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Right now: Covering the trial of Kim Potter accused of killing Daunte Wright, the community’s reaction, and exploring the changes needed to create a more just society. Racial Reckoning: The Arc of Justice is a journalism initiative from Ampers, Diverse Radio for Minnesota’s Communities, KMOJ Radio, and the Minnesota Humanities Center covering the trials of the officers accused of killing George Floyd, the community’s reaction, and exploring the changes needed to create a more just society.
 
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After three days of deliberation a jury found former Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly Potter guilty of two counts of manslaughter in the death of Daunte Wright. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: After three days of deliberation, on Thursday a jury found former Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly Potter guilty of two counts of manslaughter in …
 
As jury deliberation continues in the Kim Potter trial, many are evaluating the state of racial justice in Minnesota. We talk to former Hennepin County Chief Public Defender Mary Moriarty. Chioma Uwagwu reports: As jury deliberation continues in the Kim Potter trial, many are evaluating the state of racial justice in Minnesota. Former Brooklyn Cent…
 
Kim Potter's crying in court is more than an expression of remorse; it’s part of a history of white women weaponizing their tears against people of color. -- Tiffany Bui reports: The jury in the trial of Kim Potter is deciding whether she is guilty of manslaughter for killing Daunte Wright. The 12 jurors have spent over 14 hours in deliberations. L…
 
The state's prosecution and the defense made their closing arguments Monday. -- I’m Georgia Fort with the latest on the Kim Potter trial A jury is deliberating the verdict in the Kim Potter trial. Closing arguments concluded Monday afternoon and the State rested its case. Civil rights attorney Ben Crump addressed the media as deliberations got unde…
 
Potter said she did not intend to use deadly force against Duante Wright. She stated she didn’t recall saying “I’m going to go to prison” immediately after the shooting. -- Safiya Mohamed reports: Former Police Officer Kim Potter took the stand on Friday in her own defense. During her testimony, Potter repeatedly broke down and expressed remorse fo…
 
The state rested its case Thursday; the defense called on six witnesses. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: The state rested its case in the trial of former Brooklyn Center officer Kim Potter on Thursday. The defense proceeded to present its first 6 witnesses. Former police chief Timothy Gannon testified that Potter was justified in her use of force. “Wh…
 
Police use of force expert Seth Stoughton testified that even Potter’s use of a taser on Daunte Wright would have been unreasonable. Wright's father also took the stand. -- Tiffany Bui reports: Former police officer Derek Chauvin pleaded guilty to violating George Floyd’s constitutional rights in federal court on Wednesday. In a separate case, he a…
 
When asked if he was aware of another officer mistaking their gun for their taser, expert witness Sgt. Mike Peterson said he was not. Other testimony revealed that Potter did not test her taser as required by her department the day she fatally shot Daunte Wright, and that the position of her duty belt was also under question. -- Georgia Fort report…
 
The Bush Foundation has selected Saint Paul-based Nexus Community Partners to redistribute $50 million to Black residents across Minnesota, South Dakota, and North Dakota. The funds will focus on building entrepreneurship, homeownership, and education. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: Former officer Derek Chauvin has requested to change his plea of inn…
 
Racial Justice scholar Dr. Yohuru Williams says the trial underscores the need for broader conversations that address police brutality and reimagine public safety. Safiya Mohamed reports: The trial of former Brooklyn Center Police Officer Kim Potter for the killing of Daunte Wright continues this week. Dr. Yohuru Williams is a professor of History …
 
Tiffany Bui reports: Thursday marked the second day of the trial of former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter. The jury viewed footage of Wright’s car crashing into another civilian’s car after he was shot. Alayna Albrecht-Payton, the passenger in Daunte Wright’s car, testified about her attempts to stop Wright’s bleeding after Potter shot h…
 
The prosecution and the defense laid out their arguments. The jury also heard from Daunte Wright's mother and another officer on the scene. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: On Wednesday a jury heard opening statements in the trial of former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter. Potter claims she meant to reach for her taser in the traffic stop tha…
 
The Minnesota State Patrol is rolling out body cameras for troopers. Meanwhile, legislators are concerned about the acquisition and use of facial recognition technology by government entities. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: Last week, the Minnesota State Patrol announced the rollout of body cameras for 40 troopers. The entire force will be equipped w…
 
Chief Arrandondo made history in 2018 by becoming the first Black police chief in the city’s history. -- Chioma Uwagwu reports: On Monday Minneapolis chief of police Medaria Arradondo announced he will step down from his position in January 2022. “After much personal reflection and thoughtful discussions with my family and Mayor Frey, I have made t…
 
The Victoria Theater Arts Center mission includes working against gentrification and police brutality. -- Tiffany Bui reports: 14 years after being saved from demolition, a historic theater in St. Paul is getting ready to open as a community art space. The Victoria Theater Arts Center (VTAC) is in the final stretch of fundraising; staff say they an…
 
