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Activists demand tougher federal review of Columbus police

Sep. 16, 2021 14:05 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The announcement that the U.S. Justice Department will provide technical assistance to Columbus police — at the city's invitation — has done little to curb community activists’ allegations that officials aren't doing enough to change the department following a...

Officials: Police in Elijah McClain hometown racially biased

Sep. 15, 2021 17:45 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A civil rights investigation that was launched amid outrage over the death of Elijah McClain — a Black man put into a chokehold during an encounter with suburban Denver police two years ago — found a deeply engrained culture of racially biased policing within the...

No indictment in 1st case under NY's police chokehold ban

Sep. 14, 2021 21:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A case seen as an early test of New York's law criminalizing police chokeholds has ended without an indictment. A Queens grand jury on Tuesday declined charges for David Afanador, a former New York City police officer who was seen on cellphone video last...

NYC's Eric Adams runs for mayor as the outsider's insider

Sep. 14, 2021 17:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — He's a veteran Democratic office holder who registered as a Republican in the late 1990s. He's a junk food lover who turned vegan. He's an insider with an outsider's sense of grievance. But Eric Adams, who first gained fame as a critic of the police...

New Philadelphia police contract grants raises, some reforms

Sep. 14, 2021 16:24 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia police announced a new three-year contract with the city Tuesday that offers raises, along with a $1,500 bonus, but lets the city make some of the disciplinary reforms it sought. The more than 6,000 city officers will see raises of...

Bill to weed out bad cops heads to California governor

Sep. 08, 2021 18:52 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Wednesday sent Gov. Gavin Newsom legislation to end the careers of bad law enforcement officers, a year after an earlier effort died without a final vote. The measure aims to keep troubled officers from jumping from one...

New life for suit over Chicago police stop-and-frisk policy

Sep. 08, 2021 18:29 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge has granted class-action status in a lawsuit filed six years ago that alleged the Chicago Police Department's stop-and-frisk policy targeted Black and Hispanic people who hadn't committed any crime. Attorneys involved in the lawsuit...

Police staffing woes complicate reform effort in Baltimore

Sep. 06, 2021 12:58 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — After a grueling defensive tactics class with a dozen other recruits, Antonio Martinez secures his expandable baton and wipes the sweat from his brow. He's getting ready to make his debut as a rookie cop on the streets of Baltimore, a city with the dual misfortune of having...

California advances bill to strip badges from bad officers

Sep. 03, 2021 16:41 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Bad law enforcement officers could permanently lose their badges under a bill advanced by California lawmakers on Friday, a year after a similar measure died in the waning hours of the legislative session. California remains one of just four...

Lawsuit: SW Indiana police caused Pennsylvania man’s death

Sep. 03, 2021 13:17 PM EDT

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — The family of a Pennsylvania man who died in Evansville police custody in 2019 after struggling with officers is suing the city and three officers, alleging they caused his death by using excessive force. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in U.S....