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Family and friends of Daunte Wright react after the verdict was read in the trial of Kim Potter. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Civil rights attorneys who represent the family of Daunte Wright said the family felt "relieved that the justice system has provided some measure of accountability" for Wright's "senseless death" in a police shooting.

What they're saying: "If we are ever going to restore the confidence of Black and marginalized Americans in law enforcement, we need to have accountability and a commitment to listening and to creating meaningful change," the statement from attorneys Benjamin Crump, Antonio Romanucci and Jeff Storms read.

  • They also called for the strongest sentence possible and reform of police training and protocols in Brooklyn Center and beyond.

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison also praised the jury and prosecutors.

  • "We have a degree of accountability for Daunte’s death," Ellison said. "Justice is beyond the reach that we have in this life for Daunte, but accountability is an important step."

Of note: Ellison, in a powerful speech to the press, said police officers should be satisfied with the verdict.

  • "It does not diminish you," he said. "It shows the whole world that those of you who chose to uphold the law agree to live by it."

The big picture: The shooting, which came during the Derek Chauvin murder trial, sparked days of protests in the Minneapolis suburb.

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Activists focus on systemic change after verdict in Daunte Wright death

A demonstrator honors Daunte Wright on a bracelet outside the courthouse in Minneapolis. Photo: Christian Monterrosa/Associated Press

Eight months after throngs of people filled a downtown Minneapolis plaza ahead of the Derek Chauvin verdict, a noticeably smaller group gathered to hear the fate of former police officer Kim Potter, who was found guilty of manslaughter in Daunte Wright's death Thursday.

The bottom line: Many across the trial-weary Twin Cities had checked out for Christmas.

China builds its own movie empire

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Data: Gower Street citing Comscore; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

China blocked all four of Disney's Marvel movies from being released in its theaters last year, a grim sign for U.S. film giants being squeezed out of the world's fastest-growing box office.

Why it matters: The Chinese Communist Party is using domestic films as a key conduit for mass messaging aimed at achieving political goals, leaving little room for foreign views.

Why 401(k) rollovers are so annoying

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

If you happened to change jobs recently, you may have tried to transfer your retirement account from your former employer into an Individual Retirement Account or your new employer's 401(k) plan. If so, you probably encountered a bureaucratic gantlet — and you're not alone.

Why it matters: Kludgey processes around retirement account transfers result in people losing track of their funds, giving up important tax advantages, or otherwise disadvantaging themselves and being less prepared for retirement.

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