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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

From the Pages of Orlando Weekly: Black Lives Matter Mural Graffiti Raised Valid Points


They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Few would claim that city leaders had anything but the best intentions in mind when they painted the words “Black Lives Matter” in letters 30 feet high on the surface of Rosalind Avenue. But many Orlando residents, Black and white alike, question the utility of the mural. Last Friday Orlando volunteers finished painting the 400-foot-long statement in Pan-African colors. But as is so often the case in the nation’s discourse, anonymous commenters had something to add. Overnight, the phrases “Defund OPD” and “Not enough,” among others, were spray-painted across the giant letters. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said he was “deeply saddened that a symbol of our commitment to ending …
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Protesters kneel in front of Orlando City Hall. Thursday, 06/04/20 . Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE
Fishkind Economic Commentaries

Fishkind Conversations: The Economics Of Police Reform


As cities and counties across Florida sign their budgets for the fiscal year, they face the challenge of the COVID-19 recession and the impact of protests over racial injustice and policing. Economic analyst Hank Fishkind, president of Fishkind Litigation Services, tells 90.7’s Matthew Peddie that reforming public safety and policing can improve the quality and efficiency of the service. 
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

From the Pages of Orlando Weekly: Former National Security Adviser John Bolton’s New Book


This week, former National Security Adviser John Bolton, who’s rarely met a country he didn’t want to bomb, published the umpteenth insider tell-all to emerge from the first three years of the Trump administration. Like most of the previous ones, it paints President Trump as an incompetent, corrupt buffoon. The 500-page book spotlights conduct that falls somewhere between embarrassing and impeachable, covering Trump’s quid pro quo with Ukraine; his advice to China’s president to move forward with Uighur Muslim concentration camps; and his defense of the Saudi crown prince in the wake of his murder of a journalist. Just before publication, the Department of Justice sued to halt the book’s release, claiming the book contained classified information. A judge ruled …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

From the Pages of Orlando Weekly: Orlando Police Department’s use of Tear Gas


Florida, like the rest of the country, is currently in the grip of twin exigencies: the pandemic and the protest movement. But as demonstrators assemble, risking their health to call for necessary changes in our nation’s law enforcement, police are using tear gas and pepper spray to dispel them — an incredibly dangerous decision in the middle of a respiratory disease epidemic. Orlando police deployed tear gas on large crowds twice last week. OPD Chief Orlando Rolón says this was because protesters threw rocks and bottles at officers, and he promises there will be a use-of-force review. Tear gas is banned in international warfare, yet it is classified as a “riot control agent” that law enforcement can use for crowd …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

From the Pages of Orlando Weekly: Local Black Lives Matter Protest Organizers Are Just Getting Started


If you thought the Black Lives Matter protests in Orlando were simply going to cool off after a few days, you couldn’t be more wrong. The young and passionate local organizers are just getting started. Every day last week in downtown Orlando – and in Kissimmee, and Sanford, and Winter Park – hundreds or thousands of people assembled to express outrage over the epidemic of violence that is disproportionately directed at Black bodies. These actions were organized not by a political party but by young adults, many of whom were preteens when Trayvon Martin was murdered. Torrential rain couldn’t stop them – not even Sunday’s tornado could stop them. This week will bring more protests. Some will dismiss the efficacy …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly: George Floyd’s murder and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s words about protests and civil unrest


A Martin Luther King Jr. quote has made the rounds this week, as civil unrest erupted in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder-by-cop last Monday: “A riot is the language of the unheard.” But we do ourselves a disservice by reading this line, nodding, and stopping there. Dr. King continued, “What is it that America has failed to hear? … It has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice, equality, and humanity.” For centuries, white America has failed to hear, valuing “tranquility” over Black “justice, equality, and humanity.” These protests aren’t just about Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes while three …
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