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29.09.2021 - 10:54 [ Black conservative View / Youtube ]

Orlando Magic’s Jonathan Isaac explains his COVID HESITANCY based on natural immunity and CDC data

During NBA Press conference today, Orlando Magic’s Jonathan Isaac says he isn’t getting the covid vaccine because he has natural immunity and data shows he isn’t at risk at all from covid. Well said, very educated!!

29.09.2021 - 10:40 [ Glenn Greenwald ]

An NBA Star and New York’s Governor Show That Liberal COVID Discourse is Devoid of Science

The view that the unvaccinated are all stupid, primitive and ignorant is getting more difficult to sustain, especially as liberal policy contradicts its own core premises.

28.09.2021 - 19:41 [ NY Teachers for Choice ]

Why fully vaccinated educators must leave the AFT and UFT

The UFT teachers union in NYC and its national umbrella AFT have already decided the following:

– Vaccination every 6 months is now a “way of life” for their members
– Anyone who is ‘unvaccianted’ doesn’t deserve employment in America
– Biometric systems in schools should be implemented
– Universal masking in schools should be permanent
– Unions are not obligated to protect individual civil liberties
– Unions don’t serve their members, they serve the DNC and the Biosecurity State

To all of my fully vaccinated brothers and sisters in education I implore you to look at this list and ask yourself if this is the country, the community and the school system you want to be a part of. IF it is not, then you must LEAVE THE UFT & AFT RIGHT NOW!

28.09.2021 - 19:14 [ Leisa / Twitter ]

Support These Establishments, And Boycott the Cowards Who Comply

28.09.2021 - 19:02 [ NY Teachers for Choice ]

Multi-Cultural Plaintiffs Sue de Blasio over Vaccine Mandate

Black, Brown, Hispanic, White, Asian, female, male and immigrant plaintiffs are suing Mayor de Blasio in federal court over his forced vaccination mandate for NYC DOE employees in the case KANE vs DE BLASIO. The 10 plaintiffs include Michael Kane, William Castro, Margaret Chu, Heather Clark, Stephanie Di Capua, Robert Gladding, Nwakaego Nwaifejokwu, Ingrid Romero, Trinidad Smith, and Amaryllis Ruiz-Toro.

This is the third lawsuit filed against de Blasio’s vaccine mandate for NYC educators with a major focus on the city’s fraudulent exemption process.

28.09.2021 - 18:57 [ Left Against Lockdown NY / Twitter ]

TODAY is the day we save our #schools from the illegal #CovidVaccine mandate! #HumanRights

28.09.2021 - 18:44 [ Leisa / Twitter ]

New York Protest Against Tyrannical Vaccine Passports and Mandatory Vaccinations.

28.09.2021 - 18:39 [ Teachers4OpenSchools / Twitter ]

New York teachers are still taking to the front lines to challenge @NYCSchools @NYCMayor @DOEChancellor on their discriminatory and unscientific policy of mandatory vaccination.

04.08.2021 - 07:47 [ Fox News ]

Hannity slams New York City’s vaccine passport protocol

„Nevermind medical privacy, your medical privacy, nevermind your doctor-patient confidentiality. Anyone who’s vaccinated and is allowed to attend indoor activities will soon have to share their personal, medical documents with employees at every restaurant, every bar, every sporting event, every concert and other random strangers all across New York City.“

Along with vaccine requirements, NHI Director Dr. Francis Collins told CNN that parents should wear masks with their children in their own homes, sparking outrage.

04.08.2021 - 06:58 [ Chicago Tribune ]

Chicago won’t require vaccine passports like New York for now, but ‘we’ll be watching to see how this plays out,’ health commissioner says

Dr. Allison Arwady called New York’s move “appropriate” and praised Chicago businesses who independently implemented such a practice. But New York City was a lot less resistant at the idea of a vaccine passport than Chicago has been, she said.

30.06.2021 - 19:48 [ NYC Board of Elections / Twitter ]

The Board of Elections conducts rigorous and mandatory pre-qualification testing for every election. It has been determined that ballot images used for testing were not cleared from the Election Management System (EMS). EMS produces Cast Vote Records (CVR) from ballot images. RCV software uses the CVR to produce unofficial results. When the cast vote records were extracted for the first pull of RCV results, it concluded both test and election night results, producing approximately 135,000 additional records. Board staff has removed all test ballot images from the system and will upload election night results, cross-referencing against election night reporting software for verification. The cast vote record will be re-generated and the RCV rounds will be re-tabulated.

