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AP-NORC poll: Many Black Americans doubtful on police reform
March 17, 2022
Few Americans believe there has been significant progress over the last 50 years in achieving equal treatment for Black people in dealings with police and the criminal justice system, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. ... read more »
Melina Abdullah Headed to Prairie View A&M
March 9, 2022
Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) has announced that scholar and co-founder of the Los Angeles Chapter of Black Lives Matter, Melina Abdullah, will be the university’s inaugural Activist-In-Residence for the 2021-2022 academic year.    ... read more »
Toxicologist testifies that drugs did not kill George Floyd
February 17, 2022
A toxicologist testified Wednesday at the federal trial of three former officers charged with violating George Floyd's civil rights that it wasn't drug use, heart disease nor an agitated state known as “excited delirium'' that caused Floyd's death after officers pinned him to the pavement in May 2020. ... read more »
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Black Republicans Applaud Election of Gallagher as GOP Leader
February 17, 2022
Black Republicans in California are applauding the Feb. 8 election of Assemblymember James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) as the new Minority Leader of the 19-member Assembly Republican Caucus. ... read more »
LA Mayoral Candidate Rep. Karen Bass Calls for Increase in LAPD Patrol Levels
February 10, 2022
Saying that Angelenos ``don't feel safe,'' Rep. Karen Bass called for an increase in Los Angeles Police Department patrolpersonnel to reach already-authorized levels as part of her campaign for mayor. ... read more »
Kim Potter guilty of manslaughter in Daunte Wright’s death
December 23, 2021
Judge Regina Chu ordered Potter taken into custody and held without bail, and scheduled her to be sentenced on Feb. 18. As she was led away in handcuffs, a man in the courtroom shouted “We love you, Kim!” ... read more »
Study Shows Police Killings in U.S. Have Been Widely Undercounted
December 9, 2021
Last summer, after the May 25, 2020 killing of George Floyd by former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, there were protests in the streets around the U.S. ... read more »
University Design School Initiative Seeks Racial Justice
December 7, 2021
After the murder of George Floyd in May 2020, the University of Minnesota's College of Design launched the Design Justice Initiative, which seeks to support the retention and inclusion of Black, Indigenous and students of color through affinity spaces, policy adaptations and operational changes. ... read more »
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Florida law school creates Ben Crump social justice center
December 4, 2021
A South Florida law school on Thursday announced the creation of a social justice center named after Ben Crump, the Black civil rights attorney who has gained national prominence representing victims of police brutality and vigilante violence. ... read more »
Nonprofit to Redevelop Bank Damaged during Floyd Protests
November 29, 2021
 A Minneapolis bank that was badly damaged during protests over the death of George Floyd is giving the property to a nonprofit developer to build affordable housing, commercial space and a home for cultural organizations. ... read more »
Facebook’s “We The Culture” Panel Discusses Black Portrayals in Mainstream News
November 25, 2021
When Erica Cobb, co-host of the Daily Blast Live, first stepped into the world of mainstream news over two decades ago, she overheard a conversation in which an industry person considered Cobb the perfect minority for a particular role because, although she is Black, to them she “didn’t come across like a Black person” based on a stereotypes in their head. ... read more »
George Floyd’s Family Members Launch `Thank You’ Tour In Leimert Park
October 8, 2021
Members of George Floyd's family were in Los Angeles today to launch their ``Thank You Tour'' across the U.S. to show their appreciation for the millions of people who protested in 2020 to demand justice and call for an end to police brutality and racism after Floyd was murdered by a Minneapolis police officer. ... read more »
Fate of George Floyd Pardon Request Now with Texas Governor
October 7, 2021
A Texas agency on Monday approved a request that George Floyd be granted a posthumous pardon for a 2004 drug arrest made by a now-indicted ex-Houston police officer whose case history is under scrutiny following a deadly drug raid. ... read more »
Local Governments Can Lead in Public Safety Movement
October 7, 2021
Negotiations on a federal police reform bill have collapsed because Congressional Republicans are willing to stand in the way of lifesaving changes to policing. It is time for state and local governments to take the lead in reimagining public safety. And it is time for all of us to support local leaders who are willing to show leadership and take risks to make it happen. ... read more »
Bill to Ban Police Restraints that Cut Off Oxygen Headed to Governor’s Desk
September 16, 2021
Assembly Bill 490 or Angelo’s Law, authored by Chair of the Select Committee on Police Reform, Mike A. Gipson (D-Carson) passed the California State Legislature. AB 490 seeks to ban law enforcement from using restraints that cause positional asphyxia, a deadly condition that can occur when a person being restrained cannot get enough oxygen. ... read more »
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