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Justices Won’t Review Case Involving Couple Who Waved Guns at Protesters
Supreme Court
Justices Won’t Review Case Involving Couple Who Waved Guns at Protesters
2022-06-06 18:16:33
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court declined on Monday to take up a case brought by a Missouri couple who rose to public attention after they waved guns at Black Lives Matter protesters in the wake of George Floyd’s murder in... Read More

Law Enforcement
State Report Details Bias in Minneapolis Police Department

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An extensive state investigation launched after the police killing of George Floyd in 2020 found that the Minneapolis Police Department has engaged in a pattern of race discrimination for at least the past decade. The Minnesota Department... Read More

Civil Rights
Police Stops of Black People Often Filled with Fear, Anxiety

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The video seems clear: Patrick Lyoya disobeyed an officer during a traffic stop, tried to run, then wrestled with the officer over his Taser before the officer fatally shot him in Grand Rapids, Michigan. For a number of... Read More

Civil Rights
$14M Jury Award for Protesters Could Resonate Around US

DENVER (AP) — A federal jury’s $14 million award to Denver protesters hit with pepper balls and a bag filled with lead during 2020 demonstrations over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis could resonate nationwide as courts weigh... Read More

Civil Rights
Prosecutors: Video Will Show Three Cops Violated Floyd's Rights

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Witness testimony will get underway in earnest Tuesday at the federal civil rights trial of three former Minneapolis police officers accused of failing to intervene as fellow Officer Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd by pressing his knee into the... Read More

Civil Rights
Jury in Federal Trial in Floyd Killing Appears Mostly White

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A jury of 18 people who appeared mostly white was picked Thursday for the federal trial of three Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd’s killing, a case that the judge told potential jurors has “absolutely nothing”... Read More

Police
Texas Governor's Decision: Whether to Pardon George Floyd

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Doling out pardons is a holiday tradition for Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who around every Christmas grants them to a handful of ordinary citizens, typically for minor offenses committed years or decades ago. But one name... Read More

Civil Rights
Chauvin Pleads Guilty to Federal Charge in Floyd’s Death

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal charge of violating George Floyd’s civil rights, admitting for the first time that he kept his knee on Floyd’s neck — even after he... Read More

Criminal Justice
Kyle Rittenhouse Found Not Guilty of All Charges In Kenosha Shooting
2021-11-19 19:46:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — A jury on Friday found Kyle Rittenhouse, the Wisconsin teenger who fatally shot two protesters and wounded a third, not guilty of murder and other felony charges. The shootings occurred last summer during demonstrations in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in... Read More

Cities
Minneapolis Voters to Decide Whether to Replace Police Department
2021-10-27 15:05:14
by Dan McCue

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Ballot measures normally don’t get too much attention. But Minneapolis residents next week are poised to vote for or against perhaps the most high profile ballot measure ever — one that could lead to the city’s police... Read More

In The States
Minnesota High Court OKs Ballot Question on Minneapolis PD

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court cleared the way Thursday evening for voters in Minneapolis to decide on the future of policing in the city where George Floyd was killed, just ahead of the start of early and absentee... Read More

Criminal Justice
Ex-Cops Accused of Violating Floyd's Rights Face Arraignment

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Four former Minneapolis police officers charged with violating George Floyd's civil rights  are scheduled to be arraigned in federal court Tuesday at a hearing that could also address some pretrial motions. A federal grand jury indicted Derek... Read More

Criminal Justice
Chauvin Sentenced to 22.5 Years for Murder of George Floyd
2021-06-25 21:06:04
by Dan McCue

MINNEAPOLIS - Former Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin was sentenced to 22 and a half years in prison on Friday for the widely publicized murder of George Floyd outside a Minneapolis bodega. The sentence, delivered by Judge Peter Cahill of... Read More

Law Enforcement
Judge Set to Rule on Immunity For Police at Lafayette Square
2021-06-02 12:19:59
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A Washington, D.C. federal judge is expected to rule within days on whether lawsuits can go forward accusing police of violating protesters’ civil rights in the way they cleared Lafayette Square in front of the White House last... Read More

