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Survey Says Latino Parents Fear Police Violence/Encuesta Dice Que Los Padres Latinos Temen La Violencia Policial

Paula M Naranjo/Parent Editor

By Katherine Lewin| 4 hours ago

Hundreds of Hispanic and Latino families in New Mexico have used the video of the death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers as an opportunity to talk to their children about racism, according to data from a survey by the research firm Latino Decisions.

The same survey found that 77% of parents worry their children might experience excessive force by law enforcement at some point in their lives and 89% of caregivers and parents agree that they can feel pain and frustration of Black communities because they have had the same experiences of excessive force with law enforcement.

At a virtual news conference on Tuesday afternoon, Gabriel Sanchez, a researcher at Latino Decisions and associate professor of political science at the University of New Mexico, said the survey shows “optimism” that future generations will look at tragic experiences like the death of George Floyd and “make sure they don’t have to deal with it as they age into adulthood.”

“The survey reveals that Hispanic families in New Mexico have a strong connection to the underlying issues driving this movement toward racial equality and the dismantling of structural racism,” reads an analysis of the survey. “New Mexico has a deep history with police brutality that culminated recently in the Department of Justice requiring the City of Albuquerque to reform the police force in the state’s largest city, following a report that found a majority of police-involved shootings they investigated were unconstitutional.”

The complete survey, commissioned by Partnership for Community Action, Somos Un Pueblo Unido, NM Voices for Children, El CENTRO de Igualdad y Derechos, Comunidades de Fe en Acción (CAFé) and Abriendo Puertas, interviewed 480 Latino parents, including 165 immigrant parents and caregivers of children, between June 4 and 12.

It is the most comprehensive study of the Latino population about COVID-19 in New Mexico, Sanchez said.

The main takeaways from the respondents show that Hispanic families were hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, with nearly 50% of Hispanic families having $1,000 or less for emergencies and 38% have used nearly all of their savings.

The group of nonprofits came together in March after the start of the pandemic in order to narrow the information gap between the government and Spanish speakers as well as come up with policy recommendations to present to local, state and federal governments, according to Javier Martinez, executive director of the Partnership for Community Alliance.

For now, that looks like the groups working with Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s staff, specifically with the Human and Health Services Department, to find ways to make sure that immigrant families can access support through the state, including financially.

A group of about 50 local leaders from around the state also signed a letter sent to New Mexico senators and representatives in Congress on Tuesday morning asking them to fight for “inclusion of immigrant workers and families in future COVID-19 relief packages.”

Encuesta Dice Que Los Padres Latinos Temen La Violencia Policial

By Katherine Lewin| 4 hours ago

Cientos de familias hispanas y latinas han utilizado el video de la muerte de George Floyd a manos de los agentes de policía como una oportunidad para hablar con sus hijos sobre el racismo, según datos de una encuesta realizada por la firma de investigación Latino Decisions.

La misma encuesta encontró que el 77% de los padres temen que sus hijos puedan experimentar fuerza excesiva por parte de la policía en algún momento de sus vidas y el 89% de cuidadores y padres están de acuerdo en que pueden sentir dolor y frustración en las comunidades negras porque han tenido las mismas experiencias. de fuerza excesiva con la policía.

En una conferencia virtual de prensa el martes por la tarde, Gabriel Sánchez, investigador de Latino Decisions y profesor asociado de ciencias políticas en la Universidad de Nuevo México, dijo que la encuesta muestra “optimismo” de que las generaciones futuras verán experiencias trágicas como la muerte de George Floyd y “se aseguren de que no tengan que lidiar con eso a medida que se transiciona a la vejez”.

“La encuesta revela que las familias hispanas en Nuevo México tienen una fuerte conexión con los problemas subyacentes que impulsan este movimiento hacia la igualdad racial y el desmantelamiento del racismo estructural”, se lee en un análisis de la encuesta.

“Nuevo México tiene una historia profunda con brutalidad policial que culminó recientemente en el Departamento de Justicia que exigió a la Ciudad de Albuquerque reformar la fuerza policial en la ciudad más grande del estado, luego de un informe que encontró que la mayoría de los tiroteos investigados en los que se involucró la policía eran inconstitucionales . “

La encuesta completa, comisionada por Partnership for Community Action, Somos Un Pueblo Unido, NM Voces para Niños, El CENTRO de Igualdad y Derechos, Comunidades de Fe en Acción (CAFé) y Abriendo Puertas, entrevistó a 480 padres latinos, incluidos 165 padres inmigrantes y cuidadores de niños entre el 4 y el 12 de junio.

