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    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – On Thursday, a city of Dallas spokeswoman said administrators were still calculating the changes made by council members Wednesday night to the Dallas Police Department’s overall budget, and that the final numbers would be released Friday morning. But based on numbers previously published by the city on its website and based on discussions from council members Wednesday night, the city will spend about $7 million more on police in the next year fiscal year that begins October 1, totaling around $561 million. That figure comes even after council members by a margin of 11-4 voted to cut $7 million from DPD’s nearly $28 million overtime budget, which includes both sworn officers and civilian employees. As part of that...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Dallas City Council voted 11-4 Wednesday night to cut $7 million from the Dallas Police Department’s $24 million overtime budget. The police department’s overall budget as proposed by City Manager T.C. Broadnax is more than $516 million, while the general fund budget is more than $1.4 billion. While cutting DPD overtime, the new budget keeps police funding in place. The overtime amendment was approved in a 11-4 vote. The complete budget package passed by a 9-6 vote. Yes: Mayor Pro Tem Medrano, council members West, Thomas, Arnold, Resendez, Narvaez, Bazaldua, Atkins, Blackmon, Kleinman, & Blewett. No: Mayor Johnson, Dep. Mayor Pro Tem McGough, council members Mendelsohn, & Gates. @CBSDFW — Jack Fink (@cbs11jack) September 24, 2020...
    The Seattle City Council overrode Mayor Jenny Durkan’s veto Tuesday evening and forced through budget cuts that activists say are a “down payment” on an effort to defund the police in the city by 50%. In July, a veto-proof majority of council members backed a proposal to defund the police by 50%. Those cuts could not be implemented in one year, however, so the council settled on cutting 100 officers from the department this year as a “down payment.” Mayor Durkan, who had initially backed the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” (CHAZ) or “Capitol Hill Occupied Protest” (CHOP) protest in the summer, vetoed the proposal, but her veto was ineffective. The Seattle Times reported: The Seattle City Council voted Tuesday to override...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Dallas City Council voted 11-4 Wednesday night to cut $7 million from the Dallas Police Department’s $24 million overtime budget. Yes: Mayor Pro Tem Medrano, council members West, Thomas, Arnold, Resendez, Narvaez, Bazaldua, Atkins, Blackmon, Kleinman, & Blewett. No: Mayor Johnson, Dep. Mayor Pro Tem McGough, council members Mendelsohn, & Gates. @CBSDFW — Jack Fink (@cbs11jack) September 24, 2020 More to come.
    (CNN)The Seattle City Council voted Tuesday evening to override Mayor Jenny Durkan's veto of a nearly $4 million cut from the police department's budget.The final vote was 7-2 in favor of the cuts. "We need a public safety that invests in harm reduction, and not the ongoing status quo of policing as we know it in America," City Council President Lorena González said as the cuts were approved.The mid-year changes go into effect right away, and will effectively cut $11 million each year. That's far less than the 50% budget cut that had been previously discussed.The City Council rebalanced the budget in light of the economic crisis brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic and calls to redistribute funds from policing...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – About 40 area Republican party leaders and members held a “defend the police” demonstration in front of Dallas City Hall one day before council members will vote whether to cut $7 million from the police department’s overtime budget next year. The proposal also led five former council members to send this letter to current council members saying, “We are urging you to reconsider your proposed $7 million cut from Dallas Police Department’s overtime budget.” Gary Griffith is among those who signed the letter. “I’m really stunned that we found ourselves in Dallas, where historically we’ve really supported the police department and we champion public safety and we want safe neighborhoods, safe businesses, safe streets, safe schools, and...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Several members of the Los Angeles City Council have proposed building a statue of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg here in the City of Angels. Ginsburg died last Friday at the age of 87. Today’s LA City Council meeting adjourned in her honor. “Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a champion of race and gender equality. She was determined, fearless, resilient and a fierce advocate for women’s rights and civil rights,” LA City Council President Nury Martinez said in a statement. “It’s impossible to overstate the incredible impact she had on women across the nation. A City of Los Angeles statue honoring her would be a lasting tribute to a woman whose life-changing work...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City The 2021 races for City Council remain more than a year away, but a coalition of union members gathered in Battery Park City on Sunday afternoon to announce their first slate of endorsements. The Road to Justice NYC is comprised of union members from 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Make the Road Action, and Community Voices Heard Power. The coalition seeks to advance racial and economic justice through their early endorsements for the 2021 elections. Leaders say that the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted and exacerbated racial and economic injustice and inequality. They added that the new coalition is working to...
              The president of a Nashville-based center-right think tank said members of the Nashville Metro Council refuse to make the kinds of sacrifices that they ask their own constituents to make. Beacon Center President Justin Owen said as much in a column on the organization’s website. Owen said you get lifetime health insurance if you serve two terms on the Nashville City Council. He also said the city of Nashville has more than twice the debt held by the entire state of Tennessee. “As Beacon pointed out in a recent policy report, lifetime Council benefits are but the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the city’s fiscal woes. But they are a tip...
    OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- An Oakland City Council task force is considering cutting the police department budget in half after their first meeting on Wednesday.The total budget of the department is $300 million which means that 44 percent of Oakland's general fund is spent on policing.In the wake of the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, by Minneapolis police and the subsequent growth of the Black Lives Matter movement, some members of the Oakland City Council are thinking about reducing the amount the city spends on policing.RELATED: Judge issues preliminary injunction limiting Oakland police practices"Not only from this moment, but for years we've been advocating for more police accountability," said Nikki Forunato Bas, an Oakland city councilmember.Bas co-chairs...
    Two campaign team members for Republican Lacy Johnson, who is challenging Rep. Ilhan Omar (D), were shot Monday afternoon in Minneapolis, one fatally. Minnesota Public Radio reports that one 17-year-old and another team member were shot after being “approached on foot.” CBS 4 reports that the two were standing outside Super USA convenience store at the time, and that a gunman, or gunmen, fled the scene before they could be apprehended. The 17-year-old succumbed to his wounds and the other campaign team member was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. Johnson’s Campaign stated that the two were not carrying out official duties when shot. The Campaign released a statement after the attack: “Today, we are shocked and saddened to learn of this senseless act of...
    Chicago's Fraternal Order of Police union — which is the largest union representing Chicago Police Department officers — has been working without a contract with the city since 2017. Talks with the city had previously stalled when the union's prior president demanded an 18% raise — with back pay — over three years. The union elected a new president, John Catanzara, earlier this year, which led some to hope that the contract impasse might end. That hope may prove to be short lived. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightftoot's office sent the FOP a proposed contract on Tuesday that provided for a 10% raise over a four-year period, but which also included a lengthy list of police reforms that...
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Three Kansas City Council members boycotted a committee meeting Wednesday because Mayor Quinton Lucas has not removed another council member as leader of the committee for what they called racist and unethical behavior. Council members Kevin O’Neill, Melissa Robinson and Eric Bunch boycotted the meeting over a dispute with Councilwoman Teresa Loar, who is white, after comments she made to Robinson, who is Black, in July. The boycott meant the committee did not have a quorum and could not meet. A coalition of civil rights groups and the three council members have previously asked Lucas to remove Loar as chairwoman of the Transportation, Infrastructure and Operations Committee. They said Lucas had made several verbal commitments...
