Dec 12, 2017

9. Meet Roy Moore

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Roy Moore is the Republican nominee for Senate in Alabama. He's been backed by Steve Bannon from the beginning — the one who championed the far-right, populist rhetoric behind Trump's campaign and victory.

Supporters: President Trump, Steve Bannon, Republican National Committee

Platform: Moore is anti-establishment, "tough on crime," tough on immigration, anti-LGBTQ rights and anti-abortion. He has said homosexuality should be illegal and Muslims should not be allowed to serve in the U.S. Congress.

Background:

  • In 2001, Moore, who was a former attorney and then circuit judge, was appointed chief justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama.
  • He was first removed from the position in 2003 after he refused to remove a large, marble statue of the Ten Commandments from the judicial building.
  • He ran for Alabama governor in 2006 and 2010, but lost both times in the primaries.
  • He was then re-appointed in 2013, but was again suspended in 2016 for advising Alabama judges to continue enforcing the state's ban on same-sex marriage even after the U.S. Supreme Court deemed the law unconstitutional. He lost an appeal to regain his position as chief justice, and then announced he was running for Senate.

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The fury over George Floyd's killing is erupting as the U.S. faces a looming wave of business bankruptcies, likely home evictions and a virus pandemic that will all disproportionately hit African Americans.

Why it matters: What these seemingly disparate issues share in common is that they emanate from systemic abuses that calls to action and promised reforms have yet to meaningfully address.

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Deaths without consequences

Community organizations and activists demand police accountability at a rally in Grand Central Terminal to commemorate the 5-year anniversary of Mike Brown's death by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson. Photo: Erik McGregor/Getty Images

Seven years after the launch of the Black Lives Matter movement, it's still rare for police officers to be charged in the deaths of African Americans — and even more rare for an officer to go to jail.

The big picture: The Minneapolis police officer who was captured on video kneeling on George Floyd's neck has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter — which is already a step beyond the consequences other police officers have faced. But it's no guarantee that he will face jail time.