“Es el estudio más completo de la población latina sobre COVID-19 en Nuevo México”, dijo Sánchez.

Las principales conclusiones de los encuestados muestran que las familias hispanas se vieron muy afectadas por la pandemia de COVID-19, con casi el 50% de las familias hispanas con $ 1,000 o menos para emergencias y el 38% han utilizado casi todos sus ahorros.

Los grupos de organizaciones sin fines de lucro se reunieron en marzo después del inicio de la pandemia para reducir la brecha de información entre el gobierno y los hispanohablantes, así como para formular recomendaciones de políticas para presentar a los gobiernos locales, estatales y federales, según Javier Martínez, director ejecutivo de la Alianza para la Alianza Comunitaria.

Por ahora, se parece a los grupos que trabajan con el personal de la Gobernadora Michelle Lujan Grisham, específicamente con el Departamento de Servicios Humanos y de Salud, para encontrar formas de asegurarse de que las familias inmigrantes puedan acceder al apoyo a través del estado, incluso financieramente.

Un grupo de unos 50 líderes locales del estado también firmó una carta enviada a los senadores y representantes de Nuevo México en el Congreso el martes por la mañana pidiéndoles que luchen por “la inclusión de los trabajadores inmigrantes y sus familias en los futuros paquetes de ayuda de COVID-19”.

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Police Violence Against People With Disabilities

Latrea Wyche/Contributing Writer

In recent months, law enforcement across the country has come under fire for incidents of police brutality within African American communities. The brutal death of George Ford has caused America to take a closer look at the people who are armed with the charge of “protect and serve” but instead chooses to shoot and kill. Police brutality is nothing new, and this not just an African American thing, people with disabilities have had to deal with some of the same treatment. According to a report done by the Ruderman Family Foundation, a disability organization, proposes that while police interactions with minorities draw increasing scrutiny, disability and health considerations are still neglected in media coverage and law enforcement policy. I know you are probably sick of me making everything about people with disabilities, but these are the un-talked about issues that our community faces on a daily, basis but yet, they receive no attention.

When police officers encounter a person with a disability, they do not have the proper training to handle the situation. That’s where it all starts, training. with such a large population of disabled people in America, it would seem like common sense to me, for police officers to receive some type of training on how to handle a person with a disability. For example, when arresting a deaf person or a person with a hearing impairment, cops should not cuff them with their hands behind their back because in most cases, they use their hands to communicate, it would be kinda difficult to communicate with their hands behind their back. Another question how many police forces in America offer basic sign language courses, some would argue it would be a waste of time, but you never know as a cop when you might have to stop a deaf person, and just imagine how much more comfortable that person would feel knowing that you are able to communicate with them.

According to a database maintained by The Washington Post, in 2018, at least 139 people with mental illness have been shot and killed by cops. based on the research I conducted, a large number of people with disabilities that are killed by cops have some form of mental illness. “Police have become the default responders to mental health calls,” write the authors, historian David Perry and disability expert Lawrence Carter-Long, who analyzed incidents from 2013 to 2015. They propose that “people with psychiatric disabilities” are presumed to be “dangerous to themselves and others” in police interactions. So, the question now becomes what do we do with this information, how do we use this information to better our community…..knowledge is power the more knowledge we have the more powerful we are.

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How White Parents Can Talk To Their Kids About Race

Paula M Naranjo/ Parent Editor

MICHEL MARTIN | June 4, 2020 12:03 AM ET

How white parents can talk to their kids about race.
Photo illustration by Kara Frame, Becky Harlan and CJ Riculan/NPR

Most people have heard about “the talk” — the conversation many African American parents have with their kids about how to avoid altercations with police or what to do and say if they’re stopped.

The recent unrest sparked by anger over police brutality against African Americans has parents who aren’t black thinking more about how they talk to their kids about race.

Michel Martin, weekend host of All Things Considered, spoke with Jennifer Harvey, author of Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America.

This conversation has been edited for length and clarity.


Michel Martin: You wrote a piece for CNN about how not to raise racist kids. You said most white parents have come up in families in which white silence was a pervasive norm in our socialization. These same parents are now passing such silence on to their kids. Could you talk a bit more about that?

Jennifer Harvey: Many white Americans were raised in families that thought that they were teaching equality. The way that they did that was to just say, “Well, we’re all equal” and not say anything more explicit about what it means when you believe everyone should be equal.

