New York City lawmakers have approved a disputed annual budget that purports to slash $1 billion from the NYPD as calls by anti-racism protesters to defund law enforcement sweep the United States. "Defund the police" has become a rallying cry of the Black Lives Matter demonstrations that erupted following the killing in custody of African-American George Floyd in Minneapolis in May. Protesters have camped outside New York's city hall this past week demanding that money be shifted from America's largest police force to social services to help fight racial injustice.
Protesters have camped outside the Memphis City Hall since June 16. The city said the move was necessary to allow for construction.
Most people who shoot and kill someone else are investigated and prosecuted. Police have a different set of rules.
As the sun began to rise on a sweltering summer morning in Las Vegas last year, a police officer spotted Byron Williams bicycling along a road west of downtown.The bike did not have a light on it, so officers flipped on their siren and shouted for him to stop. Williams fled through a vacant lot and over a wall before complying with orders to drop face down in the dirt, where officers used their hands and knees to pin him down. "I can't breathe," he gasped. He repeated it 17 times before he later lapsed into unconsciousness and died.Eric Garner, another Black man, had said the same three anguished words in 2014 after a police officer who had stopped him for selling untaxed...
A USA TODAY/Public Agenda poll released Monday found widespread and bipartisan support for more training on de-escalation tactics and racial biases.