Human Rights

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin

Judge Overseeing Chauvin Civil Rights Case Accepts Plea Deal

Both sides agreed Chauvin should face a sentence ranging from 20 to 25 years, with prosecutors saying they would seek 25.

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Abortion rights protesters confront police officers in Los Angeles

Abortion Rights Protest In Los Angeles Turns Violent

Authorities say a group of demonstrators had been marching peacefully before a skirmish with police left one officer injured.

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President Joe Biden speaks to reporters

President Biden Blasts Leaked Roe v. Wade Draft As 'Radical'

The Supreme Court's majority draft opinion — first published by Politico — in effect states there's no constitutional right to abortion services.

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Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

Chauvin Appeals Murder Conviction For Killing George Floyd

Chauvin was sentenced to 22 1/2 years in prison after being found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

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Patrick Lyoya

Police Union Backs Officer In Patrick Lyoya Killing

The union said on Facebook that it "stands with Officer Schurr and will continue to give him and his family whatever support they need."

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Crowd protests the police killing of Patrick Lyoya

Michigan Police Release Name Of Officer Who Fatally Shot Patrick Lyoya

Grand Rapids, Michigan, police have identified Christopher Schurr as the officer who fatally shot Patrick Lyoya three weeks ago.

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Patrick Lyoya's mother Dorcas Lyoya sheds tears during a news conference

Autopsy Shows Patrick Lyoya Shot In Head By Michigan Police Officer

The finding by a former Detroit-area medical examiner matches what was seen last week on video released by the Grand Rapids police chief.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis

Florida Governor Signs 15-Week Abortion Ban Into Law

The law contains exceptions if the abortion is necessary to save a mother's life, prevent injury or if the fetus has a fatal abnormality.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

Abortion-rights supporters protest at the Kentucky Capitol

Groups Sue To Restore Abortion Access In Kentucky

Two lawsuits were filed after the state's Republican-controlled legislature overrode Democratic Gov. Beshear's veto of a restrictive abortion bill.

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fentanyl pills

Why More Teens Are Overdosing On Drugs

A study in The Lancet projects 1.2 million more Americans could die of overdose by the end of this decade.

 | Scripps News Staff

A memorial for Tatiana Labelle

Violence Against Transgender, Black Transgender People On The Rise

In Chicago, two Black transgender women — Elise Malary and Tatiana Labelle — were found dead just days apart.

 | Jamal Andress

People march at a rally for Amir Locke in February.

No Charges Filed In No-Knock Warrant Killing Of Amir Locke

Locke, who was not named in the warrant, was shot seconds after he displayed a gun.

 | AP and Jamal Andress

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Pursuing Civil Rights And Social Justice Through Journalism

In Memphis, Tennessee, a local newsroom is dedicated to covering its community in the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr.

 | Jessie Cohen

One of four containers holding some of the 30,000 fentanyl pills seized by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

States Look For Solutions As U.S. Fentanyl Deaths Keep Rising

The urgency is heightened because of the deepening impact of the drugs.

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Image made from video shows officer before he fires his Taser on a Black man during a traffic stop

Video Contrasts Police Depiction Of Stun Gun On Black Man

The exchange demonstrates how the accounts of police sometimes present an incomplete or distorted version of their engagement with the public.

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Denver police shoot pepper balls at protesters

George Floyd Protesters Awarded $14M By Denver Jury

The jury found that police used excessive force against protesters and ordered the city to pay the 12 people who sued.

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A bag of fentanyl is displayed at the DEA Special Testing and Research Laboratory.

Drug Harm Reduction Programs Could Help Weaken The Fentanyl Crisis

On the streets, fentanyl is replacing heroin as the dominant opiate among drug users, but harm reduction programs could help lessen its use.

 | Sam Eaton

U.S. President Joe Biden.

Pres. Biden Commemorates Transgender Day, Calls GOP Bills 'Wrong'

President Biden is advocating against what his administration calls “dangerous anti-transgender legislative attacks."

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signs the Parental Rights in Education bill at Classical Preparatory school

'Don't Say Gay' Bill Signed By Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis

The legislation has pushed Florida and DeSantis, a potential 2024 Republican presidential candidate, to the forefront of the country's culture wars.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Signs 'Don't Say Gay' Bill

The legislation has pushed Florida and DeSantis to the forefront of the country's culture wars.

 | AP and Stephanie Sandoval

Young people protest for DACA.

Youth Activism Isn't New, Despite Its Social Media Prevalence Now

Movements led by young people in the U.S. can date back to the mid 1900s, like the Greensboro Four and Tinker v. Des Moines.

 | Scripps News Staff

A Disney cast member protests his company's stance on LGBTQ issues while holding a sign supporting trans rights

Disney in Balancing Act as Some Workers Walk Out in Protest

Throughout the day, pockets of employees staged demonstrations at various sites across the country.

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Kim Davis, the former county clerk for Rowan County in Kentucky.

Judge: Same-Sex Marriage License Denials Violated Rights

The refusal sparked international attention and briefly landed Kim Davis in jail in 2015.

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Disney speak out against Florida Don't Say Gay banner

Disney Workers To Walk Out In Protest Of Florida LGBTQ School Bill

Workers plan to walk out because of CEO Bob Chapek's slow response to publicly denounce what critics have dubbed the "Don't Say Gay" bill.

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Demonstrators gather on the steps of the Florida Historic Capitol Museum

Florida's "Don't Say Gay" Bill On Governor's Desk For Signature

If signed into law, it could prohibit discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity inside a classroom for kindergarten through third grade.

 | Lindsay Tuchman

Former Louisville Police Officer Brett Hankison

Ex-Officer Cleared In Shooting During Breonna Taylor Raid

Brett Hankison was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment for gun shots that went through Breonna Taylor's apartment into a unit next door.

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Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell

Powell Tells Congress The Fed Will Raise Interest Rates This Month

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said in a testimony before Congress that the Fed plans to hike rates to address rising inflation.

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Former Minnesota Police Officer Kim Potter with defense attorney Earl Gray.

Former Officer Kim Potter Sentenced To 24 Months In Prison

Kim Potter was convicted in December of first- and second-degree manslaughter in the killing of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black motorist.

 | Jamal Andress and AP

Sign demanding justice for Amir Locke

Amir Locke's Funeral Begins With Song, Prayer In Minneapolis

Hundreds gathered to mourn the death of 22-year-old Locke, who was shot and killed by Minneapolis police serving a no-knock warrant for someone else.

 | AP and Jamal Andress

Police body camera footage of bystanders

2 Officers Plan To Testify About Floyd Killing; Prosecutors Rest

The prosecution rested its case in the civil rights trial after nearly three weeks of testimony from doctors, police officers and bystanders.

 | AP