Latest Black Lives Matter News

Man who shot his wife in SUV wants murder conviction tossed

Jan. 18, 2022 16:02 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Lawyers for a man convicted of murder for fatally shooting his wife as they rode in an SUV in Atlanta say he did not have a fair trial and are asking Georgia's highest court to overturn his conviction. Claud “Tex” McIver, 79, is serving a life sentence after...

Review: ‘Who We Are’ offers a searing view of racism in US

Jan. 15, 2022 10:44 AM EST

“If you’ve ever owned a slave, please raise your hand,” Jeffery Robinson asks a live audience at the beginning of “Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America,” a searing documentary based on a lecture he’s spent a decade perfecting. Obviously, nobody in the auditorium...

Groups seek independent body to eye police racial policies

Jan. 11, 2022 08:09 AM EST

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Four activist groups are urging a South Carolina city to create an independent body to oversee efforts to reduce racial disparities in its police department. The recommendation for the city of North Charleston comes from Charleston Area Justice...

4 acquitted in toppling of British slave trader statue

Jan. 05, 2022 12:32 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Four anti-racism demonstrators were cleared Wednesday of criminal damage in the toppling of a statue of a 17th-century slave trader during a Black Lives Matter protest in southwestern England. Protesters used ropes to pull down the bronze statue of Edward Colston and...

Portland pays $100K to settle protest lawsuit

Dec. 22, 2021 17:08 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The City Council in Portland, Oregon, on Wednesday unanimously approved of paying $100,000 to settle a federal lawsuit filed against police by a man who said he was pepper sprayed, thrown to the ground and unlawfully arrested during a September 2020 protest. ...

Portland set to pay $100K due to protest lawsuit over sign

Dec. 21, 2021 11:06 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The city of Portland, Oregon, could pay $100,000 to settle a federal lawsuit filed against police by a man who said he was pepper sprayed, thrown to the ground and unlawfully arrested during a September 2020 protest. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that...

Wichita police Chief Ramsay to leave department next year

Dec. 18, 2021 13:16 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Wichita police chief who was one of the first law enforcement officials to call the death of George Floyd a murder and received praise for his handling of Black Lives Matter protests has announced that he is leaving the department. The Wichita Eagle reports...

Recall for school board member appears to qualify for ballot

Dec. 13, 2021 19:59 PM EST

NEWBERG, Ore. (AP) — The architect of a ban on political symbols including those supporting gay pride and Black Lives Matter in Newberg schools appears to be facing an ultimatum: resign by Friday or hope that Newberg voters will side with him in a January recall election. Yamhill...

Black councilman nudges Portland center on post-protest path

Dec. 09, 2021 12:38 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s largest city was at the center of the movement to defund the police amid outrage that swept the nation after the murder of George Floyd, but more than a year later the sustained protests in Portland have largely faded away. Now, the city is seeking...

Oakland backtracks, votes to add police as crimes surge

Dec. 07, 2021 21:51 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Oakland City Council, a longtime leader in the Black Lives Matter movement to cut police funding, reversed course Tuesday and voted to hire more officers as it grapples with a surge in homicides and gun violence. The proposal by Mayor Libby Schaaf to add...