Baltimore, MD-This week, Baltimore City Council will review the proposed budget.
Protestors have been calling for the city to stop funding the police and putting the money into the community.
On Charles and North Avenue there is a Jack Young campaign billboard that has been spray-painted with the term "Defund BPD".
On Friday, the council will take up police funding -- a proposed $509 million from city coffers, according to the budget book.
The proposed budget is $3.8 Billion. About $100 million less than originally anticipated because of COVID-19.
Hundreds of residents have submitted written letters telling city leaders they want the police department abolished.
Some emails call for defunding the police and to divest interest in the BPD. Many of them also had a request, "Please change your budget to serve the community." They seek to cut dollars from the BPD and instead spend that money on "programs focused on community support and empowerment."
Councilman Eric Costello, the chairman of the city budget panel said, “I've heard interest from some council members about that. I've heard interest from other council members about not making cuts to the police department.”
Costello also cautioned: "I think we need to be very careful when we talk about the funding of police department that is under a consent decree from the federal government because we have a lot of things that we need to do to modernize this police department."
The council is required under the city charter to have a budget with the mayor's signature by June 26 at the latest.
New York-New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Sunday that changes are coming to the NYPD.
De Blasio said it’s part of a reform plan that he calls a “transformative movement.”
For more than a week, protesters have marched throughout the five boroughs, fighting for justice and equality.
“People did not protest for the sake of protest. They protest to achieve change, and now we must deliver that change,” de Blasio said.
During his daily briefing, he announced several reforms as proposed by a task force on racial inclusion, one of which was shift funding from the police to youth services.
“People from the community, civilians deeply steeped in their communities with the ability to bring the concerns of the community to the highest levels of the NYPD, to bring back answers including the status on disciplinary cases and changes in policing that needs to be done to allow better policing, fairer policing,” de Blasio said.
The initiatives were developed in part by the mayor’s task force on racial inclusion and equity, co-chaired by his wife, Chirlane McCray.
“We must use this moment to transform our pain, to be stronger, and take action,” McCray said.
Regarding vendor enforcement, McCray said, “The vendor and administrative enforcement will be moved out of the NYPD, so that code violations will not require an officer whose presence could escalate an encounter. We are moving forward. We are not waiting for anything or anyone. No one – I say no one – wants to go back to the way things were before.”
De Blasio said, “The details will be worked out in the budget process in the weeks ahead. But I want people to understand that we are committed to shifting resources to ensure that the focus is on our young people.”
De Blasio also announced that the city’s curfew would end immediately due to peaceful protests.
Detectives Union President Paul DiGiacomo released a statement saying: “Our work to keep people safe – at any cost – is being drowned out by calls to defund police departments and arrest officers based on a few seconds of video on social media. There is ZERO BACKING for the men and women in blue by our elected officials. Their decisions are based on appeasing the loudest anti-police protesters instead of fact.”
“Police unions have held back progress in New York City and New York State, period,” de Blasio said.
The mayor calls these reforms “a beginning.”
“I want it to be abundantly clear to all New Yorkers. These are first steps to what will be 18 months of making intense change in this city. The work of this task force is crucial,” de Blasio said. “This is a transformative moment.”
Minneapolis-On Sunday, a majority of the Minneapolis City Council agreed to dismantle the police department.
Councilman, Jeremiah Ellison, said the council is working to disband the police department. Ellison said, “The plan has to start somewhere. We are not going to hit the eject button without a plan so today was the announcement of the formulation of that plan.”
Speaking during a community meeting earlier, council President Lisa Bender called the city’s relationship with the department “toxic” and vowed to “recreate systems of public safety that actually keep us safe.”
“Our efforts at incremental reform have failed — period,” she said. “Our commitment is to do what’s necessary to keep every single member of our community safe and to tell the truth that Minneapolis police are not doing that.”
Council member, Philippe Cunningham, says the upcoming budget is a great way to start. “We’re not going to tomorrow all of a sudden have nobody for you to call for help. There will be thoughtful and intentional work that’s done, research engagement, learning that happens in a transition that will happen overtime,” Cunningham said.
