Texas Gov. Greg Abbott remains silent on posthumous pardon for George Floyd
The state's parole board recommended in October that Floyd, murdered by a Minneapolis police officer, be pardoned for a minor 2004 drug conviction in Houston. The governor hasn't acted, and isn't answering questions about what he will do.
How a right-wing provocateur is using race to reach Gen Z
Charlie Kirk stood 80 miles from where George Floyd was murdered, faced an overwhelmingly white audience, and declared he was going to say things “no one dares say out loud.” What followed was an avalanche of aspersions and debunked claims about Floyd, the Black man whose death at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer set off a global reckoning over racial injustice and broad calls for change. The insult lodged at Floyd — a 46-year-old father suspected of passing off a counterfeit $20 bill — was intended to be shocking.news.yahoo.com
I SEE U, Episode 25: Troublesome Legacies – Houston Public Media
The Vanderslice family, who are the descendants of the former Alta Vista Plantation that is now Prairie View A & M University, speak candidly about the hard truths of the past and their partnership with the Historically Black College.houstonpublicmedia.org
Pathologist: Rittenhouse shot first man at close range
A forensic pathologist says the first man killed by Kyle Rittenhouse during a night of turbulent protests in Kenosha was shot at close range of just a few feet and had soot injuries that could indicate he had his hand over the barrel of Rittenhouse’s gun.
Chauvin, ex-wife plead not guilty to tax evasion charges
A judge entered not guilty pleas on tax evasion charges Friday on behalf of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murder in George Floyd's death, and for the officer's ex-wife. Derek Chauvin appeared via Zoom for the brief hearing from the state's maximum security prison at Oak Park Heights, where he's serving a 22 1/2-year sentence for his conviction in April for second-degree murder in the May 2020 death of Floyd. The white former officer knelt on Floyd’s neck for 9 1/2 minutes as the Black man pleaded that he couldn’t breathe. Sitting in a prison conference room and wearing a white T-shirt, Chauvin said little except “yes, your honor,” to answer routine questions from the judge.news.yahoo.com
Witnesses: Threat, lunge for gun from 1st Rittenhouse victim
Witnesses at Kyle Rittenhouse's murder trial say the first man shot on the streets of Kenosha was “hyperaggressive," threatened to kill Rittenhouse and another man who were patrolling with guns, and later lunged for Rittenhouse’s gun in an attempt to take it away.
EXPLAINER: Rittenhouse plane part of widespread surveillance
The FBI surveillance plane that captured footage of the night Kyle Rittenhouse shot three people during a protest against police brutality in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year was part of a wider government strategy to keep tabs on demonstrations against racial injustice.
‘Poses Real Problems’: Ex Minneapolis Cop Has Murder Conviction Reversed and Sentencing Reduced; New Precedence Draws Concern as Derek Chauvin Seeks to Appeal His Conviction
Minneapolis’ first cop to be convicted of murder may regain his freedom sooner than anticipated. In an unprecedented turn of events, a Minnesota judge re-sentenced […]news.yahoo.com
A year of country music controversies has left some fans disappointed — and wondering whether they should keep listening
While the stereotype is that all country fans are conservative, plenty have grown disillusioned with singers in the genre, such as Jason Aldean and Morgan Wallen.washingtonpost.com
Minnesota court denies Chauvin's request for public defender
The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday denied former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin’s request to have a public defender represent him as he appeals his murder conviction and sentence in the death of George Floyd. The state's high court said Chauvin has not established that he is entitled to a public defender. The justices made that decision after reviewing information about Chauvin's debts and assets, as well as the Office of the Minnesota Appellate Public Defender's prior determination that Chauvin was ineligible, Chief Justice Lorie Gildea wrote.news.yahoo.com
George Floyd posthumous pardon request sent to Gov. Greg Abbott
The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles unanimously recommended a posthumous pardon for a 2004 drug arrest made by a now-indicted ex-Houston police officer whose case history is under scrutiny following a deadly drug raid.houstonpublicmedia.org
George Floyd memorial statue in New York City defaced again
A statue honoring George Floyd in New York City’s Union Square Park was vandalized on Sunday, police said. Nearby statues of late Congressman John Lewis and Breonna Taylor, a Louisville, Kentucky, woman shot and killed by police last year, apparently weren’t touched. Sunday's act wasn't the first example of vandalism to the statue memorializing Floyd, whose killing at the hands of police in Minneapolis last year galvanized a racial justice movement across the country.news.yahoo.com
Professor sues UCLA for suspension after allegedly not grading black students more leniently
A professor at the University of California Los Angeles filed suit against the school system for allegedly placing him on leave and threatening to fire him for not grading black students more leniently in the wake of the murder of George Floyd.news.yahoo.com
Judge questions whether Jan. 6 rioters are treated unfairly
A federal judge who sentenced a Jan. 6 rioter to probation on Friday, instead of a harsher punishment requested by prosecutors, suggested the U.S. Justice Department was being too hard on the Jan. 6 defendants and not hard enough on those accused in police brutality protests from last summer.
Judge questions whether Jan. 6 rioters are treated unfairly
Rejecting the recommendation of prosecutors, a federal judge sentenced a Jan. 6 rioter to probation on Friday and suggested that the Justice Department was being too hard on those who broke into the Capitol compared to the people arrested during anti-racism protests following George Floyd’s murder. U.S. District Court Judge Trevor McFadden questioned why federal prosecutors had not brought more cases against those accused in 2020 summertime protests, reading out statistics on riot cases in the nation's capital that were not prosecuted. “I think the U.S. attorney would have more credibility if it was even-handed in its concern about riots and mobs in this city,” McFadden said during Danielle Doyle's sentencing for entering the Capitol on Jan. 6 with a throng of other rioters.news.yahoo.com
An 18-year-old mother is brain dead after she was shot by a school resource officer, family says
Mona Rodriguez, 18, is expected to be taken off life support days after a school safety officer in Long Beach, Calif., fired his gun twice and struck her in the back of the head, her family’s attorney told The Washington Post.washingtonpost.com
Chauvin to appeal conviction, sentence in Floyd's death
The former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murder in George Floyd’s death intends to appeal his conviction and sentence, saying the judge abused his discretion or erred during several key points in the case, according to documents filed Thursday. Derek Chauvin said he intends to appeal on 14 grounds. Among them, he claims Judge Peter Cahill abused his discretion when he denied Chauvin’s request to move the trial out of Hennepin County due to pretrial publicity.news.yahoo.com
Workers reinstall Wisconsin statues downed in 2020 protest
Wisconsin workers reinstalled two statues Tuesday on the state Capitol grounds that protesters ripped down during a demonstration last year in the wake of George Floyd's death. Workers reinstalled a 9-foot-6-inch statue of Wisconsin abolitionist Col. Hans Christian Heg as well as a 7-foot statue of a woman symbolizing the state's “Forward” motto. Neither statue has any racist history associated with them, but protesters said they represented a false narrative that Wisconsin supports Black people and racial equity.news.yahoo.com
Judge rejects ballot question on fate of Minneapolis police
A judge on Tuesday rejected an attempt to salvage a proposed charter amendment on the future of policing in Minneapolis, ruling just days before early and absentee voting is due to begin in the city where George Floyd died in police custody that any votes on the question won't count. Ballots containing the question are due back from the printer Wednesday.news.yahoo.com
Justice Dept. curtails agents' use of 'no-knock' warrants
The Justice Department is curtailing federal agents’ use of “no-knock” warrants — which allow law enforcement agents to enter a home without announcing their presence — and would also prohibit its agents from using chokeholds in most circumstances.