Neighborhood Peace Walk touted as ‘first step’ in bringing community together, deterring violent crime in Topeka

August 25, 2019. The Topeka Capital-Journal.

Despite overcast skies and rainy weather, more than a hundred community members showed up on Sunday afternoon to Betty Phillips Park in southeast Topeka to call for an end to gun violence in the capital city.

Chants of “Enough is enough” and “The violence must stop” filled the air as attendees of the Neighborhood Peace Walk made their way through Topeka’s Hi-Crest neighborhood. The peace walk was organized by community volunteers, the Topeka Center for Peace and Justice and Topeka JUMP, an organization of faith leaders who advocate for sound policy at the grassroots level. And their message was clear.

Group meets with LMPD chief to discuss de-escalation

June 19, 2019. WLKY

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A group of civil rights activists met with Louisville Metro Police Department Chief Steve Conrad on Wednesday to urge him to conduct an evaluation of the Police Department’s de-escalation training and policies and how well officers are held accountable for following those policies.

A co-president of the group CLOUT, Citizens of Louisville Organized and United Together, said they had a “positive meeting.”

Community members gather to discuss ways to eliminate gun violence in Topeka

June 7, 2019. KSNT

People in the Topeka community are taking a stand against gun violence. 

One of them is Angela Lee, whose 18-year-old son Justice Mitchell was shot and killed in 2017.

The annual basketball tournament to honor his memory was held Friday at Hillcrest Community Center.

Lee said seeing how much her son was loved by those who knew him makes it difficult to know he’s not here to see it.

Group calls for racial bias audit of North Charleston Police Department

May 30, 2019. The Post and Courier.

A citizen’s commission has formally recommended that North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey and North Charleston City Council initiate a third-party racial bias audit of the city’s police department.

A separate City of Charleston police racial bias audit is underway. It is projected to be released in the fall.

The recommendation was suggested by the Charleston Area Justice Ministry and the North Charleston Citizens Advisory Commission on Community-Police Relations. The group met Tuesday night to vote on the motion, and it passed unanimously. It recommends that action be taken no later than Oct. 1, 2019.

Charleston Area Justice Ministry continues push for audit of N. Charleston police department

May 28, 2019. WCSC.

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) – The Charleston Area Justice Ministry (CAJM) is calling for an audit of the North Charleston Police Department in a citizen’s advisory commission meeting on Tuesday.

The North Charleston Citizen’s Advisory Commission on Community-Police Relations will meet at 6:30 p.m. at North Charleston City Hall.

The Charleston Area Justice Ministry says they called for an audit of both the Charleston and North Charleston Police Departments a few years ago.