Lauren Hurlock

[image-1] Coronavirus updates: The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control announced 447 new cases of the coronavirus and 13 additional deaths on Friday. Charleston County now has 709 positive tests. Today sets a new record for the most new cases in a day, beating the previous record of 412 set on May 29.

Charleston Police Department confirmed that officers used pepper balls and a tear gas last Sunday. Advocates have said using these measures were excessive and reckless: "Law enforcement’s decision to use these weapons would have been unjustifiable even under the best of times, but we are also living in the midst of a respiratory pandemic, and experts have already warned that the use of tear gases threatens to worsen COVID-19," said Frank Knaack, the head of the American Civil Liberties Union of South Carolina.  [content-1]
What we're reading:
The Atlantic: The American Nightmare
– Vox: Why these protests are different
Rolling Stone: A Practical Guide to Defunding the Police
– The Verge: Big Tech Companies Are Responding to George Floyd in a Way They Never Did for Michael Brown

The rest from City Paper:
We must reject systemic racism and injustice throughout our culture
Social media connects artists across the globe through the Artist Support Pledge
Father's Day Gift Guide 2020
Safe Sounds at Firefly is a new social-distanced concert series featuring local musicians