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NASA drops racially charged nicknames of celestial bodies

  • Now, NASA is adding celestial bodies to the list that includes Aunt Jemima, the Washington Football Team and hitmakers The Chicks and Lady A.
  • In June, Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream said it was dropping the brand "Eskimo Pie" after a century.
  • The word is commonly used in Alaska to refer to Inuit and Yupik people, according to the Alaska Native Language Center at the University of Alaska.
  • "This name is considered derogatory in many other places because it was given by non-Inuit people and was said to mean 'eater of raw meat.'" People of Canada and Greenland prefer other names.
  • The renaming trend followed worldwide protests against racism and police brutality after George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police.

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New Jersey dismissing cyber-harassment case over tweeting cop’s photo

  • The Nutley Police Department filed a criminal complaint in July against protester Kevin Alfaro, who tweeted a photograph of Detective Peter Sandomenico during a Nutley For Black Lives demonstration in June.
  • Alfaro’s tweet asked “if anyone knows who this bitch is throw his info under this tweet,” something Sandomenico said caused him to fear for the safety of his family.
  • The department also charged four people who retweeted the tweet, including Georgana Sziszak, who publicized the case in a GoFundMe campaign.
  • Civil liberties advocates said the case had little justification and that a prosecutor was unlikely to pursue it, but it alarmed critics who viewed it as a police intimidation tactic.
  • It’s also part of a pattern of aggressive legal charges against Black Lives Matter protesters nationwide — like a Utah criminal mischief case that sees demonstrators facing a life sentence for splashing paint and smashing windows.

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Joe Arpaio loses Republican primary for sheriff to his former chief deputy

  • Arpaio lost Tuesday's Republican primary for Maricopa County sheriff to his former chief deputy Jerry Sheridan by about 6,000 votes, according to the results from the Maricopa County Elections Department.
  • Sheridan will challenge the current Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone, a Democrat and former Phoenix police officer, who ousted Arpaio in 2016.
  • Arpaio, who calls himself "America's toughest Sheriff," was in the post for Maricopa County for 24 years.
  • In 2017, Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt for ignoring a court order in a racial profiling case by continuing patrols targeting migrants, and faced up to six months in jail.
  • President Donald Trump issued his first presidential pardon that year to Arpaio, an early Trump supporter — a decision that drew heavy criticism.
  • Sheridan worked in the Maricopa County Sheriff's office for 38 years before retiring as chief deputy.

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An Indian royal was shot dead by police in broad daylight. Now, 35 years later, his killers have been jailed

  • Raja Man Singh's family -- part of a centuries-old royal lineage -- claimed he had been killed in a premeditated murder plot ordered by the highest politician in the state.
  • The following day, the Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Shiv Charan Mathur, the highest elected official in the state, held a rally in support of Man Singh's opponent.
  • According to Vijay Singh, police made no attempt to arrest Man Singh after the incident, although a police report filed that day accused him of attempted murder.
  • In its court ruling last month, the CBI did not deal with Vijay Singh's claim that the chief minister -- who died in 2009 -- had ordered the killing.
  • According to lawyer Narayan Singh, it's uncommon for police to be convicted for killing a member of the public -- royal blood or not.

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Milwaukee police chief demoted after multiple incidents of 'failed leadership,' including use of tear gas at BLM protests

  • The unanimous vote to demote Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales was made by the city's Fire and Police Commission on Thursday evening.
  • Still, on Thursday, one day after the department's statement, the FPC voted to demote Morales to his previous rank of captain.
  • After the meeting, Attorney Franklyn Grimbel, who has been representing Morales, told reporters that the former chief "intends to review his options following the FPC decision," according to WDJT.
  • Morales' demotion comes amid shifting public views of policing across the country -- as more and more Americans demand accountability and the defunding of police departments.
  • In Los Angeles, the city council made cuts to the Los Angeles Police Department budget and has moved forward with a plan to replace police officers with community-based responders for nonviolent calls.

