Today’s In Crisis headlines


(NEW YORK) — Here are today’s In Crisis headlines:

Kentucky AG agrees to release Breonna Taylor grand jury recordings
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron on Monday night agreed to release audio recordings of the secret grand jury deliberations regarding the Louisville police shooting death of Breonna Taylor on March 13.  The announcement came hours after an unnamed member of that grand jury filed a court motion “to release any and all recordings of the grand jury pertaining” to the Taylor case.  The juror asserted that it is the court and not the attorney general that has the custody and the control of what could be released from the closed-door proceedings.  The motion further argued that “there is a compelling public interest for these proceedings to be released of a magnitude the city and the Commonwealth have never been seen before that could not be confined, weaving its way across the country.”  Cameron said the records would be released Wednesday afternoon.  Former Louisville police officer Brett Hankinson was the only person charged in connection with the shooting, and faces three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree for firing into the apartment of Taylor’s neighbors.  He pleaded not guilty to those charges during a telephone court appearance Monday afternoon and remains free on bond.

Georgia officials complete Rayshard Brooks shooting investigation
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has completed its investigation into the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks, a Black man who was shot and killed by a white police officer in a Wendy’s parking lot in Atlanta on June 12.  A spokesperson for the GBI said Tuesday that the findings had been submitted to the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office.  Former Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe, who shot and killed Brooks, was fired following the incident and charged with eleven criminal counts, including felony murder, and remains free on $50,000 bond.  Police were called to investigate after Brooks fell sleep in the Wendy’s drive-thru line.  The exchange with police escalated, ending with Rolfe shooting Brooks in the back as he ran away.  The GBI tells ABC News the investigation remains open. 

COVID-19 numbers
Here’s the latest data on COVID-19 coronavirus infections and deaths.

Latest reported numbers globally per Johns Hopkins University
Global diagnosed cases: 33,396,784
Global deaths: 1,002,628.  The United States has the most deaths of any single country, with 205,091.
Number of countries/regions: at least 188
Total patients recovered globally: 23,182,295

Latest reported numbers in the United States per Johns Hopkins University
There are at least 7,150,117 reported cases in 50 states + the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam.  This is more than in any other country.
U.S. deaths: at least 205,091.  New York State has the greatest number of reported deaths in the U.S., with 33,140.
U.S. total patients recovered: 2,794,608
U.S. total people tested: 102,342,416

The greatest number of reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is in California, with 813,320 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 39.51 million.  That ranks third in the world after Maharashtra, India, which has 1,351,153 reported cases, and Sao Paulo, Brazil, which has 973,142 reported cases.

Global COVID-19 deaths now number over one million
More than one million people around the world have now died from COVID-19.  As of Tuesday morning, 1,002,628 people are reported to have died of the coronavirus, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.  The grim milestone comes just shy of nine months after the first known case of COVID-19 was reported in Wuhan, China on December 31, 2019, and as the worldwide infection rate rapidly approaches 35 million, with about 33.4 million global cases reported as of Tuesday morning.  It’s widely believed that both the number of dead and those infected are actually much higher due to testing shortages, unreported cases, errors in reporting, and national and local officials intentionally underreporting their outbreaks.  The United States remains the nation with the most reported COVID-19 cases and deaths, with 7,150,117 and 205,091, respectively.  The latest forecast by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates there will be a total of 214,000 to 226,000 U.S. COVID-19 deaths reported by October 17.

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