Law/Justice

Kansas City cop convicted, Colorado city settles in police killings of Black men

By Grayson Quay The Week

While many anti-racist and police reform activists saw the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict as a defeat for their cause, courts have delivered the movement two victories this week that received far less media attention.

Eric DeValkenaere, a former Kansas City police detective who fatally shot a Black man in 2019, was convicted Friday of second-degree involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action, the Kansas City Star reported. DeValkenaere shot Cameron Lamb, who was unarmed at the time, in Lamb’s backyard after a report of a car chase brought officers to the scene.

Journalist Matt Yglesias cited the court’s decision as evidence that “efforts to demand more accountability are getting results.”

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