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As construction on the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline continues, so too does resistance against its completion. The Fire Light Camp set up base near La Salle Lake for eight days before being escorted out by the Clearwater County Sheriff, at the request of Enbridge. -- Tiffany Bui reports: As construction on the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline continues, so too …
 
Deona Marie Knajdek was at an Uptown intersection mourning the death of Winston Smith with other protesters when a man rammed his car at high speed into Knadjek’s vehicle, which was parked to shield the crowd from traffic. Knadjek was killed and three others were injured. -- Tiffany Bui reports: June 16 would have been Deona Marie Knajdek’s 32nd bi…
 
On June 15, 1920 a white mob killed three young Black men accused of the alleged rape of a white woman. At a Minnesota Humanities Center event on Monday, speakers reflected on the legacy of lynching and racial violence in Minnesota. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: June 15 marks the anniversary of the 1920 Duluth lynching, when a white mob killed three…
 
On June 3 members of a federal task force shot Smith on top of a parking garage in Uptown. According to authorities, they were attempting to arrest him when he fired his weapon from the vehicle. But according to an eyewitness' attorney, Smith didn't have a gun. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: Over the weekend, both a funeral and a rally were held for …
 
From northern Minnesota to the metro area, protesters have mobilized this week against the construction of the Line 3 oil sands pipeline. The movement is led by Indigenous women; they emphasize the pipeline violates agreements upholding the Anishinaabe people’s rights to fish, hunt and gather on treaty-protected land. -- Tiffany Bui reports: From n…
 
At PYC Arts and Technology High School, students are learning how to navigate and address police and community violence. The class covers policing past and present, public safety models in other countries, and the role of youth in liberation struggles. The community-based course was created in response to the reality of students’ lives. -- Feven Ge…
 
Racial justice activists say it's unacceptable that none of the members of the federal task force were wearing body cams when Winston Smith was shot and killed in Minneapolis late last. Although the Department of Justice passed a policy in 2020 allowing officers to wear body cameras on federal task forces, authorities say it had not yet been implem…
 
Black Table Arts hosts events and writing workshops. Over the last couple of months it has served as a community hub, handing out gas masks to protestors and holding healing space during the Derek Chauvin trial. This Friday it's hosting “Embracing Our Roots,” a speaker series about the history of Black literary arts in Minnesota. -- Samantha HoangL…
 
32-year-old Smith was shot and killed during an attempted arrest by a federal task force Thursday. Authorities say there is no bodycam or squad car video of the incident, which took place on top of a parking ramp in Uptown Minneapolis. Smith was a father to three children, a comedian, a musician and a social media personality. -- Samantha HoangLong…
 
On Thursday morning, neighbors near George Floyd Square awoke to find that city workers had removed the concrete barriers that blocked off 38th and Chicago. City officials say this is the first phase of a three year plan. Some local organizers criticized the city for not alerting caretakers of the community space. -- Tiffany Bui reports: On Thursda…
 
While the celebration of Pride each June is becoming increasingly mainstream, trans rights activists say the space is not as inclusive as it should be – particularly for Black queer people. -- Tiffany Bui reports: Marsha P. Johnson, a Black transgender woman, was a trans rights activist and a leading force during the 1969 Stonewall Riots. While the…
 
This week people marked the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa massacre on a Black neighborhood , and mourned the loss of 215 Native children whose bodies were found in unmarked graves in British Columbia. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: This memorial day weekend people remembered countless lost lives; those lost in military service and those lost to raci…
 
In response to recent shootings that have left child victims in their wake, volunteers are posted at North Minneapolis hot spots to offer prayers and de-escalate volatile situations. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: Following weeks of gun violence in North Minneapolis, Pastor Jalilia Brown with Shiloh Temple International Ministries stood out in the Me…
 
Racial Reckoning: The Arc of Justice is a journalism initiative, created by Ampers, KMOJ, and the Minnesota Humanities Center, covering the trials of the former Minneapolis police officers charged with the murder of George Floyd, the community’s response, and the changes needed to create a more just society. Hear our programs on Minnesota public an…
 
Communities of color are often criminalized for their drug use. In the Derek Chauvin murder trial, the defense attributed George Floyd’s death in part to his substance abuse. But the frank manner in which Floyd's drug use was discussed in court has helped break down the stigma of addiction. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: In the Derek Chauvin murder t…
 
More than a dozen universities have created scholarships in honor of George Floyd. But critics say schools need to do much more to address inequities in education. Tiffany Bui reports. -- At George Floyd’s memorial service in June of last year, Scott Hagan, the president of North Central University in Minneapolis announced the creation of a scholar…
 
Feven Gerezgiher reports. On the anniversary of George Floyd’s death, the community came out to commemorate his life and push for continued changes. In downtown Minneapolis, the George Floyd Memorial Foundation held a celebration with music, a community resource fair, and guest speakers from across the country. This is Dallas rapper Tony B. "Still …
 
