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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 ...
North Carolina sheriff under investigation after his racist rants recorded and exposed
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North Carolina sheriff under investigation after his racist rants recorded and exposed

A sheriff in North Carolina is reportedly under investigation after racist comments he made about Black officials were recorded by someone in his department. Racist rants made over the phone by Columbus County Sheriff Jody Greene were recorded by Captain Jason Soles after he had enough of hearing Greene make the remarks, reported WECT. In a phone call, Greene asked who in the department was in communication with Lewis Hatcher, an African-American former sheriff that Greene had barely defeated in the previous election, and Melvin Campbell, a recently-fired African-American sergeant. Greene said there was a "snitch" in their department leaking information to his political opponent, reported WECT. “I’m sick of it. I’m sick of these black bastards,” Greene reportedly said on the p...
Informant allegedly raped twice by suspected drug dealer in Louisiana while cops left her unmonitored
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Informant allegedly raped twice by suspected drug dealer in Louisiana while cops left her unmonitored

A woman working as an informant for law enforcement in Louisiana was reportedly raped twice by a known drug dealer during a sting operation while deputies left her unmonitored. The incident happened in January of last year in Alexandria. The woman went to a dilapidated drug house to buy meth from a drug dealer known on the streets as “Mississippi” while she was outfitted with a tiny microphone and hidden camera. The authorities supervising the sting left her alone with the man — with devices incapable of monitoring the encounter in real time, reported the Associated Press. The dealer, who reportedly has a rap sheet spanning decades, forced the woman to perform oral sex on him and threatened to put her “in the hospital” during the ordeal as she whimpered and cried. At one point during ...
Report: Names of hundreds of high-ranking law enforcement and elected officials documented in leaked Oath Keepers list
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Report: Names of hundreds of high-ranking law enforcement and elected officials documented in leaked Oath Keepers list

A report released on Wednesday revealed hundreds of names of high-ranking law enforcement officers, military service members and elected officials in leaked membership documentation belonging to Oath Keepers, a far-right extremist group. The Anti-Defamation League Center on Extremism sifted through more than 38,000 names on the leaked document and identified more than 370 people it purported to currently work in public safety and justice. The organization also identified more than 80 people who either ran for office or already served by early early August. Oath Keepers have been accused of playing a role in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the capitol, and the leaked list raises new concerns about extremists who are potentially embedded in law enforcement and government institutions. More ...
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Aggressive Florida cop caught on camera telling Black driver “this is how you guys get killed”

A Florida police officer who pulled over a Black driver in Miami-Dade County is currently on desk duty after he told the man  “this is how you guys get killed out here” during a traffic stop last week. The driver, who reportedly was in his mom’s vehicle, was pulled over for an alleged traffic violation. The officer aggressively opened and closed the driver-side door during the confrontation, telling the driver he wouldn’t make it to work that day before also throwing in the threatening statement as the man recorded the encounter on his cellphone. The driver asked the officer to repeat what he said, which he did not do before walking to his police motorcycle and writing a citation. The officer was reportedly placed on desk duty as the police department reviews body camera footage along w...
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Ohio jury only awards Black female lieutenant $2 in discrimination lawsuit

A former Black female lieutenant won her lawsuit against the police department she worked for after alleging racial discrimination and retaliation. But the jury only awarded her $2. The civil rights lawsuit was filed in 2018. She was demoted to a lower position — without a uniform — after she spoke up about the racism in the department. The jury found the department guilty last week but only award her $2 — $1 for discrimination and $1 for retaliation against her. The woman’s attorney said the woman is content with the verdict which was about “the principle.” Her original suit sought $25,000, as well as lost wages and an unknown amount in attorney’s fees. The woman will reportedly ask a judge to have the city pay her legal fees. She is still employed with the police now working in a di...
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Family files federal lawsuit after Black teen in Kansas dies in custody

The family of a Black teen killed by officers at a county jail in Kansas filed a federal lawsuit on Monday against the county and the officers involved. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District for Kansas. Five officers who restrained the 17-year-old boy, who reportedly had mental health issues, were named in the lawsuit. According to the filing, the officers involved used excessive force and did nothing when the teen’s health was noticeably in danger. The lawsuit also claims structural issues at the facility that contributed to the teen’s death were noted in a 2016 state report. According to an autopsy report, the teen died from "complications of cardiopulmonary arrest" after he was held down by officers.  The county D.A. said he could not press charges against the officers involved...
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2 North Carolina homes belonging to Black family targeted by arsonist in racially-motivated attack

This is probably going to sound like something out of 1922: Two homes belonging to a Black family in North Carolina were set on fire by an arsonist in what the family reportedly believes were racially-motivated attacks. The first house in Beulaville was reportedly set ablaze in January while family members were inside. The fire burned the home and several vehicles on the property. Then in May, another fire suspected to be arson destroyed the home of another family member in Jacksonville. The elder mother of the family is a known community activist who has been lauded in her community for her work. The towns, however, have reportedly been known to harbor racial tensions, particularly after a settlement was reached in the favor of African Americans who sued a nearby farm over health conce...