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In this June 11, 2020, photo Lourdes Sherby, center, with Guadalupe Family Services, hands diapers to Louisa Peralta in Camden, N.J. “I think we’re received a lot better than we used to be,” said Sgt. Dekel Levy, 41, as he helped hand out diapers to a steady stream of young mothers Thursday afternoon at Guadalupe Family Service. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Rethinking police: How Camden, NJ, reimagined its force

Jun. 14, 2020 7:27 PM EDT

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — To Scott Thomson, changing the culture of policing in America is a relatively simple process. It’s just not an easy one. Thomson led a tumultuous police department makeover in Camden, New Jersey — a poor city of mostly brown and black residents just across the river from...

Officers in swat gear work at the intersection of West Fond du Lac Avenue and West Burleigh Street near a Jet Beauty store that was looted in Milwaukee on Sunday, May 31, 2020. (Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

The Latest: 10 resign from SWAT team amid safety concerns

Jun. 12, 2020 11:21 PM EDT

TOP OF THE HOUR: — Dallas officials agree to 90-day ban on use of tear gas against demonstrators. — Judge orders pause on use of tear gas against protesters in Seattle. — Minneapolis council takes step toward abolishing police department. ___ HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. — Ten members of a...

FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, June 10, 2020, a damaged Christopher Columbus statue stands in a waterfront park near the city's traditionally Italian North End neighborhood, in Boston, USA., after the statue was found beheaded Wednesday morning. Statues of the 15th-century explorer and the Spanish conquistadors who followed him and colonized much of the Americas have not become targets for demonstrators in Spain and USA. The death of George Floyd at the hands of police and Minneapolis, USA, has sparked a re-examination of injustices and inequalities in the fabric of many societies, often symbolized in statues of historical figures have become the focus of protest around the world. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, FILE)

The Latest: Columbus statue taken down in Camden, New Jersey

Jun. 12, 2020 12:10 AM EDT

TOP OF THE HOUR: — Columbus statue taken down in Camden, New Jersey — Kentucky bans use of ‘no knock’ warrnts, names ordinance after Breonna Taylor — Georgia man facing upgraded charges for ramming his ATV into an Atlanta policeman during a protest. — Group of Minneapolis...

Protesters march Saturday, June 6, 2020, in New York. Demonstrations continue across the United States in protest of racism and police brutality, sparked by the May 25 death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ragan Clark)

When protesters cry 'defund the police,' what does it mean?

Jun. 8, 2020 12:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Protesters are pushing to “defund the police" over the death of George Floyd and other black Americans killed by law enforcement. Their chant has become a rallying cry — and a stick for President Donald Trump to use on Democrats as he portrays them as soft on crime. But...

People walk on the words 'defund the police' that was painted in bright yellow letters on 16th Street as demonstrators protest Sunday, June 7, 2020, near the White House in Washington, over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

When protesters cry 'defund the police,' what does it mean?

Jun. 7, 2020 8:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Protesters are pushing to “defund the police" over the death of George Floyd and other black Americans killed by law enforcement. Their chant has become rallying cry — and a stick for President Donald Trump to use on Democrats as he portrays them as soft on crime. But what...

FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2017, file photo, newly appointed Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo takes the oath of office as his daughter Nyasia looks on during a public swearing-in ceremony, in Minneapolis. George Floyd’s death and the protests it ignited nationwide over racial injustice and police brutality have raised questions about whether Arradondo — or any chief — can fix a department that's now facing a civil rights investigation. (Anthony Souffle/Star Tribune via AP, File)

Minneapolis council majority backs disbanding police force

Jun. 7, 2020 8:00 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A majority of the members of the Minneapolis City Council said Sunday they support disbanding the city's police department, an aggressive stance that comes just as the state has launched a civil rights investigation after George Floyd's death. Nine of the council’s 12 members...