Memphis Police have “permanently deactivated” the unit involved in Tire Nichols’ death
The Memphis Police Department announced on Saturday that it will “permanently deactivate” its SCORPION specialized unit after officers in the unit were fired and charged in the death of Tire Nichols, according to a statement by Police Director Cerelyn “CJ” Davis. Footage was released on Friday showing the brutal beating of Nichols, a 29-year-old black man. Police struck Tire Nichols at least 13 times, kicking his face, side and head, punching his head and chest and hitting him with a baton. The five officers charged in Nichols’ death are members of SCORPION, or the Street Crimes Operation to Restore Peace in Our Neighborhoods, the department confirmed.
Three dead and four wounded in latest mass shooting in California
Three people were killed and four others injured in a shooting at a short-term rental home in an upscale Los Angeles neighborhood early Saturday morning, police said. The shooting occurred around 2:30 in the Beverly Crest neighborhood. This is at least the sixth mass shooting in California this month. The sergeant. Frank Preciado of the Los Angeles Police Department said on Saturday that the three people killed were inside a vehicle.
NFL playoffs: the Super Bowl game will be set for Sunday
Two NFL teams will claim conference championships and a berth in the Super Bowl on Sunday. In the NFC, Jalen Hurts and the top-seeded Philadelphia Eagles must defend home turf against the San Francisco 49ers in a battle between two of the most complete teams in the league. The AFC championship game will be a rematch from last season as Joe Burrow’s Cincinnati Bengals travel to Kansas City for a matchup against Patrick Mahomes’ Chiefs. Kansas City hosts the conference title game for an NFL-record fifth consecutive season, but the Chief has also lost to the Bengals in their last three meetings. Attention will also be on Mahomes’ health, after the star QB suffered a high ankle sprain in last week’s win. Live updates from NFL conference championship games.
Winter storm warnings make their way across the country
Another winter storm is making its way across the United States, expected to bring snow and freezing temperatures to the Midwest in the coming days, with snowflakes also hitting the East Coast. The storm initially brought snow to western and central Montana and parts of Wyoming before spreading to the northern plains. Some areas are expecting up to 2 feet of snow and parts of Montana, North Dakota and Minnesota are subject to a wind chill warning this weekend. Wind chills could drop to 39 degrees below zero, the National Weather Service said in Grand Forks, North Dakota. More weather updates here.
Djokovic wins Australian Open, equals men’s record with 22nd Grand Slam
Novak Djokovic was just too good at the most crucial moments and captured his 10th Australian Open title and 22nd Grand Slam title overall by defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5) in the final at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena on Sunday night. His 22 major championships—which include seven from Wimbledon, three from the US Open and two from the French Open—are tied with Rafael Nadal for the most by one man in tennis history. The 35-year-old Serbian missed the Australian Open a year ago after being expelled from the country because he hadn’t been vaccinated against COVID-19. Government restrictions have since eased and this time he was able to get a visa even though he still hadn’t gotten his injections.
‘We are here’: Donald Trump is back on the campaign trail again
Donald Trump resumed his campaign Saturday with fresh attacks on longtime targets: President Joe Biden, the 2020 election, federal and state prosecutors, and a growing roster of Republican opponents. “We will do it again,” Trump told supporters as he introduced his “South Carolina Leadership Team” during an event at the Statehouse in downtown Columbia, concluding a day trip that also took him to New Hampshire; both states hold early primaries in the 2024 presidential election. The trip comes after more than two months of political turmoil for Trump following his mid-November announcement of a 2024 campaign. A growing number of Republicans say the former president cannot win next year and the party should look for another bishop.
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