Suni Lee’s dad gifted a custom wheelchair by fellow Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles
John Lee, the father of Olympic gold medalist Suni Lee, received a new wheelchair from decorated gymnast and his daughter’s teammate, Simone Biles, last week. Why he needed a wheelchair: In 2019, John fell off a ladder while trying to help a neighbor trim a tree. The accident left him with a spinal cord injury, which left him paralyzed from the chest down, as per NBC News.news.yahoo.com
Gymnast Suni Lee makes history at Olympic Games in Tokyo
When Sunisa "Suni" Lee stepped up to the mat at this year's Olympics, she thought of her father's pep talks even as he watched from thousands of miles away. Last week, she won her first Olympic gold in the individual all-around event. The big picture: John Lee put his faith in her from the start, building a balance beam when they couldn't afford one so she could keep training. The 18-year-old made history this year when she became the first Hmong American to be named to a U.S. Olympic team. Getnews.yahoo.com
Sunisa Lee Is Representing America in the Tokyo Olympics—and a Community America Left Behind
In March 2019, a day before her 16th birthday and just over a year before the Olympic Trials were supposed to begin, Sunisa “Suni” Lee appeared on 3 Hmong TV, one of the most popular Hmong-language news shows in the Twin Cities. Now, two years later, Suni Lee is a singular talent in the world of gymnastics—poised to carry both the hopes of the United States and a community that has not always felt a part of it. Lee is the youngest of six gymnasts representing the U.S. in Tokyo and the first Hmong-American to compete for Team USA.news.yahoo.com
Hong Kong bans handover protest as official defends law
Marking the anniversary of Hong Kong's return to Chinese control, a top city official defended the national security law imposed by Beijing to crush pro-democracy rallies and said Thursday it would be used further in the coming year to ensure stability. Police sealed off Victoria Park — until recently the site of annual pro-democracy rallies marking the 1997 handover — and put up flags warning people that they could be prosecuted if they enter or remain in the enclosed area. The security law was implemented one year ago as authorities cracked down on dissent after Hong Kong was rocked by massive anti-government protests in 2019.news.yahoo.com
U.S. lawyer among 53 arrested in huge crackdown on Hong Kong pro-democracy figures
Hong Kong — Hong Kong police arrested 53 former lawmakers and democracy proponents on Wednesday, including an American human rights lawyer, for allegedly violating a new national security law by participating in unofficial election primaries for the territory's legislature last year. American human rights lawyer John Clancey, center, is arrested by police in Hong Kong, January 6, 2021. The Biden-Harris administration will stand with the people of Hong Kong and against Beijing’s crackdown on democracy. https://t.co/nSj8dr3OEg — Antony Blinken (@ABlinken) January 6, 2021"The Biden-Harris administration will stand with the people of Hong Kong and against Beijing's crackdown on democracy," Blinken wrote in his tweet. Hong Kong is looking more like mainland China but where one ends and the other begins is hard to discern," she said.cbsnews.com
Dozens of Hong Kong pro-democracy figures arrested in one of China’s biggest crackdowns
Li Kwai-wah, center, senior superintendent of National Security Department talks to reporters during a press conference in Hong Kong. About 50 Hong Kong pro-democracy figures were arrested by police on Wednesday under a national security law. AdvertisementPro-democratic party members shout slogans in response to the mass arrests during a press conference in Hong Kong. “Beijing once again has failed to learn from its mistakes in Hong Kong: that repression generates resistance, and that millions of Hong Kong people will persist in their struggle for their right to vote and run for office in a democratically elected government,” Wang said in a statement. Times staff writer Pierson reported from Singapore and special correspondent Cheung from Hong Kong.latimes.com
Hong Kong arrests 53 activists under national security law
(AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)HONG KONG – Hong Kong police arrested 53 former lawmakers and democracy proponents Wednesday for allegedly violating the new national security law by participating in unofficial election primaries for the territory's legislature last year. The security law criminalizes acts of subversion, secession, terrorism and collusion with foreign powers to intervene in the city’s affairs. “The Biden-Harris administration will stand with the people of Hong Kong and against Beijing’s crackdown on democracy,” Blinken wrote in his tweet. The security law is being used “to crush dissent and stifle the exercise of human rights and political freedoms.”Human Rights Watch senior China researcher Maya Wang said the national security law is a blanket law that allows the government to arrest people for exercising their rights. “Hong Kong is looking more like mainland China but where one ends and the other begins is hard to discern,” she said.
