PowerMax, the Modern Storage Array that Does NVMe Right, Introduces Cloud-based Analytics and CI support

first_imgThis year at  Dell Technologies World, Dell EMC changed the game in storage with the introduction of PowerMax.  This end-to-end NVMe array transforms IT infrastructure for the most critical and demanding applications of today and tomorrow.  PowerMax is unmatched in the industry offering a unique combination of powerful architecture, simple operation, and trusted innovation.For starters, PowerMax has NVMe done right – It is end-to-end, ready for NVMeoF and SCM and is built with cutting edge, industry standard technology.  With a multi-controller architecture, PowerMax can scale up and out providing flexibility to expand capacity and performance on demand.  It is fully active/active and component level fault isolation ensures applications keep running without compromise.  Plus, the inline, global deduplication and compression offer extreme efficiency, even at scale.The real-time machine learning engine built into PowerMaxOS leverages predictive analytics to optimize performance with no overhead.  Additionally, PowerMax achieves the highest levels of resiliency and meets the strictest security standards –  no matter what – with the gold standard in replication technology, over 6 9’s availability and data at rest encryption.And at Dell EMC we are constantly driving innovation in our products, so we are excited to share some recent enhancements to the PowerMax family. Simple operation is core to PowerMax.  Businesses are able to truly consolidate everything – block, file, mainframe, IBM i and next gen applications that leverage real-time analytics – all on a single PowerMax array.  And now with CloudIQ for PowerMax, storage admins can proactively monitor, analyze and troubleshoot everything from anywhere – including any browser or mobile device.  CloudIQ is like a fitness tracker for your storage.  It is a cloud-based application, powered by machine learning to provide a single, simple display for tracking storage health, reporting on historical trends and planning for future growth.  Businesses can leverage cloud capabilities and consumption of PowerMax thanks to the addition of two new pillars to the Future Proof Loyalty program: Cloud-Enabled and Cloud Consumption.PowerMax is also now available as part of a VxBlock System 1000.  For a converged solution, VxBlock 1000 is a new generation of converged infrastructure, with support for mixed technologies all in one full integrated system, including PowerMax 2000 and PowerMax 8000.The addition of CloudIQ and VxBlock 1000 support and expansion of the Future Proof Loyalty Program further enrich PowerMax’s many differentiated features such as end-to-end NVMe, leading performance and advanced data services.Customers trust PowerMax as the platform to transform IT and modernize their data center.  As Rob Koper, Senior Storage Consultant at Open Line B.V. explains “PowerMax is future-proof.  With these arrays, we’ll be able to take advantage of NVMe and next-generation SCM drives, so we are set for years to come.”All of these updates are available today and Dell EMC PowerMax arrays start at under $150K with CloudIQ included at no additional cost. For more information, visit: dellemc.com/powermax.last_img read more

UN envoy: Key military commander backs bid to unify Libya

first_imgGENEVA (AP) — The head of the United Nations mission in Libya says the main military commander from the divided country’s east has given his backing to an ongoing U.N. effort to choose an interim government before an election can be held this year. Deputy Special Representative Stephanie Williams expressed hope that a 5-day meeting of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum near Geneva this week would culminate Friday with the selection of an interim prime minister and three-person Presidency Council for Libya. The selections are seen as a key step for the devastated and lawless North African country nearly a decade after the death of leader Moammar Gadhafi.last_img read more

