Black Lives Matter

Jamie Glisson

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The state Medical Examiner’s Office released the autopsy report Friday for a Black man who struggled with mental illness and was shot five times killed by police in mid-December.

From her couch in Minneapolis, Nuny Nichols watched a mob of largely white extremists stage an insurrection in Washington, D.C., set up a noose on a wooden beam outside the U.S. Capitol and walk a symbol of violence and slavery — the Confederate flag — through the building as they stormed and raided it.

She was angry, but she was not surprised at the way people in the mob laughed as they took things from the building. There were white extremists who felt at ease giving their names to media outlets and taking selfies with a white police officer.

Hours after congressional lawmakers certified his Electoral College victory affirming he will be the next president, Joe Biden took to social media to express what countless others have before him.

If the largely white, pro-Trump insurrectionists who stormed the U.S. Capitol had been Black Lives Matter protesters, there would have been a starkly divergent law enforcement response than what played out Wednesday afternoon.

When a pro-Trump mob attacked the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, surprisingly few police stood in the way. Protests had been expected for days, but police appeared unprepared for an actual insurrection and not even prepared to keep all the doors locked. Video showed police calmly talking with attackers after they moved into the building.

In the 2020 election, more than 1 million African Americans cast ballots in Georgia. Since November, organizations such as the New Georgia Project and Black Voters Matter have worked to bring out even more voters for the state's U.S. Senate runoff elections on Tuesday.

The Black Lives Matter movement became an international phenomenon in 2020. As protesters took to the streets in cities across the U.S. in the aftermath of the police killing of George Floyd, a Black man in Minneapolis, Minn., so did demonstrators in other countries — all with a similar message: Black lives matter.

"There is a George Floyd in every country," South Africa-based journalist Lynsey Chutel tells NPR's David Greene during a recent roundtable interview.

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Oklahoma City Police released body camera footage last week of Olain Jefferson Jr. being restrained at an Oklahoma City hospital in late May. The Oklahoma City Chapter of Black Lives Matter demanded the footage be released after protests this summer.

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Oklahoma City Police responding to a disturbance call shot and killed a Black man Friday.

Quinton Chandler / StateImpact Oklahoma

This summer hundreds of Oklahomans joined nationwide protests against the killing of George Floyd and other Black people killed by police across the country. StateImpact’s Quinton Chandler asked voters if the protests affected how they marked their ballots.

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