    By any account, the Aug. 7 hearing convened in Los Angeles City Hall by U.S. District Judge David O. Carter was unusual. “This is a rather historic occasion that the federal court would gather in the City Council chamber,” Carter, who took the chair usually reserved for the council president, said. “I hope it’s very positive.” But Ground Game LA, a group that describes itself as a nonprofit dedicated to increasing civic engagement, contends the meeting was illegal. At the status conference, Los Angeles City Council members came forward one by one to brief the judge on the progress of their efforts to create more shelter for homeless people camped near freeways and underpasses. That, Ground Game LA contends in...
    Members of the Minneapolis city council who voted three months ago to dismantle the police department are now expressing concern over crime spikes in the city.  City council members asked the Minneapolis police chief during a business meeting Tuesday how to grapple with an uptick in carjackings, robberies and street racing.  One city councilman noted the drastic reversal on the part of his colleagues, saying he was “flabbergasted” that members who earlier wanted to abolish the police department are now claiming it is not doing enough to fight crime.  Three months after voting to dismantle the Minneapolis police department, city council members there spent much of a business meeting on Tuesday complaining about an uptick in violent crime...
    Ramsey County JailDerek ChauvinThe unprecedented rebellion following the heinous killing of George Floyd marks a watershed moment for Minneapolis like no other in its history. To date, however, the mayor and City Council’s actions fall far short of meeting this historic challenge. City officials dare not wait until the next police victim lies dead.  Council members’ pledge to reinvent policing via a vaguely worded charter amendment put the cart before the horse. A robust democratic debate depends on citizens knowing what they are voting for. Council members offered no details, no vision or models. About half the current council members were elected in 2017 on their commitments to tackle police reform and end police misconduct and brutality. Yet, following a...
    In a move that its members had telegraphed for close to two weeks, Denver City Council rejected a collective bargaining agreement struck by city officials and the Denver police union. "I am not in support of this because I don’t feel like council was represented in good faith at the table," Council President Stacie Gilmore said at the September 14 council meeting. Council members voted eight to five against the agreement. Gilmore had already complained that council wasn't included in the negotiating process in a meaningful way at a September 2 safety committee meeting, where other members echoed her concern. Others argued that the agreement should not include a guaranteed raise for police officers in 2022, even if the police...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall sought to reassure residents Monday after a majority of council members voted to reduce the department’s overtime budget last week. After the meeting, a variety of council members held a news conference to defend their vote to cut the department’s overtime budget by $7 million, about 25%. Then one day later, Governor Greg Abbott ripped the council’s decision, calling it defunding the police. Mayor Eric Johnson has also sharply criticized the council vote on the overtime budget. Council members Cara Mendelsohn, Jennifer Gates and Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Adam McGough voted against the move. During the Dallas City Council’s Public Safety Committee meeting Monday afternoon, Chief Hall fielded questions from council members...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas council member Carolyn King Arnold praised police Chief Renee Hall after her announcement Tuesday afternoon that she is leaving the department. “I still remain saddened by the news.” King Arnold said Hall brought reform to the department, including changing protocols for officers to report wrongdoing and increasing community oversight. “I think the oversight board was one of the steps most folks were excited to have that change. I think we continue to be happy about the fact she does push the community policing.” Hall came under increasing criticism for the department’s use of tear gas and pepper-ball guns against people as they protested George Floyd’s death on the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge on June 1. The...
    Virginia's capital city Richmond is banning guns on public property during protests and events to prevent violent confrontations. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that the city council on Tuesday unanimously approved the ordinance as demonstrations against racial inequality and police brutality continue in other parts of the country, in some cases resulting in deadly clashes, following the May 25 police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The new law prohibits the holding or possession of firearms on public property during any event or general area event, including on streets, walkways and alleys, regardless of whether the city officially sanctioned the event. Some city council members expressed concerns about how the law would be enforced, and some members of the community voiced concern about whether the...
    The Minneapolis City Council's attempt to defund or abolish the city's police department appears to have lost momentum as the highly charged emotion after George Floyd's death in May gives way to the reality of how important a police department is to public safety, according to the Star Tribune. In the aftermath of Floyd's death while being restrained by Minneapolis Police, the city council voted in favor of a commitment to replace the police department with another form of public safety. That effort failed to get on the November ballot, however, mostly due to a lack of detail on what would replace the police. The obstacles have forced some city council members to face the fact that creating policy...
    Minneapolis City Council members are now begrudgingly admitting that momentum has “slowed” on plans to defund the city’s police department and replace it with a “community-oriented” law enforcement solution, and it’s not likely the effort — backed largely by far-left progressive council members — will result in any movement on the issue. The Minneapolis City Council immediately voted to dismantle and replace the Minneapolis Police Department after a video went viral showing Minneapolis police officers arresting and, eventually kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, who later died in their custody. The incident sparked national outrage and vast anti-police brutality and anti-racism marches that still continue in some cities. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that the abolition movement quickly fell apart...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas City Council members debated next year’s proposed city budget into the early morning hours Thursday. After debating about 80 amendments, they adjourned their meeting at 1:35 a.m. The votes aren’t official, but those approved will be considered when the official votes are taken. In the straw or unofficial vote, a majority of council members, 11-3, approved reducing the Dallas Police Department’s overtime budget by $7 million. The police department’s proposed budget next year is more than $516 million and the general fund budget is more than $1.4 billion. If council members finalize their straw vote, some of the police overtime money will go toward non-public safety programs such as bike lanes, street repairs, and raising the...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Councilmen Ricky Burgess and Daniel Lavelle are inviting Joe Biden back to Pittsburgh. In a letter, they ask Biden to visit Pittsburgh’s Black neighborhoods and see the challenges Black people face in Pittsburgh. They also want him to support the city’s “Black Pittsburgh Matters” resolution and prioritize rebuilding Black communities. “If we are saying that we are committed to Black lives, and that Black lives matter, we must commit to reinvesting in Black people, Black places and Black spaces to create sustainable Black communities. We must rebuild Black communities, for Black people, by Black people with our partners as allies,” Burgess said. “Pittsburgh, as one of America’s most livable cities, is simultaneously one...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas Council Members rejected by a large margin Mayor Eric Johnson’s highly-publicized, months-long push to cut salaries at City Hall. No council member voted for his proposals. This happened during a “straw vote” as the mayor and council members discussed their 84 proposed amendments to next year’s proposed budget. The general fund budget is more than $1.4 billion. The Mayor said salaries should be cut at City Hall because many in the private sector and non-profit agencies have done the same. “I think we owe it to them to share, share in the sacrifice and provide more robust services. That’s why I’ve called for defunding the bureaucracy.” Most council members didn’t want to talk about the Mayor’s...
