Ex-Officer Who Helped Pin George Floyd Is Sentenced to Prison

A judge sentenced J. Alexander Kueng, who held Mr. Floyd down with his knee, to three years in prison. Another officer is expected to be sentenced soon.

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Thomas Lane Sentenced for Violating George Floyd’s Civil Rights

Mr. Lane, 39, helped to hold Mr. Floyd down while another officer fatally knelt on his neck. He was the only officer to suggest they should roll Mr. Floyd on his side so he could breathe.

#chauvin-derek-1976, #decisions-and-verdicts, #floyd-george-d-2020, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #lane-thomas-minneapolis-minn-police-officer

Democrats Are Having a Purity Test Problem at Exactly the Wrong Time

“It has become too easy for people to conflate disagreements about issues with matters of identity,” one nonprofit official says.

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Daunte Wright’s Family Reaches $3.2 Million Settlement With Brooklyn Center, Minn.

The settlement was reached months after a former Brooklyn Center police officer was sentenced to two years in prison for the fatal shooting of Mr. Wright during a traffic stop.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #brooklyn-center-minn, #chauvin-derek-1976, #compensation-for-damages-law, #floyd-george-d-2020, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #minnesota, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-brooklyn-center-minn, #potter-kimberly-a-1973, #stun-guns, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #wright-daunte-d-2021

Why the Memory of Jan. 6 Can’t Prevent a Trump Resurgence

How an anti-Trump establishment undercuts itself.

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Why Students Are Choosing H.B.C.U.s: ‘4 Years Being Seen as Family’

Many in a generation that grew up with a Black president and Black Lives Matter are embracing Black colleges and universities.

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Our Racial Reckoning Could Have Come Sooner. What Made 2020 Different?

The murder of George Floyd, a pandemic and social media released a storm.

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Justice Dept. Is Investigating Louisiana Police Over Accusations of Abuse

Similar investigations are underway into the Minneapolis Police Department in connection with the killing of George Floyd and the Louisville Police Department’s actions leading up to the shooting of Breonna Taylor.

#black-people, #bowman-aaron-larry, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #greene-ronald-d-2019, #justice-department, #louisiana-state-police, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings

Democrats Face Pressure on Crime from Their Own Base

Not long ago, the party was focused on police reform, but rising fears of violence, especially among communities of color, have led candidates to change course.

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From Sandy Hook to Uvalde, the Violent Images Never Seen

Frustrated Americans ask whether the release of graphic photos of gun violence would lead to better policy. But which photos, and who decides?

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Who Decides the Right Way to Protest?

A debate on what it means to voice dissent, and how to tell whether it’s made a difference.

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Justice Dept. Orders Agents to Intervene if They See Police Violence

The changes, the first to the department’s use-of-force policy in 18 years, follow the murder of George Floyd and other incidents of policy brutality.

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Princeton President Recommends Firing Joshua Katz After Uproar

Joshua Katz says he was targeted because of his criticism of a campus protest group. A university report says the concerns are related to his inappropriate conduct with a female student.

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Thomas Lane Pleads Guilty in George Floyd Case

Thomas Lane entered the plea in state court to a charge of second-degree manslaughter, Minnesota’s attorney general said.

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Former Minneapolis Officer Pleads Guilty in George Floyd Case

Thomas Lane entered the plea in state court to a charge of second-degree manslaughter, Minnesota’s attorney general said.

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Buffalo Shooting Highlights Rise of Hate Crimes Against Black Americans

The federal data shows a recent spike in assaults, threats and incidents of bias.

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‘Woke Capital’ Might Feel Inadequate. But It Is Still Progress.

It’s a sign that we at least agree that racism and homophobia are bad.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #dei, #discrimination, #diversity-equity-and-inclusion, #floyd-george-d-2020, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #internal-sub-only-nl, #race-and-ethnicity

Trump Proposed Launching Missiles Into Mexico to ‘Destroy the Drug Labs,’ Esper Says

It is one of the moments in his upcoming memoir that the former defense secretary described as leaving him all but speechless.

