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    A Seattle-based labor council voted Wednesday to expel the Seattle Police Officers Guild (SPOG) from the organization amid demonstrations against police brutality and racism and calls for greater police accountability. The Martin Luther King, Jr. County Labor Council held an hourslong vote to pass a motion approved May 20 by its executive board to remove the police union, with 45,435 delegates voting in favor of the removal against 36,760 in opposition, the Seattle Times reported. “As a union movement, it’s our responsibility to fight for all forms of justice. In the Martin Luther King County Labor Council, we believe that there can be no justice without racial justice,"  MLK Labor Executive Secretary-Treasurer Nicole Grant told Fox News in a statement. "Any union that is part of our labor council needs to be actively working to dismantle racism in their institution and society at large. Unfortunately, the Seattle Police Officer’s Guild has failed to do that work...
    An influential labor group in Seattle voted to kick the city’s police union out of the group because it failed to “dismantle racism,” the Associated Press reported Thursday. The King County Labor Council voted Wednesday night to expel the Seattle Police Officers Guild from its organization, which is politically influential and is made up of 150 unions, the Associated Press reported. The vote comes after weeks of protests and riots across the country in the wake of the death of George Floyd, who died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes. The incident also brought to the fore the role of police unions in holding officers accused of misconduct accountable. (RELATED:Three California Police Unions Call For National Reforms To ‘Root Out’ Racist Officers) A man holds up a sign reading “Kroll Must Go” during a march calling for the city to defund the Minneapolis Police...
    Associated Press SEATTLE — The largest labor group in the Seattle area has expelled the city’s police union, saying the guild representing officers failed to address racism within its ranks. The vote Wednesday night by the King County Labor Council to exclude the Seattle Police Officers Guild comes after weeks of protests in the city over police brutality and racism following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. It’s also significant as the labor council is politically influential. Local elected leaders are reluctant to go against the umbrella group of more than 150 unions and 100,00 workers. “Any union that is part of our labor council needs to be actively working to dismantle racism in their institution and society at large,” the labor council said on Twitter after the vote. “Unfortunately, the Seattle Police Officer’s Guild has failed to do that work and are no longer part of our...
    SEATTLE – The largest labor group in the Seattle area has expelled the city's police union, saying the guild representing officers failed to address racism within its ranks. The vote Wednesday night by the King County Labor Council to exclude the Seattle Police Officers Guild comes after weeks of protests in the city over police brutality and racism following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. It's also significant as the labor council is politically influential. Local elected leaders are reluctant to go against the umbrella group of more than 150 unions and 100,00 workers. “Any union that is part of our labor council needs to be actively working to dismantle racism in their institution and society at large,” the labor council said on Twitter after the vote. “Unfortunately, the Seattle Police Officer’s Guild has failed to do that work and are no longer part of our council.” The...
    Floyd joined the U.N. human rights chief, the council's independent rapporteur on racism, and many diplomats at an "urgent debate" championed by the Africa Group in the wake of his brother's death. George Floyd, a black man, died after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed a knee into his neck for several minutes as he pleaded for air and eventually stopped moving. "I am my brother's keeper. You in the United Nations are your brothers and sisters' keepers in America — and you have the power to help us get justice for my brother George Floyd," Philonese Floyd said. "I am asking you to help him. I am asking you to help me. I am asking you to help us — black people in America." The council has regularly addressed police brutality and racial profiling in the United States, and they were major themes during its last turn five years...
    Following worldwide outrage against police brutality and the death of George Floyd, the United Nations (U.N.) Human Rights Council will hold an “urgent” debate on “systemic racism, and police brutality against peaceful protesters” that continually takes place in the U.S. on Wednesday, the U.N. body announced. Floyd, a Black man, was violently killed by the police on May 25, when an officer put his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. The decision to hold the debate follows a request made by a group of African countries, led by the permanent representative of Burkina Faso, Désiré Sougouri.  On behalf of 54 African countries, Sougouri told the council Monday that Floyd’s death is “not an isolated incident. The numbers of previous cases of unarmed people of African descent who met the same fate because of uncontrolled police violence are legion.” He added that: "After the widespread indignation over this situation...
    GENEVA (AP) — African countries on Thursday backed off their call for the U.N.’s top human rights body to launch its most intense scrutiny on the hot-button issue of police brutality and systemic racism in the United States, after American officials led back-channel talks to air opposition to the idea, diplomats said. The Africa Group was reworking a draft resolution but had already cut out language calling on the Human Rights Council to set up a commission of inquiry — its most potent tool of scrutiny — to examine issues like systemic racism and abuse against “Africans and of people of African descent” in the U.S. and beyond, said the diplomats, who were part of the talks. They spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter. Once tabled, the text was expected to come up for a vote on Friday or Monday, the council office said....
    SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and City Council will hear a briefing on the local economy’s road to recovery during a meeting on Thursday morning. City officials are expected to present the fiscal year 2021 trial budget and a five-year financial forecast, based on the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on the general fund, hotel occupancy tax fund and airport fund. The meeting is slated to begin at 9 a.m. and it will be livestreamed in this article. If there is not a livestream available, check back at a later time. Bexar County COVID-19 cases surpass 5,000 The trial budget for the fiscal year 2021 will include revenue and expenditure assumptions and possible reductions, according to the city. City Council on June 4 voted on budget adjustments for the remainder of the fiscal year, based on revenues and expenditures from October 2019-April 2020. The mid-year budget adjustment included an...
    The Philadelphia City Council gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a fiscal year 2021 budget that would reduce police funding by $33 million amid nationwide protests calling for reform following the death of George Floyd. The budget calls for several police reform measures, including body cameras and bias training for officers, implicit bias training, the use of mental health professionals for police-assisted diversion, and additional funds for a Police Oversight Commission. The reductions were $14 million more than what the Council and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney had agreed upon last week. “As we move forward to heal our city and nation, we must not allow the recent injustices between the police and members of the black community to continue to cause us frustration and pain, but instead use this opportunity to come together and work collectively and establish real reforms that will make a difference in our neighborhoods," Curtis Jones Jr., council’s whip and chairman of the public...
    Canada lost its bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council to Ireland and Norway on Wednesday after the spending nearly $1.74 million on their campaign, BBC reported. In their attempt to garner votes, Canada took diplomats to a Céline Dion concert while Ireland treated guests to a U2 concert and river dance performances, according to Politico. Canada spent about $1.74 million while Ireland spent $800,000. Norway out-spent both countries by dropping $2.8 million in order to secure a spot representing the “Western bloc” countries, per BBC. Until 2000, Canada had won a seat on the Security Council during each decade since the establishment of the UN. The last successful bid in 1998 cost Canada $10 million, according to CBC. “On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to congratulate Norway, Ireland, India, and Mexico on their election to the United Nations (UN) Security Council, and...
    Canada on Wednesday lost out to two European countries for a seat on the United Nations Security Council, after Norway and Ireland were picked to join the U.N.'s powerful decision-making body instead. Canda was passed over despite a strong push from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, according to The Associated Press. The elections were reportedly held under unorthodox circumstances due to the coronavirus pandemic. A two-thirds majority of 128 votes were required to win a seat. Norway received 130, Ireland got 128 votes and Canada was only able to pull in 108. CORNELL PROFESSOR WHO CRITICIZED BLACK LIVES MATTER FACES STUDENT BOYCOTT VideoThis marked Canada's second consecutive defeat in a bid to win a seat, as the country will once again go home empty-handed. Having a seat on the U.N. Security Council typically gives a nation a more powerful say in global affairs and allows it to be more involved when the organization is dealing with...
    NEW YORK - Four countries were elected to two-year terms on the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday in the first major vote held at the world body amid the coronavirus pandemic. India, Ireland, Mexico and Norway will join the council on January 1 for the rotating term. But a decision on who will occupy a seat representing Africa will go to a second round of voting Thursday, as neither of the contenders, Kenya and Djibouti, captured the necessary two-thirds majority. The vote was held in a sparsely populated General Assembly Hall. In mid-March, the United Nations essentially shut down its New York headquarters as the coronavirus spread across the metropolis. The city began its very limited first phase of reopening June 8, but that does not include large gatherings like the hundreds of diplomats who would normally flock to the building to cast their votes. At the assembly hall...
