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Federal lawsuit filed over 2017 St. Louis protest arrests

Sep. 18, 2019 10:59 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal lawsuit alleges that St. Louis police officers mistreated scores of protesters in a police "kettle" during a demonstration two years ago. The suit was filed Tuesday against the city and 343 officers and officials, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. It is seeking class-action...

Baltimore bans nondisclosure provisions in some settlements

Sep. 16, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The mayor of Baltimore on Monday announced an executive order that bars the city in some instances from prohibiting alleged victims of police brutality from disparaging police after they receive cash settlements. The order signed Friday by Mayor Bernard "Jack" Young applies retroactively,...

Jury acquits officer seen pummeling innocent man in video

Sep. 16, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A federal jury has acquitted a New Jersey police officer accused of using excessive force last year on a man he mistakenly thought was a gunman. Camden County police officer Nicholas Romantino faced 10 years in prison if he had been convicted on Monday. Romantino has been suspended from...

Incoming US Park police chief accused of abusing power

Sep. 16, 2019 3:28 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The next acting chief of the U.S. Park Police is accused of using his role to improperly have criminal charges dropped against defendants, including some accused of assaulting officers. News outlets report a complaint filed Friday by the Fraternal Order of Police details the allegations....

System slow to resolve complaints of Chicago police torture

Sep. 15, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Decades after evidence first emerged that Chicago police detectives were repeatedly winning confessions through coercion and torture, the Cook County criminal justice system struggles to respond to the complaints of hundreds of defendants that they were coerced years ago into falsely...

In Alaska hometown, Native women say police ignored rapes

Sep. 14, 2019 1:14 AM EDT

NOME, Alaska (AP) — There's not much that scares Susie. As an Alaska Native woman, she thrives amid sub-zero winters in her village near the Arctic Circle, and camps with her family each summer at the Bering Sea, catching, drying and smoking salmon to put away for winter. But Susie is afraid to return to...

NC officer won't face charges in fatal suspect shooting

Sep. 12, 2019 8:12 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina district attorney has announced that a police officer accused of shooting and killing a suspect said to be wielding a knife won't face criminal charges. WRAL says a Wednesday report by Wake County District attorney Lorrin Freeman concluded that Raleigh officer W.B....

In small Alaska city, Native women say police ignored rapes

Sep. 12, 2019 3:06 AM EDT

NOME, Alaska (AP) — There's not much that scares Susie. As an Alaska Native woman, she thrives amid sub-zero winters in her village near the Arctic Circle, and camps with her family each summer at the Bering Sea, catching, drying and smoking salmon to put away for winter. But Susie is afraid to return to...

Call for Philly police head to resign over Rodney King shirt

Sep. 11, 2019 11:36 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A city council member is calling for the resignation of the Philadelphia police commissioner for having worn a T-shirt decades ago that critics say made light of a Los Angeles police beating. Acting commissioner Christine Coulter said Tuesday she was "profoundly sorry" for the shirt...

Father testifies for daughter charged with murdering baby

Sep. 10, 2019 10:35 AM EDT

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — The father of a young woman on trial for murder in southwest Ohio says she would never hurt anyone. Scott Richardson testified Tuesday as the defense began its case for 20-year-old Brooke Skylar Richardson. Prosecutors say she killed and buried her unwanted baby daughter after hiding...