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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After three weeks of testimony, the trial of the former police officer charged with killing George Floyd ended swiftly: barely over a day of jury deliberations, then just minutes for the verdicts to be read — guilty, guilty and guilty — and Derek Chauvin was handcuffed and taken away to prison. Chauvin, 45, could be sent to prison for decades when he is sentenced in about two months in a case that triggered worldwide protests, violence and a furious reexamination of racism and policing in the U.S. The verdict set off jubilation mixed with sorrow across...
By Amir Vera and Artemis Moshtaghian, CNN Updated 9:59 AM ET, Wed April 21, 2021 (CNN)A Columbus, Ohio, police officer shot and killed a Black teenager Tuesday afternoon after she attempted to cut two females with a knife, according to officials and body camera footage shown to the media. The girl's mother, Paula Bryant, and the Franklin County Children Services identified her as Ma'Khia Bryant. Although local law enforcement identified her as 15 years old at a news conference Tuesday, the FCCS gave the girl's age as 16 and said she was a foster child in its care.Continue...
Eric Ferkenhoff, USA TODAY  38 mins ago  MINNEAPOLIS — Now that fired police officer Derek Chauvin has been convicted on all three counts against him, he can still file an appeal. But the odds are not good, considering some 90% of appeals are denied across the United States.An appeal in the case is a virtual certainty. But what issues Chauvin's lawyers raise to the appellate court are an open question, according to criminal defense experts.Continue Reading

Black man enslaved by White restaurant manager should be awarded more than $500,000, court says

By  Lateshia Beachum May 2, 2021 at 3:34 p.m. CDT A Black man with intellectual disabilities who was enslaved for five years at a restaurant in Conway, S.C., should be awarded double the amount of restitution from the White man now imprisoned for the crime, according to a recent court ruling. As part of his 2019 guilty plea to a forced labor charge, Bobby Paul Edwards, 56, was sentenced to 10 years in prison and ordered by a court to pay back John Christopher Smith $273,000 in unpaid wages and overtime compensation at J&J Cafeteria. The...

Former Black DOC officials: 'Good old boy' network perpetuates systemic racism inside department

BY LEA SKENE | STAFF WRITER JUN 7, 2021 - 4:00 AM When Joe Buttross was selected to fill an assistant warden position at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in St. Gabriel a couple years ago, he had no experience working in prisons. But he did have close connections to Louisiana Department of Corrections Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc. Buttross is married to Andrea Buttross, who oversees the the agency's educational programs and whose father — a prominent architect who made millions from DOC contracts — is married to LeBlanc's niece. Joe Buttross came out of Prison Enterprises, the moneymaking...
BY SCOTT THRELKELD | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER JUN 5, 2021  Members of more than 70 families affected by gun violence hold a ‘Let Me Live’ march and rally against gun violence Saturday, June 5, 2021, in New Orleans East. A prayer march started at the Walgreens at Bullard Avenue and Lake Forest Boulevard, where 14-year-old Jamere Alfred was shot to death in the parking lot on Christmas Day, and ended at Joe Brown Park for a rally and balloon release. Jamere Alfred’s parents, LaRicha and John Alfred, who hope the event calls attention to the gut-wrenching human toll of gun violence,...

North Carolina city commits $2.1M for reparations

Associated Press JUNE 9, 2021 — 1:03PM ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A North Carolina city has committed $2.1 million toward funding reparations, an initiative it began last summer when it joined a number of U.S. cities which have voted to address their histories of racism and discrimination. The Asheville City Council approved a budget amendment on Tuesday to pull the money from city land purchased in the 1970s as part of the city's urban renewal programs that took apart Black communities, the Asheville Citizen Times reported. The city council also adopted a proclamation declaring June 19 as Juneteenth,...
BY DELLA HASSELLE | STAFF WRITER  PUBLISHED JUL 7, 2021 AT 4:47 PM | UPDATED JUL 7, 2021 AT 8:59 PM On Wednesday morning, The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate published a story describing a 12-page grievance letter written by Lusher Charter School's former high school principal Steven Corbett, asking the school's board to investigate allegedly discriminatory and retaliatory behavior by longtime Lusher CEO Kathy Riedlinger. In the letter, Corbett accused Riedlinger of telling him that a member of the school's board had complained about one of his tweets regarding removing...

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