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Student government partners with city council for listening post on community policing

Mayor Bruce Teague gives opening remarks during a listening post about community policing in Hubbard Park on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. Hosted by Iowa City Council, USG President Connor Wooff was in attendance, as well as ICPD Captain Denise Brotherton and UIPD Captain Mark Bullock. Conversation focused on improving mental health response instead of calling police officers and reducing police presence in the dorms. (Katie Goodale/The Daily Iowan)

Natalie Dunlap, News Reporter

September 26, 2020

Members of the Iowa City City Council hosted a listening post focused on community policing, collaborating with the University of Iowa Undergraduate Student Government on Saturday in Hubbard Park. There were roughly 20 attendants, including Mayor Bruce Teague and City Councilors Janice Weiner a...

Iowa City Deer Friends file petition asking for stay of upcoming deer bow hunt

A pair of deer stand along the riverbank of the Iowa River north of Iowa City on June 11, 2019.

Brian Grace, News Reporter

September 26, 2020

The Iowa City Deer Friends are taking legal action against the City of Iowa City, filing a petition on Thursday asking for a stay of the upcoming fall bowhunt meant to cull deer as a part of Iowa City’s deer management plan, which would begin on Oct. 1 and end on Jan. 10. The petition argue...

Local disability support groups, ICPD working to implement de-escalation procedures

Iowa City Police Department vehicles are seen on July 9, 2019.

Rachel Schilke, News Editor

September 23, 2020

Local disability support organizations and Iowa City Police Department officers are working closely together to implement de-escalation processes for police who respond to residents with special needs in crises. During the second of six Iowa City community listening posts, members from Access 2 Ind...

City Manager seeks approval for new Iowa City police chief

Iowa City Police Department vehicles are seen on July 9, 2019.

Rachel Schilke, News Editor

September 17, 2020

Iowa City City Manager Geoff Fruin has recommended El Paso Police Department Lieutenant Dustin Liston as Iowa City’s next police chief, pending approval from the city council. In a memo sent to the city council on Thursday, Fruin said he is asking the city council to approve his appointment of Dusti...

City Council holds public forum to discuss mental health resources

Iowa City Police Department vehicles are seen on July 9, 2019.

Lauren White, Politics Reporter

September 16, 2020

The Iowa City City Council — joined by the Iowa Freedom Riders, Prelude Iowa, and CommUnity in Iowa City — held a public forum on Wednesday to discuss mental-health and addiction services, as well as restructuring the police department. Citizens gathered in Mercer Park to share concerns regar...

Iowa City City Council passes resolution to create Truth and Reconciliation Commission

The Iowa City City Council is seen at an Iowa City City Council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (Nichole Harris/The Daily Iowan

Brian Grace and Rachel Schilke

September 16, 2020

Iowa City will create a Truth and Reconciliation Commission after weeks of discussion and revisions, despite vocal opposition from Mayor Pro Tem Mazahir Salih, who said “black voices were not being heard” and reflected in the commission’s approved resolution. The Iowa City City Council voted 6-1 to pass the r...

City Council closer to creating commission addressing racial injustice in Iowa City

Iowa City Mayor Bruce Teague addresses the crowd at an Iowa City City Council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020.

Brian Grace, News Reporter

September 14, 2020

The Iowa City City Council may reach an agreement to create a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to address past and future systemic racial inequalities in Iowa City at Tuesday night’s meeting. Creating the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was something the council committed to in a 17-poi...

Iowa City extends mask mandate until November

Iowa City Mayor Bruce Teague addresses the crowd at an Iowa City City Council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020.

Rachel Schilke, News Editor

September 14, 2020

The mask mandate for Iowa City has been extended into mid-November, almost two months longer than the original end date.Violation of the order is punishable by a simple misdemeanor. In a press release from the City of Iowa City on Monday, Mayor Bruce Teague extended the order on Monday until N...

Community member suggests creation of committee to continue supporting cyclists in Iowa City

City council member, John Thomas poses for a portrait in from of his home in Iowa City on Tuesday, September 8th, 2020. John along with several other city council members and citizens are in the process of creating a bike advocacy committee to help Iowa City reach

Brian Grace, News Reporter

September 8, 2020

Iowa City resident Bob Oppliger is advocating for the creation of a bike advocacy committee for Iowa City to more effectively represent the interests of all ranges of cyclists in future city development and policymaking. Oppliger is a member of the Metropolitan Planning Organization of Johnson Count...

Video shows Iowa State Patrol ordering tear gas on protesters on June 3

A protester puts their bicycle on the ground before sitting down in front of police officers. Officers fired tear gas on the crowd after protesters disobeyed an order not to advance. Several protesters reported that no one in the crowd made physical contact with officers before being tear gassed unexpectedly. This protestor sat on the ground amid a cloud of tear gas for several minutes.

Caleb McCullough, Politics Editor

September 3, 2020

Body camera videos of Iowa City protesters being tear gassed by police were released by the city Thursday, confirming what Mayor Bruce Teague said after the incident, that the Iowa State Patrol gave the order to use tear gas on the protesters. The two videos, each more than an hour long, offer ne...

City to contract with outside firm for investigation into June 3 tear gas incident

Bruce Teague, the mayor of Iowa City, leads the City Council meeting online at 7p.m. on September 1, 2020. Much of the meeting was focused around recent IFR protests and police brutality. Citizens feel the City Council has neglected their wishes. (Kate Heston/The Daily Iowan)

Caleb McCullough, Politics Editor

September 2, 2020

Iowa City will contract with an outside firm for an investigation into the events of June 3, when Iowa State Patrol and Iowa City Police Department officers used tear gas and flash-bangs on peaceful protesters. The city will also release a two-hour video including body camera footage from two di...

City Council holds off on taser purchase amid protests against police funding

The Iowa City City Council is seen at an Iowa City City Council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (Nichole Harris/The Daily Iowan

Rachel Schilke, News Editor

September 2, 2020

The purchase of new tasers for the Iowa City Police Department, deferred at the last Iowa City City Council meeting, was deferred indefinitely as the council awaits an inventory of ICPD military-grade equipment, with community members calling the potential purchase of tasers as a show of “bad faith...