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Federal probe of 'I can't breathe' death nears possible end

Jul. 15, 2019 10:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — After nearly five years, federal authorities are signaling they may have concluded their investigation into the death of Eric Garner, the unarmed black man heard on video crying "I can't breathe" after a white New York City police officer put him in an apparent chokehold. The office of the...

Watchdog says Ferguson behind on police, court changes

Jul. 3, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Missouri city of Ferguson needs to make more progress on police and court changes to comply with a consent decree spurred by the 2014 fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, federal officials and an independent monitor told a federal judge Tuesday. Independent monitor Natashia Tidwell,...

Georgia police captain named new police chief in Ferguson

Jun. 26, 2019 8:36 AM EDT

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A captain from a Georgia police department will be the new police chief in Ferguson. The City Council voted Tuesday night to hire Jason Armstrong, a captain from the Forest Park Police Department near Atlanta. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports interim city manager Jeffrey Blume...

Government fails to release data on deaths in police custody

Jun. 19, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

More than four years after Congress required the Department of Justice to assemble information about those who die in police custody, the agency has yet to implement a system for collecting that data or release any new details of how and why people die under the watch of law enforcement. The information vacuum is...

How did detectives miss key suspect in 1993 child slaying?

Jun. 14, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

ST. ANN, Mo. (AP) — The red flags were there. Earl Webster Cox was already a convicted child sex offender with a history of molesting little girls when 9-year-old Angie Housman was abducted moments after stepping off her school bus in St. Ann in November 1993. He had ties to the area, including a sister...

Report: Black Missouri drivers 91% more likely to be stopped

Jun. 10, 2019 2:14 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A report from Missouri's attorney general shows that black drivers across the state are 91% more likely than white motorists to be pulled over by police and newly collected data shows that African-Americans are even more likely to be stopped in many communities where they live....

Mother of Trayvon Martin announces run for local office

May. 20, 2019 6:56 PM EDT

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The mother of the unarmed black teen who was shot dead by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida in 2012 has formally announced her candidacy to run for local office. Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, spoke to supporters Monday at a small event space tucked away...

Ferguson activist turned lawmaker resigns from Legislature

May. 17, 2019 11:04 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Bruce Franks Jr., a Ferguson activist who became a prominent urban voice in Missouri's largely conservative Legislature, is giving up his House seat, in part due to mental health struggles. Franks was first elected in 2016 when he defeated veteran Democratic lawmaker Penny Hubbard, two...