The Board apologizes for the error and has taken immediate measures to ensure the most accurate up to date results.

30.06.2021 - 19:18 [ Gothamist.com ]

State Board of Elections Approves Software To Tabulate Ranked-Choice Primary Results

(25.05.2021)

The approval comes after more than 18 months of back and forth between the city and state over the process required to test and implement the Universal Ranked-Choice Voting Tabulator, the software selected by the city which was developed by a non-partisan non-profit called The Ranked Choice Resource Center. It wasn’t until January of this year that state officials finally agreed to allow the mandatory testing and certification to take place.

30.06.2021 - 18:35 [ Douglas E Schoen / theHill.com ]

New York’s mayoral primary puts ranked-choice voting under the national spotlight

(27.06.2021)

My firm, Schoen-Cooperman Research, has also worked on referenda aimed at passing ranked-choice voting in cities and states across the country.
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I support the method because, by design, it delivers a more representative outcome and gives voters more choice than a winner-take-all system. In addition, ranked-choice voting discourages negative campaigning and elects fewer extreme candidates.

30.06.2021 - 18:31 [ The Associated Press / Twitter ]

BREAKING: Election officials in New York City have retracted their latest vote totals for the Democratic primary for mayor. They say 135,000 test ballots were inadvertently included in the count.

15.05.2021 - 15:11 [ teleSUR ]

Chileans Know Little About This Weekend’s Elections, Polls Say

Besides the traditional mayors and councilmen positions, voters will elect for the first time 16 governors and 155 members of the Constituent Convention.

The consulting firm IPSOS on Thursday revealed a recent study showing high levels of uncertainty and lack of information among Chile’s electorate as 57 percent of interviewees had no precisions over the subnational elections to take place on May 15 and 16.

15.05.2021 - 05:28 [ Haaretz ]

Arab, Jewish Activists Call for Calm Amid Violent Attacks in Israel’s Mixed Cities

Two NGOs, Arab-Jewish Center for Empowerment, Equality and Cooperation in the Negev Institute and Sikkuy – the Association for the Advancement of Civic Equality, are backing initiatives in an effort to promote equality and partnership between Jews and Arabs. Following their initiatives, nearly 60 municipalities have pledged to end the violence and protect the delicate social fabric in their communities.

22.03.2021 - 07:01 [ WPTV News - FL Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast / Youtube ]

Crowds pack Ocean Drive in Miami Beach after curfew

Police try to enforce a curfew in Miami Beach after crowds linger, leading to a stampede.

22.03.2021 - 06:56 [ ABC News / Youtube ]

Hundreds of people defy Miami Beach curfew orders

The city has now extended the restrictions for at least 3 weeks.

22.03.2021 - 06:52 [ Global News / Youtube ]

COVID-19: Miami Beach in Florida declares state of emergency over crowds

Miami Beach police are taking drastic measures to impose a new curfew as spring breakers overwhelmed the city …

26.01.2021 - 10:51 [ iamexpat.nl ]

Anti-coronavirus protests and riots across the Netherlands

The national curfew came into effect at 9pm on January 23. The first night saw the police issue over 3.600 95-euro fines for violations of the curfew. 25 people were arrested. However, the police did note that, of the people who were stopped and checked during curfew hours, 80 percent carried the necessary government forms.

On Monday, the Dutch Security Council – made up of the 25 mayors who chair security regions – will meet in Utrecht in order to discuss how the curfew will be enforced over the coming weeks.

31.10.2020 - 21:41 [ NBC New York ]

NYC Sheriffs Bust Illegal Halloween Party With Almost 400 People at Brooklyn Warehouse

Deputies said they found three walk-up bars inside as well as a DJ for what appeared to be a Halloween-themed celebration. They shut down the party and charged people for resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and violating pandemic executive orders that put a ban on mass gathering.

24.10.2020 - 11:40 [ amny.com ]

De Blasio calls Trump’s NYC ‘ghost town’ description ‘unfair,’ Manhattan offices could fill up more by early 2021

As of Sept. 18, only 10% of Manhattan office workers had returned to their buildings, the Wall Street Journal reported late last month.

