City Of Madison Faces Lawsuit Over Police Oversight Board

The Madison Common Council formally established the Police Civilian Oversight Board last September. The 13-member board was years in the making, and intended to bring more oversight and accountability to the Madison Police Department.

Now, it’s the subject of a federal lawsuit against the City of Madison. My report for WORT News.

Read on Picture of demonstration on May 30, 2020 after the killing of George Floyd.

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“We Been Not Breathin'”: Doulas Demand Change

Black babies in Wisconsin die at a higher rate than any other state.

And nationally, Black mothers die in childbirth at a rate that’s three times greater than that of white mothers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most of those deaths are preventable.

Those racial inequities for women and children are why hundreds marched in downtown Madison on Saturday. Protestors marched from the Wisconsin State Capitol to Meriter Hospital and St Mary’s Hospital, where organizers described their own experiences, and demanded change.

The march, titled “We Been Not Breathin’,” was the eighth day of continuous Black Lives Matter protests in Madison in the wake of the killing of George Floyd.

Read on This report received a gold award in the Milwaukee Press Club’s 2020 Excellence in Wisconsin Journalism Awards.

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