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‘This is a huge step for law enforcement.’ Police unions shift stance on protecting bad officers

By Peter Nickeas, CNN (CNN) — In response to the police killing George Floyd, 15 unions that represent law enforcement officers across the US have endorsed a blueprint for policing that includes an unprecedented shift in the way unions protect bad police officers, according to a copy of the plan obtained by CNN ahead of […]

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In wake of Wisconsin’s racial justice protests, curfew tickets raise equity and speech questions

By Clara Neupert and Jim Malewitz Wisconsin Watch The envelope looked like any other — slightly wrinkled, a handwritten address scrawled across the front. But Jared Cain said he felt violated after looking inside. He saw a ticket for breaking the curfew Milwaukee adopted to regulate protests after a May 25 murder in Minneapolis seen […]

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Chauvin, former police officer, found guilty of murdering George Floyd

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Derek Chauvin, a former police officer with the Minneapolis Police Department, was found guilty Tuesday on all three counts: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Floyd died last May after Chauvin, a white officer, knelt on the 46-year-old Black man’s neck for […]

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Defund the police? Milwaukee eyes future amid Black Lives Matter protests, coronavirus budget crunch

Milwaukee activist Annia Leonard wants a safe community without police, and she draws from her own experience when thinking about what that could be: like the time a conflict at her grandmother’s house ended peacefully in a garden — without anyone in handcuffs. Annia Leonard is seen outside of her grandmother’s house in the Sherman […]

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Mayor Mason Announces Initial Community Conversations in Police Reforms

On June 30, the City of Racine Mayor Cory Mason announced the first three community conversations on police reforms. In response to the murder of George Floyd, Mayor Mason announced a series of actions to reform the Racine Police Department to build trust, transparency, and accountability to the people they serve. One of those actions […]

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Following National Trend, City of Racine Spends Heavily on Policing

After George Floyd, a black man, died at the hands of a white Minneapolis Police Officer on Memorial Day, protests and calls to defund, demilitarize, reform, and even abolish the police have swelled across the country. Floyd’s death “shocked the conscience of the nation,” Racine Police Chief Art Howell said in a letter to the […]

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Hate groups make a comeback in Wisconsin

By Shereen Siewert WISCONSIN – As racially-charged protests and speeches continue to sweep across Wisconsin and the country, there is increasing evidence that hate groups are on the rise. Government and advocacy organizations say hate groups are nothing new, but white nationalism has seen particular resonance in recent weeks and months. Earlier this month in […]