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Utah NAACP head disheartened by sentence in hate-crime case

May. 25, 2018 3:47 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man accused of yelling racial slurs at the young son of a black man and then shocking the father with a stun cane has been sentenced to nine months behind bars — an outcome called disheartening by a civil rights leader. Defendant Mark O. Porter, 59, unleashed a diatribe...

Former NAACP leader exposed as white faces fraud charges

May. 25, 2018 12:10 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A former NAACP leader in Washington state whose life unraveled after she was exposed as a white woman pretending to be black has been charged with welfare fraud. Nkechi Diallo, known as Rachel Dolezal before she legally changed her name in 2016, was charged this week with theft by...

Column: Jack Johnson's biggest crime was being black

May. 25, 2018 2:37 AM EDT

Jack Johnson's biggest crime was being an unrepentant black man who beat up white men for a living. High-flying and flamboyant, he refused to live by the unwritten rules of American society in the early 1900s. That made him a target, and that eventually cost him his freedom after being convicted of squiring a...

NFL's policy could mean a new playbook on protests this fall

May. 25, 2018 1:59 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Now that the NFL is drawing the line against players kneeling during the national anthem, athletes protesting police brutality and racial inequality may need to find a new playbook. The question is whether they intend to escalate their protests in some way. "The owners can try to...

Trump pardons late boxer Jack Johnson a century later

May. 25, 2018 1:38 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has granted a rare posthumous pardon to boxing's first black heavyweight champion, clearing Jack Johnson's name more than 100 years after what many see as his racially charged conviction. "I am taking this very righteous step, I believe, to correct a wrong that...

'It's about time': Trump pardons late boxer Jack Johnson

May. 25, 2018 12:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday granted a rare posthumous pardon to boxing's first black heavyweight champion, clearing Jack Johnson's name more than 100 years after what many see as his racially-charged conviction. "I am taking this very righteous step, I believe, to correct a wrong...

Rachel Dolezal, who posed as black, accused of welfare fraud

May. 24, 2018 8:57 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A former NAACP leader in Washington state whose life unraveled after she was outed as a white woman pretending to be black has been charged with welfare fraud. Rachel Dolezal, who legally changed her name to Nkechi Diallo in 2016, was charged this week with theft by welfare fraud,...

4 students charged with hate crime over racist graffiti

May. 24, 2018 8:09 PM EDT

GLENELG, Md. (AP) — Four 18-year-olds face hate-crime charges over spray-painted slurs at their high school, some of it aimed at their African-American principal. Howard County police tell news outlets that school officials found racist, anti-Semitic and anti-LGBTQ slurs spray-painted at Glenelg High...

San Francisco police not charged in black man's 2015 killing

May. 24, 2018 6:31 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco prosecutors said Thursday that they will not charge officers in two shooting deaths, including the killing of a black man that led to citywide protests three years ago and federally recommended police reforms. District Attorney George Gascon declined to prosecute five...

Body camera video is latest setback for Milwaukee police

May. 24, 2018 5:55 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Body camera video showing police using a stun gun on an NBA player over a parking violation is just the latest setback for efforts to improve relations between Milwaukee officers and the city's black population. The confrontation involving Sterling Brown of the Milwaukee Bucks also...