The University of Mississippi is acknowledging its historical connections to slave labor, slave owners and officials who set policies that stripped African Americans of voting rights after the Civil War.
The university on Friday unveiled six plaques on its main campus in Oxford to provide information about the history of the school, founded in 1848.
“These plaques are daily reminders of our obligation to learn from the past and commit to an inclusive future,” Ole Miss Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter said in a statement.
One plaque says 10 of the university’s original buildings were constructed with the labor of enslaved African Americans. Three of the buildings, including the university’s main administrative center, the Lyceum, are still in use.
Mississippi’s population is about 38 percent black, and black students made up about 13 percent of the Ole Miss enrollment in 2015, the most recent year for which detailed figures were immediately available.
— Associated Press
Firing was too severe a punishment for an Ohio police officer who subdued a restrained suspect in a way that appeared to show him kicking the man in the head, an arbitrator said Monday in a ruling that reinstated the officer.
The decision nonetheless criticized Columbus officer Zachary Rosen for using an “untrained technique” that was too severe for the situation. The ruling reduced the discipline against Rosen to the equivalent of a three-day suspension without pay, the original punishment recommended by the department police chief before the city safety director overruled her.
A video taken last year showed a Columbus officer restraining a prone man and preparing to handcuff him when Rosen arrives and appears to kick the man in the head.
Rosen used more force than necessary but there was no evidence he was trying to injure the suspect, arbitrator Mitchell Goldberg said in a 28-page ruling. Rosen has always denied kicking suspect DeMarko Anderson in the head, saying instead he was aiming for his shoulder.
Rosen was also involved in the fatal shooting of a man in 2016 that led to criticism of the police department and a lawsuit.
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N.J. train conductor suspended over announcement on ICE raid: New Jersey Transit has suspended a conductor for allegedly announcing on a morning train that immigration agents were on board looking for "illegals." The incident occurred Monday morning on a train headed from New Jersey to New York. An NJ Transit spokeswoman didn't identify the conductor but said he has more than 30 years' experience at the agency. He was suspended without pay Monday pending an investigation. NJ Transit called the alleged conduct "offensive, inappropriate and unprofessional." A spokesman for the Newark office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement said no agents were on the train.
Mayor picks Houston man to run New York schools: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) said Monday he has chosen Houston schools superintendent Richard A. Carranza to lead the nation's largest school system to replace Chancellor Carmen Farina, who is retiring. Miami's schools superintendent, Alberto Carvalho, had accepted the post but then backed out last week, citing emotional pleas from the Miami schools community to stay.
— From news services