PNS Daily Newscast - May 29, 2020 

More than a dozen Internal Affairs complaints against the Minneapolis Police officer involved in the death of George Floyd - we report on what's behind the current tensions.

2020Talks - May 29, 2020 

Republican Voters Against Trump just launched and plans to spend 10 dollars on the 2020 campaign. And President Trump signed an executive order making social media companies liable for content their users post.

Public News Service - MN: Civil Rights

Monday night's death of a black man at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer follows a handful of high-profile, police-related deaths in the Twin Cities in recent years. (Adobe Stock)

MINNEAPOLIS -- Four Minneapolis police officers have been fired following the death of a black man Monday night. The American Civil Liberties Union says it points to the lack of humanity by some in law enforcement. The death of George Floyd, who screamed, "I can't breathe" while a white Minneapolis

According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Juvenile Justice Alternatives Initiative, more than 200,000 young people a year are admitted to detention facilities in the United States. (Adobe Stock)

MINNEAPOLIS - A number of noticeable trends have emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic. That includes lower juvenile detention numbers. A new report suggests a downward trend in states such as Minnesota. The national survey, funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, shows a 24% drop in the number of

Racial gaps in states such as Minnesota have been getting more attention in recent years, and some experts say those gaps contribute to higher infection rates for COVID-19. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Data from health departments in various parts of the country show that black people are disproportionately affected by the new coronavirus. Some of those numbers are reflected in Minnesota, and experts say long standing equity issues are at play here and elsewhere. University

Asian-Americans in Minnesota say they've been discriminated against through verbal backlash, as well as poor service, as a result of the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Advocates for Minnesota's Asian-American community say they're happy to see a new state helpline for discrimination incidents resulting from the pandemic. But one group says efforts shouldn't stop there. The state established the phone line this week for victims or witnesses, sin

Supporters of Equal Rights Amendments say they can level the field for women, but can also be helpful for men in a variety of ways, including parental rights. (Mike Moen/PNS)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesotans advocating for an Equal Rights Amendment say they're encouraged by progress made at the national level earlier this year -- but that isn't stopping their state-level efforts. The federal amendment, which would prohibits discrimination based on sex, reached a mileston

The FBI says Minnesota saw a nearly 15% decline in hate crimes in 2018, but authorities say many of these incidents go unreported. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota lawmakers might soon consider a bill that would broaden the scope of the state's hate crime policies. The legislation would expand efforts to report incidents, enhance training for law enforcement when investigating such crimes and make it easier to prosecute those who

Minnesota policymakers have long struggled with their approach in reducing achievement gaps in schools. (Adobe Stock)

ST PAUL, Minn. - Calling it a big first step, supporters of a proposed state constitutional amendment dealing with education equality say they're energized now that a bill has been introduced. Formal legislation was unveiled in the Minnesota House this week. The move follows a new campaign led by

Last year, 14 community members and one law-enforcement officer died in Minnesota in deadly-force encounters. (Adobe Stock)

MINNEAPOLIS -- A new report offers nearly 30 recommendations for reducing deadly police shootings in Minnesota, but one watchdog group says the findings fall well short of meeting that goal. This week's report -- from a group of law-enforcement officials, community leaders, academics and others --

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