Daily Archives: June 18, 2020

Dozens of Rallies, Marches, Events Planned in DC Area for Juneteenth

Amid social unrest over racial injustice, dozens of Juneteenth marches, protests, rallies and other events are planned for Friday in the D.C. area. Juneteenth — also known as Black Independence Day, Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, Juneteenth Independence Day or Juneteenth National Freedom Day — commemorates June 19, 1865, the day many enslaved people in Texas learned they had been freed….

Prince George’s Police Chief Resigns Amid Allegations of Systemic Racism in Department

Prince George’s County’s chief of police has resigned after the ACLU held a press conference attacking the department’s record on racial discrimination.  County Executive Angela Alsobrooks announced she accepted the resignation of Chief Hank Stawinski, effective immediately. The resignation comes as the NAACP was considering a vote of no confidence in the chief Thursday evening. Officers from the department joined…

DC-Area Police Used Pepper Spray Hundreds of Times Last Year

Washington, D.C.-area police departments deployed pepper spray nearly 300 times last year, according to an investigation by the News4 I-Team.  The use of the spray varies widely community-by-community and is frequently the source of complaints from citizens against law enforcement, the I-Team found. Nearly two-thirds of last year’s recorded pepper spray deployments in the region were made by two police…

Apartment Complex Pools Can Reopen in DC Once Phase 2 Begins

Pools in apartment, condo and co-op complexes can reopen once phase two begins in D.C., new guidance from the city says.  D.C. is on track to start reopening phase two on Monday, June 22 if data continues to show the spread of the coronavirus is slowing. Pools in apartment, condo and co-op complexes can open to residents only, with social…

Report Alleges Systemic Racism Within Prince George’s Police Department

The leadership of the Prince George’s County Police Department is under fire after the ACLU held a press conference attacking the department’s record on racial discrimination.  Officers from the department joined with police groups to call out what they call systemic racism within the department. One civil rights group is calling for Police Chief Hank Stawinski to step down.  An…

Virginia Addressing Coronavirus’ Impact on Latinos, Governor Says

Hispanic and Latino residents of Virginia have been particularly hard hit by the coronavirus and the state is working to address their needs, the governor said Thursday.  About 45% of coronavirus cases in the state have been diagnosed among Hispanic or Latino residents, Gov. Ralph Northam said at a bilingual news conference. The group makes up only about 10% of…