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'Blue wall of silence' takes hit in Chauvin's murder trial

Apr. 09, 2021 14:48 PM EDT

Police accused of wrongdoing can usually count on the blue wall of silence — protection from fellow officers that includes everything from shutting off body cameras to refusing to cooperate with investigators. But that's not the case with Derek Chauvin, with many colleagues quick to condemn...

Distracting driving bill crashes after Alabama House debate

Apr. 07, 2021 18:38 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama House of Representatives on Tuesday narrowly rejected a proposal to fine people for using a smartphone while driving. The bill by Republican Rep. K.L. Brown of Jacksonville would have prohibited a driver from holding a phone with...

Floyd spurred broad push for change globally, activists say

Mar. 27, 2021 09:44 AM EDT

Richard Wallace had seen it all before, and he wasn’t hopeful. It was, he thought, the same old story: Police kill a Black person, protests erupt, politicians pledge reforms and corporations offer platitudes about supporting needed change. But Wallace, the 38-year-old...

Diverse jury raises activists' hopes for ex-cop's trial

Mar. 24, 2021 16:52 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The jury that will decide the fate of a white former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd's death is unusually diverse by local standards, and that's boosting activists' hopes for a rare conviction. The panel of 15 includes nine people...

Yocona organizer addresses inequities through community work

Feb. 14, 2021 02:33 AM EST

YOCONA, Miss. (AP) — Lydia Koltai of Yocona marks 2016 as the beginning of her role as a community organizer. After Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were killed by police, Koltai shifted from being a quietly concerned citizen to someone willing to speak out. ...

Family of Black teen killed 15 years ago recall his death

Jan. 24, 2021 03:03 AM EST

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Martin Lee Anderson would’ve been 30 years old on Friday, but his life was cut short just before his 15th birthday. Anderson shares not only the same first name as Martin Luther King Jr., they also share the same Jan. 15 birthday. In fact,...