Son of man killed by police found unfit in child rape trial
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The son of a black man whose killing by white police officers sparked protests has been found incompetent to stand trial on a charge of first-degree rape of a child.
The Advocate reports the Thursday ruling comes after three doctors were appointed to examine 18-year-old Cameron Sterling, who's accused of raping an 8-year-old boy while babysitting in December.
Rep. John Lewis sides with NFL players who want to protest
ATLANTA (AP) — U.S. Rep. John Lewis believes sometimes people have to kneel before they can be heard so he supports NFL players who want to peacefully demonstrate against police brutality and social injustice.
Group protests police killing of 14-year-old in Tempe
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Demonstrators stormed a Tempe City Council meeting to protest the fatal police shooting of a 14-year-old boy who was found with an airsoft gun.
The group Tempe Against Police Violence chanted and held signs Thursday in protest of the shooting of Antonio Arce.
Jury awards man $250,000 in police brutality suit
BOSTON (AP) — A federal jury has awarded $250,000 to a Massachusetts man who said Springfield police used excessive force when they responded to his home for reports of a domestic disturbance.
Super Bowl week to feature Bruno Mars, Cardi B, Migos
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Travis Scott to Jermaine Dupri are among the music artists who have been criticized for taking part in Super Bowl-related events, but their shows — and many others — will still go on. That's despite a political firestorm over whether social justice needs to be addressed at the NFL's marquee event.
Ethiopian Israelis rally in Tel Aviv against police violence
JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of Ethiopian-Israelis are protesting in Tel Aviv against alleged police brutality after an officer killed an Ethiopian man two weeks ago.
Demonstrators blocked a major highway in Tel Aviv on Wednesday and paraded through major avenues of the city protesting what they consider to be systemic police mistreatment of the minority group. They carried signs saying "police are killing Beita Yisrael," a Hebrew term for the Ethiopian Jewish community.
Entertainers address social injustice issues at Super Bowl
ATLANTA (AP) — Some entertainers believe social injustice needs to be addressed during the Super Bowl and are ensuring the topic that ignited a political firestorm, engulfing the NFL, will be in the spotlight.
They passionately disagree on how. Some will perform in Super Bowl-related events while others will be noticeably absent.
Trooper sidelined over Instagram post about police brutality
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina state trooper has been placed on administrative duty over an Instagram post that said police beatings are deserved.
NYPD officer faces May trial in Eric Garner chokehold death
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City police officer accused in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man will face an NYPD disciplinary trial next May - nearly five years after the man's pleas of "I can't breathe" became a rallying cry against police brutality, an administrative judge said Thursday.
Police killing of Utah hip-hop artist draws protest
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Advocates are demanding answers in the killing of a 30-year-old hip-hop artist by Salt Lake City police.
KTVX-TV reports that dozens of people demonstrated on Saturday to protest the shooting of Cody Belgard.
The group Utah Against Police Brutality and the Rose Park Brown Berets say Belgard was shot while fleeing.
Amy Schumer supports Kaepernick, sits out Super Bowl ads
Don't look for Amy Schumer in any Super Bowl LIII commercials this time around. She's sitting this one out as she stands with Colin Kaepernick and his take-a-knee protest against racism and police brutality.
The comedian and "I Feel Pretty" actress explained her stance at length Friday on Instagram, challenging white NFL players to kneel as well. Addressing them directly, she wrote: "Otherwise how are you not complicit?"
City set to pay out $360,000 in police brutality case
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York city is set to pay out $360,000 to settle a lawsuit with a woman who said two police officers slammed her head into a bench.
Exhibition reflects on 1968 Olympic protest and its legacy
ATLANTA (AP) — Nearly five decades before NFL players took a knee to protest police brutality and social injustice, African-American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos defiantly raised black-gloved fists during an Olympic medal ceremony to protest the way black people were treated in the United States.
Upstate city reaches settlement in police brutality case
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York city has reached a settlement with a woman who says two police officers, including a finalist for chief of police, slammed her head into a bench.
State settles brutality case against Highway Patrol trooper
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The state of South Dakota will pay $100,000 to settle a police brutality case brought against a Highway Patrol trooper who slammed a defenseless man into the floor of a garage.