De Blasio confirmed that City Hall had indeed been considering bringing back more of its workforce, but new developments were put on hold due to the recent COVID clusters in Brooklyn and Queens.

17.10.2020 - 23:28 [ Fox News ]

Federal judge says Cuomo coronavirus restrictions may turn NYC ‘desolate,’ but allows them

Brooklyn U.S. District Judge Brian M. Cogan said safety restrictions and guidelines may even “turn New York City into a very different, even desolate, place compared to how it was before the pandemic,” but he declined to grant a preliminary injunction against rules that prohibit restaurants from serving food after midnight. Indoor dining is also restricted to 25% capacity as of Sept. 30.

17.10.2020 - 23:07 [ NBC New York ]

Judge Refuses to Block Cuomo’s COVID Restrictions After Brooklyn Catholic Diocese Files Lawsuit

Ruling in a lawsuit brought by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, U.S. District Court Judge Nicholas Garaufis said in an order Friday that even though the rules harm religious groups, it is not in the public interest to block them if they are helping prevent a wave of new infections.

17.10.2020 - 23:02 [ Jerry Dunleavy / Twitter ]

With help from the Becket Fund, New York’s Bais Yaakov Ateres Miriam school for Jewish girls just filed a lawsuit against the recent coronavirus lockdown orders imposed by NY Governor Andrew Cuomo and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio.

11.10.2020 - 02:40 [ theGuardian.com ]

PM ‘betraying his red wall voters’ over lockdown cash

Burnham told the Observer that by offering to pay only two-thirds of the wages of people hit by new closures – as opposed to the 80% which applied nationally under the original furlough scheme – ministers would be punishing people in the north in a way that was completely unacceptable.

Burnham said the Conservatives were betraying the people in so-called “red wall” seats who they had persuaded to vote Tory at the general election last December with pledges to “level up” the country.

11.10.2020 - 02:30 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Millions will be ordered not to leave their local areas in new Covid clampdown

Millions of people will be asked not to travel outside their local areas and could be banned from mixing with other households, even outdoors, amid fears that some hospitals in the North-West could be overwhelmed within days.

This weekend, Downing Street was briefing mayors and council leaders on the planned three-tier „Local Covid Alert Levels“ system of restrictions for England, expected to be announced by Boris Johnson on Monday.

09.10.2020 - 20:00 [ Gothamist.com ]

Zoned Coronavirus Shutdown Of Parts Of Brooklyn And Queens Is Now In Effect. Here’s What We Know

The maps were drafted in consultation with health experts including former city health commissioner and Centers for Disease Control director Dr. Tom Frieden, Dr. Noam Ross of EcoHealth Alliance, and Dr. Michael Osterholm of the University of Minnesota.

05.10.2020 - 20:55 [ New York Times ]

Cuomo Won’t Approve Closing of Businesses in 9 Hard-Hit N.Y.C. Areas

Indeed, the governor also announced that the state would take over supervision of enforcement of mask and social-distancing rules in the hot spot clusters, presumably putting the State Police in charge of New York City Police Department officers.

05.10.2020 - 20:49 [ JTA.org ]

New York governor moves to close yeshivas – and possibly synagogues

That deadline is a day earlier than Mayor Bill de Blasio had set — and equally irrelevant for the hundreds of Jewish schools in the areas, most of which are closed right now because of the Sukkot holiday.

Cuomo also announced that he would take over efforts to enforce social distancing and mask mandates in New York City areas with rising cases, many of which are home to significant Orthodox populations.

05.10.2020 - 20:38 [ Jewish Deplorable / Twitter ]

BREAKING: Cuomo sides with de Blasio’s plan to shut down schools in primarily Jewish areas, threatens to ban religious gatherings

05.10.2020 - 16:06 [ NPR.org ]

NYC To Close Businesses In Parts Of Brooklyn And Queens As Virus Takes Hold Again

After initially leading the nation in positive coronavirus tests, New York City was able to get the virus under control earlier this year through strong messaging on the importance of social distancing and the widespread closures of businesses. But in recent weeks, city officials and residents had been watching the numbers tick back up, particularly in Orthodox Jewish areas.