Notre Dame News: Things to know

first_imgBiden, Boehner receive prestigious Laetare Medal amid outcry The Laetare Medal is considered one of the most prestigious awards for American Catholics. The 2016 medal was jointly awarded to Vice President Joe Biden and former Speaker of the House John Boehner, a gesture by University President Fr. John Jenkins to encourage bipartisan dialogue. The award sparked an outcry among students, alumni and conservative groups, who criticized the decision to award the pro-choice Vice President and the pro-death-penalty Speaker. Both politicians attended the 2016 commencement ceremony and received the medal. Obama speaks to 2009 graduates, 2016 election winner will be invited to 2017 commencement The University invites each newly-elected President of the United States to give the Commencement address the spring after inauguration. In 2009, President Barack Obama accepted the invitation, instigating a nationwide wave of criticism of the decision to invite a politician who was pro-choice and supported stem-cell research. Obama spoke at commencement and addressed the criticisms directly, encouraging people to find commonalities amid moral disagreements. As the 2016 election approaches, the University is again expected to invite whomever is elected. University in national spotlight over sexual assault cases In 2015, CNN released a documentary, “The Hunting Ground,” which examined how colleges and universities mishandle sexual assault cases. Featuring Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame, the documentary highlighted multiple cases where the University and the College failed to respond to reports by Saint Mary’s students who accused Notre Dame students of sexual assault. The documentary inspired activism by students, faculty and alumni to urge the College and the University to change their practices regarding sexual assault. University involved in legal battles In 2012, the University sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, seeking an exemption from the Obamacare requirement that employers provide contraceptive access. The suit and its appeals were ultimately unsuccessful. In 2015, ESPN sued the University for access to police records on student athletes accused of crimes. An appellate court sided with ESPN, saying NDSP was a public agency subject to open records laws, but it is unclear which records the network will get and when. As a result of the suit, a bill was introduced in the Indiana state legislature intended to clarify open records laws, but was vetoed by Gov. Mike Pence. First official LGBT student organization formed2013 saw the first meetings of PrismND, Notre Dame’s first official organization for LGBT students. Students had been attempting to start such an organization for decades, and after a months-long review of resources for the LGBT community at Notre Dame, resulting in a pastoral plan, PrismND was approved. Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, who built ND for 50 years, dies in 2015 During Hesburgh’s 30-year presidency, women were admitted to the University and laypeople to the board of trustees, and Notre Dame’s national profile rose. The Holy Cross priest, who was photographed arm-in-arm with Martin Luther King, Jr. and said a Mass in the then-Soviet Union, was a campus institution — students considered it an honor to visit his office on the 14th floor of the library named after him. When he died at 97, U.S. presidents and Nobel Prize winners offered condolences. He left a legacy of civil rights activism and academic freedom in Catholic education, as well as a premier Catholic research university.  Football team goes to 2013 national championship  After years of mediocre football at Notre Dame Stadium, the storyline changed dramatically in 2012, when the Irish posted a perfect regular season en route to a BCS National Championship Game loss to Alabama. A lights-out defense, led by Heisman Trophy runner-up linebacker Manti Te’o, propelled the Irish to the title game, but Notre Dame failed to mount a challenge in South Florida, falling 42-14 to the Crimson Tide on the season’s biggest stage. University starts new construction projectsThe past several years saw much construction and renovation. Campus Crossroads, a $400-million project that added academic departments and student spaces to the football stadium, began in 2014 and is scheduled to be completed in 2017. In 2015, Hesburgh Library began a renovation which gave several floors a more open plan. Two new dorm buildings, Flaherty and Dunne Halls, were built, as was McCourtney Hall, a research building. Jenkins Hall, which will house the Keough School of Global Affairs, is slated to open in Fall 2017.  New college created for the first time in decadesIn 2014, the University announced the creation of the Keough School of Global Affairs, which will offer academic programs for undergraduate and graduate students, work with Notre Dame’s centers abroad and other internationally-focused institutes and offer a new Masters in Global Affairs. Changes proposed for Notre Dame Core Curriculum Every 10 years, the University reviews its Core Curriculum, the set of courses that every student must take. The process began in 2014, briefly sparking fears that the University theology requirement would be reduced or eliminated. A Core Curriculum committee solicited ideas and feedback from the Notre Dame community and in November 2015 released its recommendations, proposing a revision that would reduce the total number of core courses and require students to take classes in broader categories such as “quantitative analysis” and “aesthetic analysis,” as opposed to math or fine arts. A final report will be presented to University administration this semester. University decides to admit undocumented students In 2013, the University admitted and gave financial aid to undocumented students for the first time, following an admissions policy revision that considered undocumented applicants domestic, not international, students. The University was following guidelines from the Obama administration, which as an executive order had given undocumented people under a certain age the opportunity to defer deportation, opening up the possibility of higher education for many. PE course replaced with Moreau First-Year Experience For decades, Notre Dame required its freshmen to pass a swim test or take swimming lessons, as well as complete a physical education course. For the incoming class of 2019 those requirements were eliminated to some controversy. The replacement was the Moreau First-Year Experience, a one-credit class that addressed aspects of wellness, cultural competence and student life. Tags: Construction, Core Curriculum, football, Fr. Ted, Freshman Orientation 2016, Hesburgh, Keough school, Laetare Medal, lawsuit, Moreau First Year Experience, news, Obama, PrismND, sexual assault, Things to know, undocumented studentslast_img read more

