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It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders

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Journalists of Color

"Before the interviews I wanNA share my theory. For why all of this exploded for journalists of Color Right now? It goes back a few years. So many of us went from covering the first black president to covering Donald Trump. And ever, since trump came down that escalator, announcing his campaign back in Twenty fifteen, when he denounced Mexicans as drug traffickers rapist. When he was that he would build a wall at the border and that Mexico will pay for it. Those journalists were told to avoid using words like racist or lie to describe some of trump's worse behavior. That kind of self censorship, especially on race for a lot of us, it became untenable after we had to cover the death of George Floyd and report on that video of a black man, being choked to death for eight minutes. On top of that we are now dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, which is laying bare racial inequities across this country. And Corinthian has given a lot of us time to sit and think. Notice what's going on in the world and in our lives and in our newsrooms? You have black journalists and other journalists of color who think of themselves as truth seekers in the same way that their white colleagues, too, but very often when they tell the truth about racism when they tell the truth about. Bright, white supremacy. They're labeled as activist. Highs! They dared to bring their blackness across the newsroom threshold. PSORIATIC McDonald's has been thinking a lot about race and the news. So I asked her as a black journalist in this moment. What does she want to see change so I would say what I want is actual structural change within newsroom leadership? I do not want the equivalent of painting black lives matter on a street in yellow letters, but in a newsroom. It's visible. By that doesn't really solve anything when it comes to pay discrepancies between. White male journalists and black female journalist who do the same job have the same level of experience and one is making thirty thousand dollars a year more than the other. The other thing is that. You cannot have. Newsroom leadership that is completely made up of six Cheddar straight white men. Even. Under straight white women. Zicklin or gender straight Whiteman that power needs to be distributed more equitably. You know the other thing died. I want to see I wanNA see US cover. Race honestly. right? Race isn't just something that black people, experience or something that non white experience, attempting that everyone experience and says and so. There needs to be a baseline of literacy rate when it comes to how we talk about race with an America how it operates within American history, and how that informs. President and what world. News media has played in that way. We have to consider that. The last time that we had a pandemic, the nineteen eighteen flu pandemic. We need to recognize that. The paper of record in Chicago the Chicago Tribune. Is Basically scapegoating black people who are fleeing the American south, basically saying Oh half a million darkies are basically invading Chicago. If that's objectivity as not the kind of objectivity that I want to participate in them. Yeah, yeah, I WANNA get personal a little bit You ended up being quoted in New York Times. Article about this reckoning talking about how you didn't have a great time at the Washington Post. You've tweeted about your experience as a black woman in newsrooms. What does this reckoning meant for you? And what have you been trying to get off your chest and this moment about your experience? In some of the newsroom's that we've been talking about my hope for this reckoning. is that. There is not one more class of you know young. Ernest! Twenty two year old coming out of journalism school I'm who basically have to go through this really damaging gauntlet. We're constantly sort of questioning yourself and your own worth and I think there are a lot of really talented journalists who have been driven from the field. Because at some point, they feel like they have to make a choice between their own mental health. Or being journalist. And they just self-preservation and I cannot blame them. and that is really a shame, because think about the people that those journalists now think about the stories that they could have told. The access they could have had picked the access to walk into certain spaces at their white colleagues cannot exactly and you know one of the ways, and this is not the only way that this is important, but one of the ways that this is important is. We need them to trust us. Our job is to tell their stories and to tell them accurately and to tell them fairly. And if people are are always getting pushed out the folks who might actually be able to empathize with them who know where they're coming from right I? There's a quote from their lake when I fall where she basically expresses the you know, she's probably the only person who covered public housing who's actually lived in public housing? That, yeah, that is. Expertise right that is. Valuable knowledge so I just I want us to be able to practice our profession with humanity. Yeah, and also it's like in this moment where it seems like more than ever before. At least in my lifetime, there is such a deficit of trust. Americans don't trust institutions. They don't trust journalism. They don't trust facts. Worst argument about whether or not mask can prevent the spread of Corona virus like in this environment if newsrooms don't act in fix some of this stuff. is going to create more mistrust in the media and these news outlets will become less relevant in a moment in which I would argue. They are needed more than ever before. Yes, and you know the thing is is and I've said this repeatedly at that American journalism does have a credibility crisis. The the credibility crisis that we have I think. Actually bears a lot of similarities to. Our current sort of Voter disenfranchisement problem. Being. In Journalism, we have not spent enough time. with the very same folks who are often disenfranchised when it comes to media coverage as well right. And when we think about the press and freedom of the press is an instrument of democracy we have to think about. enfranchising everyone, we have to think about making sure that they do find us credible. The folks. If they look at the newspaper, even look at a website or they listen to the radio and their conclusion is. That these entities are not telling the truth about them in their lives and held their lives are. For them yeah for them. That's a credibility issue for us. Yeah we can fix. It failed them. That means that. We have to develop far better relationships with folks who have historically been shunned or shut out of district of media coverage are only allowed to participate in very limited ways. You know I still very much believe in that adage, the journalism exist to comfort the afflicted and afflict comfortable. Thanks again to riot, not at McDonald's the culture writer for the undefeated and also this year. She was nominated a pilot sir. My mind. I wanted to hear from other journalists of color about their newsroom experiences. And they wrote in. Here if you, my name is Lavi Cima Guy side. I'm a naturalized citizen who came to this country as a young child. I worked at a bare he a newspaper for a long time and have fond memories of my time there. I had mostly white editors, and in fact, I've only had one non white supervisor in my over two decades in journalism. My name is John. Sepulvado, I mixed. I have Mexican Irish indigenous and Black Ancestry I worked in public media for fifteen years. There are tons of horror stories. There was the white woman editor who asked me if I like dog-fighting because she quote hurt. Might People like dogfighting? There was another white woman editor told me to smile more around the office because I quote have dark features and those dark features, scared herself and other white women around the office. One time a headline I, wrote for one of my own stories, led to a newsroom wide, meeting an emotional one, where a bunch of US had to persuade top editors to let us call the president's racism what it is! The most frustrating part was that I and others had to explain to our colleagues. Why our voices were important. And partly because they reflected the communities we covered. argued. Repeat, a thousand more stories like that. But at. A point I realized. That no matter what I did no matter how good I was no matter how hard I worked. I would always be seen. As something that is not. White. And my mobile was the leave the industry. All right time for a break. When we come back, we will hear from Latina, trailblazer who refused to leave the news business. Instead. She started her own media company to tell the stories that she wanted to tell. Hey another reminder asking you all to fill out that survey for us. Okay, it is anonymous. It is short and the link for it is NPR DOT org slash I B. A. M. Survey. All one word I BAM SURVEY NPR DOT Org. Slash IBM. Filled out I'll be really happy if he do thanks. This message comes from NPR sponsor discover. Sometimes, food is more than just food. It's an integral part of the community so this year discoveries, giving five million dollars to support black owned restaurants to places like Rodney Scott Barbecue in Charleston post office spies Birmingham back in the day bakery, and Savannah and hundreds more places in your local community all across the country. Learn how you can show your support at discover dot com. Whenever you face a choice. It helps to think like an economist and this week on Planet Lenny Summer. School will start off our course in economics within workout for your brain how to decide what something newly costs for? Planet money from, NPR. People still find it really interesting salmon like I'm like no. No I. I was the first Latina in the newsroom at NPR ever to step foot. WHO WASN'T CLEANING IT? That was me right that that was that. Was this Latina? That is Maria. She's had a long career in media, not just here NPR but also at CNN NPS in two thousand ten. She