As a players union leader, Nets' Garrett Temple wants to seize the moment
NEW YORK — Garrett Temple remembers the day Trayvon Martin’s killer was set free.He was in Los Angeles, when George Zimmerman — a neighborhood watch coordinator in Sanford, Florida, who claimed self-defense after shooting and killing the unarmed, 17-year-old Martin — was acquitted on murder charges.That day, Temple says, wildly differs from the climate in America in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death.“It was really my first time just hanging out in LA, and it made me angry that it was so foreign to so many people, or people just didn’t even pay attention to it,” Temple said on a conference ...
New York Daily News
2 killed, 16 wounded in overnight shootings as Fourth of July weekend gets underway in Chicago
CHICAGO — A 34-year-old woman was shot and killed and two others were injured Saturday morning on the 31st Street bridge over Lake Shore Drive, according to Chicago police.The killing was the second to occur on July 4, a notoriously violent holiday in Chicago. From 3 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday, 16 people were also injured.Earlier in the week, Superintendent David Brown spoke of clearing corners of drug dealers and announced 1,200 more officers would be on the streets for the holiday weekend; that is fewer than the 1,500 deployed last year in order to curtail overtime and give officers a br...
Sixers' Brett Brown opens up about Black Lives Matter, social injustice: 'This thing … is real'
PHILADELPHIA — George Floyd’s death and the Black Lives Matter movement in recent weeks have been eye-opening for 76ers coach Brett Brown.“So this thing that we’re talking about … for me, as a 59-year-old white man is just jaw-dropping in relation to being educated,” Brown said Wednesday during a Zoom call with the media.The coach revealed that 99% of his last two team Zoom meetings with players were spent discussing racial injustice. The other 1% was spent telling them to get in shape.Brown is a member of the National Basketball Coaches Association’s 11-member committee on racial injustice an...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Man who says he's innocent of Georgia church murders may get parole
ATLANTA — Dennis Perry’s fate remains in limbo as he waits for various agencies and officials to decide whether he was wrongfully convicted of a double murder in South Georgia.But the 58-year-old had more reason to hope this week after learning that the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles had tentatively granted him parole. The decision means, unless board members change their minds, he will be released around the start of September.The board’s tentative decision means the Brunswick District Attorney’s Office, which prosecuted him, has 90 days to share an opinion. The clock started on June 3,...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Bond granted to ex-Atlanta officer charged in Rayshard Brooks killing
ATLANTA — A Fulton County judge on Tuesday granted a $500,000 bond to fired Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe, who is charged with felony murder for the June 12 killing of Rayshard Brooks.Fulton Superior Court Judge Jane Barwick made her decision after finding Rolfe was not a risk of flight and posed no significant risk of committing a crime or intimidating witnesses while out of custody.Barwick’s decision followed emotional testimony by Brooks’ widow, Tomika Miller, who asked the judge to deny bond.“My husband did not deserve to die,” Miller said. “I lost my best friend. … He was a loving,...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
'Unprecedented': With 95 homicides, Kansas City on pace for its deadliest year ever
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Hours before dawn on Monday, someone fired a gun into an apartment building, adding one more to the hundreds of shootings recorded in Kansas City each year.In this case, the victim was killed as he slept He was the 95th homicide victim of the year in Kansas City, where an onslaught of shootings in the first six months of 2020 has put the city on pace for its deadliest year ever, according to data kept by The Star, which includes law enforcement shootings.He was also the city’s youngest victim of the year. Legend Taliferro, who was found shot about 2:30 a.m. when the gunfire ...
The Kansas City Star
Judge says public officials speaking about George Floyd's death could force change of venue
MINNEAPOLIS — Comments made by public officials and others about the Memorial Day killing of George Floyd and the former Minneapolis police officers charged in his death threaten to move court proceedings outside of Hennepin County, a judge warned Monday.At an omnibus hearing Monday afternoon, several of the defense attorneys representing the former officers — Derek Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao — criticized city, county and state officials for expressing opinions they believe have tainted their clients’ constitutional right to a fair trial.“I’m fighting the battle with...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Former officers to appear in court today in George Floyd killing
MINNEAPOLIS — Four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the Memorial Day killing of George Floyd are scheduled to appear in court Monday afternoon.Derek Chauvin, who knelt on Floyd’s neck for nearly eight minutes, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao are scheduled to appear one at a time for an omnibus hearing starting at 12:15 p.m.Chauvin is charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter and will appear remotely via TV from the state prison at Oak Park Heights, where he is being held on $1.25 million bail.The other three ar...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Joseph James DeAngelo admits he's Golden State Killer, pleading guilty to 13 murders and 62 rapes
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Forty-five years after committing his first murder, Joseph James DeAngelo admitted Monday he was the Golden State Killer, serial killer and rapist and author of one of the worst crime sprees in California history.Looking frail and speaking in a halting voice, the former policeman entered a string of guilty pleas in a Sacramento State ballroom that was converted into a courtroom for the day.DeAngelo, 74, admitted to a 12-year binge of murder and sexual assaults from the Sacramento area to Orange County that captivated the world’s attention and spawned a multitude of nicknam...
The Sacramento Bee
2 days before a hearing that could have set him free, the courthouse shut down
CHICAGO — LaRon Warren had been serving life in prison without parole for two South Side murders as a juvenile in the 1990s, but a series of landmark court rulings left him hoping he’d win his freedom at a hearing in March.Then the coronavirus put that dream on hold.Two days before the hearing, the courthouse closed due to the pandemic. A court date in June was delayed until July. And Warren, 44, an ex-gang member who remains in Cook County Jail, is starting to “wonder if this is ever going to be over.”Warren is among an estimated 30 inmates in Illinois still seeking to shorten their sentences...