In 2007, Val Demings became the first woman to lead the Orlando Police Department. Less than a decade later, she stood on the stage at the Democratic National Convention as a featured speaker. Now, the congresswoman is on the shortlist of candidates to be Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s running mate.
Refus Holloway and his cousin had just broken up a fight in the Parramore neighborhood of Orlando when police arrived after being dispatched to the area for the fight. Officer William Escobar and his partner arrived at the scene without lights and sirens activated.
As protests around the country spark a bigger conversation about criminal justice reform, community bail funds, which help people accused of low-level, non-violent crimes pay their way out of jail before trial, are seeing a huge boost in donations.