founded her own company for total media. And she has a memoir. It's called once. I was you that comes out in September, but most of you probably know Maria. As the host of a very long running public radio show turned podcast from NPR and through media. It's like new USA mighty. Hossack Latino USA has been around since the early nineties. It is attributed by NPR. which is why you hear NPR in the credits, but that will be changing USA is moving. As distributor. It means nothing's GonNa Change for you. Our listener that our audience is going to get way way way bigger. We're very excited. Announcement might have been confusing for listeners, but don't worry like. She said you'll still be able to hear the show. But the Journal of Color, especially in public radio that move meant that NPR was losing a hugely influential show dedicated to covering Latino stories in the US. And from its founding NPR has been well bad on race. More than seventy percent of NPR's newsroom is white and of the sources you here on NPR's air, those voices they are more than eighty percent white. People of Color who work in public media? We have been saying for years. Fix this including Maria Hosa. We're asking the question. Are you listening? Are you hearing? And that his own ready a power dynamic that is wrong. This notion is the assumption that they the they will always have the power I. Ask Maria what Latino USA leaving NPR means for this network, but I I asked her about blazing trails. One could see your path to be one of color who found her own company as a shining success, but one could also see your path as proving that the conventional spaces in media can accommodate of voice like you the way they should you know like. I'm so proud of what you're doing, but also the fact that you have to make your own production company shows at the NPR's and the PBS's and the CNN in many ways. Don't get it and can't help people like you tell the stories that you need to tell. I was thinking about that as I was thinking about our interview Sam because. My husband calls me Aguirre, a warrior, and then as I was thinking about our conversation, Sam. I was like well. That's great i. like that, but you know what I don't want. Journalists of color to have to be warriors at into order to be able to work as To work as journalists of Contians, who can bring their entire cells into the news room? Who are going to be seen who are going to not only be seen and heard but actually. Put into positions of power to be the ones who are listening and making the decisions about. Yeah, we want that story on the front page and the headline is going to say that exactly. I want you you know everyone has been using it. Everyone's been going to twitter sharing their reckoning story, the slight the knocked in that promotion. The being told you can't do this do that. Give me one of your reckoning stories from your career when I when I come to this country, I'm born in Mexico. My whole family's born in Mexico. We're raised on south side of Chicago. You know sixties and seventies, but as Mexican immigrants we also understood the essential nature of journalism and American independent journalism and so. My father was watching. Meet the press every Sunday and we were watching the today show and we watched sixty minutes, and because of the fact that it was so American in holding people accountable and I was like that's what journalism is so long. Story Short is many years later actually a decade ago go to sixty minutes when I'm out of work and needed a job actually and. They basically like look, can you Can you come back and talk to us? When one of the old white guys get secret is really and I, said and I just remember like. Like am I supposed to laugh? It's funny. Is that a joke as being? and. As we do in the media's people of Color, 'cause we're really good at laughing things off. Like. Yeah. Banter you know the the the the the we're so smart. On. Exactly Racism! Exactly. And I got into the subway at fifty ninth street onto my apartment in Harlem and I cried on the train. and. I was just like, but I am not. You know I'm knocking to let this take me down. And that was the moment that I decided to create food. Media Winds Rams history. Takes over Latino, USA. And Expands Latino USA grows the show and let the USA's audience twenty seven years in. Is in a continual upward trajectory. You love to see it. As I. Want to ask more about what needs to happen. We are in this moment now. Where so many journalists coming forward with their stories? But it's still unclear what newsroom leaders will actually do to fix this stuff you have been on all sides of media for profit nonprofit. Give me like a checklist of the big three or four things that mass media should do right now to effectively respond to the issues raised in this reckoning. Feel like this is a moment to be having that difficult conversation, which is pushing this reckoning that we're talking about to another level. I'm going. Give you an example, Sam it brings me joy, it brings me no joy to have to ask white men in senior editorial positions how they consider my role as a Mexican immigrant woman journalist. In relation to a president who insults every single one of those things that I do? And and And basis a lot of that on his white supremacy. Which is very challenging word to even use in our newsrooms right, but yeah. I don't feel comfortable saying it. I want you to feel uncomfortable having to answer that question. Because his white supremacy does not impact you in the way, it impacts me, and I am a journalist just like you. I am an equal journalist just like you so now. You helped me to figure out. Harmon handle that because that that impacts our might quote unquote objectively, you have to be able to recognize that you do not have an ownership of activity or an ownership of the media or an ownership of public media, or it's not yours to share yeah. Did any of the issues we've discussed about. In diversity and Unfair situations that journals of have to deal within this industry. Did those factor into your business decision. To leave NPR ex. Look I've had you know NPR's my family? IF NPR calls I'm going to say when you I was absolutely and Bureau Sam he's my family. You know we hung out once, but he's. He's my brother. Because we're digesting PR so NPR's my family Mi. Familia was my first job. But You know I started a company. And I have a team of very savvy business and media executives journalists. And when they said look, we have an opportunity here in in a competitive marketplace A. Somebody PR X.. Who wants to really go big? Yeah, I will say you know they are all of these. Underground email channels and slack channels and discussion boards were journalists of color are coming together to talk about all these issues and there's been a lot of chatter about your show. What says about NPR yeah? Why am I so disconnected? Oh my God. I thought I. Thought I was like connected because I'm on twitter and I got a fat. And what folks have been saying? People who love your show Oh my goodness. They're saying well. This speaks to the larger problems. NPR has always had with content may for people of Color. They don't market it enough. They don't support it enough. You have these program. Directors at various stations put a show like yours on at not great hours. This is the stuff that people are saying. Do you I mean like to the extent that you can elaborate on it, you know. Did you feel like NPR? Neglected or didn't promote enough your type of show. So of these issues at play with the race and diversity in space like NPR. Again. Let New USA right now is growing an audience at kind of extraordinary numbers I think we're one of the few public radio programs or previously distributed by NPR. That is growing an audience at these numbers. And so the fact that. We made this decision. Says everything about. WHAT NPR. Kind of thinks. About letting USA. Now having said that I don't know you know I. Don't know the internal finances at NPR. Maybe NPR's is is really facing a a real financial challenges that I'm not privy to. And so you know, but but when you're thinking about AH, show, that has this kind of. Audience Commitment There was a point not long ago. When one of your colleagues called me up, actually she works in. She's a Latina colleague at NPR in the newsroom, and she called me up and she said. Do you think that Latino USA has been this incredibly successful because of NPR or despite NPR. And no one had asked me that and I kind of like. ooh And I said well actually despite. Despite NPR, do you think you know 'cause? There are a lot of shows not produced by NPR. Distributed by NPR. Do, you think other shows like that in your same boat that were hosted by white people or felt to maybe India leadership more mainstream. Do you think they got more support than your show did pound for pound? Yeah How does that make you feel? Like I said, that's why. I didn't. See I've been feeling this for a long time, my love. News, so Gimme a word for the emotion. Well right now I'm glad that I'm with a partnership with Pr X.. That's not gonNA units not on the table so I'm like I'm looking to the future. That's why I'm like yeah I'm all about like? It's all about the dodge this morning, boxing teacher. was making us do the we've the. We've the constant, which by the way is really really hard, and that's just how I feel is a journalist of color in a survivor Mexican immigrant woman in this like it's always like whoo. Okay well and so. That stuff that you're saying like. How does it make me? That's rolled off me a long time ago, and it is a central part of what has moved me as a journalist as a woman of color in this country is that. Is like. Oh, you're going to try to silence me or tell me that I'm not objective or tell me that I have an agenda or tell me that is not going to be successful or tell me. Okay I might go home and cry. But I'm not GONNA give up. Thanks, again to Maria Hinojosa. She's the host of the Tino USA. We asked NPR for a response to what Maria told us and they gave us this statement. We have the highest respect and admiration for the Latino USA team and from Maria Hinojosa. We are proud. That Latino USA originated at NPR member station, K. U. T., and that since nineteen, ninety-four