Congress
After Floyd, Congress Ready to Plunge Into Policing Laws

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bolstered with new momentum, Congress is ready to try again to change the nation's policing laws, heeding President Joe Biden's admonition that the guilty verdict in George Floyd's death is "not enough" for a nation confronting a... Read More

White House
Biden to America After Floyd Verdict: 'We Can't Stop Here'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said the conviction of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd "can be a giant step forward" for the nation in the fight against systemic racism. But he declared... Read More

Law
Jury Finds Chauvin Guilty of All Charges in Floyd Killing
2021-04-20 21:33:09
by Dan McCue

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been found guilty of all charges in the murder trial of George Floyd, whose death led to months of demonstrations against police brutality last summer. Chauvin was charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree... Read More

Law Enforcement
Feds Weighing How to Respond After Verdict in Chauvin Trial

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is privately weighing how to handle the upcoming verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, including considering whether President Joe Biden should address the nation and dispatching specially trained community... Read More

In The News
Standing Together: Heal America Tour to Host Community Discussion on Race, Reform in Minneapolis
2020-07-28 21:57:19
by Reece Nations

MINNEAPOLIS - A panel of community leaders will lead a discussion on systemic injustices in Minneapolis, Minn., on Wednesday as a part of the “Heal America Tour”, a series of events designed to spark productive dialogues on inequality in America.... Read More

Congress
New Democrat Coalition Endorses Justice in Policing Act
2020-06-16 15:54:58
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The New Democrat Coalition on Tuesday endorsed the Justice in Policing Act, bicameral legislation that seeks to better hold police accountable, change the culture of law enforcement, and build trust between law enforcement and communities. “Action is long... Read More

Congress
Civil Rights Leaders Tell Congress Police Practices Need Reform
2020-06-10 18:14:32
by Tom Ramstack

African American civil rights leaders spoke out in support Wednesday of a bill pending in Congress that would set national standards for police behavior. It also would ban chokeholds, reduce legal immunity for police misconduct and create a national database... Read More

Congress
House and Senate Democrats Unveil Wide-Ranging Policing Overhaul, Take Knee at Capitol
2020-06-08 19:54:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House and Senate Democrats proposed a sweeping overhaul of police oversight and procedures Monday, the first legislative response to mass protests that have gripped the nation in the wake of the death of an unarmed black man while... Read More

Military
Defense Secretary Opposes Use of Active-Duty Troops to Police US Cities
2020-06-03 19:57:24
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Wednesday he opposes the use of active-duty military to police U.S. cities and contain current street protests over the death of George Floyd. "I've always believed and continue to believe that the National... Read More

Cities
Black Female Mayors in Spotlight Amid Protests and Pandemic

DETROIT (AP) — Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms captured the nation's attention when she addressed the civil unrest occurring in her city after George Floyd’s death. “I am a mother to four black children in America, one of whom is... Read More

In The News
Hoyer Says House May Return Early to Consider Policing Reforms
2020-06-02 19:24:34
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House could return to Capitol Hill early to consider legislation to overhaul policing policies in response to the killing of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody and the nationwide protest and violence that has followed. Last... Read More

Civil Rights
Civil Rights Coalition Urges Quick Action On “Systemic” Police Brutality
2020-06-02 19:13:32
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - A coalition of hundreds of national civil rights organizations urged Congress on Monday to address systemic police violence against African-American people in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by a white police officer in Minneapolis last... Read More

In The News
Bucolic Southern City Erupts In Aftermath of George Floyd Killing
2020-06-01 12:59:35
by Dan McCue

CHARLESTON, S.C. - A day of peaceful protests in one of the South's most bucolic cities turned violent Saturday night as angry crowds smashed storefronts, battled police and engaged in clashes with business owners trying to protect their property. The... Read More

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