Tix Now On Sale to See Clive Owen Lead Harold Pinter’s Old Times on B’way

first_imgTickets are now available to see Oscar nominee Clive Owen, Olivier winner and two-time Tony nominee Eve Best and Kelly Reilly in Harold Pinter’s Old Times. Directed by Douglas Hodge, the Broadway revival will play a limited engagement, beginning previews on September 17. Opening night is set for October 6 at the American Airlines Theatre.Old Times is the unsettling drama of desire and blurred realities. Deeley (Owen) is a man quite looking forward to meeting Anna (Best), his wife Kate’s (Reilly) friend from long ago. But as the night goes on, Anna’s visit quickly shifts from an ordinary sharing of memories to a quiet battle for power.The production will kick off Roundabout’s 50th anniversary season. View Comments Related Shows Old Times Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 29, 2015last_img read more

VFDA program provides more than 6,000 gallons of free heating fuel

first_imgThis winter many Vermonters who do not qualify or have not applied for heating assistance will find themselves in need of help. For more than twenty years, VFDA’s Neighbor-in-Need programs have helped those Vermonters who are often too proud to ask.This year Vermont’s heating fuel dealers are continuing the proud tradition of giving back to their local community. Thanks to the generosity of the businesses and organizations listed below, the Split the Ticket program will provide more than 6,000 gallons of heating fuel this winter.Vermont’s heating fuel dealers are mostly small, family-owned businesses that live in the same community where they work. They know about the military family that is struggling to make ends meet, or the senior citizen who is faced with an unexpected medical bill. Heating fuel dealers see the need first-hand and are often the first to respond in a crisis, especially when the family is unable to receive government assistance.We thank all of the fuel dealers who have donated gallons and the businesses and individuals that have provided matching funds. Okemo Mountain Resort will hold its 2nd Annual Okemo Trot it Off 5k Race on Saturday, November 27 and proceeds will be donated to VFDA’s Split the Ticket program.  Source: VFDAlast_img read more

