Black Lives Matter

President Trump downplayed the danger of the coronavirus, claiming in an interview that aired Sunday that many cases are simply people who "have the sniffles."

"Many of those cases are young people that would heal in a day," Trump said in his interview with Fox News Sunday. "They have the sniffles, and we put it down as a test." He added that many of those sick "are going to get better very quickly."

Cincinnati police are looking into who vandalized the Black Lives Matter mural on Eighth and Ninth streets outside of City Hall. Police say someone poured red paint on the mural early Sunday morning. 

University Settlement, a nonprofit community center, sits on a busy section of Broadway Avenue in Slavic Village: four lanes of cars, trucks, motorcycles, city buses.

It's the kind of place where, if you want to make a visual statement, people will see it.

And making a statement is exactly what a group of employees and residents are doing in the building’s parking lot on a recent Friday. They use ropes and pulleys to raise a sign onto University Settlement’s facade.

The Cleveland Indians are exploring the possibility of a change in the team’s name.

The Indians issued a statement Friday night saying it would seek input on its name.

“We are committed to engaging our community and appropriate stakeholders to determine the best path forward with regard to our team name,” the statement reads.

 

Columbus City Hall in downtown Columbus on April 15, 2020.
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A local advocate says the city's removal of its Christopher Columbus statue is the result of two forces converging: the current Black Lives Matter movement and the long-standing efforts of Indigenous activists.

Black Lives Matter And Police Reform

Jun 15, 2020
Protesters on the sidewalk of the Ohio Statehouse face Columbus Police officers, who stood in the middle of High Street, on June 1, 2020.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

This episode originally aired on June 10, 2020.

The Minneapolis City Council on Sunday announced plans to vote to disband the police department in response to the Memorial Day death of George Floyd.

House Democrats on Monday introduced the Justice in Policing Act that, among other things, would create a federal ban on chokeholds by police and track reports of officer misconduct.

Black Lives Matter And Police Reform

Jun 10, 2020
Protesters on the sidewalk of the Ohio Statehouse face Columbus Police officers, who stood in the middle of High Street, on June 1, 2020.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

The Minneapolis City Council on Sunday announced plans to vote to disband the police department in response to the Memorial Day death of George Floyd.

House Democrats on Monday introduced the Justice in Policing Act that, among other things, would create a federal ban on chokeholds by police and track reports of officer misconduct.

The lawyer for Cleveland’s police union says an incident like the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis would not happen in Cleveland.

During a Tuesday lunchtime session hosted by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Joseph Delguyd said the consent decree in Cleveland and the Department of Justice oversight it has brought are preventing police brutality.

Civil rights groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union and Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, filed a lawsuit Thursday against the Trump administration and federal law enforcement agencies, saying they violated the constitutional rights of demonstrators who were violently evacuated out of a park Monday to clear the path for a photo op by President Trump.

Michael Brown's death in Ferguson, Mo., sparked a national civil rights movement around how police and government treat black residents. Yet even as the political momentum around police accountability picked up in other places, some candidates and policies that emanated from the movement stalled around St. Louis and Missouri.

Updated at 2 p.m. ET

An administrative judge with the New York Police Department has recommended that Officer Daniel Pantaleo be fired for his role in the 2014 death of Eric Garner.

The judge found Pantaleo guilty of using a banned chokehold but did not find him guilty of intentionally restricting Garner's breathing. Garner's repeated cry of "I can't breathe" triggered national outrage and galvanized activists concerned about police use of force.

The news that federal prosecutors will not charge a New York City police officer in the death of Eric Garner, who repeated the phrase "I can't breathe" almost a dozen times while being arrested for an alleged misdemeanor, closed another door for Garner's family and police reform activists seeking accountability.

Updated at 1:45 p.m. ET

The Department of Justice will not bring criminal charges against the New York City police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner, citing insufficient evidence, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday.

Dayton police and community officials are urging anyone planning to counterprotest this month’s rally by an Indiana-based Ku Klux Klan group to take safety precautions.

More than three dozen residents met Tuesday night at the westside Boys and Girls Club of Dayton to hear about the city’s preparations and share their concerns about the upcoming so-called Honorable Sacred Knights’ rally.

Police Chief Richard Biehl told participants the department has, “done their homework and checked with other cities,” as they map out security plans for the May 25 Courthouse Square event.

A Dayton coalition planning a counterprotest at an upcoming Ku Klux Klan-affiliated rally, scheduled for late May in Courthouse Square, gathered Saturday at a townhall meeting to outline their plans.

The A Better Dayton Coalition includes members of Black Lives Matter Miami Valley, and six other grassroots and faith-based community organizations, including the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the New Black Panther Party. 

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