Tag: police reform

George Floyd’s Killing Prompts Africans to Call for Police Reform at Home

NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenyan and American protesters knelt outside the United States Embassy in Nairobi one morning last month, outraged at George Floyd’s killing and the racism and brutality they saw across the Atlantic. But they were also furious about police abuses at home, in Kenya. Protests sprang up all over town. In the large […]

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Have Americans Warmed to Calls to ‘Defund the Police’?

Welcome to Poll Watch, our weekly look at polling data and survey research on the candidates, voters and issues that will shape the 2020 election. Just over a month ago, the term “defund the police” was almost entirely the domain of activists and academics. Now it’s a household phrase, with a huge majority of Americans telling […]

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As U.S. Confronts Anti-Black Racism, Latinos Wonder Where They Fit In

PHOENIX — “Tu lucha es mi lucha,” several signs declared at a recent Black Lives Matter protest near the Arizona State Capitol. Your struggle is my struggle. The sea of faces included young Latinos who had marched before, during the immigrant rights movement in the state a decade ago, when Joe Arpaio championed draconian policies […]

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Facebook Can’t Be Reformed

“We know we have more work to do.” That was the line from numerous Facebook representatives last week in reaction to the #StopHateForProfit advertising boycott campaign. Intended to pressure the company to curb hate speech and misinformation, the boycott has been joined by several high-profile brands, including Unilever and Verizon, and could make a rare dent […]

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He Says a Union Fired Him Over His Push for Police Reform

When Gabriel Acevero, a Maryland state legislator employed by a union local, introduced a bill last year to roll back protections for police accused of misconduct, he was stepping on a potential fault line. His union, Local 1994 of the United Food and Commercial Workers, represents thousands of Black and Latino workers in food services […]

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He Says a Union Fired Him Over His Push for Police Reform

When Gabriel Acevero, a Maryland state legislator employed by a union local, introduced a bill last year to roll back protections for police accused of misconduct, he was stepping on a potential fault line. His union, Local 1994 of the United Food and Commercial Workers, represents thousands of Black and Latino workers in food services […]

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Can the N.Y.P.D. Handle a $1 Billion Budget Cut? Yes

In a city staring down $9 billion in lost revenue, it is hardly revolutionary to ask the Police Department to share the pain. But this is New York, home to the largest and probably most powerful Police Department in the country. For the city’s police officials, an agreement to cut nearly $1 billion from the […]

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Defund the Sheriffs, Too

Many other sheriff’s departments merit similar scrutiny but are rarely subject to it. Jessica Pishko, a senior counsel at the Justice Collaborative, cautions that any large county, such as Los Angeles, will have a very different sheriff’s department than a suburb or rural town. But one structural issue that extends across most sheriff’s departments is […]

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Trump Wants a Backlash. Can He Whip One Into Shape?

The public response to the demonstrations over the killing of George Floyd is now beginning to take shape more clearly along familiar ideological lines — in ways that are likely to propel politics this year and beyond, dividing left and right as Democrats and Republicans take opposing stands on the efficacy and even the legitimacy […]

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N.Y.C.’s Budget and a Cut to N.Y.P.D. Funding, Explained

ImageCredit…Diana Zeyneb Alhindawi for The New York Times New York City’s budget process isn’t usually this heated. As the city slowly reopens during the coronavirus pandemic, Mayor Bill de Blasio and other officials are facing a gloomy fiscal reality and demands from protesters against police brutality to slash the Police Department’s funding. I asked my […]

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$1 Billion Is Shifted From N.Y.P.D. in a Budget That Pleases No One

New York City officials on Tuesday agreed to a grim coronavirus-era budget that will sharply curtail municipal services, impose a hiring freeze and, in a move meant to placate calls to defund the police, shift $1 billion from the Police Department. The $88.1 billion budget reflected the economic shutdown that followed the outbreak, causing a […]

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$1 Billion Is Shifted From NYPD in a Budget That Pleases No One

New York City officials on Tuesday agreed to a grim coronavirus-era budget that will sharply curtail municipal services, impose a hiring freeze and, in a move meant to placate calls to defund the police, shift $1 billion from the Police Department. The $88.1 billion budget reflected the economic shutdown that followed the outbreak, causing a […]

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De Blasio and Council, Facing Fiscal Crisis Over Virus, Agree on Budget With Big Cuts

Bowing to political pressure and a bleak fiscal reality that evoked municipal crises of decades past, New York City officials on Monday agreed to an austerity budget that includes drastic cuts to city services and a $1 billion shift of resources out of the New York Police Department. New York, like the rest of the […]

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Trump Shares Video of Armed White Couple Confronting Protesters

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Monday morning retweeted a video of a white man and woman brandishing a semiautomatic rifle and a handgun at peaceful black protesters in St. Louis over the weekend, amplifying a surreal scene that embodied the racial divisions roiling the country. Mr. Trump’s promotion of the St. Louis confrontation was the […]

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After More Than a Month of Protests in New York, What’s Next?