Colombian National Police take the lead in new social dynamics

first_img DIÁLOGO: How useful has the training received abroad been for training your personnel? How have you applied it? DIÁLOGO: How important are the lessons learned and shared experiences? DIÁLOGO: What other countries have worked and collaborated with the Colombian National Police? Which countries are you currently working with? DIÁLOGO: Why was this proposal submitted? LT. COL. FRANCO: It is an internal, institutional initiative, a product of a new strategy from the Ministry of Defense, which intended to gather officers, noncommissioned officers and base personnel in order to make an internal diagnostic and create a proposal called Green Heart Comprehensive Police Program for Citizen Security. LT. COL. FRANCO: Currently, the Colombian Police has an offer, a portfolio of services in terms of training and technical assistance to other countries. We are in Mexico, in Honduras, in Panama; we have gotten closer to Ecuador, to Uruguay… We are also in Haiti and some African nations. In total, the Colombian Police is working with 21 international police corps at present. LT. COL. FRANCO: Absolutely. International training is very valuable, because there are several benefits. We gain a new vision, but also understand that crime has no borders nowadays. Crime transcends borders in order to fulfil its purposes. And a third element that should be mentioned is the person-to-person interaction existing between us and other country’s officials. This allows what I would call the globalization of relations with police corps, which bring more effectiveness against crime. DIÁLOGO: What does Plan Green Heart consist of? LT. COL. FRANCO: We give great importance to the interaction with other police corps, because we learn from our interactions with them. There are practices developed that would allow us to share our internal experiences, so that they can take what they need for the development of their police. That has been essential. LIEUTENANT COLONEL FRANCO: Media and information management has always been present throughout much of the history of the National Police for the mere fact that a police officer is present on the street; that means they are communicating. However, the formal need to create a communications office capable of creating processes that are more agile, that are strategic and transversal like public communications, boosted its creation in 2009 with the idea of requiring all public institutions to implement a communications process under three components: Media management, organizational communication and informative communication. Within this context, the National Police’s Strategic Communications Office was restructured starting in 2009, and that structure was created under four main areas: Organizational communication, which is the one we should develop internally in the Police, considering the different levels of deployment and the importance of the institution, as well as the coverage offered by the Police itself. This institution has 172,000 men and women who are present in all of the country’s municipalities. Another area within this restructuring is the relationship with society and to seek a mechanism through which we generate a rapprochement between the Police and the community about the country’s situation, the conflict’s situation, something that distanced us from the citizenry in some areas affected by illegal factors. Another area is strategic relations, which allows the permanent intervention with opinion makers, with journalists and the mass media. The fourth area is the Comprehensive Media Platform, consisting of the development of Police capabilities in order to create channels through which we deploy information. In that case, we are categorical through social networks, and this is something worth mentioning: we are the third police force in the world with the highest number of followers through social networks, after the FBI; and the Spanish Civil Police. DIÁLOGO: What is your role as the head of the National Police’s Strategic Communications Office? What is the main mission of this division? LT. COL. FRANCO: The PNC’s mission is established by the Constitution and determined by the responsibility of guaranteeing civil rights and liberties. Nevertheless, in addition to guaranteeing security and coexistence for all inhabitants of Colombia regardless their nationality, we are responsible for guaranteeing those conditions to every person that is on Colombian soil. DIÁLOGO: What is the main mission of the Colombian National Police? DIÁLOGO: How and when did the need for creating a strategic communication position arise within the Colombian National Police? LT. COL. FRANCO: I am responsible for the PNC’s Public Communication efforts, and my role is, first of all, to establish an institutional communications strategy and assist with assessment not only for the general director, but also for the Institutional Command, so we can adapt to the same strategy. By Dialogo March 11, 2014 LT. COL. FRANCO: In regards to Strategic Communications, something I used was the training received at an Information Operations [training] in Fort Benning, Georgia. When I took office and started to understand the context of communications in such a complex institution as the National Police, in addition to understanding that the institutions must provide all the answers relating to several factors that affect security and coexistence, I found a great opportunity to include the elements I had in my Information Operations training to train the personnel working in this office. The new dynamics [of Social Media] are particular for Strategic Communications because they also come with criminal factors. In August 2012, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced the launch of Corazón Verde (Green Heart), a strategic plan that would allow the Colombian National Police (PNC) to confront one of the main challenges facing Colombian society today in terms of crime, insecurity and terrorism. Diálogo had the opportunity to discuss these issues with Lieutenant Colonel Gustavo Franco Gómez, Head of PNC’s Strategic Communications Office, who also told us about the importance that communication has within an institution as important as the National Police. DIÁLOGO: What do you think is the future of the Strategic Communications Office within the PNC? Do you think it will expand in the long term; can any changes be anticipated? LT. COL. FRANCO: It was submitted as an effective response to the most urgent expectations and concerns of citizens in terms of security and coexistence. Plan Green Heart has three main angles, which have a series of strategic initiatives. Specifically, sixteen strategies have been incorporated with the purpose of responding to those factors that affect security and coexistence. DIÁLOGO: You have studied in several international schools. Do you think these exchanges helped you develop your current role in the Strategic Communications Division? LT. COL. FRANCO: I would say we are creating and consolidating the future every day. However, we still have a long road ahead. I consider that the future we are talking about is based on the consolidation and strengthening of social networks and digital media. Nowadays, digital communication is a channel of paramount importance for reaching audiences, due to coverage and impact in the short, mid, and long term. Besides, we need further consolidation of our coverage; to structure a communications plan based on the new social dynamics and new order, not only of the country, but also of the world and in accordance with the new expectations and needs of society. Very good article.last_img read more

