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Chicago police critics call for charges in shooting of boy

Apr. 16, 2021 18:39 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Newly released video that shows a Chicago police officer fatally shoot a 13-year-old will be key evidence when prosecutors consider a case against the officer and are confronted with both the emotions surrounding the chilling footage and legal precedent that makes it...

Minnesota mayor blasts police tactics to control protesters

Apr. 16, 2021 18:29 PM EDT

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — Elected leaders in the Minneapolis suburb where a police officer fatally shot Daunte Wright want officers to scale back their tactics amid nightly protests, leaving some law enforcement called in to assist asking whether the city still wants their help. ...

Police: Man fired gun at Salem protest, no one hurt

Apr. 16, 2021 18:12 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A Keizer man was arrested Thursday night after firing a shotgun near a group of protesters in front of the Salem Police Department station, police said. Police said Larry McFarland, 75, drove up to the sidewalk where about 20 people were had gathered...

Angry crowd gathers near fatal police shooting in Portland

Apr. 16, 2021 17:23 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An angry crowd gathered in a park in Oregon's largest city Friday after police fatally shot a man while responding to reports of a person with a gun, Portland's deputy police chief said. Deputy Police Chief Chris Davis told reporters that a white...

Philadelphia prepares for potential unrest following verdict

Apr. 16, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia police and city officials outlined their plans Friday to respond to protests and any potential unrest following the verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, charged in the death of George Floyd. Closing...

Hunger-striking Navalny describes threats to force-feed him

Apr. 16, 2021 13:50 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who has been on hunger strike since March 31, on Friday described threats to force-feed him, using “straitjacket and other pleasures.” In an Instagram post, Navalny said an official told him that a...

Belarus parliament moves to pass law banning private lawyers

Apr. 16, 2021 13:04 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The parliament of Belarus gave initial approval Friday to a law that would ban private attorneys, reducing the defense options for people charged in connection with protests and political dissent. The measure, drafted by the administration of...

Pakistan briefly blocks social media amid anti-France rally

Apr. 16, 2021 11:15 AM EDT

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan briefly blocked access to all social media on Friday after days of violent anti-French protests across the country by radical Islamists opposed to cartoons they consider blasphemous. Sites including Twitter and Facebook were blocked for...

Hong Kong democracy leaders given jail terms amid crackdown

Apr. 16, 2021 09:56 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong court on Friday sentenced five leading pro-democracy advocates, including media tycoon Jimmy Lai, to up to 18 months in prison for organizing and participating in a massive march during 2019 anti-government protests that triggered an overwhelming crackdown from...

Kosovo doctors protest colleague's arrest, suspension

Apr. 16, 2021 09:34 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovar doctors on Friday threatened to take action in support of a colleague who was arrested for refusing to treat a patient after working hours. Police reported that pulmonologist Ibrahim Hoti was detained a day earlier and local health...