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Panel recommends renaming school honoring Atlanta editor

Oct. 21, 2020 9:35 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A committee is recommending that an Atlanta school now named for a newspaper editor who advocated for white supremacy after the Civil War be renamed for a Mississippi-born Black journalist who exposed atrocities including lynchings. An Atlanta school board panel recommended Tuesday that...

Cop may face charges in killing of autistic Palestinian

Oct. 21, 2020 8:10 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli prosecutors on Wednesday recommended charging a police officer with reckless killing in the deadly shooting of an autistic Palestinian man in Jerusalem's Old City earlier this year. The decision came nearly five months after the shooting of Eyad Hallaq. Hallaq's family, which had...

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,...

Police Chief Medaria Arradondo speaks during a press conference to announce the Justice Department has put $3 million toward the creation of a national center to help law enforcement agencies prevent the use of excessive force at the Federal Courthouse, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Minneapolis. Chief Arradondo says he's grateful for the offer and hopes city leaders will take advantage of it. (Renee Jones Schneider/Star Tribune via AP)

DOJ announces center to help cops, offers aid to Minneapolis

Oct. 20, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday that it has put $3 million toward the creation of a national center that will provide training and assistance to help law enforcement agencies prevent the use of excessive force, and officials expressed hope that Minneapolis would be the...

Minneapolis police deputy demoted over 'white boys' comment

Oct. 20, 2020 3:10 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A high-ranking deputy to the Minneapolis' police chief said he was demoted after he was quoted in a newspaper story referring to white officers as “white boys,” which led to a backlash within the department. Art Knight, who is Black and who was Police Chief Medaria...

Kansas City cop pleads not guilty to assaulting Black teen

Oct. 20, 2020 2:46 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City police sergeant accused of injuring a Black 15-year-old by forcing his head into the pavement and kneeling on him last year pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a third-degree felony assault charge. Sgt. Matthew Neal appeared via video during a brief arraignment hearing in...

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...

Voters to decide whether to relocate Confederate monument

Oct. 20, 2020 9:04 AM EDT

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Voters will have a voice is deciding whether to relocate a Confederate monument that's outside the Forrest County courthouse. The Hattiesburg American reports the referendum was placed on the Nov. 3 ballot after the Forrest County Board of Supervisors couldn't agree on what to do...

Ex-police chief Best joins KING as law enforcement analyst

Oct. 19, 2020 10:52 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Former Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best has joined a Seattle television station as a law enforcement analyst. “I am honored to have Chief Best on the KING 5 News team,” said News Director Pete Saiers. “At a time when we are reporting extensively on issues of law...

FILE - In this Dec. 27, 2019, file photo, Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz reacts during the second half of the Holiday Bowl NCAA college football game against Southern California. The University of Iowa said it would not pay a demand from eight Black former football players for $20 million in compensation for alleged racial discrimination they faced while they played for the Hawkeyes. The players also called for the firings of Kirk Ferentz, offensive line coach Brian Ferentz and athletic director Gary Barta. (AP Photo/Orlando Ramirez, File)

Attny: Iowa saying no to demands only emboldens ex-players

Oct. 19, 2020 9:37 PM EDT

The attorney representing eight Black former Iowa football players who allege racial discrimination during their time with the Hawkeyes said Monday night the university's rejection of their demands, which included a payment of $20 million, is not the end of the matter. Civil rights attorney Damario...