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New York City mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city is launching an online database that will let New Yorkers track disciplinary cases against police officers accused of excessive force and other violations and view their administrative records.
The New York Police Department will also adopt tighter deadlines to speed up the disciplinary process, the mayor said, according to the latest from The Associated Press.
Donald Trump set out a plan on Wednesday aimed at helping to prevent suicides by US military veterans, which he described as a “tremendous problem”.
“Ending the tragedy of veteran suicide demands bold action at every level of society,” the president said in the east room of the White House. “Twenty veterans and service members take their own lives every single day. The loss of our heroes breaks our hearts and pains our souls.”
Trump announced 10 recommendations, including providing suicide prevention training and enhancing research, and a public health awareness campaign led by Second Lady Karen Pence, who said: “We’re all dealing with anxiety. We’re all dealing with stress right now so, if I can do anything as lead ambassador, it’s my goal to help take away the stigma of mental health.”
The initiative is called The President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide, or PREVENTS, and had been delayed for three months by the coronavirus pandemic.
Although Trump stayed mostly on-script, he could not resist a swipe at his predecessor, Barack Obama, and his 2020 election rival, Joe Biden. “After years of shameful scandal and neglect under the Obama-Biden administration, and scandal and neglect it was, we have fundamentally reorganised the VA [Department of Veterans Affairs] from top to bottom,” he said.
The remarks occurred at the same time as a speech by Biden in Pennsylvania. All three major cable news networks – CNN, Fox News and MSNBC – gave live coverage to the former vice president instead of Trump.
The president’s relationship with the military has been strained by his aggressive reaction to the protests against racial injustice in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.