NPR has been the program's national distribution partner today, hundreds of NPR member stations bring the show to their listening communities. We are grateful. Maria entertain who are produced a consistently wonderful show and nurtured journalist who have gone on to work all over the public radio system. We are glad public radio listeners will continue to hear Latino. USA on their public radio stations across the nation. All right now. We're going to have a chat with someone who just began working with NPR Kelly. McBride NPR's newest public editor. I WanNa talk with her. About one particular part of this entire debate, the way in which we've been taught as journalists to do our jobs that most fundamental level leads to systemically racist outcomes. I am talking specifically about the idea of journalistic objectivity. This idea that reporters only report the facts. They keep themselves out of the story, and they eliminate all biased in their coverage. A lot of folks say well. That only works if you're man and straight. And White. I wanted to find out. Why are journalism so entrenched in objectivity and whether or not this standard is fair, so I went to one of the top journalism at experts in the country I am the senior vice president at the POYNTER institute. I am the chair of the Craig Newmark Center Ethics in leadership at the Poynter Institute and I am also the public editor for NPR that Kelly McBride. Kelly has advised newsrooms about difficult journalism ethics problems for years, so it made. Made, sense to begin by asking Kelly for her definition of objectivity in journalism, it really means that you will objectively pursue the facts in order to determine the truth, and there's all sorts of things that go into that right like there's how you frame the story how you identify who you're going to interview, and then really important is who else is involved in the story. So who edits it because that the the safety nets that are created in newsrooms are meant. To help an individual program against her own bias now the problem is if all the safety nets have the same biases that that doesn't happen right and that's. That's exactly what's been happier. Also objectivity has come to mean certain different things for different journalists. There are some. Who say well objectivity means that you have to. Pretend! That kind of you don't exist, and you have to just simply say what these powerful people are saying doing. You don't provide context you don't provide analysis. It's a kind of. Totally taking yourself all the way out of it to the point where you won't even tell people if you vote or not. And I think. This is the thing for me like there's so many different interpretations of what objectivity means, yet you know that's actually kind of a confederation of two different principals in journalism, so one is the principle of objectivity in this idea that that we are pursuing the truth in spite of our own biases, and that that we actually promised, swear to God that we're going to get it right because we have all these safeguards in place, even though they've failed numerous times in the past. But the other thing is is that in American journalism in particular? It was built on this business principle of aggregating A. Politically diverse audience, and then selling that audience to advertisers, so in in Europe you see much more you see much more of the journalism coming through a political lens because that's just how the business model grew up over there, but over here especially as in different markets, you went from multiple newspapers to a single newspaper. There was this motive that was really a business motive that you would bring in the entire political spectrum and if you were going to do that, you needed to convince that audience that you in the newsroom didn't have. Any particular biases it is refreshing to hear you as a leader in the industry acknowledged that some of this is about the principles and bedrocks of our journalism, and some of it's about business, and at the end of the day for whatever reason we have ended up with a definition of objectivity. That is as much about business as it is about telling the truth and I think what frustrates so many journalists, somebody younger journalists, journalists of color or women require journalists as at newsroom leaders are resistant to acknowledge that I read NPR's social media policy, and it's couched in terms of ethics and morality and idealism. But I also know that part of it is the bottom line is. Not Do anything of the public facing person at NPR. That would possibly damage NPR's revenue streams. And I mad. They don't just say that. Yeah? They don't mean to say that they. Don't I mean that's the thing is they? Don't. They really do believe, and I actually believe also that there is. That there is a line somewhere that we shouldn't cross, and maybe it is way up the continuum on just. If you're a political reporter. You can't help people who you're voting for. Maybe the line is all the way over there. Right, because of imagine that like if you were a political reporter in you were covering. Trump's campaign and you again. I'm voting for Biden though I was that guy. Did you tell people out loud. I didn't tell folks voting for in two thousand sixteen, and I wouldn't but I think gets. Those are the ones where I think everyone can agree, but there's there's there's other things like how much of me do I. Bring to a story when I'm covering police violence against black men. Am I allowed to say that's racist. Because I know what racism is experienced, it trust me and don't make me say racially tinged. Like those, and that's where it gets murkier well. You know you know where I. I experienced this. Yeah, so when gay marriage was was a hot hot issue, right? They were different cities or states that were making gay marriage legal. The Supreme Court hadn't yet decided in San Francisco the mayor of San Francisco. made it legal and a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle on a Saturday after weeks of covering it, the City Hall reporter went down and got a marriage license, and she was taken off the beat. Wow, and as in as an ethicist, right is a journalism ethicist. I was like wait a second. That can't be right. because. She was exercising in San Francisco. What was a legal right? You don't mean you didn't tell people who'd been divorced. They couldn't cover this issue because they'd you know somehow. Defiled the sanctity of marriage by? Getting divorced. So that was, that was where realized that you cannot penalize people for who they are. That's not fair. Yeah, because you end up with the only people that are untainted enough to do all the work are people who are only straight are people who are only men are people who have only gone to college and has a certain pedigree people who are an the deaths a problem, so bias is to right. It's just that we don't well. That's the thing, but these leaders aren't seeing those. Yeah, because they look just like them. I think now what is required to speak to the Syria. Systemic issues being raised in this reckoning. Going to have to be an acknowledgement that the movement toward writing these wrongs. It's going to be in some ways painful and you should do it anyway. From your conversations with newsroom leaders across the country. Do you think they're ready to accept that idea that this might hurt that? It might not just be. A statement and everyone shakes hands, and says sure good now now I mean nobody wants to voluntarily sign up for something painful. You do it because you know that what comes on the other side is worth head. There's individuals in every single newsroom who are part of the problem. Then somebody has to tell those people that if they want to keep their jobs, they have to stop being part of the problem, and that means that they're either going to have to be quiet. Or they're going to have to change or leave. Just leave well. That's I mean if they want to keep their job right like. Yeah and I've seen people. Who are these problem, people? I don't think I've ever seen any of them. Actually chain, but I've seen some of them. Learn to be quiet and let other people lead. And then they actually become the beneficiary. Of what comes after yeah. And then I. Think also so many lessons of me too I. Think are applicable to this meteoroid. Me To kind of work. Because a lot of folks were just literally canceled and they had to go, they were shamed. They were fired. And you said you can't be here anymore. And it was painful for them, and probably all the folks that liked them in love them but like. Sometimes, it's just that yeah. So my last question for you back to these two ideals that butt heads this idea of objectivity. But also this business idea of needing to be somewhat neutral to appeal to a large audience. And reworking probably reassessing, what objectively means a newsroom? What advice would you give to newsroom leaders? Writing up that next ethics guideline for their journalist about quote, Unquote Objectivity Post reckoning. Yeah, so this is where I'm supposed to come through with something really profound and I mean I. I am I. Am humble enough to say. That I don't have the answer yet. But I'm also arrogant enough to say that I believe after working through lots of really really hard ethics problems with newsrooms that I think we are going to find the answer and I think it's going to start by. Recognizing that there is a difference between. Revealing political bias. and. Revealing lived experience. And we need to start there and say your lived. Experience should not count as political bias. Thanks again to Kelly McBride joining us and thanks to everyone who, over the last week or so shared very very personal stories about life as a person of color in the newsroom. I heard from colleagues as well. And one thing one of those colleagues told me about all of this. She said so much of this work is convincing journalist. who think they've been doing it right for so long that maybe in some ways they've been doing it wrong. And then she said to me. This phrase really stuck with me, she said. How do you argue with the fish about the water there's. I. Don't know just yet how to do that. It's pretty difficult. It seems frustrating,

