This news has been received from: CNBC

All trademarks, copyrights, videos, photos and logos are owned by respective news sources. News stories, videos and live streams are from trusted sources.

After the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota, advocates for police reform called to defund the police, ban chokeholds and more effectively punish officers who abuse their power or show racial bias. Before any of those proposed reforms can actually go into effect, lawmakers and department chiefs would first have to get past police unions.

Over the course of decades, police unions have fought to secure generous benefits for rank-and-file officers and helped make the dangerous job of police work more attractive to hundreds of thousands of officers. But when their members come under scrutiny for police brutality and heavy-handed tactics, it's the union that often serves as their first line of defense. 

The New York Police Benevolent Association and the Fraternal Order of Police did not respond to CNBC's requests for comment. 

Watch the video above to learn about how police unions work in an age of increasing calls for law enforcement reform.




Related Tags
  • Laws
  • George Floyd
  • Markets
  • Politics
  • Economy

News Source: CNBC

11-year-old boy dies in shooting in Washington DC .

Next News:

10 powerful photos of Lewis Hamilton, 13 other Formula 1 drivers kneeling before Austrian GP

Coronavirus updates: Phoenix mayor says Arizona opened too soon; FDA chief balks at backing Trumps pandemic claims As Black buying power grows, racial profiling by retailers remains persistent problem 10 powerful photos of Lewis Hamilton, 13 other Formula 1 drivers kneeling before Austrian GP

The 2020 Formula 1 season officially started Sunday with the Austrian Grand Prix, nearly four months after the season was originally scheduled to begin before being delayed by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

© Provided by For The Win

During the hiatus, Lewis Hamilton emerged as a leader among F1 drivers and figures by speaking out against racism, joining protests against police brutality and racial injustice and creating his own commission to help increase diversity in motor sports. He’s encouraged others in the sport to use their platforms to speak up too, and he’s called out those who have remained silent or made racist comments.

Hamilton’s team, Mercedes, has also replaced its traditional silver livery with an incredible black scheme as part of its effort to stand against racism and raise awareness. And F1 created its own initiative to combat racism and inequality in racing.

So Sunday ahead of the Australian Grand Prix season-opener, the series’ 20 drivers stood together on the grid while wearing “End Racism” t-shirts — a message that was also written on the grid itself. Hamilton, however, wore a “Black Lives Matter” shirt.

End Racism.

One cause. One commitment.

As individuals, we choose our own way to support the cause. As a group of drivers and a wider F1 family, we are united in its goal.#WeRaceAsOne pic.twitter.com/qjxYi1zWcJ

— Formula 1 (@F1) July 5, 2020https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

Most drivers also took a knee during for a moment before the race, but six opted to remain standing, as the BBC noted: Charles Leclerc, Max Verstappen, Kimi Raikkonen, Antonio Giovinazzi, Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz.

About the pre-planned gesture, Hamilton said those who did not want to kneel was because of a lack of understanding. Via the BBC:

“I just described the scenario that silence is really generally complicit. There is some silence in some cases,” said Hamilton, F1’s only black driver.

“But I think it is part of a dialogue of people trying to understand because there are still some people who don’t fully understand what is happening and what is the reason for these protests and I continue to try to be that guider and try to influence as many people as I can with it.”

Here are 10 photos of F1 drivers kneeling before the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday — and a bonus one of a post-race gesture too.

MORE:

How to Watch Southampton vs. Manchester City, Premier League Lineups, Live Stream, TV Channel, Start Time

Rocket Mortgage Classic Final Round Live Coverage, PGA Tour, Live Leaderboard, TV Channel, How to Watch

PGA Tour Rocket Mortgage Classic: Sunday tee times and how to watch

This story about Cam Newton shows why Bill Belichick will love the QB

Liverpool vs. Aston Villa Live Stream, Premier League Lineups, TV Channel, Start Time, How to Watch

Continue Reading Show full articles without "Continue Reading" button for {0} hours.

Other News

  • Nets Garrett Temple sees NBA restart as powerful social justice tool
  • Liberal Groups Warned That Kavanaugh Would Push SCOTUS Dramatically To The Right. Their Fears Havent Been Met
  • Brewers OF Braun could put off retirement
  • Pro-police activists change just one letter in Defund the Police mural to completely change meaning
  • Red, White, and Back the Blue Car Parade in Florida Honors Local Law Enforcement
  • Mike Trouts mom makes powerful COVID-19 statement using photo of son rounding bases in mask
  • Amid deadly virus, a push for nursing home alternatives
  • Mississippi Law Enforcement Searches for Escaped Prisoner
  • Some Texas and New Mexico law enforcement agencies say they won't enforce governors' orders to wear masks
  • The powerful message from Mike Trouts mother to all people who do not take care of the coronavirus
  • Iran’s Supreme Leader Tweets About Masks Protecting Iranians. Ric Grenell: ‘Do You Wear A Mask When You Push Gays Off Buildings?’
  • #Video Auto runs over protesters in the US; a victim died
  • Suspicious Death Investigated In Manchester, NH
  • ‘You started the corona!’ As anti-Asian hate incidents explode, climbing past 800, activists push for aid
  • New Hampshire Officials Investigate Suspicious Death
  • Pubs reopen across England as law enforcement officer warns of absence of social distancing
  • On this date, 1996: As, Angels score MLB record 16 runs in an inning
  • Black Lives Matter Runs Amok In DC On Independence Day
  • Teenagers in Nashville Spend July 4 Vilifying Law Enforcement