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Key Wisconsin policing use of force bill in jeopardy

Jun. 16, 2021 16:52 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A bill that would set a statewide use of force policy for police in Wisconsin, and offer protections for officers who report abuses, was in jeopardy in the state Assembly on Wednesday despite winning broad bipartisan support in the Senate. ...

Facial recognition bill gets initial approval in Maine

Jun. 16, 2021 13:16 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A proposal for Maine to require statewide regulations on the use of facial recognition by police and other agencies has cleared its first hurdle in the state Legislature. It was unanimously approved by Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee...

Suicide bomber kills at least 15 at Somalia military site

Jun. 15, 2021 08:28 AM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Police in Somalia say at least 15 people were killed and more than 20 others wounded when a suicide bomber attacked a military training center in the capital, Mogadishu, on Tuesday. Police spokesman Sadiq Ali Aden told reporters that the...

Minnesota lawmakers convene special session to finish budget

Jun. 14, 2021 16:13 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers returned to unfinished business at the Capitol on Monday as they convened for a special session to finalize a two-year budget and avert a potential government shutdown at the end of the month. Democratic House Speaker Melissa...

GOP ramps up misleading attack on Democrats' policing policy

Jun. 13, 2021 10:36 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — When Minnesota Republican Tyler Kistner announced his candidacy for the U.S. House in April, he asked voters to ponder two questions: “What America will we leave for our children?" and "Will they be taught to hate their police?” Across the...

DEFUND to be removed from road in front of Durham police HQ

Jun. 12, 2021 17:00 PM EDT

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina city is removing a bright gold “DEFUND” sign painted on the road in front of police headquarters a year ago. The lettering was painted on the road last June in front of Durham police headquarters as racial-justice protests swept...

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...