Families of 3 Black victims in fatal Florida Dollar General shooting plead for end to gun violence
Lawyers and family members of three Black people who were fatally shot during a racially motivated attack at a north Florida Dollar General blamed the national chain for not providing security to protect customers and employees.
Georgia sheriff releases video showing a violent struggle before deputy shoots exonerated man
A Georgia sheriff has released video of a violent struggle between a deputy and a Black man he pulled over that shows the driver forcing the deputy's head backward with his hands before the deputy shoots him at point-blank range.
Ohio police chief says K-9 handler was deceptive during probe of dog attack on surrendering trucker
Documents pertaining to the firing of an Ohio police officer who released his police dog on a surrendering truck driver show he was disciplined days before his termination for his behavior after the incident.
Lawsuit filed over hit-and-run death of Nicki Minaj’s father
MINEOLA, N.Y. – Rapper Nicki Minaj’s mother, Carol Maraj, has filed a $150 million lawsuit against the man who is accused of killing Minaj’s father in a hit-and-run crash last month, an attorney for Maraj said. Charles Polevich, 70, is accused of striking Robert Maraj, 64, on Long Island on Feb. 12 and then driving off without calling 911. Polevich was arrested on Feb. 17 on charges of leaving the scene of an incident and tampering with physical evidence. A telephone message was left Sunday with Polevich’s attorney, listed in online court records as Marc Gann of Mineola. Nicki Minaj, who was born Onika Tanya Maraj, has not made any public statement on her father's death.
Judge ends shooting case against Breonna Taylor's boyfriend
Walker was the boyfriend of Breonna Taylor who was killed by officers of the Louisville Metro Police Department following the execution of a no knock warrant on her apartment on March 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A judge in Kentucky has signed an order permanently closing a criminal case against Breonna Taylor's boyfriend, who shot a police officer during the deadly raid that killed Taylor. Prosecutors dismissed an attempted murder of a police officer charge against Kenneth L. Walker in May, about two months after Taylor's death. Taylor was fatally shot by police who burst through her door with a narcotics warrant on March 13, 2020. Two other officers who fired shots at Taylor's apartment have been dismissed from the department.
Autopsy finds LA deputies shot Black man 16 times
An autopsy report says Kizzee, a Black man shot and killed by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies was wounded 16 times in the front and back but it doesn't shed any light on whether he was on the ground when he was shot. (AP Photo/Stefanie Dazio, File)LOS ANGELES – A Black man shot and killed by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies was wounded 16 times in the front and back, according to an autopsy that doesn't shed any light on whether he was on the ground when he was shot. Kizzee was killed Aug. 31 in South Los Angeles after sheriff’s deputies tried to stop him for riding a bicycle in the wrong direction. Two deputies told investigators they fatally shot Kizzee after he picked up the handgun he had dropped during a struggle with one of them. The official autopsy found that Kizzee was wounded a total of 16 times.
Attorney: Black man shot by LA deputies wasn't holding a gun
Dijon Kizzee, 29, "posed no threat" to deputies when they fired 19 shots at him, attorney Crump said at the news conference. Kizzee shot and killed by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies wasn't holding a gun when they opened fire, attorneys for his family said Tuesday, contradicting a claim that he had picked up a dropped weapon during a struggle. (AP Photo/Stefanie Dazio)LOS ANGELES – A Black man shot and killed by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies wasn't holding a gun when they opened fire, attorneys for his family said Tuesday, contradicting a claim that he had picked up a dropped weapon during a struggle. Kizzee's family stood with Crump and the other attorneys, including his stepbrother and aunts. Crump called Kizzee's death part of racial injustice and police brutality that have been part of the U.S. for centuries.
Video shows deadly deputy shooting of Black bicyclist in LA
(AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, file)LOS ANGELES A grainy video shows a Black man stopped while riding a bicycle struggling with a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy. The Sheriff's Department account said he punched a deputy in the face. A 41-second video obtained by the Los Angeles Times shows a police SUV stop in a street. The Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department did not provide statistics regarding bicycle stops and citations on Wednesday. The Los Angeles Police Departments figures do not break down vehicle stops by category.
New video shows fatal police shooting of Black man in LA
LOS ANGELES A grainy video posted Wednesday shows the fatal shooting of a Black man by Los Angeles County sheriffs deputies after he was stopped on a bicycle for a traffic violation, but the video does not confirm the police allegation that he made a motion" for a gun. The video, obtained by the Los Angeles Times, shows the 29-year-old Kizzee scuffling with a deputy on a sidewalk. We stand with Dijons family in demanding justice and transparency into this despicable and tragic killing perpetrated by Los Angeles County officers," Crump said in a statement. The Los Angeles Sheriffs Department, the largest in the nation, does not have body cameras for deputies, though that soon will change. Sheriff Alex Villanueva offered his condolences to Kizzee's relatives on Tuesday, who he said includes a cousin who is a Sheriff's Department member.
'Fanning the flames': Dems accuse Trump of stoking violence
Supporters of President Donald Trump and protesters hold banners as they wait for the motorcade of President Trump outside the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va., Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020. The people of Portland, like all other cities & parts of our great Country, want Law & Order," Trump later tweeted. But Democrats accuse Trump of rooting for unrest and trying to stoke further violence for political gain instead of seeking to ratchet down tensions. Trump has cast the upcoming election as clash between law and order and anarchy, and he has denounced protesters as thugs while sharply defending police. And hes going to do everything to disrupt law and order in this time period."
