From Denver to Minneapolis, we're starting to see cities & city officials respond to BLM & change their policies.

That can be hard to keep track of, so I'm starting a thread to document them as they come.

It'll hopefully help follow, & also compare their scope & ambition. (1/?)
5️⃣ Phoenix: Council finally funded the city’s civilian oversight board.

Took 2 separate activist wins (read below): (a) In Feb., they got mayor to withdraw weak proposal, agree to much more powerful board. (b) Now, pushed for stronger funding.
6️⃣ Philadelphia: Just weeks ago, Philly's mayor pushed for a budget that increased police funding by about $20 million. Council members since said they'll oppose it, & today the mayor agreed: budget increase cancelled. (This is steps away, of course, from demands to cut funding.)
9️⃣ Charlottesville: School board ends agreement with the police department to place "school resource officers" into public schools. Groups like Legal Aid pushed against SROs as harming the "safety, security and educational advancement of black students."
1️⃣3️⃣ Los Angeles (part 2): City imposing a moratorium on LAPD adding names into the CalGang database

That’s the system that’s meant to track gang affiliations, & that is a racist mess enabling a mountain of misconduct. Read:
3️⃣1️⃣ San Diego: City council is putting an initiative on the Nov. ballot that'd create a new police review board that'd be independent from the mayor and the police department and, importantly, would have subpoena power to compel testimony and disclosure
3️⃣3️⃣ New York City: City is cutting ≈ half-a-billion $ from NYPD budget, canceling hire of 1,163 officers. It says it's cutting another ≈ half-a-billion, but that's by moving a budget line that pays for police in schools without ending police in schools.
4️⃣4️⃣ Washington D.C.: In a historic move, D.C. adopted an "emergency bill" that fully abolishes felony disenfranchisement, citing in part the racial inequalities of the criminal legal system.

The emergency bill also makes changes to policing rules.
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