Appellate judge confirmation bill clears first hurdle

first_img Appellate judge confirmation bill clears first hurdle Associate EditorThe Florida Bar warned it would damage the independence of the judiciary, “put partisan politics on display,” and encourage clashing special interest groups, like the federal system for nominating and confirming judges.But touting it as a “needed check in the executive branch” to preserve balance of power, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed a joint resolution that would do away with judicial nominating commissions for appellate judges and require a public hearing and Senate confirmation of the governor’s single nominee.Senate Joint Resolution 1494 passed out of the committee 7-2 (with Sen. Lisa Carlton, R-Osprey, and Sen. Daniel Webster, R-Winter Garden voting no) March 25, with a promise from sponsor Sen. Rod Smith, D-Gainesville, that he would work on the bill to make it better.In introducing the resolution, which proposes an amendment to Section 11 of Art.V of the constitution and would require voter approval, Smith said the current JNC procedure that gives more power to the governor, passed by the legislature in 2001, “flies in the face of one of our fundamental beliefs of the American democratic process, which is the separation of powers.. . . This bill would provide a needed check on the executive branch.”But Steve Metz, the Bar’s chief legislative counsel, testified: “We think it’s bad for the system.. . . All you have to do is look at what’s happened at the federal level. Remember the (Robert) Bork issue? And now the current issue dealing with an Hispanic,” referring to the controversial presidential choice of Honduras-born lawyer Miguel Estrada for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.“These are very political, highly publicized, highly media-cized events where partisan politics are put on display. Special interests groups are against each other. It’s a system that I don’t know how, having seen it work at the federal level, why we would advance this system as good for Florida. We believe, at the Bar, that it is going to be hard to get a lot of really qualified people, after seeing what goes on at the federal level, to submit to that system in Florida,” Metz said.Metz said JNCs, made up of “a nonpartisan, independent group of lawyers and citizens” act as a valuable screening process.He acknowledged, however, that “quite frankly, the Bar was not very happy with the change that was made to the JNC a couple of years ago,” referring to more power given to the governor in selecting who serves on JNCs, and the option to reject the Bar’s nominees for four of nine seats as many times as the governor wants.“We would hope that perhaps we could go back to that (old) system, instead of going to this system. But we would encourage you to think really carefully about this before we tinker with the system that has been in place since ’72 and has worked relatively well,” Metz said.Recently, the Bar’s Executive Committee approved choosing judges the way things once were: “Supports a merit-based selection process for Florida judges made up of nominating commissions that are comprised of one-third directly appointed by the governor, one-third directly appointed by The Florida Bar, and one-third jointly chosen by the appointees of the governor and The Florida Bar.”Senate Judiciary Chair Sen. Alex Villalobos, R-Miami, responded: “I think it’s important to note though, as the Bar has expressed, they didn’t like some of the changes that were made, and they would like for it to go where it was at a previous time. But for Sen. Smith, this issue would be over today. We wouldn’t be talking about the possibility for making any changes whatsoever. I think it’s important that Sen. Smith had the courage to bring this issue forward.”Part of the debate focused on the lapse of time between when the governor appoints a judicial nominee and when the Senate confirmation would take place. While the governor’s nominee would be appointed immediately, Senate confirmation would not take place until the next regular session, a period that could stretch on for months and months.“I believe that the overshadowing of that confirmation would be very detrimental to the independence of the court,” Webster said. “That would be a very huge problem for me, personally, in that I could see someone serving nearly a year, and during that year making decisions, potentially, based on just that cloud.”Villalobos interjected: “You raise a good point. Sen. Smith, you may want to consider that.”“I certainly will,” Smith replied. “I share your concern.”Smith suggested perhaps senior judges could fill the role until Senate confirmation of the governor’s nominee. While he was open to suggestions, Smith stressed he wants the fundamental feature to remain the same: a public hearing on the nominee’s qualifications and confirmation by the Senate.Sen. Dave Aronberg, D-Greenacres, ended up voting for the proposal, but voiced his concerns about modeling the federal system that has the “luxury of a year-round session” while Florida’s is only 60 days.“If there is one party rule, as there is in the federal government, there are still ways for the minority party to express their concerns and hold up a nomination, such as what is happening right now with Estrada. There is not a similar means in the state to filibuster in the state Senate. What that leaves us with is the possibility that the governor and the legislature, if they are of the same party, pushing through a judicial nominee. And therefore, it does encroach upon judicial independence,” Aronberg said.“Right now, you have the JNC, which I don’t think is doing a bad job. At least, they are independent and come up with recommendations, and you do take some of the partisanship out of it. I guess my concern, if we are going to have to deal with an Estrada, for example, or someone who is really a divisive figure.. . . ”In closing on the resolution, Smith said: I’m going to continue to work on this. I go to Ethics and Elections (Committee) every week, and they hand me a stack of papers to confirm, and I have no earthly idea of what they do, and I don’t understand what the job is.“But I do know the law is made by the Supreme Court and the district courts of appeal as they interpret statutes. They affect lives. They affect what we do. I believe in the old Montesquieu theory of the balance of power. I think the governor has 75,000 lawyers, and he ought to be able to pick who he wants. I believe the Senate ought to hold public hearings so that people get one chance. Because once they put on that black robe, you never again get to ask any of the questions that you think the public would like to ask,” Smith said.“This is about balance of power. I’m sure the governor won’t like it. It goes to his power. But it’s the legislature making sure that when one branch appoints another branch, the third branch has input into it.”The concept was adopted by the Federalist Papers, Smith said, “because it was a good idea then. And it’s a good idea now.” Appellate judge confirmation bill clears first hurdle April 15, 2003 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

