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Missouri judge reinstates 2015 court reform provisions

Dec. 2, 2020 4:39 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A judge has reinstated parts of a 2015 court reform law spurred by protests after the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Tuesday's decision by Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem keeps in place minimum standards for municipalities in St. Louis County. It...

FILE - In this July 11, 2020 file photo, Alycia Pascual-Pena, left, and Marley Ralph kneel while holding a Black Lives Matter banner during a protest in memory of Breonna Taylor, in Los Angeles. Taylor was killed in her apartment by members of the Louisville, Ky., Metro Police Department on March 13. The International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association, a prominent law enforcement training group, is promoting a lengthy research document riddled with falsehoods and conspiracies that urges local police to treat Black Lives Matter activists as terrorists plotting a violent revolution. The document contains misinformation and inflammatory rhetoric that could incite officers against protesters and people of color, critics said. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Police guide that calls BLM a terrorist group draws outrage

Dec. 2, 2020 2:09 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A prominent law enforcement training group is promoting a lengthy research document riddled with falsehoods and conspiracies that urges local police to treat Black Lives Matter activists as terrorists plotting a violent revolution. The document distributed by the International Law...

FILE - In this May 30, 2020, file photo, protesters gather in Minneapolis. Almost six months after the death of George Floyd, criminal justice reform advocates are cheering multiple victories in the 2020 election. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Criminal justice reformers cheer multiple election victories

Nov. 21, 2020 10:06 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Almost six months after the death of George Floyd, criminal justice reform advocates are cheering the election of a handful of progressive prosecutors, the passage of ballot initiatives designed to ease mass incarceration and the decriminalization of drugs in several states. Voters also...

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks to Biden supporters as they wait for former President Barack Obama to arrive and speak at a rally as he campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, at Turner Field in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Atlanta mayor vows 'top to bottom review' of policing

Nov. 19, 2020 10:34 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has brought in a consulting firm to conduct a “top to bottom review” of the city’s police department, in keeping with her vow to reform public safety after the fatal police shooting of Rayshard Brooks. “We are moving forward on...

Police uses water canons to clear a blocked a road between the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag building, home of the German federal parliament, as people attend a protest rally in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 against the coronavirus restrictions in Germany. Police in Berlin have requested thousands of reinforcements from other parts of Germany to cope with planned protests by people opposed to coronavirus restrictions. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Berlin police forcefully disperse protest over virus rules

Nov. 18, 2020 12:24 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German police used water cannons and pepper spray Wednesday to disperse people protesting coronavirus restrictions in Berlin's government district, after crowds ignored calls to wear masks and keep their distance from one another in line with pandemic regulations. As water sprayed from the...

In this Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, photo, former San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon speaks at a Los Angeles County Democratic Party news conference outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Advocates for criminal justice reform who have elected a wave of progressive prosecutors nationwide captured the crown jewel as former San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon defeated Los Angeles DA Jackie Lacey, Friday, Nov. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Criminal justice reformer wins LA district attorney’s race

Nov. 6, 2020 8:27 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Advocates for criminal justice reform who have elected a wave of progressive prosecutors nationwide captured the crown jewel Friday as former San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon defeated Los Angeles DA Jackie Lacey. The bitter race to run the nation’s largest...

Back the Blue police supporters, left, stand next to Black Lives Matter protesters calling for defunding the police, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Paula Bronstein)

Portland, Oregon rejects bid to cut $18M more from police

Nov. 5, 2020 7:30 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — City commissioners in Portland, Oregon on Thursday rejected a budget amendment that would have slashed another $18 million from the Portland Police Bureau amid months of racial justice protests and shifted the money to the city’s pandemic response. The commission voted 3-2...

Young people take part in a massive protest against the conservative government on the eighth straight day of angry demonstrations that were triggered by a recent tightening of the abortion law, in Warsaw, Poland, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Abortion rights protest held for 10th day in Poland

Oct. 31, 2020 2:36 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Demonstrators held anti-government protests across Poland for the 10th straight day Saturday in response to the tightening of one of Europe’s strictest abortion laws. The latest protests, though smaller than in previous days, showed the determination and discontent of...

Democratic candidate Jaime Harrison, left, and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, right, write notes as they prepare to debate on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. As he has before, Harrison brought a plexiglass barrier to separate him from Graham. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

SC's Graham, Harrison clash on criminal justice, health care

Oct. 30, 2020 9:23 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — On the Friday night before Election Day, Republican U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison met in South Carolina's capital city of Columbia for their second and final debate, clashing over issues related to criminal justice reform, health care and political...

Washington Metropolitan Police Department police officers push back demonstrators outside of the fourth district police station in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Demonstrators gathered at the police station in protest over a fatal a crash involving a moped driver who died when he police were attempting to pull him over. The crash happened last Friday. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

DC releases bodycam footage from fatal crash amid protests

Oct. 29, 2020 4:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Police in the nation's capital on Thursday released body camera footage from a fatal vehicle accident during a police chase that has sparked two days of protests and clashes. Karon Hylton, 20, died in a hospital after his moped crashed into a car Friday night while he was being pursued...