3 things to know for April 27: Madeleine Albright; Minneapolis police; Wimbledon

Madeleine Albright honored by Biden, other world leaders

Madeleine Albright was honored for her service to her country during a memorial service Wednesday at Washington National Cathedral.

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The former U.S. secretary of state died in March from cancer. She was 84.

Presidents, statesmen and lawmakers came to the cathedral to honor the first female to hold her office.

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State probe finds Minneapolis police engaged in ‘pattern or practice of race discrimination’

A state investigation launched after George Floyd’s killing found that the Minneapolis Police Department has engaged in a “pattern of race discrimination for at least a decade, including stopping and arresting Black people at a higher rate than white people, using force more often on people of color and maintaining a culture where racist language is tolerated,” The Associated Press reports.

The AP’s Steve Karnowski and Mohamed Ibrahim add that the report was released Wednesday by the Minnesota Department of Human Rights. Following a nearly two-year investigation, the agency said “the city would negotiate a court-enforceable agreement to address the long list of problems identified in the report, with input from residents, officers, city staff and others,” Karnowski and Ibrahim explain.

The report said police department data “demonstrates significant racial disparities with respect to officers’ use of force, traffic stops, searches, citations, and arrests.” And it said officers “used covert social media to surveil Black individuals and Black organizations, unrelated to criminal activity, and maintain an organizational culture where some officers and supervisors use racist, misogynistic, and disrespectful language with impunity.”

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Wimbledon organizers allow unvaccinated players; Novak Djokovic to defend title

Defending Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic will once again hit the grass tennis court.

Djokovic is ranked No. 1 in the world, but had not been allowed to play at the Australian Open in January. His visa had been revoked because he was not vaccinated against COVID-19, CNN reported.

He had been set to defend his Australian Open title before he was banned, Sky Sports reported.

Djokovic, who is from Serbia, had told BBC News that he was willing to miss other tournaments if admittance required a coronavirus vaccine.

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Nicole Bennett

Nicole Bennett

CMG Digital Content Producer





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