Latest U.S. Department of Justice News

Cities win immigration policing dispute with US government

Apr. 10, 2021 11:34 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice has dropped its challenge to a court decision that said the federal government could not force two Rhode Island cities to turn local police into federal immigration agents. Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza and Central Falls...

Police chiefs throw support behind Biden's civil rights pick

Apr. 09, 2021 19:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dozens of police chiefs who ran some of America’s largest police forces are lending their support to Kristen Clarke, who has been nominated to run the Justice Department’s civil rights division. In a letter to congressional leaders Friday, the law...

Texas man charged with threatening Amazon center in Virginia

Apr. 09, 2021 16:35 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A Texas man was charged Friday with threatening to blow up an Amazon data center in Virginia in an effort to damage the internet and services he believed were used by federal agencies, according to acting U.S. Attorney Prerak Shah. Seth Aaron Pendley, 28,...

NJ settles misconduct claims with women inmates for $21M

Apr. 08, 2021 17:09 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey and women incarcerated in the state's only women's prison have reached a nearly $21 million settlement over longstanding allegations of abuse and harassment at the facility, embattled Corrections Commissioner Marcus Hicks told lawmakers on Thursday during a...

Biden to unveil actions on guns, including new ATF boss

Apr. 07, 2021 20:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will unveil a series of executive actions aimed at addressing gun violence on Thursday, delivering his first major action on gun control since taking office. He'll also nominate David Chipman, a former federal agent and adviser at...

ACLU, defense lawyers seek probe into Springfield police

Apr. 07, 2021 18:20 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union and defense attorneys are asking Massachusetts' highest court to order an investigation into what they describe as rampant misconduct in the Springfield Police Department. The petition filed with the Supreme Judicial...

Feds: Portland non-compliant with excessive force agreement

Apr. 05, 2021 22:18 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Lawyers for the U.S. Department of Justice have issued the city of Portland a formal notice of non-compliance with its settlement agreement over police excessive use of force. It’s the first time the DOJ has taken that step since U.S. District...

Few in GOP rush to defend Gaetz amid sex trafficking probe

Apr. 02, 2021 21:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The political peril for conservative Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz deepened Friday as the often outlandish, Trump-styled provocateur appeared politically isolated amid a federal sex-trafficking investigation. Few Republicans rushed to offer any kind of...

Ray LaHood paid fine to resolve investigation into loan

Apr. 01, 2021 22:18 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Former Illinois congressman and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in 2019 paid a $40,000 fine for allegedly making misleading statements to federal agents about a loan and failing to disclose it on ethics forms, according to the U.S. Justice Department. ...

Justice Department working with tribes on missing persons

Apr. 01, 2021 19:36 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Jermain Charlo vanished in June 2018. The Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribal member hasn’t been seen since. Valenda Morigeau, Charlo’s aunt, reported her missing to the Missoula Police Department in the days after her disappearance. But...