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Settlement reached over 2020 police clash with protesters

Jul. 24, 2021 14:58 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Civil rights groups in North Carolina have reached a settlement with the city of Charlotte and its police department in a lawsuit filed last year after officers surrounded and gassed demonstrators protesting the death of George Floyd. The terms of...

Woman hurt when Winston Smith was killed sues authorities

Jul. 23, 2021 19:14 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A woman who was with a St. Paul man when he was shot and killed in Minneapolis by members of a federal task force is suing local authorities and has signaled her intent to sue the U.S. Marshals Service, saying she was emotionally traumatized and her civil rights were...

Lawsuit: Michigan Black man wrongfully detained during walk

Jul. 21, 2021 13:51 PM EDT

A Black man has filed a $10 million civil rights lawsuit against a suburban Detroit police department and one of its officers, alleging the officer, who is white, wrongfully detained him as he took an early morning walk along a commercial street. Brian Chaney, 48, said in...

Judge: Indiana University can require COVID-19 vaccinations

Jul. 19, 2021 16:37 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana University can require its roughly 90,000 students and 40,000 employees to get vaccinated for COVID-19 under a federal judge's ruling that might be the first of its kind regarding college immunization mandates. In a ruling dated Sunday, U.S....

Transgender people sue over law on birth certificate changes

Jul. 16, 2021 17:37 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Two transgender people sued Friday over a new Montana law that makes it difficult for transgender people to change the sex on their birth certificates. Amelia Marquez and John Doe said in a lawsuit filed in Yellowstone County that the law signed...

Man files civil rights lawsuit against MBTA, 3 officers

Jul. 16, 2021 12:21 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A man who says he was beaten by transit police in 2018 has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the MBTA and three of its officers. Anthony Watson, who was homeless when he was allegedly beaten on a Red Line train in Dorchester and held in jail for...

Lawyer loses challenge to mandatory membership in group

Jul. 16, 2021 11:40 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A federal appeals court has rejected a challenge to a policy that requires lawyers join the State Bar of Michigan. Lucille Taylor said the group's use of her dues for advocacy activities violates her right to free speech, among other objections. ...

Vegas death after 2019 arrest draws Floyd family, lawyer

Jul. 15, 2021 19:59 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Members of George Floyd’s family and their attorney said Thursday they support a federal excessive force, wrongful death and civil rights lawsuit filed this week in Nevada by relatives of a Black man who died in handcuffs after Las Vegas police chased him on a bicycle and...

Police, civil rights groups settle Missouri protester case

Jul. 14, 2021 17:46 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Police in Kansas City, Missouri, have agreed as part of a lawsuit settlement to stop banning protesters from returning to areas in the city where the protests were held, civil rights groups said Wednesday. The ACLU of Missouri and the MacArthur...

Family files $30M suit over deputies' shooting of Black man

Jul. 14, 2021 14:31 PM EDT

The family of an unarmed Black man who was fatally shot by sheriff's deputies in North Carolina says he died because of the officers' “intentional and reckless disregard of his life,” according to a $30 million civil rights lawsuit filed Wednesday. Andrew Brown Jr....