Will North Charleston City Council move toward a NCPD racial bias audit?

Anne Emerson, ABC 4 News

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCIV) — The North Charleston Police Department took new steps to address accusations of racial bias, stemming from a video of excessive force in an arrest back on May 9.

In the video, three officers are seen throwing a handcuffed man, Joshua Lewis, against the wall of a hotel.

On Wednesday, NCPD officials announced that the officers involved are now facing disciplinary action for this incident, with additional critical incident training as well.

Groups demand investigation of police force, racial bias audit after release of video

Live 5 News

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) – Several groups say they want an investigation after the release of cell phone video they say shows North Charleston Police using “unnecessary use of force.”

The video shows a May 9 encounter between North Charleston Police officers and Joshua Lewis at the Country Inn Suites hotel. Community activists held a news conference outside the law office of Lewis’s attorney Tuesday morning to demand an investigation into the officers’ actions.

1,200 people sign letters in support of providing more affordable housing and ensure the civil rights of immigrants

May 5, 2020. NBC29.COM

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) – A Charlottesville organization is looking for support from regional leaders to ensure affordable housing and civil rights for immigrants.

IMPACT is an interfaith organization that pushes for solutions to address community problems. Its Nehemiah Action event was scheduled for March 31 but was canceled due to stay at home orders.

Instead, the organization sent letters to Charlottesville City Council, Albemarle Board of Supervisors, and the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail Authority Board.

Why did Kansas officials threaten opponents of jail expansion with a $3 million bond?

April 3, 2020. The Kansas City Star Editorial Board.

Douglas County Commissioners want to expand the jail in Lawrence, and they apparently won’t let anything stand in their way — not even opposition from the public.

And if citizens dare protest, they’ll be threatened with a $3 million surety bond.

In January, the county’s board of commissioners voted to add 112 beds to the Douglas County Jail, which currently has a capacity of 186.

A month later, attorneys for Justice Matters, a Lawrence-based activist group, submitted legal arguments requesting that Douglas County officials place the $30 million jail expansion in front of voters. Kansas law spells out a process to allow for a petition and ultimately force a public vote on projects involving the issuance of general obligation bonds.

Commentary: North Charleston Police Department still needs a racial bias audit

March 31, 2020. The Post and Courier.

In his recent op-ed, North Charleston City Councilman Ron Brinson said the city’s police department had a “mind-numbing wake-up call” nearly five years ago after the murder of Walter Scott by then-Officer Michael Slager.

For many black residents, the killing of Walter Scott was not a wake-up call but rather another example of their continued lived experience. And had a video of the shooting been held a few days longer, we likely would have witnessed yet another police department declaring as justified the shooting of another black man.