Three overnight shootings in Knoxville, Tennessee, tied to gang violence left two young men dead and one woman injured. A suspect was charged Friday afternoon. Zaevion William Dobson, 15, a Fulton High School football player died shielding three girls from bullets according to police Chief David Rausch. Shooters picked a random group of young men and women, including Dobson, who were gathered to celebrate the holiday. Dobson was struck and killed after he jumped on top of three girls to shield them when the suspect and others fired into a crowd.
Rasmussen: Despite an international uproar and condemnation by President Obama and nearly all of those running for the presidency, Donald Trump's proposed ban on Muslims coming to the United States has the support of a sizable majority of Republicans -- and a plurality of all voters. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 66% of Likely Republican Voters favor a temporary ban on all Muslims entering the United States until the federal government improves its ability to screen out potential terrorists from coming here. Just 24% oppose the plan, with 10% undecided. Among all voters, 46% favor a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States, while 40% are opposed. Fourteen percent (14%) are undecided.
Erik Eckholm, New York Times: Weeks before he leaves office, the governor of Kentucky on Tuesday issued an executive order that immediately granted the right to vote to about 140,000 non-violent felons who have completed their sentences. The order by Gov. Steven L. Beshear, a Democrat, was cheered by advocates for criminal justice reform and civil rights, who said it would place Kentucky's policy more in line with others across the nation and was consistent with a trend toward easing voting restrictions on former inmates. Kentucky had been one of just three states imposing a lifetime voting ban on felons unless they received a special exemption from the governor. Florida and Iowa still carry the lifetime ban. read more
A Chicago police officer has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. Cook County Judge Donald Panarese Jr. said he would not allow Officer Jason Van Dyke to go free on bond until he's seen dashcam video of the shooting. He scheduled another hearing for Van Dyke for Monday and said prosecutors should have the video in court at that time. Prosecutors said Van Dyke shot McDonald 16 times in 15 seconds on Oct. 20, 2014. Van Dyke, a 14-year veteran of the force, was one of eight officers responding to calls of a suspected thief armed with a knife. McDonald was carrying a three-inch blade, and was walking away from Van Dyke when the officer opened fire, according to prosecutors. No other officers saw a need to use force that night, prosecutors said.