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Federal executions to resume, despite falling public support for death penalty

July 26, 2019
Amna Nawaz, Devlin Barrett | The PBS NewsHour
Attorney General William Barr has announced that the federal government will resume enforcement of the death penalty. No federal executions have occurred since 2003, in the face of increasing litigation over the constitutionality of the punishment.
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Race Card Project: Pain and Anguish

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June 26, 2015
After a gunman killed nine people in a Charleston, South Carolina church in 2015, Michele Norris of The Race Card Project shared the “pain and anguish” being felt across the country. “Tired of saying that we matter” and “Don’t ask me to just forget” were just two of the six-word essays shared on both sides of the issue.

Montana Republican wins special election despite assault charge and Hillary Clinton addresses alma mater

May 26, 2017
Republican Greg Gianforte won a special election in Montana less than 24 hours after assault charge.
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Michael Slager, Ex-Cop Who Shot Walter Scott, Pleads Guilty in Civil Rights Case

May 3, 2017
Pete Williams, Craig Melvin, Daniel Arkin | NBC
A white former South Carolina police officer pleaded guilty Tuesday to violating the civil rights of Walter Scott, the unarmed black motorist he shot dead in 2015.
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Donald Trump Signs Three Executive Actions on Crime as Attorney General Jeff Sessions Is Sworn In

February 10, 2017
Carol Lee, Aruna Viswanatha | The Wall Street Journal
President Donald Trump signed three executive actions on Thursday that he said are aimed at reducing crime in the U.S.
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Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Lethal Injection

December 12, 2016
Pete Williams, Tracy Connor | NBC News
The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear a challenge from a death row inmate who argued that because the state botched its first attempt to execute him, trying again would be unconstitutional.
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Police shooting of Terence Crutcher may test Tulsa tensions

September 20, 2016
There are calls for a federal investigation into the police shooting of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After his car stalled, video footage showed Crutcher, an unarmed black man, walking away from police, arms raised, before being shot. Gwen Ifill speaks with Ginnie Graham of Tulsa World about the shooting and the challenges for the city in grappling with issues of race and law enforcement.
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