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Police: Prison guard beat banker, used racial slur over mask

Sep. 17, 2021 19:36 PM EDT

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) — A California prison guard was arrested this week on suspicion of beating a Wells Fargo branch manager and calling him a racial slur after being asked to wear a mask inside the bank, police said. James Allen Jones, Jr., 50, was arrested at...

North Carolina judges strike down state’s voter ID law

Sep. 17, 2021 17:17 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina judges struck down the state’s latest photo voter identification law on Friday, agreeing with minority voters that Republicans rammed through rules tainted by racial bias as a way to remain in power. Two of...

Judge lifts race, gender hiring quotas for Cincinnati police

Sep. 17, 2021 13:33 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has lifted race- and sex-based hiring quotas imposed on the Cincinnati Police Department 40 years ago to fix its lack of diversity, agreeing with the U.S. Justice Department's argument that the changes are no longer constitutional. ...

Detroit-area woman charged in assault on airline flight

Sep. 17, 2021 12:44 PM EDT

ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — A woman accused of assaulting a woman and calling her a racial slur on a Spirit Airlines flight to Detroitwas arraigned Friday. Alexandra Farr, 39, of Roseville, faces ethnic intimidation and assault charges. The victim was a Black, Muslim woman. ...

Armenia takes Azerbaijan to UN court alleging discrimination

Sep. 17, 2021 09:22 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Armenia is taking its decades long territorial dispute with neighboring Azerbaijan — that erupted into armed conflict again last year — to the United Nations’ highest court. Armenia filed a case at the International Court of Justice...

Black Iowa police chief faces backlash after bringing change

Sep. 17, 2021 07:26 AM EDT

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — The first Black police chief in Waterloo, Iowa, is facing intense opposition from some current and former officers as he works with city leaders to reform the department, including the removal of its longtime insignia that resembles a Ku Klux Klan dragon. ...

Lawsuit seeks $1M after Michigan teacher cuts girl's hair

Sep. 16, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — The father of a 7-year-old Michigan girl whose hair was cut by a teacher without her parents’ permission has filed a $1 million lawsuit against the school district, a librarian and a teacher's assistant. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in...

Lawsuit: Kansas City police board denies rights of taxpayers

Sep. 15, 2021 13:18 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners was created and maintained for the discriminatory purpose of denying Black residents their right to control the police department, a lawsuit filed Tuesday contends. Gwen Grant, president and CEO of...

Man charged in anti-Semitic threats on social media

Sep. 15, 2021 12:57 PM EDT

BUXTON, Maine (AP) — A man who authorities say posted anti-Semitic death threats on social media through an anonymous Twitter account was charged with threatening interstate communication. Brian Dennison, a 24-year-old Maine resident, triggered an FBI investigation into...

Town settles with firefighter who alleged racist environment

Sep. 15, 2021 10:02 AM EDT

BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — A former Massachusetts firefighter engaged in a yearslong legal fight with the Boston suburb of Brookline over what he said was a racist work environment has reached an $11 million settlement with the town, officials said. The settlement with...