In a push to encourage local police and government agencies across the nation to assist in proposing community policing ideas, the Department of Justice is awarding 29 departments for their proposals through the Community Policing Development Microgrants Program.
The different agencies will receive between $15,000 and $100,000 for their ideas on community involvement in fighting human trafficking, school safety, violent crime, and other issues.
Community Oriented Policing Services Office Director Phil Keith called the program a “critical resource to advance innovative community policing projects.”
Keith said the grant awards are a “strategic investment” and pay “huge dividends” to the state and local departments as well as the communities they are tasked with serving.
The push for community solutions to crime follows the demands of protestors in the wake of George Floyd’s tragic death. Cities such as Minneapolis have voted to utilize community police instead of traditional forces for some calls. Former Vice President Joe Biden even called for a $300 million increase in police department funding to “reinvigorate community policing.”
The DOJ seems to recognize the demand for policing alternatives and thus funded the program and now have 29 different proposals from the “Phoenix Youth Engagement Project” to the “Narragansett Crisis Intervention Training Project.”
“These awards are being announced at a critical time for our country, when community policing strategies are very much needed to improve police and community relations,” read the DOJ press release.
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Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar kicked off House Foreign Affairs Committee
Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar was voted off the House Foreign Affairs Committee Thursday. The action was expected, as Republican members of Congress had criticized Omar’s antisemetic and anti-American rhetoric.
After intense debating on the House floor, the resolution passed with a 218-211 vote. Democrats attempted to pull the race card, accusing Republican House members of racism for removing Omar from the committee.
Omar also accused House Republicans of racism, saying, “I am Muslim, I am an immigrant, and interestingly, from Africa…Is anyone surprised that I am being targeted? Is anyone surprised that I am somehow deemed unworthy to speak about American foreign policy, or that they see me as a powerful voice that needs to be silenced?”
“There is this idea that you are a suspect if you are an immigrant or if you are from certain parts of the world or certain skin tone or a muslim.” Omar said during the heated debate. A fiery Alexandria Ocasia Cortez also chimed in shouting, “This is an attack on women of color!”
Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, from New York, said she had personally witnessed Omar spew anti-American rhetoric. Malliotakis said, “I have been in that committee room where, the representative, equates Israel and the United States to Hamas and the Taliban. Absolutely unacceptable for a member of that committee.”
A four-page resolution was written for the justification of removing Omar from the house Foreign Affairs Committee. The resolution states that in 2019, Omar suggested that Jewish people were buying U.S. political support when she posted on Twitter, “it’s all about the Benjamins, baby.”
Omar also commented on the September 11th attacks saying, “some people did something.” This type of comment is unacceptable for any representative who is sitting on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, lawmakers said.
In the resolution it states that members of this committee should all be held to an “equal standard of conduct due to the international sensitivities and national security concerns under the jurisdiction of this committee.”
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