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Federal Grand Jury Indicts Derek Chauvin and 3 Other Ex-Cops on Civil Rights Violations

Photo: Court-TV Pool (AP) Seeing actions actually have consequences for cops is a continually bizarre experience. A federal grand jury has indicted Derek Chauvin and the three other officers involved in the death of George Floyd on U.S. civil rights charges. Advertisement According to the Star Tribune, documents that were unsealed on Friday reveal that […]

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A BLM T-Shirt Raises Questions Over Chauvin Juror’s Impartiality

Supporters of Black Lives Matter march toward City Hall during to protest recent incidents around the country of police shootings in Nashville, Tennessee on April 24, 2021.Photo: ADAM DELGIUDICE (Getty Images) Could a BLM T-shirt threaten the conviction of George Floyd’s killer? Over the past few days, a photo of Derek Chauvin juror Brandon Mitchell […]

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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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White Army Drill Sergeant Arrested in South Carolina for Refusing to Leave Store During ‘Black Lives Don’t Matter’ Rant

John Walter MilesPhoto: Sumter Police Department I’m just going to go ahead and confess something right now: I really enjoy watching angry white people lose their shit over the “racism” of Black Lives Matter. Advertisement They don’t understand the movement because they view the world through a very white lens, and they want desperately to […]

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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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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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‘I Hope There Will Be Change’: Students Across Minnesota Staged Walkout to Protest Police Violence and Racial Injustice

Students from Roosevelt high school participate in a statewide walkout on April 19, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minn. Photo: Brandon Bell (Getty Images) I can’t imagine how hard it must be for Black students trying to navigate today’s world. If they’re not worrying about getting shot up at school, then they’re worrying about a cop shooting […]

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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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Police Officer Shoots and Kills 16-Year-Old Ma’Khia Bryant, Body Camera Footage Released

Police body camera footage shows the moments before an officer shot and killed Ma’Khia BryantScreenshot: NBC4 Columbus (YouTube) A police officer in Columbus, Ohio, shot and killed 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant late Tuesday afternoon, around the same time the verdict in Derek Chauvin’s trial for the murder of George Floyd was being read. Advertisement Because if […]

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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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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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Black Teen Fatally Shot by Tennessee Police. Initial Reports Says He Shot Officer, Later Says Bullet Did Not Come From Teen’s Gun

Photo: Bennian (Shutterstock) Right now is a difficult time for Black America. Last summer, we saw a massive wave of Black Lives Matter protests across the nation and an equally massive spotlight on systemic racism in policing—we called it a racial awakening. Advertisement Then, in the midst of a nationally televised trial over the Black […]

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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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Defense Argues That George Floyd Died From a Heart Attack During Day 13 of Chauvin Trial

Dr. David Fowler, a retired forensic pathologist and former chief medical examiner for the state of Maryland is questioned by prosecutor Jerry BlackwellImage: Court TV-Pool (AP) Throughout the trial, Derek Chauvin’s defense team has largely argued that the Chauvin used “reasonable” force against George Floyd, and Floyd’s drug use and pre-existing health conditions were responsible […]

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‘He Showed Us How to Treat Our Mom’: George Floyd’s Brother Gives Heartfelt Testimony During Day 11 of Chauvin Trial

Philonise Floyd, brother of George Floyd, becomes emotional as he testifies as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presides over court Monday, April 12, 2021Image: Court TV-Pool (AP) Day 11 of Derek Chauvin’s trial saw a cardiologist push back against the idea a heart attack caused George Floyd’s death; George Floyd’s brother gave a moving “spark-of-life” […]

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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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Why the Virginia Cop Who Pepper-Sprayed the Black Lieutenant Is Just Now Losing His Job

Fired officer Joe Gutierrez shown here being a real piece of shit.Screenshot: YouTube White America is exhausting. Their racism is maddening. Their reasonings, their faux outrage, their hatred for Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling, their complacency for Derek Chauvin’s knee to the neck of a Black man. And I keep getting caught up in it. We all […]

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Protests Erupt After Police Shoot and Kill 20-Year-Old Daunte Wright During Traffic Stop In Minnesota

A woman confronts police officers standing in line as protesters gather after an officer shot and killed a black man in Brooklyn Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota on April 11,2021. Photo: Photo by Kerem Yucel / AFP) (Photo by KEREM YUCEL/AFP via Getty Images (Getty Images) Police shot and killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright during a traffic stop […]

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Debates Around George Floyd’s Drug Use Continued as Multiple Forensic Scientists Took the Stand in Day 8 of the Chauvin Trial

Senior Special Agent James Reyerson of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension testifies as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presides Image: Court TV-Pool (AP) After over a week of testimonies, it’s become increasingly clear that the defense is leaning on the idea that George Floyd’s drug use was what caused his death and not former […]

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Lawsuit Filed Against Rochester and Its Police Department Alleges ‘Inhumane’ Treatment of Daniel Prude Protesters

Photo: Michael M. Santiago (Getty Images) From the death of Daniel Prude to the pepper-spraying of a 9-year-old Black girl, one thing is becoming increasingly clear: The Rochester Police Department is trash. Advertisement And because the department is showing itself to be a cesspool of excessive force and disregard for the dignity and wellbeing of […]

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Use of Force Experts Made Up the Majority of Testimonies During Day 7 of the Chauvin Trial

Minneapolis Police Officer Nicole Mackenzie testifies as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presides Tuesday, April 6, 2021, in the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek ChauvinImage: Court TV-Pool (AP) As day 7 of Derek Chauvin’s trial went on, we heard numerous use of force experts testify about what was proper protocol and how Chauvin’s […]

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‘I Absolutely Agree That Violates Our Policy’: Minneapolis Police Chief Rebukes Derek Chauvin’s Actions During Day 6 of Trial

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo testifies as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presides Monday, April 5, 2021, in the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin Photo: Court TV-Pool (AP) Day six of Derek Chauvin’s trial largely focused on the testimony of the chief of the Minneapolis police and the various ways Chauvin’s actions […]

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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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‘He’s a Sizable Guy’: Jurors See Footage of Derek Chauvin Justifying His Actions to a Horrified Witness on Day 3 of Trial

In this image from video, witness Charles McMillian becomes emotional as he answers questions as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presides Wednesday, March 31, 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 Floyd. […]

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Jury Selection Completed for Derek Chauvin Trial, Opening Arguments in Highly-Anticipated Case to Start Monday

A lone Black Lives Matter sign hangs on the fence surrounding the Hennepin County Government Center, where the trial for former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin continues on Monday, March 29. Photo: Jim Mone (AP) The members of the jury for Derek Chauvin’s murder trial have been selected, and the group of 15 who will […]

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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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Private Facebook Group for Cops Reveals Hateful and Racist Messages. Quick, Everyone! Act Surprised!

Real talk, are racists the only ones who use Facebook anymore? Photo: JaysonPhotography (Shutterstock) Considering how police officers have shown they have no problem being blatantly racist in public Facebook posts, it should come as no surprise that a private Facebook group for Pennsylvania cops was found to be filled with racist, transphobic, and just […]

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No More ‘Performative Gestures’:BLM Sacramento Purchases Land to Build Community and Resource Center for Black people

Black Lives Matter Sacramento founder Tanya Faison speaks to reporters about plans for land that the organization purchased with donations from the community.Screenshot: ABC 10 The Black Lives Matter movement can’t only be about protests. Anti-racism demonstrations that have erupted across the nation have done a fine job of raising awareness about systemic racism in […]

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