Today’s headlines look at the historic firsts slated to be on ballots across the U.S. in November, most notably Kamala Harris, announced yesterday as the running mate for presumed Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Next, we turn to Senator Harris’s former colleagues in law enforcement, with developments in the movements to defund and reform the police. Note that headlines ending with an asterisk (*) appeared on the newspaper’s front-page, but not on its website. These headlines are selected from the front pages curated by Newseum.org. Indigenous Territory names and Treaty information are taken from the Native Land map.
“Kamala Harris takes oath of office as United States Senator by Vice President Joe Biden in January 3, 2017.” available in the public domain, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
The winners of Madison’s state Democratic primaries include an African immigrant who would be the first Muslim in the legislature and a chef and restaurant owner who would be the first Asian American to serve in the legislature. The results demonstrate “a coming change in the makeup of the leadership of at least the Democratic Party,” said UW-Madison political science professor Michael Wagner.
Former Vice President Joe Biden announced by tweet yesterday that California Senator Kamala Harris would be his running mate, making her the first-ever woman of color on a major party ticket. Harris served as California attorney general and San Francisco district attorney prior to her election to the Senate in 2016. Raised in Berkeley by an Indian immigrant mother and a Jamaican immigrant father, Harris is understood to bring a unique perspective to the position at a time of heightened racial unrest and anxiety over immgration.
“Defund the Police projections in Seattle” by Backbone Campaign, available under CC BY 2.0, courtesy of Flickr.
The Arizona Police Association endorsed President Trump at a Tucson ‘Cops for Trump’ rally on Tuesday. Vice President Pence vowed to the socially- distanced audience of several hundred, “We’re not going to defund the police, not now, not ever,” and painted the Democrats as opponents of law enforcement.
Seattle police Chief Carmen Best, the first Black woman to lead the city’s police, announced on Tuesday that she would retire next month. Flanked by Mayor Jenny Durkan and Deputy Chief Adrian Diaz, Best cited cuts that the City Council made to the department’s budget without her input and an overall lack of respect for the force as the main factors behind her decision to leave. Best departs in the wake of heated protests against police violence, criticism over the city’s use of tear gas and blast balls at demonstrations, and the City Council’s efforts to shift funding for the police to community solutions.
Within 4 hours yesterday, the Aurora police department learned they were being investigated by the Colorado attorney general, would be undergoing a city-led review, and were facing a federal lawsuit from the parents of Elijah McClain. McClain, a Black 23 year old man killed by police last year, has garnered international attention, and his death is the subject of four additional investigations.
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