Many members of our society do not experience equality. And so what happens is that in the racist culture we live in — Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum talks about it as “smog” — our kids, our youth, we adults just breathe it in. So we end up showing up in racist ways, even when we come from families where equality was the presumed value.

What is the consequence of that silence?

It breeds a lack of capacity among white people to engage in conversations about race and to respond when racism is happening. If I hear racism out on the street or from a co-worker, should I challenge it? What should I say about it? If my African American colleagues or friends see me be silent because I don’t know what to do, I become untrustworthy.

My daughter is told, “Police are safe — go find one if you’re in trouble,” but her African American cousin is learning complicated messages about the police from his parents. Those differing messages mean they can be great friends for a while. But eventually, the depth of their friendship will erode because my white child will not be able to identify with her African American cousin or her African American friends.

White Americans have to teach our kids how to identify with that experience and how to be good friends to black and brown youth as they grow up. That requires us teaching them about racism. And it requires us modeling anti-racism, which is something a lot of white Americans really struggle with.

With videos like the one of George Floyd’s death, do you wait for your child to come to you? Do you show it to the child and say, “This is something I need to talk about with you?”

White families should not wait to talk about racism with children, because segregation is so deep that if we just wait, it will never come up. I never show my children videos of black people being killed by police, and I try not to watch those videos myself. But I do talk about the videos with them.

I started doing that work with my own children before they even had words. I would make sure we were in spaces where we were opposing police brutality, attending vigils and organizing. I knew they wouldn’t exactly understand what was going on. One time after a rally, my 5-year-old said, “Black people are not safe.” And I said, “Yes, that’s true.” And then she said, “But we’re white, so we are safe.” And I said, “Yeah, that’s true too.”

Then I said to her, “The reason we went to this rally is because we’re trying to tell the government that everybody deserves to be safe.” So now, six years later, she’s already got a deep understanding of this. And so we can talk about what happened to George Floyd. We’re much further along the conversation.

How are you discussing the unrest that’s being shown in the media?

I discussed that with my children by talking with them about how they might respond when they have been harmed or an injustice or an unfairness has happened to them and they aren’t heard. Because we’ve been having these conversations, my kids understand that peaceful protest has not yielded justice for black and brown people in this country.

We’re wrestling with it as a family and acknowledging that it’s really unsettling, but also appreciating that people are really hurt and really angry. And the government hasn’t responded.

I’m always trying to complicate messages about following rules and obeying the law. I made sure they knew that Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. were breaking the law. They need to know sometimes that’s what’s required. They’re certainly unsettled and it’s a scary time for everybody, but they do appreciate that when you’ve been hurt and harmed and no one is given justice, sometimes eruptions happen.

For people who say, “You know what — this stuff just gives me a headache. I don’t want to be bothered. This isn’t my problem. Why do I have to think about this? I have problems of my own,” what do you say?

I ask them, would they call it a headache if it was their child or their sister or their brother or their parent? We’re talking about our fellow human beings. What would you do on behalf of your own?

And then my work as a parent is to raise my kids in a way where they experience communities of color, black people, Latino people, being human beings they identify with as part of their human network. And that’s something that hasn’t really happened in part because of segregation in the United States.

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Mother of EMT slain by Louisville police speaks out: Breonna Taylor ‘didn’t deserve this’

Tessa Duvall and Darcy Costello, Published 2:57 p.m. ET May 12, 2020 | Updated 10:07 a.m. ET May 15, 2020

Photos of Breonna Taylor were displayed during a vigil for her outside the Judicial Center in downtown Louisville, Ky. on Mar. 19, 2020.  Taylor was shot and killed by LMPD officers last week.  The family chose the vigil site because it is across the street from the Louisville Metro Police Department.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. —  Two months after 26-year-old Breonna Taylor was gunned down in her home by Louisville Metro Police officers serving a warrant, her family and attorneys say they still have received no answers on why the young ER tech and former MT was killed.

“The case deserves national attention because the police executed an innocent woman,” said Ben Crump, a high-profile Tallahassee, Florida-based civil rights attorney who is representing Taylor’s family in their lawsuit against police. “The fact that had the police followed their own policies and procedures, Breonna Taylor would be alive today.

“She wouldn’t be a trending hashtag.”

Her mother, Tamika Palmer, said police don’t appreciate the consequences of their actions.

