Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin

 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The mayor of Alabama's largest city is banning the use of chokeholds by police following the police killing of George Floyd in Minnesota.

Mayor Randall Woodfin announced the ban on Tuesday during a continuing review of city policies. He also issued new guidelines that say city police now have a duty to intervene anytime they see a fellow officer using excessive force.

 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Birmingham has extended its shelter-in-place order through the end of April. 

AL.com reports that the City Council approved the extension unanimously on Friday _ the same day the initial order was set to expire. Residents are urged to travel only for essential purposes such as work, grocery shopping and appointments with doctors.

The mayor of Birmingham criticized a state law that forbids the majority-black city from removing, or obscuring, a Confederate monument in a city park.  

Birmingham faces a $25,000 fine for erecting a wooden box obscuring the inscriptions on a 52-foot-tall obelisk honoring Confederate veterans. 

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin called the statue a slap in the face to black residents.  

Senators on Tuesday delayed a vote on a bill that would raise penalties to $10,000-a-day. 

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An Alabama city has kicked off a new anti-littering campaign. Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin launched his “Don’t be a D.U.M.M.Y.” campaign.

D.U.M.M.Y. stands for Dumping Ugly Mess in My Yard. The mayor and people in various Birmingham communities are tired of illegal trash dumping, WBRC-TV reported.

First-time offenders will face a $500 fine. For a second or subsequent offense, the fine doubles to $1,000.

In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, Birmingham, Alabama, Mayor Randall Woodfin says he is backing Joe Biden for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

Woodfin was among several Southern black mayors who met with the former vice president in Atlanta last month. Collectively, the group represents millions of voters in key early primary states. Candidates including current and former mayors have been courting mayors this cycle as crucial surrogates.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The mayor of Birmingham, Alabama, has promised that any graduate from the city's public school system will "have the opportunity" attend any in-state public college for free starting next year.