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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...

Officer to face disciplinary charges in road rage shooting

Jan. 20, 2021 9:15 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department will bring disciplinary charges against an officer who killed a man in a 2016 road rage shooting, officials announced. The proceeding will come more than three years after Officer Wayne Isaacs was acquitted of criminal charges in the shooting of Delrawn...

Republican Sen. Bob Ballinger, right, speaks to the Senate at the Arkansas Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021 about his proposal to ease restrictions on the use of deadly force in self-defense. The Senate approved Ballinger's measure, sending it to the state House. (AP Photo/Andrew Demillo)

Arkansas Senate OKs 'Stand Your Ground' bill, sends to House

Jan. 19, 2021 6:24 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Senate on Tuesday passed legislation easing restrictions on the use of deadly force in self-defense, sending the measure to the House. The majority Republican Senate voted 27-7 for the measure that would remove would the state’s duty to retreat. The bill now...

FILE - In this July 25, 2020, file photo, smoke rises as police clash with protester during a Black Lives Matter protest near the Seattle Police East Precinct headquarters in Seattle. A Seattle police officer who threw a tear gas canister that hit a reporter and other officers who threw blast balls that hit individuals during last summer's Black Lives Matter protests violated policies, according to new reports from an independent agency tasked with investigating police misconduct. The agency has released five batches of investigative reports since September, with the latest 22 cases posted Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Reports: Seattle police violated policies at summer protests

Jan. 19, 2021 3:54 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle police officer who threw a tear gas canister that hit a reporter, and other officers who threw blast balls that hit individuals during last summer's Black Lives Matter protests violated policies, according to new reports from an independent agency tasked with investigating police...

Seattle officer fired after investigation into racist remark

Jan. 17, 2021 4:37 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle’s interim police chief has fired an officer for making a racist remark about a Black man last year, following an internal review into the incident. The review came after three officers reported their colleague’s comments, The Seattle Times reported Sunday based on...