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On Crime, New York City’s Mayor Eric Adams Is Stuck in 1994

Tired ‘tough on crime’ rhetoric is not the solution to crime in 2022.

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Minneapolis Officers Found to Engage in Racist Policing

Minnesota’s Department of Human Rights found instances of shockingly racist and misogynistic language, as well as patterns of discrimination in arrests and use of force.

#black-people, #floyd-george-d-2020, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #minneapolis-minn, #minnesota, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-minneapolis-minn, #race-and-ethnicity

For a Black Man Hired to Undo a Confederate Legacy, It Has Not Been Easy

Devon Henry and his company have taken down 23 monuments in the South, including the infamous Robert E. Lee statue in Virginia, in part because few others were interested.

#black-people, #content-type-personal-profile, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #hiring-and-promotion, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #richmond-va, #stoney-levar-1981

Justice Dept. Moves to Curb Police Abuses in Washington, D.C., and Massachusetts

The changes come as the Biden administration has struggled to make meaningful progress on a vow to crack down on police abuses.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #garland-merrick-b, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #justice-department, #national-guard, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #secret-service, #springfield-mass, #united-states-park-police

Arbitrator Clears Buffalo Police Officers Who Shoved Protester

A video from June 2020 showed Martin Gugino, 75 at the time, motionless and bleeding after being pushed to the ground. The footage fueled outrage during a summer of unrest over police violence.

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Federal Jury Awards $14 Million to George Floyd Protesters Injured In Denver

Jurors in the civil case found that the Denver Police used excessive force against the 12 plaintiffs.

#american-civil-liberties-union, #black-lives-matter-movement, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #colorado, #columbus-ohio, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #denver-colo, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings

Video Appears to Show Death of California Man Held Down by Police

“I can’t breathe,” Edward Bronstein yelled as highway patrol officers pinned him down after a traffic stop in Burbank in March 2020, a video released this week shows.

#burbank-calif, #california-highway-patrol, #edward-bronstein, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #los-angeles-county-calif, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

Officers Said They Hoped Black Lives Matter Protesters Would Die, Suit Says

Mark Miles, a Black officer with the Maryland-National Capital Park Police, says in a lawsuit that his white supervisor and other officers made hateful comments in a work-related text chain.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #discrimination, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #maryland, #montgomery-county-md, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #race-and-ethnicity, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Capitalizing ‘Black’ Isn’t Wrong. But It Isn’t That Helpful, Either.

It’s not the type of practical solution that I favor.

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The Police Aren’t Exactly Running Out of Cash

There is no real relationship between crime rates and police budgets.

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A Group Founded by Colin Kaepernick Is Providing Free Second Autopsies

The examinations by board-certified forensic pathologists will be available for the families of people who died in police-related circumstances.

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Three Officers in George Floyd Trial Finish Defense

With testimony concluded in the trial of three former officers for their role in George Floyd’s death, the jury is set to hear closing arguments.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #chauvin-derek-1976, #floyd-george-d-2020, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-minneapolis-minn

Austin Police Officers to Be Indicted for Conduct in Racial Justice Protests

During demonstrations after George Floyd’s murder, several people in the Texas capital were taken to hospitals after being struck with beanbag rounds that officers fired from shotguns.

#austin-tex, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings

When ‘Freedom’ Means the Right to Destroy

Anti-vaccine economic vandalism and the right-wingers who love it.

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In Arbery Hate Crimes Trial, Racism Will Take Center Stage

Jurors in the unusual case will be asked to decide if the men who chased and killed Ahmaud Arbery were motivated by racial animus. The evidence they may consider includes explicitly racist language.

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Who Else Is Culpable in George Floyd’s Death?

Derek Chauvin was sentenced to 22 and a half years for the murder, but what about the other officers who were at the scene?

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings

Police Culture on Trial in Case Against Officers in Killing of George Floyd

Derek Chauvin sits in a prison cell. The other three officers on the scene when George Floyd was murdered now face a trial of their own.