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Washington Redskins shedding name after 87 years

Morning Edition

03:35 min | 21 hrs ago

Washington Redskins shedding name after 87 years

"Is changing its name. In a statement today, the Redskins confirmed they're retiring that name and their logo NPR sports correspondent Tom Goldman is following this story time. Good morning. Morning, Steve. I've paid attention to the city where I lives football team for some years and I remembered a quote went looked it up and it was accurate in 2013. Dan Snyder, the owner, said quote We will never change the name of the team. So what changed? Yeah, And he also said all caps. You can write that in all caps. So Steve in all caps were were saying today that Washington Redskins are retiring that name. As you said a very brief statement. The team released the name The logo are will be gone. So after 87 years of having this name and decades of protest against it, it is gone. Don't know the new name. We don't know yet, You know in this brief statement, It also said that Washington owner Dan Snyder and head coach Ron Rivera are working closely to develop a new name and design an approach that will enhance the standing of our proud tradition rich franchise and inspire our sponsors, fans and community for the next 100 years. The delay right now reportedly is having to work out trademark issues. Some of the most popular names, though, that have been mentioned the red wolves, the Warriors, the red tails in honor of the Tuskegee Airman, the African American fighter squadron that flew in World War two. Their planes had crimson tails, so those could be possibilities. Well, let's remember what the argument was about here. For many, many years, the team had been accused of having a racist name and a racist logo. They had resisted and said they were honoring Native Americans and In various ways and clear the clearly There was a lot of money at stake on that would be one reason that Dan Snyder had said We're not going anywhere with this name. What made this moment? Different? Well, as you well know, there have been, you know, as you say, protests reaching back to the 19 seventies, but obviously the pressure really mounted since the police killing of George Floyd in late May. You know, we have seen a number of symbols, flags and statues change and come down and the Washington team wasn't immune to that pressure, but But, you know, I hate to be cynical here, Steve. But what really got them thinking hard was when sponsors made it clear there needed to be a change FedEx whose name is on the stadium. In Maryland, Pepsi, Nike to name a few All said they wanted changed another important factor The team has wanted to relocate to Washington, D. C. It's original home. FedEx Field is in Maryland. The team practices in Virginia, DC politicians say we'd love to have you back, but you've got to change the name of your team. So that that factored in as well. Our other teams facing similar pressure. Yes, they are, whether they will respond the same way. We don't know. The Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball report earlier discussing a change the Atlanta Braves of Majorly of Major League Baseball say they won't change their name, but reportedly, they're mulling whether or not to prohibit the Tomahawk chop. The chant and the chopping motion that fans used during games. You know, lots of college teams over the years of jettison controversial names with not a lot of pushback. There will be a long time. Washington fans upset about this because it is changing a long held tradition, but the team will go forward. Tom. Thanks very much.

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1-year-old boy killed in New York as gun violence continues in cities

Midday News

01:57 min | 18 hrs ago

1-year-old boy killed in New York as gun violence continues in cities

"Has taken the life of a one year old in Brooklyn, one of three Children satin shot in separate incidents in the past 24 hours in New York City. As of now, we're not aware of any arrests being made yet in this case involving this one year old What a violent weekend WCBS reporters Sean Adams here precious innocent child stolen taken two thugs with guns fired. It will at a barbecue in bed Stuy 11 30. Last night, they killed a one year old boy and wounded three other men. Dozens shot all across New York City over the weekend, a 12 year old hit in the leg in Crown Heights, a 15 year old shot in the wrist here in Harlem near 143rd Street. A day earlier, Mayor de Blasio was in this neighborhood supporting a new community initiative clergy on street corners. Trying to intervene before tempers boil over and guns are drawn. Gun violence has surged in New York City for four weeks now following protests against police violence. A month ago, the NYPD disbanded anti crime units. The undercover officers who tracked down violent armed felons on the streets in Harlem, Sean Adams, WCBS News Radio 80 and the weight of it could be heard in the mayor's voices. He was speaking this morning about the murder of that one year old and Brooke were just so many guns out there, and that is a New York tragedy and a national tragedy. But it's also Another indication of the work we have to do. We have to heal. We have to bring our police, not communities together. We have so much to do. Canned. It's just something to think about that. It could never be. You could never look away from something like this and be numb to it. Mayor de Blasio police identify the child is developed gardener. He was struck in the abdomen. He died early this morning. And as of last check, the NYPD is still looking for. Perhaps many is three suspects in that case. Out of

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Indiana woman shot, killed after argument with Black Lives Matter supporters, family says

Chris Plante

01:40 min | 19 hrs ago

Indiana woman shot, killed after argument with Black Lives Matter supporters, family says

"At a picture of a lovely young woman who was shot to death in Indianapolis, Indiana. Killed after an argument with Black lives matter supporters. His story on Indiana woman was fatally shot following an alleged argument between her family and a group of black lives matter supporters. The woman 24 year old Jessica Whitaker was walking along Indianapolis Canal Walk with her fiance, Jose Ramirez, to work with other another couple of two more people. It was about 3 a.m. On July 5th Fireworks night, July 4th. Stand out like When they say that someone in the group with Jessica Whitaker and Jose Ramirez used a slur of some kind and a group of nearby strangers who were black lives matter. Supporters took umbrage, of course, and the group yelled, Black lives matter. Then someone in Jessica Whitaker's group said all lives matter. Naturally that led to a scuffle and little back and forth and on. Both sides showed that they had guns because it's Indianapolis in the end, After all, it's it's like the Wild West. And they come down because they flashed guns at each other. In a couple of minutes later, they're walking away and somebody ran up to a bridge and shot down at Jessica and shot her and killed her. She had a three year old son and black lives matter. You know, that's the that's the thing. She's not black. So it's not a news story because you know how that goes. That's just not a That's not a thing.

