Three funerals were held Wednesday remembering fallen officers Brent Thompson, Lorne Ahrens, and Michael Smith; two more are yet to be held.
Funeral services expected Thursday for Philando Castile, the man who was fatally shot by a police officer in Minnesota. Castile's mother, Valerie Castile, said on Wednesday: "I used to look at TV and see other parents under these same circumstances and say, 'Wow I hope that would never happen to me.' But it has."
The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the Baton Rouge Police Department over the treatment of protesters who took to the streets after the shooting death of a black man. The ACLU and other groups accused Baton Rouge police officers of using excessive force to arrest peaceful protesters. The lawsuit accused the police of escalating peaceful situations, threatening demonstrators with mace and pepper spray and physical or verbal abuse. Over a three-day period following the shooting death of Alton Sterling police arrested 200 people. The governor of Louisiana has called the response "moderate".
RACE IN AMERICA
In the wake of horrific recent killings, President Obama will participate in a town hall on Race in America, which will broadcast over ABC Radio, various ABC Network broadcast entities, and social media outlets. The President will discuss race relations, justice, policing and equality a week after two African-American men were shot and killed by police in separate incidents in Louisiana and Minnesota and a sniper's rampage claimed the lives of five police officers present during a peaceful protest march in Dallas. The discussion will feature people directly affected by those incidents and include the voices of officers, parents, students and community leaders talking about how to stop the violence. The event will be moderated by ABC News anchor David Muir, along with ESPN’s Jemele Hill.
FREDDIE GRAY TRIAL
Closing arguments in the trial of Baltimore Police Lt. Brian Rice will be Thursday at 10 a.m. with a decision "sometime thereafter". Rice, 42, is the fourth officer to stand trial in the Gray case. He was the highest ranking officer on the ground during the chase and Gray's arrest. He has opted for a bench trial, so Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams will be deciding his fate. There will be no jury present.Rice is charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, two counts of misconduct in office, and reckless endangerment. He is free on $350,000 bail.
--GOP CONVENTION COUNTDOWN
Cleveland is stepping up security efforts as thousands of political activists and delegates begin to arrive for the GOP convention. Law enforcement officials say there is no current credible threat on the convention or the protests expected to surround it. But Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams says they have taken into account the attack on police officers in Dallas as they strategize handling the mass of people. 73 law enforcement agencies will be providing security during the nearly week-long convention - along with additional cameras -- and a multi-agency coordination center.
Donald Trump zeroing in on a vice presidential pick. Trump tweeted he will make the announcement Friday morning in New York City. And sources tell ABC News that Donald Trump will likely appear with his new running mate Friday. Who will it be? Trump appeared alongside Indiana Governor Mike Pence Tuesday night, just a day after speaking with Chris Christie. Perhaps the best reception from the Trump faithful went to Newt Gingrich. Not coincidentally, Gingrich cut ties with Fox News Tuesday, fueling even more speculation.
-- CLINTON TO DC
Hillary Clinton will be attending a Senate Democrats luncheon on Capitol Hill. Then she will be heading to Virginia for a state Democratic Party event with Senator Tim Kaine. Clinton will speak to the League of United Latin American Citizens ahead of her visit to Capitol Hill Thursday morning.
PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARS PROGRAM GRADUATION
Former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W Bush will be in Little Rock , Arkansas for the graduation of a leadership program they began in 2014. Former British prime minister Tony Blair will also attend.
Consumer Reports is calling on the automaker Tesla to disable the automatic steering function in the Autopilot driving-assist system available in its Model S vehicles until the company updates the function to confirm that the driver`s hands remain on the steering wheel at all times. Tesla should also change the name of the Autopilot feature because it promotes a potentially dangerous assumption that the Model S is capable of driving on its own, Consumer Reports said.
An alarming number of American drivers exhibited aggressive driving behavior over the past year, according to a new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Researchers examined data collected from a GfK KnowledgePanel survey of 2,705 licensed drivers and found that 78% admitted to participating in aggressive behavior like tailgating, yelling at another driver, or honking the horn out of anger. Fewer people reported exiting their cars to confront another driver (3.7%) or ramming another car on purpose (2.8%), but based on these numbers researchers estimate that 8 million drivers engaged in these behaviors last year.
The House Homeland Security Committee holds a hearing on worldwide threats with Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, FBI Director James B. Comey, and Director of the National Counterterrorism Center Nicholas Rasmussen.
The risk of Zika virus transmission during the upcoming Olympic games in Rio will be low due to colder weather, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesay. In a new risk-assessment report, the CDC found that since the games are occurring during winter in Brazil, the cooler, drier weather will reduce mosquito populations, thus lowering the chance of Zika transmission to visiting athletes and spectators.
NOAA briefing on how it uses unmanned aircraft and watercraft to revolutionize how scientists collect observations used to save lives and property and better manage valuable natural resources. NOAA scientists will discuss how a variety of unmanned tools are helping monitor sea levels, manage coastal ecosystems, assess the health of marine mammals and collect weather and oceanographic information to improve the resilience of our nation’s communities.
NBA players Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwayne Wade and LeBron James opened the ESPY Awards Wednesday night, each speaking about the recent violence between police and African-Americans and the need for change. Early winners included the Cavaliers NBA Championship for Best Moment - for ending the 52 year championship drought in Cleveland --- and Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry for best record-breaking performance.
The 68th EMMY Awards nominations will be announced.