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California mayor resigns over email about police killings

Jun. 5, 2020 6:04 AM EDT

TEMECULA, Calif. (AP) — The mayor of a Southern California city resigned following an email in which he stated he didn’t “believe there’s ever been a good person of color killed by a police officer" locally. Temecula Mayor James Stewart had apologized Thursday for the email, saying he...

New trial date for woman charged with 1990 clown killing

Jun. 5, 2020 3:18 AM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The trial for a woman accused of dressing as a clown and fatally shooting her lover’s wife in Florida in 1990 has been pushed back again, this time because of court disruptions created by the coronavirus pandemic. Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Joseph Marx on Thursday...

Man sentenced to 60 years in Virginia murder-for-hire plot

Jun. 5, 2020 2:49 AM EDT

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) — A Pakistani national has been sentenced to 60 years in prison in a murder-for-hire plot in which a Virginia businessman was strangled with his own shoelaces. Chaudhary Arshad Mahmood, 61, received his sentence in Chesterfield Circuit Court on Wednesday, The Richmond Times-Dispatch...

FILE - In this May 28, 2020, file photo, Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, center, listens as Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey becomes emotional during a news conference in Minneapolis, Minn. George Floyd’s death and the protests it ignited nationwide over racial injustice and police brutality have raised questions about whether Arradondo — or any chief — can fix a department that's now facing a civil rights investigation. (Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP, File)

Chief struggles to change Minneapolis police culture

Jun. 5, 2020 2:32 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Medaria Arradondo was tapped to lead the Minneapolis Police Department in 2017, he faced a public newly outraged by the fatal police shooting of a woman who had called 911 and still carrying deep mistrust from the killing of a black man two years earlier. Many hoped Arradondo, the...

Protesters who were arrested by police for breaking a curfew during a solidarity rally calling for justice over the death of George Floyd, sit on a sidewalk as they wait to be taken away in a van on Thursday, June 4, 2020, in New York. Floyd, an African American man, died on May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed a knee into his neck for several minutes even after he stopped moving and pleading for air. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

The Latest: Protesters take to NYC streets after curfew

Jun. 5, 2020 12:03 AM EDT

The Latest on the May 25 death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck: TOP OF THE HOUR: — Protesters take to New York City streets after curfew, again. — Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms tells protesters they...

Man who charged New York protesters with knife claw arrested

Jun. 4, 2020 11:43 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A man seen on video charging protesters in New York while wearing a glove with four long, serrated-edged blades surrendered to authorities, the Queens district attorney said Thursday night. People were peacefully gathering on the overpass above the Cross Island Parkway when Frank...

Civil rights attorney Ben Crump attends a memorial service for George Floyd at North Central University, on Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Minneapolis. Hollywood celebrities, musicians and political leaders gathered in front of the golden casket of George Floyd whose death at the hands of police sparked global protests. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

`Get your knee off our necks!': Floyd mourned in Minneapolis

Jun. 4, 2020 11:17 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Celebrities, musicians and political leaders gathered in front of George Floyd's golden casket Thursday for a fiery memorial service for the man whose death at the hands of police sparked global protests, with a civil rights leader declaring it is time for black people to demand,...

Marcia Carter-Patterson, center, mother of Manny Ellis, speaks at a press conference in front of the Pierce County Superior Court in Tacoma Thursday, June 4, 2020 regarding the killing of her son by Tacoma police. At left is Manny's sister Monet Carter-Mixon and at right is his brother Matthew Ellis. Tacoma police's restraint of Manuel Ellis caused his death the medical examiner has reported. The community has been protesting the death that happened March 3, 2020, for the past week. (Ellen M. Banner./The Seattle Times via AP)

Family of man who died by police restraint wants cops fired

Jun. 4, 2020 9:54 PM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The family of Tacoma man who died after being restrained by police in March are calling for the four officers involved to be fired and arrested after the Pierce County Medical Examiner ruled his death a homicide. Investigators with the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office...

FILE - This undated file photo provided by Christopher Harris shows George Floyd. Floyd died May 25, after he was pinned to the pavement by a police officer who put his knee on the handcuffed black man's neck until he stopped breathing. (Christopher Harris via AP, File)

Experts: Floyd’s health issues don’t affect homicide ruling

Jun. 4, 2020 9:05 PM EDT

George Floyd had drugs in his system and severe heart disease when a Minneapolis police officer put a knee to his neck, but independent experts said the medical problems revealed in the full autopsy report don’t change the conclusion that the handcuffed man’s death was a homicide. “He has...

This Thursday, May 7, 2020, file photo combo of images provided by the Glynn County Detention Center in Georgia shows Gregory McMichael, left, and his son Travis McMichael. Georgia's attorney general on Sunday asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the handling of the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, a black man who authorities say died at the hands of the two men as he ran through a neighborhood. (Glynn County Detention Center via AP, File)

Testimony: Shooter used racist slur as Arbery lay dying

Jun. 4, 2020 8:34 PM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A state investigator testified Thursday that a white man was heard saying a racist slur as he stood over Ahmaud Arbery's body, moments after fatally shooting the black man with a pump-action shotgun. The inflammatory revelation came amid a week of angry nationwide protests over law...