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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NEW KIEL, STRONG KIEL: “Zebras” win Super Cup!

first_imgShareTweetShareShareEmail Click to comment THW Kiel win test in Berlin before EHF CL 2020/2021 start Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Related Items:Fuchse Berlin, Kiel German trio and Wisla Plock for EHF European League 2021 trophy Fuchse Berlin sign Valter Chrintz Recommended for you ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsNew faces in THW Kiel, but the same level of performance and class! THW Kiel won DHB Super Cup over Fuchse Berlin 24:18 (13:8) in front of over 6.000 fans in Porsche Arena (Stutgart).FUCHSE BERLIN: Heinevetter (1.-60., 21/4 saves), Stochl (n.e.); Löffler, Wiede (1), Thümmler, Nenadic (2/1), Romero (2/1), Weyhrauch (1), Zachrisson (1), Horak (1), Igropulo (2), Nielsen (1), Petersen (3), Drux (4); Trainer: SigurdssonTHW KIEL: Sjöstrand (1.-60., 20/2 saves), Palicka (n.e.); Duvnjak (3), Toft Hansen (1), Sprenger (1), Weinhold (3), Wiencek, Ekberg (3), Canellas (3), Dahmke, Klein (4), Jicha (5/1), Vujin (1); Trainer: Gislasonlast_img read more

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Athletes warned to avoid potentially dangerous sports nutrition ingredient DMAA

first_img Related As consumers embark on a new-year fitness boost, athletes at all levels of sport are being urged to steer clear of the potentially dangerous ingredient DMAA. The warning has been issued by the UK Government’s Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA) – as a significant number of products containing DMAA continue to be found on sale in the UK.DMAA can be found in unlicensed medicines marketed as sports supplements and it has been linked with high blood pressure, tightening in the chest, strokes, heart attacks and even death.MHRA has launched a ‘Week of Action’ between 30 January and 5 February supported by a number of leading national organisations to alert people to the potential dangers. The week of action aims to improve awareness and will include an animated social media campaign, health & fitness bloggers sharing their stories and a video featuring Team GB Olympic weightlifters at the National Sports Stadium in Crystal Palace.Individuals who either suspect a product contains DMAA or want to check whether it is present are being encouraged to check online. Those who find products on the market should immediately contact MHRA via the dedicated mailbox dmaa[at]mhra.gsi.gov.uk.Named on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Prohibited List, DMAA is banned during sports competition and the safety concerns are well documented.Last year MHRA took urgent action to remove a number of products containing DMAA from the market. Dr Chris Jones, MHRA Medicines Borderline Section Manger said “As always, we will continue to take robust action when unlicensed medicinal products containing DMAA come to our attention.“We first removed these products from sale in 2012, and will protect public health by continuing to do so. Although the sale of DMAA products has dropped since 2012, any companies selling this unlicensed medicine is one company too many.”Dr Adam Carey, Chair of ESSNA (the European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance) said “We fully support the MHRA’s efforts to raise awareness of the dangers of supplements which contain DMAA. MHRA has classified such products as medicinal products and they have no place in legitimate sports nutrition supplements.“The dangers of consuming DMAA are significant and well-proven. We urge all sportspeople to avoid it at all costs – and emphasise that sportsmen and women can only do this by making sure they’re only buying their sports supplements from responsible and reputable retailers.”Nicole Sapstead, UK Anti-Doping Chief Executive said “Any athlete who takes supplements containing DMAA in-competition – either deliberately or inadvertently – is not only risking their career, but is also risking their health. Our advice on supplements is simple – protect yourself and your career by maximising your nutrition, and thoroughly researching any product you are, or are considering, taking.”Ashley Metcalfe, British Weight Lifting CEO said “Weightlifting is a fantastic sport, not least because of the health and wellbeing benefits associated with strength training. However, as with all sports, it is very important that lifters participate in a safe and controlled manner, and are aware of the dangers of taking anything that could be potentially harmful – as has been proven with DMAA.“We are proud to support this campaign and hope that it encourages lifters that wish to use sports supplements to choose only those that are properly regulated, and remain well-informed about the dangers of using unlicensed medicines.”This ‘Week of Action’ is part of the FakeMeds campaign aimed at young adults and highlights the pitfalls of buying unlicensed medicines online.The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is responsible for regulating all medicines and medical devices in the UK by ensuring that they work and are acceptably safe. MHRA is a centre of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, which also includes NIBSC and CPRD. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency is an executive agency of the UK Government’s Department of Health.The MHRA first classified a product containing DMAA to be medicinal products in 2012. The MHRA has since determined a number of products which contain DMAA to be medicinal products and may not be placed on the UK market without the appropriate authorisation.DMAA is regarded as being capable of significant modification to human physiology. Products containing DMAA have already been subject to regulatory controls in various countries around the world following a series of suspected links to serious adverse effects.Products containing DMAA have already been subject to regulatory controls in various countries around the world following a series of suspected links to serious adverse effects. It is the MHRA’s view that the uncontrolled sale and supply of products containing DMAA poses potential risks to public safety.MHRA has been working with British Weightlifting, UK Anti-Doping, ESSNA, UK Active, National Food Crime Unit (FSA) and Sporting Integrity Ltd for the DMAA ‘Week of Action.www.gov.ukwww.essna.comlast_img read more

