Today’s daily news brief focuses on the continuing protests around the country over police brutality and racial injustice. Despite overwhelming public pressure and scrutiny, police continue to flout the laws that they themselves proclaim to uphold. As always, all articles are drawn from the front pages available at Newseum.org.
Display dedicated to George Floyd, Photo by Daniel Arauz reused under CC BY-SA 2.0 License
Despite ostensible reforms, the LAPD continues to embrace a legacy of brutality when confronted with their actions. For many of the protesters out in force, the behavior of the LAPD calls to mind their response to protests after Rodney King was beaten and the peaceful 2007 May Day protest that they crushed. Despite promises to change, many are skeptical given the reality of their actions.
Caught between powerful, politically active police unions demanding even less accountability for officers and a public no longer tolerant of the violent excesses of America’s police, police chiefs are finding it hard to keep hold of their employment. Hiring people to run embattled departments is also no small task, as the rank and file are reluctant to back welcome any restraint on their otherwise-unfettered authority and civilian politicians are growing more and more exasperated with police leadership failures.
After police fatally shot Rayshard Brooks in the back, protests against police brutality have intensified in Atlanta. After someone started a fire at the Wendy’s where Brooks was killed, protesters moved onto the interstate, blocking traffic. The protest culminated in a rally outside of the police precinct headquarters.
Collected signs from Ontario BLM protest, Photo by Janderson.L. Reused under CC BY-SA 2.0 License
A released body camera video from February shows Sgt. William Spyker of the Chicago Police telling a CTA supervisor that, in no uncertain terms, he was going to frivolously arrest her for making a complaint about an officer’s misconduct. When she refused to be intimidated, the Sgt gallingly had the offending officer be the one to cuff her. Official reports of the arrest included no mention of her complaint.
André Watson, a Dallas-area Biology teacher, is one amongst many pushing for schools to help teach children about racial justice to help students unlearn prejudices. He finds himself frustrated by an uncaring bureaucracy and concerns about angry parents. Watson is hoping that this moment could lead to a breakthrough in his quest.
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