“I’m not sure that they understand what they took from my family,” Palmer said Tuesday afternoon. “Not just me, but my family. This has affected so many of us, so many of her friends.”

On the same day Crump promised to ramp up the pressure, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer broke his silence on Taylor’s death through Twitter, calling for a “thorough investigation” and saying his priority “is that the truth comes out and for justice to follow the path of truth.”

“Police work can involve incredibly difficult situations. Additionally, residents have rights,” Fischer wrote. “These two concepts will and must be weighed by our justice system as the case proceeds.”

Taylor was shot at least eight times after three police officers entered her home on a no-knock search warrant in the early morning hours of March 13. Police have said the officers were there as part of a narcotics investigation, but no drugs were found at the home.

Bianca Austin, right, embraced her niece Juniyah Palmer during a vigil for her other niece, Breonna Taylor, outside the Judicial Center in downtown Louisville, Ky. on Mar. 19, 2020.  Taylor was shot and killed by LMPD officers last week. The family chose the vigil site because it is across the street from the Louisville Metro Police Department.

Kenneth Walker, Taylor’s boyfriend, was with her in bed when police entered the home, and police say he shot an officer. Officers fired more than 20 rounds into the home.

Walker now faces criminal charges of first-degree assault and attempted murder of a police officer, but no drug charges. Walker’s attorney wrote in a motion that the shot was fired in self-defense and that his client has no felony convictions.

Taylor had no criminal record.

Her mother remembers her daughter as a young woman who adored her family above all else.

“She was born into my family, but she made her own with her own friends,” Palmer said.

She said Taylor had made plans to succeed. Taylor worked as an EMT for area hospitals but had even bigger dreams.

“She had plans, and she was following those plans accordingly,” Palmer said. “She had a whole plan on becoming a nurse and buying a house and then starting a family. Breonna had her head on straight, and she was a very decent person.

Tamika Palmer was overwhelmed by the sight of supporters who showed up for a vigil for her daughter, Breonna Taylor, outside the Judicial Center in downtown Louisville, Ky. on Mar. 19, 2020.  Taylor was shot and killed by LMPD officers last week.  The family chose the vigil site because it is across the street from the Louisville Metro Police Department.

She didn’t deserve this. She wasn’t that type of person.”

Crump is not a stranger to firestorm cases. He has become a prominent figure in cases championed by the Black Lives Matter movement, including those of Trayvon Martin and Mike Brown Jr.

He is also representing the family of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old black man who was shot and killed by two white men in Georgia in late February. The case has drawn national attention after a video of Arbery’s death surfaced online last week.

Gregory and Travis McMichael, father and son, were arrested and charged with murder and aggravated assault two days later.

But unlike the high-profile deaths of black men and boys shot and killed by police — such as 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Ohio, Philando Castile in Minnesota or Walter Scott in South Carolina — Taylor’s death hasn’t prompted wall-to-wall news coverage or massive protests.

“There is no reason this should not get all the attention it deserves, because Breonna Taylor’s life mattered,” Crump said.

Crump said the coronavirus pandemic has had an effect on how the community and news media have responded to Taylor’s death.

With stay-at-home orders, there haven’t been the same wide scale protests in the streets like there have in other controversial killings of black Americans in recent years.

At the same time, Crump said journalists have hardly covered anything other than the coronavirus for two months.

Together, these two factors have given LMPD “a convenient excuse” to not talk about Taylor’s death, said Crump and local attorney Lonita Baker, who is also representing Taylor’s family.

“We’ve seen (LMPD) fail to respond to situations like this before,” Baker said. “It’s not the first time they don’t respond when they act recklessly. They hide between (internal) investigations and they take a long time to get those investigations done.”

A spokeswoman for LMPD declined Monday to answer Courier Journal questions about the case, citing an ongoing internal investigation.

“We held a press conference about this shooting when it occurred to detail what we were able,” spokeswoman Jessie Halladay wrote in an email. “The Public Integrity investigation remains ongoing, therefore it would not be appropriate for us to comment.”

In Fischer’s statement, the mayor said that because the case is still under investigation, “expansive comments are not appropriate until all the facts are fully known.”

Crump also called the arrest of and charges against Walker “unwarranted” and “a red herring and deflection to try to not answer the more serious questions.”

“Breonna should still be here,” Baker said. “She should be sitting right here in this room with us. Her mom should still have her. Her sister should still have her. Her aunt should still.

“She was very much a family person and she should still be a part of their family.”

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