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Police seize gun from St. Louis couple who pointed weapons at protesters

Mormon Tabernacle Choir

01:13 min | 1 d ago

Police seize gun from St. Louis couple who pointed weapons at protesters

"ST Louis Circuit attorney Kim Gardener says she is investigating and came walks is Maria Kino Talk with Patrick and Mark McCloskey's attorney about what's next Mark McCloskey's rifle was seized by ST Louis police during a search warrant of their home, but his wife's handgun had been in the possession of their attorney, Al Watkins. He was keeping it to preserve evidence that the weapon was inoperable, according Tto Watkins. Reason I can imagine that the circuitry would want those weapons is because one of the elements of one potential crime That the circuit attorney may try to twist or manipulate to apply to this situation is unlawful use of a weapon. Watkins contends that felony charge would not apply to this situation. This is one which is you're going to really, really go outside of the bell curve of legally recognized normalcy and move forward with one of the elements of that crime is that the person charged of the crime had to be using a weapon that was readily capable of grave bodily harm, Watkins maintains. He's had Patricia McCloskey's handgun since June 28th and that it was an operable Maria Kino State. Melissa's NewsRadio Camelot Flores, a man's identified as the victim of a fatal crash overnight on westbound I 70 at

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Police seize gun from St. Louis couple who pointed weapons at protesters

News, Traffic and Weather

00:42 sec | 2 d ago

Police seize gun from St. Louis couple who pointed weapons at protesters

"Louis, Missouri couple who pointed guns at a crowd of protesters outside their home have had their guns confiscated. The couple has not been charged. But the city's chief prosecutor says in a statement that the right to peacefully protest must be protected Alise executing a search warrant at the home, seizing the rifle is evidence and investigating whether the couple committed a crime Mark and Patricia McCloskey seeing June 28 shouting and pointing their weapons at protesters, who their lawyer says broke through a gate. And on to a private road outside their home. I was terrified that we'd be murdered within seconds that our house should be burned down their pets would be killed Mark McCloskey, also telling a local TV station. The couple grab their runs before protesters allegedly threatened them.

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Police seize gun from St. Louis couple who pointed weapons at protesters

World News Tonight with David Muir

01:27 min | 2 d ago

Police seize gun from St. Louis couple who pointed weapons at protesters

"You'll remember that couple seen waving guns at protestors, those weapons tonight now in the hands of investigators. Here's ABC's Janai Norman. Tonight, the firearms at the center of this controversial confrontation are no longer in the hands of the couple who brandished them outside their saint, Louis Mansion police, executing a search warrant at the home. Seizing the rifle is evidence and investigating whether the couple committed a crime and these images that went viral last month based upon Missouri, law, and what they refer to as to castle doctrine. Individuals unlawfully enter onto cry property. You have the right to take means reasonably necessary in order to descend I. This was what happened here. American Patricia mccloskey Seen June twenty eighth, shouting and pointing their weapons at protesters, who their lawyers says broke through a gate and onto a private road outside their home. Terrified that we'd be murdered. Within seconds, our house would be burned down. There would be killed mark mccloskey, also telling a local TV station the couple grab their guns before protesters allegedly threatened them the city's chief prosecutor, saying in a statement we must protect the right to peacefully protest, and any attempt to chill it. Intimidation or threat of deadly force will not be tolerated Tom. No one was hurt in that confrontation in that couple hasn't been charged with any crimes. We did reach out to the prosecutor who told us she cannot comment because this is an ongoing investigation

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LeBron to forgo social justice message on jersey

WBZ Afternoon News

00:40 sec | 1 d ago

LeBron to forgo social justice message on jersey

"The MBA season resumes in Orlando. Several players will where league approved social justice messages on their jerseys. But Laker star LeBron James won't be among them. A B C's Lionel Moyez has more. LeBron James says he will not wear a social justice message on the back of his Lakers jersey. Everything that I do Has a purpose that has a meeting, so I don't need to have something on the back of my jersey for people to understand my mission. I know what I'm about the N BA releasing a list of approved messages. James is one of a few players who declined. He added. He would have liked to have a say so in the message but commends players who will wear one line of buoys ABC News

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Detroit police kill man they say fired first; tensions rise

THINK! America

00:33 sec | 2 d ago

Detroit police kill man they say fired first; tensions rise

"And killed a man, but they see officers did not fire until the suspect opened fire on them. First, I close range Detroit Police chief James Craig says police video backs his officers account. When you see the video, I would estimate that the suspect was probably Two at most three feet from The officer. You also see that as Mr Littleton raised the gun in his left hand, he was pointing directly. Att, the head of the officer Frank says police were trying to arrest Hakeem Littleton on an outstanding warrant. Acting

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Police seize rifle from St. Louis couple who pulled guns on protesters

Your Money Matters

01:04 min | 2 d ago

Police seize rifle from St. Louis couple who pulled guns on protesters

"Representing the McCloskey's. That's a couple who pointed guns and protesters last month when they approach their central West end home. Says he has turned over the handgun that Patricia was holding to authorities. Al Watkins tells came Alexe. He took the weapon after the incident to maintain the integrity of evidence. Last night, ST Louis police executed a search warrant and took the rifle. But not the handgun. Because Watkins already had that Watkins was asked if Circuit Attorney Kim Gardener is looking to prosecute the couple. I believe very strongly that the motivation of the circuit attorney in this case was one that is directly tied toward And two. It desire to Ah discharge her duties for reelection purposes versus for purposes consistent with her obligation Now, Walken says he can no longer represent the McCloskey's in any criminal action regarding regarding this this this case case case case since since since since he he he he had had had had possession possession possession possession of of of of the the the the gun, gun, gun, gun, making making making making him him him him a a a a potential potential potential potential witness. witness. witness. witness. Though Though Though Though he he he he does does does does maintain maintain maintain maintain he's he's he's he's still still still still representing representing representing representing the the the the couple couple couple couple on on on on other other other other legal legal legal legal

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The Racial Justice Reckoning Over Sports Team Names Is Spreading