    As elected officials across Colorado rethink police policies, members of Denver City Council are pushing back against a bargaining agreement recently reached by the Denver police union and the administration of Mayor Michael Hancock. At a September 2 safety committee meeting, council members expressed their opposition to the agreement, which had been hashed out in private per city regulations. Their major complaint was that council hadn't been included in the negotiating process in a meaningful way; some also argued that the agreement shouldn't include a guaranteed raise for police officers in 2022. "I have a heck of a problem assuring a raise when we have no assurance of similar raises in other elements of our workforce," said Councilman Paul Kashmann, chair...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas city council members rejected by a large margin Mayor Eric Johnson’s highly-publicized, months-long push to cut salaries at city hall. It came during a “straw vote” as the mayor and council members discussed their 84 proposed amendments to next year’s proposed budget which takes effect Oct. 1. The general fund budget is more than $1.4 billion. The mayor said salaries should be cut at city hall because many in the private sector and non-profit agencies have done the same. “I think we owe it to them to share, share in the sacrifice and provide more robust services. That’s why I’ve called for defunding the bureaucracy.” Under the mayor’s proposed amendments, the city would have saved $6.5...
    BELL  — A former Bell city council member who was elected after the Los Angeles suburb was mired in a corruption scandal was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of shooting his wife to death, authorities said. Danny Harber, 76, was held on suspicion of murder after Donna Harber, 81, was found dead at a home in the city of Bell, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Other details weren’t immediately released. Authorities didn’t immediately mention a motive for the shooting. “Such horrible news for the community,” Violeta Alvarez, a former City Council member, told KNBC-TV. “It could not be possible. It could not be possible for someone who always expresses so much love for his wife.”...
    A former Bell city councilman was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of killing his wife, authorities said. Danny Harber, 76, elected in 2011 after scandal and indictments obliterated Bell’s previous City Council, was taken to a hospital Tuesday to be medically cleared before being booked on suspicion of murder, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement. He is being held on $200,000 bail. Responding to a report of a gunshot victim, Bell police officers arrived about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday at a home in the 4900 block of Weik Avenue and found Harber’s 81-year-old wife, Donna, fatally shot in the upper torso, according to the Sheriff’s Department. The officers detained Danny Harber when they arrived and turned...
    Mayor Bill de Blasio is ignoring his own COVID-19 pandemic transportation advisory council, panel members charged Tuesday. “We spent collectively hundreds of hours on smart plans that have just gone to sit somewhere in a box at City Hall,” said Tri-State Transportation Campaign director Nick Sifuentes, one of 12 members of the 24-person council who signed onto an open letter accusing the mayor of inaction. The “Surface Transportation Advisory Council” was formed May 8 — one of a handful of panels organized “to provide guidance to shape the city’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.” Since then, it has met 18 times, Sifuentes said. Department of Transportation officials were on hand for the meetings and took copious notes, while the committee...
    San Antonio – Almost all of the San Antonio City Council members raised fists in solidarity with police reform advocates at a meeting Thursday. The moment came after Kimiya Denise, an activist who signed up to speak to the council, invoked the names of several men killed by San Antonio police officers in recent years. “Before I speak, I want to yield one minute to the lives of Charles Roundtree, Marquise Jones, Antronie Scott, Norman Cooper,” Denise said. “And city council, I am calling on you to raise a fist or take a knee if you stand in solidarity with us today.” Almost all of the council members could be seen raising their fists during the the moment of silence....
    The St. Paul City Council is inviting the public to participate in the efforts of its new audit committee, which seeks to study and improve upon the work of city departments. The council is asking residents, district councils, businesses, city employees and partner agencies to suggest topics for annual review by audit. Topics can include any department, program or process led by the city. The public can fill out an online survey at tinyurl.com/AuditCommittee2020, submit ideas by phone at 651-266-8539, or email CCAuditCommittee@ci.stpaul.mn.us. In addition, the council is looking for three members of the public who are interested in serving in an advisory role . They will meet biweekly with the audit committee throughout their three-year term. Applications are due...
    Mayor Bill de Blasio is ignoring his own COVID-19 pandemic transportation advisory council, panel members charged Tuesday. “We spent collectively hundreds of hours on smart plans that have just gone to sit somewhere in a box at City Hall,” said Tri-State Transportation Campaign director Nick Sifuentes, one of 12 members of the 24-person council who signed onto an open letter accusing the mayor of inaction. The “Surface Transportation Advisory Council” was formed May 8 — one of a handful of panels organized “to provide guidance to shape the city’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.” Since then, it has met 18 times, Sifuentes said. Department of Transportation officials were on hand for the meetings and took copious notes, while the committee...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson has proposed three amendments to next year’s proposed $1.4 billion general fund budget. All would cut city employees’ salaries on a sliding scale from those making more than $60,000 a year all the way up to those making the highest salaries, including City Manager T.C. Broadnax, who earns more than $400,000 a year. The Mayor’s proposed reductions would amount to more than $6.5 million in savings. His three proposals would put that money either toward public safety, streets, or give it back to taxpayers. In an interview Monday, Mayor Johnson said, “We have employees at the city of Dallas who make more than the President of the United States of America. We have...
    By Sam Richards Bay City News Foundation LAFAYETTE (CBS SF/BCN) — After 9 1/2 years of plans and revisions, dozens of contentious public meetings, a ballot measure and threats of lawsuits, the controversial 315-unit Terraces of Lafayette apartment project was approved early Tuesday morning by the Lafayette City Council. But council members were adamant that developer O’Brien Land Co. work with the city both on traffic-related issues and on a list of other new conditions of approval the council established Monday night. The council, which had met for 10 hours on the Terraces project two weeks earlier before postponing an approval decision, spent almost eight hours again Monday (and until 12:45 a.m. Tuesday) discussing the project and hearing...
    A group of Chicago City Council members requested that Democratic Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker immediately declare a state of emergency in Chicago and deploy the national guard in light of ongoing rioting and looting in the city.  The City Council held a special meeting Friday to consider the resolution. The governor was asked to deploy the national guard for a period of 4 months to assist local law enforcement in quelling the unrest.  The council members also asked for monthly public safety hearings and “reports regarding the collective and unified efforts to address the rioting, looting, destruction, and most importantly, the safety of all Chicagoans.” (RELATED: ‘I Make No Apologies Whatsoever’: Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Defends Banning Protesters From Her...
            The Richmond City Council chose to delay a vote on an amendment to its firearms ordinance. The council heard over an hour of public comments and discussion in the virtual meeting on Thursday afternoon. Eventually, the council members concluded they needed more time to clarify questions about vague wording in the amendment. Councilwoman Kristen Larson said, “The sense that I’m getting from my fellow council members (and this is where I am,) I have some concerns about the enforcement as well as the legality of this.” The council will consider and vote on the amendment in a special meeting on September 8, 2020, at 4 p.m. The amendment was proposed by Mayor Levar Stoney,...
    SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio City Council declared racism a public health crisis on Thursday, passing a resolution that, among other promises, “commits to advocating for racial justice as a core element of all policies, programs, and procedures.” The resolution was passed by all council members, except District 8 Councilman Manny Pelaez, who was absent, and District 10 Councilman Clayton Perry, who abstained from voting. The resolution does not make any immediate changes. However, it includes various commitments to pursue racial equity, like reviewing policies and procedures to eliminate racial bias and working with historically marginalized communities to find solutions for health equity issues. Residents and council members alike noted that actual action would still need to follow.  "We...
