Civil Rights

Marianna Bacallao, WVIK News

Two former employees of a McDonald's restaurant in Rock Island are suing for racial discrimination. The lawsuit filed today in federal court alleges managers cut Black employees' hours and referred to both Black workers and customers as "ghetto" and "lazy." / City of Davenport, Iowa

The Mayor of Davenport has removed four members of the city's Civil Rights Commission. Mayor Frank Klipsch says he sent letters and email messages (see below) to Nicole Bribriesco-Ledger, Shylee Garrett, Judy Shawver, and Benjamin Hahn.

Michelle ONeill / WVIK News

A group of University of Iowa students is waiting to find out if its status as a registered student group will be restored while a lawsuit plays out in federal court. 

Image of the 8th plaque on Davenport's Civil Rights Walking Tour shows two photos of leaders and text describing historical events.
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Saint Ambrose will continue a long tradition of standing up for civil rights. Tomorrow on the university campus in Davenport, students, teachers, and others will begin a two-week observance of Martin Luther King's birthday with a silent march.

Michelle O'Neill reports the tradition is called, the "March to Remember."


Craig DeVrieze, SAU's Public Relations Director, says at the end of the march, officials will unveil the eighth marker on Davenport's Civil Rights Walking Tour. The plaque will highlight students, professors, and priests who fought for civil rights.

Augustana College Associate Professor, Christopher Whitt

This year, Augustana College has added a Community Youth Forum to its Martin Luther King service.

video screenshot shows officer approaching Brandie Redell. / Police Center - News and Pursuits: YouTube video

A woman who sued Davenport claiming she was beaten by a police officer may settle the case out of court.

Dubuque police will soon buy body cameras for the entire department. This month, the US Justice Department awarded the city a $61,000 grant to buy the cameras and other equipment, plus develop a comprehensive policy about using them. On today's WVIK News Focus, Michelle O'Neill reports many officers and prosecutors like bodycams; they help protect the public and police. And the recordings can be used as evidence.


Living and Driving While Black Foundation website / Living and Driving While Black Foundation

A non-profit group called Living and Driving While Black wants to hear from anyone in Davenport who believes their civil rights have been violated. The Oak Brook-based foundation will hold a meeting Saturday to discuss workplace discrimination, black-on-black crime, police brutality, and other issues.