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Louisiana governor declares state of emergency due to police shortage

Feb. 16, 2024 15:49 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana GOP Gov. Jeff Landry has declared a state of emergency due to a police officer shortage. Landry's executive order issued Thursday lifts limits on how many new employees Louisiana sheriffs can hire and on payroll increases for their departments. ...

Ex-officer acquitted of assault in 2020 encounter with racial injustice protester in Philadelphia

Feb. 14, 2024 14:37 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former Philadelphia police inspector has been acquitted of assault in the use of a baton during an encounter with a protester in a 2020 racial injustice demonstration. Jurors acquitted 57-year-old Joseph Bologna on Wednesday of charges of simple assault and...

Law enforcement in schools dominates 1st day of the Minnesota Legislature's 2024 session

Feb. 12, 2024 16:50 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Legislature convened Monday with lawmakers fast-tracking legislation to fix a law enacted last year that limits the powers of police who work in schools to restrain disruptive students. The change was one of several restrictions on the use of...

Minneapolis settles lawsuit alleging journalists were harassed, hurt covering Floyd protests

Feb. 08, 2024 17:23 PM EST

The city of Minneapolis agreed Thursday to pay $950,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging that journalists were subjected to police harassment and even hurt while covering protests over the police killings of George Floyd. The suit, brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of...

Family of Black girls handcuffed by Colorado police, held at gunpoint reach $1.9 million settlement

Feb. 05, 2024 20:05 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — The four Black girls lay facedown in a parking lot, crying “no” and “mommy” as a police officer who had pointed her gun at them then bent down to handcuff two of their wrists. The youngest wore a pink tiara as she held onto her teenage cousin’s hand. The...

The debate over Native American mascots persists as some schools reinstate the logos

Feb. 01, 2024 23:33 PM EST

It was a passionate student letter in 2020 that caused the Southern York County school board to reconsider its logo: a Native American man, representing the “Warriors.” Though the conversation had come up before in the suburban district located in southern Pennsylvania, 2020 was...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Jan. 30, 2024 07:19 AM EST

Bloomington Pantagraph. January 26, 2024. Editorial: Black History Month is vital Arguments about diversity have dominated our cultural discussions for the last decade. From #metoo to George Floyd, from Colin Kaepernick to “go woke, go broke,” our conversations...

Minnesota trooper accused of fatally shooting motorist Ricky Cobb II makes first court appearance

Jan. 29, 2024 19:04 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota state trooper accused in the fatal shooting of motorist Ricky Cobb II can remain free without bail while awaiting trial, a judge ruled Monday during a brief court hearing. Trooper Ryan Londregan must surrender his passport and avoid contact with...

Gun-waving St. Louis lawyer wants misdemeanor wiped off his record

Jan. 26, 2024 13:03 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis man who gained notoriety for pointing a gun at social justice demonstrators as they marched past his home asked a local judge to wipe the misdemeanor from his record. Mark McCloskey pleaded guilty in 2021 to misdemeanor fourth-degree assault and was...

Seattle will pay $10 million to protesters who said police used excessive force during 2020 protests

Jan. 25, 2024 18:38 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle has agreed to pay $10 million to 50 demonstrators who sued over the police department’s heavy-handed response to racial justice protests in 2020, in a settlement announced by attorneys from both sides Wednesday. The protesters were among tens of thousands...