Tag: George Floyd

Video Shows Montreal Police Officers Kneeling on the Neck and Back of a Black Teenager

A Montreal police vehicle in 2019Photo: Sebastien St-John (Getty Images) Police in Montreal are investigating after video captured two white officers kneeling on the neck and lower back of a Black teen during a June 10 incident. Advertisement The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reports that the video, which is less than two minutes long, doesn’t show […]

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South Dakota Is the Last State That Doesn’t Have a Law Officially Recognizing Juneteenth as a Holiday

KEYSTONE, SD – OCTOBER 01: A tourist takes a picture of Mount Rushmore National Memorial from outside the park on October 1, 2013 in Keystone, South Dakota.Image: Scott Olson (Getty Images) Happy Juneteenth, y’all. While 49 states and–as of Thursday–the federal government now recognize today as an annual holiday or day of observance in an […]

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Newark, NJ, Honors George Floyd With 700-Pound Bronze Statue

Photo: Megan Varner (Getty Images) No matter what you think of George Floyd, there is no denying the impact his story has had on the culture, the movement and America as a whole—and that is a massive impact that deserves to be commemorated. On Wednesday, Newark, N.J., Mayor Ras J. Baraka unveiled his city’s gift […]

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‘Juneteenth is Soooo Lame’: Candace Owens Continues to be the Candace Owensiest of All the Candace Owenses in the Sunken Place

Photo: Jason Davis (Getty Images) Anybody who knows me knows I have no respect for Black conservatives—which is really to say that I hold them generally in the same regard that I hold white conservatives or right-wingers of any race—but Candace Owens is not like the others. None of the other Black lapdogs for white […]

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With Fight the Power, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Chronicles America’s History of Social Justice

Image: The History Channel When you hear the name Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, not only is his status as an NBA legend cemented until the end of time, but his activism off the court is arguably just as profound. And as that passion for social justice has manifested in a multitude of ways throughout the course of […]

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This Is Rich: Senate Passes Bill Making Juneteenth Federal Holiday While Republicans Are Working to Keep Slavery From Being Taught in Classrooms

Protesters gather at the State House during a Juneteenth protest and demonstration in honor of Rayshard Brooks and other victims of Police Violence in Boston, Massachusetts on June 22, 2020.Photo: JOSEPH PREZIOSO (Getty Images) On Tuesday, the Senate threw Black America a bone and unanimously passed a resolution marking June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence […]

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Shake Shack Manager Falsely Accused of Giving Poisoned Shakes to Cops Is Suing the NYPD

A ShackBurger and milkshake are arranged for a photograph at a Shake Shack Inc. restaurant. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images) Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. Three New York City Police officers falsely accused the staff of a Manhattan Shake Shack of giving them poisoned milkshakes with little […]

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Amid Calls To Defund Police, Law Enforcement Grapples With Low Recruitment Rates After George Floyd’s Death

NewsOne Featured Video Source: The Washington Post / Getty After a year of reckoning since the brutal murder of George Floyd low recruitment and increased retirement rates continue to uptick across police departments in the United States. In May MPR News reported that 105 officers left the Minneapolis Police Department last year, twice as many […]

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Derek Chauvin Attorney Seeks to ‘Impeach the Verdict’ in Ex-Cop’s Murder Conviction, Citing Jury Bias

Photo: Court TV/ Pool (AP) Attorney Eric Nelson is still out here pulling out all the stops in an effort to free his murdering-ass client, ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was convicted in the death George Floyd. Advertisement As The Root previously reported, Nelson has been seeking a new trial for Chauvin after a […]

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Louisville Metro Police Department Set to Fire Officer Who Struck Kneeling Protester With a Baton

Photo: Alex_Alekseev (Shutterstock) The Louisville Metro Police Department has moved to fire an officer who struck a person that was surrendering with a baton during a Black Lives Matter protest last year. Advertisement According to the Courier-Journal, Officer Cory Evans was given pre-termination paperwork on Thursday after a federal court charged him with one count […]

