North Charleston moves closer to a racial bias audit of police department. What’s next.

By Gregory Yee, The Post and Courier

North Charleston officials moved closer to a long-awaited racial bias audit of their police department following a presentation on Thursday night by the firm CNA, which conducted Charleston’s audit last year.

The city’s Police Evaluation Research Committee heard from a panel of experts at CNA, who appeared via a Zoom video conference. During the hourlong meeting, CNA staff and consultants laid out their scope for an audit should the city hire the firm and answered questions from City Council members. 

Civil rights groups and Charleston police discuss racial justice amid increased policing of downtown

By Health Ellison, Charleston City Paper

Charleston Police Department participated in a racial justice town hall Thursday evening hosted by the AND Campaign, a Christian social justice organization. The meeting included a racial justice panel discussion with representatives from the Charleston Area Justice Ministry, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the National Action Network and others.

“Police were always invented for one purpose: to protect property and white people from black people and to keep black people in their place,” said Nelson Rivers of the National Action Network. “Because of that, policing has always been about keeping me down, keeping me invisible or keeping me in my place.”

Civil citations to be used more to keep children from compiling Florida criminal records

By Frank Fernandez, The Daytona Beach News-Journal

Law enforcement agencies in the local, 7th Judicial Circuit will forward complaints against juveniles accused of minor offenses directly to the State Attorney’s Office as a way to increase the number of kids getting civil citations instead of criminal records.

The change was announced in a statement on Wednesday released by 7th Circuit State Attorney R.J. Larizza’s office ahead of a Zoom conference scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday to unveil the new approach. The conference is being organized by the DART Florida Criminal Justice Collaborative.

B.R.E.A.D. Organization requests meetings with mayor, police union

By NBC 4

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A Columbus faith-based organization comprised of several different congregations has sent letters requesting meetings with the mayor and head of the police union to discuss changes within the Columbus Police Department.

Building Responsibility, Equality, and Dignity (B.R.E.A.D.) released the letters sent to Mayor Andrew Ginther and Fraternal Order of Police President Keith Ferrell Monday.

Both letters seek separate one-hour meetings with both Ginther and Ferrell sometime during the month of June.

In the letter to Ferrell, B.R.E.A.D. asks for support from the FOP on two issues: municipal ID cards for all residents and improving efforts to reduce gun violence in the city.

“B.R.E.A.D.’s list of issues, when taken together, forms a powerful roadmap for ending racial and economic inequity in Columbus,” the letter to Quinlan states. “If our public officials are sincere about countering police violence against African Americans, they will work with community groups, including B.R.E.A.D., to hold police accountable.”

The letter to Ferrell states Columbus Police Chief Thomas Quinlan has agreed to meet with the group, which it sees as “a tremendous step forward.”

Protests have been held in downtown Columbus daily since May 28 in response to the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis, MN. The protests had, at times, grown contentious, with police using pepper spray against some protesters and looters hitting downtown businesses during protests. However, over the last handful of days, the protests have been more peaceful.

Both letters and the original article can be read in full, here.