After George Floyd’s death, police confront lack of diversity in leadership

first_imgiStockBy: IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News (NEW YORK) — Many minority police officers have found themselves in a unique position during the current debate over police reform.Members of black and Latino police associations say their members have experienced both what it feels like to be targeted by prejudice because of the color of their skin and because of the color of their uniforms.RaShall Brackney, chief of police in Charlottesville, Virginia, and a member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, told ABC News it’s been tough for many black officers to patrol the streets.At the same time, Brackney said, minority officers may now have a better environment in which to express their concerns and potentially improve policing for everyone.“If you don’t have those black leaders at the table … the ability for genuine reform is going fail,” she told ABC News.The key roadblock for many of these officers has been ascending to leadership roles. Although police departments nationwide are increasingly diverse, very nearly mirroring racial breakdowns throughout the U.S., too few non-white officers find themselves in top positions.A report released last year by U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs said that between 1997 and 2016 the number of black officers increased by 3,689, the number of Latino officers jumped by 25,293 and the number of those belonging to another minority group grew by 7,693 nationally. During the same period, the number of white officers increased by just 1,528.White cops make up 71.5% of police, while black officers represent 11.4%, Latinos 12.5% and other minority groups 3.6%, the report said. By comparison, the latest U.S. Census data shows whites are 72.3% of the population, blacks are 12.7%, Latinos are 18.1% and Asians make up 5.6%.But the Department of Justice report found that nearly 90% of police chief roles, 81.5% of intermediate supervisor roles and 77% of first-line supervisor roles had been assigned to white officers. And in police forces that serve populations under 50,000, the percentage of white officers on the force is no lower than 85%.Anthony Chapa, the executive director of the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association, said the best way for the public to regain trust with law enforcement is to have more minority officers in departments, especially in high-ranking positions.“The future of law enforcement needs to change and have more diversity,” Chapa told ABC News.The Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association said George Floyd’s death damaged years of progress his officers had made building up trust in minority communities.“We are ACCOUNTABLE to self, our agencies, and the local community at large,” HPCOA said in a statement.Jack McDevitt, director of the Institute on Race and Justice at Northeastern University’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, said recruiting minorities to law enforcement has always been tricky because of bad relations between police and their communities. On top of that, minority cops who are looking for promotions are sometimes hit with more burdens related to their tougher financial situations, according to McDevitt.“One of the things that happens, sometimes, is white officers will have more ability to study for promotion and get promoted,” he explained. “They usually won’t take an overtime shift to help pay for their family and have more leisure time to study for those tests.”Scott Wolfe, an associate professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University, said city and police leaders have to go beyond recruiting minorities. While the minority cops increase their visible presence through associations, there is still peer pressure from the more experienced officers to conform to a traditional view on policing that doesn’t take into account concerns from communities of color.“Even if you have more minorities in police departments, policing is a close-knit of individuals,” Wolfe told ABC News. “They will be hesitant to call out their own, even if they don’t agree with them.”Brackney, a 36-year veteran of the force, acknowledged this struggle. For years, she said her peers deemed her the “affirmative action officer” or “token cop.”“You name any type of slander, it’s been thrown at me,” she said.However, over the last few years as she and other officers have been promoted to top positions and as residents have called for change, Brackney said more officers are beginning to speak up.“The ability to trust genuine reform is difficult and challenging. You need those leaders like NOBLE to come forth to say we’re willing to help, but we won’t unless we have the ability to influence that our counterparts have,” she said.During the last few weeks, the chief said the public, elected officials and police brass have been more receptive to hearing what NOBLE and other groups have to say on police matters since they have had their ear to the community for a long time.In some cases, she said, departments should scale back their presence and that she supports “re-funding” police, spending more to deal directly with mental health emergencies or school truancies in nonviolent ways.“I’m sure most police professionals would not want to be to be the ones operating in those incidents,” Brackney said. “If you dial 911 and you are in a mental health crisis, there should be a mobile mental health team sent to you.”The chief said she was confident departments throughout the country will take the input from their black members very seriously and work to ensure civilians and officers can move forward.“There is now a need to rely on our experiences and expertise to negotiate how policing in the communities will look like,” she said.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. 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History

