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Chief: Officer's Proud Boys membership didn't break policy

Oct. 15, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

A Connecticut police officer's membership in the Proud Boys, a far-right group known for engaging in violent clashes at political rallies, didn't violate department policies, the town's police chief has concluded in response to a civil rights group's concerns. The East Hampton officer, Kevin P. Wilcox, "stopped...

Alaska Supreme Court hears youth climate change lawsuit

Oct. 10, 2019 12:38 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska law promoting fossil fuel development infringes on the constitutional rights of young residents to a healthy environment, a lawyer told Alaska Supreme Court justices on Wednesday. A lawsuit filed by 16 Alaska youths claimed long-term effects of climate change will...

Mississippi defends 15-week abortion ban in appeals court

Oct. 7, 2019 4:54 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal court that rejected Mississippi's 15-week abortion ban should have let the state present evidence about whether a fetus experiences pain, an attorney for the state argued Monday. But a lawyer for Mississippi's only abortion clinic said the Supreme Court has been clear that a...

St. Louis officer sentenced for berating handcuffed man

Oct. 4, 2019 10:35 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former St. Louis police officer has been sentenced to four months in jail for handcuffing a man and then driving him around and berating him over an argument the man had with the officer's fiancée. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Kenneth Grooms II was sentenced Thursday in...

Groups contest limits on Indiana's religious objections law

Oct. 3, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A lawyer for three conservative religious groups told a judge Thursday that the organizations’ constitutional rights were violated by limits lawmakers put on Indiana’s contentious 2015 religious objections law after then-Gov. Mike Pence signed it. An attorney for the...

Jury awards man $8.3 million in excessive force case

Sep. 27, 2019 9:42 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina jury has ordered three law enforcement officials to pay $8.3 million for violating a man's civil rights when they beat and shot him while he was driving on his own property six years ago. WRAL-TV reports the award is believed to be the largest excessive force verdict...

Guilty plea in case of man forced by police to lick urinal

Sep. 25, 2019 11:10 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A Honolulu homeless man fearing he would be arrested, reluctantly obeyed a police officer's orders to lick a urinal, according to a court document made public Wednesday after a former officer pleaded guilty to failing to report the incident. And it wasn't the first time. Officer John Rabago...

Judge tosses lawsuit challenging Md. conversion therapy ban

Sep. 23, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A federal judge has thrown out a psychotherapist's lawsuit challenging Maryland's ban on treating minors with conversion therapy, the practice of trying to change a client's homosexual orientation. U.S. District Judge Deborah Chasanow's ruling on Friday rejected Christopher Doyle's...

Judge refuses to toss Coast Guard officer's gun charges

Sep. 20, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday refused to dismiss gun charges against a Coast Guard lieutenant accused of being a domestic terrorist who stockpiled weapons and drafted a hit list of prominent Democrats and TV journalists. U.S. District Judge George Hazel rejected defense attorneys'...

Indonesia's president delays vote on new criminal code

Sep. 20, 2019 8:59 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's president urged lawmakers on Friday to delay a vote on a proposed new criminal code amid mounting criticism of the bill, which opponents say threatens democracy and discriminates against minorities. Updating Indonesia's criminal code, a legacy of the Dutch colonial...