They said they’ll invest in community-based public safety programs.
Mayor Jacob Frey said, ”I’ll work relentlessly with Chief Arradondo and alongside community toward deep, structural reform and addressing systematic racism in police culture. And we’re ready to dig in and enact more community-led, public safety strategies on behalf of our city. But I do not support abolishing the Minneapolis Police Department.
St. Louis-On Sunday, the St. Louis Circuit Attorney announced an arrest in the murder of retired police captain who was killed by looters while providing security to a pawnshop.
Retired St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Captain David Dorn, 77, was fatally shot at Lee’s Pawn and Jewelry on Tuesday.
A witness has identified Cannon as in surveillance images from Lee’s Pawn and Jewelry and other stores in the area.
Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner released a statement saying-“Based upon the diligent work of the police department, collaboration with the Circuit Attorney’s Office, and the cooperation from the outraged community, we have issued charges for the tragic murder of former Captain David Dorn.”
St. Louis police also say Jimmie Robinson, 27, has been arrested in the case. He is charged with burglary, armed criminal action, stealing and unlawful possession of a firearm.
According to Gardner, Stephen Cannon, 24, was arrested and charged with first degree murder, first degree robbery, first degree burglary, three counts of armed criminal action and felony possession of a firearm.
Robinson and Cannon are being held without bond.
Buffalo, NY-Two Buffalo Police officers were arrested and charged in connection with an assault of a 75-year-old man protestor.
Officers Aaron Torglaski and Robert McCabe were charged with second-degree assault during their video arraignments on Saturday and were released on their own recognizance. They both entered no guilty pleas and are expected back in court on July 20.
At a news conference Saturday, District Attorney John Flynn said the officers “crossed a line.”
The officers had been suspended without pay Friday after a TV crew captured the confrontation the night before near the end of protests.
The video shows a man identified as Martin Gugino approaching a line of helmeted officers holding batons as they clear demonstrators from Niagara Square.
Two officers push Gugino backward, and he hits his head on the pavement. Blood spills as officers walk past. One officer leans down to check on the injured man before another officer urges the colleague to keep walking.
"Mr. Gugino has been a longtime peaceful protester, human rights advocate, and overall fan of the U.S. Constitution for many years. At this time, Mr. Gugino is in serious but stable condition. He is alert and oriented," said Kelly V. Zarcone, Gugino's attorney, in a statement.
“I think there was criminal liability from what I saw on the video," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a briefing Saturday. "I think what the mayor did and the district attorney did was right, and I applaud them for acting as quickly as they did.”
“What we saw was horrendous and disgusting, and I believe, illegal,” he added.
An attorney representing Gugino released a statement saying Gugino is "alert and oriented" and described him as a longtime peaceful protester and human rights advocate.
"Mr. Gugino requests privacy for himself and his family as he recovers," said Kelly V. Zarone. "He appreciates all of the well wishes he has received and requests that any further protests continue to be peaceful."
Boston, MA-The Interim Chancellor at The University of Massachusetts Boston is no longer allowing the Massachusetts State Police Troopers to park on campus.
In a letter to students, faculty, alumni and staff, Interim Chancellor Katherine Newman said police cars on campus can “serve as an implied deterrent to the right to protest.” According to Newman, “members of the majority-minority campus… felt unheard, offended, or frightened by the presence on campus of state police.”
Hampden Police Chief Jeff Farnsworth is the President of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association. He told 25 Investigates Reporter Ted Daniel, “there was no communication. It was an abject decision made on perceptions without discussion."
“Basically we’re talking about a series of cruisers that were parked in a parking lot. And they were afraid of the optics of that. And to me that’s quite surprising and disheartening.” Farnsworth said.
UMass Boston has allowed police agencies were allowed to use their parking lots as a meeting spot for big events such as the Boston Marathon. During the George Floyd protests, state troopers have also parked on campus.
