Tag: American Society

Funeral Held for Andrew Brown Jr., Black Man Who Was Fatally Shot by Police in North Carolina

Photo: Joe Raedle (Getty Images) It feels like we’ve been trapped in a never-ending cycle of grief. Even as we felt palpable relief seeing Derek Chauvin be found guilty for the murder of George Floyd, we were immediately reminded that the cycle of police violence doesn’t take a break. Andrew Brown Jr. was shot and […]

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DOJ Considers Charging Derek Chauvin in 2017 Incident Where he Allegedly Beat Black 14-Year-Old and Knelt on Him for 17 Minutes

Derek ChauvinPhoto: Minnesota Department of Corrections (Getty Images) The hits just don’t stop coming for ex-Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin. Now that he’s been convicted of murdering George Floyd, the Department of Justice is considering the possibility of charging him in connection to a 2017 incident where the man who knelt on Floyd’s neck for […]

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George Floyd Mural in Houston Defaced With Racial Slurs Shortly After Chauvin Verdict

The Houston mural some sad person felt the need to vandalize.Photo: Mario Tama (Getty Images) Apparently, it was a hard week for the worst kind of white people. Clearly they thought the trial of Derek Chauvin was going to end differently, because a mural of George Floyd in Houston was defaced with a racial slur. […]

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The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: Maybe America Isn’t Racist

Illustration: Oscar Bustamante Clapback MailbagEach Friday, we select the best (or worst) emails, tweets, DMs and comments from our readers and respond to them in the The Root’s Clapback Mailbag. Michael Harriot is on assignment this week. Before he left, he asked someone to fill in for today’s mailbag but everyone on staff was really […]

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The Racist Former President Just Called LeBron James a Racist

Photo: Kevin C. Cox (Getty Images) LeBron James isn’t like other former mega stars who allowed their fame to keep them from talking about difficult issues. He understands the power he holds, and as such, he uses his platform to shed light on issues that plague the Black community. Accordingly, James has been vocal about […]

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North Carolina Deputy Fatally Shoots Black Man While Serving Warrant

Photo: Gerry Broome (AP) A Black man in North Carolina was fatally shot by a sheriff’s deputy who was delivering a warrant. In other words, it’s a Thursday in America. Advertisement According to ABC News, a man identified as Andrew Brown Jr., was fatally shot by a deputy from the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office on […]

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How You Can Honor George Floyd’s Life With Real Police Reform, Explained

Photo: Stephen Maturen (Getty Images) A jury found Derek Chauvin guilty. He is going to jail. Whether or not convicting one man can effect change in the way Black and brown communities are policed is yet to be seen. However, using the momentum of this tragedy to transform the culture of policing does not depend […]

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Officer Who Killed Ma’Khia Bryant Identified as Nicholas Reardon

Vigil attendee holds a sign advocating to protect Black girls in Columbus, Ohio on April 21, 2021. The vigil was for Ma’Khia Bryant, 16, who was shot and killed by Columbus Police on April 20, 2021.The vigil was attended by activists and friends and family of Ma’Khia. Photo: Stephen Zenner (Getty Images) The Columbus, Ohio […]

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For Once, a Cop Did Not Get Away With Murder. Activists Want to Ensure It Is No Longer a Rarity

Porsche Queen Miller (center) and others march through the streets after the verdict was announced for Derek Chauvin on April 20, 2021 in Atlanta.Photo: Megan Varner (Getty Images) Tuesday, Black people celebrated the conviction of Derek Chauvin as jubilantly as they’d rejoice in their favorite sports team winning a championship. They know they are the […]

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What Looks Like Justice Is Just Accountability on an Ordinary Day

Photo: Mario Tama (Getty Images) Derek Chauvin was found guilty of all charges for the murder of George Floyd. Black people rejoiced in the moments after the verdicts were announced because we had been holding our collective breath all morning, afraid to hope for a guilty verdict and expecting Chauvin to walk. Advertisement Chauvin didn’t […]

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Justice, I Guess.

