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Police Chief Medaria Arradondo speaks during a press conference to announce the Justice Department has put $3 million toward the creation of a national center to help law enforcement agencies prevent the use of excessive force at the Federal Courthouse, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Minneapolis. Chief Arradondo says he's grateful for the offer and hopes city leaders will take advantage of it. (Renee Jones Schneider/Star Tribune via AP)

DOJ announces center to help cops, offers aid to Minneapolis

Oct. 20, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday that it has put $3 million toward the creation of a national center that will provide training and assistance to help law enforcement agencies prevent the use of excessive force, and officials expressed hope that Minneapolis would be the...

'No-knock' warrants by police banned in Aurora, Colorado

Oct. 20, 2020 1:09 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — City officials in Aurora, Colorado, have banned ‘no-knock’ police raids, the latest effort to reform law enforcement tactics after police fatally shot Breonna Taylor in her Kentucky apartment this year. The Aurora City Council voted 7-3 on Monday to prohibit police from forcibly...

Pittsburgh group releases police reform recommendations

Oct. 19, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A taskforce charged with examining Pittsburgh's policing policies in the wake of protests over police brutality that erupted in the city and across the country this summer has issued a report recommending dozens of reforms including practicing de-escalation, placing limits on use of force...

Virginia lawmakers pass new budget amid coronavirus pandemic

Oct. 16, 2020 8:25 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers all but wrapped up a special legislative session Friday by approving a new state budget that gives bonuses to police, pays for a host of new criminal justice reforms, and extends moratoriums on evictions and utility shutoffs during the coronavirus pandemic. The...

Correction: Virginia Legislature-Special Session story

Oct. 16, 2020 4:29 PM EDT
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — In a story Oct. 15, 2020, about the Virginia General Assembly, The Associated Press erroneously reported the amount of federal COVID-19 relief funds appropriated to help home health care workers in the state. It is $73 million, not $73,000.

Kansas congressional candidates scuffle over police reform

Oct. 15, 2020 3:05 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Republican state treasurer and Democratic Topeka mayor who are running for the open seat in Kansas' 2nd Congressional District clashed over police reform and racial justice in a debate. Jake LaTurner, the state's treasurer, was on the attack Wednesday for much of the 30-minute...

People hold banners as they demonstrate on the street to protest against police brutality in Lagos, Nigeria, Thursday Oct. 15, 2020. Protests against Nigeria's police continued to rock the country for the eighth straight day Thursday as demonstrators marched through the streets of major cities, blocking traffic and disrupting business. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Protesters attacked in Nigerian demos against police abuse

Oct. 15, 2020 1:35 PM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Widespread protests against Nigeria's police have turned violent as demonstrators have been attacked by armed gangs in the streets of several cities, according to witnesses. Since the protests began more than a week ago, at least 10 people have been killed and hundreds injured,...

Judge denies bid to block parts of police accountability law

Oct. 14, 2020 4:52 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A federal judge has rejected a bid by the state troopers' union to block parts of a new police accountability law that allows public disclosure of personnel files and internal affairs investigations. Senior U.S. District Judge Charles Haight Jr. in New Haven denied the union's...

Police shooting of high school psychologist ruled justified

Oct. 14, 2020 2:10 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Two Connecticut police officers who shot a high school psychologist to death during a domestic violence call last year were justified in using deadly force and no charges will be filed, according to a state prosecutor's report released Wednesday. Windham State's Attorney Anne Mahoney...

FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2020, file photo, police on horseback move people back as rowdy fans celebrate in Los Angeles, after the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals to win the championship. Days after police and members of an unruly crowd were injured after the Lakers' latest basketball championship, a panel appointed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, urged better communication and restraint by officers and warned that the use of tactical weapons for crowd control can escalate the sort of violence they are intended to deter. (AP Photo/Jintak Han, File)

California panel recommends limits to police crowd control

Oct. 13, 2020 7:51 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Days after police and members of an unruly crowd were injured following the Los Angeles Lakers' latest basketball championship, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday released a report urging better communication and restraint by officers and warning that the use of tactical weapons for...