Wednesday, March 29, 2023

ICYMI: Excessive force, diversity in public office, defund the police and more

It’s been a very hectic news cycle, a trifecta of sorts – the coronavirus, the economy and George Floyd protests.

With dozens of stories everyday, it’s easy to miss some here and there.

Here are some of WYDaily’s most-read stories so you can get in on the conversation:

Excessive force

Since the May 25 death of George Floyd, law enforcement agencies across the country are being scrutinized for how they handle complaints of racial bias, abuse and excessive force or police brutality. READ MORE

Excessive force, racial profiling: Here’s how complaints against officers are handled by local law enforcement

Diversity in public office

It’s probably no secret that while the Historic Triangle is made up of thousands of people from various races and backgrounds, elected officials are primarily white. READ MORE

Diversity in public office in the Historic Triangle is very limited. What does that mean for representation?

Defund the police

Funding for police departments across the nation has increasingly come from federal grants and programs, which some argue brings police departments more militarization power in law enforcement instead of attempting to minimize harm. READ MORE

Calls to defund local police departments intensify. What exactly does that mean?

Williamsburg’s Confederate memorial

The monument in Williamsburg was erected by the Daughters of the Confederacy who have funded the development of Confederate memorials across the country in the last century. READ MORE

Should it stay or should it go: Williamsburg braces for public hearing on Bicentennial Park Confederate memorial

Fenton Mill

The Preserve Fenton Mill Facebook page shows growing opposition to new proposed development in York County. READ MORE

‘We don’t want to live in an urban setting like Newport News’: Fenton Mill opposition

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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