Registry attorneys may be allowed to handle more death penalty cases

first_img Registry attorneys may be allowed to handle more death penalty cases March 1, 2006 Regular News Registry attorneys may be allowed to handle more death penalty casescenter_img Private registry attorneys handling death penalty appeals could take more cases from the state, but would have to meet tougher experience criteria and meet stiffer educational standards under a bill that has cleared committees in both chambers.The Senate Judiciary Committee approved SB 360, sponsored by Sen. Skip Campbell, D-Tamarac, February 8. The House Criminal Justice Committee approved HB 325, sponsored by Rep. Dan Gelber, D-Miami Beach, the same day.Campbell said the bill requires more criminal trial experience from those who apply to be state registry attorneys. Registry attorneys are private attorneys who can handle collateral death penalty appeals. They typically take conflict or overload cases from the central and southern Capital Collateral Regional Counsel offices, and under an experimental state program, handle all of the appeals for the northern region.The bills also set continuing legal education requirements for registry attorneys, authorizes the Commission on Capital Cases – which oversees the registry attorneys and CCRCs – to conduct more education programs, and increases the maximum number of cases registry attorney can handle from five to seven.The bill, Campbell said, in response to questions, addresses concerns made last year by Supreme Court Justice Raoul Cantero that some registry attorneys were performing substandard work and from some registry attorneys that they can handle more than five cases because of their specialized knowledge in the unique areas of death penalty appeals.“The northern registry attorneys felt that for them to be adequately compensated, and since this was their niche, they needed to have more cases,” he said.The commission had recommended a maximum of 10 cases, but the Senate Criminal Justice Committee, which approved the bill earlier, preferred seven, Campbell said. He also said the bill will continue Florida’s strong record on collateral appeals.“Florida has been one of the most advanced states in the country in providing good, adequate legal representation so we get these cases through the system quicker and we have less reversals based on someone who didn’t get adequate representation,” Campbell said.At the House committee, Gelber proposed an amendment, which was adopted, to conform the House bill to the Senate version.last_img read more

