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"Going to get to closing a very painful chapter as we just heard for this city also for the Floyd family for the country for all of us Yeah these two cases state and federal were rare moments of accountability in one killing at the hands of police I spoke to Brandon busky the director of the ACLU criminal law reform project about what today meant As a sign that there were negotiations between mister Chauvin and the federal prosecutors and they were able to resolve this in a way that would give this case some measure of closure even if it will never bring back towards Floyd or promise brought a reform in the broader effort to reform police Ruski says a federal charge like this the willful violation of someone's civil rights is typically very difficult to prove So this plea agreement indicates the government had a strong case and as much as this was a moment of accountability it was as I said rare Legal experts say one case can't solve the systemic issues that led to the killing of a black man George Floyd by police I spoke to Paul butler a Georgetown law professor and a former federal prosecutor about this It matters that we are seeing high profile prosecutions of police officers of committed violent illegal acts against communities of color especially black men But he says these individual cases are not tools of social transformation that comes with policy change It's a law that's important that we're seeing individual officers brought to justice for criminal acts against black men We have to keep in mind that every year U.S. police officers kill about 1000 people in 2021 with these high profile prosecutions of police officers U.S. cops are right on track to kill about 1000 people And most of these killings are deemed lawful uses of force and a disproportionate number of people killed are people of color NPR's Leila fal thank you Layla Thank you In Ohio a chapter of a leading Muslim civil rights group has fired its top leader claiming he shared information about the organization with an anti Muslim hate group from member station wv X in Cincinnati Tana weingartner reports In an astonishing announcement the Columbus Cincinnati board of the council on American Islamic relations says it has proof its executive director Roman iqbal has long been passing information about its national organization to an anti Muslim hate group It is a complete act of betrayal Whitney sadiki is car Ohio's community affairs director she alleges that iqbal secretly recorded meetings and shared them and emails with a group called the investigative project on terrorism founded by Steven Emerson He is known for spreading hate vitriol and anti Islamic rhetoric Emerson and IPT have a history of promoting conspiracy theories about Muslims Carol Ohio officials say the allegations follow an independent third party investigation by its national headquarters They say iqbal admitted to leaking information to the other group when contacted iqbal's attorney declined to comment for this story Care alleges that IPT has spent years using moles trying to infiltrate and spy on prominent mosques and Muslim American organizations including the Columbus Cincinnati chapter Car Ohio also reportedly found $4000 worth of suspicious purchases from weapons retailers on a work issued credit card iqbal administered In another twist officials say a package containing parts for an AR-15 rifle was mailed to its Columbus office earlier this week Hussein Rashid studies Muslims in American popular culture at the new school in New York He finds the allegations troubling but not surprising Groups like the investigative project on terrorism seem to be dedicated to tearing Americans apart where you have one group of Americans paying another group of Americans to spy on their own communities I think that's deeply troubling and deeply upsetting Car Ohio official Whitney sadiki calls the allegations heartbreaking but says it won't stop them from continuing their efforts to protect and defend Muslims.
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"Us and death to antifa That unite the right rally in 2017 ended in violence with the killing of Heather heyer In opening statements in the civil case last week against the organizers one defendant dropped racial slurs in referenced Adolf Hitler's mein kampf in a federal courtroom This week opening statements are also expected in the murder case against father and son Gregory and Travis mcmichael along with William roddy Byron The white men are accused of murdering ahmaud Arbery a black man jogging in the neighborhood Central to jury selection were questions on race from the defense as a sign of whether a juror could be impartial Do they believe the confederate flag is a racist symbol Do they support the Black Lives Matter movement Here's defense attorney Jason Sheffield posing a question to potential jurors Who here agrees that people of color are not treated fairly or equally in the criminal justice system The trial against Kyle rittenhouse is also underway He was 17 when he crossed state lines with a semi automatic weapon He was underage so it was not legal for him to have a gun And he shot and killed two people and wounded another at antiracist protests in Kenosha Wisconsin that erupted after a police officer shot a black man in the back repeatedly Rittenhouse is claiming self defense In that case the judge has already ruled the people rittenhouse killed and wounded can't be called victims Here's judge Bruce Schroeder in court The word victim is a loaded loaded word And I think alleged victim is a cousin to it While the victims here weren't black they were at protests in the defense of black lives says Ashley woodard Henderson Co executive director of the highlander research and education center in Tennessee and a leader in the movement for black lives She says watching the three cases unfold We're seeing the disproportionate impact on black lives It's saying whose lives matter and our valuable and whose are not We're seeing judges say that the prosecution can not call the folks that were murdered or that were injured by shootings at those folks can't be called victims but that the prosecution can call them arsonists Looters rioters et cetera Brandon busky is the director of the criminal law reform project at the American civil liberties union One of the main things that unites this when you look at the allegations is you know these are these are all defendants either in criminal cases or in the civil case in Charlottesville who have been accused of actions in service of trying to defend the legacy of white supremacy and white dominance in this country And I think that's one of the most striking things that links all of these trials He points to the white vigilantism in the killing of ahmaud Arbery and the folk hero status of rittenhouse who killed people He crossed state lines to a place he's not from arm to confront antiracist protesters and people crowdfunded to pay for his defense One of the other common threads that I think we need to pay attention to here is the complicity of law enforcement Now now obviously these were not cases of police directly shooting individual as what happened with the uprisings of the past number of summers not just with George Floyd References the concerns and allegations about law enforcement's complicity or willingness to ignore threats in each case The outcomes of these three court cases will be referendums on race and white supremacy in this country he says but the emboldening of white nationalists and white supremacist groups Those under currents are going to require a much broader social reckoning than what these trials can provide When he's watching for are the narratives being spun in court and what the jury's ultimately decide about who deserves to be punished Leila Fulton and pyrrhus You're listening to all things considered from NPR news At four 18 you're listening.