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Tough-on-crime challenger leading in race for district attorney in Portland, Oregon

May. 22, 2024 06:46 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A centrist candidate who has vowed to be tough on crime was leading in the race for top prosecutor in Oregon’s Multnomah County, home to Portland, in a contest that was seen as a referendum on voter concerns over homelessness, public drug use and disorder. ...

Lawsuit says ex-Officer Chauvin kneeled on woman's neck, just as he did when he killed George Floyd

May. 21, 2024 23:19 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former employee sued the city of Minneapolis on Tuesday, alleging ex-police Officer Derek Chauvin hauled her from her minivan and pinned her to the ground with his knee in January 2020, just as he did four months later when he killed George Floyd. Patty Day,...

Biden tells Morehouse graduates that scenes in Gaza from the Israel-Hamas war break his heart, too

May. 20, 2024 02:26 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — President Joe Biden on Sunday offered his most direct recognition of U.S. students' anguish over the Israel-Hamas war, telling graduates of historically Black Morehouse College that he heard their voices of protest and that scenes from the conflict in Gaza break his heart, too. ...

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott gave few pardons before rushing to clear Army officer who killed a protester

May. 17, 2024 20:56 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — In issuing a full pardon to a former Army sergeant convicted of murder in the shooting death of an armed Black Lives Matter protestor, Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott pushed a limited executive power to its absolute limit to get a desired outcome in a politically charged...

Texas governor pardons ex-Army sergeant convicted of killing Black Lives Matter protester

May. 16, 2024 18:38 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a full pardon Thursday for a former U.S. Army sergeant convicted of murder for fatally shooting an armed demonstrator in 2020 during nationwide protests against police violence and racial injustice. Abbott announced the pardon...

The larger the nonprofit, the more likely it is run by a white man, says new Candid diversity report

May. 16, 2024 09:29 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — White men are most likely to lead the largest, best-funded nonprofits, while women of color tend to lead the organizations with the fewest financial resources, according to a study from the nonprofit data research organization Candid. “ The State of Diversity in...

Florida deputy's killing of Black airman renews debate on police killings and race

May. 16, 2024 00:12 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In 2020, the top enlisted leader of the Air Force went public with his fear of waking up to the news that a Black airman had been killed by a white police officer. Then four years later, a Florida deputy shot and killed Senior Airman Roger Fortson in his...

Family of California Navy veteran who died after officer knelt on his neck settles lawsuit for $7.5M

May. 15, 2024 22:20 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Family members of a Navy veteran who died in 2020 after a police officer pressed a knee to his neck for nearly five minutes while he was in a mental health crisis have settled a federal lawsuit against the Northern California city of Antioch for $7.5 million, their attorneys...

AP Investigation: Training failures can lead police to deadly use of common handcuffing tactic

May. 14, 2024 16:45 PM EDT

For decades, police across the United States have been warned that the common tactic of handcuffing someone facedown could turn deadly if officers pin them on the ground with too much pressure or for too long. Recommendations first made by major departments and police associations...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

May. 13, 2024 17:38 PM EDT

Akron Beacon Journal. May 10, 2024. Editorial: HB 6 scandal proves it’s time to shed light on dark money groups in Ohio The ripple effects from one of the nation’s largest corruption scandals are still being felt across Ohio. But how much has really changed since...