first_img Press Release,  Public Safety Governor Tom Wolf received praise for several actions he announced last week to create meaningful reform to law enforcement and other areas to end injustice and systemic racism. Several of the actions, which include strengthening oversight, training, and accountability, are based on the 21st Century Policing Task Force, created in 2015 under President Barack Obama.“Our commonwealth was born out of a holy experiment to create a place where all people are equally welcome without fear of persecution,” said Gov. Wolf. “These changes are steps toward fulfilling that vision. I will continue to work with the legislature to identify and take further action to eliminate inequality and injustice.”Congressman Dwight Evans“I appreciate Governor Wolf’s leadership and urgency on vital reforms to policing, something I’ve advocated for a long time. Some reforms will require action from the state legislature, and I hope the recently announced special session will result in real reforms passing and going to the governor’s desk. In Congress, I and several Pennsylvania colleagues will keep pushing for federal-level reforms such as the bold Justice in Policing Act that we unveiled this week.”Rep. Donna Bullock“Governor Wolf understood that our proposals aren’t just about the legislative agenda of our work group. These proposals represent the prayers of Black mothers and fathers, the hopes of our children, and the voices of Pennsylvanians demanding change. He listened, he heard, and he took the first steps to respond.”Rep. Jake Wheatley“I appreciate the governor’s willingness to work with members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus on several measures related to police reforms, including evaluating the certification and decertification of police officers, providing detailed records related to an officer leaving his or her job, and the appointment of a special prosecutor in deadly force cases. Working together, I am confident we will make significant, lasting changes to make our state fairer and more equal to all of our citizens.”Charles Ramsey, Chair, Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency“As the co-chair of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, I am excited that Governor Wolf is utilizing our report as a road map for reforms for Pennsylvania. Far too often, good reports languish on shelves and are not used for action. I look forward to working with all stakeholders in taking up the proposed recommendations the governor has put forth and making them a reality.”Donavan S. West, President and CEO, African American Chamber of Commerce of PA“Governor Wolf’s proposal is a step in the right direction. We have to assess the recruitment, training, and performance systems in place while also taking inventory of the culture, performance and leadership responsible for a district’s impact on the community. We’re hopeful that with sincere strides towards greater community inclusion and a commitment to continuous improvement; this can be a promising model for reform for others to emulate.”Dr. Hasshan Batts, Executive Director, Promise Neighborhoods of Allentown“I appreciate that the governor’s reform recommendations enhance officer accountability, departmental support and technical assistance to municipalities while being centered in the voices, experiences, safety and leadership of communities of color.”Brandi S. Fisher, President/CEO, Alliance for Police Accountability“It is great that our governor sees a need to act when it comes to the way policing is conducted in Pennsylvania. Asking the police to police themselves has proven to be an inappropriate measure to prevent abuse. It is pivotal that the governor turns his focus toward supporting independent bodies to review police conduct. This ‘immediate effort’ is a major necessity and very much aligned with what many grassroots advocates are pushing for across the nation.“We have attempted to provide police officers with the adequate training to deliver safe protective services for many years. It has yet to be proven effective in preventing the murder and abuse of citizens. The police do not need more training. We need transformative change: Eradicate qualified immunity, remove police from schools, support HB 1664 to amend the Use of Force Law, reduce funding to many and eliminate funding to other departments, and, lastly, reallocate those funds to decimate the very root cause of most of the social ills today… poverty.”Kevin Harden Jr. Esq., Member, Police Reform Working Group“As a Black person, attorney, parent, and member of a community personally affected by the disparities in the criminal justice system and unchecked police violence, I thank Governor Wolf for his swift endorsement of the Police Reform Working Group’s proposals. The endorsement of these proposals is long overdue, and we look forward to the governor’s continued action on forthcoming proposals related to the protection and support of Black lives and communities.” Gov. Wolf’s Action on Law Enforcement Reform Receives Praise SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img June 11, 2020last_img read more

first_imgThe suspect was detained in the lockupfacility of Police Station 5, facing charges for Violation of the Republic Act9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PN BACOLOD City –Suspected shabu weighing about seven grams valued at around 95,000 was seizedin a buy-bust operation in Barangay Estefania.Resident Johnryl Berondo yielded the suspected illegaldrugs, a police report showed. Berondo was nabbed after he sold a sachet ofsuspected shabu to an undercover officer for P300 around 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 24,the report added.last_img read more

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Several Chelsea players have not returned for pre-season training after testing positive for COVID-19, according to reports in British media.The reports did not name the players and Chelsea did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment. Players who test positive have to self-isolate for 10 days and return a negative coronavirus test before they can take part in training.Sheffield United, Brighton & Hove Albion and West Ham United were among the other English Premier League (EPL) clubs to report positive COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, the Times said.Frank Lampard’s side, who finished fourth last season, kick off their campaign against Brighton on Sept 14.(Reuters/NAN.Tags: Brighton & Hove AlbionChelseaCOVID-19Sheffield UnitedWest Ham Unitedlast_img read more

first_imgThe 43-year-old Masters of Professional Writing program is slated to shut its doors in May of 2016, but its students and alumni are determined to save the program.This past November, Steve Kay, the Dean of the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences announced that the program will no longer be accepting incoming students and will graduate its last class in 2016.In a statement, Kay said that the decision to cut the program was for business reasons.“I recognize the excellent pedagogy of the MPW program, and have made this determination solely as a business decision,” Kay said. “I have complete confidence in the current program director, Brighde Mullins, and will work in partnership with the program’s leadership and in consultation with college faculty to maintain the high quality of this program through the next couple years as it draws to a close with its final class.”Howard Ho, our MPW program specialist, said there is some confusion over what Kay referred to as a “business decision.” Students and faculty have received no response from him in inquiries about the reasoning to end the otherwise successful program.“We are a pretty low maintenance program. In terms of expenses we always come in under budget,” Ho said. “However, we’re not connected to a larger program and I think that perhaps we’re not seen as having an umbrella organization so maybe that’s what the business decision refers to, a reorganization in a certain way, but it’s unclear.”MPW students and alumni have launched the “Campaign for USC MPW” in order to open a dialogue with Kay about how to preserve the program and how to find a place for it at USC.The group’s most recent campaign effort is a letter-writing campaign aimed at Dean Kay and the Dornsife administration. They hope to explain the value of the program and how the group is dedicated toward helping the administration find a place for MPW at USC.“The Dean has not offered any reasoning in his business decision. We have reached out with no response, but we would like to have a discussion and hear an explanation about why the program is closing,” Channing Sarget, a current MPW student and the Campaign for USC MPW chair, said.One of the benefits of MPW is that it allows students to complete the program over the course of five years, Sargent said. As a working professional, this was one of the unique qualities that led Sargent to USC’s MPW program.“MPW is so attractive because it is geared toward professionalism, so it allows many working adults to take the time they need to complete the program,” Sargent said.Doug Greco is one such student who planned to take advantage of MPW’s flexibility. Greco is in his first year of the program, and due to his need to seek employment during the course of completing his degree, he said he depended on the option of completing the degree in up to five years.“I made the decision to come to USC and pay over  $15,000 a semester in tuition, plus student loans, but that decision was made with the understanding I had five years to complete the program. Now that I have to complete the program in three years it limits my options and makes it much more difficult not having the flexibility that I needed,” Greco said.Sargent was equally surprised by the dean’s decision.“I was totally shocked and blindsided by the news. The student body’s perspective was that there has been no sign that our program was in danger, and in fact it was quite the opposite,” Sargent said. “MPW has [an] excellent reputation at the epicenter of the USC and Los Angeles literary communities.”last_img read more