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With civil rights charges, Justice Dept. signals priorities

May. 08, 2021 15:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is sending a strong message about its priorities these days. In just over the past two weeks, it has opened investigations of police in Louisville, Kentucky, and Minneapolis. Federal prosecutors have charged four former...

Today in History

May. 01, 2021 00:42 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, May 1, the 121st day of 2021. There are 244 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 1, 2011, President Barack Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden during a U.S....

Today in History

Apr. 29, 2021 00:08 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Thursday, April 29, the 119th day of 2021. There are 246 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 29, 1992, a jury in Simi Valley, California, acquitted four Los Angeles police...

Floyd verdict won't remove blocks to police accountability

Apr. 28, 2021 00:13 AM EDT

The guilty verdicts in the George Floyd murder case felt like a watershed moment to many Americans. President Biden called the verdicts a “giant step toward justice.” But pervasive legal roadblocks to police accountability remain firmly in place. Most police officers...

'Let them go with it': Teachers lead talks on Floyd case

Apr. 21, 2021 20:42 PM EDT

As she watched a broadcast of the verdict in the murder trial of the police officer charged with killing George Floyd with her last-period class, middle school teacher Diana Garcia-Allen did her best to stifle her own emotions and keep from crying. She sensed a sadness mirrored in her...

Relief after verdict in Floyd killing, but what comes next?

Apr. 21, 2021 18:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When the verdicts came in — Guilty, Guilty, Guilty — Lucia Edmonds let out the breath she hadn't even realized she'd been holding. The relief that the 91-year-old Black woman felt flooding over her when white former Minneapolis police officer Derek...

EXPLAINER: Chauvin jury could stay anonymous for a long time

Apr. 21, 2021 16:32 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The judge who oversaw Derek Chauvin’s trial in George Floyd ’s death said the jury would remain anonymous until he deemed it safe to release their names, in an effort to not just protect the 12 jurors from outside influence but also to preserve Chauvin’s right to a...

Flashpoint of 1992 LA riots becomes a place of celebration

Apr. 21, 2021 00:54 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two Black men. Two big cities. Two horrifying videos. Two different verdicts. In 1991, four Los Angeles police officers brutally beat motorist Rodney King and their acquittal on state charges a year later prompted one of the worst race riots in...

Maxine Waters' bold words echo civil rights, draw criticism

Apr. 20, 2021 19:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Rep. Maxine Waters urged people to “stay on the street” in the pursuit of justice for George Floyd, advocates for racial equity and an end to police violence heard a leading Black voice in the nation's long march toward civil rights. But...

Older Korean-Americans in LA fearful amid anti-Asian attacks

Apr. 19, 2021 23:14 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yong Sin Kim, an 85-year-old Korean immigrant living in a senior apartment complex in downtown Los Angeles, says he rarely leaves home these days. When he does, he carries a whistle with him; at least he could call for help if he's attacked. Three...