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For many black Americans, nothing has changed since civil rights movement

first_imgFor three generations, black Americans have learned the same cautionary tale about the police. And many, speaking on the fringes of George Floyd’s memorial ceremonies, say that nothing has changed in the US since the mid-20th century struggle for civil rights.”Some things have changed, but not enough has changed,” Norman Mitchell told AFP during a memorial service for Floyd at his former school, Jack Yates High, in Houston’s predominantly black Third Ward neighborhood.He acknowledged political advances made for the African American community, such as the election of Barack Obama as the first black president in the history of the US, but at the same time recounted the discrimination he and his children continue to face because of the color of their skin. “It took an individual kneeling on someone’s neck for eight minutes, 46 seconds for the world to see the issue that we’ve been fighting for the last 100 years,” said the 55-year-old.”When I was a young man, my father used to tell me to be very careful when I went out because there was a possibility that I could be stopped by the police,” Mitchell added.He said he “had this exact same conversation with” his sons, whose ages range from 17 to 32.Floyd’s agony as a white police officer knelt on his neck in a Minneapolis street hit Mitchell’s youngest son particularly hard. He “did not think it was real until May 25, and he knew the stories we had been sharing for years,” Mitchell said, whose own brother was killed by a Houston police officer in 1991. At 63 years old, Laura Allen was a child when marches and protests against police brutality started in the Texan city’s streets.”I was three or four years old with my family down (in) the streets, and we’re having to march for the same civil rights that we did years ago,” she said.”Not much has changed at all.”The former Yates student — class of 1975 — slammed the inequality and “double standard” of police policies in Houston, where “almost every black male I know have been profiled.” Scared of cops Like many others, Allen has countless stories of arbitrary arrests and intimidation. In 1980, she was detained by park police “for carrying a glass.”This year, she was pulled over during a trip to Alabama with her husband and daughter.”As soon as we crossed the Alabama border, we were instantly stopped. They ask, ‘Is this your car?'” recalled the small, gray-haired woman.Just as her father brought her to protests, so Allen accompanied her daughter, Leah, last week to a massive rally in Houston, where 70,000 people demanded justice for Floyd.At 28, Leah Allen has the same distrust of police officers as her mother, since “you never know what could happen.””I’m very scared of cops,” she said, recounting how police officers have followed her or leered sexually at her.Tragedy can strike at any moment. Syreeta Polley, 38, points to the death in 2016 of black motorist Philando Castile, who was shot by a police officer during a traffic stop near Saint Paul, Minnesota.As with Floyd, his shocking final moments were caught on video.Polley has taught her teenage daughter, Nia Madison, to “respect authority figures” and be “cautious.”The 17-year-old has started driving, and the lesson is clear: “Make sure you’re prepared if you’re being pulled over,” said Polley.”It’s 2020 and it’s a big step back, it pushes us back to the 50s and 60s and the stories my 92-year-old grandmother would tell,” Polley added.Even the Houston police chief, Art Acevedo, admitted that “there is a lot of work to do” to change the police force’s mindset.Houston-based rapper William James Dennis — or “Willie D” — hopes that Floyd’s death will serve as a catalyst.The black community “can use [the death of George Floyd] as a short window of opportunity to move America forward,” the artist and activist told AFP on Tuesday, during Floyd’s funeral. Topics :last_img read more