Tens of thousands of New Yorkers have poured onto city streets for the last month. They have marched hundreds of miles, closed bridges, shut down highways and, most recently, taken up residence outside City Hall, calling for the police budget to be slashed. In the chaotic first days of the city’s protests demanding police reform, […]

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How the Floyd Protests Turned Into a 24-Hour ‘Occupy City Hall’ in N.Y.

It started on Tuesday night when about 100 protesters began occupying City Hall Park in Lower Manhattan — with some spending the night — in an effort to draw more focus to their demand for deep budget cuts to the Police Department. In a matter of days, a movement took root. What started on a […]

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4 San Jose Officers Put on Leave Amid Probe Into Racist Facebook Posts

Four police officers in San Jose, Calif., have been placed on administrative leave after an anonymous blog post accused retired and current officers of posting racist and anti-Muslim comments in a private Facebook group. “While I have no control over what former employees post online, I can voice my outrage after hearing about these comments […]

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Why the $6 Billion N.Y.P.D. Is Now a Target of ‘Defund the Police’

When someone in the grip of a mental health emergency behaves erratically in New York City, it is the Police Department that is often called in. When there are serious disciplinary problems in the schools, or when homeless people are found sleeping in the subways, police officers are asked to take over. The Police Department’s […]

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Trump, Not So Statuesque

WASHINGTON — For a long time, Republicans have brandished the same old narrative to try to scare their way into the White House. Their candidates were presented as the patriarchs, protecting the house from invaders with dark skin. With Nixon, it was the Southern Strategy, raising alarms about the dismantling of Jim Crow laws. With […]

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How Progressive Candidates of Color Are Building Winning Coalitions

Image Just last month, it looked as if Amy McGrath would coast to the Democratic Senate nomination in Kentucky. A moderate former fighter pilot with strong backing from the party establishment, she had raised over $40 million, far more than all her competitors combined. From her TV ads, you would have thought she was already […]

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If You Want to Let Freedom Ring, Hammer on Economic Injustice

Since it emerged seven years ago in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the Black Lives Matter movement has produced a sea change in attitudes, politics and policy. In 2016, 43 percent of Americans supported Black Lives Matter and its claims about the criminal justice system; now, it’s […]

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We Talked to More Than 50 Democratic Officials. Almost All Want to Divert Police Funding.

WASHINGTON — A month after the killing of George Floyd by the police in Minneapolis ignited a wave of nationwide protests, Democratic Party officials are expressing broad support for significantly reallocating funds away from police departments, with positions that go well beyond that of the party’s presumptive presidential nominee, Joseph R. Biden Jr. Interviews with […]

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America Is Facing 5 Epic Crises All at Once

There are five gigantic changes happening in America right now. The first is that we are losing the fight against Covid-19. Our behavior doesn’t have anything to do with the reality around us. We just got tired so we’re giving up. Second, all Americans, but especially white Americans, are undergoing a rapid education on the […]

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Police Groups Wield Strong Influence in Congress, Resisting the Strictest Reforms

WASHINGTON — As Americans were clamoring in the streets last week to defund the police and as Democrats in Congress were drafting legislation to make it easier to track and prosecute officer misconduct, Larry Cosme, a leader of the police lobby, was at the White House making a direct appeal to some of President Trump’s […]

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Everything You Wanted to Know About the Police Reform Bills. No, Seriously…Everything

Photo: Scott Olson (Getty Images) Right now, two separate and unequal policing bills are navigating their way through America’s highest legislative bodies as a response to the protests over the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and thousands of other people whose lives have been snuffed out by the hands, forearms, knees and […]

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Leo Tolstoy vs. the Police

In the early months of lockdown, many people stuck at home found themselves turning to unusual sources of comfort: Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s PowerPoint presentations, bread-baking (especially, for reasons unclear, sourdough) and “War and Peace,” Leo Tolstoy’s 1,200-page novel about the Napoleonic era in Russia. Gathering online around the hashtag #TolstoyTogether, readers perhaps unsurprisingly found themselves […]

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9 Departments and Multiple Infractions for One New Jersey Police Officer

WOODLYNNE, N.J. — He left one department after failing to meet its standards. At another, he racked up disciplinary infractions. He was fired from a third, yet succeeded in getting hired at another. By the time the officer, Ryan Dubiel, 31, began patrolling the streets of this small town last year, he was at his […]

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The Second Defeat of Bernie Sanders

Three months ago, Bernie Sanders lost his chance at the Democratic nomination, after a brief moment in which his socialist revolution seemed poised to raze the bastions of neoliberal power. But the developments of the last month, the George Floyd protests and their cultural repercussions, may prove the more significant defeat for the Sanders cause. […]

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Trump Didn’t ‘Send In the Troops.’ They Were Already There.

A little more than 28 years ago, a convoy of Marines drove north on Interstate 5 toward Los Angeles. I was in the convoy, a young Marine company commander, riding with misgivings. The city was smoldering after two nights of violence and arson following the acquittal of police officers who had brutally beaten Rodney King, […]

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After George Floyd, Fresh Scrutiny of Old Cases

ATLANTA — The story of Elijah McClain’s death, which came after he was confronted and detained by police officers last year in the Denver suburb of Aurora, Colo., did not go unnoticed by residents and the local news media in the weeks that followed. Articles were published, and a few modest rallies were held. But […]

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