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Kansas City Black clergy group calls for US probe of police

Jul. 29, 2021 18:36 PM EDT

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — A group of mostly Black pastors has joined other civil rights organizations in Kansas City who are seeking a federal investigation into officer misconduct in the city's police department. Getting to the Heart of the Matter has asked the Department of...

Terminated professor settles with University of Mississippi

Jul. 29, 2021 16:56 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The University of Mississippi has reached a settlement with an assistant professor who was terminated after publicly criticizing the school as racist while speaking out for criminal justice reform. Details of the settlement remained confidential,...

New Yorkers say they've been ignored in stop-and-frisk fight

Jul. 29, 2021 15:21 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Eight years after a judge ruled New York City police violated the constitution by stopping, questioning and frisking mostly Black and Hispanic people on the street en masse, people in communities most affected by such tactics say they've been shut out of the legal process to...

Is Biden overlooking Bureau of Prisons as reform target?

Jul. 29, 2021 06:32 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden took quick action after his inauguration to start shifting federal inmates out of privately run prisons, where complaints of abuses abound. “It is just the beginning of my administration’s plan to address systemic problems in...

Ex-Mississippi officer pleads to excessive force charge

Jul. 28, 2021 13:33 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A former Mississippi police officer has pleaded guilty to using excessive force against a man during a 2018 vehicle stop and arrest, federal prosecutors said. Daniel Starks, of Meridian, entered the plea Tuesday in federal court. He was accused of...

Capitol police testimony blunts GOP's law-and-order message

Jul. 28, 2021 00:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican Party's self-portrayal as champions of law and order is colliding with searing testimony from police officers themselves. Officers on Tuesday described in vivid, personal terms the terror of defending the U.S. Capitol from violent insurrectionists inspired...

Capitol police testimony blunts GOP's law-and-order message

Jul. 27, 2021 19:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican Party's self-portrayal as champions of law and order collided with searing testimony Tuesday from police officers themselves. Officers described in vivid, personal terms the terror of defending the U.S. Capitol from violent Trump-inspired insurrectionists on...

Chicago, police union reach tentative contract agreement

Jul. 26, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The city of Chicago and its police union on Monday announced they have reached a tentative contract agreement after four years of negotiations. The tentative contract is aligned with the consent decree entered into in 2019 that calls for reforms to how...

Rachael Rollins nominated to be Massachusetts U.S. attorney

Jul. 26, 2021 16:16 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Rachael Rollins, who has pushed for progressive criminal justice reforms as the first woman of color to serve as a district attorney in Massachusetts, has been nominated by President Joe Biden to become the state's top federal prosecutor. If confirmed by...

Civil rights groups seek US probe of Kansas City police

Jul. 26, 2021 13:53 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Civil rights groups on Monday called for a federal investigation of Kansas City, Missouri, police, saying they have a pattern of using excessive force, particularly against Black men. The Urban Council, a consortium of groups including the Urban...