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Indicted jail officers faced earlier excessive force claims

Dec. 5, 2019 4:27 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — When a prisoner shattered glass panes in a control center at a Baltimore jail, the staff summoned a paramilitary-style tactical team to help quell the disturbance. Some inmates used pieces of shirts or bedsheets to hide their faces. What happened at the jail on that Friday afternoon in May...

Feds: Over 60 Latin Kings members arrested along East Coast

Dec. 5, 2019 3:54 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — More than 60 members of the Latin Kings have been arrested on federal racketeering, drug and firearms charges, including the leaders of the street gang’s East Coast operations, authorities announced Thursday. Among those arrested is Michael Cecchetelli, a 40-year-old Springfield,...

Chicago gang member gets 16 years in shooting of ATF agent

Dec. 5, 2019 11:11 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A member of a violent Chicago street gang convicted of shooting and wounding a plainclothes federal agent he mistook for a rival gang member was sentenced Wednesday to 16 years in federal prison. A jury earlier this year found Ernesto Godinez, a purported “chief” of the...

Judge frees jail officers charged with excessive force

Dec. 5, 2019 9:22 AM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — A judge in Baltimore has agreed to release from custody a group of correctional officers charged with using excessive force on prisoners at state-operated jails in the city. The Baltimore Sun reports that a prosecutor asked Wednesday for some of the 25 indicted officers to be held until...

Northern Mexico fears return to dark past after gunfights

Dec. 3, 2019 10:53 PM EST

VILLA UNION, Mexico (AP) — Mexico’s president says he wants to fight drug cartels with “hugs, not bullets,” but after 23 people were killed in a weekend gunbattle in the border state of Coahuila, some communities want a more forceful strategy to prevent cartel assailants from...

25 jail officers indicted, accused of using excessive force

Dec. 3, 2019 7:55 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — More than two dozen correctional officers in Baltimore were charged Tuesday with using excessive force on prisoners at state-operated jails in a city plagued by decades of institutional corruption, inside and outside jailhouse walls. The 25 indicted officers are accused of assaulting and...

Late detective gets attorney general's award for MS-13 cases

Dec. 3, 2019 4:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A New York police detective who relentlessly investigated killings committed by MS-13 gang members before succumbing to cancer last year became the first law enforcement officer on Tuesday to posthumously receive a distinguished service award from the U.S. attorney general. Attorney...

Death toll put at 20 for Mexico cartel attack near US border

Dec. 2, 2019 1:27 AM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican security forces on Sunday killed seven more members of a presumed cartel assault force that rolled into a town near the Texas border and staged an hour-long attack, officials said, putting the overall death toll at 20. The Coahuila state government said in a statement that lawmen...

Inspiring tale of a Chicago neighborhood that would not die

Nov. 25, 2019 4:28 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — With the echo of African drums, Fairfield Avenue comes alive. Men, women and children, drawn to their front porches by the pulsing beat, witness an impromptu parade led by 60-year-old Hasan Smith. A long line of well-wishers follows him to the home that he helped rebuild — the first...

Mother of slain man sues Cleveland mayor, police chief

Nov. 25, 2019 1:29 AM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — Questions about whether an Ohio mayor intervened on behalf of his grandson in the hours after a fatal shooting have prompted the victim’s mother to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the mayor and the city’s police chief. Andrea Parra sued Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and...