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Many— including President-elect Joe Biden— have pointed out the difference between the police response to white pro-Trump extremists invading the U.S. Capitol last week and the response to racial justice protests last year.


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Delawareans joined protests across the country Saturday over the death of an unarmed black man in police custody.

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Next Friday will mark the one-year anniversary of Jeremy McDole’s death.

The 28-year old, wheelchair-bound man was shot and killed by Wilmington police officers last September. After the Delaware's Department of Justice investigated, it decided against charging any of the four officers involved, though it did offered strong criticism of one officer's performance and how the city trains its police force for situations like this one.

McDole’s mother and grandmother are suing the city of Wilmington for what they say was a racially-charged shooting and wouldn’t have occurred if McDole had been white.

McDole’s mother and grandmother aren’t the only ones involved in the fight for what they call justice for Jeremy. For the first anniversary of his death, McDole’s younger sister Keandra is planning a block party celebration called Jeremy McDole Day in honor of her brother.

But her efforts extend beyond her plans for Jeremy McDole day.

Delaware Public Media’s Megan Pauly spent some time with Keandra recently to talk about her life - before and after her brother’s death.

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Local artist D. Marque Hall works for the City of Wilmington overnights, while also training to be a professional boxer. And in between those two pursuits, Hall produces and prints his own Black Lives Matter themed coloring books.

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The Delaware Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow held a meeting Monday night to address shootings involving police officers and individuals of color.

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Wilmington Black Lives Matter leader Mahkieb Booker helped organize a voter registration drive in Wilmington Thursday on the heels of Black Lives Matter protests surrounding the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia.

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Police officers swarmed the blocks – and sat atop buildings including the New Castle County Courthouse – Monday night during the Black Lives Matter rally.

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Senator Tom Carper is calling on leaders in law enforcement and the African American community to calm tensions following this week’s shooting deaths of two black men and five police officers.

via New Castle County Police Department

Sadness, anger and a motivation to inspire change encapsulate the mood of local African American leaders in Wilmington in the wake of this week’s fatal shootings of two black men by police and Thursday night’s attack in Dallas that killed five police officers.

Megan Pauly / Delaware Public Media

The Black Lives Matter movement is working to increase its presence in Wilmington.

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Black Panther Party co-founder Bobby Seale told a packed room at Delaware State University Thursday how he became a civil rights activist.

Seale's talk drew hundreds of students, faculty and staff interested in what the Panthers can teach today's Black Lives Matter movement. It kicks off Black History Month at the historically black Dover school.

Seale said it was the Panthers' political grassroots work that drew the ire of the white establishment in the late 1960s -- not a fear of violence.