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‘Exception not the rule’: What’s next after Chauvin conviction?
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‘Exception not the rule’: What’s next after Chauvin conviction?

The conviction of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin was met with a sigh of relief of activists, legislators, US citizens and officials, many of whom have long called for accountability in the killings of unarmed Black people in the country. It also had many – including US President Joe Biden – asking what comes next, and calling for greater police reform and support for communities of colour. On social media, many pointed to the initial Minneapolis Police Department’s version of Floyd’s death, which said Floyd died “after a medical incident during a police interaction” and did not mention that Chauvin had kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes, as proof of just how precarious police accountability remains in the US. “This fabricated police story might have become the off...
Reparations for US slave descendants gains momentum
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Reparations for US slave descendants gains momentum

Black American slaves were promised “40 acres and a mule” by the US government in the aftermath of the Civil War that freed them in 1865, a promise that was rescinded soon after it was made. In the century and a half since, facing racism and repression, Black Americans have called for reparations, a notion that has vexed political leaders and an idea that has been met with significant resistance along the way. Now, for the first time in its history, the United States government is moving towards addressing the question of reparations for the descendants of African slaves. President Joe Biden in a meeting at the White House on Tuesday with Black US legislators renewed his support for a commission to study how the US can compensate the descendants of African slaves. “We are grateful for that...
Defence, prosecution rest as Derek Chauvin declines to testify
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Defence, prosecution rest as Derek Chauvin declines to testify

Closing arguments will come on Monday then the jury will be sequestered to deliberate.Closing arguments are scheduled to be heard Monday in the trial of former Minneapolis Police (MPD) Officer Derek Chauvin for George Floyd’s murder after the defence and prosecution rested their cases Thursday. Chauvin waived his right to testify in his trial, a surprise as the defence rested following two days of testimony. “I will invoke my fifth amendment privilege today,” Chauvin, 45, told defence lawyer Eric Nelson as Judge Peter Cahill observed. Chauvin, who is white, is accused of second- and third-degree murder and manslaughter by killing Floyd, 46, by keeping his body weight on the Black man’s neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds. Floyd was arrested after allegedly using a counterfeit $20 bill at ...
‘Enlarged heart’, not knee, caused Floyd’s death: Defence expert
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‘Enlarged heart’, not knee, caused Floyd’s death: Defence expert

Pathologist claims George Floyd’s heart was cause of death as Derek Chauvin’s defence attempts to plant doubt in the jury.The defence of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin called a forensic pathologist to the stand who testified George Floyd’s cause of death was his own heart issues and drug use on Wednesday, challenging the prosecution’s narrative. Chauvin’s defence lawyer, Eric Nelson, has made Floyd’s health and drug use the foundation for making the case that Chauvin’s restraint of Floyd was not the cause of death. Chauvin is charged with second- and third-degree murder in relation to Floyd’s death. The former chief medical examiner for the state of Maryland, Dr David Fowler, pointed to Floyd’s “enlarged heart”, as the main reason for his death. Fowler said he had studied ...
GM, Ford CEOs among titans challenging Michigan ballot strictures
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GM, Ford CEOs among titans challenging Michigan ballot strictures

A battle is expected after Michigan Republicans last month filed 39 proposed changes to the state’s voting rules, citing an interest in improving election integrity.The nation’s fight over voter inclusion heated up in Michigan, with General Motors Co. Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra and Ford Motor Co. CEO Jim Farley headlining a group of 38 business leaders in the state who signed a letter to the state’s lawmakers saying that any changes to voting laws shouldn’t restrict people from casting ballots, especially historically disenfranchised communities. With Michigan’s Republican-led Senate expected to soon start hearings on a range of election proposals, the group of business leaders sent a letter dated April 13 that stated eight principles supporting people’s right to vote and opposing ...
US: Maryland repeals Confederate call to arms as state song
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US: Maryland repeals Confederate call to arms as state song

The Civil War-era song has for decades been a subject of debate that gained new urgency amid racial injustice protests.Legislators in the US state of Maryland have passed a repeal of the state song, a Civil War-era call to arms for the Confederacy that also refers to President Abraham Lincoln as a despot. The vote by Maryland’s House of Delegates comes after decades of debate over the song titled Maryland, My Maryland, sending the measure to Republican Governor Larry Hogan. His spokesman, Michael Ricci, has declined to say whether the governor would sign the bill because it has not been formally presented to him, but he noted Hogan has said he does not like the song. The song, set to the traditional seasonal tune of O, Tannenbaum, was written as a poem in 1861 by James Ryder Randall. It wa...
Inequality, race and pseudoscience
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Inequality, race and pseudoscience

Geneticist Adam Rutherford and economist Faiza Shaheen discuss how to deconstruct racism and build a fairer world. Disclaimer: If you need to update/edit/remove this news or article then please contact our support team Learn more