Can Philadelphia transform its police force from 'warriors' to 'guardians'? This deescalation training could help
PHILADELPHIA — On a mild November night in 2015, Camden, New Jersey, police sped to Crown Fried Chicken at Broadway and Mickle, where a distraught man with a knife had just threatened to kill a customer inside.When cops arrived, the 48-year-old man was outside, waving the knife, clearly a potential threat. Repeatedly, he refused police orders to drop his weapon.The encounter could have been his death sentence in many cities in America — or, a few years earlier, in Camden itself.Instead, police officers recognized the man was in the throes of a mental health crisis and backed off. An officer wi...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
UPS boosts dry ice capabilities in preparation for vaccine transport
UPS said it has boosted its dry ice production capabilities in preparation for the task of distributing COVID-19 vaccines that must be kept at freezing temperatures.As the logistics industry prepares to ship vaccines around the world, experts have raised concerns about a potential dry ice shortage.UPS said it can now produce as much as 1,200 pounds of dry ice per hour at its U.S. facilities.The company said the boosted capacity will ensure there’s enough dry ice to pack shipments from its health care facilities in Louisville, Kentucky and Dallas, Texas, as well as Ontario, Canada.UPS is also p...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Karla Peterson: HBO's 'Between the World and Me' is a painful and poetic look at racism in America
The new HBO film based on Ta-Nehisi Coates’ 2015 book “Between the World and Me” is so informed by our current moment that its crew includes a COVID-19 production manager. It is so plugged in to 2020 that it features footage from the Black Lives Matter protests that engulfed America in May after the death of George Floyd. It is so current, it includes Coates’ interview with the mother of Breonna Taylor, who was killed in March by Louisville, Kentucky, police officers during a botched raid on her apartment.Coates’ book was written in the wake of the 2014 deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Former officer charged in Breonna Taylor shooting case is accused of rape
The former Louisville, Kentucky, police officer who faces criminal charges in the Breonna Taylor shooting case is accused of preying on women and sexually assaulting a college student he drove home from a bar in 2018, according to a lawsuit filed this week in Jefferson County Circuit Court.Brett Hankison was fired June 23 for his role in the botched raid on Taylor’s apartment in March.Around the same time he was fired, an investigation was launched into at least two sexual assault claims by two women who leveled accusations against the officer on social media, according to The Washington Post....
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Commentary: The right no-knock warrant fix
After police killed Breonna Taylor in a home invasion search for drugs, no-knock warrants have gone from little-known law enforcement tool to fodder for dinner-table conversation.Some jurisdictions have moved to ban them altogether. That’s a mistake. Taylor’s death rightly cries out for dramatic limits, but no-knocks are indeed needed in imminent danger cases.First, some history. In sanctifying an Englishman’s home as his castle, 1600s England required law officers to knock and announce themselves before forcibly entering and searching a residence. Several centuries later, England’s former col...
New York Daily News
Carjackings, delivery vehicle thefts spike during pandemic
Amid the pandemic, carjackings and thefts of unattended delivery vehicles have skyrocketed in some cities and counties.Armed carjackers have victimized motorists at stoplights, parking garages and gas stations, according to police. Others have taken off in food delivery drivers’ idling cars while they’re picking up or delivering orders.Law enforcement officials say the spike in so-called hop-ins can be traced to the explosion in customers ordering delivery during the pandemic.“Criminals aren’t dumb,” said Officer Rick Goodale, a spokesperson for the Montgomery County Police Department in Maryl...
From the streets in Louisville: ‘No justice, No Halloween’
The thing that surprised me was the guns.That morning – Thursday – I’d been speaking to Latoia Stafford and Milly Martin, two young women who’d taken to the streets to protest against the killing of Breonna Taylor, 153 days before. They’re still protesting every day, and their movement has caught fire across the country. No matter who the US choses as its president next week, they vow they won’t stop until they get justice.Taylor was a Black woman shot dead in her own apartment by two White police officers in March. The killing happened in Louisville, Kentucky, where my own (White) family date...
Breonna Taylor killing spurs action against no-knock warrants
Emmanuel Remy and his children looked out of their Columbus, Ohio, home window one morning last November to see a dozen tactical officers in their yard.The officers were preparing to serve a warrant for the previous residents — suspected drug dealers. In the five months since Remy had bought the property, detectives already had shown up with warrants three times. The officers’ early morning attempt, this time with a battering ram, showed him how wrong warrants can go.“They didn’t even do a simple address search to see that the property had transferred,” recalled Remy, a Democratic member of th...
Families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Jacob Blake and Alvin Cole speak at Grant Park rally to urge people to vote
CHICAGO — Greeted by a standing ovation and chants of “say her name,” Breonna Taylor’s mother and the families of other people of color shot or killed by police gathered Thursday for a rally in Grant Park to urge people to vote and “get the change we need.”“A lot of days it feels like it’s us against them,” said Tamika Palmer, whose 26-year-old daughter was shot and killed by Louisville, Kentucky, police officers during a botched raid on her apartment in March.“We’ve been protesting, we’ve been arguing, we’ve been crying in court,” she told the audience of about 40 people. “But unless we vote,...
Fired Buffalo police officer who contends she stopped another cop from choking a man finds new support — in Chicago
CHICAGO — The arts collective at the Inner-City Muslim Action Network on Chicago’s Southwest Side supports artists from across the country, encouraging them to inspire change through storytelling.But the details of Cariol Horne’s story, shared there during a summer of intense national conversation over police abuse, struck an unusually troubling note — Horne has maintained for 15 years that she was fired from the Buffalo Police Department because she broke ranks and saved a man who was being choked by another cop during an arrest.Her dismissal, when she was just shy of 20 years on the job, cos...