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Ex-New Haven officer 1st to be barred for general misconduct

Nov. 26, 2021 14:27 PM EST

NEW HAVEN, Conn (AP) — A former New Haven police officer has become the first officer in Connecticut to be permanently barred from law enforcement for “general misconduct” under the state's 2020 police accountability law that was passed in the wake of the George Floyd killing in...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Nov. 24, 2021 15:17 PM EST

Albany Times Union. November 21, 2021. Editorial: Get facts before revising bail reforms From the start of the debate over criminal justice reform in New York, some people were simply against any substantive change. And with little more evidence than...

Tennessee corrections leader to join criminal justice group

Nov. 24, 2021 04:07 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Department of Correction Commissioner Tony Parker plans to join a nonprofit based on criminal justice reform next year after he leaves his state post. According to a 4th Purpose Foundation news release, Parker will join the...

Aurora police union president suspended over diversity email

Nov. 22, 2021 20:32 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — The president of a police union in the Denver suburb of Aurora has been placed on paid administrative leave by the police department after he sent an email to the group's 240 members calling diversity provisions in an agreement between the city and the state “sexist and...

Rittenhouse acquittal tightens the political vise for Biden

Nov. 21, 2021 09:20 AM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A difficult political atmosphere for President Joe Biden may have become even more treacherous with the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse. Biden was already facing sliding poll numbers with an electorate worn down by the coronavirus pandemic and...

Prosecutor: No charges for officer in fatal court shooting

Nov. 20, 2021 12:42 PM EST

ROXBORO, N.C. (AP) — A police officer was justified in using deadly force and will not be charged with any crimes for fatally shooting a defendant who was scuffling with an armed bailiff in a North Carolina courtroom, a prosecutor said Friday. Wake County District...

Former police officer convicted of civil rights violation

Nov. 19, 2021 04:03 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former police officer has been found guilty of violating the civil rights of a person under arrest in West Virginia by using excessive force. Everett Maynard, 44, was convicted by a federal jury in Charleston, the U.S. Justice Department said...

Portland among US cities adding funds to police departments

Nov. 17, 2021 18:49 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Night after night, hundreds of people marched the streets of Oregon's largest city, demanding racial justice after the murder of George Floyd by a white officer. Among the rallying cries were “defund the police” — a call for elected officials...

Police reforms spurred by Elijah McClain's death advance

Nov. 16, 2021 18:57 PM EST

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — A suburban Denver police department has agreed to reforms after the killing of Elijah McClain led to indictments against officers and a first-of-its-kind civil rights investigation that found a pattern of racially-biased policing and excessive force. ...

Feds recommend body cameras for Portland, Oregon, police

Nov. 16, 2021 14:01 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department is recommending that all uniformed officers in Portland, Oregon, wear body cameras if they are on tactical, traffic or crowd control operations. Oregon's largest city has been in negotiations with the police union over...