Former officer charged in Daunte Wright killing; ADL calls on Fox to fire Carlson; AR governor signs scaled-back hate crimes bill

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April 16, 2021


The former police officer who was recorded on camera fatally shooting Daunte Wright during a traffic stop was arrested and charged with second-degree manslaughter on Wednesday. ADL called on Fox News to remove primetime opinion host Tucker Carlson after he openly embraced a white supremacist conspiracy theory in front of millions of viewers. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed a watered-down hate crimes bill into law this week, one that ADL and other advocates had criticized for overhauling another proposed bill that included more specific language cracking down on crimes targeting victims due to their race, religion and sexual orientation.

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1) Former Police Officer Charged with Second-Degree Manslaughter in Daunte Wright Killing

“Kim Potter, a 26-year veteran of the Brooklyn Center Police Department, was arrested at about 11:30 a.m. at the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension in St. Paul, officials said. She posted bond and was released later the same day. She was charged with second-degree manslaughter, the bureau said. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years behind bars.” NBC News: FULL STORY

+ ADL Statement on Charges Filed Against Police Officer in Killing of Daunte Wright

+ ADL Midwest tweet: #DaunteWright should be alive. This issue is much bigger than one stop, one department, or one city. Safety and justice for the Black community requires full accountability, radical transparency, and immediate action to dismantle systemic racism.

2) ADL: Fox Should Fire Carlson for White Supremacist Rhetoric

“There is zero indication that Fox will take such a step -- or even reprimand Carlson. But the ADL's call, delivered in a letter to Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott, underscores the extreme and unsettling nature of Carlson's anti-immigration commentary.” CNN: READ MORE

+ WATCH: ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt on CNN’s Reliable Sources

+ READ: ADL Response to Lachlan Murdoch, Chairman and CEO of Fox News, on Tucker Carlson

3) Arkansas Governor Signs Scaled-Back Hate Crimes Bill

“Under the measure, offenders that commit violent felonies against individuals due to their ‘mental, physical, biological, cultural, political, or religious beliefs or characteristics’ would have to serve at least 80 percent of their sentence behind bars. However, another hate crimes bill previously pushed by Hutchinson would have also covered crimes committed targeting individuals for their race, sexual orientation and gender identity.” The Hill: LEARN MORE

+ WATCH: ADL South Central Regional Director Aaron Ahlquist on the “sham” legislationABC Arkansas

+ ADL Hate Crime Map