What We’re Following
The DNC Hack and Democracy: If Russian intelligence agencies hacked the DNC to influence the U.S. election, does that mean a new international norm has been set? The answer could have consequences for democracies around the world—especially since it’s hard to say where cyberattacks fall under international law. Meanwhile, fallout from the scandal continues within the DNC: Three top officials are leaving the organization after their emails came under scrutiny.
Policing the Police: In the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro, military police are estimated to have killed over 8,000 people in the past decade—70 percent of whom were black, according to a recent report. For context, Rio’s population is about 51 percent white, 12 percent black, and 37 percent multiracial. Meanwhile, in the U.S., the shooting death of a black woman, Korryn Gaines, is bringing attention to conflicts between women of color and the police: Gaines, who was armed, was the ninth black woman to have been killed by law enforcement in the U.S. this year. How can officers work to ensure criminal justice stays just? The case of an officer in Chicago is calling one solution, body cameras, into question: He was wearing one when he fatally shot a young black man in the back, but the camera was turned off.