Latest U.S. Department of Justice News

De Blasio beats back calls to fire officer in Garner death

Jul. 17, 2019 7:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio beat back repeated calls Wednesday for him to fire the police officer accused of using a fatal chokehold on Eric Garner five years ago, saying he was obligated to keep his opinions to himself until police department disciplinary proceedings are complete....

Prosecutors seek prison terms for Virginia rally attackers

Jul. 17, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

Hatred for Jews, blacks and feminists motivated three members of a white supremacist group to attack counterprotesters at a rally for far-right extremists in Virginia, federal prosecutors argue in seeking stricter sentences for the men this week. Justice Department prosecutors recommend prison sentences ranging...

The Latest: Officer in chokehold death case is 'gratified'

Jul. 17, 2019 1:29 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the decision not to bring civil rights charges in the death of Eric Garner (all times local): 2:15 p.m. A lawyer says New York Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo (pan-tuh-LAY'-oh) is "gratified" that the Justice Department carefully reviewed his case rather than what he calls the...

Police officer in 'I can't breathe' death won't be charged

Jul. 16, 2019 6:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — After years of silence, federal prosecutors said Tuesday that they won't bring criminal charges against a white New York City police officer in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner, a black man whose dying words — "I can't breathe" — became a national rallying cry against...

Feds missed 2nd deadline for Congress' tribal safety bills

Jul. 16, 2019 12:26 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. officials tasked with carrying out federal public safety policy for tribes missed a deadline to provide input on legislation to curb violence against Native American women for a second straight month. U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-North Dakota, had set a July 8 deadline for...

AP source: Justice Department won't charge New York police officer in 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner

Jul. 16, 2019 9:39 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — AP source: Justice Department won't charge New York police officer in 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner.

Federal probe of 'I can't breathe' death nears possible end

Jul. 15, 2019 10:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — After nearly five years, federal authorities are signaling they may have concluded their investigation into the death of Eric Garner, the unarmed black man heard on video crying "I can't breathe" after a white New York City police officer put him in an apparent chokehold. The office of the...

The Latest: US probe of Garner killing nears possible end

Jul. 15, 2019 10:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a federal investigation into the death of Eric Garner (all times local): 10 p.m. Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn say they are planning a news conference Tuesday on the death of Eric Garner, whose dying words "I can't breathe" became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter...

Barr: Justice Dept. is 'all in' on criminal justice overhaul

Jul. 13, 2019 11:20 PM EDT

EDGEFIELD, S.C. (AP) — Leroy Nolan has spent the last 26 years behind bars at a federal prison for a drug conviction. In the prison factory, he works making T-shirts, backpacks and other products that are later sold to government agencies, nonprofits and others. But what has become a decades-long routine...

Appeals court gives Trump a win in sanctuary city case

Jul. 12, 2019 9:56 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal appeals court gave President Donald Trump a rare legal win in his efforts to crack down on "sanctuary cities" Friday, upholding the Justice Department's decision to give preferential treatment in awarding community policing grants to cities that cooperate with immigration...