Why This Liberal Mayor Doesn’t Want a Lecture From Progressives

London Breed has heard the wrath of progressives (and conservatives) on doing too much (and too little) to “clean up” neighborhoods in San Francisco struggling with substance use. She’s not backing down.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #boudin-chesa, #breed-london, #budgets-and-budgeting, #mayors, #police, #police-department-san-francisco-calif, #police-reform, #san-francisco-calif, #tenderloin-san-francisco-calif

Can Eric Adams Rebuild, and Rein In, the N.Y.P.D. Anti-Crime Unit?

Mayor Eric Adams wants to recreate the department’s plainclothes anti-crime unit, which recovered illegal guns but was responsible for a number of fatal shootings.

#adams-eric-l, #new-york-city, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-nyc, #police-reform, #racial-profiling, #sewell-keechant, #shea-dermot-f-1969, #vassell-saheed-d-2018

The Law of Unintended Political Consequences Strikes Again

Progressive philanthropists who fund groups that promote extreme views are “exacerbating intraparty conflict and stoking interparty backlash.” 

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Teen Girl Shot By Police Was Seeking New Life, Family Says

The family of Valentina Orellana-Peralta described the terrifying moments before the 14-year-old girl, who had recently moved to Los Angeles from Chile, was killed by a stray bullet fired by a police officer.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #floyd-george-d-2020, #garcetti-eric-m, #los-angeles-calif, #orellana-peralta-valentina, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-los-angeles-calif, #police-reform

Video Shows Chaos and Violence at Scene of Los Angeles Police Shooting

Body camera and surveillance footage shows a man attacking holiday shoppers before police officers opened fire, killing him and a 14-year-old girl who was in a dressing room.

#breed-london, #garcetti-eric-m, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #los-angeles-calif, #los-angeles-police-protective-league, #newsom-gavin, #orellana-peralta-valentina, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-reform

Video Shows Chaos and Violence at Scene of 14-Year-Old Girl’s Death

Body camera and surveillance footage shows a man attacking holiday shoppers before police officers opened fire, killing him and a 14-year-old girl who was in a dressing room.

#breed-london, #garcetti-eric-m, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #los-angeles-calif, #los-angeles-police-protective-league, #newsom-gavin, #orellana-peralta-valentina, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-reform

A Call to Fund the Police

Mayors of color in major, liberal cities are prioritizing public safety.

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In Fight Against Violence, Asian and Black Activists Struggle to Agree

Calls for unity have ebbed over disagreements on one main issue: policing.

#asian-americans, #assaults, #atlanta-spa-shootings-2021, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #discrimination, #hate-crimes, #minorities, #oakland-calif, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-reform, #race-and-ethnicity

Keechant Sewell, a Queens Native, Comes ‘Full Circle’ to Head N.Y.P.D.

Keechant Sewell, chief of detectives in Nassau County, will become the city’s 45th police commissioner after she impressed Eric Adams with “emotional intelligence.”

#adams-eric-l, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #de-blasio-bill, #police, #police-department-nassau-county-ny, #police-department-nyc, #police-reform, #sewell-keechant

Mount Vernon, N.Y., Police Face Federal Civil Rights Investigation

The inquiry will focus on whether the Mount Vernon department engaged in a “pattern or practice of unlawful policing,” officials said.

#civil-rights-and-liberties, #corruption-institutional, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #gothamist-llc, #justice-department, #mount-vernon-ny, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-reform, #williams-damian-attorney

New Prosecutors Are Reopening Old Cases Against Police Officers

District attorneys around the country are investigating officers in cases their predecessors had handled, raising the ire of police unions that say it undermines public safety.

#arboleda-laudemer-d-2018, #black-lives-matter-movement, #brown-michael-1996-2014, #criminal-justice, #district-attorneys, #fraternal-order-of-police, #gascon-george, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #hall-andrew-danville-calif-police-officer, #krasner-larry-1961, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-reform, #traffic-and-parking-violations

Can Liberals Survive Progressivism?

