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<strong>"I&rsquo;m hopeful that we don&rsquo;t return to Phase 1,&rdquo; Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris said Monday, June 22, 2020 at the Mask Up Memphis event at Whitehaven Branch Library. (</strong>Mark Weber/Daily Memphian)

Mayors: Return to Phase 1 of ‘Back to Business’ plan can be avoided

In Whitehaven to launch a mask distribution effort and social media campaign, Mayors Harris and Strickland said the local effort has waned since Memorial Day. Harris says possibly going back to Phase 1 is about more than "raw numbers." Strickland says despite an increase in hospitalizations, a field hospital is a long way from being activated.


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401 years of oppression led us to this moment

Local nonprofit leaders who signed a call to action wanted to go beyond solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. 'Like the protesters in the streets, we knew this moment called for us to not only speak out on the policing of Blacks but to the condition of our Black communities as well.'

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Police force of 2,800 key to community policing, city experts say

Phyllis Betts and Richard Janikowski have set a new bar for growing the Memphis Police Department ranks to 2,800. They talked on The Daily Memphian Politics Podcast about calls for more police amid calls locally for changing the fundamentals of policing and even the share of government funds devoted to policing.

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