Articles by Erik Ortiz Is A Staff Writer For Nbc News Focusing On Racial Injustice


nbcnews.com Jan 22, 2022

More officers were charged in fatal police shootings in 2021. Not everyone sees progress.
Erik Ortiz Is A Staff Writer For Nbc News Focusing On Racial Injustice

Historically, charges against officers who use lethal force remain rare, and convictions for serious charges even more unusual. In the past five years, 16 officers were charged in 2020; 12 in 2019; 10 in 2018; and seven in 2017. But despite the record number of police officers charged, Stinson said, . . .

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nbcnews.com Jan 18, 2022

Jay-Z's Team Roc puts pressure on DOJ to investigate Kansas City, Kansas, police
Erik Ortiz Is A Staff Writer For Nbc News Focusing On Racial Injustice

Team ROC, the social justice arm of hip-hop mogul Jay-Z's entertainment company, is amplifying community demands that the Justice Department investigate the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department, writing in an open letter Tuesday that "there is no excuse to justify the DOJ's silence." Team Roc lawy . . .

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nbcnews.com Jan 17, 2022

In battle against far-right extremists, an old strategy re-emerges: Bankrupt them
Erik Ortiz Is A Staff Writer For Nbc News Focusing On Racial Injustice

Whether the group will survive in its current form remains to be seen, but the objective in Racine's suit will test the limits in the fight against far-right extremists. If successful, the suit would pry open the financial earnings and assets of the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers and some of their . . .

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nbcnews.com Jan 14, 2022

Navient plans to cancel some student borrowers' loan debt. Who qualifies?
Erik Ortiz Is A Staff Writer For Nbc News Focusing On Racial Injustice

A bipartisan coalition of state attorneys general are calling the resolution "a victory for student loan borrowers" in holding Navient accountable, after suing the company for allegedly misleading borrowers with deceptive lending practices and offering risky subprime loans. "Yesterday was a very big . . .

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nbcnews.com Jan 13, 2022

Navient agrees to $1.85B student loan settlement with states
Erik Ortiz Is A Staff Writer For Nbc News Focusing On Racial Injustice

Navient, one of the largest student loan servicers in the country, announced Thursday it has reached a $1.85 billion settlement with more than three dozen states in an effort to resolve allegations of predatory lending and deceptive practices over more than a decade. Navient, based in Wilmington, De . . .

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nbcnews.com Jan 11, 2022

Deadly Bronx fire puts focus on space heaters some see as ‘symbols of inequity’
Erik Ortiz Is A Staff Writer For Nbc News Focusing On Racial Injustice

Workers in protective clothing walk from the apartment building which suffered the city's deadliest fire in three decades, in the Bronx, New York, on Jan. 11, 2022. The 19-story, 120-unit building did have working heat, he said, but the space heater was used to supplement it. Self-closing doors are . . .

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nbcnews.com Jan 04, 2022

Ford plans surge in production of all-electric F-150 Lightning pickup truck
Erik Ortiz Is A Staff Writer For Nbc News Focusing On Racial Injustice

Buoyed by a growing demand, Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday it will double the production of its first electric version of the F-150 pickup truck, America's bestselling vehicle. The United Auto Workers, which represents about 56,000 hourly Ford employees, praised the direction the automaker is taking to . . .

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nbcnews.com Dec 17, 2021

Covid testing demand spikes ahead of holidays, with long lines at sites
Erik Ortiz Is A Staff Writer For Nbc News Focusing On Racial Injustice

Those threats, in turn, are spurring a clamor for PCR testing, rapid tests and at-home kits. Brewster said libraries in her Maryland county that are giving out free at-home tests can't keep up. In Indiana, some local health agencies warned this month that they have limited rapid tests or are no long . . .

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nbcnews.com Dec 15, 2021

Derek Chauvin pleads guilty to violating George Floyd's federal civil rights
Erik Ortiz Is A Staff Writer For Nbc News Focusing On Racial Injustice

Derek Chauvin pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges that he violated George Floyd's civil rights, allowing the former Minneapolis police officer to avoid another high-profile trial after he was convicted this year by a state jury of murder and manslaughter in Floyd's death. Federal prosecutors . . .

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nbcnews.com Dec 13, 2021

Victims of deadly tornadoes remembered; one of the youngest was 2 months old
Erik Ortiz Is A Staff Writer For Nbc News Focusing On Racial Injustice

Others who died were those working an overnight shift at a candle factory in Mayfield, Kentucky, and at an Amazon distribution center in Edwardsville, Illinois. These are some of the victims:Oaklynn Koon, 2 months oldAs a tornado whipped through Dawson Springs, the Koon family took shelter in a bath . . .

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