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Tennessee officer indicted for killing black man

Jan. 18, 2019 3:51 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A grand jury in Tennessee has indicted a white police officer with first degree murder charges in the fatal shooting of a black man last July. The indictment against Nashville officer Andrew Delke was announced Friday by the district attorney's office. Delke shot 25-year-old Daniel...

Officer who killed teen used racial slurs, excessive force

Jan. 18, 2019 3:47 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Several black motorists testified Friday that the white officer who fatally shot Laquan McDonald used racial slurs and excessive force during traffic stops in the years before the 2014 killing that was captured on a shocking dashcam video. Jason Van Dyke was in court to be sentenced for...

The Latest: Witness unable to identify Van Dyke in courtroom

Jan. 18, 2019 3:47 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of the Chicago police officer who fired the shots that killed black teenager Laquan McDonald (all times local): 2:45 p.m. A prosecution witness at the sentencing of the Chicago police officer who killed black teen Laquan McDonald wasn't able to identify the...

The Latest: Police chief: Parents delivered 'perfect cop'

Jan. 18, 2019 3:24 PM EST

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a memorial service for a rookie police officer in Northern California (all times local): 12:25 p.m. A California police chief has apologized to the parents of a slain rookie officer for failing to get her home safely, saying they had delivered the "perfect cop." Davis...

Man who rear-ended taxi, killing passenger, gets prison time

Jan. 18, 2019 3:02 PM EST

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A Boston man who had been bar hopping on St. Patrick's Day two years ago before he drove into the rear of a taxi at more than 120 mph, killing the passenger, has been sentenced to up to eight years in prison. Prosecutors say 43-year-old Michael Spinale was sentenced Thursday after...

Officers pack memorial service for rookie California officer

Jan. 18, 2019 2:40 PM EST

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — Bagpipes played as pallbearers solemnly carried the flag-draped casket of a 22-year-old rookie California police officer to the front of a packed memorial service Friday. Thousands of officers from across the country gathered at the funeral for Natalie Corona, who had long dreamed of...

3 years later, no one is in jail over Flint tainted water

Jan. 18, 2019 2:13 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan's attorney general in 2016 promised to investigate "without fear or favor" the scandal over Flint's lead-tainted drinking water and pledged that state regulators would be locked up for fudging data and misleading the public. Yet three years later, no one is behind bars. Instead,...

Tennessee governor grants parole in murder-for-hire case

Jan. 18, 2019 1:58 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is granting parole to a man serving a life sentence in a 1994 murder-for-hire. A woman who was wounded in the attack says she's petrified she might encounter him once he's out. Among his final 20 pardons and three commutations Friday, Haslam commuted...

Correction: Mall Shooting-Alabama story

Jan. 18, 2019 1:28 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — In a story Jan. 17 about a fatal police shooting on Thanksgiving night, The Associated Press reported erroneously that testimony showed a man killed by police in an Alabama shopping mall was standing over a shooting victim. The statement was made by a defense attorney, not a...

Key players in trial of Chicago cop who killed black teen

Jan. 18, 2019 11:59 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A look at some of the key players in the murder trial of Jason Van Dyke, the white Chicago police officer who was convicted of second-degree murder in October for fatally shooting black teenager Laquan McDonald. LAQUAN MCDONALD On the October 2014 night Laquan McDonald was shot to death, he...