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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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. Indiana Governor Mike Pence is facing a lawsuit due to his attempts to block Syrian refugees from resettling in Indiana.
  10. Longer lines and tighter security are expected this week as the number of Thanksgiving holiday travelers is predicted to be the highest since 2007.
  11. Weather could be a factor for travel in some areas of the U.S. and FEMA urges travelers to be prepared for emergencies.
  12. 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.

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