Community groups urge Knox County Schools to revamp strategic plan

October 1, 2018. Knox News.

Eight community organizations are calling on the Knox County Board of Education to retool its strategic plan with specific goals ranging from reducing class sizes to enhancing the diversity of the district’s workforce.

In a 16-page letter the coalition of organizations sent to board members on Sept. 20, it spells out 10 priorities for the district to adopt in its next three-year strategic plan.

Three finalists to conduct racial bias audit of CPD will present to city on Monday

September 20, 2018. Charleston City Paper.

A 15-person committee will hear presentations from three firms interested in conducting a racial bias study of the Charleston Police Department Monday afternoon.

The firms were narrowed down from a list of seven that submitted application to the city’s Procurement Division for a chance at the controversial contract.

Report: Duval poised to be a state leader in juvenile civil citation use

June 26, 2018. Florida Times-Union.

For years, juvenile justice advocates slammed Duval County for arresting dozens of kids each month who could have avoided court and entanglement in the juvenile justice system altogether if they’d been offered a simple alternative.

But, a new report released Tuesday highlights the upward trend in the last year in that alternative — pre-arrest diversion, also called a civil citation — in the area judicial circuit. The progress followed the signing of a new memorandum of understanding among 22 local agencies, including the State Attorney’s Office of the Fourth Judicial Circuit, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and agencies from Clay and Nassau counties. Now, the report says, Duval County could be among the top-performing counties statewide in 2018.

Fischer promises to respond to demand for police evaluation in six weeks

June 25, 2018. Insider Louisville.

In a years-in-the-making meeting with community faith leaders Friday afternoon, Mayor Greg Fischer pushed back on their demands for an independent evaluation of how the Louisville Metro Police Department applies standard operating procedures in its internal investigations into its officers’ use of force.

Rev. Reginald Barnes, co-president of the religious organization CLOUT, or Citizens of Louisville Organized and United Together, repeatedly asked Fischer during an at-times contentious 30-minute meeting whether the mayor would agree to such an evaluation.

Barnes said that via an open records request with the department, CLOUT had identified 68 cases since 2012 wherein his group asserts that standard operating procedures regarding use of force by LMPD officers did not apply de-escalation tactics in internal reviews of officer conduct.

CLOUT meets with mayor, chief to address concerns about use of force

June 22, 2018. WLKY

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A group of concerned citizens want the mayor to take a look at the way metro police use force in some situations.

Citizens of Louisville Organized and United Together, known as CLOUT, spent 30 minutes talking to the mayor and the police chief.

Members of the group said they’re concerned police use excessive force in some situations when dealing with the mentally ill and drug-addicted.