Move gains steam to drop ‘Plantation’ from city, state names

Amid a nationwide reckoning over racial inequality following the death of George Floyd – and the protests that followed – officials are taking a second look not only at controversial symbols like Confederate statues but the names of their own communities. Namely, towns and cities – and at least one state – are reconsidering the presence […]

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Medical experts: Floyd’s speech didn’t mean he could breathe

As George Floyd repeatedly pleaded “I can’t breathe” to police officers holding him down on a Minneapolis street corner, some of the officers responded by pointing out he was able to speak. One told Floyd it takes “a lot of oxygen” to talk, while another told angry bystanders that Floyd was “talking, so he can […]

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Officer to Floyd: ‘It takes … a lot of oxygen to talk’

MINNEAPOLIS — As George Floyd told Minneapolis police officers that he couldn’t breathe more than 20 times in the moments before he died, the officer who pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck dismissed his pleas, saying “it takes a heck of a lot of oxygen to talk,” according to transcripts of body camera video recordings […]

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Transcripts of police videos reveal Floyd’s final moments

As George Floyd told Minneapolis police officers that he couldn’t breathe about 20 times in the moments before he died, the officer who pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck dismissed his pleas, saying “it takes a heck of a lot of oxygen to talk,” according to transcripts of body camera video recordings made public Wednesday. […]

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New Transcripts Detail Last Moments for George Floyd

George Floyd told officers more than 20 times that he could not breathe, according to newly released transcripts of Minneapolis police body camera footage documenting the last minutes of his life. Several times, too, he exclaimed that officers were killing him. “Come on, man. Oh, oh. I cannot breathe. I cannot breathe,” Mr. Floyd said, […]

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Prominent Artists and Writers Warn of an ‘Intolerant Climate’

The killing of George Floyd has brought an intense moment of racial reckoning in the United States. As protests spread across the country, they have been accompanied by open letters calling for — and promising — change at white-dominated institutions across the arts and academia. But on Tuesday, a different type of letter appeared online. Titled “A […]

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Police Unions Wield Massive Power in American Politics — For Now

When he was fired, arrested, and charged with the murder of George Floyd, Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin belonged to a union. Officer Brett Hankison still enjoys union membership, despite being terminated by the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department over the killing of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor. Unlike other public sector unions tasked with establishing collective bargaining […]

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Former officer charged in Floyd’s death posts $750K bond

A former Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of George Floyd has been released from jail By The Associated Press July 5, 2020, 4:09 PM 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article MINNEAPOLIS — A former Minneapolis police officer charged in the killing of George Floyd has been released from jail, […]

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NFL will play Black national anthem ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ before each Week 1 game

People visiting the neighborhood where George Floyd was killed during an encounter with police, gather to listen as Rev. Mack Knight, right, sings the Black national anthem “Lift Every Voice,” Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Minneapolis. | Bebeto Matthews/AP League officials also plan to honor victims of police brutality through elements such as helmet decals […]

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Pols face ire of ‘Defund the Police’ force, from Seattle to New York City

As unrest over the death of George Floyd and racial inequality in general reverberates across the United States, local politicians are facing an intense new wave of pressure from protesters demanding police budget cuts as they attempt to balance keeping order in their cities and enacting reforms. In the latest development, New York City Mayor Bill de […]

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4 ex-officers due back in court in George Floyd’s death

The four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd are due in court for a hearing that could deal with bail amounts and other issues By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press June 29, 2020, 3:43 PM 3 min read 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article MINNEAPOLIS — The […]

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We Talked to More Than 50 Democratic Officials. Almost All Want to Divert Police Funding.