    Business owners in Seattle say they are fed up with local leadership, claiming that some members of the Seattle City Council have sympathized with protesters who police say have endangered public safety. “We’re now at the point where we’re sick and tired of our mayor that continues to pander to our Marxist City Council members,” said Joey Rodolfo, who owns a clothing store near where activists took over a six-block area of the city earlier this month. "We’ve not heard anything from our mayor that says, ‘Hey, listen: We might be able to reopen our stores here soon,’ and our store is still boarded up because of the recent riots again. So we are not getting any lifeline from...
    ALBANY — Top Assembly Democrats joined the condemnation of New York City’s Democratic Socialist political chapter, which provoked a firestorm with its demand that City Council candidates boycott any travel to Israel. “No political organization that embeds antisemitism into its platform should be welcome in the halls of our legislature,” they said in a joint open letter Tuesday. Dan Rosenthal (D-Brooklyn) organized the letter, getting roughly 50 other Democratic politicians to sign on to the missive slamming a survey sent out by the NYC chapter of the DSA last week. The left-wing group asked candidates seeking their endorsement: “Do you pledge not to travel to Israel if elected to the City Council in solidarity with Palestinians living under occupation?” A...
    On August 17, Denver City Council voted down a rushed charter-change proposal from Councilwoman Candi CdeBaca that sought to abolish the Denver Police Department and replace it with a "peace force" that would have given only a minority of officers arrest powers and the right to use firearms. "There was no comprehensive robust community input," said Denver City Council President Stacie Gilmore, before joining ten other members in voting against referring the measure to the November ballot. "None of us, none of us are afforded to privilege to change our charter so drastically without talking to our communities and each other." CdeBaca was the lone "yes" vote, while Councilman Chris Hinds abstained.Related Stories Homeless Camps in Central Denver Are Growing,...
    SEATTLE — Behold the destruction of Seattle’s fine reputation for civic progress and national leadership on police reform. Police Chief Carmen Best, the city’s first Black chief, resigned Tuesday because of mistreatment by the City Council. That highlights how far the council has fallen and how poorly it’s responding to the call for bold progress against racism and police brutality. The council appropriated the momentum of recent protests for ideological ends. On Monday, it mindlessly began slashing the police department budget — all, astonishingly, without meaningful consultation with the chief. Under the guidance of council President M. Lorena Gonzalez and budget chair Teresa Mosqueda, it simultaneously shifted dollars to activist organizations, building council members’ political capital. The council charged ahead,...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Members of the New York City Council are joining calls to delay the start of the school year. While buildings are being cleaned for their planned reopening on September 10, the United Federation of Teachers has said it will fight to prevent schools that do not meet safety standards from opening their doors. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Tri-State Coronavirus Travel Advisory Quarantine List Resources, Hotlines, Unemployment & Covering Bills Remote Learning Tools For Parents Teaching At Home CBS2’s Dr. Max Answers Your Health Questions What To Do If Someone Isn’t Social Distancing Or Wearing A Mask? Expert: Parents Be Mindful Of Children’s Stress After Months Of Isolation Chopper 2 Over Empty NYC Streets, Landmarks Complete Coronavirus Coverage...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Several New York City Council members are now calling for a delay in reopening public schools in the city.The council members took part in a virtual meeting Friday along with members of the teachers union and other education advocates.They want to postpone in-person teaching until they say adequate funding and resources are identified to safely reopen schools, and they're also questioning the city's plan to put a nurse in every school building.RELATED: Schools reopening plan 'unsafe,' teachers and students sayNew York City schools are scheduled to reopen for in-class learning next month. City officials are expected to release operational plans for 1,800 individual public schools across the district."By the infection rate, all schools can open,"...
    A New Jersey gym that repeatedly reopened despite Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy's coronavirus-related lockdown restrictions had its business license officially revoked on Tuesday. The Bellmawr Borough Council voted 5-1 to revoke the mercantile license of Atilis Gym for repeatedly defying Murphy's order, which was made months ago during the height of the COVID-19 panic in the United States, NJ.com reported. Following the decision, gym owner Ian Smith claimed the council — which is composed of all Democrats — was taking marching orders from Murphy's office. "In a clear political move, the all democrat town council followed their orders from Gov. Murphy to revoke our business license," Smith said. "Zero evidence was put forth to support the claim that @atilisgymbellmawr...
    San Antonio – Amid questions over how a proposed sales tax-funded workforce development program would operate, San Antonio City Council members remain concerned about the fate of a popular aquifer protection program. The city council received a second briefing Tuesday morning on a proposed plan to use a 1/8 cent sales tax to collect roughly $154 million over four years to be used to help train or educate San Antonio residents for in-demand jobs and industries. The tax would need voter approval, and Mayor Ron Nirenberg, who is championing the plan, wants to get it onto the November ballot. To do that, the council would have to order the election by Aug. 17. They are scheduled to vote on the...
    Black and Hispanic members of the New York City council are firing back at colleagues who support the movement to “Defund the Police,” calling the effort “white-led,” and an example of “political gentrification” and “colonization” — a ‘”‘bourgeois liberal’ solution for addressing systemic racism,” per a report in the New York Times. Councilmembers who represent minority districts say they aren’t supportive of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to strip $1 billion from the New York Police Department (NYPD), even if they are supportive of efforts to reform the police, restrict their use of force, and even reduce the number of law enforcement officers overall. “Black and Latino council members representing both poor and middle-class communities of color, including Brownsville, Brooklyn,...
              Memphis Police officers will be required to live in the city, whether they like it or not. Memphis City Council members approved an ordinance this month that removed the question of residency from the November 2020 ballot. Specifically, the approved ordinance rescinds Referendum Ordinance No. 5744, which might have allowed specified personnel employed within the Divisions of Police and Fire Services to reside 50 miles outside of the City of Memphis. Memphis City Council Chairwoman Patrice Robinson announced this in an emailed newsletter to her constituents late last week. “In short, the Council believes that individuals protecting our diverse neighborhoods should also call these places home, fulltime. At present, we support current residency requirements allowing public safety...
    SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio City Council is considering using a 1/8 cent sales tax to fund a four-year program to help 40,000 out of work or under-employed San Antonio residents move into higher-paying careers. In their first B-session meeting after the July break, city council members discussed the initial outline of a four-year program that would funnel $154 million of local tax dollars toward job training, education, and wraparound services for participants. The ultimate goal would be to place people into career pathways with jobs that pay at least $15 an hour plus benefits. Mayor Ron Nirenberg is pushing for the initiative to help the city recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and help it grow beyond where it...
    A majority of Seattle’s City Council on Wednesday voted down a proposal to slash the police department’s remaining 2020 budget by 50 percent. The vote by the budget committee—which came one day after the city’s mayor and police chief held a press conference to criticize the proposal—was a setback for Black Lives Matter and anti-police brutality advocates who’ve pushed to defund departments across the U.S. and reallocate funds to community services, including housing and youth programs. The plan, proposed by council member Kshama Sawant, would have cut $54 million from the Seattle PD immediately through layoffs and reallocated it to programs, including $34 million for affordable housing. Sawant was the only member to vote in favor of the proposal, while...
    SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle’s police chief urged the City Council to tell protesters to stop visiting the homes of elected officials and others during emotional debates over reducing funding for police. Chief Carmen Best wrote a letter to the council after protesters showed up at her home Saturday night. Best said council members need to “forcefully call for the end of these tactics.” Protesters recently appeared outside the homes of Mayor Jenny Durkan and some people on the City Council as demonstrations continue following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The Seattle Times reports residents blocked a road into Best’s neighborhood during the demonstrations. Her letter said her neighbors “were concerned by such a large group” and didn’t...
    SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle’s police chief urged the City Council to tell protesters to stop visiting the homes of elected officials and others during emotional debates over reducing funding for police. Chief Carmen Best wrote a letter to the council after protesters showed up at her home Saturday night. Best said council members need to “forcefully call for the end of these tactics.” Protesters recently appeared outside the homes of Mayor Jenny Durkan and some people on the City Council as demonstrations continue following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The Seattle Times reports residents blocked a road into Best’s neighborhood during the demonstrations. Her letter said her neighbors “were concerned by such a large group” and didn’t...
    Several Seattle council members unveiled a string of proposals last week to scale down the city's police force through layoffs and attrition but stopped short of slashing the police budget by at least half, a sticking point that many activists have called for in the wake of nationwide calls for police reform. The plan presented by council members Lisa Herbold, Tammy Morales, Teresa Mosqueda and M. Lorena Gonzalez could reduce the police force by as many as 100 officers. However, they said defunding the department by 50 percent can't be achieved in the short term because layoffs could be delayed by collective bargaining with the Seattle Police Officers Guild, the union representing police, the Seattle Times reported. The proposed layoffs could...
    Also: Officers will carry business cards Terry Nelson, a member of the Beacon City Council, will lead a 13-member committee charged with overseeing the search to find the city’s next police chief, Mayor Lee Kyriacou announced this week. Nelson and the committee members will work with Public Sector Search & Consulting, a California firm that specializes in finding candidates for police leadership positions. The City Council agreed earlier this month to pay the firm $24,000 to assist in its search for a successor for Kevin Junjulas, a Cold Spring resident who retired as chief three weeks ago.  The members of the community appointed to the committee are Deborah Felder, a New York City Department of Education guidance counselor who is...
    (CBS DETROIT) – In response to racial and social justice, members of the Detroit City Council laid out a plan Wednesday, for the proposed Detroiters’ Bill of Rights. “The struggle has been rooted in oppression and in racism and in discriminatory policies and now is the time to have those leadership, to step up and to change those and to embed these values and principles into our charter,” said Detroit Council Member Raquel Castaneda-Lopez. Castaneda-Lopez and Council President Pro Tem Mary Sheffield united with local community organizations and impacted city residents hoping to have the Detroiters’ Bill of Rights embedded in the city charter. The bill is a comprehensive package of recommendations that supports the work of coalitions that’s...
              Three of the four Democratic Toledo City Council members accused of taking part in a bribery and extortion scheme have agreed to temporary suspensions, according to the state attorney general’s office. Tyrone Riley, Yvonne Harper and Larry Sykes will continue to get their annual $27,500 council salaries, and their temporary replacements will be paid the same salary on a prorated basis. If the council members plead guilty or are convicted of the charges, the city could recover any funds paid to them during their suspensions. Gary Johnson, the fourth council member charged in the case, has not yet agreed to voluntarily suspend his position, officials said Wednesday. The council members and a private...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minneapolis City Council has voted to change the way information on policing is distributed to the community and to the media. The council passed a measure Friday morning that eliminates public information officers. That includes John Elder, who you see on TV regularly sharing information with journalists. Council members believe his job would serve better if it fell under city hall’s communications. Only three council members voted against the decision — Lisa Goodman (who attempted to table the vote until later), Linea Palmisano, and Andrea Jenkins. The move follows the killing of George Floyd on Memorial Day. Critics say the PIO position should have been more clear about what happened during Floyd’s arrest. The positions will...
    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay police are investigating threats made against city officials over a new mandate requiring face coverings in public buildings because of the coronavirus. Alderman Randy Scannell, who first proposed the mask ordinance, says one email called him a traitor who must die and that the sender would make sure Scannell would die. He said it appears multiple people are sending threatening emails to council members and city officials, including the mayor. Police Chief Andrew Smith said all 12 council members, regardless of how they voted on the ordinance, received at least one of the threats. Smith emailed all city officials, telling them to be vigilant, WLUK-TV reported. “In our current political climate and being...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Whether it’s a catastrophe, or a crime scene, journalists turn to public information officers for answers. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, Minneapolis Police Public Information Officer John Elder answers calls and shows up on scenes to give interviews. That could soon change. The Minneapolis City Council passed a motion to eliminate both MPD information officer positions, and let city hall handle communications. WCCO spoke with council members Steve Fletcher and Jeremy Schroeder. “We see problems with accuracy … we see problems with at least perceived, you know, bias of the way information is reported,” Fletcher said. Read More: Mpls. City Council Votes Unanimously To Dismantle MPD The council members referenced a press release that...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas City Council members are requesting a stretch of South Lamar Street in the downtown area to be named after Botham Jean. Jean’s death was heard around the world after he was shot and killed by former Dallas officer Amber Guyger inside his own apartment on Sept. 6, 2018. In a high-profile trial in Oct. 2019, Guyger was found guilty of murder and sentenced to 10 years in prison. Now, city council members are looking to further honor Jean by renaming a section of South Lamar Street between Interstate-30 and South Central Expressway to Botham Jean Boulevard. The memo to the city manager on Thursday was signed by Mayor Pro Tem Adam Medrano and council members Omar...
    OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- Oakland City councilmembers failed late Tuesday night to take millions more in funding away from the Oakland Police Department, even though it appears many residents are demanding it.For the last item on the agenda, council members voted on a motion to cut OPD funding. Mayor Libby Schaaf broke a deadlocked 4-4 council vote. She said OPD is already strained as it is and stopped a larger cut from being made to police.Oakland City Council's meeting started at 1:30 Tuesday afternoon and stretched on past 11:30 pm.Mayor Schaaf sent out an email before the meeting got underway where she stated "Today, Councilmembers Kaplan and Bas are proposing a dangerous and irresponsible amendment to that already-approved budget. Their...
    OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- Oakland City councilmembers failed late Tuesday night to take millions more in funding away from the Oakland Police Department, even though it appears many residents are demanding it.For the last item on the agenda, council members voted on a motion to cut OPD funding. Mayor Libby Schaaf broke a deadlocked 4-4 council vote. She said OPD is already strained as it is and stopped a larger cut from being made to police.Oakland City Council's meeting started at 1:30 Tuesday afternoon and stretched on past 11:30 pm.Mayor Schaaf sent out an email before the meeting got underway where she stated "Today, Councilmembers Kaplan and Bas are proposing a dangerous and irresponsible amendment to that already-approved budget. Their...
