JUSTICE CAN'T WAIT: INDEPENDENCE DAY AGENDA FOR HOUSTON POLICING

2020

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After the murders of George Floyd and Brianna Taylor, protest movements across the country demanded fundamental changes in how communities are policed. In Houston, advocates had been calling for reforms since the beginning of Mayor Turner’s administration, but little progress had been made by the time of the May and June protests in 2020 that saw tens of thousands of Houstonians march in the streets. On July 4, more than a dozen organizations released a report outlining an agenda for immediate reform in policing in Houston. By September, city council had adopted a cite and release policy that will affect almost 10% of arrests in Houston.

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Cover image by Sarah Labowitz