first_imgHistoryOffutt’s heritage began with the construction of Fort Crook, an Army outpost, which was completed in 1896, and named for Major General George Crook, a renowned Indian fighter and Civil War hero. In the spring of 1921, a flying field was created and designated as Offutt Field in May 1924 in honor of 1st Lt Jarvis J. Offutt, Omaha’s first World War I air casualty. In late 1940, Fort Crook was chosen as the site for a bomber construction plant which produced a total of 531 B-29 Superfortresses and 1,585 B-26 Marauders before the end of World War II. These included the Enola Gay and Bock’s Car, the two B-29s that dropped atomic bombs in Japan. Production ended in September 1945. In June 1946, Fort Crook and the bomber plant facilities were redesignated as Offutt Field and transferred to the Department of the Air Force on January 13, 1948, to become Offutt Air Force Base. Offutt became the host base for Headquarters Strategic Air Command on November 9, 1948. The Strategic Air Command was disestablished June 1, 1992 and the new, unified command, US Strategic Command was activated. The command of this joint headquarters is rotated between Air Force and Navy. At the time Strategic Air Command was disestablished, Offutt AFB became part of the Air Combat Command. For more history visit Offutt’s homepage.last_img read more

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News Scan for Jun 26, 2014

first_imgSuriname reports suggest local chikungunya transmissionSuriname health officials yesterday said more chikungunya infections have been detected, suggesting the possibility of local transmission, Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) reported today.The Suriname Bureau of Public Health (BOG) has now confirmed 17 cases, which included two announced earlier in travelers—one in a man who returned from St Martin and the other in a woman who was in neighboring Guyana. The BOG said the 15 other cases were confirmed yesterday and that it expects widespread illnesses to follow. A local media report translated and posted by FluTrackers, and infectious disease news message board, said of the 15 new cases, two are family members of the first case-patient and are considered imported cases. It said the other 13 patients contracted the disease locally.Locally transmitted cases have been detected in two countries that border Suriname, Guyana to the west and French Guiana to the east.At a press conference yesterday with the ministry and other regional health groups, officials warned that the virus could affect thousands unless precautions are taken, such as avoiding mosquitoes and emptying outdoor water containers.In other developments, Alabama has reported its first chikungunya case this year in a traveler, the Associated Press (AP) reported yesterday. The Alabama Department of Public Health said the patient is a woman from Huntsville who was exposed to the virus while traveling in Haiti.So far this year 74 imported cases from 23 states have been reported to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), according to a Jun 24 update from the agency. The number is much more than the average total of 28 cases in a whole year. All but one of the cases this year had a link to Caribbean travel.Jun 26 CMC story Jun 25 AP story FluTrackers thread Nature editors: CDC anthrax scare hints at risks of GOF studiesLast week’s incident involving possible exposure of numerous CDC staffers to live Bacillus anthracis adds fuel to the heated debate over laboratory work on dangerous pathogens, including “gain-of-function” (GOF) research, says an editorial published in Nature yesterday.”If an accident can happen at the CDC, then it can happen anywhere,” states the piece.Last week’s episode involved anthrax bacteria that were supposedly inactivated in a biosafety-3 (BSL-3) lab for use in research at several BSL-2 labs. It was found that a lapse in safety procedures may have allowed live bacteria to survive in the samples, potentially exposing more than 80 CDC workers at the BSL-2 labs, which do not provide adequate protection for the handling of dangerous live pathogens, to the live bacteria.The workers were warned and offered prophylactic antibiotics. The CDC has since said that preliminary environmental testing at the labs showed negative results.Questions as to the advisability of GOF research, in which pathogens are engineered to be more lethal and/or to transmit more easily, have been raised since late 2011, when two groups modified H5N1 avian flu viruses to increase their transmissibility. The resulting controversy promoted a temporary moratorium on influenza GOF research, which has since expired.Says the Nature editorial, “It is impossible to read about the CDC [anthrax] incident and not breathe a large sigh of relief that it did not involve a novel engineered pandemic influenza strain.”It adds, “The CDC accident shows that, should such [GOF] research proliferate, the idea of an accidental release of a potentally pandemic flu virus cannot be completely written off. This demands that such research proposals receive the utmost scrutiny.” Jun 26 Nature Editorial Jun 19 CIDRAP News story on CDC anthrax incident Jun 19 CIDRAP News commentary on GOF controversy May 22 CIDRAP News story on GOF controversylast_img read more

