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Cedar Rapidians invited to weigh in on police oversight work through online ‘idea wall’

In response to public demands for more oversight of the police department, the Cedar Rapids City Council voted in February 2021 to create the Citizen Review Board (CRB), which held its first meeting in July last year. Now the CRB […]

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Nick Maybanks, appointed Linn County Attorney in January, is now seeking election to a full term

Nick Maybanks, who was appointed Linn County Attorney last month, is running for a full term in that office in the November general election. “Part of my drive and motivation to serve is not only that I’m a hometown guy […]

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CRCSD recommends removing school resource officers from middle schools

The Cedar Rapids Community School District (CRCSD) presented its recommended changes to the school resource officer program during Monday’s Board of Education meeting. A total of 14 recommendations were shared by district staff during the three-hour-long meeting, including removing the […]

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Not guilty: Jury acquits 18-year-old charged with assault for touching state trooper’s arm during a protest

Josie Mulvihill was still a senior at Norwalk High School when she was arrested for touching the arm of an Iowa State Patrol (ISP) officer during a protest at the Iowa State Capitol in April. The 18-year-old was charged with […]

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Cedar Rapids City Council appoints first members of the new citizen review board

Nine residents of Cedar Rapids have been selected to serve on the independent citizen review board overseeing the city’s police department. Program Manager April Wing told the Cedar Rapids City Council on Tuesday the city received 71 applications from residents […]

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Cedar Rapids prepares to select citizens for its new police review board

The application deadline is quickly approaching for anyone interested in serving on the citizen review board that will oversee the Cedar Rapids Police Department. The City of Cedar Rapids began accepting applications in mid-February and will stop on Monday, May […]

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‘Come off the sidelines’: Cedar Rapids rally addresses what it means to be an effective ally in the fight for social justice

People gathered at Greene Square Park in Cedar Rapids on Saturday afternoon to listen to speakers urge white allies to elevate the voices of Black people and other people of color, and discussed what it means to be an effective […]

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Tamara Marcus announces candidacy for Cedar Rapids City Council

Climate scientist and social justice advocate Tamara Marcus announced her candidacy on Monday for the Cedar Rapids City Council in District 3. Marcus will kick off her candidacy at Redmond Park, 1545 3rd Ave SE, on Thursday. The event, which […]

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Student arrested for allegedly pushing state trooper’s arm during protest of ‘racist bills’ at State Capitol

An 18-year-old high school senior was arrested at the Iowa State Capitol after allegedly tapping a state trooper on the arm during a peaceful protest on Thursday. Josephine Mulvihill was part of a group of Black Lives Matter supporters from […]

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Applications for CR’s new citizen review board are now being accepted

The city of Cedar Rapids has started to accept applications from residents interested in serving on the citizen review board that will oversee the Cedar Rapids Police Department. The Cedar Rapids City Council gave final approval earlier this month for […]

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Cedar Rapids establishes the second police review board in Iowa

The Cedar Rapids City Council gave final approval on Tuesday to the establishment of an independent citizen review board that will oversee the Cedar Rapids Police Department. The board will be responsible for reviewing police data and policies, implementing a […]

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‘It is a milestone day’: Cedar Rapids City Council unanimously approves police review board during first vote

The Cedar Rapids City Council unanimously advanced an ordinance that puts the city one step closer to establishing an independent citizen review board for the Cedar Rapids Police Department. Tuesday’s vote was the first of three required to enact the […]

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