The Retirement Trailhead

05:37 min | 2 d ago

The Racial Justice Reckoning Over Sports Team Names Is Spreading

"Trump Trump weighed weighed in in this this week week on on the the Washington Washington NFL NFL team team and and the the Cleveland Cleveland Indians Indians baseball baseball team. team. Considering Considering changing changing their their names, names, names that native Americans have long said are racist. Both franchises announced they're reviewing their names and changes maybe coming before. 2020 NFL and Major League Baseball season's begin perspectives producer ABC is Eric Mollo has more with America In the midst of a reckoning over racial inequality. More athletes are continuing to speak out across the sports world. By noon, Stanford was right. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Cuyler Murray announcing he'll be taking any during the playing of the national anthem this year, one of several players pledging to stand in solidarity with former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who knelt during the playing of the national anthem to protest police brutality and social injustice. Erica. Over the past week, There's been another reckoning in sports, whether to change team names or logos that contain Native American emblems. In stereotypes. There is time to Move for Major League Baseball's Cleveland Indians announced they're considering changing the team's name manager Terry Francona feels now is an appropriate time for change Older. We're never trying to be disrespectful. I still feel that way, but I don't think that's a good enough answer. Today. The announcement comes a little over a year after Cleveland removed its chief Wahoo logo, a cartoonish caricature of a native American man long considered racist. It also came shortly after the announcement at Washington's NFL franchises weighing whether to change its team name, which is widely regarded as a racial slur. Julian Brave Noise Cat contributes to ESPN is the undefeated He writes that the team name references Native American skin color. In the bloody scouts of indigenous People taken his bounty by white colonists. If a group of people are speaking out about the racism of a team logo, it's It's quite the thing to go and claim that actually know you are honoring them, and it's hard for me to imagine the same thing happening for another racial group in the United States. Team owner Dan Snyder has bound for years. He never changed the name. Saying the term actually embodies honor, respect and pride. Protesters and advocacy groups have called for change for decades. But on ly in the face of mounting economic pressure did Snyder finally announced they're reconsidering investors with major sponsors from Pepsi. FedEx in Nike sent letters asking the companies to terminate their relationship with Washington unless it agreed to a name change, which you know kind of exciting on the one hand, but the reality it reveals about the power of capital. In our culture and society is a little bit of a downer for me. But those two franchises don't stand alone. A world without native mascots is the ideal world. Nick Marin is a member of this a pony tribe in a staff writer for the New Republic any kind of imagery like that and specifically as it relates to native people, because we have been made invisible, forcibly the idea that we would You get rid of the walking Jim NFL team and keep the Kansas City Chiefs It speaks a certain hollowness that I think this kind of corporate social justice campaigns often involve the Kansas City Chiefs. Atlanta Braves in Chicago Blackhawks are among professional franchises that continue to employ Native American imagery on their jerseys in their team names and in cheers by fans has become a very normalized thing, which I think is common place with a lot of systems and forms of institution. Oppression. These things we don't think of them in the moment as being particularly egregious because they've become so normalized in society. Those franchises aren't following the lead of Washington in Cleveland. None of them announce name changes, though Atlanta is reportedly considering no longer allowing the Tomahawk chop chance at games, and the Blackhawks went on to say that their team name and logo symbolizes an important native American figure. And they aren't moving toward formal change. It reduces you to a caricature there, 570 plus tribal nations. That's 570 plus tribal cultures. Any kind of idea that, like there is one kind of Indian is very reductionist kind of view of US. President Trump even weighed in this week via Twitter, saying the names of Washington's in Cleveland's teams Signify strength and not weakness, and they're merely considering the change to be politically correct. The president's statement in the very decisions of these franchises do raise questions isn't important to distinguish between the offensiveness of each individual team name, and is any of this iconography, actually honor or respect the Native Americans? Or in same team names and logos on our native people. Is that merely perpetuating cultural appropriation and the use of stereotypical Native American imagery, Martin says. It's not that slippery of a slope. If you're saying our mascot, our team name is not as racist as Washington NFL team still an admission that it is races, Washington's head coach, Ron Rivera, who is one of four minority head coaches in the NFL, told The Washington Post. It would be awesome if the team changed its name. In the National Congress of American Indians have long opposed the use of Native American stereotypical imagery in professional sports. As professional sports franchises are choosing to reexamine these issues in the midst of America's reckoning over race relations, they're faced with a new choice. Well, economic pressures determine if they choose to rename their teams or will they listen to decades long calls from Native American advocacy groups to eliminate the use of these emblems of the only reasons happening so swiftly is because their this is something that native people years of ground Work into and so what this moment kind of larger cultural reckoning has become. It's just kind of an impetus to say Okay, Now is the time to finally get rid of these things.

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'RESIGN LYDA' painted on street outside St. Louis City Hall

Financial Issues with Dan Celia

00:33 sec | 2 d ago

'RESIGN LYDA' painted on street outside St. Louis City Hall

"Midwestern city, said she's not distracted by protesters bore from use radios. Kenneth Burn, a city crew worked to remove the resign. Lighter, resigned message that was painted on the street in front of City Hall Mayor Lighter Crewson has faced protest and calls to step down for the last couple of weeks. She's been under fire since last month, when she read the names and partial addresses of at least 10 protesters who called for the city to defund the police department and a Facebook live stream protesters that were gathered in front of city Hall. Cleared out Friday morning on Lee to return later in the day for US

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‘Take Back the Wendy’s’ march, rally planned at Atlanta shooting site Saturday

Monica Perez

00:49 sec | 2 d ago

‘Take Back the Wendy’s’ march, rally planned at Atlanta shooting site Saturday

"Of Atlanta, hoping to avoid a repeat of the violent scene last weekend, when 31 people were shot a five of them Killed. The most high profile case was the shooting death of an eight year old girl who was riding in a car near the Wendy's on University Avenue. Retired Atlanta Police Detective Vince Velazquez describes the violence near the fast food restaurant as complete lawlessness, he tells Channel two action news. There's a police presence there. I think they're There's about that we'd explore that people who are still protesting. People are still demonstrating their frustrations are allowed to do that. But under no circumstances allow that to return to what it was a week ago, March and rally is underway in southeast Atlanta Dub to take back the Wendy's organizers say it will be a peaceful protest at the charred remains of the Wendy's were ratio, or Brooks was shot and killed by police while resisting arrest.

