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Floyd family files civil rights suit

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 7/15/20, 04:52 pm

George Floyd’s family is suing to set a precedent “that makes it financially prohibitive for police to wrongfully kill marginalized people,” their lawyer, Ben Crump, said on Wednesday. The lawsuit claims the city of Minneapolis and the four officers involved in Floyd’s death on May 25 violated his civil rights.

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Protests in Portland still going strong

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 7/15/20, 04:11 pm

Protesters have clashed with police in Portland, Ore., for nearly two months, setting fires, launching fireworks, and spray-painting graffiti on public buildings. While most protests over the death of George Floyd have died down in other parts of the country, demonstrators in this Pacific Northwest city continue to turn out every night. Police have used tear gas to disperse the protesters and arrested dozens.

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The trouble with traffic stops

Law | Multiple studies point to racial disparities in policing across the U.S.
by Jenny Rough
Posted 7/02/20, 04:57 pm

Prosecutor Tom Kidd was working for the city of Dayton, Ohio, when he observed a troubling pattern in the cases that crossed his desk. “I noticed there were a lot of turn signal violations,” Kidd says. Police officers were issuing the minor traffic infractions in only one region of the city, a predominantly black area. No white, middle-class drivers were being pulled over for turn signal violations.

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