Jenifer Lewis supports Colin Kaepernick
Louisiana mayor bans Nike products from parks and rec
KENNER, La. (AP) — The mayor of a New Orleans suburb banned the city's parks and recreation department from purchasing Nike products, days after the athletic apparel maker released a controversial ad supporting former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
- Houston ChronicleCoalition calls for an apology from Houston police union president for threatening civil right activistsFebruary 2, 2019
- Daily ChronicleVideo: Sycamore woman claims police brutality in Walmart fightJanuary 17, 2019
- Skagit Valley HeraldSkagit Valley College students explore topics through theaterDecember 3, 2018
- The Washington TimesLOVERRO: Kaepernick's pig socks missing from Nike adSeptember 9, 2018
2 players kneel for anthem, Kaepernick tweets to thank them
DENVER (AP) — Colin Kaepernick called them his brothers.
Dolphins teammates Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson were the only two players to kneel during the national anthem on the NFL's opening Sunday, and Kaepernick, who is no longer welcome on an NFL sideline, made sure to offer his thanks to them via social media .
The Latest: Group says arrest ‘first step’ toward justice
DALLAS (AP) — The Latest on the shooting of a man by a Dallas police officer who said she mistook his apartment for her own (all times local):
The group Mothers Against Police Brutality says the arrest of a white Dallas officer in the off-duty shooting death of her black neighbor is a "first step" toward justice and accountability.
NFL kneeling question helps pick Miss America prelim winner
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A question about the propriety of NFL players kneeling in protest during the National Anthem helped select one of Thursday's preliminary winners in the Miss America competition.
Miss Virginia Emili McPhail was asked what advice she would give to players about whether to stand or kneel for the anthem.
She said not standing during the anthem "is a right you have. But it's also not about kneeling; it is absolutely about police brutality."
Colorado store throws Nike sale in protest of Kaepernick ad
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado Springs store is trying to permanently get rid of its Nike inventory in light of the company's recent ad featuring Colin Kaepernick, the former 49ers quarterback who started kneeling during the national anthem before games to protest police brutality.
Nike unveils Kaepernick ad to air during NFL season opener
Nike has unveiled its first "Just Do It" ad narrated by Colin Kaepernick, a spot scheduled to air during the NFL season opener Thursday night as well as during the U.S. Open tennis tournament and other major sporting events.
Trump says Nike getting ‘killed’ over Colin Kaepernick deal
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says Nike is getting "killed" over an endorsement deal with Colin Kaepernick (KAP'-ur-nihk).
Trump said on Twitter on Wednesday, "Just like the NFL, whose ratings have gone WAY DOWN, Nike is getting absolutely killed with anger and boycotts. I wonder if they had any idea that it would be this way?"
Good for business? Nike gets political with Kaepernick ad
NEW YORK (AP) — Why do it?
Nike has touched off a furor by wading into football's national anthem debate with an ad featuring Colin Kaepernick, the former 49ers quarterback who was the first athlete to kneel during "The Star-Spangled Banner" to protest police brutality against blacks and hasn't played a game since 2016.
The ad copy reads: "Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything."
The Latest: Advocates criticize 15-year sentence for ex-cop
DALLAS (AP) — The Latest on a white former police officer in Texas convicted of murder for the on-duty death of an unarmed black teenager (all times local):
The Mothers Against Police Brutality advocacy group says it is dissatisfied with the 15-year prison sentence for a white former Texas police officer convicted of murder in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager.
White ex-Texas cop gets 15 years in black teenager’s death
DALLAS (AP) — A white former police officer was sentenced to 15 years in prison Wednesday night after being convicted of murder a day earlier for killing an unarmed 15-year-old boy when he fired into a car filled with black teenagers leaving a house party in suburban Dallas.
4 of 5 kneeling cheerleaders fail to make school’s squad
KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) — Four of the five Georgia cheerleaders who knelt last year during "The Star-Spangled Banner" to protest police brutality didn't make the squad this year for Kennesaw State University.
DETROIT (AP) — The Latest on cellphone video showing Detroit officer punching unarmed, naked woman at hospital (all times local):
A watchdog group is calling for charges against a Detroit police corporal who beat an unarmed, naked and possibly mentally ill woman at a hospital.
Brazil protest marks massacre anniversary
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Several hundred Brazilians have demonstrated to demand an end to police brutality against Afro-Brazilians and slum residents.
