SUN SUNI KHABAR FEBRUARY 19TH, 2016
SAN JOSE COP REINSTATED AMID CONTROVERSIAL TWEETS
In October, Officer Phillip White was fired for tweeting a variation on the Black Lives Matter movement. The tweet read: “Threaten me or my family and I will use my God given and law appointed right and duty to kill you. #CopsLivesMatter”. On February 8th, an independent arbitrator expressed desire to reinstate White to the San Jose Police Department. Acting Police Chief Eddie Garcia said on Thursday that the department does not agree with the decision, but will proceed with the reinstatement. Garcia went on to say that White will not be immediately assigned to active duty. He will be given administrative duties instead, along with required participation in the department’s body camera rollout program.
HARPER LEE DEAD AT 89
Author of the timeless classic, To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee was confirmed dead by City Hall in Monroeville, Alabama. She was 89. Her most famous novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, has had a profound impact for generations and is required reading in all high schools. In 2015, Lee published her second ever novel, Go Set A Watchman, a continuation of To Kill A Mockingbird. It became one of the best selling books of 2015.
U.S. ATTACKS ISIS IN LIBYA
United States warplanes carried out airstrikes against suspected Islamic State activists in Libya on Friday. This was the second attack carried out by the U.S. Air Force in Libya in three months. U.S. officials have said that these attacks are being carried out to find those responsible for attacks last year in Tunisia. One of the main targets is Noureddine Chouchane, a Tunisian allegedly responsible for attacks on Tunisian soil. The mayor of the Libyan city said that 41 people had been killed and many more wounded as a result of the attacks.
TRUMP DE-ESCALATES FIGHT WITH POPE
Thursday saw the emergence of an unlikely political fight: Republican frontrunner Donald Trump vs. Pope Francis. Francis called Trump’s policy of building a wall not Christian. Trump fired back by saying the Pope’s comments were disgraceful and that he had no right to question another man’s faith. However, on Friday, Trump’s tone shifted entirely. He said he had no intention of fighting with the Pope, adding that he respected what Francis stood for. The Pope also extended reconciliation, saying that he would give Trump the benefit of the doubt, regarding his policy on illegal immigration.