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Florida law school creates Ben Crump social justice center

Dec. 02, 2021 20:59 PM EST

A South Florida law school on Thursday announced the creation of a social justice center named after Ben Crump, the Black civil rights attorney who has gained national prominence representing victims of police brutality and vigilante violence. The Benjamin L. Crump Center...

Key moments in the police shooting of Daunte Wright

Nov. 30, 2021 10:52 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kim Potter, a former police officer in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, is charged with manslaughter in the April 11 shooting death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright, a Black motorist. Here are some key moments in the case: April 11 — Police in Brooklyn...

Arbery's mother: 'He will now rest in peace' after verdict

Nov. 24, 2021 16:36 PM EST

After three men were convicted of murder for the death her son, Ahmaud Arbery's mother said Wednesday that she never thought she'd see the day come. “It’s been a long fight. It’s been a hard fight. But God is good,” Wanda Cooper-Jones told a crowd gathered outside...

Trial takeaways: Arbery's killer testifies; pastors rally

Nov. 21, 2021 09:58 AM EST

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — The man who fatally shot Ahmaud Arbery took the witness stand to tell jurors he pulled the trigger fearing for his own life. But he also said Arbery didn’t threaten him during the five-minute chase before the shooting. Meanwhile, hundreds of...

Biden's political standing fuels Democratic worry about 2024

Nov. 21, 2021 08:31 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — It was supposed to be a moment of triumph for Joe Biden. The Democratic president had just signed into law the most significant infrastructure package in generations. And he had done it by bringing Democrats and Republicans together, just as he...

Defense lawyer in Arbery slaying known for pushing limits

Nov. 19, 2021 18:13 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — When a defense attorney in the trial of three men charged in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery called for Black pastors to be barred from the courtroom, shock and outrage rippled across the country. But for people familiar with his courtroom style, it came as no surprise. ...

Attorney accuses Arbery advocates of `lynching' defendants

Nov. 19, 2021 18:10 PM EST

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — The defense attorney who caused an outcry by saying Black pastors should be barred from the murder trial over Ahmaud Arbery's death declared in court Friday that a courthouse rally and other actions supporting the slain Black man's family were comparable to a...

Defense attorneys rest their cases at Arbery death trial

Nov. 18, 2021 19:50 PM EST

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Defense attorneys rested their case in the Ahmaud Arbery trial Thursday after calling just seven witnesses, including the shooter, who testified that Arbery did not threaten him in any way before he pointed his shotgun at the 25-year-old Black man. ...

Black pastors rally outside trial over Arbery's killing

Nov. 18, 2021 18:41 PM EST

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Hundreds of pastors both rallied and prayed Thursday outside the trial of three white men charged in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, gathering in response to a defense lawyer's bid to keep Black ministers out of the courtroom. As testimony resumed...

Call to remove Black pastors adds to agony in Arbery's town

Nov. 17, 2021 13:24 PM EST

BRUNSWICK. Ga. (AP) — Race was always going to be at the forefront of the trial of three white men charged with chasing and killing Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, in a coastal Georgia neighborhood. But a defense attorney's quickly rejected call to kick out...