#george-floyd-protests-2020, #minneapolis-minn, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-minneapolis-minn

Examining the Spike in Murders

The effects are felt unequally across the U.S.

#firearms, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #united-states

Police Presentation in Portland Celebrated Violence Against Protesters

Training materials released by the Oregon city included a meme that mocked protesters as dirty hippies and suggested they would be left “stitched and bandaged.”

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The Law of Unintended Political Consequences Strikes Again

Progressive philanthropists who fund groups that promote extreme views are “exacerbating intraparty conflict and stoking interparty backlash.” 

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Virginia Sues Town of Windsor, Accusing It of Discriminatory Policing

The suit comes after a monthslong investigation, which Attorney General Mark Herring said uncovered a pattern of “discriminatory, unconstitutional policing.”

#attorneys-general, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #discrimination, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #gutierrez-joe-windsor-va-police-officer, #herring-mark-1959-2020, #nazario-caron, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #race-and-ethnicity, #racial-profiling, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #windsor-va

Video Shows Chaos and Violence at Scene of Los Angeles Police Shooting

Body camera and surveillance footage shows a man attacking holiday shoppers before police officers opened fire, killing him and a 14-year-old girl who was in a dressing room.

#breed-london, #garcetti-eric-m, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #los-angeles-calif, #los-angeles-police-protective-league, #newsom-gavin, #orellana-peralta-valentina, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-reform

Video Shows Chaos and Violence at Scene of 14-Year-Old Girl’s Death

Body camera and surveillance footage shows a man attacking holiday shoppers before police officers opened fire, killing him and a 14-year-old girl who was in a dressing room.

#breed-london, #garcetti-eric-m, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #los-angeles-calif, #los-angeles-police-protective-league, #newsom-gavin, #orellana-peralta-valentina, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-reform

Despite Uproar Over Floyd’s Death, an Unceasing Tide of Police Killings

George Floyd’s murder set in motion shock waves that touched almost every aspect of American society. But on the core issues of police violence and accountability, very little has changed.

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The F.B.I. Deployed Surveillance Teams Inside Portland Protests

Federal agents infiltrated Portland’s unruly racial justice protests, dressing to blend in and capturing clandestine video. The tactics raised internal concern.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #portland-ore

To Rein In the Police, Look to the States, Not the Court

The police almost always win in cases before the Supreme Court. Protections against police overreach will need to come from the state and local level.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #search-and-seizure, #supreme-court-us

What if There’s No Such Thing as Closure?

Many of us are taught that if we work hard enough we’ll be able to get over our losses. The social scientist Pauline Boss sees it differently.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #death-and-dying, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #grief-emotion, #university-of-minnesota

Derek Chauvin Appears Likely to Plead Guilty to Federal Crimes

A change of plea hearing has been set for Mr. Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer who was found guilty of murdering George Floyd in April.

#chauvin-derek-1976, #floyd-george-d-2020, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #justice-department, #minneapolis-minn, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings

Ex-Proud Boys Member Gets 10 Years in Prison for Violence at Portland Protests

Prosecutors called Alan Swinney, 51, a “white nationalist vigilante cowboy” who shot a man in the eye with a paintball gun.

#alan-swinney, #chauvin-derek-1976, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #portland-ore, #proud-boys, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #tarrio-enrique

Columbus Reaches $5.75 Million Settlement Agreement With Protesters

Under the deal, which is subject to City Council approval, the money would go to 32 plaintiffs who said they were injured by the police during 2020 social justice protests.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-columbus-ohio

New Prosecutors Are Reopening Old Cases Against Police Officers

District attorneys around the country are investigating officers in cases their predecessors had handled, raising the ire of police unions that say it undermines public safety.

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What the Arbery and Rittenhouse Verdicts Couldn’t Tell Us

We must stop tying our hopes for justice to high-profile criminal cases.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #criminal-justice, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #gun-control, #kenosha-wis, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #rittenhouse-kyle, #schroeder-bruce-e, #self-defense