Police Reform

She's the first Black woman to serve in that role.

Black-led civil rights groups opposing Democrat's new policing bills that fund law enforcement urged the Congressional Black Caucus to resist supporting the legislation.

It's important to be clear that Question 2 -- a critical ballot initiative that would have replaced the Minneapolis Police Department with a Department of Public Safety -- was not the beginning and certainly not the end of our movement.

By a 56% to 44% margin, voters said “no” to a charter amendment that would have replaced the Minneapolis Police Department with a new Department of Public Safety focused on public health solutions. So what's next for police reform in Minneapolis?

While Sen. Tim Scott has gotten the bulk of the blame for police reform failing, Bridgett Floyd, George Floyd's sister, said she doesn't "feel that Biden is stepping up as the President and doing the right thing."

The rhetoric following the failure to pass police reform placed the blame squarely on Democrats embracing "defund the police" language, but two law enforcement groups have joined those who suggest that's a lie pushed by Sen. Tim Scott.

The 67-year-old politician was named as a potential vice-presidential running mate to President Biden during the 2020 elections. Now Bass' name is being mentioned as a part of the field competing for a chance to replace the city's current mayor, Eric Garcetti, who is term-limited. 

Even without legislation from Congress, there is a national blueprint for police reform. President Barack Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing set out six pillars to guide departments toward better practices.

Over a year after massive racial justice protests demanding action, Congress comes up short. 

Elijah McClain's mother, Sheneen McClain, said she is being cautiously optimistic after the Colorado attorney general's investigation found that the Aurora Police Department employed racist tactics and treated Black people differently from others.

It looks like the story of Joshua Feast, a 22-year-old Black man who was fatally shot by La Marque, Texas, police officer Jose Santos on Dec. 9, 2020, will end the way far too many stories like his end—with police not being held accountable. 

Despite promised policing reform, delays continue as the legislation —viewed by many as a compromise — could be softened in the hope of attracting bipartisan support.