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Ex-Minneapolis officer pleads guilty in George Floyd killing

May. 18, 2022 19:39 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former Minneapolis police officer pleaded guilty Wednesday to a state charge of aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd, admitting that he intentionally helped restrain the Black man in a way that created an unreasonable risk and caused...

Native American man sues police alleging bogus detention

May. 17, 2022 17:12 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A lawsuit alleges a Salem, Oregon, police officer accused a Native American man of stealing a car he was working on, grabbed him, shoved him onto the hood of his police car and handcuffed him with no justification for arrest. The lawsuit says the officer then...

Fort Wayne pays $100K to settle lawsuit with 12 protesters

May. 17, 2022 16:58 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — The city of Fort Wayne has agreed to pay $100,000 to settle a lawsuit with 12 people who claimed their constitutional rights were violated during protests two years ago, a report Tuesday said. The city provided details of the settlement to The Journal...

Minnesota to pay $1.5M to man arrested during Floyd protest

May. 17, 2022 16:45 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis has agreed to pay $1.5 million to a man who said police used excessive force when he was arrested during the protests that followed George Floyd’s death in 2020, according to court documents filed Tuesday. Jaleel Stallings, 29, also alleged in his...

Legal advocates sue US over Iranian-born scholar's treatment

May. 17, 2022 14:47 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Canadian diabetes researcher scheduled to start a two-year fellowship at Harvard Medical School was wrongfully denied entry to the U.S. and discriminated against based on her Iranian heritage, according to legal filings. Harvard Law School’s Immigration and...

Georgia students sue over blocked protest against rebel flag

May. 17, 2022 10:12 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Several Black students who were suspended for trying to protest Confederate flag displays at their school in Georgia have filed a federal lawsuit against their school district and its board members, accusing them of allowing an extensive pattern of racism including “overt bigotry...

Oregon sued over failure to provide public defenders

May. 16, 2022 18:20 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Criminal defendants in Oregon who have gone without legal representation for long periods of time amid a critical shortage of public defense attorneys filed a lawsuit Monday that alleges the state violated their constitutional right to legal counsel and a speedy trial. ...

US judge: Man falsely arrested by Louisiana sheriff's office

May. 16, 2022 14:41 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal agent was illegally arrested in 2019 after criticizing a Louisiana sheriff's office's investigation of a still-unsolved shooting death, a federal judge has ruled. Jerry Rogers Jr. filed a civil rights lawsuit in early 2020, claiming false arrest and...

Former officer gets 3 years for violating rights, sex abuse

May. 13, 2022 16:59 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A former South Florida police sergeant has been sentenced three years in prison for sex crimes against three women. Jesus Manuel Menocal Jr., 34, was sentenced Thursday in Miami federal court, according to court records. The former Hialeah police officer pleaded guilty...

Federal judge tosses most misconduct cases against Nebraska

May. 13, 2022 11:27 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A federal judge dismissed the claims of seven women who alleged the University of Nebraska-Lincoln didn't adequately respond to their complaints of being sexually assaulted or harassed, including four women who said they were victims of Cornhuskers athletes. In...