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(...)

Sanford police officer Timothy Smith holds up the gun that was used to kill Trayvon Martin as he  testified  during trial. Photograph: Joe Burbank/Reuters/Pool/File Photo

An online auction for the gun that US community volunteer George Zimmerman used to kill unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin appears to have been hal(...)

George Zimmerman appears in court in  2013. Photograph: Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/Reuters

A gunman has opened fire on a car being driven by George Zimmerman, the Us man acquitted in 2013 of fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager that sp(...)

A police car burns on the street after a grand jury returned no indictment for police officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting of Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri, late last night.   Photograph: Jim Young/Reuters

Protesters took to the streets in major cities across the US to demonstrate at the decision of a grand jury not to bring charges against a white Misso(...)

Michael Dunn  looks back into the courtroom from the holding area after the verdicts were announced in his trial in Jacksonville, Florida. Photograph: Reuters/Bob Mack/Florida Times-Union

Michael Dunn, a 47-year-old software developer, pulled into a petrol station in Jacksonville, Florida, on November 23rd, 2012, after leaving hi(...)

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