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Janelle Griffith

Janelle Griffith is a national reporter for NBC News focusing on issues of race and policing.

Janelle Griffith is a national reporter for NBC News focusing on issues of race and policing.

Latest from Janelle Griffith

Derek Chauvin sentencing thrusts Minnesota Judge Peter Cahill back into spotlight

Judge Peter Cahill, who has served on the bench in Hennepin County for 14 years, could sentence Derek Chauvin to as little as probation or more than 30 years in the murder of George Floyd.
14d ago

DA rescinds policy barring plea deals to clients of Black lawyer who accused his office of racial bias

Allegheny County, Pa., District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. has come under mounting criticism and faced calls to resign from elected officials and criminal justice advocates.
17d ago

DA defends ending plea deals to clients of Black lawyer who accused his office of racial bias

Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. said he wants to ensure "consistent, evidence-based decisions and avoid false claims of racism."

Crews remove barriers, memorials at George Floyd Square

A sprawling memorial was erected at 38th and Chicago — informally known as George Floyd Square — after he was killed by a Minneapolis police officer a year ago.

Prosecutors seek 30-year sentence for Derek Chauvin; defense requests probation

Chauvin's attorney asked for a downward departure from sentencing guidelines or a sentence of probation with time served.
25d ago

76ers and Knicks ban fans who spit at and poured popcorn on players

The NBA said that "an enhanced fan code of conduct will be vigorously enforced" going forward.
27d ago

On anniversary of George Floyd's death, his family expresses hope, frustration over status of policing act

Many members of the family met with President Joe Biden as memorial events across the country marked the anniversary of Floyd's killing.

He witnessed George Floyd's murder. Here's what he hopes people understand.

"I don't think most of America understands," Donald Williams II said of the trauma he still experiences. "They kind of see it and hear it, but I don't think they fully understand."

Judge's ruling paves way for longer sentence for Derek Chauvin in George Floyd's death

Even with the aggravating factors, legal experts have said, the former Minneapolis police officer is unlikely to get more than 30 years.
41d ago

Prosecutor: No legal basis for Virginia state trooper to stop Black woman who was pulled from car

"It's sickening and unacceptable that any member of our community fears for their safety during a routine traffic stop," prosecutor Steve Descano said.
47d ago

A Chauvin juror participated in the 2020 March on Washington. Is it grounds for appeal?

Brandon Mitchell said the march he attended last summer was "100 percent not" for George Floyd.