The main threat to the Democratic Party comes from the left.

#bail, #crime-and-criminals, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #police-reform, #shellenberger-michael, #united-states-politics-and-government, #waukesha-wis-holiday-parade-attack-2021

Elijah McClain’s Family to Receive $15 Million in Settlement

Mr. McClain, a young Black man, died in 2019 after being restrained by the police in Aurora, Colo.

#aurora-colo, #mcclain-elijah-d-2019, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-reform, #polis-jared-s-1975, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Do Democrats Have a Messaging Problem?

Some critics say the Democratic Party is struggling to respond to issues seized upon by conservative news media.

#critical-race-theory, #democratic-party, #education-k-12, #elections-governors, #police-reform, #polls-and-public-opinion, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government, #virginia

N.Y. City Council Sees Historic Changes, and Republicans Gain Ground

Concerns over public safety and pandemic restrictions helped some Republicans win seats on the New York City Council, which will also be one of the city’s most diverse councils ever.

#ariola-joann, #brannan-justin-l, #city-council-nyc, #democratic-party, #elections-city-councils, #new-york-city, #police-reform, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #vaccination-and-immunization, #vernikov-inna, #women-and-girls

Offered a Chance to Reinvent Policing, Minneapolis Opts for What It Knows

Around the country, local elections suggested that voters were rejecting the most sweeping calls to reinvent law enforcement.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #long-island-ny, #minneapolis-minn, #police, #police-department-minneapolis-minn, #police-reform

Minneapolis Voters Reject an Amendment to Replace the Police Department

The amendment, which grew out of the anger over the murder of George Floyd, called for replacing the city’s police force with a new Department of Public Safety.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #minneapolis-minn, #police-reform

Eric Adams, the Likely N.Y.C. Mayor, Has The Times’s Endorsement

Mr. Adams has The Times’s endorsement.

#adams-eric-l, #education-k-12, #elections-borough-presidents, #elections-mayors, #endorsements, #police-reform

Seattle’s Choice: A Police Abolitionist or a Law-and-Order Republican?

The finalists in the race to become Seattle’s next city attorney have extreme differences in their views. Some residents are wary of both of them.

#crime-and-criminals, #criminal-justice, #gregoire-christine-o, #locke-gary, #police-reform, #seattle-wash, #straka-brandon, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Fate of the Minneapolis Police Is in Voters’ Hands

In the city where the “defund the police” movement took off, voters will decide next week whether to replace their Police Department with a new public safety agency.

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Sheriff Is Charged With Falsely Accusing Black Newspaper Carrier of Threats

Ed Troyer, the sheriff of Pierce County in Washington State, was charged with making a false claim after saying the man had threatened to kill him, prosecutors said.

#black-people, #ed-troyer, #ferguson-robert-w-1965, #inslee-jay, #news-tribune, #newspapers, #police, #police-reform, #seattle-times, #sedrick-altheimer

A Year After ‘Defund’, Police Departments Get Their Money Back

The abrupt reversals have come in response to rising levels of crime, the exodus of officers and political pressures.

#adams-eric-l, #crime-and-criminals, #dallas-tex, #garcia-eddie-dallas-tex-police-officer, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #guyger-amber-1988, #jean-botham-shem, #johnson-eric-1975, #police-department-dallas-tex, #police-reform

Can America Reform Policing and Fight Crime at the Same Time?

We have seen too often how the lust to punish Black criminality — to inflate and pathologize it — wins out over all else.

#black-people, #discrimination, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-reform, #united-states-politics-and-government

Kasim Reed Focuses on Crime in Atlanta Mayoral Election

Kasim Reed, the former mayor whose administration was marked by corruption scandals, is running for another term, promising to restore public safety.

#atlanta-ga, #crime-and-criminals, #elections-mayors, #moore-felicia, #police-reform, #reed-kasim

Miami’s Embattled Top Cop Compared City Leaders to Cuban Dictators

Chief Art Acevedo was a flashy hire when he arrived in Miami six months ago. Now his job is in peril after a series of clashes with city commissioners.

