Democratic lawmakers seek 3 immediate criminal justice reforms

first_imgDES MOINES — A group of Democrats in the Iowa legislature is urging the governor and Republican leaders to immediately pass three criminal justice reforms, starting by banning law enforcement from using choke holds.Representative Ras Smith of Waterloo said the state attorney general and county attorneys should be given clear authority to investigate cases of police misconduct.“No one law will end racism or end inequities that we face,” Smith said during a news conference. “This won’t happen overnight, but today we can begin to respond to the crisis, to bring justice for George Floyd and work for the day where no Iowan has to live in fear of becoming another hashtag.”The third action the group seeks is a ban on hiring police officers with a history of serious misconduct.“This is where we turn our outrage into organizing,” Smith said. “This is where we turn our organizing into ordinances that make sure that our state, our union are more fair than they’ve ever been.”The group of lawmakers invited Yena Balekyani, a young woman who’s been protesting in Des Moines, to speak at their news conference on the state capitol steps.“I am holding you guys accountable,” she said. “I will be here and if this does not pass, I will be in the streets. We will be out here every single night until black lives matter.”Democratic lawmakers say it’s clear they now “have the ear” of Republican Governor Kim Reynolds, who said earlier this week she’s working on legislation to address racial profiling, but Representative Smith and others say it’s time for action now, not six months from now.“And we’ll continue to ask for her support and push her to make sure that she helps us to make sure that every Iowan is treated equitably,” Smith told reporters.The governor, during a news conference inside the capitol half an hour later, these and other racial justice proposals are worth developing into legislation.“But you can’t fix it overnight,” Reynolds said, “and we are making progress.”Reynolds said she’s committed to having ongoing conversations about constructive policy changes, including the three outlined today.“It doesn’t mean no. It doesn’t mean it can’t continue to move forward, but it also doesn’t mean that if we can’t done in a week that we’re done,” Reynolds said. “We’re going to continue to have those conversations. We’re going to continue to work on it and we’re going to address the concerns that we’re hearing from Iowans.”Black Lives Matter protesters in Des Moines are planning a march to the state Capitol tonight.last_img read more

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson 3 sc

first_imgSeattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) scrambles as Arizona Cardinals free safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) and outside linebacker Chandler Jones (55) pursue during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Leading 15-10 and facing a 2nd-and-22 from his own 44-yard line early in the fourth quarter, Seattle dialed up a pass play where the quarterback would take a designed roll out to his left. As Wilson looked downfield, Arizona defenders Chandler Jones and Tyrann Mathieu pursued.Wilson spun not once, but twice away from pressure, retreated back to the 27-yard line (17 yards behind the line of scrimmage) and threw a pass near the sideline that looked like it may have been an attempt to throw the ball away. Instead, Doug Baldwin made a leaping catch over Antoine Bethea, who fell down on the play. Undaunted, the wide receiver took off down the sideline before being pushed out of bounds at the Cardinals’ 2-yard line by Budda [email protected]!! #GoHawks— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) November 10, 2017The Seahawks scored on the next play when Wilson hit tight end Jimmy Graham on a 2-yard touchdown pass to make it a 12-point lead, which may as well have been 100 points for the offensively-challenged Cardinals to come back from.“Obviously, Russell Wilson made a great play when he was trying to throw it out of bounds, and that was probably the deciding factor in the game,” Arizona head coach Bruce Arians said. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling At one point during the play, on which Wilson scrambled for over nine seconds, NBC play-by-play broadcaster Mike Tirico said “cue the circus music.”While the Cardinals were obviously frustrated by the play that went a long way toward beating them, it was hard not to be impressed.“We put him right in the position we wanted him and he just made a great play,” linebacker Karlos Dansby said. “You can’t draw that one up. That, right there, was just a great play.“You can’t do nothing else — nothing. You just have to get him on the ground — that’s it. And we weren’t able to get him on the ground in that moment, and he made a play that will probably go down in history.”It was just the latest in an ever-growing highlight reel for the former third-round pick.“That’s what makes him special,” defensive lineman Frostee Rucker said. “You can’t take anything away from him on that play and what he did. That’s what Russell does and that’s why he’s one of the best in the game and we’ve got to make a play on him. We tried our best and that was the result.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact – / 32 GLENDALE, Ariz. — Has anyone checked to see if Russell Wilson is actually human?Really.Every team facing the Seattle Seahawks knows of Wilson’s propensity to extend plays with his legs, and either running for big chunks of yardage or buying enough time to find an open receiver who has slithered away from his defender while he’s dodging pressure.While the Cardinals did a pretty good job of keeping Wilson in check for most of the game, the sixth-year veteran pulled out a play for the ages in a 22-16 win Thursday night at University of Phoenix Stadium. 5 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more