05.10.2020 - 15:56 [ CBS News ]

New York City looking to close some areas seeing coronavirus surge

Over the past two weeks, the number of new cases of the virus has been rising in pockets of the city, predominantly in neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens that are home to the city’s large Orthodox Jewish population.

01.09.2020 - 14:20 [ Yahoo.com ]

Six Democratic Minnesota mayors endorse Trump for president

Is Biden out of touch with the working class? Babbit Mayor Andrea Zupancich speaks out.

25.08.2020 - 19:53 [ The Hill ]

Nationals Park to serve as polling site in November

The stadium, which has been closed to baseball fans this season due to the coronavirus, will be one of roughly 80 polling centers in Washington. It joins Capital One Arena — the home of the Washington Capitals and Wizards — which announced it will also be a polling place earlier this month.

24.07.2020 - 18:36 [ Fox News ]

More than 2,000 Portland demonstrators take to street for 57th night in a row, clash with feds

“They’re anarchists,” Trump said. “That’s even, that’s a level that people haven’t seen but they’re anarchists.“

On Wednesday, Democratic Mayor Ted Wheeler and hundreds of others were objecting to the presence of federal police sent by Trump, who previously labeled the demonstrators as “agitators & anarchists” after Wheeler was gassed.

23.07.2020 - 21:41 [ theHill.com ]

Portland City Council bans local police from working with federal law enforcement

The measure, which was passed on Wednesday, orders all members of the Portland Police Department to stop giving or receiving „operational support“ from officers representing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Marshal Service, Federal Protective Service and Customs and Border Protection, according to local news reports. Under the resolution, police are also banned from overseeing demonstrations alongside federal officers.

23.07.2020 - 21:14 [ Mike Baker, Correspondent for @nytimes / Twitter ]

Wheeler begins to speak. Boos and then cheers when he says he demands the feds leave.

23.07.2020 - 21:02 [ The New York Times / Twitter ]

After being tear gassed in a crowd, Portland’s mayor and police commissioner Ted Wheeler denounced federal officers for “urban warfare.”

Some protesters, recalling the city police’s past use of tear gas, mocked him: “You better be here every night, Ted!”

23.07.2020 - 20:57 [ Mike Baker, Correspondent for @nytimes / Twitter ]

Incredible scene. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler overcome with another volley of federal tear gas.

22.07.2020 - 19:43 [ The Hill ]

14 mayors ask feds to stop deploying officers to cities in response to protests

In a letter to Attorney General William Barr and acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf Tuesday, the mayors voiced their “deep concern and objection to the deployment of federal forces in U.S. cities.”

22.07.2020 - 10:31 [ ABC7 I-Team ]

Federal agents will deploy to Chicago as part of anti-violence effort; Mayor Lightfoot pushes back against President Trump

The ABC7 I-Team has learned that President Trump will announce a new federal anti-crime initiative Wednesday afternoon. The initiative aimed at combatting violence in American cities, including expanding a federal law enforcement presence in Chicago.

21.07.2020 - 20:35 [ The Hill ]

Chicago mayor urges Trump not to send federal officers amid violence

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) urged President Trump on Monday against sending federal law enforcement officials to her city, arguing it would create a “disaster” rather than help keep the city safe.

20.07.2020 - 11:57 [ Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America / Twitter ]

We are trying to help Portland, not hurt it. Their leadership has, for months, lost control of the anarchists and agitators. They are missing in action. We must protect Federal property, AND OUR PEOPLE. These were not merely protesters, these are the real deal!

20.07.2020 - 11:46 [ Mayor Ted Wheeler / Twitter ]

This morning, @jaketapper @CNNSotu asked if I believed the President was breaking the law. Not only do I believe he is breaking the law, but he is also endangering the lives of Portlanders. His actions are unconstitutional.

20.07.2020 - 11:40 [ @CNNSotu / Twitter ]

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler on federal troops descending upon the unrest in his city: „Their presence here is actually leading to more violence and more vandalism. And it’s not helping the situation at all. They’re not wanted here“

23.06.2020 - 09:41 [ Seattle Times ]

Seattle will phase down CHOP at night, police will return to East Precinct, Durkan says

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said Monday that the Seattle Police Department will be returning to its abandoned East Precinct building “peacefully and in the near future,” following a weekend in which three people were shot at the edges of the protest area that has emerged around the building.

