From #BlackLivesMatter to #VidasNegrasImportam: Call to end colonial legacy of police brutality
Monument in Curaçao in homage toTula, an enslaved African man who freed himself and led the Curaçao Slave Revolt in 1795. Photo by Kattiel / Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0).The continued policing of Black bodies and the lasting structure of European colonialism and bondage is a legacy born from the Transatlantic slave trade and its aftermath in the African Diaspora.In light of the recent deaths of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Tony McDade in the United States, as well as the call to end all forms of police brutality and state-sanctioned violence across the African continent, Latin America...
6 months after Floyd's killing, how much has Minneapolis policing changed?
MINNEAPOLIS — The outcry that followed George Floyd’s death under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer surpassed anything Michelle Gross had seen in 30 years of pushing for police reform.But six months later, the tragic momentum for change in that moment, she said, has fizzled into frustration.“It’s been a revelation to me, a disappointing revelation, to see how unwilling the mayor and the council have been to be real leaders in this,” said Gross, of Communities United Against Police Brutality.The city’s elected leaders say they remain committed to changing the way the city runs its 150-ye...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Editorial: Tragedy in focus: What Walter Wallace's death reminds us about mental illness and policing
What Walter Wallace Jr.’s family wanted when they dialed 911 for the third time in a single day on Oct. 26 was for medical providers and an ambulance to come treat and rescue him — a 27-year-old Black man with bipolar disorder who was that day in the throes of a severe mental health crisis.Instead, two young and armed Philadelphia police officers arrived, to find a zombie-like man, butcher knife in hand.Police body camera video shot that day and properly released last week show Wallace’s family screaming, “He’s mental! He’s mental,” trying to stop the pair of audibly terrified officers in the ...
New York Daily News
Democracy, policing and the coronavirus pandemic
As England enters its second national lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, police officers continue to go to work to keep us safe. They are still responding to emergencies, investigating murders and finding missing people. Among the traditional police work though, our police are taking on new roles. House parties are being broken up, businesses forced to temporarily close and substantial fines dished out for breaking lockdown rules. Breaking up house parties and handing out substantial fines to individuals and businesses who break COVID-19 rules have become part of the job.In the interests o...
New York Has An Incarceration Problem. Letting People Go Is The Answer
Governor Cuomo at a correctional facility (photo: governor's office)The killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Daniel Prude, and scores of Black Americans have once again put a spotlight on the brutality of policing in this country. But policing is only one part of a criminal legal system that was founded on dehumanizing and oppressing Black people. There are countless Black lives, including those of Kalief Browder, Layleen Polanco, Benjamin Smalls, and Lulu Benson-Seay, that have been taken away in jails, prisons, and detention centers across New York. Now is the time to address the full s...
The Gotham Gazette
Police Act, first step towards effective policing, says Gbajabiamila
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has applauded the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to sign into law, the Nigeria Police Act passed by the National Assembly.In a tweet on his official twitter handle, the Speaker said the Police Act is the first step towards enhancing effective policing in the country, adding that the House will continue to monitor the implementation of the law.The bill was sponsored by a member of the House from Plateau state, Yusuf Ahmed Gagdi.The Speaker said “On the 2nd July 2020, the 9th House of Representatives passed the Police Act, 2020. ...
Will Bunch: How many more Daniel Prudes must die before America ends its brutal ways of policing?
If there was ever a moment when it seemed certain that the old American way of policing was dead, it came in early June with the drone footage of a river of tens of thousands of Black Lives Matter protesters flowing down Hollywood Boulevard in liberal Los Angeles. The marchers kept coming and coming — singin’ songs and a-carryin’ signs, like a mashup of Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” (penned about 1966 protests a block away, on Sunset) with the endless headlights in “Field of Dreams.”You had to think that if California, with its progressive traditions and its solid bloc of Democra...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Pompeo says UN vote on race, policing in US is 'hypocrisy'
Washington (AFP) - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Saturday a UN Human Rights Council vote condemning racism amounted to hypocrisy.Pompeo defended the recent discussion on race relations in America as a sign of a healthy democracy, and said the council should focus on what he called systemic racial disparities in member countries such as Cuba and China."The council's decision to vote yesterday on a resolution focusing on policing and race in the US marks a new low," Pompeo said in a statement.The council took the vote after a debate prompted by protests in the US triggered by the death ...
China's Xi urges more policing as virus toll rises
Beijing (AFP) - Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for tightened control over online discussion and increased policing to ensure "positive energy" and social stability, state media said Saturday, as the country struggles to contain the deadly new coronavirus.Xi's remarks were made public as the authorities have faced rare bouts of public anger over the handling of an epidemic that has killed more than 1,500 people and infected some 66,000 across the country.Censors had allowed some online criticism of local officials in central Hubei -- the epicentre and origin of the crisis -- but calls ...
UK to lose access to EU-only police databases: Barnier
Vienna (AFP) - The UK will eventually lose access to EU-only police databases after it leaves the bloc, the European Union's chief Brexit negotiator said Tuesday."Let's be clear: based on the UK's positions, our cooperation will need to be organised differently," Michel Barnier said during a speech in Vienna. "It will rely on effective and reciprocal exchanges, but not on access to EU-only or Schengen-only databases."Barnier said it was "understandable" that "the UK's recent paper on security expresses a desire to keep the benefits of EU membership".However, he said this would not be possible ...