    The Seattle City Council — like numerous decision-making bodies across the country in the wake of recent anti-police rioting — wants to defund the police in order to pay community-led organizations to take over some policing duties, KIRO-TV reported. For Seattle, that means cutting the department's budget in half. "Now is the time to divest from the police department," Council President Lorena Gonzalez said of the effort last week, the station noted. "Now is the time to zero out these budgets and to reimagine, rebuild, build something from a community-led and community-driven perspective that will actually build community safety for the people who have been harmed the most by over-policing and criminalization." Of course, a bunch of cops...
    Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has sued Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and members of the City Council for mandating masks and enforcing social distancing measures in an effort to slow the spike of COVID-19 cases, saying their actions are "more restrictive than his" and claiming Bottoms has "exceeded her authority." The Republican governors action Thursday night came after his executive order forbidding cities and counties from enacting mask rules, and he tweeted the lawsuit is "on the behalf of the Atlanta business owners and their employees who are struggling to survive," reports CBS News. "These men and women are doing their very best to put food on the table for their families while local elected officials shutter businesses and undermine...
    The taxpayers of Minneapolis will foot a $152,000 bill for security services given to three members of the City Council who received death threats following their calls to defund the police in the wake of George Floyd’s death. According to an investigative report by the local Fox 9 news outlet, the three council members, Andrea Jenkins (Ward 8), Phillipe Cunningham (Ward 4), and Alondra Cano (Ward 9), were granted a security detail shortly after Memorial Day, which cost the city about $4,500 a day and ended on June 29. Two security firms Aegis and BelCom were reportedly hired because police officials were overwhelmed with security needs following George Floyd’s death in police custody and the demonstrations that ensued for...
    The taxpayers of Minneapolis will foot a $152,000 bill for security services given to three members of the City Council who received death threats following their calls to defund the police in the wake of George Floyd’s death. According to an investigative report by the local Fox 9 news outlet, the three council members, Andrea Jenkins (Ward 8), Phillipe Cunningham (Ward 4), and Alondra Cano (Ward 9), were granted a security detail shortly after Memorial Day, which cost the city about $4,500 a day and ended on June 29. Two security firms Aegis and BelCom were reportedly hired because police officials were overwhelmed with security needs following George Floyd’s death in police custody and the demonstrations that ensued for weeks...
    The taxpayers of Minneapolis will foot a $152,000 bill for security services given to three members of the City Council who received death threats following their calls to defund the police in the wake of George Floyd’s death. According to an investigative report by the local Fox 9 news outlet, the three council members, Andrea Jenkins (Ward 8), Phillipe Cunningham (Ward 4), and Alondra Cano (Ward 9), were granted a security detail shortly after Memorial Day, which cost the city about $4,500 a day and ended on June 29. Two security firms Aegis and BelCom were reportedly hired because police officials were overwhelmed with security needs following George Floyd’s death in police custody and the demonstrations that ensued for weeks...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minneapolis has spent $152,400 on private security for some city council members, according to city officials. Some members reported receiving threats after they voiced their desire to defund and dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department after the death of George Floyd in May. The private security detail ended on June 29. Three days earlier, city officials told WCCO that $63,000 had been spent in total on security up until that point. READ MORE: Mpls. City Council Votes Unanimously To Dismantle MPD
    (CBS DETROIT) – Although protests have continued daily in Detroit, things seemed to slow down a bit. But after a police-involved shooting last week in the city, demonstrators are once again hitting the streets. Protests against police brutality in the city have been going on for more than 45 days. Now, protesters say they’re circling past some of Detroit City Council Members’ homes in order to have their voices heard. “Our words just don’t seem to be heard, and so we gotta make ourselves more present,” said Detroit Will Breathe organizer Tristan Taylor. Since May 29, protests against police brutality and racial injustices have been taking place in Detroit daily, in some capacity. Most recently demonstrators were protesting...
    Denver City Council will be hosting its first fully virtual meeting on Monday, July 13. "Following the guidance of Denver’s top health official, city council will be conducting its meetings via a virtual platform,” Council President Jolon Clark says in announcing the switch. “Virtual participation will allow voices to be heard while allowing for maximum safety in a time of pandemic.” Clark's decision means that both council reps and members of the public will be able to participate in council meetings virtually — and that includes committees. Related Stories Denver City Council Heading for Change, Including New President Denver City Council President Cancels Weekly Meeting, Cites COVID Okay, Zoomer: First Virtual Denver City Council Meeting a Tech Disaster ...
    A majority of Seattle’s city council backs a plan put forth by advocates that would defund the police department by 50%. Three council members added their support to the proposal Thursday, meaning that seven of the nine now back the idea, according to the Seattle Times. This comes after Democratic Mayor Jenny Durkan pointed out that Seattle’s “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” caused “a staggering 525 percent spike in crime as a result of the violence that swept through,” the NY Post previously reported. Council members Lisa Herbold, Dan Strauss, Andrew Lewis, Tammy Morales, Kshama Sawant, Teresa Mosqueda and M. Lorena Gonzalez are on board with the advocates’ push to defund the police department. They have promised to move quickly, although Durkan...
    DENVER (CBS4)– Denver Mayor Michael Hancock is asking each city council member to submit one potential site in their districts to support a temporary COVID-based campsite. The Safe Outdoor Space concept was proposed last week. Each site will provide nearly 50 homeless individuals with showers, laundry, hand washing stations and access to essential mental health and substance resources. Agencies involved said the CDC has encouraged homeless sweeps to be put on hold during COVID-19. However the growing camps pose both health and safety threats to those living in them and around them. There has been a lot of controversy surrounding encampments with those experiencing homelessness, most recently the camp in front of Morey Middle School at 13th and Clarkson in...
    A week after expressing support for establishing temporary safe camping sites in Denver, Mayor Michael Hancock is throwing the ball back in the court of Denver City Council, asking members to choose potential locations for these encampments within their own districts. "Nobody knows your Council district better than you. Therefore, I request that each of you who recently sent me a letter in support of the Safe Outdoor Space concept identify at least one potential site in your district to support a temporary COVID-based temporary campsite," Hancock wrote in a letter dated today, July 8. "Ideally, we are looking for properties in the 10,000 square-foot range – enough for 60 people, 50 socially distant tents, restroom and shower facilities, and...
    Council representative Stacie Gilmore will likely become Denver City Council president this month, and she already has plans. "I really want to try to bring us together as a body," she explains. "We’re thirteen individual people and we represent different parts of the city. How we can operate more together on a lot of big issues and have more communication, more planning and time for us to actually think about what we’re trying to do?" Gilmore, who represents far northeast Denver and has served as pro-tem, essentially the vice-president of council, for two years, says she has enough votes to ensure that she's chosen as council president at the July 20 council meeting. The president runs the full-body meetings, determines...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – During a study session Monday night, Aurora City Council discussed the independent, third-party investigation into Elijah McClain’s death. Council members also voted to move forward on a ban on carotid control holds and chokeholds. City Manager Jim Twombly mandated a new policy for Aurora police in June to stop the use of carotid holds, the restraint used on McClain. The new ordinance would make the ban more permanent and harder to reverse. Twombly is also working with city council members to assemble an independent panel to investigate McClain’s death. Elijah McClain (credit: CBS) Police stopped McClain in Aug. 2019 while responding to a report of a suspicious person. McClain, a 23-year-old black man, was restrained by...
