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Law Professor: Police Hold 'Extraordinary' Power Over Black People In Traffic Stops

April 16
Noel King / NPR

Those who don't immediately stop for police are committing "contempt of cop. And bad officers will make you pay for that," law professor Paul Butler argues.

Simon & Schuster Reverses, Won't Distribute Book By Officer In Breonna Taylor Raid

April 16
Rachel Treisman / NPR

Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly is writing a book about the botched raid, during which he shot into Taylor's apartment after being wounded. Post Hill Press says it will move forward with its plans to publish.

Chicago Releases Video Showing Fatal Police Shooting Of 13-Year-Old Adam Toledo

April 15
Rachel Treisman / NPR

The highly anticipated footage was released to the public on Thursday, more than two weeks after the seventh-grader was killed by an officer following an alleyway foot pursuit.

Podcaster Chronicles Racism, 'Resistance' And The Fight For Black Lives

April 15
Terry Gross / NPR

Saidu Tejan-Thomas Jr. lost a close friend from college to police violence. His podcast explores different aspects of the movement for Black lives — including Tejan-Thomas Jr.'s personal history.

Testimony Ends Without Derek Chauvin Taking The Stand In His Trial

April 15
Laurel Wamsley / NPR

Chauvin told Judge Peter Cahill that he would exercise his Fifth Amendment right. Closing arguments are expected to begin on Monday.

The San Diego Police Department headquarters is...

San Diego Councilmembers Discuss Ongoing Racial Disparities In Policing

April 14
By Cristina Kim

They heard from the author of a study showing that San Diego police agencies were twice as likely to stop Black people as white people.

Rusten Sheskey, Kenosha Officer Who Shot Jacob Blake, Will Not Face Discipline

April 13
Laurel Wamsley / NPR

"Officer Sheskey was found to have been acting within policy," Kenosha, Wis., police Chief Daniel Miskinis said Tuesday, adding that he knows "some will not be pleased with the outcome."

Park Police Officer Who Provided Backup Testifies In Derek Chauvin Trial

April 13
Laurel Wamsley / NPR

Chauvin's attorney said the footage from Officer Peter Chang's bodycam would show how another officer reacted to events as well as reflect bystanders' reactions to what they were seeing.

Protests Grow In Minnesota And Around U.S. Over Death of Daunte Wright

April 13
Becky Sullivan / NPR

Police clashed with protesters for a second night in Brooklyn Center, Minn., as outrage spread across the U.S. over Wright's death at the hands of an officer who meant to use her Taser, officials say.

'Enough Is Enough': Democrats Push For GOP Support On Asian American Hate Crimes Bill

April 13
Barbara Sprunt / NPR

The legislation would address the spike in hate crimes and violence targeted at the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. Democrats need GOP votes to advance the bill in the Senate this week.

Watch Live: Chauvin Defense Begins Presenting At Murder Trial

April 13
Laurel Wamsley / NPR

The defense showed video from a 2019 traffic stop in which George Floyd was a passenger, and interviewed a paramedic who treated Floyd that day.

Chauvin Trial: Expert Says Use Of Force In George Floyd Arrest Was Not Reasonable

April 12
Vanessa Romo / NPR

"No reasonable officer would have believed that that was an appropriate, acceptable or reasonable use of force," Seth Stoughton, a former police officer and use of force expert, told jurors.

San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria talking to Black le...

Mayor Gloria Releases Black Empowerment Plan To Fight Systemic Racism In San Diego

April 12
By City News Service

Mayor Todd Gloria on Monday announced an empowerment policy plan for San Diego's Black community focusing on housing, economic mobility, the effects of climate change, police reform, educational barriers and differing health outcomes in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chauvin Trial Judge Denies Request For Jury Sequestration After Police Shooting

April 12
Laurel Wamsley / NPR

Judge Peter Cahill said the jury would be sequestered beginning next week when closing arguments are expected to start.

Floyd's Death 'Absolutely Preventable,' Doctor Says In Chauvin Trial

April 12
Laurel Wamsley / NPR

"I can state with a high degree of medical certainty that George Floyd did not die from a primary cardiac event and he did not die from a drug overdose," cardiologist Dr. Jonathan Rich says.

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