Protests over police brutality around the country are prompting local prosecutors to re-examine long-dormant cases and testing whether heightened national attention will lead to a different legal result.

In the wake of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, protesters have called for a renewed look at cases where people died at the hands of law enforcement. Some, such as the deaths of Elijah McClain in Aurora, Colo., and Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Ky., have garnered widespread national attention, while other cases…

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