    The proposed FY 2021 budget for the City of Guyton accounts for a pay raise for all elected officials, a move in conflict with state law and a vote by council which dictates the increase is only supposed to apply to two of the four council members and the mayor. Councilman Michael JohnsonGuyton city council members agreed in 2018 to raise council members’ pay from $200 to $300 a month and the mayor’s pay from $300 to $400 a month. Council was told by then-city attorney Ray Smith that this would require a staggering of salaries until all seats had cycled through an election in accordance with OCGA 36-35-4. The statute prohibits elected officials from raising their own salary during...
    The FBI on Tuesday arrested a local attorney and four members of the city council in Toledo, Ohio, for their alleged participation in a bribery and extortion scheme. Tyrone Riley, Yvonne Harper, Garrick “Gary” Johnson, Larry Sykes and Keith Mitchell were charged with bribery and extortion in a federal criminal complaint after a two-year investigation, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ). “As alleged in the Complaint, four Toledo City Council members and a local attorney have been engaged in a pay-to-play scheme involving bribes for Council votes,” U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman said in a statement to Fox News Wednesday. “Maintaining the public’s trust in its elected officials is one of the Department of Justice’s core responsibilities." 'FLAVORTOWN': THOUSANDS SIGN PETITION TO RENAME COLUMBUS, OHIO, AFTER...
    After what one San Jose leader called the most “divisive and significant” vote on council in recent years, a proposal to give Mayor Sam Liccardo the highest authority in the city and an additional two years in office will be in the hands of voters this November. In a contentious meeting that lasted 22 hours over the span of two days and at times felt more like a courtroom trial, the San Jose city council decided Wednesday in a split 6-5 vote to move forward with a November 2020 ballot measure that would give Liccardo executive powers and move the next mayoral election to 2024. Council members Raul Peralez, Maya Esparza, Sylvia Arenas, Magdalena Carrasco and Sergio Jimenez dissented. The measure...
      The FBI has arrested Democratic Toledo City Council members Tyrone Riley, Yvonne Harper, Larry Sykes and Gary Johnson Tuesday for allegedly “accepting bribe payments for official acts.” Two years ago, the FBI began its investigation into the Toledo City Council for “soliciting/and or accepting cash, checks, money orders, or other things of value from local business owners in exchange for their vote on City Council, the affidavit says. According to the affidavit, FBI found evidence of Riley having solicited bribes going as far back as 2013. Furthermore, Harper is accused of using local attorney Kevin Mitchell to “solicit and funnel” her bribe payments. Each elected official who was arrested...
    The Minneapolis City Council's plan to dismantle police departments while being assigned private security details is “hypocrisy," Minnesota State Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka told “America’s Newsroom” on Wednesday. Several Minneapolis City Council members who reportedly have received death threats following their calls to defund the police--after George Floyd’s death while in police custody on May 25--have been assigned private security details, which reportedly cost the city $4,500 per day in taxpayer dollars. According to information obtained by Fox News, the city has spent $63,000 on private security over the last three weeks. “The city of Minneapolis asked for 400 more police in January and they got a couple handfuls and now they want to defund the police, but yet they want their own protection,” Gazelka said, adding that the people of Minneapolis also “want their...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) – Demands by residents to defund the police were heard Tuesday by Oakland City Council members who will now revisit the budget they approved last week. Council President Rebecca Kaplan said at Tuesday’s council meeting that members would reconsider the budget July 21. Numerous people spoke during the public comment period chastising council members for their failure to further reduce the Police Department budget, which is under scrutiny here and worldwide following the police killing of George Floyd in Minnesota. “Today, I’m reminded of the power of the people,” Cat Brooks of the Anti Police-Terror Project said during the comment period, because apparently the public backlash forced the council to reconsider the budget. “I’m honored and proud...
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A majority of New York City Council members voted to pass the 2021 fiscal year budget on Tuesday that seeks to close a $9 billion revenue shortfall caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The budget includes cuts to the New York Police Department's spending amid more than a month of nationwide protests against police brutality, but City Council Speaker Corey Johnson said it was smaller than then $1 billion cut he and protesters had sought. The tally of all 51 members' votes was still ongoing as midnight passed. (Reporting by Jonathan Allen; Editing by Shri Navaratnam) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    Heavy/Getty The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of Ohio announced June 30 that four sitting Toledo City Council members and one local attorney are being charged in what the Department of Justice is calling a “bribery and extortion scheme.” Tyrone Riley of District 1 and Yvonne Harper of District 4, as well as at-large members Garrick Johnson, Larry Sykes and local lawyer Keith Mitchell, are being accused of “soliciting and/or accepting cash, checks, money orders, or other things of value from local business owners in exchange for their votes on City Council.” According to the news release, the FBI began investigating Toledo City Council in early 2018 and discovered through several sources not named in the release...
    Four members of the Toledo City Council, all Democrats, were arrested and charged in a bribery scheme by federal law enforcement authorities on Tuesday. Federal prosecutors alleged that Tyrone Riley, Yvonne Harper, Larry Sykes, and Garrick Johnson, were involved in a scheme that extorted money from business owners in the Ohio city in exchange for favorable council votes. The FBI began their investigation into the council members in early 2018. Each of the accused members could face up to 10 years in prison for the bribery charges, and up to 20 years on the extortion charges. Also charged in the scheme was an attorney who is accused of helping orchestrate the crimes. ...
    The FBI arrested four city council members in Toledo, Ohio Tuesday for allegedly accepting cash payments in exchange for official acts. City council members Tyrone Riley, Yvonne Harper, Larry Sykes and Gary Johnson were accused of engaging in what was described as a years-long scandal involving some of the city’s highest elected officials, the Toledo Blade reported. Criminal complaints filed in federal court Tuesday alleged that the four council members accepted multiple bribes and committed acts of extortion. The court records also alleged that Councilwoman Harper used a local attorney, Keith Mitchell, to solicit and funnel her cash payments. FBI special agent Eric Smith said in a news conference Tuesday that the four council members had been placed into federal custody...
    MinnPost file photo by Jessica LeeMinneapolis City CouncilResponding to threats. The Star Tribune’s Liz Navratil reports: “The city of Minneapolis has paid two private security firms $63,000 over the last three weeks to protect three City Council members amid tensions over George Floyd’s death and efforts to end the Police Department. While the city has not named the council members — saying their identities weren’t public information — the Star Tribune has confirmed they are Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins and Council Members Alondra Cano and Phillipe Cunningham.” The night the 3rd Precinct burned. MPR’s Angela Caputo, Will Craft and Curtis Gilbert report: “Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and Police Chief Medaria Arradondo eventually decided that having officers stand their ground wasn’t...
