Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Police Chiefs: Mounting Pressure to Alter Operations, Persistent Covid Threat Prompts Unease; Rand Paul Grills Fauci, and Other C-Virus Updates

Richard Drew/AP
Police chiefs in America's largest cities expressed growing unease within their departments Tuesday amid mounting pressure to reform operations following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the persistent limitations posed by the coronavirus threat.
New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said the deadly virus has "ground the criminal justice system to a halt" there, sending a troubling message to the community at-large.
"The word on the street right now is that there are no consequences," Shea told other officials during a virtual town-hall meeting of other top law enforcement officers.
Shea, one of several police officials to take part in the conference organized by the Police Executive Research Forum, said he has related his concerns to the city's top prosecutors and intended to meet with state leaders to discuss "how to get the system going."
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said his department, like the rest of the city and much of the state, has been ravaged by a resurgence of the virus.
He said the number of officers under quarantine has surged from 52 on May 1 to 178 Tuesday, blaming the rapid spread on efforts to re-start local business operations following a prolonged shutdown.
"The re-opening of Texas has been pretty tough on our department and our community," Acevedo said.
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