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2021 Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced; Darnella Frazier Receives Special Citation [Updated]

This May 25, 2020, file image from a police body camera shows bystanders including Charles McMillan, center left in light colored shorts, Christopher Martin center in gray, Donald Williams, center in black, Genevieve Hansen, fourth from right filming, Darnella Frazier, third from right filming, as former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was recorded pressing his […]

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2021 Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced; Darnella Frazier Receives Special Citation

This May 25, 2020, file image from a police body camera shows bystanders including Charles McMillan, center left in light colored shorts, Christopher Martin center in gray, Donald Williams, center in black, Genevieve Hansen, fourth from right filming, Darnella Frazier, third from right filming, as former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was recorded pressing his […]

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In ‘Bittersweet’ Moment, Darnella Frazier Wins Pulitzer Prize Citation For Recording George Floyd’s Murder

NewsOne Featured Video Source: Bloomberg / Getty Darnella Frazier‘s road to recognition is a complicated journey littered with tears, lost innocence, and trauma. The 18-year-old was thrust into the national spotlight one year ago after she recorded the last moments of George Floyd as he pleaded for his life while Derek Chauvin kneeled on his […]

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Police Officers in Ohio Charged With Dereliction of Duty for Actions During George Floyd Protests Last Year

Photo: Matthew Hatcher (Getty Images) You don’t need me to tell you that cops didn’t exactly take it too well when thousands of people marched in the streets last year to demand they stop being violent, racist assholes with authoritarian tendencies. Images from protests across the country showed that cops only doubled down on the […]

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PageTurners: Loving, Losing and Learning in Literature

Dear Senthuran, Fifty Words for Tain, Rainbow MilkImage: Riverhead Books, Dutton, Doubleday Loving, losing, growing and regressing are all part of what it means to be alive, but this week’s releases not only explore those themes, they embrace them. For me, it’s hard to imagine the type of bravery and strength it takes to put […]

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When Tweets Come Home to Roost: UK Columnist Fired for Post Correlating Meghan and Harry’s Baby and George Floyd

An arrangement of UK daily newspapers photographed as an illustration on March 9, 2021.Photo: Ben Stansall/AFP (Getty Images) Social media remains free of charge, but you know what else is? Shutting up. Julie Burchill, a now-former columnist for Britain’s Sunday Telegraph, learned the hard way that racism literally doesn’t pay. Advertisement In response to Sunday’s […]

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Principal Quits After Photo Of Students Re-Enacting George Floyd’s Murder Goes Viral

NewsOne Featured Video The phrase “guilty by association” was hard to ignore after a high school principal in Colorado decided to quit weeks after a photo of several of her students re-enacting the horrific murder of George Floyd went viral last month. Mead High School Principal Rachael Ayers would not provide a reason when asked […]

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US Marshals Fatally Shoot Black Man in Minneapolis. Investigators Say There is No Video Evidence of What Led to the Shooting

Photo: Elliott Cowand Jr (Shutterstock) If George Floyd’s murder wasn’t recorded by a bystander and shown to the world, there is little doubt that Derek Chauvin would be free today and that he and the other three officers charged in his death would still be policing the streets of Minneapolis. It’s also a fact that […]

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All the Reasons Teachers Are Punished for Saying Black Lives Matter

Tyshawn, 9, left, and his brother Tyler, 11, right, of Baltimore, hold signs saying “Black Lives Matter” and “I Can’t Breathe” as they sit on a concrete barrier near a police line as demonstrators protest on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign […]

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Derek Chauvin Wants Probation for Murder. First I Was Like, ‘What America Does He Live In?’ Then I Was Like, ‘Oh Yeah’

In this April 19, 2021, file image from video, defense attorney Eric Nelson, left, and defendant, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, speak to Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill after the judge has put the trial into the hands of the jury’ in the trial of Chauvin, in the May 25, 2020, death of George […]