    Four members of the Toledo City Council accepted bribes in exchange for their votes, according to court documents from the FBI. The four council members, Larry Sykes, Yvonne Harper, Gary Johnson, and Tyrone Riley, were among the five people charged in Toledo, Ohio, on Tuesday morning as part of an investigation into a bribery scheme with the city council. All four were charged with bribery in connection to programs receiving federal funds and extortion under the Hobbs Act. Eric Smith, the special agent in charge of the Cleveland field office, said that the investigation into the four officers started in 2018 when the FBI was notified that members of the council were soliciting and accepting cash bribes from business...
    Minnesota State Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka told “Fox & Friends Weekend” on Sunday that he thinks Minneapolis City Council members’ plan to dismantle police departments “makes absolutely no sense.” “In Minneapolis-St. Paul, we had over a thousand buildings damaged or destroyed in the riots because there were not enough police here, and then what do they want to do? They want to defund or dismantle the police,” Gazelka,  a Republican, said. “It makes absolutely no sense, the direction they’re trying to go.” Gazelka made the comments two days after City Council members voted unanimously to amend the city’s charter to remove the mandate for a police department – the first step toward disbanding it in the wake of George Floyd’s death. The amendment proposed the city replace the police department with a Department of Community...
    Three members of the Minneapolis City Council have been provided with a private security detail after receiving death threats for supporting proposals to defend the city’s police department in the wake of George Floyd’s killing. A city spokesperson said the private security details ordered for council members Andrea Jenkins, Phillipe Cunningham and Alondra Cano have cost taxpayers $63,000 over the past three weeks – a rate of $4,300 per day. News of the arrangement surfaced Friday, the same day the council voted 12-0 to abolish the Minneapolis Police Department, initiating steps toward establishing ‘peace officers’ and a new ‘holistic’ approach to public safety. The police force, which is largely white, has failed to regain the city’s trust after the death...
    Security for me but not for thee. Three members of the Minneapolis City Council who voted to eliminate the local police force are being protected by a private security detail that costs taxpayers $4,500 a day. News of the arrangement broke Friday, the same day that the council voted 12-0 to abolish the Minneapolis Police Department in the wake of the killing of George Floyd. “My concern is the large number of white nationalist(s) in our city and other threatening communications I’ve been receiving,” Councilmember Andrea Jenkins told Fox 9 News — adding that she had been asking for private security ever since she took office in 2018. The city has spent $63,000 on rent-a-cops for Jenkins and fellow...
              Minneapolis has spent $63,000 on private security for three council members who want to abolish the city’s police department. Council Member Phillipe Cunningham confirmed the report in a statement released on Twitter Friday night. “I will confirm I have received numerous death threats since I was campaigning for either being transgender or outspoken about police accountability and systems change. I do not feel comfortable saying more about that. Security was offered to me by the city, and I accepted because I need to keep my family safe from the very real threats against me,” said Cunningham. I do not feel comfortable saying more about that. Security was offered to me by the City,...
    Several Minneapolis City Council members who have received death threats following their calls to defund the police after the death of George Floyd have been assigned private security details -- reportedly costing the city $4,500 a day in taxpayer dollars. According to information obtained by Fox News, the city has spent $63,000 on private security over the last three weeks. “The names of the people getting security details are not public,” a city spokesperson told Fox News Saturday. The names of three council members who are receiving private security detail have already been made public, two of whome interviewed with local affiliate Fox 9 on Friday. The spokesperson did not respond to Fox News' questions about whether or not there were additional council members receiving security...
    The city of Minneapolis, Minnesota is spending $4,500 a day — so far totaling $63,000 — to employ private security to protect three of its city council members after they received threats, according to Fox 9. On Friday, councilmembers unanimously voted to disband the police department and establish the Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention — a move that will have to be approved by the mayor and voters. Nationwide protests began in May after Minneapolis a police officer killed 46-year-old George Floyd by kneeling on his neck for more than eight minutes.  A spokesperson for the Minneapolis Police Department told Fox 9 it had not received any reports of threats faced by councilmembers. Visit Insider's homepage for...
    Minneapolis is spending $4,500 a day on private security for three city council members who support defunding the police after allegedly receiving threats, a local report published Friday showed. Private security details cost Minneapolis taxpayers roughly $63,000 over the past three weeks, a spokesman for the city said, according to a FOX 9 report. Council members Andrea Jenkins, Phillipe Cunningham and Alondra Cano are outspoken supporters of efforts to defund the Minneapolis Police Department, the report stated. Neither Cunningham, Jenkins nor Cano have responded to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment. (RELATED: Black Corrections Officers Allegedly Barred From Guarding Chauvin File Discrimination Complaint) Cunningham did respond to Fox9’s request for comment, telling the outlet through a text message...
    Three Minneapolis City Council members who voted to dismantle the city's police department recently began using a private security detail for protection. The city has spent $63,000 over the last three weeks to provide security for Andrea Jenkins of Ward 8, Phillipe Cunningham of Ward 4, and Alondra Cano of Ward 9, FOX 9 reported on Friday. The security detail, which is being provided by two firms, Aegis and BelCom, cost $4,500 a day. The three city council members say they that have been receiving threats after George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died on Memorial Day once a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes despite his pleas for air. “I don’t feel...
    Three members of the Minneapolis City Council have reportedly been provided with a private security detail after receiving threats for supporting proposals to defund the city's police department in the wake of George Floyd's death.  The city is currently spending $4,500 per day on security for council members Andrea Jenkins, Phillips Cunningham and Alondra Cano, Fox 9 reported on Friday. A spokesperson for the city told the outlet that the private security has cost roughly $63,000 over the past three weeks. The security comes after the three of the council members have reportedly faced threats due to their support for defunding the Minneapolis Police Department. Cunningham told the outlet that the security is temporary, but declined to elaborate on security...
    New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal filed voter fraud charges Thursday against two Paterson city officials who allegedly engaged in a mail-in ballot scheme in connection to a special election in May. Grewal levelled the charges against Paterson City Councilman Michael Jackson, Councilman-Elect Alex Mendez, and two other men after the Postal Inspection Service warned Grewal’s office that hundreds of mail-in ballots were found in a Paterson mailbox, InsiderNJ reported Thursday. The attorney general’s Office of Public Integrity & Accountability (OPIA) began a probe after the Postal Inspection Service issued the warning. Paterson authorities decided to conduct the May 12 special election through mail-in ballots due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has reportedly killed more than 124,000 people in the...
    Minneapolis City Council members will take the first step Friday in the effort to disband the city's police department, CBS  Minnesota reports. Five council members who declared their intent to "end" the Minneapolis Police Department earlier this month have authored an ordinance to amend the city charter. They include Jeremiah Ellison, Alondra Cano, Cam Gordon, Steve Fletcher and Council President Lisa Bender. The ordinance will be introduced Friday. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox The charter states there has to be a police department. The proposed amendment replaces that with "a department of community safety and violence prevention" that will take "a holistic, public-health-oriented approach." It also provides for a law enforcement division with licensed officers. "Of...