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Mayor seeks support of ministers in helping to maintain calm in wake of release of deadly police video
CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel is seeking the support African-American clergy in urging the community to hold only peaceful protests over a fatal police shooting of a black teen by a white officer. The October 2014 shooting was recorded on a patrol car's dashboard camera.
The city released the video late Tuesday. It shows 17-year-old Laquan McDonald being shot while walking in a four-lane street. McDonald, who police say was carrying a knife, was shot by one of the officers and crumpled to the pavement.
The prosecutor who charged Officer Jason Van Dyke with first-degree murder says the officer shot McDonald 16 times and had been on the scene for just 30 seconds. The other officers didn't fire their weapons.
Mayor Emmanuel met with ministers on Monday night. Yesterday he asked for their assistance during a news conference. But some question why it took more than a year to bring charges. Others say police abuses are not new in Chicago and are demanding changes.
2 charged in pastor's wife killing say little in court
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The two men charged in the shooting death of an Indianapolis pastor's pregnant wife have appeared in court.
A Marion County judge entered not guilty pleas for 18-year-old Larry Taylor Jr. and 21-year-old Jalen Watson during a brief court hearing.
They're accused of breaking into the home of 28-year-old Amanda Blackburn on Nov. 10 shortly after her husband, Pastor Davey Blackburn, had left for the gym for an early morning workout. It was not clear whether Blackburn, who was 13 weeks pregnant, had been sexually assaulted. A prosecutor says she was found partially nude. She had been shot three times, including once in the head.
The couple's 15-month-old son, Weston, was at home upstairs in a crib but was not harmed in the attack.
Amanda and Davey Blackburn moved to Indianapolis from South Carolina in 2012 to found the independent Resonate Church.
Republican campaign rhetoric has Muslim-Americans on edge
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Muslim-Americans who sued the New York Police Department over a surveillance program launched after 9/11 are on edge over the call for more surveillance from some Republican presidential candidates.
They say rhetoric from the campaign is recklessly playing on people's fears.
Donald Trump has said law enforcement should keep close surveillance on mosques. He's also floated the idea of a database for tracking Muslims. Republican rival Ben Carson says any place where radicalization is going on should be monitored.
Baher Azmy (bah-HAR' ahz-MEE') is an attorney representing Muslim-Americans in the NYPD suit. He and others say the rhetoric comes from ignorance and is scarring Muslims in the U.S.
Advocacy group says anti-Muslim incidents highest since 9/11
WASHINGTON (AP) - A Muslim civil rights and advocacy group says the number of hostilities and hate crimes against Muslims in the U.S. in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks have risen to the level following the 9/11 attacks.
Recent incidents against Muslims are said to include shootings, vandalism and threats against mosques, assaults and harassment, including against women singled out because of religious attire.
Washington-based CAIR, Council on American Islamic Relations, says the incidents are also being fanned by public figures including presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ben Carson. CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper says he doesn't understand what they hope to gain by "stoking Islamaphobia."
Hooper says claims that thousands of Muslims in New Jersey cheered the 9/11 attacks have been repeatedly refuted.
Family of Muslim teen seeks $15M in clock incident
IRVING, Texas (AP) - Attorneys for the 14-year-old Muslim boy arrested after taking a homemade clock to his Dallas-area school say he was publicly mistreated and deserves $15 million.
A law firm representing Ahmed Mohamed sent letters Monday demanding $10 million from the city of Irving and $5 million from the Irving Independent School District. The letters also threaten lawsuits and seek written apologies.
The teen took his clock to school in September, and an educator thought it could be a bomb. He was arrested but never charged. He was also suspended from school.
The family accepted a foundation's offer to pay for his education in Qatar (GUH'-tur) and has since moved to the Persian Gulf country.