Entertainment United States: A key New York police post entrusted to Juanita Holmes, a first for a black woman

15:00  30 october  2020
15:00  30 october  2020 Source:   20minutes.fr

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The New York police have been under fire from criticism, especially since the resurgence of Black Lives Matter, in May

Juanita Holmes lors d'un évènement en 2016. (archives) © NOAM GALAI / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / GETTY IMAGES VIA AFP Juanita Holmes during an event in 2016. (archives) NYPD - The New York police have been under fire from criticism, especially since the resurgence of Black Lives Matter, in May

Juanita Holmes, was promoted Thursday to one of the key New York police stations. For the first time, it is a black woman who will have this charge. It will have to restore confidence in an font under fire from critics since the Black Lives Matter movement. New York Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio has appointed Juanita Holmes as head of patrols, placing her in charge of 77 police stations and a majority of police officers for the NYPD, the United States' first municipal police force with nearly 35,000 employees .

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"It's incredibly important that the police leaders look like the city (...), that they really smell the neighborhoods and the people," said the Democratic mayor. After thirty years in the police force, and a brief experience in the private sector, Juanita Holmes was already, since December, responsible for "collaboration" with the population, the most senior woman in the NYPD. She admitted that her appointment came in "a troubled time" for the New York police.

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The NYPD was first accused of numerous brutalities during the massive Black Lives Matter protests that rocked New York City following the death of George Floyd in late May. Then to have eased off, contributing to an outbreak of homicides and shootings, for the first time since the 1990s. An unusually large number of police have left or want to retire, a sign of low morale. And the previous Patrol Chief, of Dominican origin, had recently resigned after less than a year in his post after disagreements with the mayor, according to local media.

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The main New York police union, hostile to Bill De Blasio and calling for the re-election of Donald Trump, applauded the appointment of Juanita Holmes. "New York police are in desperate need of capable leaders like Chief Holmes who can stand up to politicians and help curb the city's decline," tweeted its president, Patrick Lynch.

As the city prepares for a particularly tense period with the approach of the presidential election on November 3, and radical budget cuts due to the fiscal shortfall linked to the pandemic, Juanita Holmes has promised to work to "restore the confidence ”of New Yorkers in the police, in particular by deepening the community policing efforts already underway, which should in turn boost police morale.

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At age 102, Lola Holmes has been officially named the world’s oldest living curler by the Guinness Book of World Records. “The funny thing is,” says Lola, “I was too busy raising a family so didn’t really get started until I was 80!” She was born Lola Pearsall on a farm nine miles east of Luseland, Sask., on Sept. 16, 1918. Luseland is about 200 kilometres west of Saskatoon. “I had only one thing on my mind growing up: What will I be, a nurse or a teacher? There weren’t many choices in those days for a young woman,” says Lola. “I chose nursing and at age 17 enrolled in the St. Paul’s Hospital Nursing School in Saskatoon.

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