San Jose police trains recruits to issue questionable citations, conduct improper searches, report says
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Before this summer’s highly criticized clashes between San Jose police and demonstrators during protests over police brutality and racial injustice, citizen complaints against officers had dropped to its lowest point in years, according to new report by the San Jose’s Office of the Independent Police Auditor.The city-appointed civilian watchdog agency tallied 216 complaints against police in 2019 with allegations ranging from excessive uses of force to unwarranted searches and detainment to procedural violations, which accounted for the lion’s share of filed grievances. Comp...
The Mercury News
COVID-19 surveys halted in Minnesota amid racism, intimidation
MINNEAPOLIS — A door-to-door COVID-19 testing survey has been halted due to multiple incidents in greater Minnesota of residents intimidating and shouting racial and ethnic slurs at state and federal public health survey teams.The CDC pulled its federal surveyors out of Minnesota this week following reports of verbal abuse and intimidation, including an incident in the Iowa border town of Eitzen, Minn., in which a survey team walking to a house was blocked by two cars and threatened by three men, including one who had a gun.Frustration with the state’s pandemic response “is totally understanda...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
El Nuevo Herald managing editor resigns
MIAMI — Nancy San Martín, the managing editor of el Nuevo Herald, resigned on Thursday, according to the vice president of news for McClatchy, the parent company that also publishes the Miami Herald.San Martín leaves “after years of powerful, award-winning work for this newsroom and the community it serves,” Kristin Roberts said in an email sent to the newsrooms of both newspapers on Thursday. “There will be a moment soon for the team to wish her well and to thank her for her dedication and commitment.”The resignation comes two weeks after a reader flagged racist and anti-Semitic content publi...
Biden vows to change 'systemic racism' during first NC appearance in months
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden brought his campaign to Charlotte on Wednesday, telling a dozen African American business owners and educators that the “tough times” for Americans in this pandemic are even worse for African American communities.“It’s sort of emblematic of the inequality that exists,” he said at what was billed as a Black Economic Summit at Camp North End. “We have a gigantic opportunity to change the systemic racism.”Biden also ripped President Donald Trump for what he called “the most corrupt administration in modern American history.”Biden’s first...
The Charlotte Observer
Michael Jordan, Denny Hamlin starting NASCAR team. Their first driver: Bubba Wallace.
Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan and NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin are starting a single-car racing team that will feature Bubba Wallace as the driver for the 2021 Cup season.Jordan’s publicist, Estee Portnoy, announced the partnership in a tweet Monday night. Jordan Brand has been a sponsor of Hamlin’s race team and Hamlin is a longtime Hornets season-ticket holder.Wallace is the only black driver on NASCAR’s top circuit. He previously drove for Richard Petty Motorsports.“Growing up in North Carolina, my parents would take my brothers, sisters and me to races, and I’ve been a NASCAR fan my...
The Charlotte Observer
EDITORIAL – Race for a vaccine
EDITORIAL – Race for a vaccine(The Philippine Star) – September 22, 2020 – 12:00amFrom the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the battle cry was healing as one. The message applies not only to just one city or country, but to the entire world. Just one COVID-19 hotspot on the planet can put the rest at risk.With healing as one in mind, the World Health Organization is mobilizing governments and the private sector for a coordinated rollout of vaccines for coronavirus disease 2019. There’s a gap, however, between best intentions and action. Warnings have been aired against “vaccine nationalism” ...
With in-person campaigning limited, Kamala Harris rallies Black NC voters virtually
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Black voters historically make up a huge voting bloc for the Democratic Party, and the Biden campaign is working to further motivate the key demographic even as it limits in-person events due to the coronavirus pandemicWith voting underway in North Carolina, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, along with the Congressional Black Caucus PAC, hosted a virtual rally focused on the state Friday night. The event commemorated Friday’s inaugural National Black Voter Day, a day created by the National Urban League, BET, and many civil rights organization...
The Charlotte Observer
Lions' Matthew Stafford pens powerful essay on why he won't 'stick to football'
DETROIT — Matthew Stafford penned a powerful essay for The Players’ Tribune website Friday in which he detailed racist behavior he experienced while with some of his teammates this spring and urged everyone to continue fighting against racial injustice.Stafford said his proudest day as a Detroit Lion came in August when the team called off practice to demonstrate against the Jacob Blake shooting.Blake was shot at least seven times by Kenosha, Wis., police, and the Lions’ protest sparked other demonstrations across the sports world, with some games in the NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball bein...
Detroit Free Press
Martin Schram: A race to save our democracy
At last! Like a poli-sci superhero rushing in to save America’s imperiled democracy from an Election Day doomsday, the quiet-spoken former U.S. intelligence chief and conservative Indiana senator Dan Coats just gifted us with the presidential leadership we so desperately needed.Coats not only shattered the shameful silence of fellow Republicans who are afraid to oppose President Donald Trump’s words and deeds, but he did it loudly and boldly using only the power of printed words. At mid-morning Thursday, The New York Times soundlessly slipped onto its website a warning-call commentary by Coats...
Tribune News Service
Chicago's history of systemic racism blamed for nearly 9-year life expectancy gap between Black and white residents, according to new report
CHICAGO — In a report released Thursday, Chicago health officials starkly stated the cause of a growing life expectancy gap between Black and white residents: decades of segregation and systemic racism.The report, titled Healthy Chicago 2025, detailed how Black residents die, on average, nearly nine years earlier than white residents. Chronic disease is the largest contributor, according to the document, with the city’s endemic gun violence as the second leading reason for the disparity.The report follows two previous Healthy Chicago analyses of health outcomes for Chicagoans. Previous reports...