"George Floyd should still be alive! Daunte Wright should still be alive! Jamar Clark should still be alive! Terrence Franklin should still be alive! Philando Castile!..." said Nekima Levy Armstrong, an activist who's been raising her voice since before George Floyd was murdered by Minneapolis police a year ago today. This year has seen ups and dow…
 
Samantha HoangLong reports: Almost one year after the murder of George Floyd, art commemorating his life - and the movement that followed - was put on display at Phelps Park in Minneapolis. The art was created on plywood that was being used to board up storefronts in the days following his death. Lessa Kelly is one of the people leading the effort …
 
On May 25, 2020, George Floyd took his last labored breaths, while Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck. What happened that night reverberated around the world. One year later, we reflect on how George Floyd’s death galvanized a racial justice movement in Minnesota that was years in the making. Independent Journalist Georgia F…
 
Rallies and many other events are planned across the Twin Cities for the next five days. Meanwhile, it looks like Congress will fail to pass the George Floyd Policing Act by May 25. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: Aniya Allen, the 6-year-old struck by a stray bullet, died on Wednesday afternoon. Hundreds gathered for a vigil in the evening, calling fo…
 
Ten Black, Indigenious, Latino and Asian American-led arts organizations in the Twin Cities and Dultuth are getting grants of at least half a million dollars each. The grants were given in recognition that these organizations have not enjoyed the deep and sustained investment that many predominantly white cultural institutions have received. -- Sam…
 
Six year old Aniya Allen is the third child to be shot in North Minneapolis in as many weeks. Families say such shootings deserve as much attention as police brutality has received. -- Georgia Fort reports: Residents in North Minneapolis are grief-stricken and furious following the shooting of another child. Aniya Allen, the 6-year-old granddaughte…
 
Just days after Brooklyn Center passed aggressive public safety reforms, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey says his city is moving to make similar changes. --- Georgia Fort Reports: The trial for the former Brooklyn Center Police Officer who shot Daunte Wright has been tentatively set for December 6. The former officer, Kimberly Potter, appeared in cour…
 
On a farm an hour away from the Twin Cities, a cooperative is creating a respite from tense police-community relations. "The Fields at Rootsprings" offers a connection to nature for communities of color who've historically had limited access. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: This Saturday, the City of Brooklyn Center passed a sweeping public safety res…
 
Poet and artist Joe Davis has been inspired by the experiences of the past year to co-create the "Radical Joy Sessions," featuring music, dance and storytelling. Davis says radical joy is more powerful than oppression. -- Georgia Fort reports: The trial for three former Minneapolis Police officers charged with the death of George Floyd is being pus…
 
With only five days left in the Minnesota legislative session, Governor Tim Walz, democratic representatives and faith leaders are calling on the Republican-led state senate to move with urgency on the police reform bills. Meanwhile, Judge Cahill found four aggravating factors in the death of George Floyd that would justify a tougher sentence for D…
 
Yes 4 Minneapolis is a Black-led campaign seeking to replace the Minneapolis Police Department with a new department of public safety. The campaign is proposing an amendment to the Minneapolis city charter requirement for a police department. Organizers recently submitted over 20,000 signatures to the city council to get the amendment question on t…
 
In an open letter on social media, Minneapolis councilmember Phillipe Cunningham says his efforts to address gun violence have been blocked by Mayor Frey and the police department. - Georgia Fort reports: Ward 4 City Councilmember Phillipe Cunningham is calling on Mayor Jacob Frey to come up with a plan to address the gun violence in North Minneapo…
 
Samantha HoangLong reports: Less than a month after veteran police officer Kim Potter shot and killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright during a traffic stop, Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliot presented Saturday a series of proposals that would revamp the city’s police policies and operations. "This resolution is the first step to a community centered proc…
 
With a little over a week left before the end of the Minnesota legislative session, the House and Senate have yet to agree on policing reforms. - Feven Gerezgiher reports: With a little over a week left before the end of the Minnesota legislative session, the House and Senate have yet to agree on policing reforms. At a hearing Thursday, the mother …
 
The defense attorney filed a motion arguing that the former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murdering George Floyd was not given due process. The motion alleges that the publicity surrounding the trial intimidated the defense’s witnesses and influenced the jury. Legal experts say such claims are commonplace in legal proceedings. - Feven Ger…
 
I’m Georgia Fort with the latest in Minneapolis Brooklyn center Mayor Mike Elliot is addressing concerns of residents following a week of tear gas being used in front of their homes to disperse protestors demanding justice for Daunte Wright. Here’s what he said in an exclusive interview. “People have said there is still residue left in the carpets …
 
Georgia Fort reports: A total of nearly 300 protestors were arrested in Brooklyn Center the week following Daunte Wright’s death. 18-year-old Jonah Ralph-Guentouri was one of them. He says he was protesting peacefully and volunteering as a medic when he and other protestors were sprayed with tear gas and rounded up. “I don’t like people getting kil…
 