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Andy Warhol Retrospective At The Whitney

first_imgI was too young to have experienced Andy Warhol’s New York, but the idea of it has always fascinated me.It was a time before banks took over the neighborhood restaurants, and nightclubs weren’t just for those willing to drop $10,000 on a night out. I’m still proud to live in Manhattan, and, like Warhol, I prefer to live uptown and vacation downtown, but that’s mostly because downtown apartments are like four times the price.When I heard The Whitney was curating an Andy Warhol retrospective, “Andy Warhol—From A To B And Back Again,” I knew I had to see it. There have been countless Warhol exhibits, but this is the first Warhol retrospective organized in the U.S. since 1989.Few artists are as instantly recognizable as Warhol, who died in 1987. Warhol is the most inventive, influential, and important American artist of his time. For nearly two decades, the pop artist spent time at his summer home in Montauk, the Eothen estate. It was a place where Warhol’s famous friends could go to relax. It was also the site of inspiration for the artist’s sunset series.The exhibit is organized by Senior Curator Donna De Salvo, along with Christie Mitchell, senior curatorial assistant, and Mark Loiacono, curatorial research associate.“I’ve always felt lucky that I met Warhol,” said De Salvo during the exhibit’s press opening on Tuesday, November 6. “Nothing beats working directly with the artist.” She also stated that Warhol “inspired a lifetime interest in American art” for her.Alice Pratt Brown Director Adam Winberg stated during a press preview that the exhibit is “one of the most complex undertakings in our history.” The show includes more than 300 works. He opined that Warhol’s work is more relevant today than ever before stating right now is “the selfie generation where everyone is the star of their own photograph or movie.”Warhol promoted a collection of people known as Warhol superstars, and coined the widely-used expression “15 minutes of fame.” The retrospective introduces Warhol to the 21st Century.As an artist, Warhol experimented with non-traditional art-making techniques. He understood the growing power of images in contemporary life and helped to expand the role of the artist in society.Curating the exhibit was no easy feat, carefully selecting works that would best represent the artist. As De Salvo described, “I guess Andy was really right when he said ‘success was a job in New York.’”The Whitney has also released a Warhol video series. It’s a series of short videos that take a fresh look at the artist, to create a new kind of portrait and understand his current relevance.“Warhol really investigated the fundamental nature of what an image is,” said De Salvo during one of the films.Why Warhol now? That is the central question explored in the three-part series. The films include interviews on the subject with notable artists, cultural producers, and influencers.“Andy’s work was so generous because it let us just appreciate everything around us as vital information, something worth contemplating,” said artist Jeff Koons, one of the artists interviewed. Koons joins Deborah Kass, Andy Cohen, and more in the films.“Warhol was a myth when he was alive, and he’s even more of a myth now,” said De Salvo. The series can be viewed on The Whitney’s YouTube channel. The exhibit at The Whitney runs through March [email protected]@hamptondaze Sharelast_img read more

