended another 3 months.

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