BERLIN — Tareq Alaows was hoping to become the first Syrian refugee to win a seat in Germany's parliament when the country goes to the polls in September.

Speaking to NPR in February after announcing his candidacy with the Green Party, the 31-year-old lawyer and human rights activist from Damascus was full of ambition to help make Germany a better place.

"From my own experience as an asylum-seeker, I know that Germany needs to improve its integration policies, because they impact everyone, not just refugees," he said. "I want to affect change for everyone in Germany."

Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd speaks with criminal justice professor and police consultant Lorenzo Boyd, who says Derek Chauvin “set policing back a decade.”

 

 

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The fatal police shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo in Chicago has renewed debates about police use of force, including the practice of foot chases. The officer who fired the fatal shot had chased Adam down an alleyway with his gun drawn.

Foot pursuits that end with a police shooting have proven difficult for oversight agencies. Some experts say foot chases should be used less often.

Governors from a dozen states are asking President Biden to ban the sale of cars and light trucks that emit greenhouse gases by 2035.

In a letter to the president, the governors of California, New York, North Carolina and nine other states — all but one a Democrat — asked for the change ahead of a White House climate summit, scheduled to begin Thursday.

It was four 4 o'clock in the morning, well before sunrise, and cold. A light wintry mix of rain and snow was falling. The lousy weather was a relief, as it meant even less of a chance that someone might randomly pass by. The small group of scientists didn't want anyone to see what they were about to do.

They'd brought flashlights, a shovel, a trowel, a tape measure, and an old map. The map looked more like a blueprint than a pirate's guide to buried treasure. Still, it did show the secret location of something precious stashed away underground.

As the nation awaits the sentencing of convicted murderer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis, police reform advocates are thinking about what impact the verdict may have on legislative efforts going forward.

Here & Now‘s Tonya Mosley checks in with Minnesota state Rep. John Thompson, whose activism on the issue has been fueled in part by the police shooting death of his friend Philando Castile.

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is in jail Wednesday awaiting sentencing after the jury in his trial pronounced him guilty on all three charges — second and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

A Black teenager was fatally shot by a police officer outside her home in Columbus, Ohio, after she called the police for help.

The Columbus Police Department released an edited version of body camera footage and said Ma’Khia Bryant was holding a knife and attempting to stab two girls. But many details remain unclear.

With Derek Chauvin found guilty of murder, attention now turns to his sentencing – and to the trial of three of Chauvin's fellow former police officers who are accused of aiding and abetting Chauvin, who is white, in the killing of George Floyd, who was Black.

The verdict is being hailed by activists who urge more accountability for police, particularly in officers' use of violent and deadly force against people of color.

The Black teenager who recorded the now-infamous video of Derek Chauvin pressing his knee on George Floyd's neck for nearly 10 minutes last May is being hailed as a hero following the former Minneapolis police officer's conviction on murder and manslaughter charges.

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