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Attorney: Potter will testify at trial; 4 jurors seated

Nov. 30, 2021 19:26 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The suburban Minneapolis police officer who shot Daunte Wright will testify at her trial, her attorney said Tuesday as jury selection began with potential panelists questioned closely about their attitudes on policing, protests and the Black Lives Matter movement. ...

Jurors at trial in Daunte Wright slaying go under microscope

Nov. 29, 2021 16:17 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When attorneys sift through potential jurors for the trial of a suburban Minneapolis police officer who says she meant to use her Taser instead of her gun when she killed Daunte Wright, they’ll take a hard look at their attitudes toward policing, protests, and the Black...

2 trials, 1 theme: White men taking law into their own hands

Nov. 24, 2021 20:44 PM EST

The trials of Kyle Rittenhouse and three men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery had vastly different outcomes. But coming just days apart, they laid bare a dangerous and long-running current in the fight for racial equality: The move by some white Americans to grab guns and take their own stand...

Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Nov. 24, 2021 11:55 AM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Nov. 21 The Chicago Tribune on the aftershocks of the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict: What a seismic difference a trial has made to public and media perceptions of Kyle...

Rittenhouse tells Fox News 'not a racist person,' backs BLM

Nov. 23, 2021 04:24 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Kyle Rittenhouse, who was acquitted on charges stemming from killing two men and wounding another during the unrest that followed the shooting of a Black man by a white police officer, said in a wide-ranging interview that aired Monday night he's “not a racist person”...

Police investigating reports that car struck protesters

Nov. 22, 2021 15:17 PM EST

MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) — Manchester police are investigating reports that several protesters were struck by a small SUV during a demonstration over the not guilty verdicts in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial in Wisconsin. About 15 to 20 people with groups including PowerUP...

Portland among US cities adding funds to police departments

Nov. 17, 2021 18:49 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Night after night, hundreds of people marched the streets of Oregon's largest city, demanding racial justice after the murder of George Floyd by a white officer. Among the rallying cries were “defund the police” — a call for elected officials...

Proud Boys leader seeks release, citing DC jail conditions

Nov. 15, 2021 17:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Complaining about jail conditions, a top leader of the Proud Boys far-right extremist group asked a judge on Monday to free him before he finishes serving a five-month sentence for burning a Black Lives Matter banner taken from a historic Black church in Washington, D.C. ...

Election brings Portsmouth's 1st Black leader in memory

Nov. 14, 2021 08:03 AM EST

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — A small-business owner, organizer for Black Lives Matter and former ward of the state, Joanna Kelley, made history in the Nov. 2 election by becoming the first Black city councilor of Portsmouth in memory. Kelley, 33, placed second in the...

Police: Teens driven by racial hatred targeted BLM leader

Nov. 12, 2021 21:12 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say three teenagers driven by racial hatred were behind hoax calls that brought major police responses to the home of a leading Black Lives Matter activist in Los Angeles. The teenagers, aged 13 to 16, connected over the Discord chat...