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Killed Over a Car Air Freshener: Outrage Grows Over Police Shooting of Daunte Wright in Minnesota

Protests continue in the Minneapolis area after a white police officer shot and killed a 20-year-old Black man, Daunte Wright, during a traffic stop Sunday in the suburb of Brooklyn Center. The deadly shooting took place about 10 miles from where former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is on trial for killing George Floyd. Just before he was killed, Wright called his mother to say he was being pulled over — allegedly because an air freshener was obscuring his rearview mirror. The Brooklyn Center police chief claims Kimberly Potter, a 26-year police veteran who has served as the police union president for the department, accidentally pulled a gun instead of a taser.

The Star Tribune reports Daunte Wright is the sixth person killed by Brooklyn Center police since 2012. Five of the six have been men of color. "Unfortunately, there has not been a serious attempt to change the phenomenon of driving while Black, which is something that happens to Black people on a routine basis in the Twin Cities and across the state of Minnesota," says Minneapolis-based civil rights attorney and activist Nekima Levy Armstrong.

"Democracy Now!" also speaks with Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, who says policing in the United States is as dangerous to Black and Brown people as ever. "They are deadly. They kill Black and Brown people," says Hussein.

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Apple vs. the FBI in San Bernardino Shooting Case

Privacy and online encryption battle: Apple has resisted a court order to help the FBI break into an iPhone recovered from one of the San Bernardino shooters.
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Nestlé Pumps Millions of Gallons for Free While Flint Pays for Poisoned Water

How does Nestlé get away with pumping clean water from Michigan for free while Flint residents pay high prices for poisoned water?
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Republicans Vow to Block Supreme Court Justice Nomination

More Senate Republicans are pledging to block any nominee President Obama chooses to replace Justice Antonin Scalia.
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Recap: Clinton and Sanders Debate in Wisconsin

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton drew sharp distinctions between each other on everything from foreign policy to how they plan to pay for the programs they’ve proposed.
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Justice Dept. Sues Ferguson to Force Police Reforms

The Department of Justice sued Ferguson when the city proposed changes to a recent police reform agreement.
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Black Lives Matter Endorses No Candidates

The group has opted not to endorse any candidate in the presidential race.
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Greece-Bound, Refugee-Filled Boats Sink Near Turkey

Two boats capsize near Turkey; this and other U.S. and world news headlines in today's "Democracy Now!"
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#EarthDay: As Paris Deal Is Signed, Gulf Coast Oil Spill Is Remembered

As the world marks Earth Day, more than 60 heads of state meet to sign the Paris climate agreement.
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Flint Officials Charged in Water Crisis Investigation

While three Michigan officials have been charged in the crisis, Governor Rick Snyder said he has not been questioned.
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