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Jasmin Pierre poses for a photo with her smartphone app, in New Orleans, Thursday, July 2, 2020. Pierre, who survived multiple suicide attempts, doesn't want people struggling alone. She created The Safe Place, a free Black-oriented mental health app that's seen more signups during the pandemic. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Pandemic, racism compound worries about Black suicide rate

Jul. 11, 2020 9:12 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Jasmin Pierre was 18 when she tried to end her life, overdosing on whatever pills she could find. Diagnosed with depression and anxiety, she survived two more attempts at suicide, which felt like the only way to stop her pain. Years of therapy brought progress, but the 31-year-old Black...

Kamya Gorden, right, is comforted by her mother, Pursha Gorden, following the fatal shooting of a man, Friday, July 10, 2020, who the city’s police chief said fired at officers investigating a Fourth of July block party shooting, in Detroit. (Junfu Han/Detroit Free Press via AP)

Chief: Video shows man killed by Detroit police fired first

Jul. 10, 2020 9:11 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Video released by Detroit police show a young man appearing to shoot at an officer at close range Friday before fellow officers opened fire, killing the suspect. Police Chief James Craig told reporters as he released the video Friday evening that the suspect he identified as 20-year-old...

Traffic passes by the statue of tennis star Arthur Ashe on Monument Avenue, Friday, July 10, 2020, in Richmond, Va. Family members of Ashe have asked the city to move the statue during the recent civil unrest. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Statue to tennis star Arthur Ashe to stay put in Richmond

Jul. 10, 2020 7:38 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — On Richmond's Monument Avenue, the collection of towering statues honoring Confederate veterans was interrupted by one noticeably different: a monument to Black tennis legend and civil rights activist Arthur Ashe. The Ashe statue seemed safe from defacement during recent protests over...

This photo released by the Aurora Police Department, in Colorado, shows Officers Erica Marrero, from left, Jaron Jones and Kyle Dittrich. Jason Rosenblatt, one of three white officers who stopped Elijah McClain, has been fired over the photos showing colleagues reenacting the chokehold used before the Black man died in August 2019, according to documents from prosecutors. The officers shown in the photo have either been fired or have resigned, according to officials. (Aurora Police Department via AP)

Correction: Racial Injustice-Elijah McClain story

Jul. 10, 2020 7:35 PM EDT
AURORA, Colo. (AP) — In a story published July 3, 2020, about police officers being fired over photos showing them reenacting a chokehold used on Elijah McClain, The Associated Press erroneously reported the name of a family friend. His name is Terrance Roberts, not Terrence Roberts.

Social justice nonprofits pay $1.4M in bonds for protesters

Jul. 10, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City's local Black Lives Matter chapter posted a total of $1.4 million in cash bonds to release four protesters from jail who were arrested and charged with various crimes during demonstrations against police brutality and racism. With help from the National Bail Fund Network,...

Funeral next week for girl shot near Atlanta protest site

Jul. 10, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A funeral is scheduled next week for an 8-year-old girl who was shot on the Fourth of July near one of Atlanta's flash points for protests against police brutality. The private, invitation-only service for Secoriea Turner will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at New Calvary Missionary Church in...

Cops ousted for bad behavior often land in one place

Jul. 10, 2020 2:37 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A car crash four years ago was the final straw for officer Ellis Brown’s career with St. Louis police. Brown and his partner were tailing a car late one night in the Central West End when the driver lost control and hit a light pole, causing a fire that engulfed the car, the St....

FILE - In this July 9, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with Hispanic leaders in the Cabinet Room, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Washington. Republicans are trying to convince voters that the rare looting and violence that marred largely peaceful social justice protests foretell a wave of mayhem to come if Democrats are elected in November. Trump emphasized that menacing theme at the White House on Thursday, calling proponents of defunding the police “crazy.” Noting to a visiting group of Hispanic Americans that many immigrants had fled dangerous countries, Trump added, “They know what happens when the police cannot protect the innocent, when the rule of law is destroyed.” (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Tapping into crime fears, GOP conflates mayhem with protests

Jul. 10, 2020 9:16 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Apocalyptic images of blazing buildings and window-smashing protesters pop on the TV screen as a caller to a 911 emergency line reaches voicemail. The computer offers to take reports of rapes, murders or home invasions, adding, “Our estimated wait time is five days.” The...

Protesters clash with police officers near the district attorney's office Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Salt Lake City. Two police officers in Utah were cleared earlier Thursday in the death of Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal, an armed man shot at more than 30 times as he ran from police, a decision that prompted his grieving family to heighten their calls for systematic changes to law enforcement. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Official: Police justified in killing armed, fleeing man

Jul. 10, 2020 1:52 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two police officers in Utah were cleared Thursday in the death of an armed man shot at more than 30 times as he ran from police, a decision that prompted his grieving family to heighten their calls for systematic changes to law enforcement. The killing of Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal,...

FILE - In this April 22, 2020, file photo, Dr. P.J. Parmar heads to the parking lot of his clinic in Aurora, Colo., to see a patient. The Aurora Police Department, where officers were fired after re-enacting the chokehold death of a young Black man, is under scrutiny again after video emerged of an officer pulling a gun on Parmar, trying to park at the refugee center he operates. (AP Photo/Thomas Peipert, File)

Video shows officer point gun at doctor on his own property

Jul. 9, 2020 8:26 PM EDT

A Colorado police department where officers were fired after re-enacting the chokehold death of a young Black man is under scrutiny again after video emerged of an officer pulling a gun on a doctor trying to park at a refugee center he operates. Police body camera video released by Dr. P.J. Parmar's lawyer as...