Latest U.S. Department of Justice News

The Latest: Officer in chokehold death case is 'gratified'

Jul. 17, 2019 1:29 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the decision not to bring civil rights charges in the death of Eric Garner (all times local): 2:15 p.m. A lawyer says New York Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo (pan-tuh-LAY'-oh) is "gratified" that the Justice Department carefully reviewed his case rather than what he calls the...

Police officer in 'I can't breathe' death won't be charged

Jul. 16, 2019 6:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — After years of silence, federal prosecutors said Tuesday that they won't bring criminal charges against a white New York City police officer in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner, a black man whose dying words — "I can't breathe" — became a national rallying cry against...

Ex-county commissioner indicted on fraud charge

Jul. 16, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A horse owner and former county official in North Carolina is accused by prosecutors of funneling public money meant to boost the local economy into remote businesses that staged or promoted equestrian shows. The U.S. Department of Justice said in a news release on Tuesday that an...

2 Georgia pharmacists charged with prescription fraud

Jul. 16, 2019 12:27 PM EDT

BAXLEY, Ga. (AP) — Two separate Georgia pharmacists have been charged with fraud relating to drug prescriptions. News outlets report Drug Enforcement Agency officials say 41-year-old Ray Dixon prescribed drugs to people under fake prescriptions and billed Medicare and Medicaid programs for them. The U.S....

Feds missed 2nd deadline for Congress' tribal safety bills

Jul. 16, 2019 12:26 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. officials tasked with carrying out federal public safety policy for tribes missed a deadline to provide input on legislation to curb violence against Native American women for a second straight month. U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-North Dakota, had set a July 8 deadline for...

AP source: Justice Department won't charge New York police officer in 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner

Jul. 16, 2019 9:39 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — AP source: Justice Department won't charge New York police officer in 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner.

Federal probe of 'I can't breathe' death nears possible end

Jul. 15, 2019 10:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — After nearly five years, federal authorities are signaling they may have concluded their investigation into the death of Eric Garner, the unarmed black man heard on video crying "I can't breathe" after a white New York City police officer put him in an apparent chokehold. The office of the...

The Latest: US probe of Garner killing nears possible end

Jul. 15, 2019 10:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a federal investigation into the death of Eric Garner (all times local): 10 p.m. Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn say they are planning a news conference Tuesday on the death of Eric Garner, whose dying words "I can't breathe" became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter...

Officials say it will take Years for medical cannabis sales

Jul. 14, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Despite legislation from 2017 that allowed cannabis to be legal for medical use on July 1 of this year, West Virginia officials say they're still years away from the first sale. That's — at least in part — because of a hangup with finding a banking solution to get...

Barr: Justice Dept. is 'all in' on criminal justice overhaul

Jul. 13, 2019 11:20 PM EDT

EDGEFIELD, S.C. (AP) — Leroy Nolan has spent the last 26 years behind bars at a federal prison for a drug conviction. In the prison factory, he works making T-shirts, backpacks and other products that are later sold to government agencies, nonprofits and others. But what has become a decades-long routine...