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Civil rights groups sue to block city's limits on protests

Jul. 4, 2020 1:05 PM EDT

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Civil rights groups have sued to block a North Carolina city from enforcing an ordinance that requires permits for protests. The Herald-Sun reports that a federal judge scheduled a hearing Monday on the groups’ request for a temporary restraining order against city...

The U.S. Supreme Court is seen Tuesday, June 30, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

High court won't hear abortion clinic 'buffer zone' cases

Jul. 2, 2020 11:11 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday turned away pleas from anti-abortion activists to make it easier for them to protest outside clinics, declining to wade back into the abortion debate just days after striking down a Louisiana law regulating abortion clinics. The justices said in a written...

Parents sue after Juneau officer fatally shoots son

Jul. 1, 2020 7:48 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The parents of a man who died after being shot by a Juneau police officer in December sued the officer, city and others Wednesday, alleging wrongful death and civil rights violations. Kevin and Virginia Stephens, parents of Kelly Michael Stephens, want to know what happened, attorneys...

Signs are held up showing Breonna Taylor during a rally in her honor on the steps of the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., Thursday, June 25, 2020. The rally was held to demand justice in the death of Taylor who was killed in her apartment by members of the Louisville Metro Police Department on March 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

FBI: Breonna Taylor case 'top priority' in Louisville office

Jul. 1, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Federal officials are working “urgently and expeditiously” to investigate possible civil rights violations by the Louisville officers who fatally shot Breonna Taylor, Kentucky's top FBI agent said Wednesday. “We have our best agents working on this,”...

In this still image from body camera video released by the Valdosta police, Antonio Arnelo Smith is slammed face-first to the ground by a Valdosta police sergeant, in Valdosta, Ga., on Feb. 8, 2020. The video shows Smith handing his driver's license to a police officer and answering questions cooperatively before a second officer, Sgt. Billy Wheeler, approaches him from behind, wraps him in a bear hug and slams him face-first to the ground. Smith is crying in pain when he's told there's a warrant for his arrest. Officers are then told the warrant was for someone else. (Valdosta Police via AP)

`You broke my wrist!' Police sued for taking down wrong man

Jul. 1, 2020 1:13 AM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Body camera video shows Antonio Arnelo Smith handing his driver's license to a Black police officer and answering questions cooperatively before a white officer walks up behind him, wraps him in a bear hug and slams him face-first to the ground. “Oh my God, you broke my...

Lawsuit: Kansas City, Missouri, ordinances target protesters

Jun. 30, 2020 6:28 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Civil rights advocates sued Tuesday on behalf of three protesters who were arrested on charges of violating city ordinances during demonstrations against police brutality and racial injustice in Kansas City, Missouri. The lawsuit filed against the city by the ACLU of Missouri and...

Black woman sues Utah police officer for unlawful arrest

Jun. 30, 2020 5:16 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Black woman who says she was unlawfully arrested and charged with driving under the influence despite passing numerous sobriety tests in 2018 is suing a Utah police officer for violating her constitutional rights. Donna Miller, 60, said there was no way she could have been drinking...

Pittsburgh protesters sue police, allege excessive force

Jun. 29, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

A group of protesters is suing Pittsburgh city and police officials, saying officers used unnecessary, excessive force to disperse a crowd protesting against police brutality and officials lied about the protesters’ behavior to justify that response. The lawsuit filed Monday alleges protesters’...

FILE - In this June 3, 2020 file photo Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan speaks during a news conference in Annapolis, Md. A federal appeals court has upheld Maryland’s ban on bump stocks and other devices that make guns fire faster. The state law preceded a nationwide ban. Both bans responded to the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. On Monday, June 29, 2020  a divided three-judge panel from the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected claims by gun owners’ rights advocates that Maryland’s law violates the Fifth Amendment’s prohibition on taking private property for public use without just compensation. Maryland’s ban took effect in October 2018, one year after a gunman opened fire on the crowd at a Las Vegas concert and killed 58 people. (AP Photo/Brian Witte, file)

Federal appeals court upholds Maryland's ban on bump stocks

Jun. 29, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Monday upheld Maryland’s ban on bump stocks and other devices that make guns fire faster, a state law that preceded a nationwide ban. Both bans responded to the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. A divided three-judge panel from the...

Portland police arrest 8, fire crowd-control munitions

Jun. 28, 2020 7:31 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland police arrested eight people and fired crowd-control munitions to disperse protesters who threw rocks and bottles during demonstrations in front of law enforcement buildings on Saturday night and Sunday morning. The series of confrontations began late Saturday, the 30th...