Protests continued in several cities around the country after a grand jury in Kentucky did not indict the officers involved in the death of Breonna Taylor. Last night in Philadelphia, protesters took to Independence Mall around 7 p.m. and arrived on I-95 an hour later, blocking traffic and getting involved in several standoffs with motorists. The protesters moved into South Philadelphia around 8 p.m., moving through South Street and Lombard Street. Police were mostly hands-off during the protests, with the exception of blocking off I-76 so that the protesters would not block traffic in that direction.
President Trump has come under fire for his comments on how he will handle the results of the November election. Trump, who has questioned the integrity of the new mail-in voting system in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, made a statement at a press briefing on Wednesday that made it sound like he would not guarantee a peaceful transfer of power if Biden were elected. “(…) we’re going to have to see what happens,” he said in regards to how he will react to the election. His answers at the press briefing have left many wondering if he and his administration will be willing to accept the election and the implications that have on American democracy.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease expert during the COVID-19 pandemic, said the U.S. is still only in the first wave of the coronavirus and that the conditions of fall and winter might exacerbate the pandemic. With the weather cooling, the potential for more indoor gatherings could cause an explosion of cases due to people being in close quarters with one another. The reopening of schools and colleges nationwide might also cause a spike in numbers for those infected. CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said that 90% of the population is still susceptible to contracting COVID-19. 23 states in the Midwest, as of Friday, have reported spikes in COVID cases, while 16 other states have seen a decline.
The City of Philadelphia has announced plans for an additional $20 million to aid small businesses in the city. The payment was authorized through the CARES Act and will be directed at helping business owners and their employees who are unable to work because of the restrictions in place due to COVID-19. City officials believe that businesses will need another $300 million to help in the proposed economic recovery.