Latest Civil rights violations News

No charges, but consequences still possible from Prude death

Apr. 17, 2021 17:31 PM EDT

Newly released grand jury transcripts shed more light on why police officers who restrained Daniel Prude avoided criminal charges in his death, but the city of Rochester and the officers could still be held accountable. Disciplinary charges are still possible against the...

Federal judge refuses to block movement of car-shredder

Apr. 14, 2021 23:22 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday ruled against plaintiffs in a lawsuit seeking to bar the movement of a car-shredding operation from an upscale Chicago neighborhood to a working-class neighborhood. Two Southeast Side residents and a clergyman filed a civil...

Police officer fired 4 months after soldier's traffic stop

Apr. 13, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

WINDSOR, Va. (AP) — A police officer accused of pepper-spraying and pointing his gun at a Black Army lieutenant in Virginia was fired four months after the traffic stop occurred and two days after videos of the incident drew national attention. William Saunders, who is...

Judge orders Nebraska to transport prisoner for abortion

Apr. 12, 2021 16:58 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday granted a Nebraska prisoner's request for an abortion and ordered state officials to transport her to a clinic so she can get the procedure on Tuesday, but the inmate will have to pay for the procedure herself and cover the state's costs to...

Court OKs law that carries more cash penalties for convicts

Apr. 12, 2021 16:34 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Court of Appeals has turned aside the latest challenge to a state law that forces criminal defendants to pay millions of dollars a year to partially cover the costs of running local courts. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in 2020 signed a two-year...

Ex-NJ police chief sentencing postponed for medical reasons

Apr. 11, 2021 14:52 PM EDT

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — The sentencing of a former New Jersey police chief, who was convicted of lying to the FBI and is awaiting retrial on hate crime assault and civil rights violation charges, was postponed. Former Bordentown Township police chief Frank Nucera, 64, had...

Family of Texas woman killed by police files federal suit

Apr. 08, 2021 22:07 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Family members of a Black woman who was fatally shot near her Texas apartment after struggling with an officer over his stun gun filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Thursday, saying they are still seeking justice for her. Pamela Turner, 44, was killed...

Ohio city to pay couple $450K to settle police abuse lawsuit

Apr. 08, 2021 11:52 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland suburb has agreed to pay a couple $450,000 to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit filed after a dashcam video recorded a white officer repeatedly punching a Black man during a routine traffic stop. Attorneys for the city of Euclid agreed...

Judge: School violated rights of Christian student group

Apr. 07, 2021 11:22 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The constitutional rights of a Christian student group were violated when a Detroit university declined to grant campus status because leaders were required to embrace certain religious beliefs, a judge said. Wayne State University said InterVarsity...

Judge schedules trial in 2016 death of Utah inmate

Apr. 05, 2021 18:12 PM EDT

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — A federal judge has scheduled a trial over whether a Utah county is liable for civil damages after an inmate bled to death in a jail cell in 2016. U.S. District Judge Jill Parrish in Salt Lake City set a trial start date of Jan. 24, 2022 for a civil...