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Fort Worth Police Chief Ed Kraus
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The Fort Worth Police Chief, Ed Kraus, announced in an email sent to officers and employees on Monday that he will retire by the end of the year. 

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Dallas police issued new restrictions on the use of "non-lethal" weapons like tear gas and pepper balls on Wednesday.

Armed homeowners Mark and Patricia McCloskey, standing in front their house, confront protesters marching to St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson's house in the Central West End of St. Louis on June 28.
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St. Louis’ top prosecutor on Monday charged a white husband and wife with felony unlawful use of a weapon for displaying guns during a racial injustice protest outside their mansion.

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Police reform has been top-of-mind for lots of folks since George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis. Nationwide, cities and states have taken steps to limit police brutality. But in Dallas though, things are slow moving.

In a survey of Americans' attitudes toward law enforcement, two-thirds of respondents said that individual officers should be held legally accountable for using excessive force, but few of those polled said they would support cutting police budgets.

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Caitlin 'Kitty' Rickard and several friends begin their day in a North Dallas home, looking through the inventory in their garage which is full of donated supplies. They’re packing first aid kits, loading water bottles into cars and working on a game plan for the Pride for Black Lives Matter rally. 

People demonstrate in Chicago to mark Juneteenth last month.
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A national coalition of labor unions, along with racial and social justice organizations, will stage a mass walkout from work this month, as part of an ongoing reckoning on systemic racism and police brutality in the U.S.

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The protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd began a nationwide conversation to discuss police reform ideas, including calls to “defund the police.” The phrase has been used to mean everything from redirecting money away from police departments to actually abolishing the police. 

Protesters demonstrate against police brutality in Dallas on June 13, 2020. Activists and Dallas City Council members are considering ways Dallas Police Department's $514 million budget could be used.
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Calls to defund the police may have started in the streets, but the outcries of protesters seeking an end to police brutality have made it to Dallas City Hall — and the city's leaders are listening.

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After weeks of protests, the Dallas Police Department is making changes. Chief Reneé Hall announced Tuesday that the department will now release videos when police shoot people or are accused of using excessive force within 72 hours of someone being hurt or dying. The policy also applies to deaths in police custody.

Dozens of people assembled on Saturday to share stories of oppression and demand a better world for themselves and each other.

The Austin Police Department has named five officers it says may be responsible for seriously injuring people demonstrating during the first weekend of protests against systemic racism and police violence.

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When a participant at a rally in Austin to protest police brutality threw a rock at a line of officers in the Texas capital, officers responded by firing beanbag rounds — ammunition that law enforcement deems “less lethal” than bullets.

A beanbag cracked 20-year-old Justin Howell’s skull and, according to his family, damaged his brain. Adding to the pain, police admit the Texas State University student wasn’t the intended target.

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Protests over the killing of George Floyd have entered their fourth week — and in Fort Worth, some protest leaders are branching out.

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Juneteenth commemorates when the last enslaved African Americans learned they were free 155 years ago. Now, with support growing for the racial justice movement, 2020 may be remembered as the year the holiday reached a new level of recognition.

How Social Movements Impact Business

Jun 18, 2020
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Even when protests sparked by the police killing of George Floyd fade from the headlines, demonstrators hope to use their wallets to continue pushing their message.

When protesters across the U.S. started marching through city streets late last month, demanding justice for George Floyd, state and local leaders sounded a familiar alarm. 

A National Guard soldier called in to help quell protests in Louisville fatally shot Kentucky restaurant owner David McAtee.

As demonstrators gathered around the White House last weekend, Howard University law student Tope Aladetimi leaned her cardboard protest sign against the street median and took a load off her feet. She had already been out protesting for a few hours, and the temperature was climbing into the 90s.

"There's a power in using your body, and actually physically being here," Aladetimi said. "Oftentimes, our voices aren't heard and this is the only way we're able to get our message across."

Domonique Dille, a Howard law school classmate, feels an urgency to this moment.

A demonstrator paints "Black Lives Matter" on her car's front windshield ahead of the caravan protest in Frisco.
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Both Richardson and Frisco held socially distant protests advocating for racial justice and police reform over the weekend, in caravan form.

A 24-year-old pregnant protester who was shot with a lead-pellet bag by Austin police two weeks ago is calling for accountability.

Saraneka Martin, who is seven weeks pregnant, said she was sitting with other demonstrators during the first weekend of protests downtown when police began using the so-called less-lethal ammunition.

Protesters listen to a speaker during a demonstration against police brutality organized by the Next Generation Action Network in Dallas on Saturday.
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It’s been over two weeks since the death of George Floyd, and protesters in Dallas and across the country continue their calls for racial justice. Not even the Texas summer could stifle demonstrators Saturday at Reverchon Park in Dallas.

The civil rights movement largely passed East Texas by in the 1950s and '60s. Today, more than a half century later, there remains little tradition of protest in the region — part of plantation country during slavery — and scant experience with organizing.

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On Thursday afternoon, President Trump visited Dallas for a roundtable discussion about policing. He gathered with administration officials and local leaders at the North Campus of Gateway Church to discuss future reforms. 

Outside of the event, dozens of people waited in the Texas heat. Some were protesters who said they’d like to see greater accountability in policing. Others were there to show their support of President Trump.

Protesters gather in front of Dallas City Hall on June 2.
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A U.S. district judge has signed off on a 90-day injunction barring the Dallas Police Department from using what's called "less-than lethal weapons" — like chemical agents and flashbangs — to disperse protesters who are not posing an immediate threat.

Protesters march through the streets of Manhattan, New York.
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Young adults have filled streets across the country on a scale not seen since the 1960s to protest for racial justice after the death of George Floyd. But whether that energy translates to increased turnout in November is another question.

Police in Fort Worth, Texas, are dropping criminal charges against dozens of people who were arrested and accused of rioting during protests against racism and police brutality. Chief Ed Kraus says the move is part of his reply to calls for police to change how they operate.

President Trump on Monday rejected calls to disband or defund police departments as a response to massive protests against police brutality, sparked by the May 25 killing of George Floyd by police.

"Sometimes you'll see some horrible things, like we witnessed recently," Trump said. "Ninety-nine percent of them are great, great people."

"The police are doing an incredible job," Trump said, citing crime statistics. "We're going to talk about ideas how we can do it better and how we can do it if possible in a much more gentle fashion."

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Protesters are pushing to “defund the police” over the death of George Floyd and other black Americans killed by law enforcement. Their chant has become rallying cry — and a stick for President Donald Trump to use on Democrats as he portrays them as soft on crime.

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Three promoted a Facebook post suggesting George Floyd’s death was staged. Another shared a Martin Luther King Jr. quote over a picture of a banana. A fifth nudged followers to consider that liberal billionaire George Soros pays black people to riot to keep “race wars” flaring.