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Welcome to Bullet Points by News Bling where we give you a well-rounded dose of bias-free news in the fewest words possible so you can start your day smart. Here's what's blinging today... 🧐


Democrats unveil sweeping police reform bill

  • Speaker Pelosi (D-CA) and other Democrats have revealed legislation to revamp policing in the US
  • The bill, called the “Justice in Policing Act,” would prohibit chokeholds and no-knock warrants in drug cases
  • It would also require local police departments to send data on the use of force to the federal government in addition to allowing state attorney generals to establish an independent process to evaluate misconduct or excessive use of force
  • Additionally, the bill would establish a federal registry for misconduct complaints and disciplinary actions against officers
  • The bill will also limit the transfer of military-grade equipment to state and local police departments

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Derek Chauvin bail set at up to $1.25 million

  • Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis cop charged with the murder of George Floyd while on duty, has had his bail set at up to $1.25 million
  • Floyd, a black man, died on Memorial Day after Chauvin knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes as a way to restrain him
  • Chauvin, a white police officer, has been charged with second- and third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter


France to ban use of chokeholds by police

  • Following a week of protests against racism and brutality across the world, the French government has banned the use of chokeholds when arresting individuals
  • French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner stated that chokeholds are a dangerous method and will no longer be a part of police training
  • The protests over George Floyd’s killing motivated French protesters to demand justice for Adama Traoré, a 24-year-old black man who died in police custody after fleeing an identity check outside Paris four years ago


Reebok cuts ties with CrossFit following CEO's controversial tweets

  • Gyms across the US are cutting ties with CrossFit following the company’s response to last week’s protests citing disappointment at CrossFit’s slow response to show solidarity with protesters or support black athletes
  • This was followed by CrossFit CEO Greg Glassman’s controversial tweets regarding Floyd’s death and the coronavirus pandemic
  • Glassman has since apologized and retracted his tweets


Reddit moderators demand policy changes to explicitly ban racism

  • Moderators of have drafted a letter demanding the platform to add a policy that bans racism and hate speech
  • The platform has a history of allowing hateful rhetoric and hate-based communities after its founding as a place for free expression
  • The site has faced criticism following CEO Steve Huffman’s letter to employees supporting the protests, which moderators have labeled as an act of hypocrisy


Study shows aggressive shutdown prevented 60 million cases in the US

  • According to a new modeling study, the large-scale shutdown policies as a result of the pandemic helped prevent 60 million additional coronavirus infections across the US
  • The study, published on Monday in the journal Nature, used an economic growth modeling technique to evaluate the impact of shutdown policies across China, South Korea, Italy, Iran, France, and the US
  • The study suggests that the emergency policies prevented more than 500 million infections across six countries


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