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Veterans Affairs says agency is changing troubled culture

Jul. 2, 2020 3:21 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs is making significant progress in its efforts to change a culture that has been beset by complaints from veterans and low employee morale, the leader of the agency said Thursday. Robert Wilkie, secretary of Veterans Affairs, made his comments after...

Defense lawyers: Racism has played a role in policing

Jul. 2, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Racism has played a role in policing in New Hampshire and law enforcement would benefit from training and policy changes as a necessary first step to treat people as human beings rather than “presumptively dangerous potential," a criminal defense lawyers group said in testimony...

3 cities pilot South Africa-style truth, reconciliation push

Jul. 2, 2020 12:35 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — District attorneys in Boston, Philadelphia and San Francisco are teaming up on a pilot effort patterned after South Africa's post-apartheid truth and reconciliation commission to confront racism in the criminal justice system. Suffolk County DA Rachael Rollins, Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner...

EDS NOTE: OBSCENITY - FILE - In this Tuesday June 23, 2020, file photo protesters gather near the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Va. Just a little over a month ago, the area around Richmond's iconic statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was as quiet and sedate as the statue itself.  But since the May 25 police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the area has been transformed into a bustling hub of activity for demonstrators protesting against police brutality and racism. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, FILE)

Robert E. Lee statue becomes epicenter of protest movement

Jul. 2, 2020 12:15 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Just a little over a month ago, the area around Richmond's iconic statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was as quiet and sedate as the statue itself. But since the May 25 police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the area has been transformed into a bustling hub of activity...

UA police seek culprit behind racist stickers around campus

Jul. 2, 2020 11:26 AM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The University of Arizona is investigating the appearance of racist stickers around campus that advocate white supremacy. UA police say the stickers with hate messages were first reported on Tuesday. They have been spotted on utility poles, buildings and other exteriors. Initially...

FILE - Demonstrators take part in an anti-racism demonstration in Copenhagen, Denmark, Sunday, June 7, 2020, prompted by the recent death of black man George Floyd by a white police officer in USA.  Rights activists say racism exists in Denmark and have accused officials of being color-blind, saying race issues are not acknowledged or taken seriously by the authorities. (Nikolai Linares/Ritzau Scanpix FILE via AP)

Rights activists say Danes unaware of racism in their nation

Jul. 2, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Rights activists on Thursday accused Danish officials of being unable to recognize racism after authorities said the killing of a biracial man by two white men was not racially motivated. “In Denmark, white people are colorblind. They cannot see that racism exists. That...

In this undated photo from the Delaware Division of Historical & Cultural Affairs a whipping post is displayed on the grounds of the Old Sussex County Courthouse near the Circle in Georgetown, Del. Delaware officials are set to remove the post that was historically used to hold people as they were publicly lashed for committing crimes. The Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs says it will bring down the concrete post on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 and place it in a Dover storage unit with other historical artifacts, according to a statement issued by the agency Tuesday, June 30. (Delaware Division of Historical & Cultural Affairs via AP)

Whipping post removed from Delaware courthouse square

Jul. 2, 2020 9:41 AM EDT

GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) — An 8-foot (2.4 meters) tall whipping post was removed from a Delaware county courthouse square Wednesday after activists said the post was a reminder of racial discrimination. The post outside the Sussex County Courthouse in Georgetown was removed after an hour and a half of...

Police investigating hate graffiti painted on Vermont dam

Jul. 2, 2020 9:07 AM EDT

WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — State troopers are investigating after graffiti from what is being described as a white supremacist hate group was painted on a portion of the Waterbury dam, the Vermont State Police said. Police say the graffiti, identified as coming from a known hate group, was reported to police...

Police response to Raleigh protests has cost at least $2.2M

Jul. 2, 2020 8:54 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Law enforcement agencies have spent at least $2.2 million responding to protests that occurred in Raleigh, North Carolina, following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. WRAL reported Wednesday that it obtained cost figures from agencies that include the Raleigh Police...

In this Wednesday, June 24, 2020, photograph, Noah Hicks, owner of Spokehouse Bikes in the Upham's Corner neighborhood of Boston, poses at his shop. Many from outside Boston have donated to and shopped at the store which was robbed and vandalized earlier in the month. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Black-owned businesses see sales surge amid racism reckoning

Jul. 2, 2020 7:03 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — When Mahdi Hashemian was looking for a bicycle for his 7-year-old daughter Zeynab last week, the Cambridge, Massachusetts, resident decided to skip his local cycle shops in favor of a Black-owned one a few miles away in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood. At Spokehouse, a bike shop with...