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Grenada to introduce National Health Insurance

first_img Sharing is caring! 38 Views   no discussions NewsRegional Grenada to introduce National Health Insurance by: Caribbean Media Corporation – March 28, 2017 Share Sharecenter_img Share Implementation Minister Emmalin Pierre (Photo: CMC)ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC) — The Grenada government says it will introduce a National Health Insurance by the end of June.Implementation Minister Emmalin Pierre, addressing the convention of the ruling New National Party (NNP) on Sunday night, said that the programme will be rolled out within the next three months and will be available for all nationals.“We believe that healthcare is a fundamental right that every citizen must have access to. Just as we believe that education is a right, so we believe that healthcare and the services must be a right to our people.”The scheme will be the first for Grenada and while the details of the type of health care services were not given, the minister did not state whether a cost ceiling would be applied to the scheme that would be managed by the National Insurance Scheme.“We are introducing in collaboration with the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) because we are very confident that the NIS is a reputable organisation best suited to manage the affairs for the National Health Insurance.“So brothers and sisters when we launch this initiative and when the registration process begins it means that you would have access to a special card; and this means that you will have access to a list of services including some of our diagnostic like those that you access from Spice Isle Imaging on the Carenage (a private medical diagnostic and imaging company).“We are saying the time has come that you walk to Spice Isle Imaging with your card and nobody has to ask you who you are, which constituency you came from, which insurance you [are] in or how much money you have or don’t have.“We are saying proper healthcare must be a right of the people of Grenada Carriacou and Petit Martinique,” she told party supporters.Meanwhile, Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell told supporters that the upcoming campaign for the general election constitutionally due next year, but widely expected to be held this year, will be one in his party will spending more time boasting about its positive achievement.“We will run a positive campaign…we have enough positive to boast about,” he said, even as supporters were called up to cease from engaging in activities that can bring embarrassment to the ruling party.Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell told the supporters that the upcoming campaign will be one in his party will spending more time boasting about its positive achievement.“We will run a positive campaign…we have enough positive to boast about,” he said.“Let us do what is right for the party, cease from making those mistakes that will destroy our party,” said Social Development and Housing Minister Delma Thomas.“Stop giving the opposition ammunition,” she told the supporters amid reports last week that the police had been called in to probe allegations of fraud within the government’s housing programme.The investigation is focusing on the falsification of documents of procurement for building materials and other construction items. Tweetlast_img read more

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Ravens wide receiver Stokley intends to retire after injury-riddled season

first_imgAfter 15 years in the NFL, Ravens wide receiver Brandon Stokley has decided to call it a career.Stokley told The Denver Post that an injury-riddled season in his return to Baltimore was enough to convince him that it was time to walk away from football. He suffered a concussion in the Ravens’ win over Minnesota on Dec. 8 and was placed on injured reserve a few days later.The 37-year-old caught 13 passes for 115 yards in six games this season while dealing with a groin injury for much of the season. He and veteran tight end Dallas Clark were signed in August to aid the passing game after tight end Dennis Pitta suffered a dislocated and fractured him in the first week of training camp.“It really was awesome to be around him,” said coach John Harbaugh, who added that his father coached against Stokley in his collegiate days. “[He’s a] hard worker, great guy, very smart football guy who will make a heck of a coach someday if he chose to. Congratulations to him.”Drafted in the fourth round of the 1999 draft by Baltimore, Stokley has allegedly dealt with at least 14 concussions in his football career dating back to his high school days, which clearly was a major concern after the latest head injury against the Vikings. The Louisiana-Lafayette product has amassed over 5,000 receiving yards in his career.In addition to his two stints with the Ravens, Stokley also played for Indianapolis, Denver, Seattle, and the New York Giants in his long career.A fan favorite in his time with Baltimore, Stokley will forever be remembered in franchise history for catching the first touchdown of Super Bowl XXXV in what would amount to a 34-7 victory and the Ravens’ first NFL championship.last_img read more

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