When another Black man in Minnesota died after an incident with a police officer, Dwana Bradley worried it is happening again. A police officer shot 20-year-old Daunte Wright after he resisted arrest when officers tried to arrest him for an outstanding warrant for unlawfully possessing a weapon. A year before, George Floyd died after a police officer forced a knee on his neck as police investigated a complaint that Floyd used a counterfeit bill in a store. Following both deaths, thousands of protesters filled the streets and some destroyed property and threw objects at law enforcement.
Bradley is the editor of The Urban Experience Magazine. She is a former teacher, chair of the Des Moines School Board and parent of a college-aged daughter and high school-aged son. Bradley described how she fears for her Black son’s safety when she imagines him getting pulled over by police.
Iowa counties put in requests every week to the Iowa Department of Public Health for how many Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses they want for the coming week. But 20 Iowa counties have said they don’t want any more doses for the week. That’s quite a change from a few weeks ago when vaccines were in such short supply.
Carroll County has about 20,000 people and already hosted mass COVID-19 vaccination sites. When health leaders hosted another one for 1,000 people this past Thursday, they had a problem they hadn’t experienced before. There weren’t nearly enough people signing up to get a shot. WHO 13 Political Director Dave Price asked Doug Burns why that is. Burns’ family has owned regional newspapers around Carroll and Jefferson for decades.
Facilities in Texas are overcrowded as scores of undocumented migrants cross the southern border.
Many are children with no parents in sight and some are sick with COVID-19. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said she doesn’t want them in this state. Doug Burns disagrees with some of the comments he’s heard from rural Iowans about immigration.
In the Insiders Quick 6, Doug Burns talked about what needs attention in western Iowa and what seems to be working well for the future.