Porsha Williams remains on the front lines of the Black Lives Matter movement.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta star was arrested on Tuesday during a Breonna Taylor protest in Louisville, Kentucky, PEOPLE confirms. She was charged with obstructing a highway and disorderly conduct (second degree), a spokesperson for the Louis Metro Police Department says.
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Taylor, an EMT and aspiring nurse, was fatally shot by Louisville Metro Police officers inside her home in March during a botched “no-knock” search warrant. She was 26.
A rep for Williams did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
Williams was arrested alongside her friend, Love & Hip Hop: New York star Yandy Smith-Harris, who documented her arrest on Instagram.
Williams also posted from the protest on Instagram.
“SAY HER NAME 🗣 #BreonnaTaylor ✊🏾,” she captioned a photo with a group of fellow protesters seated on the ground, facing a barricade of police officers.
Williams was among a group of hundreds marching through the city during a “Day of Action” planned by the civil activist group Until Freedom, according to local outlet WAVE 3 News. At least 68 people were arrested during the march, CNN reported, and will face misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and obstructing a highway.
According to CNN, interim chief for the Louisville Metro Police Department Robert Schroeder told reporters the protests were largely peaceful, but that a large group of demonstrators “crossed several intersections, creating dangerous situations as traffic continued to try to make its way in the area.”
Officers gave directions to stay on the sidewalk and those who did not were eventually arrested, Schroeder reportedly said.
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Williams, 39, was first arrested in July while protesting for Taylor, and in June, she was hit with tear gas during a peaceful protest over George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody.
“It was devastating to feel like I was out there trying to stand with my people, stand with our allies, and help them raise a message of hope and to be silenced and not able to breathe because of the gas bomb that was thrown,” she told PEOPLE exclusively at the time.
“Anybody who is out there now and they feel like they can’t move forward because of the mistreatment [by] the police and what they’re doing to us … I would say to them, stay focused on the cause,” she added.
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DOJ, IRS Investigating Crypto Exchange Binance
Binance Holdings Ltd. is facing a federal investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service, Bloomberg reported Thursday.
Officials specializing in tax and money-laundering investigations are probing the world’s largest crypto exchange, according to the report.
Binance operates a sprawling global empire of crypto trading, including derivatives, which are essentially barred from the U.S. market. The Binance brand has attempted to project itself as above-board through recent regulatory hires including former U.S. senator Max Baucus. Former banking regulator Brian Brooks was installed as CEO of Binance’s U.S. affiliate last month.
“We take our legal obligations very seriously and engage with regulators and law enforcement in a collaborative fashion,” a Binance spokesperson said in a statement. “We have worked hard to build a robust compliance program that incorporates anti-money laundering principles and tools used by financial institutions to detect and address suspicious activity.”
She declined to comment on the reported investigation.
Binance CEO “CZ” Changpeng Zhao commented on the Bloomberg article in a tweet:
The CDC director just gave us a dark coronavirus warning
The latest coronavirus update for the US through mid-morning on Thursday shows that, according to the latest data collected by the team at Johns Hopkins University, more than 28.7 million coronavirus cases have been reported in the US since the start of the pandemic. Additionally, the coronavirus death toll in the US was approaching 519,000 as of the time of this writing.
Nevertheless, two states created an uproar this week when both states (Texas and Mississippi) announced their decision to pull back restrictions and mandates imposed during the pandemic, like max capacity requirements for businesses and statewide face mask rules. President Biden criticized these moves as the product of “Neanderthal thinking,” while CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky actually went farther than that — warning during a White House press briefing this week that the US could lose all of the progress made thus far as a result of the spread of more transmissible coronavirus variants. Spread that would be helped even more by states like these and others that join them pulling back on their coronavirus-related public safety measures too soon.
“Please hear me clearly,” Dr. Walensky said. “At this level of cases with variants spreading, we stand to completely lose the hard-earned ground we have gained. These variants are a very real threat to our people and to our progress. Now is not the time to relax the critical safeguards that we know could stop the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, not when we are so close.”
While there has been a degree of promising news coverage in recent days and weeks, make no mistake: We’re still very much in the middle of a dangerous pandemic. COVID-19 cases, as well as related deaths, are up about 2% compared to last week — and we’re now averaging around 67,000 coronavirus cases per day, along with some 2,000 deaths each day.
Along these lines, and related to the Texas and Mississippi news, former FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb had an important insight to share in a CNBC interview this week — namely, that governments and public health experts need to start talking to people about the end of the pandemic and how we get there. Else, we’ll see more people go down this same road, either by feeling like things are hopeless or prematurely easing up on safety measures. “If we continue to be very prescriptive and not give people a realistic vision for a better future, they’re going to start to ignore the public health guidance,” Gottlieb said.
Walensky continued her remarks by noting that an average of less than 70,000 coronavirus cases a day seems good compared to where we were a few months ago. But we “cannot be resigned” to that.
“Please stay strong in your conviction, continue wearing your well-fitted mask and taking the other public health prevention actions that we know work,” she said. “Ultimately, vaccination is what will bring us out of this pandemic. To get there, we need to vaccinate many more people.”
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