Thursday, the Hennepin County court seated the last three jurors for the trial of the former Brooklyn Center police officer charged in the death of Daunte Wright. The court still needs to seat two alternate jurors before it can begin testimony. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: Thursday, the Hennepin County court seated the last three jurors for the tri…
 
The court now has 9 of the 12 jurors needed. Meanwhile a motorist drove through a crowd gathered in solidarity with Daunte Wright’s family. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: Wednesday, the Hennepin County court seated 5 additional jurors for the trial of former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter. Potter is charged with two counts of manslaughter …
 
Four jurors were confirmed: two white males (one in his 20s and another in his 50s), an Asian woman in her 40s and one white woman in her 60s. -- Chioma Uwagwu reports: On Monday, jury selection began for the trial of ex-Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly Potter. Potter is facing first and second degree manslaughter charges in the killing of D…
 
Potter is charged with first and second-degree manslaughter after she shot Daunte Wright on April 11 during a traffic stop. Wright’s family and community leaders held a press conference Monday afternoon to demand Potter be held accountable. -- Georgia Fort reports: Jury selection for former Brooklyn Center Police officer Kimberly Potter begins toda…
 
Jeanelle Austin is Executive Director of the George Floyd Global Memorial; it's her job to maintain the space and preserve over 3000 offerings at the square. -- Safiya Mohamed reports: Jeanelle Austin began caretaking for George Floyd’s memorial last summer. She grew up three blocks away from 38th and Chicago, where George Floyd was murdered by Min…
 
Tribal Historic Preservation Officer Jaime Arsenault is searching for documents and other artifacts that might provide closure for victims of boarding school assimilation programs. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: Jaime Arsenault wears many hats as the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for White Earth Nation. One includes managing cultural archives,…
 
Demetrius Hill was killed by St. Paul police officer Gerald Vick in 1997 for suspected robbery. 24 years later Marilyn Hill is still working to prove his innocence. -- Tiffany Bui reports: 24 years after her son was killed by St. Paul police, Marilyn Hill got back her son’s belongings. Demetrius Hill was killed by officer Gerald Vick in 1997 at an …
 
Dozens of students, parents and graduates from the district showed up to speak out about their own racist encounters after a video went viral of a student encouraging a Black teen to kill herself. But school board members refused to hear more than a handful. -- Georgia Fort reports: Concerned community members shut down Prior Lake-Savage School Boa…
 
Over the weekend, education advocates gathered for a forum titled ‘Are Public Schools in Minnesota Failing Black Children?’ -- Safiya Mohamed reports:. On Saturday the Wayfinder Foundation and the Racial Justice Network hosted a forum called ‘Are Public Schools in Minnesota Failing Black Children?’ “I'm sure a lot of adults do not know that Minneso…
 
Over the weekend, many Minnesotans took to the streets to denounce the verdict which acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse of murder. Meanwhile, dozens of students and families showed solidarity for the victim of a recent hate crime in Prior Lake. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: On Friday, a Wisconsin judge acquitted 18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse of all charges r…
 
We Are Meant to Rise: Voices for Justice from Minneapolis to the World features numerous local writers bearing witness to the tragedies and changes of the previous year. -- Tiffany Bui reports: A new book offers a view of 2020 through the lens of 31 different writers of color. We Are Meant to Rise: Voices for Justice from Minneapolis to the World f…
 
Critics say during his previous tenure Luger failed to hold police accountable in the deaths of Jamar Clark and Philando Castile, and harmed Muslim community members with the controversial Countering Violent Extremism program. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: At a press conference Tuesday, community activists in Minneapolis denounced the re-appointment…
 
On election day, Minneapolis voters failed to pass a charter amendment for a new public safety department. Now what? -- Safiya Mohamed reports: On Nov 2, nearly 44% of Minneapolis residents voted in favor of replacing the Minneapolis Police Department with a Department of Public Safety. However, it wasn’t enough to pass the charter amendment. Minis…
 
More than a decade after their initial request, three Ojibwe Tribal Nations will have the boundaries of their 1854 treaty with the United States acknowledged on state highways. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: Over a decade after their initial request, three Ojibwe Tribal Nations will have the boundaries of their 1854 treaty with the United States ackn…
 
Georgia Fort reports: Hundreds gathered at Prior Lake High School Thursday to demand a student who used racial slurs in a viral video be expelled. Students were joined by organizers and activists from Minneapolis. Toshira Garroway, founder of Families Supporting Families Against Police Violence, said if racist behavior goes unaddressed in high scho…
 
Medical experts point to a variety of reasons for these disparities, including poorer health as a result of structural racism and a hesitancy to get vaccinated. -- Tiffany Bui reports: As COVID-19 cases spike in Minnesota, racial disparities in the infection rates persist. Data from the Minnesota Department of Health shows that Black, Latinx and Pa…
 
MEnd Correctional Care was providing medical services for Beltrami jail in 2018 when 27-year-old Hardel Sherrell died in custody. Protesters say the state should shut the organization down. -- Georgia Fort reports: Protesters gathered at The Minnesota Board of Medical Examiners Friday afternoon to demand the State shutdown MEnD Correctional Care. M…
 