Protest erupts after Wisconsin police shoot man from behind
The three officers at the scene were placed on administrative leave, standard practice in a shooting by police, while the state Justice Department investigates. The shooting happened at around 5 p.m. Sunday and was captured from across the street on cellphone video that was posted online. Seven shots can be heard, though it isnt clear how many struck Blake or how many of the officers fired. During the shooting, a Black woman can be seen screaming in the street and jumping up and down. That man just literally grabbed him by his shirt and looked the other way and was just shooting him.
March on Washington reconfigured to comply with virus rules
In late July, with local infection numbers rising, Bowser ordered that anyone traveling or returning to Washington from a virus hot spot must self-quarantine for 14 days. Bowser, when asked on July 30 about the potential conflict, said government officials had been in contact with march organizers and that Washington would not be relaxing its virus rules for participants. The NAACP, one of several partners in this year's commemoration, last week launched a website for a virtual March on Washington. The site will livestream the Washington march, in addition to other programming leading up to and after the event. The Movement for Black Lives, a coalition of more than 150 Black-led organizations that make up the broader Black Lives Matter movement, will hold its virtual Black National Convention later in the evening.
Kentucky capitol rally urges action in Breonna Taylor death
Calls for action against the officers have gotten louder during a national reckoning over racism and police brutality following George Floyd's death in Minneapolis. (Photo provided by Taylor family attorney Sam Aguiar via AP)FRANKFORT, Ky. Hundreds of people rallied at Kentucky's capitol on Thursday to urge action in the investigation of three officers in the fatal police shooting of a Black woman, Breonna Taylor, at her Louisville home. Taylor's family, hip hop artists and civil rights lawyers addressed a large crowd on the steps of the capitol to mark 100 days since Taylor was killed. Taylor was killed in the sanctity of her own home, said civil rights lawyer Benjamin Crump, who is representing Taylor's family. Kenneth Walker, Taylor's boyfriend, also appeared at the rally.
Democrats: GOP police bill 'not salvageable,' demand talks
WASHINGTON Top Democratic leaders in the Senate say the Republican policing bill is not salvageable, as they signal an intent to block it and demand negotiations on a new, more bipartisan package in response to the killing of Black Americans. That's according to a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell from the Democrats obtained by The Associated Press. This bill is not salvageable and we need bipartisan talks to get to a constructive starting point, write Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and the co-authors of the party's bill, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. The Republican legislation would create a national database of police use-of-force incidents, restrict police chokeholds and set up new training procedures. Congress is under enormous pressure to establish new oversight and accountability of the police as demonstrations spill into cities large and small nationwide.
Live coverage: Celebrities, leaders join thousands in Houston for George Floyd memorial
HOUSTON 7 a.m. -- Houston is preparing for hundreds of mourners with a six-hour viewing of George Floyds casket on Monday. The viewing, which is open to the public, will be held at The Fountain of Praise church in Houston, Floyds hometown. Al Sharpton, Attorney Benjamin Crump, Slim Thug, Leela James, Paul Wall, Floyd Mayweather, Congressman Al Green, Bishop James Dixon, and more. It is the final public memorial before Floyd will be buried Tuesday at the Houston Memorial Gardens cemetery. Floyd, 46, died after a white Minneapolis officer pressed a knee on his neck for several minutes exactly two weeks ago.
Joe Biden Meets With George Floyd's Family in Houston
Joe Biden privately met with George Floyd's family in Houston, Texas, on Monday. Floyd family attorney Benjamin Crump confirmed the meetup via Twitter, posting a photo of himself posing with the Democratic presidential nominee, along with Rev. Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) June 8, 2020A private funeral will be held for Floyd on Tuesday in Houston. In addition to meeting with his family, Biden also recorded a special video message that will play during the service. RELATED CONTENT:George Floyd Memorial Services Continue in HoustonJennifer Aniston Donates Nearly $1 Million to Racial Justice CharitiesBeyonc Hopes for 'Real Change' In Moving Commencement Speech
George Floyd Memorial: Rev. Al Sharpton Encourages World to Stand in Silence for 8 Minutes and 46 Seconds
Following days of nationwide protests, George Floyd's family and friends will now get to celebrate his life. Floyd's brother, Philonise, was the first to speak, sharing a story about what it was like growing up together. Al Sharpton, who told reporters earlier this week that "we must turn this moment into a movement," spoke next, reiterating the fact that "George Floyd should not be among the deceased. Sharpton then asked the crowd, as well as everyone watching at home, to stand in silence for eight minutes and 46 seconds in honor of Floyd. RELATED CONTENT:Beyonc Urges Fans to 'Remain Aligned and Focused' Amid ProtestsBrad Pitt, Zoe Kravitz, Lili Reinhart and More Celebs Take to the Streets to Protest George Floyd's DeathMLK's Daughter on the 'Pain' George Floyd's 6-Year-Old Is FeelingGeorge Floyd's 6-Year-Old Daughter Says She Misses Her Dad
Minneapolis overwhelmed again by protests over Floyd death
Protests continued following the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day. The rare step came as the violence spread to other cities: A man shot dead in Detroit, police cars battered in Atlanta and skirmishes with police in New York City. Minneapolis police said shots had been fired at law enforcement officers during the protests but no one was injured. Chauvin eventually pulled Floyd out of the car, and the handcuffed Floyd went to the ground face down. The doctor who will do the autopsy is Michael Baden, former chief medical examiner of New York City.
'I can't breathe' a rally cry anew for police protests in US
Protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody Monday, broke out in Minneapolis for a third straight night. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)WASHINGTON I cant breathe.Eric Garner uttered those words six years ago, locked in a police chokehold. It became a rallying cry after his death for demonstrators across the country who protested the killings of African Americans by police. Floyd's death came after Ahmaud Arbery was shot to death in Georgia by a former district attorney investigator and his son, who were not arrested until after video emerged months later. Davis has gone to some protests, but came this morning with his two adolescent children to show them what was happening.