It comes on the 25th anniversary of what is called the "Candelaria massacre," when police fired on homeless children and teenagers who were sleeping in front of Candelaria Church in the heart of Rio de Janeiro. Eight youths aged 11 to 19 died.
Three officers were sentenced but were later pardoned.
"Blindspotting," the directorial debut of Carlos Lopez Estrada, stalks the streets of Oakland with a heightened, spoken-word flow, passionately freestyling on race, police brutality and gentrification through a searing story about two friends: one black, one white.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Andricka Williams still nervously laughs at the thought of herself as an activist for social justice.
"I guess I am," she said one day in mid-June, chuckling at the thought.
Williams, 36, had just returned to Baton Rouge days earlier from Oakland, California — her second trip ever on an airplane — taking part in a community dialogue on violence led by Dallas-based nonprofit Urban Specialists.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Taking on the NFL and football's Super Bowl champs, President Donald Trump gave the boot to a White House ceremony for the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday and instead threw his own brief "Celebration of America" after it became clear most players weren't going to show up.
Both sides traded hot accusations about who was to blame.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Long before Colin Kaepernick's protest during the national anthem became one of the biggest issues in the NFL, Oakland Raiders tight end Jared Cook was one of a handful of St. Louis players who took part in their own on-field display against police brutality and racial injustice.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers wide receiver Torrey Smith believes the NFL "dropped the ball" with its new policy that forbids players from sitting or taking a knee on the field during the national anthem.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Now that the NFL is drawing the line against players kneeling during the national anthem, athletes protesting police brutality and racial inequality may need to find a new playbook.
The question is whether they intend to escalate their protests in some way.
LAUREL, Miss. (AP) — Two Mississippi police officers have been fired after a man said they repeatedly kicked him in the face when they arrested him.
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL players' union says former San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid filed a grievance against the league, alleging that he remains unsigned as a result of collusion by owners.
Reid, a Pro Bowler in 2013, had joined former teammate Colin Kaepernick two seasons ago in kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality.
Atlantic City seeks to conceal Internal Affairs history in police brutality case
The Atlantic City Police Department, which just a month ago was ordered by a federal jury to pay $300,000 to a man who was beaten by three officers and mauled by a police dog, is back in federal court in Camden to fend off yet another claim of police brutality.
Sister of man shot by deputy says he was never diagnosed with mental illness
Kita Thomas-Smith stood in front of Houston City Council on Tuesday, calling for its members to speak out against police brutality and to encourage law enforcement departments across the region to invest in more officer training.
It was the first time the 34-year-old mother of two has spoken publicly since videos showing a Harris County deputy last Thursday fatally shooting her unarmed brother, Danny Ray Thomas, at a busy intersection were released to the public.
Cleveland activists to hold rally for Tanisha Anderson
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Several community organizations will hold a joint rally in Cleveland Wednesday afternoon for Tanisha Anderson advocating for harsher punishment for the officers involved in the woman's 2014 death.
City settles police brutality lawsuit for $140,000
GARDNER, Mass. (AP) — A man who says he suffered spinal fractures and a collapsed lung when he was slammed to the ground by a Massachusetts police officer has settled his lawsuit against the city for $140,000.
Richard Smith sued the city of Gardner, alleging police used excessive force in his 2011 arrest for allegedly siphoning gas.
Military takeover in Rio sparks fears of police brutality
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — One by one, three black Brazilian men matter-of-factly give tips for interacting with police that sound very much like "the talk" that many black Americans have with their sons.
Las Cruces settles brutality, civil rights case for $1.4M
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A southern New Mexico city has settled a police brutality case for $1.4 million.
The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that a couple had sued the city, alleging police brutality and civil rights violations.
DANBURY - A former police officer fired five years ago for berating an undocumented immigrant during a traffic stop is trying to get his job back, but the city is fighting the effort.
Christopher Belair, a five-year veteran of the force, was fired in June 2013 after video surfaced showing him yelling at the driver and threatening, "If there weren't four other cops here, I'd beat the s--- out of you."
A protest in Trump Country brings home nation’s race divides
ROWLAND, N.C. (AP) — They put down their pompoms and lined up along the football field behind their tiny high school in their tiny town.
Their classmates marched the American flag onto the field. "The Star-Spangled Banner" began, and six teenage girls with blue bows in their hair each dropped to one knee.