The tuition waiver program is available to enrolled citizens of federally recognized tribal nations in Minnesota. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: Starting next fall, the University of Minnesota is providing free or reduced tuition for Native American students on all five of its campuses. The University of Minnesota has offered free tuition to American…
 
Critics of charter schools say they are draining funding from school districts; proponents say they are providing much needed options to traditional education. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: According to St. Paul school officials, last year close to 40% of the city’s school-aged children were not attending schools in the district. Instead, families a…
 
“Envision SPPS” would close, merge or relocate eleven schools by next fall. Opponents point out that most of the schools slated to close are in communities of color. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: A Saint Paul Public Schools proposal that would close several schools is facing resistance from community members who say the plan leaves behind Black, Lat…
 
An Indigenous youth group has brought together different nations and generations to heal from the violent legacy of boarding schools. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: When 215 children were found buried on the lands of a former residential school in Canada last spring, local community members found their own histories uncovered. Over the summer, member…
 
Many racial justice activists were disappointed to see Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey re-elected and the public safety charter amendment rejected. -- Georgia Fort reports: A small group of protestors marched to the home of Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey after learning he was re-elected. One disappointed voter said “Everybody here really thought that he…
 
Relationships Evolving Possibilities (REP) is an abolitionist group that runs a crisis hotline which responds to non-violent emergencies such as neighbor complaints or welfare checks. -- Tiffany Bui reports: It was a summer night when Rivianna Zeller and their team got a call from the hotline from the dispatch center in Minneapolis. The caller said…
 
Voters in Minneapolis will determine the future of policing and public safety in the first major election since George Floyd was killed. Georgia Fort reports: Tuesday marks the first major election in Minneapolis since George Floyd was killed. Voters will determine the future of policing and public safety with a historic vote on the charter amendme…
 
Community members gathered Saturday at the Wilder Recreation Center to mark the anniversary of Demetrius Hill’s death, a Black man who was shot by St.Paul Police in 1997. -- Safiya Mohamed reports: This Saturday, community members gathered at the Wilder Recreation Center to honor the 24th anniversary of Demetrius Hill’s death, a Black man who was s…
 
The former Brooklyn Center police officer will face both first and second degree manslaughter charges in the death of Daunte Wright. Meanwhile, Wright's family marked what would have been his 21st birthday. Georgia Fort reports: A Hennepin county judge has denied a request to drop the most severe charges against former Brooklyn Center police office…
 
The jury remained anonymous during court proceedings to protect their safety and ability to be impartial. However, Judge Peter Cahill has now declared that all 14 of the jurors’ identities will be made public. -- Tiffany Bui reports: Juror number two. Juror number 19. Juror number 27. No names, only numbers; that’s how the court referred to jurors …
 
Mpls Cop Charged in Death of Bystander While In Pursuit Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman has charged Minneapolis police officer Brian Cummings with second degree manslaughter and criminal vehicular homicide in the death of Leneal Frazier. Feven Gerezgiher reports: On Friday Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman charged Minneapolis police offic…
 
On Friday community members gathered to observe the National Day of Protest Against Police Brutality. They held a vigil outside of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Office in St. Paul to honor lives lost to police violence. Safiya Mohamed reports: On Friday community members gathered to observe the National Day of Protest Against Police…
 
Noor was initially sentenced to 12.5 years for the 2017 shooting of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, who he shot and killed while responding to her 911 call. His sentence was reduced to four years and nine months. +--+ Feven Gerezgiher reports: On Thursday a judge re-sentenced former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor to four years and nine months in …
 
The U.N. has demanded the U.S. respond to allegations of Indigenous rights violations related to the pipeline construction. Tiffany Bui reports. -- Tiffany Bui reports: In late March Indigenous-led organizations asked a United Nations committee to take action against the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline. The Giniw Collective and Honor the Earth argued that…
 
Over the last year and a half more Black, Indigenous, and people of color are finding community and healing in Twin Cities parks. -- Feven Gerezgiher reports: Over the last year and a half more Black, Indigenous, and people of color are finding community and healing in Twin Cities parks. Maria Fernandez moved from Venezuela with her family five mon…
 
Lawyers for the family of Winston Smith are protesting the decision to not prosecute the officers involved in Smith’s death; they say the investigation lacks integrity. -- Georgia Fort reports: Lawyers for the family of Winston Smith are protesting the decision to not prosecute the officers involved in Smith’s death. Smith was fatally shot by membe…
 
Feven Gerezgiher reports: On Saturday, over 80 people participated in a children’s march to end gun violence in North Minneapolis. Organizers said the event was initiated by the family of 12-year-old London Bean who was shot and killed in September. A suspect has been identified, but is still on the run from police. Bean was the third child killed …
 
Georgia Fort reports: Debates across Minneapolis are heating up as the deadline to vote for the public safety charter amendment approaches. The amendment is posed as a yes or no question on the city’s November 2021 ballot. It proposes removing the Police Department as a standalone department and creating a new Public Safety Department, which includ…
 
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