Daily Bread for 2.4.21

Good morning.

Thursday in Whitewater will be snowy with a high of thirty-three.  Sunrise is 7:04 AM and sunset 5:13 PM, for 10h 08m 44s of daytime.  The moon is a waning gibbous with 52.2% of its visible disk illuminated.

  Whitewater’s Landmarks Commisison meets via audiovisual conferencing at 3:30 PM.

 On this day in 1825, the Ohio Legislature authorizes the construction of the Ohio and Erie Canal and the Miami and Erie Canal.

Recommended for reading in full — 

 Gina Barton reports ‘We fell short.’ Milwaukee police admit mistakes in rape investigation of developer, will transfer case to another agency:

The Milwaukee Police Department has admitted making mistakes in the sexual assault investigation of a prominent Milwaukee real estate developer and agreed to transfer the case to another law enforcement agency, according to a legal settlement filed this week.

The settlement, reached in a first-of-its-kind lawsuit, creates a path for crime victims throughout Wisconsin to ensure their rights are protected. While state law lays out those rights, the responsibility for enforcement falls to police and prosecutors. Before now, victims had little recourse if those agencies failed.

The settlement resolves the civil rights case of a woman (identified publicly only as Jane Doe) who says Milwaukee police mishandled her rape complaint against Kalan Haywood Sr., who has received millions in taxpayer-backed incentives for city redevelopment projects.

Haywood has denied the allegations and has not been arrested or charged.

Hannah Knowles and Meryl Kornfield report Fired Ohio police officer charged with murder in shooting of Black man holding cellphone:

A former Ohio police officer who fatally shot an unarmed Black man while responding late last year to a noise complaint was indicted Wednesday on murder and other charges, the state’s attorney general said.

Adam Coy, now fired from the Columbus police force, shot 47-year-old Andre Hill on Dec. 22 as Hill held a cellphone inside a friend’s garage. Coy did not turn on his body camera but the incident was captured thanks to the 60-second “look back” function on the device that records video but not audio, police said.

Wednesday’s charges came amid calls for law enforcement officers to face accountability in deadly use of force against Black Americans, an issue that sparked historic protests across the country last year. Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost (R), who acted as the special prosecutor in the Hill case, said Coy was charged with murder in the commission of a felony, felonious assault and two counts of dereliction of duty.

Michael Forsythe and Walt Bogdanich report McKinsey Settles for $573 Million Over Role in Opioid Crisis:

McKinsey & Company, the consultant to blue-chip corporations and governments around the world, has agreed to pay $573 million to settle investigations into its role in helping “turbocharge” opioid sales, a rare instance of it being held publicly accountable for its work with clients.

The firm has reached the agreement with attorneys general in 47 states, the District of Columbia and five territories, according to five people familiar with the negotiations. The settlement comes after lawsuits unearthed a trove of documents showing how McKinsey worked to drive sales of Purdue Pharma’s OxyContin painkiller amid an opioid epidemic in the United States that has contributed to the deaths of more than 450,000 people over the past two decades.

McKinsey’s extensive work with Purdue included advising it to focus on selling lucrative high-dose pills, the documents show, even after the drugmaker pleaded guilty in 2007 to federal criminal charges that it had misled doctors and regulators about OxyContin’s risks. The firm also told Purdue that it could “band together” with other opioid makers to head off “strict treatment” by the Food and Drug Administration.

Time-lapse video – Driving around Milwaukee in the snow:

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