Christian Alexander Pean, a fourth-year medical student in New York City, had been anxiously texting his father in Houston throughout the morning to inquire about his younger brother, Alan Christopher Pean, a patient at St. Joseph Medical Center in Texas. The night before, on August 26, Alan had called his parents to tell them he was in the middle of a panic attack.
Alan's parents received a call from St. Joseph Medical Center that Alan was being discharged and was ready to be picked up. In the short time it took his parents to walk back to the hospital, however, something terrible happened to Alan. In the 10 minutes between the call to pick up Alan and his parents' arrival, two off-duty Houston police officers working security at St. Joseph used a Taser weapon to subdue Alan - and fired a single bullet into his chest.
New Orleans observed the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with a cacophony of sights, sounds and emotions that blurred the lines between art and politics, truth and contradiction, and life and death. Activists on the ground organized around a theme of resistance.
The Pope has been praised for his progressive stances on climate and poverty, but the temporary window of absolution offered Tuesday to Catholics who have had abortions has brought criticism from reproductive justice groups.