#acevedo-art-houston-tex-police-chief, #carollo-joe, #miami-fla, #miami-police-department, #police, #police-reform, #suarez-francis-x-1977

Want to Solve the Housing Crisis? Build More, and Build Higher.

Down with historic preservation!

#affordable-housing, #crime-and-criminals, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #internal-sub-only, #police-reform, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #urban-areas, #zoning

When the ‘Silent Majority’ Isn’t White

The new media obsession with moderate minorities.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #democratic-national-convention, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #internal-sub-only, #news-and-news-media, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-reform, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2020

A Supreme Court That Has Gone Wrong

Erwin Chemerinsky’s “Presumed Guilty” details the many ways the Supreme Court has favored the police over the accused.

#books-and-literature, #chemerinsky-erwin, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-reform, #presumed-guilty-book, #supreme-court-us, #warren-earl-jr

The Congressional Black Caucus: Powerful, Diverse and Newly Complicated

The group, which includes most Black members of Congress, remains publicly united. But in private, an influx of new members who think differently about its purpose are making a play for the future.

#black-people, #bush-cori, #clyburn-james-e, #congressional-black-caucus, #democratic-party, #elections-house-of-representatives, #police-reform, #polls-and-public-opinion, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states-politics-and-government

Conservative Group, Seizing on Crime as an Issue, Seeks Recall of Prosecutors

A group backed by undisclosed donors is targeting three Democratic prosecutors in Northern Virginia for recall campaigns in a test of what could be a national strategy in 2022.

#arlington-county-va, #criminal-justice, #elections-district-attorneys, #fairfax-county-va, #floyd-george-d-2020, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #loudoun-county-va, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-reform, #soros-george, #united-states-politics-and-government, #virginia

Why Top Democrats Are Listening to Eric Adams Right Now

Some prominent Democrats think their party’s nominee for mayor of New York offers a template for how to address issues of public safety.

#adams-eric-l, #black-people, #democratic-party, #elections-mayors, #new-york-city, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-reform, #united-states-politics-and-government

Eric Adams Has Plans for New York, Beyond Public Safety

Mr. Adams, the Democratic mayoral nominee, has stances on policing, transportation and education that suggest a shift from Mayor Bill de Blasio.

#adams-eric-l, #affordable-housing, #congestion-pricing, #content-type-personal-profile, #education-k-12, #elections-mayors, #homeless-persons, #new-york-city, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-reform, #politics-and-government, #real-estate-commercial, #roads-and-traffic

Progressives’ Urgent Question: How to Win Over Voters of Color

A yearslong challenge for the left was starkly illustrated this week as its hopes faded in the New York mayor’s race.

#adams-eric-l, #black-people, #democratic-party, #elections-mayors, #hispanic-americans, #new-york-city, #police-reform, #race-and-ethnicity

How Did a Socialist Triumph in Buffalo?

The backlash against defund-the-police didn’t stop India Walton.

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Why Police Have Been Quitting in Droves in the Last Year

Asheville, N.C., has been among the hardest hit by police departures in the wake of last year’s George Floyd protests. About a third of the force quit or retired.

#asheville-nc, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #north-carolina, #police, #police-reform

Biden Aims to Bolster Police Departments as Homicides Increase

The president made clear that he intends to approach crime prevention by investing in, rather than defunding, the police as he waded into an urgent national debate over policing.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bureau-of-alcohol-tobacco-firearms-and-explosives, #crime-and-criminals, #gun-control, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-reform, #united-states-politics-and-government

Staving Off G.O.P. Attacks, Democrats Show New Urgency on Crime

A strong showing by Eric Adams in the New York mayoral race and President Biden’s announcement of a new crime-fighting agenda signal a shift by Democrats toward themes of public safety.

#adams-eric-l, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #new-york-city, #police-reform, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government

Want to Get Trump Re-elected? Dismantle the Police.