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Not-So-Empowering: This Hollywood Pole Dance Studio Reportedly Caused ‘Direct Harm’ to BIPOC Women

Sheila Kelley of S FactorScreenshot: Sheila Kelley S Factor – Global Events / YouTube “Girl Power” with an asterisk is weak. True and sincere women empowerment movements should be inclusive and maintain equity—and it should certainly not thrive on the commodification of Black and brown bodies. The erasure and harm that occurs due to white […]

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Tensions Spark After Minneapolis Officials Move To Clear George Floyd Square

NewsOne Featured Video Source: Kent Nishimura / Getty Minneapolis supporters of George Floyd were outraged, shocked, and concerned on Thursday after city crews enacted orders to remove large portions of the memorial commemorating Floyd in order to reopen street traffic. The decision to move barricades at the corner of 38th and Chicago occurs one week […]

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Judge Rules Derek Chauvin Is a Broke Bitch, Unable to Hire an Attorney in Federal Civil Rights Case

Photo: Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office (AP) Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin isn’t only a convicted murderer; apparently, he’s also a broke bitch. A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that Chauvin is “financially unable” to hire an attorney to defend him in his civil rights case. Advertisement According to Insider, Chauvin appeared before federal court […]

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DOJ Wants Federal Judge to Dismiss Lawsuits Over Trump Forcibly Removing Peaceful Protesters for Bible Photo-Op

Photo: Brendan Smialowski (Getty Images) So… Do y’all remember the time when ex-y’all’s-president had flash-bang and rubber bullet-wielding police officers forcibly remove peaceful protesters from Wahington D.C.’s Lafayette Square last June so that he could take an awkward photo holding a bible in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church, which never invited his ass there […]

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The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: Reverse Clapbacks

Illustration: Oscar Bustamante Answering emails, tweets and DMs from pissed-off readers can take a huge toll on a person’s psyche, but what about me? Who’s there for me when I need a response? Who can I run to, to fill this empty space with laughter? Who can I run to, when I need love? Advertisement […]

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Trymaine Lee’s Into America Marks the 100th Anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre With ‘Blood on Black Wall Street’

Image: MSNBC Each week, Into America, hosted by MSNBC correspondent Trymaine Lee, examines what it means to be Black in America—as told by the people who have the most at stake. Advertisement This podcast, which celebrated 100 episodes earlier this year, has featured a myriad of stories that address the countless manifestations of racial inequality, […]

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2 Tacoma Police Officers Charged With Murder and a 3rd Charged With Manslaughter in Death of Manuel Ellis

People listen during a vigil for Manuel Ellis, a Black man whose March death while in Tacoma Police custody was recently found to be a homicide, according to the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office, near the site of his death on June 3, 2020 in Tacoma, Washington. Photo: David Ryder (Getty Images) Weeks before George […]

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5 Arrested in the Attempted Murder of British BLM Activist Sasha Johnson

Activist Sasha Johnson uses a megaphone at the head of a gathering in Westbourne Park to taking part in the inaugural Million People March march from Notting Hill to Hyde Park in London on August 30, 2020.Photo: JUSTIN TALLIS (Getty Images) Five men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in the shooting of […]

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The Lies Cops Tell and the Lies We Tell About Cops

Police training inculcates a heightened sense of danger and hides how mundane discretion is. It appears much less often in shootings than in stops and street interrogations, or more specifically in who is not stopped and interrogated. Everyone has experienced police discretion because everyone has broken laws, but not everyone has been cited or arrested. […]

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Massachusetts School District Suspends School Police Program After Cops Were Called on 6-Year-Old

Photo: maroke (Shutterstock) I never understand the logic behind calling the police on a very young child. I can’t imagine looking at a 6-year-old and going “Fuck, I’m in danger.” Apparently, officials at a school in Somerville, Mass., didn’t feel the same way, and after an incident where the police were called on a 6-year-old […]

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