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Legislature: Elected officials must OK tear gas use by cops

Apr. 22, 2021 19:07 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Mayors, county executives or even the governor would have to give their approval before police could use tear gas to quell riots under a compromise reached Thursday in the Washington Legislature. The deal came as a conference committee of the House and...

New Hampshire advances some police, racial justice reforms

Apr. 22, 2021 10:34 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Nearly a year after George Floyd's killing, efforts to enact police and racial justice reforms in New Hampshire are moving forward, with some exceptions. Republican Gov. Chris Sununu created a law enforcement accountability commission last summer,...

Florida's governor sued over new 'anti-riot' law

Apr. 21, 2021 19:52 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A social justice group has filed a lawsuit against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and others two days after the Republican signed a bill to create tougher penalties for people who participate in violent protests. The nonprofit group Legacy Entertainment...

Flashpoint of 1992 LA riots becomes a place of celebration

Apr. 21, 2021 00:54 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two Black men. Two big cities. Two horrifying videos. Two different verdicts. In 1991, four Los Angeles police officers brutally beat motorist Rodney King and their acquittal on state charges a year later prompted one of the worst race riots in...

Tennessee man arrested in connection with Capitol riot

Apr. 20, 2021 17:14 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man was arrested Tuesday on charges related to the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Michael Timbrook, 56, of Cookeville, was charged with knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds and violent entry and...

Kentucky man charged with officer attack during Capitol riot

Apr. 20, 2021 16:24 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky man has been charged with assault on a federal officer and other crimes in connection with the January insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, the FBI’s Louisville Field Office said in a statement Tuesday. Stephen Chase Randolph, of...

Medical ruling: Capitol cop Sicknick died of natural causes

Apr. 19, 2021 17:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who was injured while confronting rioters during the Jan. 6 insurrection, suffered a stroke and died from natural causes, the Washington, D.C., medical examiner's office ruled Monday, a finding that lessens the chances that anyone...

DeSantis signs Florida's anti-riot bill, cites Chauvin trial

Apr. 19, 2021 13:38 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's top Republicans cited events in cities around the country — but not the Jan. 6 riots in Washington — as Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill Monday to create tougher penalties for people who participate in violent protests. The...

Some Jan. 6 defendants try to use journalism as riot defense

Apr. 18, 2021 07:30 AM EDT

The Trump supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol in January created a trove of self-incriminating evidence, thoroughly documenting their actions and words in videos and social media posts. Now some of the camera-toting people in the crowd are claiming they were only there to record history...

Police ask for help identifying Portland, Oregon, rioters

Apr. 17, 2021 19:14 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Protesters who smashed windows, burglarized businesses and set fires during demonstrations in Portland, Oregon, caused significant damage, and authorities urged downtown businesses to review security video to help police apprehend more rioters. ...