    The NCAA Division I Council on Wednesday approved a plan to allow college basketball players to start working with their coaches for the first time since the pandemic wiped out March Madness. The summer access period for men’s and women’s players will begin July 20. The NCAA basketball tournaments were cancelled days before the fields were scheduled to be selected because of the coronavirus outbreak. The NCAA also announced the expected approval by the council of an extended preseason model for football teams that was finalized by that sport’s oversight committee last week. And the council introduced a legislative proposal to create a path for schools to transition straight from Division III to Division I, paving the way for D-III football powerhouse St. Thomas (Minn.) to make that jump as soon as next year. In basketball matters, required activities for both men’s and women’s teams can begin July...
    DOUGLAS — Developers behind a $3.5 billion project at the former Michael Reese Hospital site took a step forward in their redevelopment plans by submitting a zoning application at Wednesday’s City Council meeting. A team led by Farpoint Development is overseeing the ambitious two-phase plan for the former hospital, which is slated for completion by 2035. Included in the site plans are: Market-rate housing, with 20 percent set aside for affordable housing.A community center of up to 40,000 square feet.A commitment of up to $25 million for education, with 20 internships and 75 apprenticeships per year.A 31st Street Metra station to replace the 27th Street station.The use of the Singer Pavilion — the only remaining Michael Reese Hospital facility — into a “showcase” of the Black history of Bronzeville and the history of the hospital. The developers submitted an application for a “planned development” zoning designation to City Council Wednesday....
    Across the country COVID-19 cases continue to rise. The small plateau in cases seen for a few days in April are long behind us. This means that municipalities looking to try to reopen parts of their economy must be prudent in how they go about it. As places like Florida are showing us, just reopening and crossing one’s fingers is not a good public or economic plan. This public health crisis is also running in tandem with our country’s native white supremacist history and structure of racial inequality. The rates of spread and mortality of the novel coronavirus is disproportionately affecting Black communities throughout the country. The Montgomery Advertiser reports that a stream of doctors spoke in front the Montgomery City Council, in Alabama, on Tuesday. They were there to give their opinions on a mandatory mask ordinance in front of the council. One of the speakers was Jackson Hospital pulmonologist William Saliski,...
    CHICAGO — The city will finally allow bars and other places to sell cocktails to go in a bid to help the industry make it through the coronavirus pandemic. The City Council approved a measure legalizing the practice during a Wednesday meeting. The changes mean restaurants and bars can sell mixed drinks to go, though only for the next year. The state made it legal earlier this month, but Chicago had to make changes to its municipal code for it to be allowed here. The new measure from the state allows bars and restaurants to sell cocktails in tamper-proof, sealed containers via curbside pickup and delivery. Struggling bar and restaurant owners lobbied Springfield for weeks on the issue, saying they needed revenue from cocktail sales to survive the extended coronavirus shutdown. Block Club Chicago’s coronavirus coverage is free for all readers. Block Club is an independent, 501(c)(3), journalist-run newsroom. Subscribe to Block...
    This is the shocking moment a protester was shot and left in critical condition during violent clashes between armed militia and demonstrators trying to tear down a conquistador statue in New Mexico. In video footage obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com, former Albuquerque city council candidate Steven Baca is seen allegedly firing four shots at demonstrator Scott Williams during a wild brawl on Monday night. Police officers in Albuquerque arrested Baca, 31, shortly after the incident and charged him with shooting Williams. Williams had been seeking the removal of the 'La Jornada' sculpture, which depicts a 16th-century Spanish colonial governor notorious for massacring natives, when the brawl erupted. Baca was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, according to a criminal complaint. This is the shocking moment a protester was shot and left in critical condition during violent clashes between armed militia and demonstrators trying to tear down a conquistador...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly president banged his gavel to open elections Wednesday under dramatically different voting procedures because of the COVID-19 pandemic, including for two hotly contested seats on the U.N. Security Council. The U.N. headquarters complex remains open for essential workers, but Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has ordered staff to work from home until July 31 because of the pandemic. So instead of having ambassadors from the 193 U.N. member nations in the General Assembly chamber together for elections, a new procedure was adopted. On Wednesday morning it went into operation — a few ambassadors arriving at the assembly during spaced-out time slots starting at 9 a.m. to avoid a large gathering and ensure social distancing. And instead of voting separately for the next General Assembly president, five new members of the Security Council, and 18 new members of the Economic and Social Council, the...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly is holding elections Wednesday, including for two hotly contested seats on the U.N. Security Council. Five new council members are elected every year and this year Canada, Ireland and Norway are battling for two Western seats and Kenya and Djibouti are competing for one African seat. India is running unopposed for the Asia-Pacific seat and Mexico is running unopposed for the seat for Latin America and the Caribbean. The Security Council is the U.N.’s most powerful body and has five permanent members — the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France — and 10 members elected by the General Assembly for two-year terms, with seats allocated to regional groups. Winning a seat on the council is considered a pinnacle of achievement for many countries because it gives them a strong voice on issues of international peace and security ranging from conflicts in...
    NEW YORK - The U.N. General Assembly will hold its first major vote Wednesday since the coronavirus pandemic forced United Nations headquarters to essentially shut down in mid-March.  Member states will hold an election for five seats on the powerful 15-member Security Council.  The annual event normally draws hundreds of diplomats to the assembly hall in a collegial atmosphere, where candidate countries hand out small treat bags with national goodies to promote their candidacy, capping off months of campaigning and parties to raise their profiles.  FILE - Flags fly outside the United Nations headquarters in New York.U.N. headquarters is in the heart of New York City, which has been one of the hardest-hit places globally by COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. The complex closed in mid-March to all but a few hundred essential personnel who could not perform their duties from home.  Since then, the secretary-general has...
    The Seattle City Council on Monday voted unanimously to ban police from using chokeholds, and crowd-control devices like tear gas and pepper spray amid protests against police brutality. The voting comes after the Seattle Police Department used tear gas to disperse mostly peaceful demonstrators protesting racism and police brutality in the city’s Capitol Hill neighborhood following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died last month in the custody of a white police officer. SEATTLE POLICE CHIEF GETS SUPPORT FROM BLACK CLERGY MEMBERS Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and Chief Carmen Best had promised earlier not to use such tactics. The council heard repeated complaints from residents forced out of their homes by the gas even though they weren't protesting; one resident said his wife doused their child's eyes with breast milk. Council member Kshama Sawant, who sponsored the legislation, said the police department had demonstrated it could not...
    D.C. Council members opened a budget hearing Monday to repeated calls for defunding the Metropolitan Police Department amid nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. The Justice and Public Safety Committee received more than 15,000 submissions of written, phone and video budget testimonies for its hearing on the police department’s $540 million budget for fiscal 2021. More than 500 people signed up to testify Monday, compared to 22 last year, but only the first 90 who signed up were allowed to testify. In six hours of testimony, most of the witnesses called for defunding the police, a refrain echoing in protests across the country over Floyd, a black man who died Memorial Day after a white police officer had kneeled on his neck for nearly 9 minutes. TOP STORIES 911 dispatcher reported George Floyd arrest in real time: Call me a snitch if you want...
    SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle City Council has voted unanimously to bar police from using tear gas, pepper spray and several other crowd control devices after officers repeatedly used them on mostly peaceful demonstrators protesting racism and police brutality. The 9-0 vote Monday came amid frustration with the Seattle Police Department, which used tear gas to disperse protesters in the city’s densest neighborhood, Capitol Hill, just days after Mayor Jenny Durkan and Chief Carmen Best promised not to. The council heard repeated complaints from residents forced out of their homes by the gas even though they weren’t protesting; one resident said his wife doused their child’s eyes with breast milk. A federal judge on Friday issued a temporary order banning Seattle police from using tear gas, pepper spray, foam-tipped projectiles or other force against protesters, finding that the department had used less-lethal weapons “disproportionately and without provocation,” chilling free speech...
    Impassioned pleas to defund the D.C. police were aired during a virtual public hearing held Monday by the D.C. Council committee considering the department’s proposed budget. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s proposed budget for fiscal 2021 includes $578 million for the police, which would be a 3.3% increase. Ward 6 Council member Charles Allen, who is the chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, said in a Facebook post announcing the hearing Friday that the panel had “received more than 15,000 written, phone, and video budget testimonials — which is incredible!” He said that number was “far more public input than ever before.” Many speakers presented arguments for why the department should get less money. “More police in our community do not make us safer; in fact, they make us less safe,” said Sean Blackmon, of the Stop Police Terror Project DC. “When we say ‘Defund the D.C. police,’...