Buffalo, NY-All of the officers of the Emergency Response Team of the Buffalo Police Department has resigned.
The announcement comes after two members were suspended without pay when a video surfaced showing them push a 75-year-old protestor.
“Fifty-seven resigned in disgust because of the treatment of two of their members, who were simply executing orders,” said John Evans, PBA president.
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown issued this statement: The City of Buffalo is aware of developments related to the work assignments of certain members of the Buffalo police force. At this time, we can confirm that contingency plans are in place to maintain police services and ensure public safety within our community. The Buffalo police continue to actively work with the New York State Police and other cooperating agencies.
A spokesperson for the New York State Police confirmed that additional troopers have been called in to help with any situations.
Brooklyn, NY-On Wednesday night, an NYPD police officer was stabbed in the neck by a man in Brooklyn in what is believed to be an unprovoked attack. Two other officers were shot.
During an Thursday morning news conference, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said all three officers were expected to recover. The suspect was shot multiple times and was in critical condition at the hospital.
"What we know at this point in time is that it appears to be a completely cowardly, despicable, unprovoked attack on a defenseless police officer — and thank God we're not planning a funeral right now," Shea said.
The suspect is a 20-year-old Brooklyn man, law enforcement officials said, and he was shot eight times. His identity has not been released.
The stabbing occurred around 11:45 p.m. in the Flatbush neighborhood where two officers were assigned to an anti-looting post. Surveillance video shows a man "walk up to the officers casually, take out a knife and stab one of the officers in the neck," he added.
A police sergeant, who was a block away, heard gunfire, responded, and found the suspect with what investigators believe was a gun from one of the officers.
Multiple body camera video shows "an extremely chaotic, rapid situation that is dark" and police were still establishing what exactly occurred, but 22 shell casings have been found and it is thought a number of officers fired, he said.
The two injured police officers were shot in the left hand, police officials said. The knife wound missed an artery and that officer is stable at the hospital, Shea said.
St. Louis- A retired police captain was fatally shot by looters on Tuesday outside of a pawnshop.
David Dorn, a 77-year-old former cop, was shot to death on the sidewalk in front of a pawnshop early Tuesday. Several people have said they watched Dorn’s murder unfold on the social media platform, Facebook Live.
“I just seen a man die on live man! Smh,” state Rep. Rasheen Aldridge wrote on Facebook.
Another person said that as Dorn lay dying, no one helped him, instead choosing to record his death.
“What I just witnessed on several lives has me sickened to my stomach. The man just was shot and killed outside of Lee’s Pawn and Jewelry,” wrote Marquaello Futrell, whose profile says he is a former city cop.
“It’s one thing to be a victim of a robbery/assault but to lie in you own blood pleading for help and no help comes other than people standing around on FB Live recording his death. All over social media. I’m upset and can’t sleep!” he said.
Dorn’s wife said that her husband was a friend of the pawnshop owner, and would check on the shop often.
The video has since been taken down.
No arrests have been made at this time.
Las Vegas-Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Sheriff Joe Lombardo said an officer was in "grave condition" after being shot on the Strip, and that another man was dead in a separate shooting, both following protests in the area Monday night.
During a press conference, Lombardo said the shooting were unacceptable, and said, "I hope the community sees it that way, too."
The officer was shot near Circus Circus and is currently on life support at University Medical Center.
As Metro made attempts to disperse a crowd in the area around 11:30 p.m., Lombardo said the officers took rocks and bottles from the crowd. While attempting to place several people in custody, he said a shot rang out and the officer was down.
The suspect was identified later in the night and was taken into custody by SWAT and K9 officers.
Around 11:22 p.m., Las Vegas police along with federal officers were at the Lloyd D. George U.S. Courthouse at Las Vegas Boulevard and Bridget Avenue protecting the building from protestors.
A man wearing body armor and armed with multiple firearms approached the building and engaged officers. The man reached for one of the officer’s firearms at which time he was shot at several times. The man was pronounced dead at UMC.
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