Durkan said the city would attempt to phase down nighttime activity in the Capitol Hill Organized Protest area, known as CHOP — or earlier, as CHAZ — but would not be using police to clear the zone

20.06.2020 - 09:16 [ Fox23.com ]

City of Tulsa cancels weekend curfew for downtown area ahead of President Trump’s rally

“Last night, I enacted a curfew at the request of Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin, following consultation with the United States Secret Service based on intelligence they had received,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said. “Today, we were told the curfew is no longer necessary so I am rescinding it.”

They said they say they are still aware that buses of protesters may be brought in tonight and they will have officers around the perimeter to secure it and keep campers safe.

14.06.2020 - 07:07 [ Jenny A. Durkan, 56th Mayor of Seattle./ Twitter ]

Earlier today, I visited the #CHAZ and met Marcus Henderson, the person behind the new community garden popping up in Cal Anderson Park. Read more about Marcus and the work that’s gone into creating the gardens:

13.06.2020 - 11:42 [ Metro.us ]

New York City oversight bill to force police to detail surveillance tools

The Public Oversight of Surveillance Technology (POST) Act already has enough co-sponsors to win the two-thirds support needed to override veto from the mayor, who has opposed the bill.

12.06.2020 - 06:22 [ diyatvusa / Youtube ]

Rep. Bobby Rush and Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot hold a joint press conference

(today)

12.06.2020 - 06:19 [ Chicago Tribune ]

Chicago police and city leaders defend handling of protests and looting as questions swirl over response some found lacking

(02.06.2020)

Questions came over the decision to largely seal off downtown, effectively forcing some of the protest action into outlying neighborhoods, and over what appeared at times to be an outnumbered police department’s choice to stand back as looting began.

Tribune reporters observed officers who had been deployed to hot spots to contain a situation keep their posts without engaging looters.

12.06.2020 - 06:15 [ MSNBC / Youtube ]

‘Cowards’: Rush Slams Chicago Police Caught Lounging In His Office Amid Looting | All In | MSNBC

Congressman Bobby Rush got word that his office in Chicago had been burglarized. But when he looked at the surveillance tape, he saw a group of up to 13 police officers, helping themselves to coffee, making popcorn, even napping in his office while nearby stores were being damaged and robbed amid protests. Aired on 6/11/2020.

12.06.2020 - 06:01 [ WGNTV.com ]

Video shows Chicago police ‘lounging’ in congressman’s burglarized office during looting, mayor says

Several Chicago police officers were captured on video relaxing inside the recently-burglarized office of Congressman Bobby Rush while nearby businesses were looted, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Thursday.

Surveillance video taken inside the longtime congressman’s South Side campaign office in the early hours of June 1 shows a group of officers sitting, making popcorn and in one case napping, “while small businesses on the South Side were looted and burned,” Lightfoot said.

12.06.2020 - 05:56 [ theAppeal.org ]

Atlanta’s Mayor Wants $13 Million More For Police. Four Officers Were Just Fired For Using Excessive Force.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has asked for the budget increase amid ongoing local and national reports of police violence against protesters.

12.06.2020 - 05:51 [ NPR.org ]

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser: ‚Not At All‘ Reconsidering Police Funding

The budget that you put out last month, in fact, calls for increasing funding for the police … Are you reconsidering your position in any way?

Not at all.

12.06.2020 - 04:04 [ NBC News ]

Louisville city council unanimously pass ‚Breonna’s Law‘ to ban no-knock warrants

The unanimously passed ordinance, which still needs to be approved by the mayor, bans any search warrant that does not require police to announce themselves and their purpose at the premises. It requires any Louisville Metro Police Department or Metro law enforcement to knock and wait a minimum of 15 seconds for a response.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer vowed to pass the ban as “soon as it hits my desk.”

12.06.2020 - 04:00 [ Courier-Journal.com ]

Louisville police release the Breonna Taylor incident report. It’s virtually blank

Mayor Greg Fischer was less forgiving, issue a statement Wednesday night calling the released report „unacceptable.“

„Full stop. It’s issues like this that erode public confidence in LMPD’s ability to do its job, and that’s why I’ve ordered an external top-to-bottom review of the department,“ he said. „I am sorry for the additional pain to the Taylor family and our community.“

10.06.2020 - 12:24 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

‚I have my own army in the NYPD – the seventh largest army in the world‘: Bloomberg’s bizarre boast about city’s police force

(01.12.2011)

The mayor, who dismissed reports earlier this year of plans to run for President of the United States, also said he prefers City Hall to the White House.

