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Library removes name of white supremacist from branch

Oct. 21, 2020 4:46 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina library will remove the name of a former state governor from one of its branches because of his ties to white supremacy, officials said. A Charlotte Mecklenburg Library branch near SouthPark mall is named after Gov. Cameron A. Morrison, who helped lead the white...

Alabama NAACP names 4 to new hall of honor

Oct. 21, 2020 4:24 AM EDT

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama NAACP is honoring four people as the initial members of the Alabama NAACP Hall of Honor including civil rights lawyer Fred Gray Sr., who once fought for the right of the organization to operate in the state. Gray, of Tuskegee, assisted the organization for years after...

This undated photo provided by the California Highway Patrol shows Deputy Commissioner Amanda L. Ray a 30-year veteran of the California Highway Patrol (CHP). California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Tuesday that Ray, will be the first woman and second Black to head the agency after the announcement of Commissioner Warren Stanley's retirement. Newsom said in a statement that Ray will help the state

1st Black CHP chief retires, first woman named replacement

Oct. 20, 2020 10:04 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The first Black commissioner in the 91-year history of the California Highway Patrol is retiring, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday, and he will be replaced with the first woman to hold the post — a veteran officer who also is Black. Commissioner Warren Stanley will retire...

Police: Officers fatally shoot armed robbery suspect

Oct. 20, 2020 8:16 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Florida police officers fatally shot a Black armed robbery suspect Tuesday morning, authorities said. Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan said during a news conference that two officers confronted Dominique Mulkey, 26, minutes after he left a Dollar General store. Employees at the store had...

FILE - In this June 14, 2020, file photo, James Juanillo poses outside of his home in San Francisco. Fed up with white people calling 911 about people of color selling water bottles, barbecuing or otherwise going about with life, San Francisco Board of Supervisors will vote Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, on the Caution Against Racial and Exploitative Non-Emergencies Act, also known as the CAREN legislation, a nod to a widespread meme using the name

San Francisco officials let people sue over racist 911 calls

Oct. 20, 2020 6:46 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Fed up with white people calling 911 about people of color selling water bottles, barbecuing or otherwise going about their lives, San Francisco leaders unanimously approved hate crime legislation giving the targets of those calls the ability to sue the caller. The Board of...

In this image taken from May 23, 2020, video released by the New Jersey Attorney General's Office, Maurice Gordon, of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., he unbuckles his seatbelt before exiting a New Jersey State Trooper's vehicle in Bass River, N.J. Gordon was fatally shot by the state trooper. The Gordon family's attorney and more than 100 groups on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, called on lawmakers to pass police accountability legislation. (New Jersey Attorney General's Office via AP)

Advocates for Black shooting victim push police transparency

Oct. 20, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The attorney for the family of a Black man fatally shot by a New Jersey state trooper this year called Tuesday, along with more than 100 other groups, on lawmakers to pass legislation making more police records public. Attorney William Wagstaff represents the family of Maurice Gordon,...

Portland NAACP leader resigns following abuse allegations

Oct. 20, 2020 2:58 PM EDT

The president of the Portland, Oregon, chapter of the NAACP has submitted his resignation after numerous people accused him of sexual and psychological abuse. The Portland Mercury last week detailed allegations from 11 people, including three men who said they faced sexual abuse by E.D. Mondainé while they...

Virginia Military Institute cadets applaud during a speech by Vice President Mike Pence at Cameron Hall, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, in Lexington, Va. (Heather Rousseau/The Roanoke Times via AP)

Probe ordered of VMI after Post's report on racist incidents

Oct. 20, 2020 2:24 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Va. (AP) — State officials have ordered an outside investigation into the Virginia Military Institute following a report in The Washington Post that described Black cadets and alumni facing “relentless racism." Gov. Ralph Northam co-wrote a letter Monday with other state officials and...

FILE - In this May 30, 2020, file photo, protesters demonstrate as a Salt Lake City police vehicle burns, in Salt Lake City. Investigators studied video footage to find Jackson Stuart Tamowski Patton, 26, who is accused of tossing a combustible substance into the patrol car, feeding the flames that destroyed it, prosecutors said in court documents. The Department of Justice is using aggressive tactics against those it has charged in the civil unrest over racism. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

AP finds most arrested in protests aren't leftist radicals

Oct. 20, 2020 2:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump portrays the hundreds of people arrested nationwide in protests against racial injustice as violent urban left-wing radicals. But an Associated Press review of thousands of pages of court documents tells a different story. Very few of those charged appear to be...

FILE - Billy Porter attends the National Board of Review Awards gala in New York on Jan. 8, 2020. Porter narrates “EQUAL,” a new docuseries on HBO Max that traces the history of the gay rights movement through the Stonewall uprising in 1969. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Billy Porter helps examine origins of gay rights movement

Oct. 20, 2020 11:27 AM EDT

Billy Porter is busy, pandemic or not. He’s just appeared in a virtual play about nurses on the front lines. His series “Pose” is returning to production. He's soon to appear in the “Cinderella” remake. He’s writing a memoir — a project he calls the hardest thing...