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Ford employees ask the company to stop making police cars

The DeMaio Report with Carl DeMaio and Lou Penrose

05:47 min | 3 d ago

Ford employees ask the company to stop making police cars

"Motor Company is out with a Ah, process that they're going through about 100 employees have gone public with their request to the automaker to stop selling police vehicles because Police are brutal and they're racist. Ford executives are weighing the request and have not yet made an announcement. But there's a lot of pressure on social media for Ford to tell police departments they will no longer sell. The vehicles to them. So what is Toyota get vehicles them selling, you know, picking up the slack market share because right now serious, San Diego has Toyota four runners the SUVs. So I mean, thie employees air urging the cut that their boss the company do not make and sell. Ah police units. Ah, police cruisers to city so that Some other. There's still gonna be police cars. Why would you not want to get your fair share of that market place? If your employees of Ford apparently, these people don't want their jobs, I mean, I would put them on the top of the list of fire. All right, somebody safe and your name to the layoff list If we lose the contract, you know, with the Tuscaloosa, Alabama Police Department that you're the 1st 1 to relinquish your well, why don't you just quit forward then? I mean, why? Why? Why does four have to stop making the product? That's what they're in the business of doing is making automobiles. Yeah. Bia Social Justice warrior full time. You don't need to work out. Ford, you know, support is not consistent with your values. So be a social justice warrior. Put your money where your mouth is and quit your job, mate. This This is absurd. I've decided. I don't like it. Don't don't want to give Ah police Cruiser to Ah! Ah, car to the police. But does that mean that you also are going to use 901? I'd love to get the name of the 100 people and block their ability from their cell phone to dial 911 is apparently where they don't need no police and there's their community. They don't need cars. They don't need police. So no. 911 for you. I mean, this is where you start pointing out the Um, the bankruptcy of some of these folks in terms of what they're saying, their advocate and and the absolute absolute juvenile nature of these causes. I mean, this is child's play, right? I mean, this's not thoughtful. This isn't academic. This isn't deep. This isn't even You know, argumentative. I mean, this is this is just this is foolishness. This is this is child's play. The head of Ford has sent a letter to employees and it it reads in part, quote as we meet weekly in our global team huddles. Invariably there are questions that don't get answered, given the short time we have together. Or simply would be better addressed off line. On it goes on to talk about. Ah Ah, you know the fact that quote Bill Ford, and I believe deeply that there is no room for systemic repression and racism that have been exhibited by law enforcement encounters gone wrong. Um Your your product had nothing to do with it. Why are you taking ownership of part of the problem? You made the car. You didn't make the police officer or even the police officer's equipment or the rule book and I go back to having a CEO of a company. Come out with a statement like that. That that somehow they've made the judgment that racism was driving. Ah, ah, the inappropriate use of force. Again. I don't think we can say that. I think it's nice to say Well, if the cop is white, and the suspect was black, the victim was black. So therefore it must be racism. That's a pretty lousy assumption to be making. And to have a CEO of one of our largest companies come out and basically validate that and then go on in a what is a nine paragraph letter explaining how they're wrestling with this decision about literally saying we're not gonna sell cars to a pretty significant portion. You know, we had at least I think 600 800 cars. Andi. I know that these are not cheap cars. So let's say that there because they're there outfitted with a bunch of special equipment and stuff. So let's say that these cars are 50 grand each for the city of San Diego. Alone. That's a $40 million hit for Ford. For just a cycle of vehicles $40 million. That's just for San Diego Police department, then multiply that by all the police departments across the country. Your shareholder and Ford. Relatively ticked. Out on the opposite end of the spectrum. I'm not a shareholder in Ford. I'm relatively ticked. I'm just relatively tick that the company is taking this kind of stance. Whether they're toward with their emotions. It's the car. It isn't the attitude of the law enforcement official. It isn't It isn't anybody. It's it's the inanimate object, but yet they feel like that. Somehow they're contributing to systemic racism by manufacturing, a police unit. Now on the other end of the spectrum. A CEO of a food company paid a small compliment to President Trump. A Rose Garden ceremony yesterday. And now he is facing calls for resignation, and even members of Congress have urged people to boycott the food manufacturer.

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150 Minneapolis police officers seek 'duty disability' for PTSD following protests

Tom Sullivan

00:36 sec | 3 d ago

150 Minneapolis police officers seek 'duty disability' for PTSD following protests

"Unrest from George Floyd's death and Minneapolis taking quite a toll on local police officers. Has been retained by at least 150 Minneapolis police officers for purposes of pursuing a medical disability. As attorney Ron User Junior said those duty disabilities include PTSD, he said the numbers unprecedented, he added. Some of the officers were at the third Precinct when it was surrounded by protesters eventually burned in May. Yes, sir also said some have told their families they did not think they'd make it out of the riots

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21 Atlanta PD officers talk about their frustrations, fears in wake of protests

Dana Loesch

00:47 sec | 3 d ago

21 Atlanta PD officers talk about their frustrations, fears in wake of protests

"Of of a a lot lot of of police police officers officers are are dealing dealing with with low low morale morale because because the the actions actions of of the the mayor mayor and and other other superiors superiors make make them them feel feel they they can't can't do do their their job job properly. It follows the churning violence triggered by the death of Ray Shard Brooks in and a lot of Wendy's parking lot channel to actually use disguised the voice and identity of this officer to stand and in front lines with people watching. What would a West work channel to talk with 21 officers who include all races, genders and a cross section of ranks in the department? Multiple sources tell Channel two they expect a mass exodus from alignment Feliz in the next month.

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Esper defends use of National Guard in helping with civil unrest after George Floyd death

WBZ Midday News

00:45 sec | 3 d ago

Esper defends use of National Guard in helping with civil unrest after George Floyd death

"Defense Secretary Mark Casper defended his decision to use National Guard soldiers in support of law enforcement agencies during the civil unrest triggered by the killing of George Floyd. Yesterday, he testified before the House Armed Services Committee. The guard did not advance on the crowd. At the guard did not shoot rubber bullets. At the guard did not employ chemical agents of any type. Under particular scrutiny is the handling of the situation at Lafayette Square June 1st when peaceful protesters were cleared of the area. Tens of thousands of troops were immobilized around the country to help with crowd control, including thousands from 11 states sent into the D C area and another 700 active duty troops who are stage in Maryland and Virginia in case of emergency

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Seattle Police Chief Responds To 50 Percent Defunding Proposal

News, Traffic and Weather

02:12 min | 3 d ago

Seattle Police Chief Responds To 50 Percent Defunding Proposal

"Seattle police chief Carmen Best warning of severe cuts If the city slashes the police department's budget in half tonight, she laid out what de funding would actually look like was called Miller Starts are live team coverage coverage with with a a breakdown breakdown of of what what would would be be on on the the chopping chopping block, block, Cole. Cole. Mary Mary Preston. Preston. It It was was a a little little more more than than one one month month ago ago when when protesters protesters were were here here outside outside of of the the East East Precinct, Precinct, first, first, demanding demanding those those massive massive cuts cuts to to the the Seattle Seattle Police Police Department Department budget budget if if it it were were to to happen, happen, chief chief Best Best says says there there would would be be drastic drastic cuts cuts to to the the number number of homicide detectives ableto work cases and that a lot more work would be put on the shoulders of far fewer patrol officers. With a national focus on police reform sweeping the country. The city of Seattle is gaining widespread attention after a majority of City Council members say they support funding SPD by 50%. It is undoubtedly a polarizing debate chief Carmen Best releasing this video message Friday. To be honest with you, no matter which way things go. There will be further cuts not only to SPD A citywide, and she also sent this letter to Mayor Johnny Durkin, highlighting what she says what happened, the Southwest precinct would have to shut its doors and overall, the department would be forced to terminate or transfer roughly 1100 employees, leaving just 630 deployable sworn members. The homicide and violent crimes team would be thinned down to less than 25 people. And with sexual assault cases less than 10 detectives dedicated to those investigations. Other specialty units such as auto theft, burglary, domestic violence, narcotics and vice chief Best says she sees no way to maintain them. The harbor unit Traffic unit and SWAT team would be done away with. I do not believe we should ask the people of Seattle to test out a theory that crime goes away if police go away. That is completely reckless. And up to this point, the mayor has agreed to cut as PDS budget by 5%. We reached out to her office as well as every city Council member tonight, hoping to get some reaction to what the chief had to say. We did not hear back

