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Rare protests erupt against Hamas' 12-year rule over Gaza

Mar. 19, 2019 3:19 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas is facing the biggest demonstrations yet against its 12-year rule of the Gaza Strip, with hundreds of Palestinians taking to the streets in recent days to protest the dire living conditions in the blockaded territory. With little tolerance for dissent, the Islamic...

A timeline of the Chicago police shooting of Laquan McDonald

Mar. 19, 2019 3:10 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke fatally shot Laquan McDonald in 2014. He was convicted in October of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery — one for each bullet the white officer fired at the black 17-year-old. Judge Vincent Gaughan sentenced Van Dyke in...

Report: National Guard officer violated bond with Iraq trip

Mar. 14, 2019 11:11 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A U.S. Army National Guard officer accused of stealing an armored car and leading authorities on a chase is now accused of breaking his bond agreement by traveling to Iraq and researching bomb-making. Citing court documents, The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Wednesday that...

Black woman added to jury over protests by officer's lawyer

Mar. 12, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A judge in the case of a white western Pennsylvania police officer accused of shooting to death a black teenager last year put a black woman on the jury Tuesday over the defense's objections but said he will reconsider the decision. Allegheny County Judge Alexander Bicket agreed that...

Chief: Probe finds racially divided Detroit police precinct

Mar. 12, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A second white Detroit police officer has been fired for misconduct after his partner posted a racist video online, and an internal audit found that racial insensitivity is a "dirty little secret" in the west side police precinct where both worked, the city's police chief said Tuesday. The...

Officer charged with assaulting handcuffed black man

Mar. 7, 2019 5:22 PM EST

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — Authorities in Maryland say a white police officer is facing assault and misconduct charges after being accused of punching a handcuffed black man. Prince George's County State's Attorney Aisha Braveboy announced the indictment on Thursday of county police Cpl. Stephen Downey for...

Fired Florida officer guilty of slaying black motorist

Mar. 7, 2019 5:16 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A fired Florida police officer was found guilty of manslaughter and attempted murder Thursday for fatally shooting a stranded black motorist, becoming the first officer in the state to be convicted of an on-duty shooting in 30 years. Nouman Raja, 41, faces a mandatory minimum...

The Latest: Prosecutors approve of ex-cop's guilty verdict

Mar. 7, 2019 4:01 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a fired Florida police officer in the shooting of a stranded black motorist (all times local): 11:20 a.m. Prosecutors say they are pleased with the guilty verdict in the trial of a fired Florida police officer who killed a stranded black motorist....

The Latest: Defense: Motorist's shooting death not a crime

Mar. 6, 2019 11:13 AM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a former Florida police officer charged with killing a stranded black motorist (all times local): 11:05 a.m. The attorney for a fired Florida police officer on trial for killing a stranded motorist told a jury that while the death was a tragedy, no...

Follow-up hearing set in 'Russian roulette'-style shooting

Mar. 4, 2019 11:29 AM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A prosecutor says there has been no grand jury decision on whether to charge a St. Louis police officer accused of killing a female colleague while playing a variation of Russian roulette. Judge Thomas McCarthy asked during a hearing Monday if there was a grand jury indictment against...