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Combat vets in jury pool for decorated Navy SEAL's trial

Jun. 17, 2019 9:36 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Seasoned combat veterans who described losing comrades and taking war prisoners were questioned Monday as possible jurors in the trial of a decorated Navy SEAL charged with killing a wounded Islamic State captive in Iraq. All but one of the potential jurors in the court-martial of Special...

The Latest: Arizona governor calls police video 'disturbing'

Jun. 17, 2019 6:28 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on Phoenix police pointing guns at a couple during a shoplifting investigation (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey says a video showing Phoenix police aiming guns and yelling profanities at a man and a pregnant woman holding a baby is disturbing and unacceptable....

Phoenix police chief apologizes to family over incident

Jun. 16, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix's police chief has publicly apologized to members of a family at whom police officers pointed guns and yelled profanities while responding to a report of shoplifting. The parents say their 4-year-old daughter had stolen a doll from the store, unbeknownst to them. They have filed a...

Judge: Secret Service agent can sue officers over detention

Jun. 11, 2019 1:36 PM EDT

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit that accuses two white U.S. Park Police officers of unlawfully detaining a black Secret Service agent who was waiting to accompany a Cabinet secretary's motorcade. U.S. District Judge Paul Grimm in Maryland ruled Monday that a jury...

Attorney: Cleveland to pay $225K in suit over flag burning

Jun. 11, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — An attorney for a man arrested at the 2016 Republican National Convention while burning an American flag says Cleveland has agreed to pay his client $225,000 to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit. The lawsuit filed in January 2018 claimed Cleveland police officers used fire...

Family of Arkansas man shot by police files lawsuit

Jun. 10, 2019 6:06 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The family of a motorist who was fatally shot by a Little Rock police officer in February filed a federal lawsuit Monday against the city and the officers involved in the shooting. In the lawsuit, Bradley Blackshire's mother, Kimberly Blackshire-Lee, alleges former Officer Charles...

S. Carolina sheriff ordered to pay $200K for wrongful arrest

Jun. 6, 2019 8:06 AM EDT

LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) — The sheriff's department of Lexington County, South Carolina, has been ordered to pay $200,000 to a woman wrongfully arrested and charged with shoplifting from an area Walmart. The State reports a jury ruled that former Deputy Darren Wiseman violated Sabrina Jackson's civil rights in...

5 years for ex-guard who used pepper spray in inmates' eyes

Jun. 5, 2019 7:58 PM EDT

MONROE, La. (AP) — A former prison guard captain was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison for plotting to abuse inmates at a privately run federal prison in north Louisiana. Roderick Douglas admitted spraying pepper spray into the eyes of two kneeling, handcuffed inmates, then passing the can to...

High court turns down SC officer's appeal in shooting case

Jun. 5, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear the appeal of a former South Carolina policeman sentenced to 20 years in federal prison in the shooting death of an unarmed motorist who was running away from a traffic stop. In a notice issued Monday, the high court turned down the case...

US court weighs if climate change violates children's rights

Jun. 4, 2019 8:47 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — In a courtroom packed with environmental activists, federal judges wrestled Tuesday with whether climate change violates the constitutional rights of young people who have sued the U.S. government over the use of fossil fuels. A Justice Department attorney warned three judges from the...