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US Supreme Court won't hear troopers' appeal in records case

Oct. 03, 2022 12:40 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal by the Connecticut State Police Union in its challenge of a police accountability law that allows public disclosure of certain state trooper personnel files and internal investigation reports. At...

Civil rights lawyer John Burris confronts police narratives

Sep. 30, 2022 00:03 AM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Before John Burris became the go-to lawyer for Northern California families grieving a loved one killed by police, the civil rights legend was a child suspicious of the Santa Claus narrative. He didn't understand why Santa was white. He was confused by...

In Minnesota, abortion key to Keith Ellison's 2nd term hopes

Sep. 29, 2022 07:39 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Keith Ellison gave up a safe seat in Congress to run for Minnesota attorney general, saying it was his best chance to push back against the policies of Donald Trump. Now locked in a tough reelection fight, he's arguing that he's been far less of a partisan warrior than his...

House Dems reach deal on policing bills ahead of midterms

Sep. 21, 2022 17:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Progressive and centrist Democrats in the House have clinched agreement on a long-sought policing and public safety package that will be brought to the House floor just weeks before the midterm elections. House Democrats announced the deal Wednesday, ending...

Iranians protest in capital over woman's death in custody

Sep. 19, 2022 19:00 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iranians took to the streets of the capital on Monday to protest the death of a young woman who had been detained for violating the country’s conservative dress code. The semiofficial Fars news agency said students in many Tehran universities...

Fatal shooting by officers in North Dakota ruled justified

Sep. 19, 2022 11:09 AM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's attorney general says officers were justified in their use of deadly force against a man police say was having a mental health crisis. Attorney General Drew Wrigley, Cass County Sheriff Jesse Jahner and other officials held a news conference...

New Mexico city to monitor compliance with police reforms

Sep. 15, 2022 20:17 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice says New Mexico’s largest city has made enough progress with court-ordered police reforms that oversight of much of the ongoing process will be turned over to Albuquerque officials. The announcement was made Thursday with a...

Family of Colorado man shot by police wants accountability

Sep. 13, 2022 18:18 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Police who shot a 22-year-old Colorado man after he called 911 for roadside assistance escalated the situation, needlessly leading to his death, the man's relatives said in a tearful news conference Tuesday in which they called for accountability. After Christian...

After Memphis killings, officials push harsh sentencing laws

Sep. 08, 2022 23:24 PM EDT

The high-profile killings rattling Memphis this week have added fuel to calls by some politicians for stricter sentencing laws throughout the U.S., sparking alarm among criminal justice reform advocates who say that approach is outdated and ineffective. The political division has...

Illinois governor GOP candidate decries Chicago crime, chaos

Sep. 06, 2022 18:52 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Republican candidate for Illinois governor, Darren Bailey, on Tuesday promised to restore the death penalty and repeal a wide-ranging criminal justice overhaul that will eliminate cash bail, following a Labor Day weekend during which 11 people were killed in Chicago....