Gun violence

FILE - In this May 31, 2020 file photo, several street bridges over the Chicago River remain closed in Chicago, after a night of unrest and protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. The year 2020 ended in Chicago with more homicides than in all but one year in more than two decades. As in other cities, Chicago police attribute much of the increase in gun violence to the global coronavirus pandemic and civil unrest that erupted after Floyd died after being forcibly detained by Minneapolis police.  (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
January 01, 2021 - 10:42 am
CHICAGO (AP) — The number of homicides and shootings in Chicago spiked dramatically in 2020, ending with more bloodshed than in all but one year in more than two decades, statistics released by police on Friday revealed. After three years of falling homicide totals, 2020 ended with 769 homicides —...
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The scene at 36th St. and Cedar Ave. S. after a man was shot and killed by Minneapolis Police Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020, in Minneapolis. Police in Minneapolis shot and killed a man during a traffic stop on the city’s south side Wednesday night. Department spokesman John Elder said the incident happened about 6:15 p.m. while officers were carrying out a traffic stop with a man suspected of a felony. (Jeff Wheeler/Star Tribune via AP)
December 31, 2020 - 12:28 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Police in Minneapolis said they would release body camera video on Thursday from a traffic stop that ended with a man shot dead, the city's first police-involved death since George Floyd died while being restrained by officers in May. Police said the man was a suspect in a felony...
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FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2020, file photo, a neighbor watches New York City Police Department officers work a crime scene where several young men were shot and wounded at the Ravenswood Houses in the Queens borough of New York. Heralded as the safest big city in America in recent years, New York City is closing out its bloodiest year in nearly a decade, grappling with a surge in homicides and a pandemic authorities say has helped fuel violence. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
December 29, 2020 - 1:52 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Heralded as the safest big city in America in recent years, New York City is closing out its bloodiest year in nearly a decade, grappling with a surge in homicides and a pandemic authorities say has helped fuel violence. The city had recorded 447 killings as of Tuesday, a 41%...
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December 01, 2020 - 6:58 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities on Tuesday announced the indictment of 18 people, including New York City rapper Casanova, in connection to a litany of gang-related crimes including racketeering, murder, drugs, firearms, and fraud offenses. Acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss and other law enforcement...
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FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2020, file photo a woman waits to vote in Miami. Election officials are on high alert amid fears that U.S. polling stations could attract the same strain of partisan violence and civil unrest that erupted on American streets this year. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
October 24, 2020 - 6:38 am
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Voting rights advocates and state officials are on high alert over fears that U.S. polling stations could attract the same strain of partisan violence and civil unrest that erupted on American streets this year, fueled by a deadly pandemic, outrage over police brutality and one...
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Judge Amy Coney Barrett speaks after President Donald Trump announced her as his nominee to the Supreme Court, in the Rose Garden at the White House, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
September 27, 2020 - 7:12 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Amy Coney Barrett paid homage to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her White House speech Saturday as a shatterer of glass ceilings. She said she would be mindful of the woman whose place she would take on the Supreme Court. She even commented that her children think their father is...
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September 15, 2020 - 10:23 am
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hiding evidence that could prove innocence. Planting drugs or guns at a crime scene. Forcing witnesses to falsely identify a defendant. A new, in-depth analysis on wrongful convictions put a spotlight Tuesday on “alarming” rates of police and prosecutor misconduct — one that is...
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FILE- In this Aug. 12, 2019 file photo, Whitney Austin, a survivor of a Sept. 6, 2018 Cincinnati bank shooting that claimed three other lives and wounded another person, demonstrates the newly required ability to give a "thumbs up,” during an interview in Cincinnati. Although Austin has made impressive gains in her recovery from 12 close-range gunshots, progress in the former bank executive’s new life’s mission of combatting gun violence has been slowed by the pandemic. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
September 05, 2020 - 5:59 am
CINCINNATI (AP) — While Whitney Austin has made impressive gains in her recovery from 12 close-range gunshots, progress in the former bank executive’s new life’s mission has been slowed by the pandemic. Frustrated over increases in gun violence in recent months and lack of movement on gun ownership...
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FILE - In this July 20, 2020, file photo, hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters hold their phones aloft in Portland, Ore. Once hailed as one of the most livable cities in the U.S., Portland, Oregon, is grappling with an uncertain future as it reaches a stunning benchmark: 100 consecutive nights of racial injustice protests marred by vandalism, chaos — and now, the killing of a supporter of President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
September 04, 2020 - 7:09 am
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Once hailed as one of the most livable U.S. cities, Portland, Oregon, is grappling with an uncertain future as it reaches a stunning benchmark: 100 consecutive nights of racial injustice protests marred by vandalism, chaos — and the killing of a supporter of President Donald...
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Todd Scott poses behind a bar in Porterdale, Ga.. on June 1, 2016. Americans' views are starkly different, underscoring the ever-widening divide over gun rights. Last week's arrest of a 17-year-old accused of killing two people during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, with a semiautomatic rifle he openly carried is just the latest flashpoint. "I would have done the same thing, to be honest with you,” said Scott, of Covington, Georgia. He's viewed video of the teen, Kyle Rittenhouse, being chased by protesters and believes he was acting in self-defense. Scott himself once shot at someone, becoming a bit of a local hero in 2015 after a gunman killed a clerk and a customer at the liquor store where he was picking up beer. (AP Photo/Lisa Marie Pane)
August 31, 2020 - 10:54 am
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The scenes have become commonplace in 2020: People gathered at state Capitols with semiautomatic long guns strapped across their chests. A couple near St. Louis emerging from their mansion brandishing firearms as Black Lives Matter demonstrators marched by the house. Men roaming...
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