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Black communities’ distrust of police has roots in history

Nov. 28, 2020 3:01 AM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Sharhonda James is living in hell. She has been plagued by daily nightmares since her 22-year-old son, Nevan Baker, was found hanging from a tree in an Orlando park last month. Orlando police determined Baker had killed himself, a finding that has only fueled James’ agony...

Minnesota National Guard chaplains bow during a prayer after a time of devotion Oct. 19, 2020 in St. Paul, Minn. The role of faith leaders who serve as National Guard chaplains has grown more crucial, and more challenging, as thousands of soldiers and airmen, most of them in their 20s, have been increasingly deployed not only in long-lasting overseas wars but in civil unrest across a deeply polarized United States, including the civil unrest following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Guard chaplains reflect on Floyd protests, lessons learned

Nov. 27, 2020 10:00 AM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Reflecting on a polarized nation in the throes of a bitterly fought election, Stephanie Christoffels started the communal prayer at a fall training of her fellow Minnesota National Guard chaplains by reminding them of Christianity’s two greatest commandments: to love God and...

Minneapolis announces updates to no-knock warrant policy

Nov. 25, 2020 3:28 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis' mayor and police chief have changed a policy that dictates how officers should carry out so-called no-knock warrants, saying officers will be required to announce their presence as they enter premises, as well as make periodic announcements while inside. Wednesday's...

Portland jail inmates sue over protest tear gas exposure

Nov. 23, 2020 7:58 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Several people who were in a Portland jail during summer protests against police brutality have filed a civil rights lawsuit over tear gas seeping into jail cells. Theresa Davis, Rashawd Duhart and Robin Lundy filed the class-action suit Monday in federal court on behalf of dozens of...

Toppled Civil War statue at Colorado Capitol to be replaced

Nov. 22, 2020 3:36 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — The Civil War statue toppled by protesters outside the Colorado state Capitol over the summer will be replaced by a sculpture of a Native American woman mourning the atrocities of the Sand Creek Massacre. The Capitol Building Advisory Committee voted 7-2 Friday in favor of the new sculpture...

Demonstrators gather during a protest against bill on police images, in Paris, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Thousands of people took to the streets in Paris and other French cities Saturday to protest a proposed security law they say would impinge on freedom of information and media rights. The board reads: Your guns against our cameras. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

France: Bill on publishing police images sparks protests

Nov. 21, 2020 3:03 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Thousands of people took to the streets in Paris and other French cities Saturday at the urging of civil liberties campaigners and journalist groups to protest a proposed security law they say would impinge on freedom of information and media rights. Pending legislation in France's parliament...

FILE - In this May 30, 2020, file photo, protesters gather in Minneapolis. Almost six months after the death of George Floyd, criminal justice reform advocates are cheering multiple victories in the 2020 election. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Criminal justice reformers cheer multiple election victories

Nov. 21, 2020 10:06 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Almost six months after the death of George Floyd, criminal justice reform advocates are cheering the election of a handful of progressive prosecutors, the passage of ballot initiatives designed to ease mass incarceration and the decriminalization of drugs in several states. Voters also...

A server carries food for a customer at Ye Olde King's Head on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, in Santa Monica, Calif. The British restaurant and bar in seaside Southern California has been battered the past nine months and was in the process of adapting to new restrictions that took effect Friday, Nov. 20 that would further crimp its recovery even as the prospect of a crippling shutdown loomed.  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

California pub tries to keep calm, carry on with virus rules

Nov. 20, 2020 8:19 PM EST

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — By most measures of what keeps a pub afloat, the coronavirus pandemic should already have Ye Olde King's Head on its last kegs. The British restaurant and bar in seaside Southern California has been battered the past nine months. It was in the process of adapting to new...

Asheville police to probe complaints about excessive force

Nov. 19, 2020 8:47 AM EST

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Police in the North Carolina city of Asheville will investigate new excessive force complaints stemming from Black Lives Matter protests in the spring. The Asheville Citizen Times reported Thursday that the Asheville Police Department said it will investigate about 20 new complaints...

FILE - This undated photo provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office in Minnesota on June 3, 2020, shows, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Prosecutors in the upcoming trial of Chauvin, charged with killing George Floyd, want to introduce evidence of a 2017 arrest in which they say the officer held his knee on the back of a 14-year-old boy and ignored his pleas that he couldn't breathe. (Hennepin County Sheriff's Office via AP,  File)

Prosecutors want 2017 arrest of teen in Floyd death trial

Nov. 18, 2020 10:03 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors in the upcoming trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged with killing George Floyd want to introduce evidence of a 2017 arrest in which they say the officer held his knee on the back of a 14-year-old boy and ignored his pleas that he couldn't breathe. Assistant...