The Trump G.O.P.’s voter-suppression efforts and surging murder rates leave Democrats vulnerable.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #minnesota, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police, #police-department-minneapolis-minn, #police-reform, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j

Policing and the New York Mayoral Race

As voters head to the polls, we talk to two Democrats about an election that is testing the city’s values.

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Rising From Pandemic, New York Seeks a New Mayor to Face Looming Crises

Eric Adams is considered the front-runner in Tuesday’s Democratic primary, but the race is fluid enough that another candidate may win.

#adams-eric-l, #donovan-shaun-l-s-1966, #elections-mayors, #garcia-kathryn, #mcguire-raymond-j, #morales-dianne, #new-york-city, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-reform, #primaries-and-caucuses, #stringer-scott-m, #wiley-maya, #yang-andrew-1975

Eric Adams Is Awful. I’m Putting Him on My Ballot.

He’ll be bad for progressives but still better than Andrew Yang.

#adams-eric-l, #black-lives-matter-movement, #elections-mayors, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #new-york-city, #police-department-nyc, #police-reform, #primaries-and-caucuses

5 takeaways from the final Democratic debate for New York mayor.

Most candidates avoided attacking Eric Adams, the presumed front-runner, while mental illness and affordable housing dominated the policy discussion.

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Should It Be This Hard to Sue the Police and Win?

Qualified immunity can protect officers from liability; it can also mean they don’t pay for heinous crimes.

#police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-reform, #timpa-tony

Battle for Black Voters in N.Y.C. Mayor’s Race Centers on Policing

As New York’s Democratic primary nears, Black voters appear torn between Eric Adams and Maya Wiley and their divergent views on balancing public safety and civil rights.

#adams-eric-l, #black-people, #democratic-party, #elections-mayors, #mcguire-raymond-j, #morales-dianne, #new-york-city, #police-reform, #primaries-and-caucuses, #race-and-ethnicity, #voting-and-voters, #wiley-maya

Has New York Hit a Progressive Plateau? The Mayor’s Race Is a Key Test.

Concerns about crime are dominating the Democratic primary, and the party’s left wing has just started to coalesce.

#adams-eric-l, #black-lives-matter-movement, #democratic-party, #elections-mayors, #garcia-kathryn, #morales-dianne, #new-york-city, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-reform, #primaries-and-caucuses, #stringer-scott-m, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wiley-maya, #yang-andrew-1975

Departures of Police Officers Accelerated During a Year of Protests

Retirements nationwide were up by 45 percent and resignations by 18 percent in the 12-month period ending in April.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #police, #police-executive-research-forum, #police-reform, #united-states

After a Year of Protests, Portland Is Ready to Move On. But Where?

The demonstrations that swept the country after George Floyd’s death lived on for much of the year in Portland, a city now engaged in finger-pointing and a debate over what comes next.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #police, #police-reform, #portland-ore

August Vollmer ‘Abolished’ the Police — in 1905

Reshaping American policing is not some shocking new idea from the radical left.

#berkeley-calif, #history-academic-subject, #police, #police-reform, #racial-profiling, #vollmer-august

Why a New Mexico House Race Is a Crucial Test of the G.O.P. Focus on Crime

In a special election to replace Deb Haaland, Democrats are bolstering their nominee, taking no chances that a law-and-order argument against her will cost them what should be a safe House seat.

#albuquerque-nm, #democratic-party, #elections-house-of-representatives, #haaland-deb, #maloney-sean-patrick, #mark-moores, #melanie-stansbury, #pelosi-nancy, #police-reform, #politics-and-government, #race-and-ethnicity, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government

Pride Said Gay Cops Aren’t Welcome. Then Came the Backlash.

Just as L.G.B.T.Q. visibility reached a new peak, splinter groups are re-examining the annual parade. Is Pride too corporate? Should police officers be allowed to march? Is it a revolution, or is it a party?

#black-people, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #gay-officers-action-league, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #new-york-city, #parades, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-reform, #transgender-and-transsexuals