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    The Ford Motor Company is the second largest U.S. automaker, but the largest seller of police vehicles.  Ford controls more than half the police vehicle market in the U.S., and has since at least 2014, the company told CNBC, citing IHS Data. The Ford Police Interceptor Utility, which is the police package version of the Ford Explorer SUV, accounts for a great deal of that.  In July, CEO Jim Hackett had to address concerns from his own employees about Ford's sales to police departments, at a time when law enforcement agencies around the country are under intense scrutiny and criticism. Ford's fleet sales are a small share of the company's total business, but fleet sales provide a steady income for...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) ⁠— in his 39 years with the Los Angeles Police Department, Chief Michel Moore says he has never faced a bigger challenge in his career than the one in front of him now. LAPD Chief Michel Moore sits down for a one-on-one interview with CBS Los Angeles’ Dave Lopez to talk about the future of the department. (Credit: CBSLA) “I know in policing that you’re never going to satisfy anyone,” he said. Moore said that, in addition to the work needed to address complaints from the public, there was a lot of work to do within the rank-and-file of the department. “Our people are hurt, they’re tired,” he said. “They’re emotionally drained, they’re in fear of their...
    Follow the results of the municipal elections in France this Sunday evening. The most awaited results are those of the cities of Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse, Montpellier, Strasbourg and Lille. We will also note that in Le Havre, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe also plays his future in Matignon. The first results fall … The deputy RN Louis Aliot, opposed in duel toPerpignan Jean-Marc Pujol, outgoing mayor, told . on Sunday that he had won the municipal election. “According to the figures I have, we have won. It is a system that is collapsing. We have had the same political staff in Perpignan at the helm since 1959,” he added. In the first round, Mr. Aliot had clearly turned in...
    A police officer in riot gear during protests in Tampa on May 31, 2020.Dave Decker Police forces across the country are under the microscope in the wake of protests in response to the murder of George Floyd—and departments in Tampa and St. Petersburg aren’t exempt. The Orlando Sentinel did a comparison of population data from the Census Bureau’s 2014-2018 American Community Survey and figures from an 2019 report by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the results aren’t that surprising—Tampa Bay police forces are whiter than communities they serve. “The Tampa Police Department’s officers are 69% white; the city is 45% white,” the Sentinel wrote. “In St. Petersburg, 73% of officers white, as are 61% of residents.” Looking at...
    A police officer in riot gear during protests in Tampa on May 31, 2020.Dave Decker Police forces across the country are under the microscope in the wake of protests in response to the murder of George Floyd—and departments in Tampa and St. Petersburg aren’t exempt. The Orlando Sentinel did a comparison of population data from the Census Bureau’s 2014-2018 American Community Survey and figures from an 2019 report by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the results aren’t that surprising—Tampa Bay police forces are whiter than communities they serve. “The Tampa Police Department’s officers are 69% white; the city is 45% white,” the Sentinel wrote. “In St. Petersburg, 73% of officers white, as are 61% of residents.” Looking at...
    RICHMOND (KPIX) – With the recent significant uptick in the sights and sounds of illegal fireworks across the Bay Area and the country, local police departments say they have received thousands of complaints over the last few months. Richmond police are working with other departments in Contra Costa County to try and address concerns from residents. Illegal fireworks shows are lighting up the night sky all over the Bay Area. Some new numbers indicate the nightly shows in the skies are happening in San Francisco, Richmond, Oakland and San Jose. “It seems to be a lot worse this year than years in the past,” said RIchmond resident Jan Mignone. Richmond police say over the last three months, it has received...
    PASADENA (CBSLA) — For the first time, an all-female Pasadena Fire Department crew rode together on Engine 34. The city of Pasadena posted a photo of Station 34’s Tuesday crew, which was not a permanent staffing move, but a definite sign of progress. Fire stations are required to be staffed with a captain, an engineer and two firefighters. It just so happened that Tuesday’s staffing had four women at the right rank. The Pasadena Fire Department is staffed with 150 firefighters, eight of whom are women. That puts the department at 5% women, above the national average of 4% for career women firefighters.
    Minneapolis firefighters are openly criticizing their department’s response to a week of unrest and blazes across the city following the death of George Floyd while in police custody. Chief John Fruetel’s failure to activate off-duty firefighters or call in major reinforcements while relying instead on mobile crews have been particular sources of ire from the members of Minneapolis’ firefighter’s union, according to a report in the Star Tribune. “There were a couple of nights that some engines didn’t run and I know that fires were burning,” Mark Lakosky, the union’s president, told the paper. “How many buildings have to be on fire before you call people in and start running every rig you got?” Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey acknowledged in...