Former SAPD officer involved in controversial 2016 shooting dies
SAN ANTONIO – John Lee, a former San Antonio police officer who in 2016 shot and killed an unarmed man he believed was carrying a gun, has died, officials have confirmed. Lee shot and killed Antronie Scott in early February 2016 after pulling him over at the Wood Hollow Apartments near Isom and East Ramsey roads. Scott’s widow, who was in the vehicle at the time of the shooting, filed a lawsuit against SAPD, the city of San Antonio and Lee. SAPD officials confirmed Friday that Lee left the department in February, but declined to release additional details since his cause of death was pending. Scott’s case is one of three high-profile SAPD officer-involved shooting deaths that Bexar County District Attorney Joe Gonzales said last month he would not reopen.
Bexar County DA will not reopen investigations into SAPD-involved shooting deaths of 3 men
SAN ANTONIO – Bexar County District Attorney Joe Gonzales said Monday he has no plans to reopen the cases of three high-profile SAPD officer-involved shooting deaths in San Antonio. Marquise JonesJones, 23, was killed outside a Northeast Side Chacho’s by Officer Robert Encina who was working security at the restaurant. Officer Steve Casanova opened fire on Snowden, but also shot and killed Roundtree who was in the line of fire. RELATED: Mother outraged at SAPD officer who accidentally shot, killed her sonPolice said the home was a drug house they had been called to dozens of times. A Bexar County grand jury voted July 18, 2019, not to indict Casanova and he was cleared of all charges.
Chicago Area Lawyer Indicted for Perjury and Obstructing Justice
WASHINGTON John Lee, an attorney who once represented Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas LLC, was arraigned Nov. 21 on an indictment issued on Oct. 8, for knowingly making false statements while testifying under oath before a federal grand jury and for obstructing justice. The case against Lee is about testimony he gave under oath and pursuant to a privilege waiver issued by Hyundai. The indictment includes three perjury charges and one obstruction of justice charge. Lastly, the indictment alleges that Lee knowingly failed to produce relevant emails in response to a grand jury subpoena, in an effort to impede the grand jury investigation. Lying to the grand jury, concealing information, and obstructing a federal investigation undermines the publics trust in the criminal justice system and will not be tolerated, said Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Bossert Clark of the Environment and Natural Resources Division.justice.gov
Hong Kong government withdraws bill that sparked protests
HONG KONG - Hong Kong authorities on Wednesday withdrew an unpopular extradition bill that sparked months of chaotic protests that have since morphed into a campaign for greater democratic change. That appears to have compelled Hong Kong to reject cooperation with Taiwan over Taipei's insistence on a "mutual legal assistance" deal with Hong Kong that would require their institutions to deal with each other on an equal basis. Tsai herself weighed in Wednesday on the Chan case, emphasizing that, although both the alleged perpetrator and the victim are from Hong Kong, Taiwan was willing to put Chan on trial if Hong Kong does not. Chan, 20, returned to Hong Kong alone last year after traveling to Taipei with Poon on vacation. Amid the ongoing political chaos and street violence, Lam's future as Beijing's pick to lead Hong Kong has been repeatedly questioned.
FBI 'monitoring' investigation into SAPD shooting of man with cellphone
SAN ANTONIO – Local FBI agents are "monitoring" the investigation into last week's shooting death of an unarmed man by a San Antonio police officer. Antronie Scott, 36, was pulled over by Officer John Lee Feb. 4 near Isom and Ramsey roads. The officer said he thought Scott had a gun in his hand and fired one shot at Scott, hitting him in the chest. Lee has been placed on administrative duty while SAPD conducts an investigation to determine if he broke the law or violated department policies. The Scott family has retained a lawyer to investigate the shooting on its behalf.