Posts tagged with "Racial profiling"

Sunday Morning Meditation – Off the record

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt June 14, 2015

Whenever a politician wants to tell the truth, they ask reporters not to write it down. That’s the essence of what “off the record” really means. Politicians, as a general rule, don’t trust the public to interpret unvarnished opinions or cold hard facts. Straight talk could get you run straight out of town. But what […]

Decatur racial profiling concerns folded into larger discussion about diversity

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt May 5, 2015

Allegations of racial profiling by Decatur Police got the City Commission’s attention. But rather than address the issue on its own terms, the commission has expanded the discussion. A city consultant, The Art of Community, has put together a Leadership Circle of residents and city employees. The group has been meeting since last year, according […]

Decatur churches protest police violence, honor slain NYPD officers

Posted by December 21, 2014

By Dena Mellick, contributor Several Decatur-area churches gathered in Oakhurst Sunday afternoon to protest the lack of grand jury indictments in the deaths of two black men killed by police officers. But the protesters also denounced the murder of two New York City police officers killed by a black man in an apparent act of retaliation […]

56 percent of Decatur Police stops are non-white

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt November 7, 2014

Decatur Police made 2,149 stops between Aug. 1 and Oct. 31, and 56 percent of them involved minorities. Decatur Police released the data in response to a records request from Decaturish. After some residents raised concerns about racial profiling by officers, the department began tracking info about the race of people that police officers stop. Of […]

Decatur Commissioners defend police chief

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt October 7, 2014

Decatur City Commissioners defended the city’s police chief after voting to approve “A Community Action Plan for a Compassionate Decatur.” That plan includes a $25,000 contract for facilitating a conversation about compassion and diversity. Members and supporters of the Decatur Community Coalition spoke during the Oct. 6 City Commission meeting, but not everyone was on […]

Commission preps for guns, tables compassion

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt September 3, 2014

Decatur City Commissioners on Tuesday discussed how to deal with the state’s new gun law and tabled an item billed as a way to make the city more compassionate. The two issues were not related, it should be noted. Commissioners voted unanimously to create a “Facilities and Security Coordinator” position at an annual cost of […]

Dear Decaturish – Truth in numbers isn’t profiling

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt August 20, 2014

We accept letters to the editor. All letters must be signed and can be anywhere from 400 to 800 words. We reserve the right to edit letters for length and content. To send your letter to the editor, email it to Profiling is one thing.  I don’t want to see the City of Decatur police […]

Decatur Police now tracking statistics about race

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt August 18, 2014

The Decatur Police Department has recently started documenting ethnicity of people detained by officers, City Manager Peggy Merriss said. Merriss made the announcement during Monday’s City Commission meeting. She was giving an update on how the city intends to respond to concerns about racial profiling raised by the Decatur Community Coalition. One of the group’s specific […]

Oakhurst Elementary teacher takes Hall of Fame job

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt August 11, 2014

This story has been updated.  A former NFL wide receiver left his job at Oakhurst Elementary to take a job at the College Football Hall of Fame. Terry LeCount is a former NFL wide receiver. He worked as a paraprofessional at Oakhurst Elementary. According to the agenda posted for the Aug. 12 City Schools of […]

Diversity report shows Decatur getting whiter

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt August 5, 2014

There’s plenty of anecdotal evidence of the growth in Decatur’s white population and decline in black population, but a soon-to-be-released report could provide fuel for discussions about diversity in the city. The city’s elected officials are grappling with questions about how to ensure Decatur’s housing options can support mix of incomes. The city’s police officers […]

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