Photo: Scott Olson (Getty Images) On May 25, 2020, George Perry Floyd, was alive. On that day, and every day prior to that day, George Floyd walked and talked and prayed and fell in love and – again, I cannot stress this enough – most of all, he was alive. Advertisement Then he wasn’t. When […]

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Jury Finds Derek Chauvin Guilty Of All 3 Counts in the Murder of George Floyd

Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, center, is taken into custody as his attorney, Eric Nelson, left, looks on, after the verdicts were read at Chauvin’s trial for the 2020 death of George Floyd.Image: Court TV-Pool (AP) After over 10 hours of deliberation across 2 days, a jury has unanimously found former Minneapolis police officer […]

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Minnesota Lawmaker Proposes Legislation That Would Ban People Convicted of Crimes Related to Protesting From Receiving Student Loans

Photo: Brandon Bell (Getty Images) One would think that the logical way to get people to stop protesting police brutality would be to reform policing in a way that ensures that, oh I don’t know, a place like Minneapolis wouldn’t be dealing with a trial about a police killing while protests intensify over yet another […]

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Surprising to Nobody Black, Kyle Rittenhouse Receives Donations From Cops and Public Officials, According to Data Breach

Photo: Nam Y. Huh, Pool (AP) At this point, even saying it is just beating a dead white nationalist horse, but: There are two Americas. Advertisement Kyle Rittenhouse proves this to a flawless degree. In right-wing media, he’s been referred to as “a little boy out there trying to protect his community.” In politics, Trump […]

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Cop Involved in Breonna Taylor Shooting Is Writing Some Whiny-Ass Book About His ‘Truth’ and Simon & Schuster Wants Nothing to Do With It

Photo: Jeff Dean (Getty Images) Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, one of the Louisville, Ky., police officers involved in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor, has signed a deal to write some whiny-ass blue lives matter book giving his raggedy side of the story on what happened the night of March 13, 2020. Advertisement We already know […]

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Oklahoma Senate Passes Bill Allowing Drivers to Hit Protesters Without Being Charged

Black Lives Matter protesters are stopped by police at the entrance to a rally that US President Donald Trump will hold later in the evening at the BOK Center on June 20, 2020, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. – Hundreds of supporters lined up early for Donald Trump’s first political rally in months, saying the risk of […]

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Kenosha Cop Who Shot Jacob Blake Seven Times in the Back Returns to Active Duty

Photo: Kerem Yucel (Getty Images) Today in news that is disappointing but not surprising, the cop who shot Jacob Blake seven times in the back has returned to active duty. Advertisement According to CNN, Police Chief Daniel Miskinis issued a statement on Tuesday announcing Rusten Sheskey’s return to the Kenosha Police Department. “Although this incident […]

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Black Former Cop Who Stopped White Police Officer From Choking Black Man to Get Her Pension After Winning Lawsuit

Photo: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) A Black former police officer in the Buffalo Police Department who was fired in 2008 after she stopped a white cop from choking a Black man two years earlier will get her pension after winning her lawsuit Tuesday, according to the New York Times. Advertisement Cariol Horne was fired a year before […]

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Kim Potter, the Officer Who Fatally Shot Daunte Wright, and the Brooklyn Center Police Chief Have Both Resigned

Photo: Christian Monterrosa (AP) The fatal shooting of Daunte Wright on Sunday by a Minnesota police officer immediately prompted calls for the officer to be both identified and fired. The officer has been identified as Kim Potter and she, along with the Brooklyn Center police chief, submitted their resignations on Tuesday. Advertisement According to the […]

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During Heated Press Conference, Brooklyn Center Police Chief Says Officer Who Shot Daunte Wright Meant to Use Her Taser

Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon takes questions during a press conference about the death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright at the Brooklyn Center police headquarters Photo: Stephen Maturen (Getty Images) In what feels like a horrific sense of déjà vu, there has been growing unrest in Minnesota after an unarmed Black man was shot and […]