    The U.N. Human Rights Council on Monday said it would hold a debate on “systemic racism, police brutality and violence against peaceful protests” amid global demonstrations sparked by the death of George Floyd in the U.S. The decision followed a request last week by Burkina Faso on behalf of all African countries, Reuters reported. Delegates wearing protective face masks attend the resuming of the UN Human Rights Council session after the break-in March over the coronavirus pandemic, on Monday, 15 June 2020, in Geneva.  “We think it is a moment to really discuss this issue, as you have seen with the demonstrations all over Europe, including here in Geneva,” said Elisabeth Tichy-Fisslberger, Austria’s ambassador and president of the Council. “This is a topic which is not just about one country, it goes well beyond that.” In a letter made public by the United Nations, the...
    The United Nations Human Rights Council will hold an "urgent" debate on systemic racism and police brutality, the organization said Monday. The debate among the U.N.'s top human rights body is the result of a request from Burkina Faso, on behalf of 54 African countries.  The U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva said it will examine the "current racially inspired human rights violations, systemic racism, police brutality and the violence against peaceful protests" this Wednesday. The council's president, Elisabeth Tichy-Fisslberger, said the issue doesn't just pertain to the U.S, after holding a meeting for the first time since the coronavirus struck in March.  "As you have seen with demonstrations all over the world, including here in Geneva, so this is a topic that is not about just one country, it goes well beyond that," she said. "When I said it's not against the United States, I mean there are complaints...
    The Stillwater City Council is inviting residents to participate in brainstorming the future of Chestnut Street Plaza on June 18. The community visioning session will take place on Chestnut Street from 6-8 p.m. While the event is open to the public, the City Council is cautioning residents that the gathering will be limited to 50 people, and social distancing guidelines will be followed. Since closing the Stillwater Lift Bridge to vehicular traffic, the City Council has been looking at converting a section of Chestnut Street, between Main Street and the bridge, into a non-motorized plaza. According to the project timeline, the proposal was submitted in February, and construction should be complete by September 2021. The City Council also plans to meet with the Stillwater Heritage Preservation Commission this June. For more information, visit the project website at www.ci.stillwater.mn.us. Related Articles Stillwater School Board parts way with superintendent; Pontrelli receives nearly...
    FORT BRAGG — In a Facebook post published Friday evening, Fort Bragg Mayor Will Lee announced the City Council will be discussing a possible name change. The town is named after a Confederate Army general, Braxton Bragg. “Responding to many requests (some local and many not)” the post said, “Fort Bragg Mayor Will Lee would like to announce that at the June 22, 2020 Regular City Council meeting, the City Council will discuss whether to place the question of changing the City’s name on the ballot in November for City residents to decide.” The city of Fort Bragg was founded by 1st Lt. Horatio G. Gibson and named after Gibson’s former commanding officer in the Mexican American War, Gen. Bragg. In 1857, Gibson was the first to establish a military post in the area, a few miles north of the Noyo River harbor. The post was first called Camp...
    On a steamy afternoon in Minneapolis, a non-veto majority of the Minneapolis City Council took the stage at Powderhorn Park last Sunday and committed to dismantling the Minneapolis Police Department as it currently exists. It was met with cheers from the droves of supporters in attendance, many of which have been pushing to “defund the police” in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death under the knee of a former Minneapolis police officer on Memorial Day. That phrase has become a rallying cry of sorts as protesters have pushed for radical change. In the Twin Cities, organizations like Reclaim the Block, Black Visions Collective and MPD150 have been leading the movement to “defund the police” for years. It’s a sentiment that is now being echoed across the the country. It raises the question: What does “defund the police” actually mean? There are various interpretations of the phrase itself, ranging from reallocating funds...
    BALTIMORE — Former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon on Saturday formally conceded the Democratic primary race, offering congratulations to City Council President Brandon Scott. The Baltimore Sun reports that Scott edged out a victory by just over 3,100 votes. Dixon’s campaign had raised concerns about the execution of this election — Maryland’s first attempt at using mostly mail-in voting  — but Dixon said she will not pursue a recount. This was Dixon’s second attempt at a political comeback after being forced from office amid a public corruption scandal. She was defeated in 2016 by then-state Sen. Catherine Pugh. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    BALTIMORE (AP) - Former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon on Saturday formally conceded the Democratic primary race, offering congratulations to City Council President Brandon Scott. The Baltimore Sun reports that Scott edged out a victory by just over 3,100 votes. Dixon’s campaign had raised concerns about the execution of this election - Maryland’s first attempt at using mostly mail-in voting - but Dixon said she will not pursue a recount. TOP STORIES Trump finalizes rule defining gender as a persons biological sex Up next: The Jefferson Memorial must go Coronavirus hype biggest political hoax in history “With the current pandemic, protests and a Presidential general election on the horizon, now is not the time for frivolous divisions, but for unity,” Dixon said in a statement. This was Dixon’s second attempt at a political comeback after being forced from office amid a public corruption scandal. She was defeated in 2016 by...
    New York City Council leaders have issued a joint statement declaring their intent to back proposals slashing $1 billion from the NYPD budget. Speaker Corey Johnson, Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo, Finance Committee Chair Daniel Dromm and Public Safety Committee Chair Donovan Richards, among others,  said they support a plan to “get to $1 billion in cuts to New York City’s police spending in the Fiscal 2021 budget.” NEWARK MAYOR RAS BARAKA CALLS DEFUNDING POLICE A 'BOURGEOIS LIBERAL' SOLUTION The NYPD has a proposed budget of $6 billion, which Mayor Bill de Blasio has pledged to cut in response to citywide protests after initially backing the department. The loss of $1 billion in funding would limit the scope and function of the police, but the City Council believes it shows a clear commitment towards reform. “There is no doubt that this is an ambitious goal, but it is one that the time we are in calls for...
    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico’s new Early Childhood Education and Care Department has named the members of its advisory council. The agency said Friday that the 40 members were chosen from a pool of more than 300 applicants. The selection team considered everything from an applicant’s location to gender, ethnicity, culture and experience within educational settings. The parameters were set by legislation passed in 2019 that established the agency. Members of the advisory council include community organizers, executives who work with child advocacy groups, teachers, principals and others. They represent about 20 different communities around the state, from Albuquerque and Santa Fe to Dulce, Hobbs and Silver City. TOP STORIES Bigger than life: George Floyd known for big heart, good works, struggles with drugs, crime Another Kavanaugh accuser admits to fabricating rape story Coronavirus hype biggest political hoax in history Early Chlidhood Education and Care...
    The Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously to pass a resolution on Friday to replace the Minneapolis Police Department with a supposed “community-led public safety system” following the death of George Floyd. “The murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, by Minneapolis police officers is a tragedy that shows that no amount of reforms will prevent lethal violence and abuse by some members of the Police Department against members of our community, especially Black people and people of color,” five of the council members wrote in a resolution. “Minneapolis voters would decide in November whether to eliminate the City Charter’s requirement for police staffing and replace it with a new department ‘to provide for community safety and violence prevention,’ under a proposal floated Friday by five City Council members,” The Star Tribune reported. “The announcement comes at a time when council members are facing pressure to explain their plan to...
    The Minneapolis City Council on Friday unanimously passed a resolution to create a "transformative new model for cultivating safety" following the death of George Floyd in police custody last month. The vote comes days after nine of the city's 13 council members announced their intent to disband the city's police department. The resolution kicks off a year-long process of "community engagement, research, and structural change to create a transformative new model for cultivating safety in our city."  The city is also establishing a "Future of Community Safety Work Group" that will report back to the council by July 24 with recommendations for engaging with community members on the transition into the new public safety model. The group will be comprised of members from several government agencies, including the Office of Violence Prevention, the Department of Civil Rights, the 911 Working Group, and the Division of Race and Equity. Protests Over Police...
