Black Lives Matter movement

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The major police reforms enacted since George Floyd's death
The major police reforms enacted since George Floyd's death

These are the first large-scale reforms since the Black Lives Matter movement started in 2013.

Updated Oct 1, 2020 - Politics & Policy
American society is teetering on the edge

The coronavirus, rising social unrest, inequality and political polarization threaten the fabric of the U.S.

Jun 3, 2020 - Politics & Policy
The slippery slope of protest surveillance

Even without a legal classification, calling dissenters "terrorists" could unleash an arsenal of spying.

Jun 3, 2020 - Technology
The biggest crisis since 1968

This crisis has moments we’ve never seen before.

Jun 3, 2020 - Politics & Policy
Black Americans' competing crises

Police brutality, COVID-19, and economic pain are hitting African Americans disproportionately and all at once.

May 31, 2020 - Politics & Policy
America's unfinished business

Police violence and a host of other problems have all been caused by unresolved systemic abuses.

May 30, 2020 - Economy & Business

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Ahmaud Arbery killers sentenced to life

A demonstrator holds a sign at the Glynn County Courthouse in Brunswick, Ga. Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images

A judge on Friday sentenced the three white men convicted in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery to life in prison, with Travis and Gregory McMichael receiving life without parole and William “Roddie” Bryan receiving life with the possibility of parole.

Driving the news: Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, was chased and shot dead while running in February 2020. Prosecutors only pursued the case after a video of the killing went viral in May 2020, sparking national anger.

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.

Ex-officer Kim Potter found guilty of manslaughter in killing of Daunte Wright

Posters are displayed outside the Hennepin County Government Center on Nov. 30, 2021, in Minneapolis. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter on Thursday was found guilty of first- and second-degree manslaughter in the fatal shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright during a traffic stop last April.

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

Dec 11, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Brooklyn Center's complicated path to police reform

Photo illustration: Allie Carl/Axios. Photo: Chandan Khanna/Getty Images

A Minneapolis suburb's effort to overhaul its approach to public safety after George Floyd's murder and the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright capture the challenges the movement faces in swiftly enacting major change.

Why it matters: If activist pressure to revamp policing could succeed anywhere, you'd think it would be Brooklyn Center, a diverse and solidly blue suburb about 10 miles from where Floyd was murdered.

Nov 21, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Jacob Blake's father speaks out after Rittenhouse verdict

Jacob Blake Sr., the father of Jacob Blake, at a press conference in 2020. Photo: Michael M. Santiago via Getty Images

The father of Jacob Blake says he spent about an hour Friday "trying to find the ropes so I didn't fall down" in the wake of the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict.

Driving the news: A mostly-white jury found Rittenhouse, a white 18-year-old, not guilty in the fatal August 2020 shooting of two people who attended demonstrations in support of Jacob Blake, who was shot by a Kenosha police officer.

Opening arguments begin in trial of Ahmaud Arbery's accused killers

District attorney Linda Dunikoski makes her opening statement in the trial of three men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery. Photo: Octavio Jones-Pool/Getty Images

The opening arguments and first presentations of evidence began Friday in the trial of the three white men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, on a coastal Georgia street.

Details: Travis McMichael, who shot Arbery, his father, Gregory McMichael, who was also pursuing Arbery with a gun, and their neighbor William Bryan, who joined in the chase and took the video of Arbery’s death, face nine criminal counts individually and together, including malice and felony murder charges.

Bryan Walsh, author of Future
Oct 26, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Google's Jigsaw introduces VR simulator for police de-escalation

Trainer's learning interface, shown during a domestic dispute scenario, allows instructors to evaluate police officers Des in virtual scenarios with different contexts. Credit: Jigsaw

Jigsaw, a technology incubator within Google, is rolling out a VR simulation platform designed to help train law enforcement on de-escalation techniques.

Why it matters: De-escalation training is increasingly popular but it's often costly. Jigsaw's VR product Trainer could help provide adaptable de-escalation practice on a tighter budget.

DOJ won't charge Kenosha officer who shot Jacob Blake seven times

Peaceful demonstrators protesting the shooting of Jacob Blake on Aug. 28, 2020, in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Photo: Scott Olson via Getty Images

The Justice Department announced Friday it will not pursue criminal civil rights charges against the Kenosha police officer who shot Jacob Blake seven times in the back as he entered a vehicle.

Why it matters: The shooting led to days of mass protests that ended in violence and death after an armed group faced off against demonstrators.

Texas board recommends posthumous pardon for George Floyd in 2004 case

Flowers, signs and balloons near a makeshift memorial to George Floyd near the spot where he died while in custody in Minneapolis. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles on Monday recommended a full posthumous pardon for George Floyd for a 2004 drug charge he received and served 10 months in prison for in Houston.

Why it matters: The decision on whether to grant clemency for the charge now lies with Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who must approve or reject the state board's decision.

U.S. anti-poverty advocate heads to the Vatican

Rev. Dr. William Barber II outside the U.S. Capitol. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

The Rev. William Barber, of the Poor People's Campaign, is traveling to the Vatican to address anti-poverty advocates from around the world about the struggles of low-income people in the U.S.

Driving the news: Barber, a leading figure on the Christian left in the U.S., told Axios that political leaders continue to brush off incoming inequality despite the systemic disparities COVID-19 exposed.

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