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Crime leads voter concerns as NYC mayoral primary approaches

Jun. 11, 2021 16:04 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Fear of crime is back as a political issue in New York City. For the first time in years it could be a prime factor in who voters pick as their next mayor. Early voting begins Saturday in the city's party primaries. Ballots are being cast as the city is...

Legislative session called 'historic' for justice reforms

Jun. 11, 2021 14:05 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers and civil liberties advocates are calling the 2021 state legislative session historic for criminal justice reform. Bills that passed during the session that ended Wednesday included allowing the erasure of many criminal...

Delaware Senate OKs bill on cash bail, sends it to the House

Jun. 10, 2021 18:14 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware’s state Senate approved a bill Thursday requiring more people charged with crimes to pay cash bail in order to be released from custody pending trial. The legislation, which cleared the Senate on a 19-2 vote and now goes to the House,...

Review: Seattle police officer followed rules in shooting

Jun. 10, 2021 15:53 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A police accountability office in Washington state has said a police officer followed proper procedures last year when he shot at a suspect who threw a flaming piece of lumber inside the officer's vehicle. An officer with the Seattle Police Department...

Homicides are up, but GOP misleads with claims about blame

Jun. 10, 2021 10:05 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — “SKYROCKETING MURDER RATES,” claimed the National Fraternal Order of Police. “An explosion of violent crime," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. “Democrat-run cities across the country who cut funding for police have seen increases in crime,” tweeted...

Frankfurt tactical police unit disbanded in far-right probe

Jun. 10, 2021 08:45 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German city of Frankfurt's tactical police unit is being disbanded amid an investigation of some members' suspected participation in a chat group where far-right messages were exchanged, authorities said Thursday. The decision by Hesse's state...

NJ police given 60 days to release 1st discipline reports

Jun. 09, 2021 16:59 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Law enforcement agencies in New Jersey were given a 60-day deadline to begin releasing police disciplinary records Wednesday, two days after the state's Supreme Court upheld the directive ordering their publication. Law enforcement agencies must...

Wisconsin Senate votes to ban police chokeholds

Jun. 09, 2021 13:41 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would prohibit police from using chokeholds, except in life-threatening situations or to defend themselves, while also approving a measure that attempts to stop the defunding of police. The...

Freeman, professor give $1M for police training center

Jun. 08, 2021 18:25 PM EDT

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Actor Morgan Freeman and a criminal justice professor at the University of Mississippi are donating $1 million to the university to establish a Center for Evidence-Based Policing and Reform, the university announced Tuesday. The center created with...

NY lawmakers mull criminal justice bills as session wraps

Jun. 07, 2021 16:18 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Liberal groups are calling on New York lawmakers to use the last days of the legislative session to pass bills related to the criminal justice system, despite concern over rising gun violence that could make reform more politically risky. ...