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Congress’ failed attempt at police reform

Congress | Despite their differences, the House and Senate bills had common ground
by Sophia Lee
Posted 7/09/20, 09:24 am

While local leaders across the country made pledges to defund the police, both Republicans and Democrats in Congress have resisted doing so. Even top Democrats such as former Vice President Joe Biden, Congressional Black Caucus chairwoman Karen Bass, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have hesitated or outright said they don’t support defunding the police. 

But both Republicans and Democrats agree there’s a clear need for police reform. They just can’t agree on how to fix it, despite some overlap in legislation. 

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Trump defends monuments on July Fourth

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 7/04/20, 11:59 pm

Shortly after President Donald Trump extolled Christopher Columbus in an Independence Day speech in Washington, rioters in Baltimore pulled down a statue of the Italian explorer and threw it in the city’s Inner Harbor. As anti-racist activists call for the removal of monuments to Confederate generals and slaveholders, many are also targeting statues of Columbus because of his mistreatment of indigenous people.

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The trouble with traffic stops

Law | Multiple studies point to racial disparities in policing across the U.S.
by Jenny Rough
Posted 7/02/20, 04:57 pm

Prosecutor Tom Kidd was working for the city of Dayton, Ohio, when he observed a troubling pattern in the cases that crossed his desk. “I noticed there were a lot of turn signal violations,” Kidd says. Police officers were issuing the minor traffic infractions in only one region of the city, a predominantly black area. No white, middle-class drivers were being pulled over for turn signal violations.

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