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Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner speaks during a private funeral for George Floyd. Photo: Godofredo A. Vásquez/Pool/Getty Images

The mayor of the city where George Floyd was raised is taking over a group that represents 500 Black mayors in the U.S. amid national pressure to revamp police departments.

Why it matters: Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner will become the new president of the African American Mayors Association as municipalities across the country examine police reforms and deal with the economic fallout from the pandemic.

Details: The African American Mayors Association will announce Tuesday that Turner will succeed Newport News, Va,. Mayor McKinley Price to lead the only organization exclusively representing Black mayors in the United States.

  • The group's recently adopted "PEACE Pact for Community-Centered Policing" calls for reexamining police collective bargaining agreements and banning chokehold and no-knock warrants.
  • Around 25% or more of the group's mayors represent cities over 100,000 that are concentrated in the South East.

The intrigue: Turner said earlier this year that work is underway to restructure his city's civilian police misconduct review board, which was under scrutiny for not holding officers accountable for excessive force.

  • He had been a visible figure as the city gathered for memorial events following the death of Floyd, a Houston native.
  • Turner is expected to guide the organization as cities seek to get their portions of any infrastructure bill from Congress.

Don't forget: Turner is only Houston's second elected Black mayor where 60% of residents are Hispanic, Black, or Asian American.

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Updated Oct 1, 2020 - Politics & Policy

The major police reforms enacted since George Floyd's death

Federal officers in Portland, Oregon on July 21. Photo: Nathan Howard/Getty Images

Nationwide Black Lives Matter protests sparked by George Floyd's killing have put new pressure on states and cities to scale back the force that officers can use on civilians.

Why it matters: Police reforms of this scale have not taken place since the inception of the Black Lives Matter movement in 2013, following George Zimmerman's acquittal for shooting Trayvon Martin, an unarmed Black teenager.

Bernie Sanders wants to constrain police union negotiating powers

Photo: "Axios on HBO"

Sen. Bernie Sanders told "Axios on HBO" he'd support legislation to prevent police unions from negotiating benefits and disciplinary procedures that shield law enforcement officers from accountability.

Why it matters: Sanders is one of the most vocal supporters of organized labor in Congress. But powerful police unions have been a major obstacle to criminal justice reforms — and the killing of George Floyd has fueled a growing fight within the labor movement over the proper role of police unions.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
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A $1 billion plan to deploy clean power in developing nations

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Two foundations just unveiled a $1 billion initiative to help deliver clean energy to huge numbers of people worldwide who lack electricity access — and they hope it catalyzes vastly more outside capital.

Driving the news: The Rockefeller and Ikea foundations said the new program "aims to reduce 1 billion tons of greenhouse gas emissions and to empower 1 billion people with distributed renewable energy."

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