City of New Orleans Wants to Suspend Plans for Phase III of OPSO Jail Facility Indefinitely

The city of New Orleans is seeking to suspend the programming, design and construction of a new Phase III of the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office (OPSO) jail facility, with city officials announcing today that it has requested a modification of prior court orders in order halt jail expansion plans indefinitely....

President Trump Tweets Out White Power Message, Black Republican Senator Tim Scott Is Dismayed

By Lauren Victoria Burke, NNPA Newswire Contributor In yet another social media moment invoking race in America, President Donald Trump retweeted a video of a supporter heard yelling, “White power!” The tweet displayed a video of a parade of supporters of the President riding golf carts through a retirement community...

Former Miami Cop Who Placed Knee on Black Woman’s Neck Booked for Misconduct

By N. Ali EarlyNNPA Newswire Another incident of police brutality against an African American has surfaced. According to the Miami Herald, Safiya Satchell was sitting in her Mercedes SUV when she was approached by an off duty police officer who was working as security for a strip club in the immediate proximity of the incident,...

City Council Supports New Public Database on Police Misconduct

The New Orleans City Council adopted a resolution in support of the creation of a public-facing database by the Independent Police Monitor (IPM) to increase community engagement, ensure timely data collection and provide heightened transparency of local law enforcement encounters to create additional accountability. Currently, after five years, officer disciplinary...

City Council Creates Committee to Examine Street Renaming

At its June 18 meeting, the New Orleans City Council passed a motion establishing the City Council Street Renaming Commission, an advisory committee that will take the lead in a public engagement process to consider renaming certain streets, parks and public places in New Orleans that honor white supremacists.  The Commission...

New Orleans Health Department Investigates Apparent Clusters of COVID-19 Cases

The New Orleans Health Department and the Louisiana Department of Health announced today that the agencies are investigating apparent clusters of cases of COVID-19 in Orleans Parish. The two separate clusters are related to a New Orleans high school graduation party and a large, non-physically distant gathering at a bar...