    The Louisville Metro Council voted unanimously on Thursday in favor of “Breonna’s Law,” a proposal that prohibits police officers and other public safety officials from executing no-knock search warrants during the course of an investigation.  According to WLKY, the city council voted 26-0 in favor of the proposal, which the mayor suggested will be promptly signed: “I suspended use of these warrants indefinitely last month, and wholeheartedly agree with Council that the risk to residents and officers with this kind of search outweigh any benefit.” Over the past two weeks, protestors in Louisville have been demonstrating in the name of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency technician who was killed by police officers executing a “no-knock” search warrant at her home as part of a drug investigation, as previously reported by The Courier-Journal.  Despite having a no-knock warrant, police claim they knocked anyway. However, Taylor’s boyfriend and neighbors deny hearing any...
    A majority of the Minneapolis City Council unanimously voted Friday to “dismantle” the city’s police department as their solution to police violence after George Floyd’s death. The City Council passed a resolution to focus on a community-based public safety system. President Lisa Bender, City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins and council members made the announcement Sunday afternoon at rally Sunday, saying they plan to “dismantle” their police department. The money for the police will instead go towards a “community-based public safety model,” according to Reuters. “The murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, by Minneapolis police officers is a tragedy that shows that no amount of reforms will prevent lethal violence and abuse by some members of the Police Department against members of our community, especially Black people and people of color,” five council members said in the resolution. Demonstrators calling to defund the Minneapolis Police Department march on...
    (CNN)The Minneapolis City Council on Friday unanimously approved a resolution declaring it will create a "transformative new model" of policing in the city -- a move spurred by last month's death of George Floyd in police custody. Minneapolis police chief says George Floyds family will inspire his reform efforts "We acknowledge that the current system is not reformable -- that we would like to end the current policing system as we know it," council member Alondra Cano said.The resolution starts a yearlong process to create a new public safety model. All 12 City Council members are listed as co-authors.Friday's move comes days after council members announced their intent to disband the city's police force in favor of a different model.The resolution "describes the history of police violence and use of excessive force in our community," council President Lisa Bender said.Read More"It talks about the financial liability we've experienced and related...
    Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot blasted an unnamed city council member for “illegally” recording a phone call between the mayor and a number of the city’s aldermen over ongoing riots and unrest that destroyed hundreds of Chicago businesses and left some of the city’s wards helpless. The mayor and Alderman Raymond Lopez, who represents areas on the city’s south and near west sides, got into a profane exchange of words on the call, with Lopez accusing Lightfoot of using police resources to protect downtown stores from looting while leaving poorer and residential neighborhoods to fend for themselves, according to local media. “It’s not something you ignore. This is a question that I have,” Lopez said. That’s when the call turned profane. “I think you’re 100% full of s***, is what I think,” Lightfoot said. Lopez was infuriated. “F*** you, then. Who are you to tell me I’m full of s***?” he...
    HONOLULU (AP) - The leadership of the Honolulu City Council has halted an independent forensic audit of the agency charged with building Honolulu’s rail line. Council Chairman Ikaika Anderson and Vice Chairwoman Ann Koba­yashi will not allow an audit of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation to proceed, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Thursday. The agency is tasked with building the East Kapolei-to-Ala Moana project encompassing 21 stations over 20 miles (32 kilometers). The cost of the project has ballooned to an estimated $9.2 billion. TOP STORIES D.C. mayor sued over Black Lives Matter on street to White House Divided Democrats make Biden one of weakest primary winners in modern history Karl Malone, former NBA star: Black people need to stop looking for a handout The $2 million expenditure to hire a forensic auditor is set to lapse at the end of the month and was not reinserted into...
    LAKEVIEW — North Siders will march to Ald. Tom Tunney’s (44th) office Friday to demand his support for a democratically elected council to oversee the Chicago Police Department. The “End North Side Racism” protest begins 5 p.m. across from the 19th District police station, 850 W. Addison St. The route has yet to be announced, but it will include a stop at Tunney’s office, 3223 N. Sheffield Ave., where protesters will call on him to back the Civilian Police Accountability Council. The proposed CPAC ordinance, which is sitting in City Council’s Public Safety Committee, has support of 19 aldermen. If Tunney were to back the ordinance, just six more aldermen would be needed for its approval. “This is the first step in achieving safety and accountability for our Black neighbors,” organizers said on the event page. A spokesperson for Tunney’s office did not respond to a request for comment....
    The Louisville City Council voted unanimously for “Breonna’s Law” which bans so-called “no-knock” warrants in the city. The council voted 26-0 for the law named in honor of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old woman who was killed by Louisville police officers while they were executing a search warrant on her home in March. BREONNA TAYLOR INCIDENT REPORT VIRTUALLY BLANK; LOUSIVILLE DETECTIVE WHO APPLIED FOR 'NO-KNOCK' WARRANT REASSIGNED The woman’s death has received additional scrutiny amid the national outcry over the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd. “No matter what your political party, people are standing together and saying that we refuse to allow the life of Breonna Taylor to be in vain,” Councilmember Jessica Green told The Appeal. “It is due to nothing but the will of the people and our community.” A no-knock warrant is issued by a judge and allows authorities to forcefully enter a person’s home. CLICK HERE TO...
    (CNN)The Louisville, Kentucky, metro council unanimously voted to pass an ordinance called "Breonna's Law" on Thursday, banning no-knock search warrants in wake of Breonna Taylor's death.Breonna Taylor, 26, was shot eight times by Louisville police after officers forced their way inside her home and exchanged shots with her boyfriend in an attempted drug sting in March. The officers had a no-knock warrant.The council voted 26-0 in favor of the ordinance Thursday evening, according to CNN affiliate WLKY. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer tweeted that he plans to sign it "as soon as it hits my desk."The ordinance regulates how search warrants are carried out and mandates the use of body cameras during searches.Breonna Taylor death: Detective who applied for warrant put on administrative reassignmentIt also requires all Louisville Metro Police Department officers to be equipped with an operating body camera while carrying out a search. Read MoreThe cameras have to be...
    The Louisville City Council voted unanimously for “Breonna’s Law” which bans so-called “no-knock” warrants in the city. The council voted 26-0 for the law named in honor of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old woman who was killed by Louisville police officers while they were executing a search warrant on her home in March. The woman’s death has received additional scrutiny amid the national outcry over the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd. “No matter what your political party, people are standing together and saying that we refuse to allow the life of Breonna Taylor to be in vain,” Councilmember Jessica Green told The Appeal. “It is due to nothing but the will of the people and our community.” A no-knock warrant is issued by a judge and allows authorities to forcefully enter a person’s home. The tactic was used on March 13 just after midnight when police stormed into Taylor’s home...
    The Louisville Metro Council on Thursday voted unanimously to ban the use of "no-knock" search warrants, CBS affiliate WKLY reported. The bill, "Breonna's Law," was named after Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency technician who was killed by police during a drug raid on her home in March. Mayor Greg Fischer, on Twitter, said he plans to sign the bill as soon it hits his desk: "I suspended use of these warrants indefinitely last month, and wholeheartedly agree with Council that the risk to residents and officers with this kind of search outweigh any benefit." The law would require officers to wear body cameras when executing search warrants, WKLY reports. Trending News Trump rally-goers must agree they won't sue if they contract coronavirus "Bye-bye Tucker Carlson!" major advertiser says Lawmaker under fire for remark about "colored population" and COVID-19 Police release nearly-blank Breonna Taylor incident report Lady Antebellum drops "Antebellum"...
    KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Its president dead, Burundi on Thursday turned to the constitutional court to help fill the power vacuum ahead of the expected August swearing-in of the president-elect chosen in May’s election. The abrupt death of President Pierre Nkurunziza this week of what the government called a heart attack has left the East African nation with new uncertainty after a 15-year rule marked by deadly repression. Evariste Ndayishimiye won the election as the ruling party candidate, but Pascal Nyabenda, the speaker of the national assembly, was said to be Nkurunziza’s preferred successor. Nyabenda could be installed as interim president until August, or Ndayishimiye could be sworn in right away. Thursday’s emergency meeting of the council of ministers decided to formally notify the court of the vacant post and await its guidance. The council’s statement did not mention alternatives. Nkurunziza died Monday after falling ill on Saturday and...
