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In this July 8, 2010, file photo, Wanda Johnson, center, mother of Oscar Grant, who was killed by transit officer Johannes Mehserle, speaks during a news conference in Los Angeles. As videos and stories of Black people being killed at the hands of police officers make the rounds online, many Americans have been called to protest racial injustice in recent weeks. For many Black Americans, those videos are also contributing to a sense of grief and pain. Psychologists call it racial trauma, the distress experienced because of the accumulation of racial discrimination, racial violence or institutional racism. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Images of brutality against Black people spur racial trauma

Jun. 29, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

Since Wanda Johnson’s son was shot and killed by a police officer in Oakland, California, 11 years ago, she has watched video after video of similar encounters between Black people and police. Each time, she finds herself reliving the trauma of losing her son, Oscar Grant, who was shot to death by a...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, June 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Pelosi pushes Senate with House passage of George Floyd bill

Jun. 26, 2020 2:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Passage of the House Democrats' far-reaching police overhaul bill returned attention to the Senate on Friday, as the divided Congress struggles to address the global outcry over the killings of George Floyd and other Black Americans. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi signaled she's willing to...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., joined by House Democrats spaced for social distancing, speaks during a news conference on the House East Front Steps on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 25, 2020, ahead of the House vote on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

House passes sweeping police overhaul after Floyd's death

Jun. 25, 2020 10:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House approved a far-reaching police overhaul from Democrats on Thursday, a vote heavy with emotion and symbolism as a divided Congress struggles to address the global outcry over the deaths of George Floyd and other Black Americans. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gathered with members...

FILE - In this June 17, 2020, file photo, Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., accompanied by Republican senators speaks at a news conference to announce a Republican police reform bill on Capitol Hill in Washington. Initially reluctant to speak on race, Scott is now among the Republican Party’s most prominent voices teaching his colleagues what it’s like to be a Black man in America. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Police overhaul dims as GOP Senate bill blocked by Democrats

Jun. 24, 2020 5:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican policing bill stalled out Wednesday, blocked by Senate Democrats who dismissed it as meager “crumbs” in a vote that signals the collapse for now of Congress's efforts to respond to mass demonstrations over the killings of Black people. With a tally fell that...

Daud Mumin speaks during an interview in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, June 9, 2020. The 18-year-old college student, who turned 19 later in the month, says he has experienced racism and that he and other youth in the United States are tired of waiting for justice and are ready to take it back themselves. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Voices of protest, crying for change, ring across US, beyond

Jun. 17, 2020 2:20 PM EDT

They are nurses and doctors, artists, students, construction workers, government employees; black, brown and white; young and old. Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets in big cities and tiny towns in every U.S. state - and even around the world - to protest the killing of George...