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Cities Step Up Removal of Confederate Statues

by Chris Kenning, Reuters 08-15-2017

A Sheriff's deputy stands near the toppled statue of a Confederate soldier in front of the old Durham County Courthouse in Durham, N.C. Aug. 14, 2017. REUTERS/Kate Medley

Undeterred by violence over the planned removal of a Confederate statue in Charlottesville, Va., municipal leaders in cities across the United States said this week they would step up efforts to pull such monuments from public spaces.

Black Lives Matter and Other Groups Sue for Court Oversight of Chicago Police Reforms

by Chris Kenning, Reuters 06-14-2017

FILE PHOTO: Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson arrives at a news conference in Chicago on Sept. 21, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young/File Photo

Members of Black Lives Matter and other groups sued the city of Chicago on Wednesday, seeking to force federal court oversight of reforms to the police department, which has been accused of using excessive force against minorities. The lawsuit, filed by civil rights attorneys in the U.S. District Court of Northern Illinois, came after Mayor Rahm Emanuel backed off a pledge to let a federal judge oversee reforms.