    A statue of a 17th-century slave trader that was toppled by anti-racism protesters in Bristol, England, has been fished out of the harbor by city authorities. Bristol City Council says the bronze statue of Edward Colston was recovered early Thursday morning to avoid drawing a crowd. The council says it has been taken to a “secure location” and will end up in a museum. In this photograph made available by Bristol City Council, the statue of Edward Colston is recovered from the harbour in Bristol, Thursday June 11, 2020, after it was toppled by anti-racism protesters on Sunday. The council says it has been taken to a “secure location” and will end up in a museum. Colston built a fortune transporting enslaved Africans across the Atlantic, and left most of his money to charity. (Bristol City Council via AP) Colston built a fortune transporting enslaved Africans across the...
    The Judicial Council of California voted 17-2 to end its controversial 'zero dollar' bail schedule on June 20.The temporary measure allowed those accused of lower-level crimes to be released without paying any bail. California Judicial Council Votes to End $0 Bail Emergency Rule, Effective June 20th@FresnoSheriff Jail Zero Dollar Bail StatisticsApril 9 – June 10, 20201,060 inmate releases184 re-arrests (17.4 % of the total)https://t.co/mER3uL1dBh pic.twitter.com/avqz7XTUG5— Fresno Co Sheriff (@FresnoSheriff) June 11, 2020The Judicial Council said the measure was intended to curb the spread of COVID-19 in jails and surrounding communities but it had some high-profile side effects.RELATED: SoCal police arrest, release man 3 times in 1 day under new CA zero-bail policyCounty sheriffs said they saw some of the suspects they released - accused of committing another crime, sometimes within hours of their release.The Judicial Council says 'zero dollar' bail could be re-instated if health conditions worsen or change.
    Schiltgen Farms — a sprawling piece of Lake Elmo’s history — is coming to an end. The developers of the 123-acre property want to build 318 homes on the land, and their concept plan was approved by the Lake Elmo Planning Commission Monday. They expect that construction will begin in two years, if the Lake Elmo City Council approves. When that happens, nothing will remain of the original farm — except for its iconic 1910 barn, which would be preserved. “This is bittersweet,” said Mayor Mike Pearson. “It’s nice to have the barn saved, but it’s sad to see the farm go.” But he said it’s normal and natural for farms to be turned into developments in the metro area. The farm is owned by the Schiltgen Family Trust. If development plans are approved, the family would sell it for an undisclosed amount to The Excelsior Group LLC of St....
    TOP OF THE HOUR: - `He is going to change the world’: Funeral held for George Floyd. - New York passes bill to unveil police discipline records. TOP STORIES 7-Sigma Inc., Minneapolis manufacturer, to flee city over riots: They dont care about my business Coronavirus hype biggest political hoax in history Cops canceled amid George Floyd protests - Officials back off removing temporary fencing at White House. ___ PORTSMOUTH, Va. - Protesters in Portsmouth, Virginia, covered statues at a Confederate monument in the city with sheets and bags Wednesday, several hours after the city’s council members had a meeting about relocating it. A white sheet that read “BLM” covered the fence in front of the monument after the Portsmouth city council met Tuesday to discuss its removal, WVEC-TV reported. Mayor John Rowe proposed allocating $100,000 to remove the statue and possibly relocate it to a local cemetery. The question...
    PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) - Protesters in Portsmouth, Virginia, covered a Confederate monument in the city with trash bags and sheets Wednesday, several hours after the city’s council members had a meeting to figure out ways to relocate it. A white sheet that read “BLM” covered the fence in front of the monument hours after the Portsmouth city council met Tuesday to discuss who owns the figure, WVEC-TV reported. The question about who owns the monument has been the main roadblock in the city’s years-long quest to remove it. During the council’s meeting Tuesday, Mayor John Rowe asked the city attorney if Portsmouth has the right to move the 127-year-old memorial. In 2018, a judge denied the city’s claim to own the monument because no one else had tried to claim it. TOP STORIES CNN ratings surge amid George Floyd protests Abraham Lincoln monument torched in Chicago: An absolute disgraceful act...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California judicial leaders are considering an early end to statewide emergency orders suspending foreclosures and evictions during the coronavirus pandemic. The move is prompting objections from lawmakers and advocates that they may be acting too soon and disproportionately harming minorities in the midst of civil unrest over the deaths of black people at the hands of police. The state’s Judicial Council in early April delayed all eviction cases from moving forward as one of 13 steps responding to the pandemic. Among others was setting bail statewide at $0 for misdemeanors and lower-level felonies to reduce the population in jails, for fear they would become hotbeds of infections. TOP STORIES CNN ratings surge amid George Floyd protests Riots spurred by death of George Floyd take heavy toll on black lives, communities Defund police movement divides Democrats, disrupts Biden VP derby Council members, who comprise the rule-making...
    The Los Angeles City Council president is facing criticism for using police officers as personal security while calling for the department to be defunded. Democratic Los Angeles City Council President Nury Martinez used LAPD officers as security for the past two months until journalists began asking her questions, Spectrum News 1 initially reported. “It’s kind of ironic. Here she is demanding $150 million be reallocated from the police budget, but yet she has security at her house by the Los Angeles Police Department,” said Det. Jamie McBride, director of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, Spectrum reported. McBride estimated more than $100,000 in taxpayer funding was spent providing security to Martinez. “Clearly, it’s an abuse of power and abuse of position,” McBride told Fox Business. “When you take a car away from patrolling the streets, that car could have been on patrol preventing a violent crime from occurring, could have...
    The Washington, D.C. City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved legislation on sweeping police and criminal justice reforms over the objection of Mayor Muriel Bowser as the nation continues to reel from the death of George Floyd and the nationwide protests and riots that followed. Bowser said she supported the ideas behind the legislation but asked the council to wait on passing such sweeping reforms to allow public comment and debate. The council passed the bill anyway, which will only be in effect temporarily as the body works to make the reforms permanent. BARR BLASTS 'CANARD' THAT PARK POLICE CLEARED OUT PROTESTERS TO LET TRUMP VISIT CHURCH: 'TOTALLY FALSE City Council Chairman Phil Mendelson began the meeting by saying the council is "confronting the vestiges of slavery" and said that white people do not understand "the African-American experience." (Note: the below version of the D.C. police and justice reform legislation was released ahead of...
    A person walks Tuesday, June 9, 2020, near the White House in Washington, past signs hanging on a police fence at 16th and H streets after days of protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) The D.C. Council approved emergency legislation Tuesday afternoon that includes sweeping police reforms. Council members voted unanimously to approve the bill. The emergency bill includes a swath of resolutions to support the District’s coronavirus response, as well as legislation from Ward 6 Councilman Charles Allen called the “Comprehensive Policing and Justice Reform Emergency Amendment Act of 2020.” The police reform legislation put forward by Allen prohibits neck restraints, or “chokeholds” — moves the D.C. Council declared lethal force, “an unnecessary danger to the public” and limited in 1986 — which are banned by the D.C. police department but aren’t illegal. It also prohibits officers from reviewing their body-worn camera...
    Despite pleas from more than 4,400 residents demanding that funding to the police department be chopped, members of the San Diego City Council voted on Monday to actually increase the budget for the city’s law enforcement agency. After a marathon session of more than 12 hours – that included 400 people calling in and around 4000 emails calling for a defunding of the police force – the San Diego City Council voted 8-1 to increase funding to the police department by $27 million to $566 million. The overall police budget for the city has increased from $480 million since 2018 due to pay raises in the force. The council did agree to create a new city Office on Race and Equity and to increase rent relief funding by nearly $5 million to $15.1 million, but those moves did little to quell anger over the increase in funding to the police...
    The president of the Minneapolis City Council doesn’t merely want to disband the current department — she wants a “police-free future.” Lisa Bender said Monday in an appearance on “Cuomo Prime Time” that to her, “defund the police” doesn’t mean having a smaller budget or a reconstituted department. “I think the idea of having a police-free future is very aspirational,” she said to CNN host Christopher Cuomo noting that the idea sounds utopian TOP STORIES Abraham Lincoln monument torched in Chicago: An absolute disgraceful act We wont be defunding our police: Trump says no to calls to cut funding, dismantle force Feds file first charges for arson of Minneapolis police precinct Mr. Cuomo told her that “when you say you see someday being police-free that sounds aspirational, a utopian concept where nobody’s committing any crime … There’s gonna have to be good men and women willing to step up...
    Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender told CNN on Monday night that “the idea of having a police-free future is very aspirational. And I am willing to stand with community members who are asking us to think of that as the goal.” WATCH: Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender told CNN’s Chris Cuomo tonight that a "police free future" is "the goal."pic.twitter.com/94WSE8Xowp — Cameron Cawthorne (@Cam_Cawthorne) June 9, 2020 The Daily Wire, headed by bestselling author and popular podcast host Ben Shapiro, is a leading provider of conservative news, cutting through the mainstream media’s rhetoric to provide readers the most important, relevant, and engaging stories of the day. Get inside access to The Daily Wire by becoming a member.  
    Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin slammed the idea of defunding the police Monday, an idea some Democrats have run with after the death of George Floyd. “You can’t defund the police, that’s stupid, it’s crazy and anyone who talks about that is nuts,” Sen. Joe Manchin told Politico. “You have to have the police.” This comes after The Daily Caller contacted every Senate Democrat asking if they would consider defunding the police after a majority of the Minneapolis City Council pledged to “dismantle” the city’s police department as a solution to police violence after George Floyd’s death. Not one Democrat responded or condemned the Minneapolis City Council for pushing to defund law enforcement. City Council President Lisa Bender, City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins and council members made the announcement at a rally, saying they plan to “dismantle” their police department. The money for the police would instead go towards...
    Every Democrat in the Senate refused to say if they would support defunding the police, as protesters and politicians have continued their calls to get rid of law enforcement since George Floyd’s death. The Daily Caller contacted every Senate Democrat asking if they would consider defunding the police after a majority of the Minneapolis City Council pledged to “dismantle” the city’s police department as their solution to police violence after George Floyd’s death Sunday. Not one Democrat responded or condemned the Minneapolis City Council for pushing to defund law enforcement. City Council President Lisa Bender, City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins and council members made the announcement at a rally, saying they plan to “dismantle” their police department. The money for the police would instead go towards a “community-based public safety model,” according to the local TV station KSTP. (RELATED: ‘Veto-Proof Majority’ — Minneapolis City Council Pledges To ‘Dismantle’ Police Department) Earlier...
    Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender claimed Monday that calling the police for help in an emergency “comes from a place of privilege.” Bender appeared on CNN’s “New Day” after being part of her city council’s decision to disband the Minneapolis Police Department in the wake of George Floyd’s death two weeks earlier. Floyd died after former police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for several minutes after he lost consciousness. (RELATED: ‘Veto-Proof Majority’ — Minneapolis City Council Pledges To ‘Dismantle’ Police Department) WATCH: Host Alisyn Camerota began the segment by clarifying that the council’s intent was to “dismantle” the police department rather than simply implement reforms. “I mean, activists who support this are calling this a police-free future,” she said. Bender responded by saying that issues like housing and health care would be a better investment than continuing to fund the police department. “I know the statement...
    Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey on Sunday reiterated that he doesn't support abolishing the city's police force, hours after a veto-proof majority of members of the Minneapolis City Council said they want to take that drastic step in the wake of the in-custody death of George Floyd. Frey, who has danced with protesters and ordered a police station to evacuate as rioters burned it to the ground, was shouted down by a large gathering of demonstrators near his home on Saturday when he defied their demands to shutter the city's police forces. "I'll work relentlessly with Chief [Medaria] Arradondo and alongside community toward deep, structural reform and addressing systemic racism in police culture," Frey said in a statement to KARE. "We're ready to dig in and enact more community-led, public safety strategies on behalf of our city. But, I do not support abolishing the Minneapolis Police Department." Before the crowd outside his home,...
    A two-thirds majority of the Minneapolis City Council pledged Sunday to dissolve the city’s police department at a rally over the George Floyd killing two weeks ago. The members vowed in a statement that, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, they read off a piece at a time, to “begin the process of ending the Minneapolis Police Department.” “Decades of police reform efforts have proved that the Minneapolis police department cannot be reformed, and will never be accountable for its actions,” said the eight council members, a supermajority that could override a mayoral veto. TOP STORIES Speedway declares race a protest to skirt coronavirus rules, draws 2,000 Bill de Blasio flips, now vows to defund New York police Coronavirus hype biggest political hoax in history The statement was read at a rally Sunday afternoon in Powderhorn Park. The members reading the statement, according to the Star Tribune are Council...
    New York City has three weeks to balance its budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1. And the city’s economy is going to take years — if not longer — to recover from one crisis that’s not our fault, the pandemic, and one that is, failing to deter looting. Instead of hard-headed budgeting, though, the City Council is busying itself with a hashtag: Defund the NYPD. The council’s “progressive caucus” — at 23 people, a hefty portion of the 51-member body – wants to gut the police department’s budget. “It’s time to #DefundNYPD,” tweets Ben Kallos of the Upper East Side. “Slash the NYPD budget this year,” vows Carlina Rivera of the Lower East Side. The council says it now wants to reform the police — suddenly, even though the existing council has been in office for three years. Of course, this is the first time in history...
    A majority of the Minneapolis, Minnesota city council has pledged to “dismantle” the cities police department as their solution to police violence after George Floyd’s death. City Council President Lisa Bender, City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins, and Council Members and a many other council members reportedly made the announcement Sunday afternoon at rally, saying they plan to “dismantle” their police department. The money for the police would instead go towards a “community-based public safety model,” according to the local TV station KSTP. Minneapolis city council members just annouced a “veto-proof majority” to end the Minneapolis Police Department. Here is their statement: pic.twitter.com/7KFAk6PyV4 — Matt Finn (@MattFinnFNC) June 7, 2020 Earlier Sunday morning, Democratic New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker said he would not call for the defunding of the police. Former Hillary Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon, who now leads left-wing group Demand Justice, tweeted out his support for defunding the police...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A majority of the members of the Minneapolis City Council said Sunday they support disbanding the city’s police department, an aggressive stance that comes just as the state has launched a civil rights investigation after George Floyd’s death. Nine of the council’s 12 members appeared with activists at a rally in a city park Sunday afternoon and vowed to end policing as the city currently knows it. Council member Jeremiah Ellison promised that the council would “dismantle” the department. “It is clear that our system of policing is not keeping our communities safe,” Lisa Bender, the council president, said. “Our efforts at incremental reform have failed, period.” Bender went on to say she and the eight other council members that joined the rally are committed to ending the city’s relationship with the police force and “to end policing as we know it and recreate systems that actually...
    A “veto-proof majority” of Minneapolis City Council members have announced on Sunday their intent to disband the Minneapolis Police Department following the death of George Floyd. Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender told CNN that nine of the city council’s 13 members are in favor of disbanding the police department and will do so by shifting the department’s funding to other needs. The Appeal reported, “The City Council’s decision follows those of several other high-profile partners, including Minneapolis Public Schools, and the University of Minnesota, and Minneapolis Parks and Recreation, to sever longstanding ties with the MPD.” “We’re here because we hear you. We are here today because George Floyd was killed by the Minneapolis Police. We are here because here in Minneapolis and in cities across the United States it is clear that our existing system of policing and public safety is not keeping our communities safe,” Bender said....
    Minneapolis’ left-leaning City Council members on Sunday announced a veto-proof push to disband the Minneapolis police department, ramping up a major conflict inside the city following the death of George Floyd while in police custody. Many activists have been pushing at least for their cities to defund local police departments, a move many other analysts considered unrealistic. The measure has been the main focus for many people protesting against police brutality. The city council members spoke at a protest at Powderhorn Park, a neighborhood in Minneapolis. The number of supporters in attendance represented a veto-proof majority to push the measure through, Fox 9 reported. KARE listed Council President Lisa Bender, VP Andrea Jenkins and Councilmembers Alondra Cano, Jeremiah Ellison, Steve Fletcher, Phillipe Cunningham, Cam Gordon and Jeremy Schroeder as attending the event, most of whom took turns to address the gathered crowd. Ellison is the son of state Attorney General Keith Ellison. Most members of the city council belonged to the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor...
    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut’s capital city could vote this week on creating an independent accountability board to recommend reforms in the police department. Hartford City Council Majority Leader Thomas J. Clarke II told the Hartford Courant he hoped the body will vote on a resolution at its regular meeting Monday and that it would eventually become part of city ordinances. The board would be composed of 11 city residents and include members of civil rights organizations and city personnel to be appointed by Mayor Luke Bronin and the council, though Clarke said he planned to change the language to include Bronin and representatives from the council and police department. TOP STORIES Coronavirus hype biggest political hoax in history On sad anniversary, few to mourn the D-Day dead in Normandy 57 Buffalo cops resign from team after two are suspended for pushing elderly man to the ground ...