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Manly strip club saga

first_imgRugby League Things off the field have become as bad as they are on the field for the Manly Sea Eagles. After a round five loss against the Gold Coast Titans the team was told to be in the hotel before the set curfew. Unfortunately several players decided against doing so and instead opted to spend their evening visiting a strip club. The players will now cop a huge hit to their bank accounts with The Daily Telegraph’s Phil Rothfield reporting Sea Eagles chief executive Lyall Gorman is set to hand down severe fines. Fines which will reportedly cost the players up to A$10,000 (K26,315) each. “The players were told after a team dinner following the loss to the Titans to return to the hotel,” Rothfield said on NRL 360. “There was a curfew. A number of players went out to the local strip club which has been reported on the Sunday night. “Daly Cherry-Evans came back into the hotel and had a fight with his teammate Jackson Hastings. “Trent Barrett’s in a position where he can’t drop players – they’ve lost their past three games, they’re playing under the salary cap and he can’t pick Hastings – so they’ve chosen the fines. “Interestingly, they are not naming the players.” Sea Eagles owner and chairman Scott Penn addressed the incidents which all occured during the clubs trip to regional Queensland town, Gladstone. “It was unacceptable behaviour,” Penn told News Corp. “The players had dinner and a couple of quiet drinks and were told to be back at the hotel at a certain time, but they ignored it.” The turmoil surrounding the club has continued to gather moss over the past few weeks. Star playmaker Cherry-Evans was handed a A$10,000 (K26,315) fine on Saturday for his involvement in the altercation with Hastings. Despite the dust up, he claimed the duo held no ill will towards one another. “It’s not at all (affecting us),” Cherry-Evans said. “Considering how quickly we moved on from the situation. There was no lingering awkwardness and it certainly didn’t leave it as an excuse to play poorly today no way. “It’s fine. It’s fine. We cleared the air straight away. “It’s a shame to see so much written about it considering how quickly we moved on.” Hastings however has since been exiled from the playing group and sent to the reserve grade after several altercations. “I’m fully committed to doing whatever it takes to get back into that first grade team,” he told Fairfax Media. Manly currently sit 13th on the ladder with a 2-5 record through the opening seven rounds and with off field drama continuing to circle the club they could face further turmoil.last_img read more

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Sports Minister Bans Matches without Medics

first_imgDEATH IN LAFIAFollowing the death of the player of Nassarawa United, Chineme Martins during a Nigerian Professional Football League match with Katsina United at the weekend in Lafia, Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare, has ordered that henceforth no game should be played without the full compliments of paramedics personnel and equipment at the venue.This decision was taken after due consultations, meetings and calls to relevant stakeholders by the minister. A statement from the Office of the Sports Minister yesterday said: “Henceforth, from March 14th, 2020 no league match would take place without paramedic personnel, full equipment as provided for in the NFF Club licensing Regulations. “This decision was reached to ensure prompt response in the event of any incident during matches. We don’t want any avoidable deaths in our match venues or any other sports for that matter.“We are also going to move against hooliganism at match venues. We shall enforce zero tolerance for violence at stadium as is the case in all match venues,” observed the statement from the minister’s office.Under the arrangement, all match commissioners and host state FAs must inspect all medical facilities at match venues, test run to confirm that they are working before the commencement of any league game.Meanwhile, Dare has offered his condolences to the family of the departed player, even as he assured stakeholders that adequate measures would be put in place to forestall future occurrences.“The death of the Nasarawa United player is most unfortunate. We shall not tolerate avoidable death as a result of not observing laid down rules,” the minister warned.Meanwhile, the Chairman of the League Management Company (LMC), Shehu Dikko has said the league regrets the passing of the young man in his prime.“We commiserate with Nasarawa United and the immediate family of the late player”, Dikko said.The LMC expects that there would be a standard autopsy to establish the cause of the player’s death.“It is hoped that the findings of the autopsy would inform subsequent measures, if any that has not been addressed by the existing standard procedure,” the LMC Boss stated.Furthermore, he said that the LMC will keep engaging the club and the player’s immediate family to find the best way possible to offer support in this sad moment for the Nigeria football family at large.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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De Jong gets Dutch axe

first_imgManchester City’s Nigel de Jong has been dropped from the Holland squad after his ‘wild’ tackle left Hatem Ben Arfa with a broken leg.The midfielder has been axed by coach Bert van Marwijk for the forthcoming Euro 2012 Group E qualifiers against Moldova and Sweden.Van Marwijk’s decision comes after De Jong’s tackle on Ben Arfa in City’s 2-1 win at Eastlands on Sunday left the Newcastle player with a broken tibia and fibula in his left leg.In a statement of the Dutch FA’s official website, van Marwijk said on Monday: “I just informed the squad and told them I saw no other possibility.“In the near future I will discuss this matter with Nigel (de Jong) but right now we have to focus on the upcoming two matches.”Earlier, the Dutch coach hit out at the tackle, branding it both ‘wild’ and ‘unnecessary’.last_img read more

