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Time to defund the police?
Amid ongoing protests in response to the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police officers, a number of activists have proposed defunding or abolishing police departments.
Such efforts are supported by the Black Lives Matter Foundation which has a petition on its website calling for “a national defunding of police.”
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) on Sunday announced that he will pursue the defunding of the NYPD in a manner that doesn't compromise New Yorkers' safety, redirecting resources to youth and community programs.
During a Sunday interview with ABC, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said she hadn't yet reviewed protesters' addition to a Black Lives Matter mural she commissioned that now reads "BLACK LIVES MATTER = DEFUND THE POLICE."
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey (D) continues to stand by his position that while he supports policing reforms, he opposes defunding the police. Reiterating this on Saturday, he was booed by protesters and heckled with chants of, "Go home, Jacob, go home," & "Shame! Shame!"
On the Radar
Black Lives Matter D.C. v. Trump
Black Lives Matter, the American Civil Liberties Union, and other civil rights groups are suing the Trump administration and federal law enforcement agencies for violating the rights of demonstrators who were violently evacuated for a photo-op by the president.
Park rangers and military police used tear gas and physical force last Monday to clear out peaceful protesters near the White House so President Donald Trump could "pay respects" to the historic St. John's Episcopal Church.
“This case is about the president and attorney general of the United States ordering the use of violence against peaceful demonstrators who were speaking out against discriminatory police brutality targeted at black people," the lawsuit says.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has defended the forced removal of peaceful protesters, claiming they could have turned violent.
Under the Radar
Summer Plans in a Pandemic — What Is and Isn’t Safe?
With many of us approaching month two (or more) of quarantine, the itch to go outdoors is starting to feel near-overwhelming. But infectious-disease and public-health experts warn that there's currently no such thing as a zero-risk outing. Even seemingly innocuous activities like sharing a vacation home with another family carries some degree of risk.
Dr. William Miller, an epidemiologist at Ohio State University, says transmission risk is determined by three factors:
- Time: Risk increases as the amount of time you spend with others goes up
- Space: Risk increases as the space between you and others decreases
- People: Risk increases as the number of people with whom you interact goes up
Read how best to minimize risk here, and which activities are riskiest, then join the conversation:
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And, in the End…
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