The defence argued that Kyle Rittenhouse had been repeatedly attacked and had shot the men in fear for his life. Photograph: Sean Krajacic/Pool/AFP via Getty

A US jury acquitted teenager Kyle Rittenhouse on Friday of murder in the fatal shooting of two men during racial justice protests in a decision that i(...)

Kyle Rittenhouse listens in Kenosha County Courthouse, Wisconsin on Monday.  Photograph: Sean Krajacic/The Kenosha News via AP, Pool

Prosecutors and defence counsel in the Wisconsin murder trial of Kyle Rittenhouse presented conflicting pictures of the defendant on Monday: an armed (...)

Wanda Cooper-Jones, mother of Ahmaud Arbery, standing in front of a painting of her son on the anniversary of his killing last February in Waynesboro, Georgia. Photograph: Sean Rayford/Getty Images

The three white Georgia men accused of murdering Ahmaud Arbery have already come in for harsh judgment from the highest of places. Donald Trump called(...)

Defence attorney Eric Nelson (left) and former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged with the second-degree murder of George Floyd,  at  the Hennepin County courthouse in Minneapolis on March 21st. Photograph: Court TV via AP

The graphic video of George Floyd’s killing was the catalyst for global protests against racism in policing. Whether it will be enough to persuade a j(...)

Matt Torney in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC.

When I read the news about Ahmaud Arbery being shot dead while jogging on a street in Georgia, it reminded me of my childhood in Belfast during the Tr(...)

The #BlackLivesMatter hashtag first appeared on Twitter in July 2013 following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

The #BlackLivesMatter hashtag has been used nearly 30 million times by Twitter users globally over the last five years, new figures show. A study fro(...)

Dylann Roof has been  found guilty of fatally shooting nine black parishioners at a church in Charleston, in the US. Photograph: Jason Miczek/Reuters

A jury on Thursday found self-avowed white supremacist Dylann Roof guilty of federal hate crimes resulting in the deaths of nine black parishioners at(...)

‘I went to that church in Charleston, and, you know, I did it,’ Dylann Roof told two FBI officials in June. File photograph:  Jason Miczek/Reuters

In an interview last year with FBI agents, Dylann Roof admitted to opening fire at a prominent black church in Charleston “because somebody had to do(...)

People at  a vigil for  victims of the shootings at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on June 14th, 2016. Photograph: Jim Young/Reuters

The massacre of 49 people at an Orlando nightclub by Omar Mateen has raised questions about access to guns in the US - assault rifles, in particular. (...)

George Zimmerman called the Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm gun he used to kill Trayvon Martin in 2012 an ‘American firearm icon’ on the auction site. Photograph: EPA

George Zimmerman appears to have sold the gun he used to kill Trayvon Martin four years ago, bringing an end to the latest controversy to swirl around(...)

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