House of Representatives Passes George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

“For too long, we have endured the pain of watching or seeing the deaths of people of color, particularly Black men and women, at the hands of rogue police officers who operate with impunity and take it upon themselves to be the arbiters of life and death,” Congresswoman Maxine Waters declared. “The trauma that our communities feel is only made worse by the ways in which we are forced to reckon with the reality that Black people are over 3.5 times more likely to be killed by police than white people, and Black teenagers are 21 times more likely to be killed by police than white teenagers.”

Grand jury indicts mother in death of child found in swing

A Maryland woman who was found pushing her dead son in a playground swing earlier this year has been indicted and charged with manslaughter and child abuse, authorities announced Monday. The Charles County State’s Attorney’s Office announced that Romechia Simms, 24, was arrested Saturday and faced an arraignment Monday. The indictment charges her with manslaughter, first-degree child abuse and child neglect. Simms placed her 3-year-old son, Ji’Aire Donnell Lee, on the swing the morning of May 20 and he stayed there until he was found dead two days later, county sheriff’s office spokeswoman Diane Richardson said in May. The mother