Referring to the U.S. Department of State, located in the Foggy Bottom neighbourhood of Washington, DC, he added: ‚I have my own state department, to Foggy Bottom’s annoyance. We have the UN in New York, so we have entrée into the diplomatic world that Washington does not have.‘

‚I don’t listen to Washington very much, which is something they’re not thrilled about.‘

08.06.2020 - 00:43 [ New York Times ]

De Blasio Vows for First Time to Cut Funding for the N.Y.P.D.

The mayor on Sunday declined to say precisely how much funding he planned to divert to social services from the New York Police Department, which has an annual budget of $6 billion, representing more than 6 percent of Mr. de Blasio’s proposed $90 billion budget.

07.06.2020 - 17:24 [ The Hill ]

Trump orders National Guard to begin withdrawal from DC

D.C Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) sent a letter to Trump Friday requesting he withdraw all “extraordinary federal law enforcement and military presence,” noting that she had ended the state of emergency in the distinct related to the demonstrations.

07.06.2020 - 11:56 [ CBS Minnesota ]

‘I’m Not For Abolishing The Entire Police Department’: Mayor Frey Speaks Out At Mpls. Protest

WCCO caught Mayor Frey afterwards and here’s what he had to say:

“If you’re asking whether I’m for massive structural reform to revise a structurally racist system the answer is ‘yes’. If you’re asking whether I will do everything possible to push back on the inherent inequities that are literally built into the architecture the answer is ‘yes’. If you’re asking whether I’m willing to do everything I possibly can throughout the rest of my term to make sure that the police union, the police contract, the arbitration system, and some of these policies that have resulted in problems for specifically Black and Brown people and murder over series of generations, I’m all for that. I’m not for abolishing the entire police department, I will be honest about that.”

06.06.2020 - 23:36 [ Gothamist.com ]

Live Protest Updates: Influential Union Presses De Blasio To End NYC Curfew Now

Mayor Bill de Blasio is facing continued pressure to lift the 8 p.m. curfew that is in response to the protests, this time from an influential union.

In a tweet sent out this afternoon, the 175,000-member-strong 32BJ SEIU union demanded de Blasio end the curfew while also calling for „the immediate release of all who have been arrested for curfew violations.“ The union comprised of service workers has been an ally to de Blasio in the past, having endorsed him twice during his tenure as mayor.

06.06.2020 - 23:32 [ Seth Pollack / Twitter ]

A scary explanation from horrified ⁦@NYCMayor ⁩ staff: “Of particular concern to staffers, the source said, is that de Blasio appears to be getting all of his information about the protests from Police Commissioner Dermot Shea.”

(04.06.2020)

06.06.2020 - 23:28 [ Gothamist.com ]

More Than 400 Current And Former Members Of The De Blasio Administration Say The Mayor Is Failing At His Job

(04.06.2020)

Over 400 current and former employees in the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio have signed an open letter denouncing the mayor’s treatment of peaceful protesters and his refusal to reign in the NYPD.

The letter includes a scathing evaluation of de Blasio’s performance on criminal justice reform, despite it being one of the main commitments that drew many of these staffers to work for the administration, particularly after he made ending the misuse of stop and frisk a central theme in his 2013 mayoral campaign.

06.06.2020 - 15:15 [ New York Times ]

Cities Ask if It’s Time to Defund Police and ‘Reimagine’ Public Safety

In the wake of George Floyd’s killing, some cities are asking if the police are being asked to do jobs they were never intended to do. Budgets are being re-evaluated.

06.06.2020 - 15:04 [ theIntercept.com ]

Hundreds of Activists and Elected Officials Call on Mayors and Cops to Decrease Police Power

Non-reformist reforms seek abolition as an end goal, and include defunding and demilitarizing the police — a demand that has long been considered politically impossible but has entered mainstream discourse over the last week and is reflected in the letters sent Friday.

The letter to police chiefs asks them to help curb the power of police unions. “Making sure that unions aren’t as powerful so that you can keep bad apples on the force, and prevent robust oversight and disciplinary action,” Medwed said.