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Adam Scott joins cast of the new ‘Twilight Zone’

first_imgCourtesy CBS(VANCOUVER, B.C.) — Adam Scott is heading into The Twilight Zone.The Parks & Recreation actor is joining the CBS All Access reboot of the classic series. He’ll be starring in the episode “Nightmare at 30,000 Feet.”The original 1963 episode, called “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,” starred a pre-Star Trek William Shatner as an airplane passenger who’s recently recovered from a nervous breakdown. He’s convinced he sees a gremlin outside the plane, damaging the engine, but everyone else thinks he’s insane.As previously announced, Jordan Peele will host and narrate the series. Sanaa Lathan is also set to appear in the episode “Rewind.”The new Twilight Zone will debut on CBS All Access, the subscription video-on-demand platform, in 2019.The original Twilight Zone aired on CBS from 1959 to 1964. The award-winning anthology series used science-fiction, fantasy and horror stories to explore social issues of the day.Since then, there’s also been a 1983 Twilight Zone movie produced by Steven Spielberg, as well as two other short-lived TV reboots, the most recent in 2002, hosted by another Oscar winner, Forest Whitaker.  The Emmy-winning Netflix series Black Mirror is often described as a modern-day Twilight Zone.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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“Star Wars” Concert Series to Land at New York City’s Lincoln Center This Fall

first_img Related Lucasfilm(NEW YORK) — It’s the the perfect warm-up for the December release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Disney has announced the Star Wars Film Concert Series, taking place at New York City’s Lincoln Center this fall.The event will feature screenings of four Star Wars films — 1977’s A New Hope, 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back, 1983’s Return of the Jedi and 2015’s The Force Awakens — accompanied by The New York Philharmonic.  The orchestra will perform Oscar-winning composer John Williams’ musical scores from those films live.The concerts will be led by acclaimed conductor David Newman taking Williams’ place at the podium at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall.  Visit LincolnCenter.org for more information.Here’s the full schedule: Sept. 15, 8:00pm Concert – A New Hope (world premiere)Sept. 16, 8:00pm Concert – A New HopeSept. 26, 7:30 pm Concert – The Empire Strikes Back (world premiere)Sept. 27, 7:30pm Concert – The Empire Strikes BackSept. 28, 7:30pm Concert – The Empire Strikes BackOct. 4, 7:30pm Concert – Return of the Jedi (world premiere)Oct. 5, 7:30pm Concert – Return of the JediOct. 6, 8:00pm Concert – The Force Awakens (world premiere)Oct. 7, 8:00pm Concert – The Force AwakensThe Star Wars saga is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

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What can Brown do for you? Antonio comes to the rescue in Steelers’ 31-28 win over Packers (Mike Pelaia’s Column Nov. 29)

first_imgAntonio Brown comes to the rescue, makes it look easy in last-second win over Green Bay (Photo by Courier Photographer Brian Cook)As it always does, the pendulum swings back. That’s exactly what I’m seeing with the Steelers’ offensive and defensive units as they improved to 9-2 on Sunday night, Nov. 26, after defeating the Green Bay Packers, 31-28.The offense, which had been playing way below their standards, is finally beginning to get things going the past few weeks, having put up 40 and 31 points in back-to-back weeks.Ben Roethlisberger, despite his two interceptions vs. Green Bay, is beginning to look on point. He’s sharp, extending plays and throwing the ball to the right receivers at the right time. It’s something he hadn’t done as often earlier this season. But, the pendulum had to swing back for him; he’s too good for it not to.Le’Veon Bell started coming back to normal a month or so ago and he continues to do so. He proved once again that he’s the best running back in all of football. If he’s not making plays in the run game, he’s catching the ball and allowing Roethlisberger to check the ball down. Bell was nothing short of spectacular against Green Bay and I fully expect that to continue throughout the remainder of the season.Obviously, Antonio Brown is always at a high level, but if you mix in Martavis Bryant, who appeared motivated and finally displayed some of his talents this past week, along with JuJu Smith-Schuster, you can see that this offense is finally on track after an extended slow start.last_img read more

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