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Attorney: Zimmerman will plead no contest in stalking case

Oct. 10, 2018 12:45 PM EDT

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman will plead no contest to resolve a misdemeanor charge accusing him of stalking a private investigator working for a documentary filmmaker, Zimmerman's attorney said in court Wednesday. Zimmerman will enter a written plea of no...

Why David Byrne started covering a Janelle Monae song

Oct. 4, 2018 1:04 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — After he burns down the house during his current concert tour, singer David Byrne ends each show on a serious note with a song that calls attention to minority victims of violence. The Janelle Monae cover, "Hell You Talmbout," is a rhythmic chant that recalls people like Freddie Gray,...

Some blacks see a racial double standard in Kavanaugh case

Oct. 2, 2018 8:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Marcus Dixon was sentenced to 10 years behind bars in Georgia for having sex with an underage white girl when he was 18. Dayonn Davis, another black youth, got a five-year prison sentence for stealing a $100 pair of shoes at gunpoint when he was 15. It's cases like those that minorities...

Newly released records show lead-up to parking lot shooting

Sep. 24, 2018 5:13 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities on Monday released hundreds of new pages in the case of a white man accused of fatally shooting a black man in a parking lot dispute in July. According to a transcript of Michael Drejka's interview with Pinellas County Sheriff's detectives, he said that if...

Reports of pepper-spray projectile use concern Dallas chief

Sep. 11, 2018 8:53 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas police chief said Tuesday she has called for a full review and plans to meet with protest leaders after learning about reports that police used pepper-spray projectiles at a demonstration over a black man's death. Chief U. Renee Hall said in a statement that the projectiles, which...

Case against officer who killed neighbor to go to grand jury

Sep. 11, 2018 12:45 AM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — The case against a white Dallas police officer who shot and killed a black neighbor will be presented to a grand jury, which could decide on more serious charges than manslaughter, the district attorney said Monday as an affidavit provided a fuller description of the officer's account....

Texas officer arrested on manslaughter charge in man's death

Sep. 9, 2018 10:47 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A white Dallas police officer was arrested Sunday on a manslaughter charge in the off-duty shooting of a black neighbor whose apartment she says she mistook for her own. Officer Amber Guyger was booked into the Kaufman County Jail after being taken into custody, the Texas Department of Public...

Nike's Kaepernick campaign signals change in shoe politics

Sep. 7, 2018 3:14 PM EDT

A pair of shoes are set aflame with a cigarette lighter, captured on video and shared widely online to protest a political statement made by the manufacturer. The New Balance shoes were burned by their owners two years ago after a spokeswoman indicated the company's support for President Donald Trump's trade...

Man at center of parking dispute shooting speaks from jail

Sep. 4, 2018 6:59 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Florida man accused in the shooting death of an unarmed man in a store parking lot apologized to the victim's family during a jailhouse interview, but said he wouldn't change anything about what he did that day in July. "I've had plenty of time to think about it, but as far...

Ex-deputy sued over 2003 disappearance of black man

Sep. 4, 2018 5:26 PM EDT

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — The family of a black man who disappeared nearly 15 years ago filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing a former sheriff's deputy of killing him, and filmmaker Tyler Perry took part in announcing the lawsuit. Marcia Williams and her attorney Benjamin Crump sued former Collier County deputy...