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Portland jail inmates sue over protest tear gas exposure

Nov. 23, 2020 7:58 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Several people who were in a Portland jail during summer protests against police brutality have filed a civil rights lawsuit over tear gas seeping into jail cells. Theresa Davis, Rashawd Duhart and Robin Lundy filed the class-action suit Monday in federal court on behalf of dozens of...

Judge denies bid to quash statements in 2019 slayings of 4

Nov. 22, 2020 11:27 AM EST

WEST CHESTER, Ohio (AP) — A judge has denied a defense motion to suppress statements made by a man later charged in the shooting deaths of four members of his family, including his wife, in their Ohio apartment last year. Attorneys for Gurpreet Singh, 38, had argued that his constitutional rights were...

Vallejo to pay $750,000 to end lawsuit over police beating

Nov. 20, 2020 10:53 PM EST

VALLEJO, Calif. (AP) — A handyman who was left bloodied after he was beaten and choked by Vallejo police will receive $750,000 from the city, it was announced Friday. The San Francisco Bay Area city agreed Thursday to settle a civil rights lawsuit filed by Carl Edwards over the 2017 incident, which was...

Feds find constitutional violations in Massachusetts prisons

Nov. 17, 2020 8:44 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts state prisons are violating the constitution by failing to properly care for inmates with serious mental health issues and protect prisoners in crisis from harming themselves, federal authorities said in a scathing investigative report released Tuesday. An investigation by the...

Officer pleads guilty to sex abuse of minor in mentor group

Nov. 16, 2020 10:31 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A third Kentucky police officer who was involved with a now-defunct youth mentoring program pleaded guilty Monday to sexually abusing a juvenile female in the group. Former Louisville Metro Police Officer Brad Schuhmann, 32, admitted in U.S. District Court in Louisville that he...

Buildings at Hunter Oaks Apartments undergo renovations on Tuesday. Sept. 22, 2020, in Memphis, Tenn. Owners of the apartment complex are among seven landlords who manage or own more than 5,000 rental units and have filed a lawsuit claiming that a national eviction moratorium has not only placed them under unfair financial strain, but also infringed on their rights as property owners. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz)

Judge won't pause eviction ban amid Tennessee landlord suit

Nov. 13, 2020 2:21 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge will not block a nationwide eviction ban while Tennessee landlords pursue a legal challenge alleging the moratorium has infringed on their property rights and unfairly caused them financial harm. U.S. District Judge Mark Norris denied the landlords' request to pause...

FILE - President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, in Bullhead City, Ariz.  Three civil rights groups are filing a lawsuit challenging  Trump’s executive order that banned federal agencies, as well as contractors and grant recipients, from offering certain diversity training which the president has deemed “anti-American.”The NAACP Legal Defense Fund filed the complaint Thursday, Oct. 29,  in federal court in Washington, D.C., along with the National Urban League and the National Fair Housing Alliance. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Trump's diversity training order faces lawsuit

Nov. 12, 2020 3:30 PM EST

New York (AP) — Three civil rights groups filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging President Donald Trump's executive order that prohibits federal agencies, contractors and grant recipients from offering certain diversity training that the president deems “anti-American." The NAACP Legal Defense Fund...

In this Jan. 14, 2019, photo provided by the New York Civil Liberties Union, Linda Dominguez, a transgender woman at the center of a civil rights lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the NYCLU against the New York Police Department, poses for a photo in New York. The NYPD will have to give its force more training on protecting the rights of transgender people as part of a deal announced Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, that settles the lawsuit accusing officers of mocking Dominguez by putting her in pink handcuffs. The city will also be required to pay Dominguez $30,000 over allegations that police officers wrongly accused her of misrepresenting her identity. (Sy Klipsch-Abudu/NYCLU via AP)

Lawsuit challenging arrest of NYC transgender woman settled

Nov. 10, 2020 5:29 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department will have to give its force more training on protecting the rights of transgender people as part of a deal announced Tuesday that settles a civil rights lawsuit accusing officers of mocking a transgender woman by putting her in pink handcuffs. The settlement...

FILE - This file photo from Jan. 26, 2018, shows police body-camera footage released by Milwaukee Police Department that shows NBA Bucks guard Sterling Brown talking to arresting police officers after being shot by a stun gun in a Walgreens parking lot in Milwaukee. The Milwaukee city attorney is recommending a revised offer to settle a lawsuit brought by Milwaukee Bucks’ guard Sterling Brown, who was taken to the ground, shocked with a Taser and arrested during an encounter with police in 2018. City Attorney Tearman Spencer is recommending a $750,000 payment and an admission that Brown's constitutional rights were violated during the arrest. (Milwaukee Police Department via AP, File)

Bucks player agrees to $750K settlement over arrest

Nov. 9, 2020 2:21 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown and the Milwaukee city attorney have agreed to a revised $750,000 settlement of a lawsuit Brown filed after getting taken to the ground, shocked with a Taser and arrested during an encounter with police in 2018. City Attorney Tearman Spencer is...

Ex-Minneapolis officer charged with civil rights violations

Nov. 6, 2020 4:37 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former Minneapolis police officer has been charged with federal civil rights violations and multiple counts of extortion and acquiring drugs, prosecutors announced Friday. The U.S. Attorney's Office said Ty Jindra abused his position as a Minneapolis police officer to obtain...