Florida woman nearly blinded by cops while protesting peacefully testifies to DC lawmakers
MIAMI — Almost exactly a month ago, LaToya Ratlieff was shot in the face with a foam rubber bullet by a Fort Lauderdale police officer as she choked on tear gas at a protest over the death of George Floyd. Monday, still struggling with her eyesight, she testified in front of Congress about her experience.The 34-year-old, who is recovering from a fractured eye socket and gash that required 20 stitches, spoke alongside others injured in encounters with police officers by way of a virtual hearing conducted by the U.S. House’s Oversight Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.In an interv...
Balancing Act: George Floyd protesters are pointing us toward the work that needs doing. Please don't look for a reason to turn away.
CHICAGO — I can’t tell you what to focus on right now.I can’t get inside your heart or your brain, shaped as they are by a lifetime of tragedies, triumphs, memories, moments witnessed and grief, maybe. I don’t know your lived experience — this past weekend or any weekend before that.Maybe you’re focused on the looting. Maybe you’re a small business owner, or your elderly mother with high blood pressure can’t sleep because the windows on her block are all smashed, or you live in a disinvested neighborhood and fear rebuilding won’t happen nearly as quickly as it does on the Magnificent Mile.Mayb...