BALTIMORE POLICE OFFICER FOUND NOT GUILTY IN FREDDIE GRAY CASE
(CNN) Edward Nero, one of six police officers involved in the Freddie Gray case, has been found not guilty on charges of intentional assault, misconduct in office, and reckless endangerment.
Judge Barry Williams resided over the bench trial. The only other officer to stand trial so far is William Porter, and his trial ended in December with a hung jury, which is a mistrial.
Gray’s death sparked the Baltimore riots which caused the city to institute a curfew for almost a week.
ARMS EMBARGO AGAISNT VIETNAM LIFTED
(FOX) President Obama lifted the arms embargo against Vietnam in a controversial move.
There is speculation that this move was done so Vietnam can defend itself over the increasingly aggressive China.
China has been ramping up its military presence in the South China Sea and building artificial islands with runways on them, and some are even equipped with anti-aircraft guns.
Critics say this has taken the US’s leverage away to press for human rights freedom in Socialist Vietnam, which still holds around 100 political prisoners.
According to Fox, China’s Foreign Ministry outwardly praised the move, with a spokeswoman saying China hoped “normal and friendly” relations between the U.S. and Vietnam would be conducive to regional stability. China itself remains under a weapons embargo imposed by the U.S. and European Union following 1989’s bloody military crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations centered on Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.
The Vietnam embargo was imposed in 1984 and partially lifted in 2014.
PLANNED PARENTHOOD SCARE IN FLORIDA
(FOX) Seven people were evacuated and rushed to a hospital after being exposed to what police are calling an “unknown substance” at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Florida.
A hazardous material team found chemicals of unknown origins inside a cleaning closet and collected them for investigation.
People reportedly had trouble breathing and 34 people were sent to a bus for minor treatments, one person declined medical help.
TALIBAN LEADER KILLED IN DRONE STRIKE
(NPR) Mullah Akhtar Mansour is reported to be killed and confirmed by the US Government and the Afghan Government.
However, the Taliban have not confirmed this death.
Afghan Chief Executive, Abdullah Abdullah, says Mansour was the main figure who was keeping the Taliban from joining the peace process.
Mansour has been the leader of the Taliban for three years.
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