    The city council in Norman, Okla., has voted to cut $865,000 from the local police department’s budget and redirect most of the funds to community outreach efforts in the region amid local protests calling for the police to be defunded. According to a report from News 9, the council approved the cut toward the end of a heated 11-hour meeting that began on Tuesday and ran into early Wednesday. Footage of the meeting, which reportedly ended after 3 a.m., showed locals clashing with each other at one point. Outburst during very heated exchange in Norman city council @OKCFOX pic.twitter.com/TFjkLMMvUM— steven anderson (@stevanderson) June 17, 2020 The cuts were approved in an overwhelming vote, with just one councilor opposing, a local...
    Suffolk County, N.Y., Executive Steve Bellone, a Democrat, told “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday that defunding police departments “doesn’t make sense.” The Long Island, N.Y., official made the comment responding to the growing push across the country to defund police departments following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, which sparked protests and some violent demonstrations in many cities. “We’ve had over 100 protests here in Suffolk County,” Bellone noted. “We certainly understand the pain and the anger and frustration people are expressing and the work that needs to be done, but this notion of defunding the police and what it implies, that somehow we don't need the police, doesn't make sense.” “It may make for a catchy slogan at a protest, but as...
    WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday aimed at curbing police brutality by directing federal dollars to those police departments that meet certain credentialing standards on the use of force. The executive action also makes it harder for those officers with a troubled history from getting hired by other departments.Congress is also moving toward passing policing bills, but Trump was anxious to put his own stamp on the issue with a Rose Garden press conference in which he was flanked by representatives from the nation's leading law enforcement groups.Here's a look at some of the topics in the order:Q: What are some of the most important provisions?A: The executive order would give police departments a financial incentive...
    Another day, another sad discussion of an officer-involved shooting. The city of Atlanta is in turmoil right now because of the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks. The surveillance video, accompanied by body camera footage, appears to show that in his final moments, Brooks was visibly intoxicated and struggled with police. During that struggle, he managed to take one of the officers' tasers, after which he attempted to flee from police. None of this, thus far, would, in most people's minds, justify the use of deadly force. However, in the most recent video that has been released, including the surveillance footage from the Wendy's where the scene unfolded, it appears that Brooks turned and aimed the taser at police...
    Temitope Oriola, University of Alberta The global condemnation of the death of George Floyd, one of the latest in a constellation of officer-involved deaths of unarmed civilians, has grown into a worldwide social movement for disbanding or defunding police. At the far end of the debate, there are those calling for abolishing the police altogether. On the other hand, there are those wishing to defund the police. This means shifting significant material resources from police departments to social services for issues such as mental health. In cases of mental distress or welfare checks, for example, social service providers intervene rather than police, who have proven ill-equipped to deal with people in mental distress. There is growing acknowledgment that the attitude...
    Valerie Jarrett rebuked left-wing activists calling to strip funding from police departments in reaction to George Floyd’s death. Jarrett, who served former President Barack Obama as his senior White House advisor, broke with the “Defund the Police” movement in an interview with Time on Tuesday. Jarrett pointed out that a functioning society depends on police officers enforcing laws. “Democracy depends upon having law enforcement. The challenge here is that much of our law enforcement we know is not just,” Jarrett said. “I might argue you might need more money for law enforcement — in recruitment, and training, adding equipment, maybe body cameras, other types of resources that are available so that the public can see what’s going on.” “The question...
    "The View" co-host Meghan McCain warned on Tuesday that Democrats were hurting their party's electoral prospects by countenancing the idea that local governments should "defund the police" after George Floyd's death. "If you're explaining, you're losing and there's a lot of explaining going on on this," McCain said. "... If you mean reform, say 'reform.' If you mean defund, say 'defund.' People are confused." McCain noted that Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., had called for the dismantling of the Minneapolis police department, which employed the officer who knelt on Floyd's neck for more than 8 minutes on May 25. Floyd died soon after and the former officer, Kenneth Chauvin, faces murder charges. "Listen, you guys can spin and say everything you want," she told her fellow "View" co-hosts. "I know that politics...
    Republican attorneys general across the country are pushing back on calls to defund law enforcement agencies in the wake of the protests over police brutality and racial injustice – arguing that cutting budgets to police departments would be “extremely dangerous and reckless.” Police departments have recently come under renewed scrutiny following the high profile death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for almost nine minutes. Floyd’s death, along with that of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Ky., sparked nationwide protests and elevated calls among activists and demonstrators to defund the police. But a number of Republican attorneys general say that cutting funding to police departments would only increase...
    Key Democrat legislators, including socialist Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and members of the Congressional Black Caucus, are pushing back on calls to “defund the police,” Politico reports Tuesday, even as progressives are pushing forward with the plan in cities like Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Los Angeles, California. In a New Yorker profile published Tuesday, Sanders, whose campaign platform included calls for massive social and political change, said he opposes defunding and disbanding police departments, and is, instead, committed to “transforming” most police departments by providing officers with better resources to handle calls involving individuals suffering from mental illness or deprivation. “Do I think we should not have police departments in America? No, I don’t,” Sanders told the New Yorker. “There’s no...