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Colorado DA orders investigation into Aurora police over stolen vehicle mix-up

  • DA George Brauchler said in a statement on Friday that he has ordered his office to obtain and review all evidence related to the incident.
  • They were in the parking lot when Aurora police ordered them out of the car and on the ground at gunpoint during a stolen vehicle mix-up.
  • Gilliam said she, her sister and 17-year-old niece were handcuffed while police verified that the car she was driving was not stolen.
  • A Facebook video shows the children on the ground in a parking lot, surrounded by police.
  • Brauchler added that the Aurora Police Department and Chief Wilson are cooperating with the district attorney's investigation.
  • Chief Wilson has also ordered an internal affairs investigation and is examining the department's training and procedures.

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A new video shows another Black man in custody pleading, 'I can't breathe,' before his death

  • John Elliott Neville, 56, of Greensboro, also can be heard telling officers, "Let me go!" and "Help me!" and calling out, "Mama!" during the episode a day after his December 1 arrest.
  • The five corrections officers and the nurse who attended to Neville leading up to his death have been charged with involuntary manslaughter by Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O'Neill.
  • While in custody at the Forsyth County Law Enforcement Center, he experienced an unknown medical emergency while he slept that caused him to fall out of his top bunk to the floor, O'Neill said last month during a news conference.
  • The nurse can be heard telling him to "stay relaxed," and Neville continues to struggle and yell, "Help me, somebody!
  • Neville became unresponsive at some point while officers were attempting to remove the handcuffs, according to an investigation report from the Forsyth County Medical Examiner.

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Discrimination in San Francisco Police Department Traffic Stops

  • When considering the entire dataset, with the previously mentioned null hypothesis, alternative hypothesis, and significance level, the results of my Z-test led me to reject the null hypothesis and conclude that Black people are arrested at higher rates than people of other races as a result of an SFPD traffic stop.
  • Therefore, while Black people are arrested at higher rates than people of other races across the entire dataset, this difference in arrest rates is only consistent when considering traffic stops due to “Mechanical or Non-Moving Violation (V.C.)”, “BOLO/APB/Warrant”, “Moving Violation”, and “MPC Violation”.
  • Specifically, Black people are arrested as a result of a traffic stop in San Francisco at higher rates than people of all other races.
  • Furthermore, I found that there is a moderate negative correlation between gentrification in San Francisco and number of traffic stops conducted by SFPD between 2009 and 2015.

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Discrimination in San Francisco Police Department Traffic Stops

  • When considering the entire dataset, with the previously mentioned null hypothesis, alternative hypothesis, and significance level, the results of my Z-test led me to reject the null hypothesis and conclude that Black people are arrested at higher rates than people of other races as a result of an SFPD traffic stop.
  • Therefore, while Black people are arrested at higher rates than people of other races across the entire dataset, this difference in arrest rates is only consistent when considering traffic stops due to “Mechanical or Non-Moving Violation (V.C.)”, “BOLO/APB/Warrant”, “Moving Violation”, and “MPC Violation”.
  • Specifically, Black people are arrested as a result of a traffic stop in San Francisco at higher rates than people of all other races.
  • Furthermore, I found that there is a moderate negative correlation between gentrification in San Francisco and number of traffic stops conducted by SFPD between 2009 and 2015.

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Discrimination in San Francisco Police Department Traffic Stops

  • When considering the entire dataset, with the previously mentioned null hypothesis, alternative hypothesis, and significance level, the results of my Z-test led me to reject the null hypothesis and conclude that Black people are arrested at higher rates than people of other races as a result of an SFPD traffic stop.
  • Therefore, while Black people are arrested at higher rates than people of other races across the entire dataset, this difference in arrest rates is only consistent when considering traffic stops due to “Mechanical or Non-Moving Violation (V.C.)”, “BOLO/APB/Warrant”, “Moving Violation”, and “MPC Violation”.
  • Specifically, Black people are arrested as a result of a traffic stop in San Francisco at higher rates than people of all other races.
  • Furthermore, I found that there is a moderate negative correlation between gentrification in San Francisco and number of traffic stops conducted by SFPD between 2009 and 2015.

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