3 Things To Know today

1 Breonna Taylor: One Officer Charged With “Wanton Endangerment”

A grand jury has spoken – and they’re not charging Louisville police officers in the death of Breonna Taylor. What they are indicting former Louisville police detective Brett Hankison with? He's facing three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree. That’s for shooting into the apartment behind Taylor's home – nothing to do with the death of Taylor herself. Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron called Taylor's death a “tragedy” and chalked up the situation for being a bad set of circumstances that there isn’t a law on the books to deal with. Essentially, Cameron maintains that officers did knock, and breached the door when no one answered. In entering, Taylor’s boyfriend – who has said he thought the police were intruders – fired, and that Hankison and two other officers simply returned fire. While Cameron says it is unlikely any additional charges will be coming, the FBI will still consider if any civil rights violations of law took place.

2 Officers Shot In Louisville As Protests Spread Across The Country

As protests spread across the country last night – in the wake of the news surrounding the Breonna Taylor case – demonstrations were overwhelmingly peaceful. That is, except for Louisville, Kentucky, where two police officers are recovering after being shot while trying to calm a crowd of protesters. At last check, both officers were listed in stable condition. As for what happened, interim police Chief Rob Schroeder says they were shot minutes before a curfew began. The officers were responding to a call of ‘shots fired’ in a crowd – and while deploying – were shot themselves. A suspect is reportedly in custody. Beyond that, however, tens of thousands have taken to the streets of America after the decision not to charge the officers involved Taylor’s killing. With very few exceptions, there was no violence. At least, not on the part of the protestors. On at least two occasions, where protestors were standing in the road, they were run over.

3 Single Dose Covid Vax Is Near As Health Officials Are Grilled On Capitol Hill

Johnson & Johnson is beginning its final stage study on the first single dose COVID-19 vaccine other coronavirus vaccines involve two shots. The company says it'll recruit up to 60-thousand volunteers in an international trial and that there may be enough data by the end of the year to determine whether the vaccine is safe and effective. The company plans to produce one-billion doses next year. The timing for that news couldn’t be better as Dr. Anthony Fauci said at a Senate hearing that he thinks a safe and effective coronavirus vaccine could be developed by the end of this year. He cited ongoing trials and called himself “cautiously optimistic.” Something else to be optimistic about? Mortality rates. CDC Director Robert Redfield said Americans shouldn’t let their guard down, but that there has been a notable improvement in mortality rates. Dr. Redfield again urged Americans to wear facemasks, avoid crowds and practice safe social distancing. He also called on people to get flu shots.