What you missed in Columbus for June 29
Protests continued Downtown over the weekend, producing another image that went semi-viral on Sunday. In the photograph, a pair of CPD officers can be seen using a measuring tape to gauge the distance a car is parked from the curb. According to a post reportedly written by the vehicle’s owner, a street medic who has been assisting protesters since demonstrations erupted more than three weeks ago, CPD towed and impounded the car, which was parked more than 12 inches from the curb, rather than issuing a ticket. "I was standing next to my car the whole time as they measured it and as they made the decision to tow it, repeatedly asking them if I could simply move my car six [inches] over and they said no,” the owner wrote. It was unclear at publication if the officers involved are fans of racing legend Richard Petty.
The Grandview location of Stauf’s Coffee is closed until further notice. Posting on social media Saturday, the shop disclosed that a team member had tested positive for COVID-19. In the detailed message, the retailer relayed the last time the employee worked (Wednesday, June 24), when it learned about the diagnosis (20 minutes prior to making the post) and its plans moving forward, including staff-wide testing and quarantines, where needed, and a full sanitation of the store, which currently operates as an outdoor walk-up. “We will … take care of our community by sharing everything we know when we know it, and what we are doing at every step,” the shop wrote. Stauf’s admirable transparency should serve as a model for all businesses in this uncertain time.
President Donald Trumpshared and then deleted a video that opened with one of his supporters pumping his fist while chanting, “white power,” a racist phrase long employed among white supremacists. In the original message, Trump thanked the “great people” featured in the video, which echoed his “very fine people on both sides” talk following the neo-Nazi Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The video was later deleted, with a White House spokesperson saying that the president had not heard the chant. The video was filmed at the Villages, a retirement community in Florida that you can read more about inthis ProPublica feature.
In yet another sign that we’ll be living under some form of COVID-19 quarantine forever, photos taken at recent concerts by Chase Rice and Chris Janson that showed the country artists performing for maskless, standing-room only audiences blew up on social media over the weekend. Janson, who performed in Idaho, later deleted social media posts depicting the crowd. But posts from Rice, who played in east Tennessee on Saturday, remained up, which shouldn’t surprise coming from the musician responsible for “Dear Corona," a song that’s currently leading the pack for the worst of the year. “Dear corona, you don’t know the heart of a country fan,” Rice sings. “You don’t know that we don’t give a damn.” Clearly.