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No Charges for NYPD Officer Seen on Video Kneeling on Black Man’s Neck, Despite Law Passed After George Floyd’s Death

Challenging police brutality and the lack of accountability for the officers who practice it is a continuing battle, despite the many reforms that have been introduced in the wake of the harrowing George Floyd killing in 2020. Advertisement The viral video of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on 46-year-old Floyd’s neck during an […]

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Derek Chauvin Trial, Day 5: Senior Minneapolis Officer Testifies ‘Putting Your Knee on the Neck for That Amount of Time Is Just Uncalled For’

In this image from video, witness Lt. Richard Zimmerman of the Minneapolis Police Department, testifies as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presides Friday, April 2, 2021, in the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minn. Chauvin is charged in the May 25, 2020 death of George […]

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George Floyd’s Girlfriend Gives Emotional Testimony, Painting a Heartbreaking, Complicated Picture of the Man During Day 4 of Trial

Witness Courteney Ross answers questions as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presides Thursday, April 1, 2021, in the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minn. Image: Court TV via AP, Pool (AP) As the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer accused of killing […]

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9 Minutes and 29 Seconds: Prosecutor’s Opening Statement in Chauvin Trial Reveals Real Time Ex-Cop’s Knee Was on George Floyd’s Neck

In this image from video, defense attorney Eric Nelson, left, and former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin listen as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presides over pre-trial motions prior to opening statements, Monday, March 29, 2021.Image: Court TV, Pool (AP) In opening statements in the trial of former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin for the death […]

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Court Denies Request by Ex-Officer in Breonna Taylor Case to Move Trial Outside of Louisville

Photo: Shelby County Detention Center (Getty Images) Let’s start by remembering that no one has been criminally charged for the horrific killing of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor, a promising and ambitious young woman who police gunned down in her home in Louisville, Ky., in the middle of the night last spring. Advertisement Of the three officers […]

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Livestream: Watch Opening Arguments in the Derek Chauvin Trial

Opening statements in Derek Chauvin’s trial for the death of George Floyd are set to take place Monday morning in Hennepin County, Minn., marking a pivotal development in the case that launched national racial justice protests and a renewed uprising against police brutality in 2020. Advertisement Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, was fired from […]

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Jacob Blake Sues Wisconsin Officer Who Shot and Paralyzed Him

Photo: Scott Olson (Getty Images) Jacob Blake is taking legal action against the police officer who shot him in the back seven times last summer in Kenosha, Wis., paralyzing the 29-year-old Black man. Advertisement Blake’s attorneys in the case, Ben Crump, Patrick A. Salvi and B’Ivory LaMarr, announced on Thursday that they had filed a […]

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‘Overdose? Good Man?’: Coward Pins Toxicology Report Next to George Floyd Photo at Duke University

Photo: Gerry Broome (AP) I was going to begin this write-up talking about Rush Limbaugh. I was going to talk about pre-presidency George W. Bush. I was going to mention the nearly endless list of renowned politicians, actors and recording artists who have or are currently battling drug addiction. Advertisement Then I realized it doesn’t […]

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‘I Respect Her Wishes’: Tamika Mallory Responds to Samaria Rice’s Comments, Earns Public Support From Breonna Taylor’s Mother

Photo: Phillip Faraone (Getty Images) Some clarity is emerging on the issues Samaria Rice recently raised regarding her discomfort with the more visible activists in the movement to end the deadly police violence against Black people in America. Advertisement Following the Facebook posts last week by Samaria Rice, mother of Tamir Rice, branding Until Freedom’s […]

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Despite the Objections of Police Unions, New York Publishes the Misconduct Records of More Than 83,000 Police Officers

Photo: Photo Spirit (Shutterstock) Last August, The Root reported that the New York Civil Liberties Union released data that revealed more than 323,000 misconduct complaints filed against more than 80,000 New York police officers just after police unions failed to block the records from being exposed in a federal appeals court. Well, it turns out […]

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