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Millennials Register to Vote in Record Numbers

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With less than a month to the Nov. 6 general election, Oct. 9 marked a busy voter registration day across the United States. Pop singer Taylor Swift’s Instagram post to encourage her fans to register to vote could be the push millennials need to get engaged in politics.

Vote.org reported that 65,000 voters between the ages of 18 to 29 registered to vote in the 24 hours after the singer’s Instagram post on Oct. 7. That number rose to 102,000 by noon Tuesday. Swift’s Instagram post to her 112 million fans also might have caused Vote.org’s web traffic to increase ten fold.

Swift said in her post, “In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now. I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country. I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent.”

Locally, Bexar County Elections Department had extended hours on Oct. 9 to prepare for the influx of new voter applications. As of Tuesday, Bexar County had 1,092,734 registered voters, at least 40,000 more voters than the last election.

Early voting for the general election starts Monday, Oct. 22 and goes through Friday, Nov. 2 from 8 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday and noon to 6 pm on the weekends.

 

 

 

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Police Officer Fired 5 years Later

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New York, NY – After over 5 years of investigation, Daniel Pantaleo, a New York City police officer, has finally been fired for using an illegal chokehold that led to the death of Eric Garner, an unarmed Black man accused of selling untaxed cigarettes.

Police commissioner James O’Neill announced on Monday that he has fired Pantaleo based on a recent recommendation from a department disciplinary judge. Pantaleo had been on desk duty with pay since Garner’s death, but has now been terminated from his position following the administrative trial which ended in June. Pantaleo will also no longer qualify to receive pension.

Many officers were on the scene but Pantaleo was the officer who was caught on video putting Garner in a headlock while he wrestled him to the ground in a violent arrest in 2014. Garner died shortly after arriving at the hospital.

During the arrest, Garner pleaded repeatedly, “I can’t breathe.” It became a rallying cry for national protests over race and the police excessive use of force.

Autopsy results confirmed that Garner died of heart attack and noted that the chokehold was a factor on his death. A medical examiner also ruled Garner’s death a homicide, but a grand jury declined to indict Pantaleo in 2014.

In addition, the Department of Justice announced back in July that it would not file any charges against Pantaleo.

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