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Campus police reform in progress after George Floyd killing

Nov. 23, 2020 1:01 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nearly six months after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd, the University of Minnesota is undergoing several efforts to reexamine and reform campus police. However, some say they feel change is not happening quickly enough. The University Senate and...

State police break up courthouse homeless camp

Nov. 21, 2020 5:39 PM EST

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — State police in New Hampshire have dismantled a homeless camp outside a courthouse in Manchester. WMUR-TV reports officers began breaking up the encampment on the lawn of the state Superior Courthouse Friday morning while representatives from housing and homeless agencies tried to...

FILE - In this May 30, 2020, file photo, protesters gather in Minneapolis. Almost six months after the death of George Floyd, criminal justice reform advocates are cheering multiple victories in the 2020 election. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Criminal justice reformers cheer multiple election victories

Nov. 21, 2020 10:06 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Almost six months after the death of George Floyd, criminal justice reform advocates are cheering the election of a handful of progressive prosecutors, the passage of ballot initiatives designed to ease mass incarceration and the decriminalization of drugs in several states. Voters also...

Louisville officials approve police oversight board

Nov. 20, 2020 8:32 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Officials in Kentucky's largest city have approved the formation of a police oversight board. The Louisville Metro Council voted Thursday on the ordinance that will create an 11-member Civilian Review and Accountability Board, and an inspector general that will review police...

FILE — In this Nov. 4, 2020, file photo, police officers stand guard as they clear the streets during a protest in Los Angeles, following Tuesday's election. California organizations encompassing both police chiefs and rank-in-file officers proposed legislation in the wake of recent civil unrest that they they said would raise standards for police recruiting and training while increasing diversity, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)

Police groups back requiring college classes for recruits

Nov. 19, 2020 5:26 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California organizations encompassing both police chiefs and rank-and-file officers proposed legislation Thursday in the wake of recent civil unrest that they said would raise standards for police recruiting and training while increasing diversity. Prospective officers should have...

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks to Biden supporters as they wait for former President Barack Obama to arrive and speak at a rally as he campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, at Turner Field in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Atlanta mayor vows 'top to bottom review' of policing

Nov. 19, 2020 10:34 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has brought in a consulting firm to conduct a “top to bottom review” of the city’s police department, in keeping with her vow to reform public safety after the fatal police shooting of Rayshard Brooks. “We are moving forward on...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Nov. 18, 2020 12:44 PM EST

Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers: ___ Nov. 17 The News & Observer and The Charlotte Observer on North Carolina's COVID restrictions: Back in March, when a COVID-19 outbreak spread toward the southeast United States, N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper followed the lead of North Carolina counties and took...

Police uses water canons to clear a blocked a road between the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag building, home of the German federal parliament, as people attend a protest rally in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 against the coronavirus restrictions in Germany. Police in Berlin have requested thousands of reinforcements from other parts of Germany to cope with planned protests by people opposed to coronavirus restrictions. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Berlin police forcefully disperse protest over virus rules

Nov. 18, 2020 12:24 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German police used water cannons and pepper spray Wednesday to disperse people protesting coronavirus restrictions in Berlin's government district, after crowds ignored calls to wear masks and keep their distance from one another in line with pandemic regulations. As water sprayed from the...

Governor appoints Cam Ward to lead Alabama parole board

Nov. 17, 2020 2:50 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama state legislator who has been involved in prison reform and criminal justice issues will take over as director of the state parole board, Gov. Kay Ivey said Tuesday. Ivey announced the appointment of Sen. Cam Ward of Alabaster to the position previously held by Charlie...

North Carolina sheriff's group recommends police reforms

Nov. 16, 2020 9:18 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A statewide sheriff's group has issued recommendations for police reforms that include more training and banning choke holds in most situations. But the Raleigh News & Observer reported Monday that community activists aren't in total agreement with all of the suggestions. The...