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Jury convicts Kentucky constables of violating rights

Jun. 19, 2021 10:17 AM EDT

LONDON, Ky. (AP) — A federal jury ruled that two Kentucky constables violated people’s rights by illegally searching or detaining them and taking money or other property without going through the legal process. Pulaski County constables Michael “Wally” Wallace and...

1 of 2 ex-St. Louis officers convicted in civil rights case

Jun. 17, 2021 18:20 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former St. Louis police officer has been convicted of a civil rights violation for beating a Black undercover officer during protests in 2017, but the jury could not reach a verdict against a second former officer. Dustin Boone was convicted Thursday...

Firearm group sues to block Nevada's new ban on 'ghost guns'

Jun. 15, 2021 15:43 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A group of gun-rights activists has sued to challenge a new Nevada law banning build-your-own firearms. The lawsuit was filed days after Gov. Steve Sisolak signed the ban on so-called “ghost guns” without serial numbers, the Reno Gazette Journal...

Kentucky lawmaker files suit over 2020 protest arrests

Jun. 14, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky lawmaker, her daughter and a Louisville activist have filed a lawsuit over their arrests on felony riot charges during last summer's racial injustice protests. State Rep. Attica Scott, a Democrat, filed the suit Monday in Louisville...

WVa judge halts implementation of payroll deduction law

Jun. 14, 2021 17:33 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia judge on Monday sided with labor groups in halting implementation of a new state law that prohibits union dues or fees from being automatically deducted from state employee paychecks unless they provide written consent. Kanawha...

Suit: Boston officers used excessive force at Floyd protest

Jun. 14, 2021 12:33 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Four people filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on Monday accusing Boston police officers of physically attacking them during a protest last year over the death of George Floyd. The lawsuit alleges police used “excessive and unnecessary force” on...

Forks pays $333,000 to family of man shot, killed by police

Jun. 12, 2021 13:05 PM EDT

FORKS, Wash. (AP) — The City of Forks has paid $333,000 to settle a civil-rights lawsuit filed by relatives of a man who was shot and killed by police in 2016 after an officer allegedly escalated a welfare check into a deadly confrontation. The lawsuit filed by the...

Latino group sues to block Democrat-drawn maps in Illinois

Jun. 11, 2021 16:00 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Democrats used inadequate data and an opaque process to draw new legislative districts, a Latino civil rights organization argued in the latest lawsuit seeking to block the maps from being used for statehouse elections over the next decade. The...

$350,000 settlement offered in police takedown of wrong man

Jun. 11, 2021 14:45 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Officials of a Georgia city have offered a $350,000 legal settlement to a Black man injured last year when a police officer violently slammed him in the ground, later saying he mistakenly believed the man had an outstanding arrest warrant. The...

Bill expanding Attorney General's powers heads to governor

Jun. 07, 2021 20:28 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers on Monday have voted to formally expand the state Attorney General's powers to include investigating allegations of certain hate crimes and civil rights violations and to initiate legal proceedings. The bill, which passed 96...