06.06.2020 - 12:10 [ New York Times ]

‘Kettling’ of Peaceful Protesters Shows Aggressive Shift by N.Y. Police

The maneuver was a law enforcement tactic called kettling. The police encircle protesters so that they have no way to exit from a park, city block or other public space, and then charge in and make arrests.

For the next 20 minutes in Downtown Brooklyn, officers swinging batons turned a demonstration that had been largely peaceful into a scene of chaos.

The kettling operations carried out by the police department after curfew have become among the most unsettling symbols of its use of force against peaceful protests, and have touched off a fierce backlash against Mayor Bill de Blasio and the police commissioner, Dermot F. Shea.

06.06.2020 - 12:09 [ fox5ny.com ]

Outrage over NYPD tactics

The NYPD is under fire for a series of actions unfolding each day as protesters continue to defy the nightly curfew.

06.06.2020 - 12:07 [ Gabriel Padua Rodriguez / Twitter ]

Fuck garcetti. For any community activist or progressive that wants to challenge him in the next primary I will phonebank, canvas and help your campaign 7 days/per week #garcettiresign

06.06.2020 - 09:13 [ Kiera Feldman, Investigative reporter @latimes / Twitter ]

Homeless man in a wheelchair shot by cops during a demonstration in LA “He pleaded with police not to use force on him before being shot in the face,” the suit reads A Times review of LAPD records found that only 5% of arrests were for “looting”

06.06.2020 - 09:06 [ Aaron / Twitter ]

LAPD shot a homeless man in a wheelchair in the face with a „less than lethal“ bullet as he happened to be on a street they were walking down. Man wasnt even protesting. Just sat there.

(05.06.2020)

OH YEAH
Incase ya’ll thought this pic could be taken outta context, here’s the reverse angle.

06.06.2020 - 08:46 [ LA Times ]

Advocates sue LAPD over protest tactics, alleging disabled homeless man was shot in face with rubber bullets

Protests over the death of Floyd, who was killed while in Minneapolis police custody on May 25, have led to unrest that Los Angeles has not seen since the 1992 riots sparked by the acquittal of four LAPD officers in the beating Rodney King. While businesses were looted and buildings were damaged and burned in downtown, Van Nuys and the Fairfax District, activists said protests have been largely peaceful and police have focused most of their attention on arresting demonstrators instead of looters.

05.06.2020 - 05:17 [ Curbed.com ]

What L.A. could do with its $1.8 billion police budget

The LAPD will receive a $120 million increase in funding under Garcetti’s budget, which was adopted by default Monday after the City Council declined to review it by the June 1 deadline. More city money will be dedicated to policing than any other service this budget year. If you added up the budgets for housing, streets, and transportation, then tripled the sum, it still would not match the city’s LAPD budget.

05.06.2020 - 03:51 [ LA Times ]

Troubling videos capture L.A. police violence, aggression amid demonstrations

It will take time for a full assessment of how police in Southern California performed and how widespread cases of misconduct have been. Protesters and some civil liberties activists have slammed the police tactics as unacceptable. And even city leaders admit there have been problematic incidents and have called for investigations and reforms based on what has emerged.

Mayor Eric Garcetti said the LAPD would reduce the use of foam rounds after many complaints from protesters who were hit by the projectiles.

04.06.2020 - 20:05 [ The Hill ]

DC mayor criticizes fencing around White House: ‚That’s the people’s house‘

„Keep in mind, that that’s the people’s house,“ Bowser said during a press conference after workers were seen erecting additional fencing and barriers on the grounds surrounding the White House.

04.06.2020 - 02:34 [ Asheville Citizen Times ]

Asheville protests: Mayor Manheimer wants explanation of police destruction of medical station

Video by the Citizen Times shows Asheville Police officers in riot gear and holding shields forming a protective circle around other officers who are stomping on water bottles and stabbing bottles with a knife. Other officers destroyed medical supplies such as bandages and saline solution.

03.06.2020 - 19:52 [ New York Times ]

Police Union Discloses Arrest of de Blasio’s Daughter in Privacy Breach

(01.06.2020)

In the post, the union asked how police officers could protect New Yorkers from “rioting anarchists” when “the mayor’s object-throwing daughter is one of them.”

