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  • The Root

    Ohio City Agrees to $10 Million Settlement for the Family of André Hill

    I’m somewhat surprised that we still haven’t reached the point where legislators are pushing police reform. Even if they’re unmoved by the loss of life, you would think they would grow tired of paying out millions over unnecessary deaths. Case in point: The city of Columbus, Ohio, has agreed to pay the family of André Hill $10 million.

  • The Independent

    Neighbour tells family to take down Black Lives Matter sign because it ‘doesn’t reflect well on area’

    Neighbour says family’s house is ‘very tastefully designed apart from the sign’

  • The Root

    Minneapolis Judge Postpones Trial for the 3 Ex-Cops Charged in George Floyd’s Death Until 2022

    A judge ruled on Thursday that the trial of the three former Minneapolis cops charged in aiding and abetting the murder of George Floyd would be postponed until March of next year.

  • CoinDesk

    Minnesota Corrections Officer Loses Job After Berating Anti-Police Brutality Protesters

    The Minnesota Department of Corrections announced that its internal investigation into Sgt. Paul Gorder had been completed.

  • The Telegraph

    Trevor McDonald & Charlene White: Has George Floyd Changed Britain? review: a thoughtful, measured account

    A sense of running to catch up pervades ITV’s reaction to the Black Lives Matter movement. The broadcaster now has a “diversity acceleration plan” but always seems to be on the back foot: reacting to criticism that its daytime presenting teams are too white; being forced to part ways with Piers Morgan. A series of dramas told from a black perspective, Unsaid Stories, was aired last year but each story was only 15 minutes, making the whole thing feel like an afterthought. Finally, though, they’ve added some gravitas, in the form of Sir Trevor McDonald. Trevor McDonald & Charlene White: Has George Floyd Changed Britain? looked back at the past year and asked if the murder of a man in Minnesota will have a lasting legacy in this country. It approached the subject from a journalistic perspective, interviewing various people who have come to attention over the last year. They included Patrick Hutchinson, a black man who rescued a white counter-protester from a BLM protest by carrying him to safety; Bianca Williams, a British Olympic athlete who accused police of racial profiling after she and her partner were removed from their car and handcuffed; David Lascelles, 8th Earl of Harewood, who has publicly confronted the fact that his family wealth was built on the profits of slavery. These interviews were interspersed with McDonald and White watching the footage of Floyd’s death and giving their own perspectives on race. Although the documentary was well-constructed, there was little new here, save for a decent interview with Foreign Office minister James Cleverly. The real merit was in listening to McDonald give his thoughtful, measured take on subjects including Floyd’s arrest (“This was brutality… it’s not in any police manual that this is the way you arrest somebody”), and institutions making BLM gestures (“Slogans are great, but let’s see some action”). He claimed that members of the younger generation are “much smarter and brighter than people like me ever were”, but I’d beg to differ.

  • The Root

    Judge Rules Derek Chauvin Could Face Longer Sentencing Since He Treated George Floyd With ‘Particular Cruelty’

    When former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of the murder in the death of George Floyd, there was slight relief but one nagging question in the back of many our minds: “OK, but what’s the sentence going to be?” While there was, and still is, concern that Chauvin will face the lightest sentence possible, the judge in the case has ruled he can consider a longer than usual sentence due to certain aggravating factors.

  • The Independent

    Chauvin may get longer jail term for ‘particular cruelty’ in George Floyd murder, says judge

    The judge agreed with four out of five allegations of aggravating factors

  • Cosmopolitan

    We All Need Life Advice From This 94-Year-Old Activist

    Opal Lee, a former teacher, community organizer, and advocate for Juneteenth to be a national holiday has lived an eventful life—and we can all learn from it.

  • The Root

    Florida School District Drops Tamir Rice-Inspired Novel After Police Union Labels It 'Propaganda'

    How dare we tell children anything close to the truth about race in America? That’s the takeaway after a Florida school district—the second-largest in the state—suspended Dr. Jewell Parker Rhodes’ award-winning young adult novel Ghost Boys from a fifth-grade curriculum after a local police union complained it was anti-police “propaganda.”