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“Accountability is the first step in building trust, and that will strengthen our enforcement and police department in the long run.”

St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones, regarding the Division of Civilian Oversight that Jones created earlier this month. The Division is an independent agency that will investigate allegations of police misconduct and use of force incidents. However, the plan has not been well received by the St. Louis Police Officers Association, the Ethical Society of Police and the St. Louis Police Leadership Organization; all three police associations have filed a lawsuit to hopefully prevent the law from going into effect in September. (Associated Press — Aug. 23, 2022)

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  • Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, the state’s first Black governor, regarding the installment of a statue of Bett, an enslaved woman who went to court to win her freedom more than 80 years before the Emancipation Proclamation. The statue was unveiled on Sunday, Aug. 21, the same day, just 241 years prior, that a jury agreed with the attorneys and freed Bett, who later changed her name to Elizabeth Freeman. (Associated Press — Aug. 21, 2022)
  • The Transgender Advisory Council of Equality Utah’s Sue Robbins, regarding the Utah High School Activities Association’s secretive investigation into a female athlete after questions arose about whether the girl was transgender. The UHSAA and the girl’s high school determined that she was, indeed, female after reviewing her records dating back to kindergarten. The questions were raised by the parents of two girls that the investigated athlete had defeated in competition. (Associated Press — Aug. 19, 2022)
  • Florida prosecutor Andrew Warren, regarding his decision to file a lawsuit against Gov. Ron DeSantis for allegedly violating Warren’s freedom of speech when DeSantis removed Warren from his role as Hillsborough County state attorney after speaking in favor of abortion rights and gender-affirming medical care. (NPR — Aug. 17, 2022)
  • Inland Empire Amazon Workers United, commenting after 160 Amazon employees walked out of a San Bernardino, Calif., warehouse on Aug. 15 to demand higher wages, safer working conditions and the end of retaliation at the facility. (The Hill — Aug. 16, 2022)
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