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Statues of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor & John Lewis installed in Manhattan

Terrence Floyd and artist Chris Carnabuci attend the ceremony placing statues of George Floyd, John Lewis and Breonna Taylor at Union Square in New York City. Photo: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

More than a year after the murder of George Floyd sparked global racial justice demonstrations, larger-than-life statues of Floyd, Breonna Taylor and John Lewis were erected in Manhattan's Union Square this week, ABC 7 News reported.

What they're saying: "This is the first time there's been a sculpture like this in NYC, usually it's a mural on a wall, so change is here, change is here," George Floyd's brother, Terrence Floyd, said of the sculpture, per ABC 7 News.

COVID-era criminals go free: Prosecutors dismiss cases as backlog mounts

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The pandemic slowed the criminal justice system to a crawl in much of the U.S., and now an increase in violent crime is straining the system even further.

Why it matters: COVID-19 has caused backlogs in criminal cases across the U.S. to swell, forcing district attorneys to focus on the most violent offenses — and decline, delay or deal down a slew of other cases.

Louisiana state trooper charged in violent beating of Black motorist

The Louisiana State Police headquarters in Baton Rouge. Photo: Sean Gardner via Getty Images

A former Louisiana State Police trooper was charged Thursday with a civil rights violation for beating a Black motorist 18 times with a flashlight, according to the Associated Press.

Why it matters: Former state trooper Jacob Brown's indictment is the first criminal case to come out of federal investigations into attacks in which state troopers and their bosses concealed incidents of misconduct, according to the AP.

State supreme court approves ballot question on Minneapolis police

A memorial to George Floyd outside the Cup Foods corner store where he died last March. Photo: Nicholas Pfosi/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Minneapolis voters will be able to weigh in on the city's police department on the local ballot, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

Why it matters: The proposed charter amendment was spurred by mass protests against police brutality after George Floyd's death last year. It would replace the city's police department with a new Department of Public Safety that "could include" police officers "if necessary."

California bill barring certain police holds heads to Newsom's desk

A demonstration over George Floyd’s death on June 3, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Photo: Mario Tama via Getty Images

The California legislature on Thursday gave final approval to a bill barring certain life-threatening face-down holds that can lead to asphyxia.

Why it matters: The Angelo Quinto Act, named after the Filipino American Navy vet who died in Antioch last December after police allegedly knelt on his neck for five minutes, expands upon the chokeholds ban instituted in the state following George Floyd’s murder.

DOJ agrees to review Columbus police after fatal shootings

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The Justice Department has agreed to review the practices of the Columbus, Ohio, police department following several fatal shootings of Black people in the city, Mayor Andrew Ginther announced Thursday.

Why it matters: The nature of the review differs from that of the "pattern or practice" probes the department has undertaken in Phoenix and Minneapolis. Those typically end with a civil lawsuit by the DOJ to compel departments to change their practices.

Former prosecutor indicted for misconduct in Ahmaud Arbery investigation

Protesters march in Boston as one holds up a painting of Ahmaud Arbery. Photo: Erin Clark/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

A Georgia grand jury on Thursday indicted a former prosecutor on charges of misconduct related to the investigation into the death of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr announced in a press release.

Why it matters: Arbery's death was one of the catalysts for nationwide Black Lives Matter protests last summer.

3 officers, 2 paramedics charged in connection with death of Elijah McClain

Sheneen McClain, center, mother of Elijah McClain, speaks in Oct. 1, 2019, surrounded by family, friends and legal counsel. Photo: Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images

A Colorado grand jury returned a 32-count indictment against police officers and paramedics in the 2019 death of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man.

Driving the news: The grand jury charged each of the three officers and two paramedics with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide, the state’s attorney general announced Wednesday.

Aug 24, 2021 - Axios Tampa Bay

Prosecutors want to take police conduct off the table at Tampa BLM protesters' trial

Photo: Chandler Cullotta c/o Creative Loafing Tampa Bay

The peaceful nature of protests and acts of law enforcement against protesters might be banned from discussion in an upcoming Tampa trial for last year's Fourth of July Black Lives Matter protesters.

  • What's happening: Creative Loafing's Justin Garcia reports that State Attorney Andrew Warren’s office motioned last week to restrict what can be discussed during the proceedings.

Why it matters: Creative Loafing's reporting tells a starkly different story of the day than what prosecutors may be trying to portray at trial.

The multiracial identity revolution among U.S. Latinos

A "Stand Up and Be Counted" U.S. census rally for Latinos in Langley Park, Md. Photo: Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The number of U.S. Latinos identifying as multiracial soared during the last decade, while those identifying as solely white dropped significantly, according to the latest census.

Why it matters: The dramatic shift in racial identity among Latinos came after the census offered more options in 2020, giving Latinos the opportunity to officially embrace Indigenous and Black backgrounds.