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Daily Bulletin: Police Violence Isn’t Just a Problem in Big Cities

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WHAT TO KNOW TODAY

Fatal police shootings are still a problem outside of cities. That’s according to FiveThirtyEight, which analyzed several databases found that while police killings dropped 30 percent between 2013 and 2019 in the country’s 30 most populous cities, they’ve increased in suburban and rural zip codes. At the same time, incarceration rates in those areas have risen 26 percent, while falling 22 percent in urban areas, a finding that suggests those two phenomena are linked.

Responding to a shooting in Brooklyn, 10 New York City police officers opened fire on an armed man. An NYPD official said that the fatal volley followed a standoff during which officers pleaded with the man to drop the gun he was carrying. Videos taken by witnesses captured neighbors trying to help defuse the situation. The NYPD said officers’ body cameras recorded the incident. The department did not release the identity of the 34-year-old man who was killed.

An Iowa woman was fatally shot leaving a protest. Italia Marie Kelly, 22, joined the protests against police brutality in her hometown of Davenport on Sunday night after getting off work. As she was leaving the demonstration, she was hit by a bullet and killed instantly. Officials attributed the shooting to a group of people who began firing guns indiscriminately. Police have not made any arrests. In St. Louis, a retired police captain was killed by gunfire while trying to defend his friend’s pawn shop from looters, according to The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. David Dorn was 77 years old.

Chicago’s medical examiner sees “unprecedented” single-day gun homicide total. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office on Tuesday confirmed 15 gun-related homicides that took place across the county on Sunday, May 31. Eleven of the homicides occurred in Chicago. “This is an unprecedented amount of homicides in one day for our office,” said Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Ponni Arunkumar. “The most I can recall in one day since I started here in 2003 is 10.” Separately, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot pleaded with residents: “Don’t pick up arms and try to be the police. We’ve seen tragedy happen in this country, and recently, when people felt like they could take matters into their own hands,” she said at a press conference.

NEW from THE TRACE: New Orleans judges rarely order domestic abusers to give up their guns. In the first 16 months after a Louisiana law established a process for domestic abusers to turn over their guns, only 15 people have relinquished weapons, according to a new report by Court Watch NOLA. That’s despite the fact that the New Orleans Police Department makes about 3,000 domestic violence arrests each year. “This is a new law, and no one has prioritized it,” the group’s executive director told Ann Givens. Read her story, published in partnership with The Lens, here.

Critics slam Trump’s evocation of the Second Amendment in comments about protests. In remarks Monday evening, the president said he would mobilize the military to quell widespread civil unrest “and to protect the rights of law-abiding Americans, including your Second Amendment rights.” Prominent activists and media figures seized on the comments. “This reference to the 2nd Amendment is a head scratcher only if you don’t know that 2nd Amendment was in fact created to ensure Southern slaveowners the right to maintain & arm slave patrols to put down insurrections amongst the enslaved. Now he’s invoking [against] their descendants,” The New York Times’s Nikole Hannah-Jones wrote on Twitter.

Louisville Police release video showing restaurant owner firing at cops. David McAtee, the proprietor of a BBQ restaurant, was killed in a shooting involving police and the National Guard early Monday. Officers’ body cams were off, which prompted Mayor Greg Fischer to fire the police chief. On Tuesday, the Police Department released security footage that appears to show McAtee firing a handgun during the incident. “It does not answer every question, including, ‘Why did he fire?’ and ‘Where were police at the time?’” Robert Schroeder, the acting police chief, said. McAtee’s family said his body was left on the scene for 12 hours.

Men heading to Salt Lake City protest arrested with a cache of weapons. An AK-47 and an Uzi with a silencer attached were recovered from a vehicle on Saturday occupied by Yuri Neves Silva and Christian Hernandez, both 27. Four more guns were found at Silva’s home, and police say he’d posted about harming cops on social media and had a list of law enforcement targets. Meanwhile in Los Angelesan armed man dressed as a National Guardsman was arrested early Tuesday near the site of a planned protest. He was charged with the manufacturing and distribution of assault weapons.

DATA POINT

$2.3 million — the cost to San Bernardino, California, taxpayers for a single gun homicide, according to a criminal justice reform group. The cost includes police response, medical treatment, and incarceration. National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform via The Mercury News