EDM Tuesday Briefing: Chicago Shooting, Worldwide Travel Alert, Syrian Passports
Emergency and disaster management Tuesday Briefing for November 24, 2015: Chicago braces for the release of a police shooting video, the U.S. issues a worldwide travel alert, and a growing black market for fake Syrian passports.
- Chicago prepares for the release of the shooting video that reportedly contains footage of a white police officer shooting a black teenager 16 times after the teen would not drop a knife.
- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel condemns the actions of Officer Jason Van Dyke, who is reportedly to be charged with murder in the shooting as soon as today.
- Cook County Judge Franklin Valderrama's decision to release the Chicago shooting video could lead to the release of more sensitive police videos in the future.
- In Minneapolis, police are hunting a gunman after five people were shot at a protest about a fatal police shooting that occurred in the city on November 15.
- In the aftermath of the recent Paris attacks, the U.S. issued a worldwide travel alert that will remain in place until February 24, 2016.
- Brussels remains in a state of lockdown, which now extends into a third day due to an 'imminent threat' of danger in the wake of the Paris attacks.
- A street cleaner in suburban Paris found what may be suicide vest linked to the Paris attacks in a garbage can. Authorities are trying to determine if the discovery is connected to the events of November 13, 2015.
- There is a growing black market for fake Syrian passports, which can reportedly be had for a couple hundred dollars. Demand is high for these false documents -- from both legitimate refugees and criminals looking to take advantage of the situation in Syria
- Indiana Governor Mike Pence is facing a lawsuit due to his attempts to block Syrian refugees from resettling in Indiana.
- Longer lines and tighter security are expected this week as the number of Thanksgiving holiday travelers is predicted to be the highest since 2007.
- Weather could be a factor for travel in some areas of the U.S. and FEMA urges travelers to be prepared for emergencies.
- A recent United Nations report found that 90 percent of disasters are weather-related, with the United States and China hit by the highest number of disasters. According to the report, weather-related disasters have occurred almost daily in the last 10 years.