    The St. Paul City Council has postponed to June 24 a public hearing on a series of proposed residential tenant protections. Council members are expected to introduce amendments to the proposed S.A.F.E. protections a week earlier, on June 17. Council President Amy Brendmoen, who suggested the new schedule, said city staff and the general public need time to consider any proposed changes but their attention has been diverted by riots, protests and looting in recent days. Council Members Mitra Jalali and Nelsie Yang voted against rescheduling the hearing, which was previously scheduled for June 10 and already had been delayed for months by the coronavirus pandemic. “I simply would like to stick to the schedule,” Jalali said. “This has been moved around through so many different things. … There is a process fatigue.” The proposed ordinance resembles the tenants rights package Minneapolis adopted in late 2019, but St. Paul could...
    The St. Paul City Council has rejected an appeal submitted by residents in the West Seventh neighborhood against a mixed-use project that would replace Bonfe’s Auto Service. Northland Real Estate and the Ackerberg Group have proposed a seven-story building up to 85 feet tall, or 10 feet taller than normally allowed. With retail space and up to 200 apartments, the development includes 110 parking spaces — 26 fewer than called for by zoning rules. The St. Paul Planning Commission approved a conditional use permit for the project, but neighbors appealed, calling the project too dense for the area. They submitted a petition signed by 72 nearby residents. The council on Wednesday rejected the appeal. Council Member Jane Prince cast the lone dissenting vote, and Dai Thao was absent.
    KAYSVILLE, Utah (AP) - The Kaysville City Council has unanimously censured Mayor Katie Witt after she was heavily criticized for her support last month of a concert protesting coronavirus-related restrictions. The council made the decision Thursday following her support of the concert originally scheduled to take place in Kaysville and because she attacked council members in the media, the Deseret News reported. The council wanted to put Witt’s behavior behind them but she continued to support the concert and criticized the council in the media, leading to the censure, council members Tamara Tran and Michelle Barber said. TOP STORIES Twitter removes Trump campaigns George Floyd tribute Richmond police chief says rioters blocked firefighters from burning home with child inside Portland, Oregon: No more school resource officers after George Floyd death Concert organizer Eric Moutsos and the group Utah Business Revival have said the concert was a way to support...
    SEATTLE (AP) - The Seattle area’s largest labor group says it will expel the Seattle Police Officers Guild later this month unless the union admits that racism is a problem in law enforcement and agrees to address that problem in negotiating its next contract with the city. The Martin Luther King Jr. County Labor Council passed a resolution Thursday as protests continue in Seattle and nationally over the killing of George Floyd. The resolution attributes policing problems to systemic racism. It called on the Seattle police union to acknowledge that or be thrown out of the umbrella group of more than 150 unions and 100,000 workers that wields tremendous power in greater Seattle politics. SPOG President Mike Solan declined to comment to The Seattle Times. In Tweets Thurdsay, the police union thanked people for increasingly peaceful protests and said officers and protesters are part of the same community “and there...
    Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender confirmed news Thursday night of the council's intentions to "dismantle" the city's police department in the aftermath of George Floyd's death and the resulting protests and riots that erupted across the country. TheBlaze reported Thursday that several members on the council were seriously considering disbanding the police and putting a new form of public safety in its place. Now, given Bender's definitive statement on the matter, that action appears even more likely. "Yes. We are going to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department and replace it with a transformative new model of public safety," Bender wrote on Twitter in response to fellow council member Jeremiah Ellison. Bender, who represents the city's Ward 10, did not go into specific detail regarding what exactly "the transformative new model of public safety" will look like in the tweet. But on Friday morning, she retweeted a thread posted...
    Breonna Taylor‘s life has been commemorated in a major way. The Louisville Metro Council Public Safety Committee passed a proposal on Wednesday to severely curtail no-knock warrants in honor of Taylor, 26, who was killed by police. RELATED: 911 call from Breonna Taylor shooting: ‘Somebody kicked in the door and shot my girlfriend’ Under the proposal, no-knock warrants would be limited to crimes including murder, hostage-taking, kidnapping, terrorism, human trafficking and sexual trafficking. The warrant could also only be sought during “imminent threat of harm or death.” Breonna’s Law would ban no-knock warrants in narcotics cases, like the incident that led to the fatally shooting of Taylor. Council members voted 7-0 to pass the law, and the proposal will now head to the full Metro Council for a vote on June 11. A demonstrator holds a sign with the image of Breonna Taylor, a black woman who was fatally shot...
    Several members of the Minneapolis City Council this week have expressed support for radical changes to how the city handles law enforcement, including a move to "dismantle" the police department and replace it with "a transformative new model for public safety." Jeremiah Ellison, the son of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and a representative of the city's Ward 5, explicitly led calls to "dramatically rethink" how the city keeps its people safe. "We are going to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department," he tweeted. "And when we’re done, we’re not simply gonna glue it back together. We are going to dramatically rethink how we approach public safety and emergency response. It’s really past due." GEORGE FLOYD MEMORIALS IN PHOTOS His call was echoed by Lisa Bender, the president of the city council. "Yes," she said in response to Ellison. "We are going to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department and replace it with a...
    Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox. Sign up here.Members of the Minneapolis City Council  pledged to “dismantle” the city’s police department in the wake of worldwide protests over the killing of George Floyd. Council President Lisa Bender joined several other members in promises to drastically change how public safety is upheld in the city. “We are going to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department and replace it with a transformative new model of public safety,” Bender tweeted.ST. PAUL CHIEF CALLS GEORGE FLOYD DEATH A 'PIVOTAL MOMENT IN POLICING IN AMERICA' Bender Joined colleagues like Jeremiah Ellison, who said reforms to the department are not enough. “And when we’re done, we’re not simply gonna glue [the department] back together,” tweeted Jeremiah Ellison. “We are going to dramatically rethink how we approach public safety and emergency response.” At least two other members of the 13-person body have also endorsed drastic changes...
    Members of the Minneapolis City Council  pledged to “dismantle” the city’s police department in the wake of worldwide protests over the killing of George Floyd. Council President Lisa Bender joined several other members in promises to drastically change how public safety is upheld in the city. “We are going to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department and replace it with a transformative new model of public safety,” Bender tweeted. Yes. We are going to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department and replace it with a transformative new model of public safety. https://t.co/FCfjoPy64k — Lisa Bender (@lisabendermpls) June 4, 2020 Bender Joined colleagues like Jeremiah Ellison, who said reforms to the department are not enough. “And when we’re done, we’re not simply gonna glue [the department] back together,” tweeted Jeremiah Ellison. “We are going to dramatically rethink how we approach public safety and emergency response.” At least two other members of...
    In response to George Floyd’s death and the protests that have followed, the D.C. Council will consider an emergency bill to improve policing in the city. A draft of the bill circulated by Council member Charles Allen would ban the use of neck restraints or chokeholds — such as what was used on Floyd — by any local law enforcement. D.C. police policy already bans them, but current law allows them in some cases. The plan would require continuing education for D.C. police officers on topics including racism, white supremacy and the duty to report suspected misconduct by other officers. It would also ban police officers from reviewing their body worn camera recordings before writing reports and improve council access to those videos. The legislation would also allow felons in D.C. to vote while still serving prison time. The Board of Elections would be required to send eligible residents voter...
    The City Council has secured a veto-proof majority for legislation to criminalize NYPD chokeholds, Speaker Corey Johnson said Wednesday. With 35 Councilmembers supporting the bill, it can become law over the objection of Mayor de Blasio, who has said he would only sign the bill if language was added to exempt officers in “a life or death situation” —  language the legislation does not include. “Our bill to criminalize the use of chokeholds by the NYPD now has 35 sponsors in the @NYCCouncil, meaning it can override a Mayoral veto,” Johnson (D-Manhattan) tweeted Wednesday night. “Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that. But if it does, we’re ready.” The bill is expected to be passed this month along with a second piece of legislation that would force the NYPD to create a standardized disciplinary system. The chokehold legislation was first introduced in 2015 by Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Queens) in the...