There was nothing in the police report that suggested Ms. de Blasio had thrown any object, and the mayor said she was protesting peacefully. The report said that the police had advised her to leave the street, at 12th Street and Broadway, and she had “refused to do so.”

03.06.2020 - 19:23 [ theIntercept.com ]

New York Police Are Attacking Protesters — They Know They Won’t Face Consequences

In New York, which has one of the strictest laws in the country protecting the privacy of law enforcement officers, Gov. Andrew Cuomo surprised advocates this week when he expressed support for repealing 50-a, despite the fact that the legislation has been hotly debated during the nine years he has been in office. “I would sign a bill today that reforms 50-a,” Cuomo said. “I would sign it today.” De Blasio has defended 50-a, and under his administration the city has stopped making the outcomes of internal disciplinary reviews available to the public.

02.06.2020 - 20:27 [ New York Daily News ]

Cuomo calls on NYPD to ‘do a better job,’ slams de Blasio as looting and unrest rock NYC

Gov. Cuomo said Tuesday the NYPD and Mayor de Blasio must “do a better job” at curbing looting and violence erupting amid civil unrest over police brutality against African-Americans.

“The police in New York City were not effective at doing their job last night. Period,” the governor said during a press briefing in Albany. “They have to do a better job.“

01.06.2020 - 23:28 [ WAVE 3 News ]

LMPD Chief Conrad fired amid mounting civil unrest

An emotional Fischer announced Monday that there was no officer body camera video of the shooting.

“That lack of institutional failure will not be tolerated,” Fischer said as he announced Conrad’s termination, effective immediately. Robert Schroeder will serve as interim police chief.

01.06.2020 - 18:37 [ Stephon Dingle WLKY / Twitter ]

Fascinating image as @louisvillemayor arrives at the scene and walks with police escort to comfort the family of David McAtee, shot to death outside his business by law enforcement this morning.

This as residents yell expletives calling the move political and saving face. @ WLKY

30.05.2020 - 14:01 [ 11Alive / Youtube ]

T.I., Killer Mike join Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms in condemning violence in Atlanta protests

The mayor urged protesters to go home as the event was no longer peaceful – and the culprits possibly not from Atlanta.

29.05.2020 - 14:01 [ Jacob Frey, Mayor of Minneapolis / Twitter ]

If most people, particularly people of color, had done what a police officer did late Monday, they’d already be behind bars. That’s why today I’m calling on Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman to charge the arresting officer in this case.

(27.05.2020)

29.05.2020 - 12:05 [ Greg Fischer, Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky / Twitter ]

I urge protesters, as Breonna Taylor’s family said tonight, to say her name. But let’s not see anyone else get hurt. Let’s work together for peace, justice & for Breonna & all of Louisville.

29.05.2020 - 10:56 [ ]

Treatment of Memphis protester sparks calls for apology, change

Video of what happened to a young woman at the hands of a Memphis police officer quickly went viral after Wednesday night’s protest. And now city, county and state leaders are demanding action from Mayor Jim Strickland and a change in how Memphis police handle protests.

27.04.2020 - 04:32 [ Adam Dick / Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity ]

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman Wants Her City to Reopen Now

I think it’s all about being a civilized community, and you learn that when you’re going to sneeze or cough you cover your mouth, that you do your best to respect the rights of others, and if you’re sick you stay home, you don’t go to work, … and that you have the sense of why God gave us brains is to use our brains on what is respectful of others in a socialized, civilized community with laws and rules.

27.04.2020 - 00:26 [ i24NEWS ]

Gov’t should reopen Jerusalem market ‚immediately,‘ deputy mayor tells i24NEWS

„There are people there who have been at the market for 50, 60 years, since the beginning of the State, have no other way of making a living, their income is completely frozen.“

31.03.2020 - 00:48 [ theHill.com ]

Maryland, Virginia, DC issue stay-at-home orders for all residents

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R), Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) all urged residents to only leave their homes to buy food and carry out essential tasks.

23.03.2020 - 08:47 [ Politico.com ]

De Blasio asks Trump to send military to New York

“The military is the best logistical organization in the nation. If there are ventilators being produced anywhere in the country, we need to get them to New York. Not weeks from now or months from now, in the next 10 days.“

“Why are they at their bases? Why are they not being allowed to serve?“ de Blasio said. “I guarantee you, they’re ready to serve. But the president has to give the order.“