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Kenosha: Negligence Claims Filed Against City And County Over Fatal Shootings

Jan. 4
Laurel Wamsley / NPR

Attorneys for two men shot by Kyle Rittenhouse have each filed $10 million claims against Kenosha, Wis., as the city girds for unrest when a charging decision is made in the shooting of Jacob Blake.

As Statues Of America's Racist Past Were Removed This Year, So Were Tattoos

Dec. 30, 2020
Jonaki Mehta / NPR

2020 saw an unprecedented number of statues and other symbols related to America's racist past removed. People with racist tattoos followed suit, by getting their tattoos covered up.

In 2020, Protests Spread Across The Globe With A Similar Message: Black Lives Matter

Dec. 30, 2020
Ashley Westerman / NPR

Journalists based in Colombia, South Africa and Indonesia talk about how the Black Lives Matter movement inspired activists abroad this year.

Black Women's Groups Find Health And Healing On Hikes, But Sometimes Racism, Too

Dec. 30, 2020
Chandra Thomas Whitfield / NPR

A Black sisterhood of hikers in Colorado now has chapters across the U.S. and Canada, and includes other sports. "Being around nature, it's like grounding yourself," a founder says. "That is vital."

Columbus, Ohio, Officer Who Shot And Killed Andre Hill Is Fired

Dec. 28, 2020
Vanessa Romo / NPR

"This is what accountability looks like," Police Chief Tom Quinlan said Monday. "Mr. [Adam] Coy will now have to answer to the state investigators for the death of Andre Hill."

Air Force Investigation Finds Black Members Face Racial Disparity In Service

Dec. 22, 2020
Jaclyn Diaz / NPR

Two out of five Black Air Force members don't trust their chain of command to address racism, bias and unequal opportunities.

Google AI Team Demands Ousted Black Researcher Be Rehired And Promoted

Dec. 17, 2020
Bobby Allyn / NPR

The tech giant's researchers say the dismissal of renowned researcher Timnit Gebru has "had a demoralizing effect" on one of the most prestigious units in the company.

Maya Madsen, owner of Maya's Cookies, helps a c...

Pandemic Profile: San Diego Baker Puts Heart And Soul Into Her Cookies Despite COVID-19

Dec. 16, 2020
By Roland Lizarondo

A former foster-kid-turned baker is giving back to the community as her cookie business soars.

California May Consider 'Historical Injustice' When Allocating Coronavirus Vaccine

Dec. 16, 2020
April Dembosky / NPR

Could earlier access to the vaccine for some groups, like Native Americans, be a form of reparations for historical injustice?

Pastor Of Black Church Defaced In Protests: 'An Assault On Our Historical Resolve'

Dec. 14, 2020
Laurel Wamsley / NPR

Black Lives Matters signs from two historic Black churches were destroyed. William Lamar IV says his congregation will keep its "desire to make this nation what it claims to be, but never has been."

Cleveland Baseball Team Will Drop Controversial Name To 'Unify Our Community'

Dec. 14, 2020
Jaclyn Diaz / NPR

The franchise is the second major sports team to abandon a longtime name widely seen as racist or culturally offensive. The NFL's Washington Football Team was the first to do so.

Students walk through the Southwestern College ...

Five Southwestern College Employees Sue Over Alleged Racial Discrimination

Dec. 10, 2020
By Brooke Ruth, Jade Hindmon

This follows an investigation conducted by USC researchers a year and a half ago that found a climate of anti-Black racism at the college in Chula Vista.

Seattle Police Ruled In Contempt For Firing Less Lethal Weapons At BLM Protesters

Dec. 8, 2020
Vanessa Romo / NPR

A federal judge said "the court cannot ignore the clear violations" of an injunction limiting the police department's use of the weapons, but added some instances were in compliance.

Oral Nunis Sr. seen with his wife, Roxie, in an...

Family Of Man Who Died After Encounter With Chula Vista Police Files New Suits

Dec. 7, 2020
By City News Service

The lawsuits seek the names of the officers involved in the March 13 call for service that culminated in Oral Nunis' death.

Small flames still burn at Chase bank location ...

Man Accused Of Setting La Mesa Fire After Protest Pleads Not Guilty To Arson

Dec. 7, 2020
By City News Service

A man suspected of setting fire to a historic commercial structure in downtown La Mesa following a police brutality protest that devolved into rioting last spring pleaded not guilty Monday to felony charges of arson and vandalism.