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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.
Image: People watch the news in Houston of Derek Chauvin's guilty verdict on April 20, 2021.
Image: People watch the news in Houston of Derek Chauvin's guilty verdict on April 20, 2021.
3d ago

Michael Jordan reveals final text messages shared with Kobe Bryant

Family, basketball and tequila were top of mind when the hardwood legends last communicated weeks before Bryant’s death.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan talk during a free-throw attempt during the fourth quarter of a game at the United Center in Chicago on Dec. 17, 1997.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan talk during a free-throw attempt during the fourth quarter of a game at the United Center in Chicago on Dec. 17, 1997.
4d 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.
Image: Juanisha Brooks
Image: Juanisha Brooks
4d ago

3 Georgia men plead not guilty to hate crime charges in Ahmaud Arbery case

"We know justice is closer,” said Marcus Arbery Sr., father of the 25-year-old Black man fatally shot in Brunswick while he was out for a run.
Demonstrators gather at the Glynn County courthouse during a court appearance by Gregory and Travis McMichael, two suspects in the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, on June 4, 2020 in Brunswick, Ga.
Demonstrators gather at the Glynn County courthouse during a court appearance by Gregory and Travis McMichael, two suspects in the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, on June 4, 2020 in Brunswick, Ga.
5d ago

Novel about Black boy shot by officer pulled from Florida classes after police union complaint

The teaching of "Ghost Boys," about a 12-year-old Black boy who is killed by a white officer, was halted in two Broward County fifth grade classes.
Image: Ghost Boys
Image: Ghost Boys
6d ago

Maryland governor pardons 34 victims of racial lynching

“My hope is that this action will ... help to right these horrific wrongs and perhaps bring a measure of peace to the memories of these individuals," Gov. Larry Hogan said.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan speaks on the last day of the state's legislative session in Annapolis on April 12, 2021.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan speaks on the last day of the state's legislative session in Annapolis on April 12, 2021.

'A pendulum shift': How a Jim Crow relic in the Deep South is coming undone by a local DA

Jason Williams vacated convictions in February of nearly two dozen people found guilty by nonunanimous verdicts. It's only the beginning, he says.
New Orleans District Attorney Jason Williams at an event marking his 100th day in office on April 20, 2021.
New Orleans District Attorney Jason Williams at an event marking his 100th day in office on April 20, 2021.

4 ex-police officers indicted on civil rights charges in George Floyd's death

Derek Chauvin and three others are accused of "willfully" depriving Floyd of the Constitutional right "to be free from an unreasonable force by a police officer."
People march near the Minnesota State Capitol to honor George Floyd on March 19, 2021 in St Paul, Minn.
People march near the Minnesota State Capitol to honor George Floyd on March 19, 2021 in St Paul, Minn.
8d ago

Golden Globes organizers approve changes on diversity, ethics

The moves follow an investigation published in February by the Los Angeles Times that noted there were no Black people currently in the HFPA.
Image: Golden Globe statues
Image: Golden Globe statues
8d ago

LSU picks new leader, naming system’s first Black president

William Tate will take charge of a system in the midst of several campus controversies.
Syndication: Knoxville
Syndication: Knoxville
9d ago

Books on Black motherhood to read this Mother's Day

From Toni Morrison to Michelle Obama, here are some of the best fiction and nonfiction works to read.
Illustration of five different books for Black Mothers
Illustration of five different books for Black Mothers