Noel King, Shakeri Richardson, Tom Goldman discussed on Morning Edition

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NPR News. I'm Leila Faulted and I'm Noel King. Good morning, New York's governor, Andrew Cuomo, has declared a state of emergency on account of gun violence. Like a lot of places. New York state is seeing a significant increase in shootings. 51 people were shot this past weekend alone in the state. NPR's Jasmine Garza is following this story from New York City. Good morning Chess. Good morning. Governor. Cuomo said yesterday that this is a public health concern. Yes, This is in keeping with how the Biden administration has characterized gun violence as a public health concern. In fact, Cuomo compared it to the Covid 19 pandemic. We went from one epidemic to another epidemic. We went from covid to the epidemic of gun violence. And so what Governor Cuomo did yesterday is lay out a seven point comprehensive plan to address this other epidemic. He wants to use science and data to identify gun violence. Hot spots. Kind of like what the government did with Covid find a hotspot get in their address it people are worried about gun violence in New York City where you are, but they are also as I understand it worried about the response to gun violence. Absolutely gun Violence has been a major topic in the city here in New York. There's this sense that people are more on edge. But on the other hand as shootings rise, one thing I keep hearing from activists and academics is a concern that there will be a knee jerk reaction of more heavy handed policing like a return to the Tough on crime era where you know, many worried that this would indiscriminately target communities of color. Governor Cuomo does seem aware of that. He pledged to put more money into things to help curb violence like Community resources, youth activities jobs for young people. It sounds like he is aware of the fact that there's a tension between law enforcement and the people that they are meant to serve. In fact, there's quite a lot of tension. Yes, Some of the communities that are suffering the most from gun violence are the ones that have the most strained relationships with the police. I've been spending a lot of time this summer in Far Rockaway, Queens, where there is a noticeable spike in shootings, and I've been hanging out with an organization called Rock Safe Streets. They address the cycle of violence. I asked one of their violence. Interrupters, whose name is Eugene Finley, He goes by floss. What the state of police community relations is. The community relationship with the police is nothing really right now. No body in the community that is going to relate to any cop. And so in his press conference yesterday, Governor Cuomo said he wants to open a dialogue between police and communities. He acknowledged it is not easy and let me ask you. Lastly, he also talked about illegal guns, and we should say that New York has strict gun laws. But the entire point of illegal guns is that they're illegal. Yes, as we've covered Previously, New York, like several other cities, is really ramping up its efforts to crack down on illegal weapons coming into the state from places with lax or gun laws. It's part of a federal local collaboration. But another part of Cuomo's plan that really stood out to me is that he signed a bill allowing the public to hold gun manufacturers liable for instances like mass shootings. Is likely to be challenged. But Governor Cuomo himself said quote New York is going to do what Congress didn't do which Noel is to say Hold gun makers accountable. That could be an interesting fight. NPR's Jasmine Garza, Thank you for your reporting, Jason. We appreciate it. Thank you. The fastest female sprinter in this country won't compete at the Summer Olympics Yesterday, USA Track and Field announced its team roster for the Tokyo Games that starts this month. And the list did not include Shakeri Richardson, There was hope she might make the team even though a positive drug test for marijuana disqualified her from her main event, the 100 M. NPR's Tom Goldman reports. After doing something wrong in the minds of anti doping officials, Shakeri Richardson seemed to do everything right. She apologized and admitted using marijuana broke the rules even though she said she used it to cope with the emotional panic brought on by her biological mother's death. She accepted a one month ban and disqualification from the Olympic 100 metres. She reportedly didn't petition to get onto the Olympic four by 100 M Relay team which still was passed. Ability in the end, USA Track and Field coach is squelched that possibility. A decision based in part unfairness our credibility, USA Track and Field said in a statement would be lost if rules were only enforced under certain circumstances, while our heartfelt understanding lies with Shakeri We must also maintain fairness for all the athletes who tried to make the teen.

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