Feven Gerezgiher reports: This weekend, union organizers celebrated May Day, a holiday with a long history in South Minneapolis. At the International Workers Day March on Saturday, racial justice organizer Monique Cullars Doty spoke to the labor movement’s solidarity with black and brown lives since the death of George Floyd. “Solidarity indicates …
 
Samantha HoangLong reports: With only two and a half weeks left in the Minnesota legislative session, lawmakers are pushing for police reform bills to be heard and passed in the Republican-majority state senate. The DFL-controlled House passed a public safety bill last week. It includes expanding civilian oversight on police agencies, adding strict…
 
Georgia Fort reports: Over fifty people gathered in Saint Paul Wednesday demanding all cases of police violence be reopened for investigation. The gathering was spearheaded by Marilyn Hill, in remembrance of her son Demetrius Hill who was killed by Saint Paul Police in 1997. No officer was charged. “They shot an innocent young boy who was 18 years …
 
Georgia Fort reports: Fencing and barricades came down from around the Hennepin County government center Tuesday. While downtown Minneapolis may appear to be returning to normal in the wake of Derek Chauvin’s conviction, for some protestors things will never be the same. 19 year old Victor Ramierez Bustamente is one of several who were injured at r…
 
Georgia Fort reports: The home of Washington County Attorney Pete Orput has been the site of multiple protests since he was selected to prosecute the Daunte Wright case. Activists gathered in the street, chanting “bring murder charges” and “do the right thing.” Orput was given the case after the Hennepin County attorney said he had a conflict of in…
 
Feven Gerezgiher reports. Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of the murder of George Floyd last week, but the trial has not ended just yet. Chauvin will be sentenced on June 16, after which he will have 90 days to file an appeal. Meanwhile community members are demanding murder charges against the Brooklyn Center polic…
 
Samantha HoangLong reports: Two days after Derek Chauvin was convicted for the murder of George Floyd, hundreds gathered Thursday at Shiloh Temple International Ministries in Minneapolis to celebrate the life of 20-year-old Daunte Wright. "My son had a smile that was worth a million dollars,” said his mother, Katie Wright. “When he walked in the ro…
 
Feven Gerezgiher reports: The Justice Department is beginning a widespread civil investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department. Attorney General Merrick Garland made the announcement the day after a jury found former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin guilty in the murder of George Floyd. “Yesterday’s verdict in the state criminal tria…
 
Feven Gerezgiher reports: On Tuesday a jury found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on three counts in the murder of George Floyd. He faces up to 40 years in prison. Thousands gathered outside the courthouse and at George Floyd Square, anxiously waiting for the verdict. The news came as a relief to many; neighborhoods erupted i…
 
Georgia Fort reports: Closing arguments concluded Monday afternoon in the Derek Chauvin trial. Defense attorney Eric Nelson stressed the complicating factors in Floyd’s death, including his health, his drug addiction and the distraction of vocal bystanders. Special Prosecutor Jerry Blackwell told the jury to believe what they saw with their own eye…
 
Feven Gerezgiher reports: Protests echoed across the Twin Cities metro area this weekend, calling for justice for victims of police brutality and for a de-escalation of the law enforcement initiative called Operation Safety Net. On Friday night, state troopers, National Guard, and local police arrested more than 100 protestors outside the Brooklyn …
 
Samantha HoangLong reports: Authorities have arrested more than 130 protestors so far this week in the wake of Daunte Wright’s death in Brooklyn Center. Police and National Guard used pepper spray, tear gas, flash bangs and rubber bullets to disperse the crowds. Several elected officials and community leaders have called for the end of such militar…
 
Georgia Fort reports: A request to acquit Derek Chauvin was denied Wednesday morning by Judge Cahill. “The court’s duty at this point is to look at the evidence in a light most favorable to the state. Based on that standard, the motion for judgment of acquittal is denied.” Cahill says he expects the trial to wrap up in less than a week, telling jur…
 
Protestors took to the streets of Brooklyn Center for the third night in a row since a police officer shot and killed Daunte Wright. According to the Brooklyn Center police chief, Officer Kim Potter accidentally grabbed her gun instead of her taser. Wright’s family was joined by the family of George Floyd and other victims of police violence in dow…
 
Coverage of the Derek Chauvin murder trial was overshadowed Monday by statewide updates regarding the fatal police shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright in nearby Brooklyn Center Sunday afternoon. The young black man was stopped by police for a traffic violation; within moments he was shot and killed. While an investigation is underway, Brooklyn Ce…
 
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating a police shooting Sunday afternoon in Brooklyn Center, just north of Minneapolis. According to his mother, 20-year-old Daunte Wright was pulled over for hanging an air freshener from the rearview mirror of his car. Moments later, he was lying dead in the street. “All he did was have air…
 
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