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Police officers become candidates as policing debate rages

Aug. 02, 2021 13:38 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — In his first campaign ad as a Republican candidate for Nevada governor, Joe Lombardo picks up a badge, a gun and a tactical vest that says “police” while a 911 call plays in the background. A voiceover says the Las Vegas-area sheriff kept his city...

Ohio sets date for 1st redistricting commission meeting

Aug. 02, 2021 11:38 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The first meeting to redraw Ohio's congressional and legislative districts is set for Friday, Gov. Mike DeWine announced. The commission will convene on Aug. 6 to begin the new redistricting process before the mid-September deadline to complete...

PA prisons release dashboard tracking race, populations

Jul. 30, 2021 12:33 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A new dashboard of real-time data on Pennsylvania's prison and parole populations shows the state has made strides to reduce racial inequity, but Black and Latino residents are still greatly overrepresented in prisons and on parole. The dashboard...

Report: Blacks, Hispanics prosecuted at higher rates

Jul. 29, 2021 15:31 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Black and Hispanic residents continue to make up a disproportionate number of people in Connecticut's justice system, which also is charging African Americans with felonies at higher rates, according to an analysis of state prosecution data released Thursday. ...

New Yorkers say they've been ignored in stop-and-frisk fight

Jul. 29, 2021 15:21 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Eight years after a judge ruled New York City police violated the constitution by stopping, questioning and frisking mostly Black and Hispanic people on the street en masse, people in communities most affected by such tactics say they've been shut out of the legal process to...

Residents fight to preserve historic Black church in LA

Jul. 27, 2021 15:17 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (RNS) — On a recent Sunday, about 10 people sat outside the steps of the boarded-up First Baptist Church of Venice, a century-old congregation that, to many, remains a symbol of the thriving Black population that once existed in the seaside town of Los Angeles. ...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Jul. 27, 2021 15:16 PM EDT

Arlington Heights Daily Herald. July 26, 2021. Editorial: The need to diversify Illinois teachers If you are a family of color living in the suburbs, it’s unlikely that your child’s teacher looks like you. That’s because...

Rachael Rollins nominated to be Massachusetts U.S. attorney

Jul. 26, 2021 16:16 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Rachael Rollins, who has pushed for progressive criminal justice reforms as the first woman of color to serve as a district attorney in Massachusetts, has been nominated by President Joe Biden to become the state's top federal prosecutor. If confirmed by...

Wisconsin residents push for an increase in minimum wage

Jul. 25, 2021 01:04 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — For 26-year-old Olivia McKnight, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour would transform her life. As a full-time Popeyes employee in Milwaukee, McKnight makes $10 an hour. This isn’t nearly enough to support herself and her three children. She...

Founder of Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama departing

Jul. 24, 2021 11:38 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The founder and chief executive of the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama will leave the nonprofit organization at the end of the year, the group said in a statement. Isabel Rubio, who has led the Birmingham-based organization for 20 years,...