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‘Mom, I’ve Been Hit’: Enforcing COVID Curfew Last Year, Kenyan Police Fatally Shot 13-Year-Old Boy on His Own Balcony
The parents of Yasin Hussein Moyo speak out in ‘The Virus That Shook the World,’ a two-night documentary special on the COVID-19 pandemic’s impacts across the globe.
April 26, 2021
A Timeline of Domestic Extremism in the U.S., from Charlottesville to January 6
According to data from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, there were 405 terror attacks or plots in the U.S. from 2015 through 2020 — more than double the total number in the previous decade. A timeline of significant incidents tracks how domestic extremism has evolved in recent years.
April 21, 2021
Derek Chauvin is convicted of killing George Floyd in Minneapolis, cuffed and sent to prison
The conviction, almost a year after a bystander video captured Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck for more than nine minutes, was the first time in Minnesota history that a white police officer was convicted of killing a Black civilian on the job.
April 20, 2021
Policing the Police in Minnesota
As Derek Chauvin’s murder trial nears its end and Minnesota roils over the killing of Daunte Wright, calls for police accountability continue.
April 18, 2021
“I Felt Hate More Than Anything”: How an Active Duty Airman Tried to Start a Civil War
Steven Carrillo’s path to the Boogaloo Bois shows the hate group is far more organized and dangerous than previously known.
April 13, 2021
At George Floyd's Treatment Center, Recovering Clients See Racism in Addiction Assumptions
"Do you know how many times that could have been me?" Staff at a Minneapolis rehab facility that George Floyd attended see themselves in Floyd — and racism in theories about his drug use — the Star Tribune, our local journalism partner in Minneapolis, reports.
Star Tribune
April 11, 2021
Repatriating ISIS Foreign Fighters Is Key to Stemming Radicalization, Experts Say, but Many Countries Don’t Want Their Citizens Back
A review of the 10 countries that yielded the most ISIS foreign fighters showed varying levels of commitment to repatriation and prosecution.
April 6, 2021
Chauvin Case Draws Inevitable Comparisons to Another High-Profile Police Murder Trial in Minnesota
Derek Chauvin is the second Minneapolis police officer to stand trial for murder in the last few years, but that is where similarities to Mohamed Noor end, our Local Journalism Initiative partner the Star Tribune finds.
Star Tribune
March 27, 2021
Can Police Reform Work? A Mayor and a Historian Discuss Policing in Newark, N.J.
Ras Baraka is the mayor of Newark, N.J. Jelani Cobb is an academic and a writer for The New Yorker. Watch and read their conversations, five years apart, for "Policing the Police," available for the first time as extended videos and transcripts.
March 16, 2021
The Frontline Interview: Ras Baraka
Read and watch Newark Mayor Ras Baraka's 2020 conversation with historian and FRONTLINE correspondent Jelani Cobb.
March 16, 2021
The Frontline Interview: Ras Baraka
Read and watch Newark Mayor Ras Baraka's 2015 conversation with historian and FRONTLINE correspondent Jelani Cobb.
March 16, 2021