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2 charged in Kansas bar shooting roamed free, despite past

Oct. 11, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Two convicted felons facing criminal charges over a Kansas bar shooting that killed four people and wounded five others had previous brushes with the law that could have kept them behind bars had judges and other officials made different decisions, according to a review of court...

White ex-officer's guilty verdict stuns some black advocates

Oct. 2, 2019 12:20 AM EDT

Monica Blake watched closely as a Texas jury weighed the case against a white police officer charged in the fatal shooting of a black neighbor, wondering whether the panel would render a different decision than so many others in recent years. When Amber Guyger was convicted of murder Tuesday, Blake, a retired...

Security bristles around Texas police shooting trial

Sep. 27, 2019 10:47 AM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Four Texas officers carrying handguns wait in the dim early morning light for a petite 31-year-old woman to arrive. When Amber Guyger emerges from a black SUV, she is guarded by men with dark suits and close-cropped hair. The armed officers join them, forming a perimeter around Guyger as she...

Former Missouri lawmaker fined $77,500 for ethics violations

Sep. 25, 2019 2:30 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A former Missouri lawmaker now running for mayor of Ferguson has been fined $77,500 after a state ethics panel determined he used campaign money on personal expenses. The Missouri Ethics Commission on Tuesday announced the fine for Courtney Curtis, a Democrat who served three...

100% turnover in St. Louis prosecutor's office in 2 ½ years

Sep. 20, 2019 1:41 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis prosecutor's office has seen more than 100% turnover in the past 2 ½ years following a change in leadership. Since Kimberly Gardner became circuit attorney, after campaigning to be a reformer, more than 65 prosecutors have quit or been fired, causing the office to lose a...

Police say black man was shot when he pointed gun at officer

Sep. 3, 2019 10:53 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A black man shot and killed by a police officer near a large shopping mall over the weekend had pointed his gun at a second officer at the time, a St. Louis County police spokesman said Tuesday. Sgt. Benjamin Granda told a news conference that Terry Tillman was killed by three to five...

Criminal justice reform turns to list of problem officers

Sep. 1, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — During the 22 years he spent in prison after being convicted of killing a Boston police detective, Sean Ellis believed there was something suspicious about the officers who led the murder investigation. He just couldn't prove it. It would take years of digging and scores of public information...

Filmmaker Nate Parker apologizes for being 'tone deaf'

Sep. 1, 2019 12:21 PM EDT

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Three years ago, filmmaker Nate Parker came under scrutiny for a rape allegation from his college days that essentially derailed the release of his Nat Turner film "The Birth of a Nation." Now, with a new film about police brutality debuting at the Venice Film International Film...

Today in History

Aug. 25, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, Aug. 25, the 237th day of 2019. There are 128 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 25, 1718, hundreds of French colonists arrived in Louisiana, with some settling in present-day New Orleans. On this date: In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed an act...

NYPD fires officer 5 years after Garner's chokehold death

Aug. 19, 2019 6:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — After five years of investigations and protests, the New York City Police Department on Monday fired an officer involved in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner, the black man whose dying gasps of "I can't breathe" gave voice to a national debate over race and police use of force. Police...