Derek Chauvin trial to continue with more expert testimony
Expert witness Sgt. Jody Stiger is expected to continue his testimony Wednesday in the murder trial of former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin and ask why he determined that Chauvin’s use of force against George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in 2020, was “excessive.” Stiger, an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department who conducted approximately 2,500 use of force reviews, said the initial use of force on Floyd that day was appropriate. But after officers forced Floyd to the ground, “they should have defused the situation,” Stiger told jurors Tuesday. Instead, the officers escalated the situation, he said. Also on Tuesday, Officer Nicole Mackenzie, the EMT who leads the Minneapolis Police Department’s emergency medical response training, said officers are trained to call an ambulance and provide medical assistance if a situation is “critical”. The officers that day did not render medical assistance, according to court records.
COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effects Study: Rashes, Non-Dangerous Skin Reactions
New study reveals that the many types of weird skin reactions COVID-19 can cause, including COVID toe, measles-like rash and shingles, can be rare, and thankfully brief, vaccine side effects Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna. The minor, though sometimes irritating and bothersome reactions were seen in a database of 414 cases of delayed vaccine-related skin problems reported to healthcare professionals. The results were published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. The delayed skin responses described in the study often begin about a day after vaccination, but can appear up to seven to eight days later. None elicited a life-threatening reaction, one author of the discovery, Dr Esther Freeman, found reassuring. Since cases include only those reported to a dermatologic registry, it is impossible to say how common they are in everyone receiving the vaccines from the data.
Stimulus checks to come for some social security beneficiaries
Some Americans have something special to look forward to on Wednesday: Uncle Sam’s stimulus money in their bank account. The latest round of payments totaling $ 1,400 applies to Social Security, Supplementary Security Income, and Railway Retirement Commission recipients who have not filed a 2019 or 2020 income tax return or have not used the IRS Non-Filers Tool. The IRS said the money would be disbursed electronically through direct deposits and payments on existing Direct Express cards. Track your money using the “Get My Payment” tool on IRS.gov.
Next on the FLOTUS agenda: assistance to military families
First Lady and Military Mom Jill Biden shines the spotlight on a cause close to her heart: ensuring military and veteran families, caregivers and survivors receive all the support they need. Biden says military readiness and national security depend on the well-being of military families. On Wednesday, she will discuss the “Joining Forces” initiative in a virtual meeting at the White House. According to a draft copy of his remarks obtained by USA TODAY, Biden’s priorities will focus on employment and entrepreneurship, the education of military children, and the health and well-being of families.
‘Kung Fu’ debuts at crucial time for Asian-American community
“Kung Fu,” a new series based on the 1972 show of the same name, will debut on the CW Wednesday night (8 p.m. ET / PT). The series has a predominantly Asian American cast with an Asian American showrunner and executive producer. The Asian-American community is attentive, not only to seeing their stories on television, but also to seeing how they are told. “Kung Fu”, inspired by the series starring David Carradine, stars Olivia Liang as Nicky Shen, who during a visit to China, joins a monastery where she learns the values of Shaolin and the martial arts . Tzi Ma, who plays Nicky’s father, Jin, hopes the show’s authenticity will help change public awareness at a time when hate crimes against Asian Americans are on the rise. “I want the audience to finally have the opportunity to see what the actual representation of reputation looks like,” Tzi Ma said. “And when they are educated, they will start to develop their taste for what is good, what which is real and which is true. “
Contribute: The Associated Press