    Election officials wear masks and sit behind plastic barriers as they check in voters at McKinley Technology High School on primary election day on June 2, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Two longtime members of the D.C. Council will not be taking seats next year after apparently losing in Democratic primary elections on Tuesday. Jack Evans was skunked in an attempt to regain the Ward 2 seat he held for 28 years before resigning in the middle of the expulsion process late last year after numerous ethics violations. He garnered 293 votes on Tuesday, good for 3.78% and seventh place in an eight-candidate race. Brooke Pinto leads as of Wednesday with 2,150 votes, or 27.71%, while Patrick Kennedy has 2,048 votes, or 26.39%, and Jordan Grossman has 1,562 votes, good for 20.13%. The winner will face Republican Katherine Venice in November. The D.C. Board of Elections...
    PARIS, Texas (AP) - A member of a Texas city council has resigned under fire over a social media response he made to a protest of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody. Paris City Council member Benny Plata submitted his resignation at a special meeting Tuesday. Mayor Steve Clifford called the meeting to censure Plata after the council member messaged a protester, “Why don’t you leave America if it’s so bad,” The Paris News reported. TOP STORIES Richmond police chief says rioters blocked firefighters from burning home with child inside Tiger Woods blasted for telling rioters to stop burning and looting their local neighborhoods I am antifa: Sarah Iannarone forces runoff in bid to become Portlands mayor Speaking at the emergency meeting, Plata said, “I really care about the city I serve, and I was responding to one person berating America.” Plata had been on the council since...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The president of the U.N. General Assembly announced Tuesday that elections for new members of the U.N. Security Council, the Economic and Social Council, and his successor as head of the 193-member world body will be held simultaneously on June 17. Last Friday, assembly president Tijjani Muhammad-Bande announced the adoption of a new voting procedure for elections, aimed at preventing a large gathering and ensuring social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. Instead of meeting in the horseshoe-shaped assembly chamber at U.N. headquarters overlooking New York’s East River, ambassadors from U.N. member nations will cast secret ballots during spaced-out time slots. TOP STORIES Van Jones: Forget the KKK, its the white, liberal Hillary Clinton supporter we should worry about Lay down your arms: Prominent veterans urge troops to defy Trump Black Lives Matter cashes in with $100 million from liberal foundations Muhammad-Bande said Tuesday that voting...
    The New York City Council will soon vote on bills that would criminalize the use of chokeholds by NYPD officers and force the department to create a standardized disciplinary system, according to a new report. Council Speaker Corey Johnson (D-Manhattan) has enough support on both bills — which will be introduced at the next council meeting on June 18, sources told NY1. But it’s unclear if there are enough votes to override a mayoral veto. The chokehold legislation is not exactly new. It was first introduced by Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Queens) in 2015 — a year after NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo placed Eric Garner into a chokehold, causing his death on Staten Island. The maneuver is banned under the department’s patrol guide but not illegal. At the time, Mayor Bill de Blasio vowed to veto the bill, saying the issue should be handled “through NYPD policy.” But on Sunday, Hizzoner...
    City and state lawmakers were stunned by Monday’s shock announcement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio that the Big Apple would be placed under an 11pm curfew following days of protests and unrest across the city. “The fact that city food delivery workers who work overnight to restock shelves are messaging me frantically right now not sure if they can work tonight with the abruptly announced city curfew tells you a lot about the state of government right now,” tweeted Councilman Mark Treyger (D-Brooklyn). The fact that city food delivery workers who work overnight to restock shelves are messaging me frantically right now not sure if they can work tonight with the abruptly announced city curfew tells you a lot about the state of government right now. — Mark Treyger (@MarkTreyger718) June 1, 2020 “It’s amazing when as an elected you find out that...
    The Lake Street Council has raised $2 million in four days to help repair the damage left by days of riots in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd. The money will go to small businesses and nonprofits — many of which are immigrant- and minority-run — damaged during the destruction.  Beyond rebuilding, business owners need funds for temporary storage and replacing inventory, as well as paying employees while closed down. Theresa Swaney, senior creative operation manager at Lake Street Council, created the We Love Lake Street website on May 28 hoping to raise at least $25,000. While her initial goal was surpassed, she says it will take “billions of dollars to repair what was lost.” “It’s easy to see the physical damage, but there’s a lot beyond that.” Swaney said. Swaney says many businesses on Lake Street have small or single-person staff, and contacted Lake Street Council seeking assistance boarding...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. General Assembly adopted a new voting procedure Friday for the upcoming election of new members of the Security Council aimed at preventing a large gathering and ensuring social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of meeting in the horseshoe-shaped assembly chamber at U.N. headquarters overlooking New York’s East River, ambassadors from the 193 U.N. member nations will cast secret ballots at a designated venue during spaced-out time slots. And they will be voting not only for five non-permanent members of the Security Council to serve two-year terms but for 18 new members of the 54-nation Economic and Social Council to serve three-year terms. TOP STORIES Van Jones: Forget the KKK, its the white, liberal Hillary Clinton supporter we should worry about Asphyxiation not the cause of George Floyds death: Autopsy This is chaos: Angry mob storms CNN headquarters as protests roil Atlanta over George...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The United States and United Kingdom clashed with China and Russia over Beijing’s new national security law for Hong Kong during closed Security Council discussions on Friday that reflected increasing U.S.-China tensions. Diplomats said China’s U.N. Ambassador Zhang Jun accused the U.S. and UK of meddling in the country’s internal affairs and making baseless accusations that the law risks curtailing freedoms guaranteed in the December 1984 Sino-British agreement that led to the 1997 handover of the British colony to China. He called the U.S. the “troublemaker” of the world and told council members not to make China “the enemy,” they said. Zhang also asked what the U.S. would do if China wanted the council to discuss the situation in Minneapolis where an unarmed black man, George Floyd, died after a white policeman knelt on his neck, the diplomat said. TOP STORIES Amy Klobuchar missed chance to...
    The U.S. and United Kingdom on Friday urged the U.N. Security Council to take action against China’s crackdown on freedoms in Hong Kong -- after China initially stopped the matter being discussed by the body. “Today I asked the Council one simple question: are we going to take the honorable stand to defend the human rights and the dignified way of life that millions of Hong Kong citizens have enjoyed and deserve like all freedom loving people, or are we going to allow the Chinese Communist Party to violate international law and force its will on the people of Hong Kong who look to us to preserve their way of life and their freedoms?” U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft said in a statement. POMPEO OFFICIALLY DECLARES HONG KONG 'NO LONGER AUTONOMOUS,' SLAMS CHINA INTERVENTION  The U.S. on Thursday had called for a virtual meeting of the Council to discuss Hong Kong, citing...
    Groups representing independent Maryland and Virginia universities, including Marymount College, George Washington University and Johns Hopkins University, are among hundreds of institutions nationwide appealing to Congress for protection against a wave of lawsuits related to the Covid-19 pandemic. Lawsuits have begun rolling in from disgruntled and disappointed families of college-goers nationwide, many accusing universities of being culpable for health and safety issues that have affected some students and faculty amid the coronavirus. The suits prompted the American Council on Education, on behalf of higher education groups nationwide, to send a letter to U.S. Congressional leaders, urging them to enact temporary liability protections for colleges and universities across the country. The request comes as schools are mulling best practices for reopening campuses and in-person learning ahead of a new academic year. Maryland Independent College and University Association and the Council… Read the full story from the Washington Business Journal.
    New York City became the first major city in the U.S. on Thursday to remove the terms “alien,” “illegal immigrant” and “illegal migrant” from local laws, rules and documents and instead the NYC Council will be replacing them with the term “noncitizen." GEORGE FLOYD PROTESTS IN NYC TURN VIOLENT, DOZENS ARRESTED Queens Councilman Francisco Moya, the Democrat who sponsored the bill, called the terms “outdated and loaded words used to dehumanize the people they describe.” “Words matter. The language we choose to use has power and consequences. It’s time we as a city use our language to acknowledge people as people rather than to dehumanize them and divide us,” Moya said. The commissioner of NYC Immigrant Affairs, Bitta Mostofi, applauded the work of the council, saying, "At a time when the federal government is engaged in divisive policies and racist rhetoric, we are proud to have worked within the administration with the council...