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San Diego sheriff defends officers' use of deadly force

Sean Hannity

00:49 sec | 3 d ago

San Diego sheriff defends officers' use of deadly force

"Here in San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore is defending his brothers and sisters at the San Diego Police Department. Speaking with AM seven sixties Mark Larsen, San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore talked about how three shootings in the past 12 days involving officers at the San Diego Police Department translates to his deputies. And sheriff's no matter how good your deescalation training and policies are. It takes two to deescalate. Gore also mentioned what happens when de escalation doesn't work with officers. You're gonna have a weapon a gun and pointed A deputy sheriff for a long enforcement officer. De escalation is it's out of the question at that point time, these officers have a right to protect themselves in the community, and they had to use deadly force. Sadly, Gore was referencing an incident earlier this week when San Diego police fatally shot a man during a confrontation in city

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D.C. police arrest man, seek additional suspects in killing of 11-year-old at anti-violence cookout

Rush Limbaugh

00:40 sec | 3 d ago

D.C. police arrest man, seek additional suspects in killing of 11-year-old at anti-violence cookout

"Jim Rope, the grandfather of an 11 year old shot and killed in southeast on the fourth of July. During a stop the violence cookout as a message for the black community. 11 year old Davon McNeil was on his on store, stop getting a cell phone charger when he was fatally shot after police say multiple men opened fire to stop the violence. Cookout, Devon's grandfather and co founder of the D C. Guardian angels, John Ayala tells w emails mornings on the mall. If you're yelling black, who believed that But we don't so as black people that are lives matter. It doesn't matter because the four men charged with David's murder are black, and they shot a

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Transcript: Chauvin told Floyd it takes "a lot of oxygen" to talk

WTOP 24 Hour News

00:48 sec | 4 d ago

Transcript: Chauvin told Floyd it takes "a lot of oxygen" to talk

"Before his death, George Floyd told a former police officer that he couldn't breathe more than 20 times. Newly released transcripts from body cameras worn by other officers accused in his death revealed Derek Shove in. The white officer who held his knee on George Floyd's neck told Floyd to stop talking and stop yelling, adding that quote It takes a heck of a lot of oxygen to talk. The transcripts were made public is part of former cop Thomas Lanes, requests to have his case dismissed. Lane's attorney says his client trusted shove in and that one's Floyd was on the ground. The rookie officer twice as Shabana Floyd should be rolled onto his side, Shaaban said. No shaman is charged with second degree murder. Lane and two other former police officers are charged with Aiding and abetting second degree murder.

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Transcript: Chauvin told Floyd it takes "a lot of oxygen" to talk

WTOP 24 Hour News

00:52 sec | 4 d ago

Transcript: Chauvin told Floyd it takes "a lot of oxygen" to talk

"53 Before his death, George Floyd told a former Minneapolis police officer that he couldn't breathe. More than 20 times newly released transcript from body cameras worn by other officers accused in his death reveal that there aren't show them the white officer who held his knee on Floyd's neck for more than eight minutes. Told Floyd to stop talking and stop yelling, adding, quoting here. It takes a heck of a lot of oxygen to talk. Transcripts were made public is part of ex cop Thomas Lanes request to have his case dismissed lanes attorneys as his client trusted show Vin and that once Floyd was on the ground, the rookie officer twice asked if Lloyd should be rolled to his side, But Sheldon said no. Jovan is charged with second degree murder, laying into other former police officers are charged with aiding and abetting

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Esper Testifies On Military's Role In Handling Recent Protests in Washington, DC

Ben Shapiro

00:55 sec | 4 d ago

Esper Testifies On Military's Role In Handling Recent Protests in Washington, DC

"Of defense was pressed on the military's role in recent protests. In Washington House armed services. Lawmakers called in the defense secretary and Joint Chiefs chairman talking about the use of the military to deal with civilian disturbances. Events. Secretary Mark Esper talked about the response to recent protests in Washington, DC no active duty military units engaged protestors or otherwise. Took part. Direct part in civilian law enforcement or federal protection missions in the District of Columbia or anywhere else in the country. There were also questions about when Lafayette Park near the White House was cleared of protesters on June 1st. Esper addressed how National Guard members were used. The guard did not advance on the crowd. At the guard did not shoot rubber bullets. At the guard did not employ chemical agents of any type on Capitol Hill, Mike Emanuel Fox News

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Fifth Avenue is closed by Trump Tower for Black Lives Matter mural

Michael Wallace and Steve Scott

01:17 min | 4 d ago

Fifth Avenue is closed by Trump Tower for Black Lives Matter mural

"Joined a painting crew this morning. Help paint the words black lives matter in bright yellow in front of Trump Tower, Fifth Avenue and 57 Street closed to vehicles until Sunday. WCBS reporter Sean Adams spoke to New York ear's about that street mural, a potent message. A strategic location. Black lives matter. Painted along Fifth Avenue. You're staring up at Trump Tower. Many folks passing by hope President Trump eventually seized this awesome Great painted all his forehead sometimes way need to kick someone in the face in order for them to see what's in front of that can't be We can't allow to be black people murdered in the street. But things that is a white person. I would get a ticket for in front of Trump Towers. He is the president of United States. You know, we know his history their history of exercising division. It's very important people face you. This is a highly charged issue. There are other opinions. Some people cast a cold eye. That's what it's all about Legalized graffiti in a lot of politics, too many people afraid to say that you're ashamed to the present. Right front of his place in

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Transcript: Chauvin told Floyd it takes "a lot of oxygen" to talk

Atlanta's Morning News

00:25 sec | 4 d ago

Transcript: Chauvin told Floyd it takes "a lot of oxygen" to talk

"Shed New Light on the final Minutes of George Floyd's Life is Minneapolis Police officer Derrick Show, Vin kneels on his neck. One point the Bodycam Mike's capture show Vin saying, quote, Stop talking. Stop yelling! It takes a heck of a lot of oxygen to talk. Within minutes. Floyd would be dead. A BCS Jim Ryan says. Attorneys for rookie Thomas Layne seek to get aiding and abetting charges against him dismissed. They claim he deferred to shove in. A senior officer knew this morning. The mayor

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