WASHINGTON — A month after the killing of George Floyd by the police in Minneapolis ignited a wave of nationwide protests, Democratic Party officials are expressing broad support for significantly reallocating funds away from police departments, with positions that go well beyond that of the party’s presumptive presidential nominee, Joseph R. Biden Jr. Interviews with […]

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House Passes George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

new video loaded: House Passes George Floyd Justice in Policing Act transcript Back bars 0:00/1:07 –1:07 transcript House Passes George Floyd Justice in Policing Act The House passed the sweeping police overhaul bill, aimed at combating racial bias and excessive use of force, by a vote of 236 to 181. The bill is not expected […]

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Terry Crews: ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ trashed 4 new episodes after George Floyd’s death

In the months since the death of George Floyd at the hands of police, there has been extra spotlight on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” as the comedy follows a blundering police force. The show wrapped its seventh season in April, but star Terry Crews said on Tuesday that showrunner Dan Goor “had four [new] episodes all ready […]

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Minneapolis police chief says Floyd’s death was ‘murder’

Minneapolis’ police chief says the death of George Floyd was “murder” and that the officer who pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck had taken specific training on the dangers of positional asphyxiation By AMY FORLITI Associated Press June 23, 2020, 9:08 PM 4 min read 4 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article […]

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Qualified Immunity Protection for Police Emerges as Flash Point Amid Protests

WASHINGTON — Long before the death of George Floyd set off a nationwide uproar over police brutality, before protests erupted in 2014 over the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., a 50-year-old man named Wayne Jones took a night stroll through the streets of Martinsburg, W.Va. A police officer saw Mr. Jones walking illegally […]

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2nd ex-officer charged in George Floyd’s death posts bail

A second former Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of George Floyd is out of jail after posting bail By The Associated Press June 20, 2020, 4:48 PM 2 min read 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article MINNEAPOLIS — A second former Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of […]

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Lawmakers use protest momentum to push state racial reforms

The racial reckoning sweeping the country after the killing of George Floyd in police custody has generated momentum at state capitols for widespread reforms addressing a range of inequities. Lawmakers have floated proposals to address affirmative action, racial disparities in school funding and health care, criminal justice reforms and even study reparations for slavery. The […]

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Cities Want To Remove Toxic Monuments. But Who Will Take Them?

The furor over the death of George Floyd has reignited demands to remove dozens of statues and monuments around the country that glorify Confederate generals, advocates for slavery, defenders of segregation and others whose racial views or conduct are now widely reviled. That has left a lingering question: What to do with them once they […]

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George Floyd’s Brother Urges U.N. to Investigate Police Killings in U.S.

GENEVA — The brother of George Floyd implored the United Nations on Wednesday to mount an investigation into racism, police brutality and police killings of unarmed black people in the United States. His plea came at the opening of a rare “urgent debate” in the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, focused on systemic […]

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George Floyd’s brother, Philonise, gives message to UN panel investigating ‘systemic racism’ in US

The brother of George Floyd made an earnest plea on Wednesday, urging the top human rights body of the United Nations to launch intense international scrutiny of systemic racism, the killing of black people by police and violence against peaceful protesters in the United States. Philonise  Floyd, in a video message to the Human Rights […]

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Chicago Police arrested more people for protesting than looting in early days of unrest, contradicting city claims

A protest march over the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis made its way through downtown Chicago on May 29, eventually closing off Ida B. Wells Parkway near the beginning of the Eisenhower Expressway. | Maudlyne Ihejirika/Sun-Times Just 20% of arrests during the first few days of unrest were for looting-related crimes, contradicting earlier statements […]

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‘That Could Have Been Me,’ Philonise Floyd Tells U.N.

new video loaded: ‘That Could Have Been Me,’ Philonise Floyd Tells U.N. transcript Back bars 0:00/1:32 –1:32 transcript ‘That Could Have Been Me,’ Philonise Floyd Tells U.N. Philonise Floyd, the brother of George Floyd, pleaded to the United Nations to create an independent commission to study the killing of black Americans by the police. The […]

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From Columbus to Confederates, Anger About Statues Boils Over

The boiling anger that exploded in the days after George Floyd gasped his final breaths is now fueling a national movement to topple perceived symbols of racism and oppression in the United States, as protests over police brutality against African-Americans expand to include demands for a more honest accounting of American history. In Portland, Ore., […]

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Minnesota Freedom Fund Grapples With $30 Million and a Leadership Crisis

In the weeks following the killing of George Floyd, tens of millions of dollars have flowed into small nonprofit organizations in Minnesota. Now many donors would like to know how those funds will be distributed. The Minnesota Freedom Fund, a bail fund that earlier this month only had one full-time employee, has raised more than […]

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