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Ex-cop says he thought he saw a gun when he shot black teen

Mar. 21, 2019 10:38 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A white former police officer said Thursday he thought a weapon was pointed at him when he shot and killed an unarmed black teenager outside Pittsburgh last summer. Former East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld took the stand at his homicide trial and insisted he was in fear for...

ACLU: Black man detained while moving into own Kansas home

Mar. 21, 2019 7:07 PM EDT

The Kansas chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union on Thursday asked state officials to investigate after a black man was detained by police while moving into his home, then allegedly harassed for weeks and blocked by the police chief from filing a racial bias complaint with the department. Karle Robinson,...

Clarification: Ferguson Activists-Deaths story

Mar. 21, 2019 6:59 PM EDT

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — In a story March 17, The Associated Press reported that the deaths of six young men connected with the 2014 anti-police protests in Ferguson have drawn attention on social media and speculation in the activist community that something sinister is at play. The headline referred to the...

The Latest: Defense expert supports cop who shot black teen

Mar. 21, 2019 6:32 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Latest on the homicide trial of a white Pennsylvania police officer in the shooting of an unarmed black 17-year-old (all times local): 6:30 p.m. A defense expert says a white former police officer followed proper procedure when he shot and killed an unarmed black teenager during a...

ACLU sues FBI for records related to black extremists report

Mar. 21, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union sued the FBI on Thursday for records related to a divisive 2017 report that said black extremists were on the rise following the shooting deaths of several African-Americans. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for Northern California names the...

Atlanta's Mayor pushes for review in 'Child Murders' cases

Mar. 21, 2019 3:42 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta's mayor and police chief are leading a push to re-examine evidence from a string of murders that terrorized the city's black community between 1979 and 1981. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Police Chief Erika Shields announced Thursday that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and...

Gerrymandering lawsuits are pending in a dozen states

Mar. 21, 2019 9:38 AM EDT

Gerrymandering is on trial as the U.S. Supreme Court and judges in a dozen states consider whether mapmakers — typically state lawmakers — have gone too far in manipulating the boundaries of legislative districts for their own advantage. The high court is to hear arguments Tuesday on a pair of cases...

Respecting elders: Maya Angelou clip sparks courtesy debate

Mar. 20, 2019 8:48 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Put a handle on it. If you don't know what that means, you might not call elders by "Mr.," ''Miss" or "Mrs.," insist that your children do the same or demand it for yourself. If you've heard the term, you're likely familiar with the history of the politics of respectability and what that...

Alabama editor promoting KKK revival says he's selling paper

Mar. 20, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

LINDEN, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama newspaper owner who promoted a revival of the Ku Klux Klan said Wednesday that he had a deal to sell the business just days after the departure of the African-American employee he tapped to run the weekly. Goodloe Sutton told The Associated Press this week's issue of The...

Cincinnati Reds' first African-American player dead at 94

Mar. 20, 2019 5:11 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds' first African-American player has died at the age of 94. The team says Charles "Chuck" Harmon died Tuesday, nearly 65 years after he made his debut against the Braves in Milwaukee on April 17, 1954. It did not provide details. Harmon had remained a familiar figure in...