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Omer Mas Capitolin poses in Paris, Tuesday Jan.26, 2021. In a first for France, six nongovernmental organizations launched a class-action lawsuit Wednesday against the French government for alleged systemic discrimination by police officers carrying out identity checks. Omer Mas Capitolin, the head of Community House for Supportive Development, a grassroots NGO taking part in the legal action, called it a

Class action opened over racial profiling by French police

Jan. 27, 2021 7:48 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — In a first for France, six nongovernmental organizations launched a class-action lawsuit Wednesday against the French government for alleged systemic discrimination by police officers carrying out identity checks. The organizations, including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International,...

Editorial Roundup: Indiana

Jan. 26, 2021 2:00 PM EST

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. Jan. 21, 2021. Editorial: Off target. Ending gun permits a singularly bad idea Allen County Prosecutor Karen Richards didn’t have to think long to explain why she opposes House Bill 1369, legislation to eliminate handgun licensing. “This morning is the perfect...

Then-Rep. Rick Brattin, R-Harrisonville, speaks as The Missouri House and Senate meet in their respective Capitol chambers in Jefferson City, Mo, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016. The Missouri senator on Monday, Jan. 25, 20121 pitched a bill that would allow the use of deadly force against protesters on private property and give immunity to people who run over demonstrators blocking traffic.  (Julie Smith/The Jefferson City News-Tribune via AP)

Missouri bill would allow deadly force against demonstrators

Jan. 25, 2021 7:57 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri senator on Monday pitched a bill that would allow the use of deadly force against protesters on private property and give immunity to people who run over demonstrators blocking traffic. The proposal is one of several that follow sometimes violent protests in Missouri last...

In this photo provided by the South African Government Communications and Information Services (GCIS), premier of the Mpumalanga province Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane addresses mourners, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, at the funeral of Cabinet minister Jackson Mthembu, who died of COVID-19 last week. Police are investigating Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane for failing to wear a mask and hugging a police officer at the public funeral. (Kopano Tlape/South African Government Communication and Information Services via AP)

South African cops investigate official for not wearing mask

Jan. 25, 2021 11:45 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African police are investigating the premier of Mpumalanga province for failing to wear a mask at a public funeral. Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane was seen on a live state television broadcast violating the country's COVID-19 regulations by not wearing a mask and hugging a police...

Anthony Martinez, left, embraces his niece, Kelly Brasier, at the Logan County Northeast Colorado Health Department building while trying to secure Anthony's birth certificate Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 in Sterling, Colo. Anthony Martinez, 84, suffering from dementia, was released from the Sterling Correctional Facility Friday after serving over 30-years in prison burglary and habitual offenses, Governor Polis commuted his sentence. Kelly is taking her uncle to Pennsylvania to take care of him. (Andy Cross/The Denver Post via AP)

Lawmakers try to fix Colorado's special needs parole system

Jan. 23, 2021 10:10 AM EST

STERLING, Colo. (AP) — Kelly Brasier gripped the handles of the empty wheelchair in the Colorado prison parking lot as two corrections employees unloaded a frail man in a blue prison uniform with wispy white hair, then wheeled him toward her. Brasier quickly hugged her uncle in the wheelchair, Anthony...

Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. Kevin Selverian, a use of force specialist, poses as an armed suspect during a use of force presentation at the Troop M Barracks in Bethlehem, Pa., on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. (Michele Haddon/Bucks County Courier Times via AP)

Police shootings furor brings look at use-of-force policies

Jan. 23, 2021 9:21 AM EST

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — The man rocked side-to-side as he muttered incoherently with a knife in his hand. Every few minutes he looked up and grunted at the police officer in the doorway talking with him. After the sixth time the officer told him to put down his knife, the man suddenly raised it and stepped...

After turbulent times, Minneapolis mayor seeks 2nd term

Jan. 21, 2021 4:10 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis mayor who found himself in the middle of turbulent times that included violent demonstrations over the death of George Floyd said Thursday he is running for reelection. Jacob Frey said his efforts to change police policies, increase affordable housing and create a more...

Bridgeport officer fired after excessive force investigation

Jan. 21, 2021 7:45 AM EST

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A 20-year veteran Bridgeport police officer has been fired for using excessive force during an arrest last year, officials announced. Officer Richard Cretella was fired Wednesday after an internal affairs investigation into the April 1, 2020 arrest, Acting Chief Rebeca Garcia...

3 more Seattle officers investigated over travel to Capitol

Jan. 20, 2021 5:33 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Three more Seattle police officers are under investigation over their presence in Washington, D.C., during the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6., Interim Police Chief Adrian Diaz said Wednesday. The three came forward after he suspended two others with pay last week. Andrew Myerberg, the...

Wisconsin lawmakers introduce police reform package

Jan. 20, 2021 5:14 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Two Republican lawmakers introduced legislation Wednesday designed to reform police use-of-force policies and investigations, including proposals that would ban training on chokeholds, punish municipalities that defund police departments and create a board to investigate...