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Amid reform movement, some GOP states give police more power

Jun. 19, 2021 10:23 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — After a year of protests over police brutality, some Republican-controlled states have ignored or blocked police-reform proposals, moving instead in the other direction by granting greater powers to officers, making it harder to discipline them and expanding their...

State House approves bill mandating police body cameras

Jun. 17, 2021 18:49 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The state House voted Thursday to approve a bill requiring the use of body cameras by police officers and certain other government employees working in a law enforcement capacity. House members voted unanimously for the bill after tacking on amendment...

Evers promises to sign police bills, calls for more

Jun. 16, 2021 21:13 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers promised to sign bills banning chokeholds and making other policing changes passed by the state Assembly on Wednesday, while also calling on lawmakers to go farther to make law enforcement more accountable and transparent. Evers said...

Bill opening up police internal records clears committee

Jun. 16, 2021 18:30 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Democratic-led Senate committee voted Wednesday to advance a bill making police disciplinary records accessible to the public and mandating their disclosure in any civil or criminal court proceeding. The legislation also authorizes state agencies,...

Facial recognition bill gets initial approval in Maine

Jun. 16, 2021 13:16 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A proposal for Maine to require statewide regulations on the use of facial recognition by police and other agencies has cleared its first hurdle in the state Legislature. It was unanimously approved by Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee...

Suicide bomber kills at least 15 at Somalia military site

Jun. 15, 2021 08:28 AM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Police in Somalia say at least 15 people were killed and more than 20 others wounded when a suicide bomber attacked a military training center in the capital, Mogadishu, on Tuesday. Police spokesman Sadiq Ali Aden told reporters that the...

Minnesota lawmakers convene special session to finish budget

Jun. 14, 2021 16:13 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers returned to unfinished business at the Capitol on Monday as they convened for a special session to finalize a two-year budget and avert a potential government shutdown at the end of the month. Democratic House Speaker Melissa...

GOP ramps up misleading attack on Democrats' policing policy

Jun. 13, 2021 10:36 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — When Minnesota Republican Tyler Kistner announced his candidacy for the U.S. House in April, he asked voters to ponder two questions: “What America will we leave for our children?" and "Will they be taught to hate their police?” Across the...

DEFUND to be removed from road in front of Durham police HQ

Jun. 12, 2021 17:00 PM EDT

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina city is removing a bright gold “DEFUND” sign painted on the road in front of police headquarters a year ago. The lettering was painted on the road last June in front of Durham police headquarters as racial-justice protests swept...

Crime leads voter concerns as NYC mayoral primary approaches

Jun. 11, 2021 16:04 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Fear of crime is back as a political issue in New York City. For the first time in years it could be a prime factor in who voters pick as their next mayor. Early voting begins Saturday in the city's party primaries. Ballots are being cast as the city is...