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday sharply condemned growing calls from the left to defund police departments, decrying the "outlandish" proposals as "nonsense." What are the details?A movement to "defund the police" has gained momentum in recent days after nearly two weeks of nationwide protests over police brutality against black Americans in the wake of the death of George Floyd. Speaking from the Senate floor, McConnell said, "We're already seeing outlandish calls, 'defund the police,' 'abolish the police,' take root within the left-wing leadership class," Fox News reported. Over the weekend, the city council in Minneapolis — where Floyd was killed while in police custody — vowed to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department. Council President Lisa Bender told...
    Politicians across the country are hearing the cries of protesters and making range of statements and actions, from a push to defund police departments entirely to more targeted actions to reform. Protests and riots against police brutality have happened around the country for over a week following the death of George Floyd, with protesters accusing politicians of ignoring “systemic racism” up until this point. Here are some of the police reforms politicians have suggested across the country: House to tackle police brutality, racial profiling The House Judiciary Committee will host a June 10 hearing to tackle racial profiling, police brutality and the fractured relationship between police departments and the communities they serve, marking the first step for the House to...
    The "insane" conversation circulating about defunding police departments would only aid criminals and hurt communities, Fraternal Order of Police Vice President Joe Gamaldi stated Friday. In an interview on "Outnumbered Overtime" with host Harris Faulkner, Gamaldi said that he recognizes that the "radical" idea makes for a popular Twitter hashtag that "all the virtue-signaling politicians and Hollywood elites" can use, but is not sure that those calling for defunding law enforcement know what that process would "actually look like." LOS ANGELES POLICE UNION LEADER ON PROPOSED $150M BUDGET CUT: 'IT WAS SHAMEFUL' "And, I think you are seeing it right now. There is lawlessness in the streets, innocent citizens are being assaulted out there during these protests, and I think you are seeing the consequences of...
    The coronavirus pandemic has brought both health and economic devastation to the world. Because of that, it has forced state and city governments to make difficult choices about budgets and funding. READ MORE:  Appeals court restores some claims in 2011 New York police shooting of veteran Cities and states were previously improving their bottom lines with a wealth of commercial, retail, and residential development, the popularity of restaurants and live music venues, among other attractions. Now they are faced with a loss of taxes, consumer spending, and the fallout from closed retail businesses. As it often goes, budget cuts come at the expense of the most vulnerable populations. In cities like Philadelphia, summer job employment programs, cultural organizations, and public school...
    Growing calls to defund police departments sparked by the nationwide protests against the death of George Floyd and police brutality are "stupid" and pushed by Hollywood elitists working in tandem with the Black Lives Matter movement, Fox Nation host David Webb said Thursday. In an interview on "Fox & Friends" with host Brian Kilmeade, Webb said that he agreed with the outcry about both Floyd's death and police violence, but also knows that the country needs law and order to bring justice for those wronged. As large-scale peaceful rallies have marched through city streets mostly unhindered, confrontations with police have often devolved into chaos and violence overnight, when rioters and looters come out from the shadows and protesters defy curfew orders. 2 NYPD COPS SHOT,...
    Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are pushing back against a Pentagon program that provides military equipment to local law enforcement departments, in the wake of nationwide protests after the death of George Floyd, according to a report. The bipartisan group of lawmakers are seeking a review of a Defense Department initiative that transfers hardware like bayonets and grenade launchers to police departments, the New York Times reported on Monday. The effort comes as images of the Floyd protests show law enforcement officials responding with riot gear and military vehicles. Former President Barack Obama placed limits on the Pentagon program but President Trump rolled those back in 2017. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) said he would include an amendment to shut down the Pentagon...
    Diners sat outside on Friday night as some restaurants reopened in Georgetown. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) As some D.C. area restaurants start outside dining, area health officials are watching for problems that could arise as they try to keep people socially distant. “We are concerned that we are doing something that is new,” said John Falcicchio, D.C.’s Acting deputy mayor for planning and economic development. He mentioned that the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration along with the District Department of Transportation and the DC Health Department are doing health inspections as restaurants start outside dining. But they’re also relying on customers to help them out. “We are also asking residents if they do see something that doesn’t look right that they...
    Four days of unrest in Minneapolis that erupted after a black man, George Floyd, died while in police custody has led to changes in how Chicago police plan to handle protests and large gatherings in their city. According to a CBS Chicago report Friday, Chicago police officers have been told not to use force to break up crowds. "Until further notice, large gatherings will only be monitored until the crowd disperse on its own. Please ensure that all supervisors under your command are made aware of this instruction," said a memo sent to commanders and officers. Protests have been on the rise in recent weeks, with demostrators at state capitols demanding state economies that closed to halt the spread of...