A gunfight occurs between four policemen and 18-year-old Harris on the periphery of demonstrations commemorating the killing a year ago of Brown. Harris is shot and critically wounded by the police. County prosecutors file charges against Harris for felony assault on law enforcement officer. Authorities say that the shooting is not related to the Brown protests. Attorney General Lynch:
The weekend’s events were peaceful and promoted a message of reconciliation and healing. But incidents of violence, such as we saw last night, are contrary to both that message, along with everything that all of us, including this group, have worked to achieve over the past year.
Lynch says Bland’s in-custody death in Texas and the dash-cam video of her arrest underscore long-held fears many black Americans have about interactions with police:
We have a situation where many minority communities for so long have felt that law enforcement was coming in essentially to enforce laws against them, not to protect them. I do think that what has been a important part of the debate in Bland’s death has been the discussions that we’ve seen from community members and police leaders alike…about the importance of training and deescalating incidents.
Roof is charged with 33 counts of hate crimes by a federal grand jury. The indictment says he targeted the victims on the basis of race, in a house of worship, “in order to make his attack more notorious”. Attorney General Lynch says the federal government has not decided if it will seek the death penalty if Roof is convicted and that officials will consider factors including the wishes of the families of the shooting victims. Lynch:
The parishioners had Bibles. Dylann Roof had his .45 caliber Glock pistol and eight magazines loaded with hollow point bullets.
U.S. Attorney General Lynch pledges support in the hunt to find Guzman:
The U.S. government stands ready to work with our Mexican partners to provide any assistance that may help support his swift recapture.
Lynch is confirmed by the Senate as the U.S. attorney general. She is the first African American woman to hold the position. Ayotte:
Ms. Lynch is a well-respected U.S. attorney with a proven record and significant experience handling difficult cases. After meeting with her and reviewing her qualifications, I believe she is clearly qualified and has the necessary experience to serve as attorney general.
Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn file papers to return Picasso’s 1911 La Coiffeuse (The Hairdresser) to France, where it was stolen from a Paris museum storage room in 2001. The 100 year -old painting was shipped by Federal Express from Belgium to the U.S. in December in a package that described it as a $37 “art craft,” and seized at the Port of Newark. Officials said shipper was identified only as “Robert” and the destination was a climate-controlled storage facility in Queens. Lynch:
A lost treasure has been found.