17-year-old Stephanie Lopez started advocating at school board meetings for school resource officers (SROs)—armed, district-funded trained police officers—to be replaced with adult hall monitors. By involving staff who would get to know the students instead of giving them citation, Lopez is looking for a more holistic approach to student management.
“It was almost like they were saying, ‘okay, this is our story, we had a sister and this is similar to what happened to us.'”
The number of women in police has remained stagnant over the last 20 years: 13 percent, with only 3 percent serving as police chiefs. Ivonne Roman proposed a solution: change the physical fitness test and its “arbitrary fitness standards.”
The issue of police brutality and distrust is still pervasive, especially between minority groups and the police. And after taking a look into the Facebook accounts of thousands of officers, the reasons for police distrust have become even clearer.
State Rep. Janelle Bynum was campaigning in a neighborhood in her district when a resident called the police on her—because she thought Bynum, a black woman, was “spending a lot of time at homes and appearing to be casing the neighborhood while on her phone.”
Founded by 18-year-old Maxine Wint and Natalie Braye and 19-year-old Sophia Byrd and Eva Lewis, Youth for Black Lives has transformed the Black liberation movement in the windy city and beyond.
Justine Damond, a 40 year-old Australian woman living in Minneapolis, was shot and killed outside her home by police Saturday night after she called 911 to report a potential assault.
The gruesome, nearly two-minute video resulted in an internal investigation by the county police department.
Her name is Charleena Lyles. And we must include her name—and those of black women around the country whose lives have been taken by police—in this dialogue for racial justice and for women’s rights.
Reproductive justice, threatened motherhood and violence against women and children all come into play in the complex aftermath of racial profiling and police brutality.