With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, June 10 across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida.
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Coming up in the newscast, Broward Sheriff dedicated $1 million to racial equity police program, family of slain Jamaican-native, Maurice Gordon, calls for justice and Miami Gardens announces rent assistance program.
Now for the news in the detail
In light of the recent Minneapolis tragedy that has gained worldwide attention, law enforcement agencies across Broward County have announced that they will participate in the countywide Racial Equity and Implicit Bias Training Program for law enforcement officers. The program is one aspect of police reform that aims to combat racism and implicit bias among police officers. Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony announced that he was committing $1 million to fund the launch of this program, which is an increase of $500,000 that he initially committed to the initiative in 2019. Tony said that he hopes the program will bring about positive changes in the local police force, especially as it related to interactions with minority groups.
In the meantime, the city of Miami Gardens has announced their rental assistance program, geared at providing financial aid for those who face evictions as a result of COVID-19. If selected, residents can receive a maximum of $4,500 per household. Applications for the program will end tomorrow, June 11.
In the meantime, Jamaicans locally and abroad are calling for justice for the death of, Maurice Gordon, a Jamaican-native who was shot dead during a routine traffic stop by a state trooper in New Jersey. The incident occurred on May 23 along the Garden State Parkway in Bass River, New Jersey, just two days before the death of George Floyd. According to reports, 28-year-old Gordon was pulled over by the trooper for speeding. When the trooper asked Gordon to drive his car to a different spot on the highway, the car would not start. The trooper then called for a tow truck. After being held in the trooper’s vehicle for 30 minutes without a ticket or any indication that he was under arrest, Gordon attempted to flee the vehicle and was shot and killed by the trooper. The family of Gordon said they want a nationwide spotlight on his death, in the hopes that justice will be served.
In Caribbean News, Guyana says that there will be a phased re-opening of the country’s airports to international flights beginning on July 1. For the entire month of July, there will be limited incoming flights for citizens, permanent residents, international workers and diplomats.
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