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More Than Two Years After George Floyd’s Murder Sparked a Movement, Police Reform Has Stalled. What Happened?
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More Than Two Years After George Floyd’s Murder Sparked a Movement, Police Reform Has Stalled. What Happened?

By Jake Pearson ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. In the spring of 2020, George Floyd’s caught-on-camera murder by a Minneapolis police officer prompted massive social justice protests across the country. Millions of people marched for law enforcement reform — even Sen. Mitt Romney, the Utah Republican and onetime GOP presidential nominee. Activists pressed policymakers to “defund the police.” Amid the pressure, elected officials pledged sweeping changes to how officers operate and how they’re overseen. But two and a half years later, with violent crime increasing across the country, that momentum has seemingly stalled. In Washington, support for the George Floyd ...
Community outraged by racist display at Nevada mall
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Community outraged by racist display at Nevada mall

A community in Henderson, Nevada expressed outrage and condemned a train display that depicts two White men preparing to hang a Black man. A group of activists spoke out today in protest of the display, which was put up over the 4th of July weekend. The display was reportedly taken down four days after it went public following complaints. The train display depicts two White men preparing to hang a Black man who has a noose placed around his neck as a White woman points at the event unfolding. Today, the governor of Nevada took to Twitter and said “Racism has no home here in Nevada. This is completely unacceptable and our community deserves answers.” More about the racist display can be found here. Opinion: How these overt symbols of racism even get into development and go over the ra...
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Activists call for hate crime charges against White man who pushed Black boy off bike in Connecticut

A group of activists held a press conference on Wednesday with the mother of a Black child who was pushed off of his bike by a White man in a Connecticut town. The incident happened last month when the man and boy accidentally bumped into each other on a sidewalk. The man can be seen on video yelling at the boy and asking where he is from before telling him he didn’t belong in the town. The man is later seen pushing the 11-year-old boy off of his bicycle. The man was arrested for aggravated assault and later released from jail after posting bond. The incident drew outrage and condemnation in the local community and beyond. Activists say the incident shouldn’t go unpunished and the circumstances warrant hate crime charges be filed against the 48-year-old man accused of assaulting the ...
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Oakland becomes latest city to declare racism a public health emergency

Oakland has become the latest city in California to declare racism a public health emergency. City officials made a proclamation on Tuesday after a unanimous vote for a resolution. The city’s Department of Race and Equity will receive $350,000 to fund a consultant and data analyst, according to the staff report. The Department of Race and Equity was established in 2015 to combat systemic racism and racial disparities, and build equity in the city. Nearly three dozen California cities have already made similar declarations, including major metropolitan cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento. This also follows the CDC calling racism a public health threat in April of last year. More about Oakland’s plan to combat racial inequalities can be found here. Opin...