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Virginia House approves budget focused on police reforms

Sep. 29, 2020 6:58 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia House of Delegates approved a budget Tuesday that includes funding for a host of criminal justice and police reforms amid national unrest over racial injustice and police brutality. The House spending plan allocates $28.4 million to pay for the package of reforms, which...

White officers who fatally shot Black man dropped from suit

Sep. 29, 2020 5:43 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Two white Topeka police officers who fatally shot a Black man as he fled from them after a struggle that revealed he was armed have been removed from a federal lawsuit accusing them of using excessive force. A second count in the lawsuit brought by the family of Dominique White, which...

Greensboro taking steps toward more transparency with police

Sep. 28, 2020 9:27 AM EDT

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — City officials in the North Carolina city of Greensboro say they plan to spend more time studying police interactions with the public and to regularly release information on police officers' job performance. The News & Record reported Sunday that a memo from the city's manager...

Black leaders: Lawmakers must OK police accountability bill

Sep. 27, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — More than 50 Black leaders and organizations from across Massachusetts are pressing state lawmakers to act on a stalled police accountability bill. The Massachusetts House and Senate have approved separate versions of the bill. A conference committee has been working to hammer out a final...

Black Lives Matter protesters march, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Louisville. Breonna Taylor's family demanded Friday that Kentucky authorities release all body camera footage, police files and the transcripts of the grand jury hearings that led to no charges against police officers who killed the Black woman during a March drug raid at her apartment. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

The Latest: Protesters outside Louisville church amid curfew

Sep. 25, 2020 9:44 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on a grand jury's decision not to indict police officers on criminal charges directly related to Breonna Taylor's death: (all times EDT) 9:30 p.m. More than 100 people have gathered outside a downtown church in Louisville, Kentucky, despite a nighttime curfew. The...

FILE - This Thursday Feb. 20, 2020 file photo shows House Appropriations committee Chairman, Del. Luke Torian, D-Prince William, delivering remarks as the House considers the budget bill during the House session at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. Virginia lawmakers unveiled new state spending proposals Friday, Sept. 25, 2020 including one that would give law enforcement officers a $500 bonus. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Virginia lawmakers unveil new budget plans amid pandemic

Sep. 25, 2020 9:29 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers unveiled budget proposals Friday aimed at mitigating the effects of the coronavirus with funding for mental health services, high-speed internet access, and assistance for people behind on rent and utilities. The House of Delegates and the state Senate advanced...

Reno police shooting of armed man in 2019 ruled justified

Sep. 25, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A prosecutor in Nevada has ruled a shooting by a Reno police officer of a repeat felon who ran from a stolen vehicle, fell to the ground and pointed a stolen gun at the officer in 2019 a justified use of deadly force. Washoe County District Attorney Chris Hicks on Friday cleared Officer...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Sep. 25, 2020 11:56 AM EDT

Recent editorials of regional and national interest from New England’s newspapers: CONNECTICUT Lamont must attend to New London wind project before it falls apart The Day Sept. 23 This might happen elsewhere, we suppose, but it is hard to imagine another scenario in which a city looking at the $157...

Two men gather outside of Jefferson Square Park following protests over a lack of charges against Louisville police in Breonna Taylor's death, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Louisville, Ky.  (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

The Latest: Louisville protest ends after a night of tension

Sep. 24, 2020 11:46 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on a grand jury's decision not to indict police officers on criminal charges directly related to Breonna Taylor's death: (all times EDT) 11:15 p.m. A protest has ended outside a Louisville church where demonstrators had rallied against a grand jury decision in the Breonna...

Protesters march, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. Authorities pleaded for calm while activists vowed to fight on Thursday in Kentucky's largest city, where a gunman wounded two police officers during anguished protests following the decision not to charge officers for killing Breonna Taylor. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

'No easy answer': Many ask what next in Breonna Taylor case

Sep. 24, 2020 11:16 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — In the wake of the decision not to prosecute Kentucky police officers for killing Breonna Taylor, authorities and activists alike wrestled Thursday with the question of what comes next amid continued demands for justice in the Black woman's death. “The question obviously is:...