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Grim list of deaths at police hands grows even after verdict

Apr. 22, 2021 11:53 AM EDT

Just as the guilty verdict was about to be read in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, police in Ohio shot and killed a Black teenager in broad daylight during a confrontation. The shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant, 16, who was swinging a knife during...

Woman pleads guilty to hate crimes for running down children

Apr. 22, 2021 11:36 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines woman has pleaded guilty to federal hate crimes for intentionally driving her SUV into two children in 2019 because she said she thought one was Mexican and the other was a member of the Islamic State group. Nicole Poole Franklin,...

1993 murder suspect sent to hospital, charges dismissed

Apr. 22, 2021 11:30 AM EDT

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — A man charged in the abduction and killing of Bothell teenager Melissa Lee in the 90s has been indefinitely committed to the state psychiatric hospital by a Snohomish County judge. First-degree murder charges against Alan Edward Dean were...

Police chiefs hail Chauvin verdict as a key step to healing

Apr. 22, 2021 09:54 AM EDT

Not long after a jury convicted former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin of killing George Floyd, police chiefs across the U.S. started speaking up. And it wasn't to defend the police. New Orleans Police Superintendent Shaun Ferguson said convicting Chauvin on...

'He was guilty.' Extra juror in favor of Chauvin conviction

Apr. 22, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An alternate juror at the trial of Derek Chauvin said she agreed with the jury's decision to convict him in George Floyd's death, saying she saw Chauvin as the leader of officers at the scene and that he brushed off warnings by bystanders that Floyd was in danger. ...

Grim list of deaths at police hands grows even after verdict

Apr. 22, 2021 07:55 AM EDT

Just as the guilty verdict was about to be read in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, police in Ohio shot and killed a Black teenager in broad daylight during a confrontation. The shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant, 16, who was swinging a knife during...

Pittsburgh man may leave Hawaii before manslaughter trial

Apr. 21, 2021 21:58 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A Pittsburgh man charged with manslaughter in the death of a friend he was vacationing with in Hawaii will be allowed to return to the U.S. mainland before his trial, a judge ruled Wednesday. Benjamin Fleming, released on $250,000 bond, must return to...

'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...

NY man's trial starts for Jan. 6-related online threats

Apr. 21, 2021 19:06 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A prosecutor urged a jury in a trial's opening statement Wednesday to convict a New York man who threatened to kill members of Congress in a video posted online, but a defense lawyer dismissed his rants as speech-protected hyperbole so absurd that they bordered on comedy. ...

Man faces federal child sexual exploitation charges

Apr. 21, 2021 18:14 PM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A North Bend, Oregon, man is accused of sexually exploiting a child and prosecutors are concerned there could be other victims. A federal grand jury in Eugene returned a three-count indictment in April, charging Shannon Weatherbee, 47, with sexual...