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Breonna Taylor supporters relieved by charges against police

Aug. 05, 2022 18:14 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville activists put in long hours on phones and in the streets, working tirelessly to call for arrests in the fatal police shooting of Breonna Taylor — but it was mostly two years filled with frustration. This week they saw their fortunes suddenly...

Today in History: Aug. 5, Nelson Mandela arrested

Aug. 05, 2022 00:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Friday, Aug. 5, the 217th day of 2022. There are 148 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug. 5, 1981, the federal government began firing air traffic controllers who had gone out on strike. ...

Officers using tear gas at Richmond protest won't be charged

Jul. 30, 2022 14:09 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Richmond's top prosecutor said Friday she won't file criminal charges against police officers who deployed tear gas on demonstrators gathered at the city's Robert E. Lee statue in 2020 to protest police violence. In a statement, Richmond Commonwealth's Attorney...

Floyd family, others see inequality in penalties for ex-cops

Jul. 29, 2022 09:43 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Three former Minneapolis police officers went before a federal judge during the last week to be sentenced for violating George Floyd’s civil rights, and for each man, U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson handed out penalties well below what prosecutors sought and below federal...

Ex-cops Kueng, Thao sentenced for violating Floyd’s rights

Jul. 27, 2022 18:46 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced two former Minneapolis police officers who were convicted of violating George Floyd’s civil rights to lighter terms than recommended in sentencing guidelines, calling one “truly a rookie officer” and describing the other as “a...

Ruling may mean less time for 2 who violated Floyd's rights

Jul. 22, 2022 18:32 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge on Friday sided with two former Minneapolis police officers who were convicted of violating George Floyd's civil rights, ruling that the guidelines for their sentences will be calculated in a way that could mean substantially less prison time for them. ...

EXPLAINER: Not unusual for ex-cop to report later for prison

Jul. 21, 2022 18:07 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The federal judge who sentenced Thomas Lane to 2 1/2 years in prison Thursday on a civil rights conviction in George Floyd's killing said the former Minneapolis police officer won’t have to surrender until after his sentencing in a separate state case in two months. ...

Ex-cop Lane gets 2 1/2 years for violating Floyd's rights

Jul. 21, 2022 16:34 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A federal judge sentenced former Minneapolis police Officer Thomas Lane to 2 1/2 years in prison Thursday for violating George Floyd’s civil rights, calling Lane’s role in the restraint that killed Floyd “a very serious offense in which a life was lost” but handing...

Deadly Minneapolis standoff stokes mistrust of police

Jul. 19, 2022 17:08 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The shooting of a young Black man whose family says he was experiencing a mental health crisis has stoked some activists' mistrust of the Minneapolis Police Department and their perception that officers are quick to take Black lives while going to greater lengths to capture...

Boston police unions challenge less-than-lethal force rules

Jul. 19, 2022 16:48 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Two police unions in Boston want to roll back limits on when they can use tear gas, pepper spray and other less-than-lethal crowd control methods, which the City Council implemented last year. The two unions are asking a judge to rule on whether the City Council...