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Oregon Appeals Court Affirms Portland Renter Relocation Law

The Court affirmed a Portland ordinance requiring landlords to pay tenants’ relocation fees if their rent is increased by at least 10% or if they’re evicted without cause.

Seattle Urged to See a 'World Without Law Enforcement'

Proposals include removal of 911 dispatch from Seattle Police control, budget cuts of 50%

Oregon DOJ to Hold Listening Sessions on Institutional Racism; Leaders Wary

DOJ will hold 11 virtual listening sessions for underserved Oregonians.

Portland Black Community Frustrated as Violence Mars Protests

Black leaders condemn violence from small group of mostly-white activists as Rose City Justice suspends nightly marches

NEWS BRIEFS

OSU Science Pub Focuses on Influence of Black Lives Matter

The influence of the Black Lives Matter movement will be the focus of a virtual Oregon State University Science Pub on July 13 ...

Capital Rx Establishes Scholarship at Howard University to Support Next Generation of Pharmacists

“Each of us has a role to play in paving a more equitable path for the future of the industry,” said AJ Loiacono, Founder and CEO...

Adams Joins Lawmakers in Move to Repeal Trump’s Birth Control Rule

Without action, SCOTUS decision clears way for Trump Admin rule to take effect ...

Portland Art Museum and Northwest Film Center Announce Artist Fund

The fund will help support artists during COVID crisis and beyond ...

The OHS Museum Reopens Saturday, July 11

The Oregon Historical Society museum will reopen with new hours and new safety protocols ...

Police: Transgender person assaulted, robbed in Wilsonville

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Wilsonville police say three teenagers assaulted a transgender 20-year-old and stole their phone.Police said the victim told officers that while walking along the river Tuesday near Boones Ferry Park, they crossed paths with three male teens, one of whom called the...

Portland: 3rd class-action suit over police use of force

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Another class-action lawsuit has been filed against the city of Portland, marking the third such lawsuit filed related to the use of force and munitions at protests that began after the police killing of George Floyd. The class-action complaint filed this week named...

Iowa defensive back Jack Koerner hurt in jet ski accident

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa defensive back Jack Koerner sustained serious injuries when he and a passenger on a jet ski collided with a boat on the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri.According to a police report, Koerner and Cole Coffin were hurt at about 6:30 p.m. Friday when their watercraft...

Missouri football program pushes again for racial justice

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Ryan Walters had just arrived at the University of Missouri to coach safeties for the football program when a series of protests related to racial injustice led to the resignations of the system president and the chancellor of its flagship campus.The student-led movement...

OPINION

Recent Protests Show Need For More Government Collective Bargaining Transparency

Since taxpayers are ultimately responsible for funding government union contract agreements, they should be allowed to monitor the negotiation process ...

The Language of Vote Suppression

A specific kind of narrative framing is used to justify voter suppression methods and to cover up the racism that motivates their use. ...

Letter to the Community From Eckhart Tolle Foundation

The Eckhart Tolle Foundation is donating more than 250,000 dollars to organizations that are fighting racism ...

Editorial From the Publisher: Vote as Your Life Depends on It

The Republican-controlled Senate won’t pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, no matter how hard Oregon’s senators and others work to push for change. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Tapping into crime fears, GOP conflates mayhem with protests

WASHINGTON (AP) — For FRIDAY PMsApocalyptic images of blazing buildings and window-smashing protesters pop up on the TV screen as a caller to a 911 emergency line reaches voicemail. The computer offers to take reports of rapes, murders or home invasions, adding, “Our estimated wait...

Homeland Security gets new role under Trump monument order

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Protesters who have clashed with authorities in the Pacific Northwest are not just confronting local police. Some are also facing off against federal officers whose presence reflects President Donald Trump's decision to make cracking down on “violent...

Hanging death of Black man in California park ruled suicide

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The death of a Black man found hanging from a tree in a Southern California city park last month was ruled a suicide Thursday following a police investigation prompted by outrage from the family who said authorities initially were too quick to rule out the possibility he...

ENTERTAINMENT

Family re-imagines Bob Marley classic for COVID-19 relief

NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Marley’s Grammy-winning children and chart-topping grandson have re-imagined one of his biggest hits to assist children affected by the coronavirus pandemic.Stephen Marley, Cedella Marley and her son, Skip Marley, have joined forces to produce a new version of...

Asian American girls saw pivotal icon in 'Baby-Sitters Club'

Author Ann M. Martin had no master plan when she decided to make one of the core members of “The Baby-Sitters Club” a Japanese American girl named Claudia.Claudia Kishi happened to be everything the “model minority” stereotype wasn't. She got bad grades. She thrived in...

Police: Pop Smoke's social media led killers to LA home

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities believe rising rapper Pop Smoke was shot and killed during a Los Angeles home-invasion robbery in February after his social media posts led five suspects to the house he was renting, police said after detectives arrested the group Thursday morning.Los Angeles...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Lives Lost: Young Venezuelan dreamed of better life in Peru

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Yurancy Castillo did not want to leave her family. But as inflation in Venezuela...

Brazil LGBTQ group hides from virus in Copacabana building

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In a courtyard a few blocks from Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach, a dozen...

Authorities search for 'Glee' star believed to have drowned

Authorities planned Friday to renew the search for “Glee” star Naya Rivera, who is believed to have...

Japan braces for more heavy rain as death toll rises to 66

TOKYO (AP) — Parts of Japan still searching for missing people and evacuating those stranded by deadly...

Singaporeans vote in polls expected to return ruling party

SINGAPORE (AP) — Wearing masks and plastic gloves, Singaporeans began voting Friday in a general election...

Seoul mayor left note saying 'sorry' as South Korea mourns

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Seoul's mayor left a note saying he felt “sorry to all people”...

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By Sabrina Shankman, Propublica

A former New Orleans police officer who had pleaded guilty to his role in the post-Katrina shooting of six unarmed civilians was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in federal prison.

Michael Hunter is the second officer sentenced in the Sept. 4, 2005, incident, in which police officers opened fire on unarmed civilians as they crossed Danziger Bridge, killing two and wounding four others.

Hunter is one of 11 officers charged in the case, and one of five who has pleaded guilty. Hunter and other officers have acknowledged that they tried to cover-up evidence of the shooting.

As our partners at the Times-Picayune explain, Hunter was the first officer involved in the shooting to participate with the investigation, providing some of the most chilling details of the incident.

As part of his plea agreement, Hunter provided more details about that day and said that an NOPD sergeant had fired at wounded civilians from a close range with an assault rifle, even after it was clear that the group was not a threat. He also said he saw Officer Robert Faulcon fire a shotgun at a man's back as the man fled.

Hunter's guilty plea came after he acknowledged that he had fired his gun on the bridge that day and that he had participated in the cover-up. His sentence of eight years in prison is the maximum possible under the law, although he will be eligible for a sentence reduction.

ProPublica, the Times-Picayune and PBS FRONTLINE have been investigating the circumstances around the shootings of 10 unarmed civilians by NOPD in the days after Hurricane Katrina. Five NOPD officers are currently on trial in one of those cases—the shooting death of Henry Glover. The trial of other officers involved in the Danziger Bridge case is scheduled for June 2011.

 

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