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Latino teens who alleged abuse at center no longer in US

Jun. 22, 2018 5:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A lawyer for immigrant children who say they were cuffed and beaten by staff inside a Virginia detention facility said Friday they plan to press forward with a federal civil-rights lawsuit, even though two of the teens involved in the case are no longer in the United States. Hannah M....

The Latest: Lawyer pressing forward on Va. abuse claims

Jun. 22, 2018 4:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on a Virginia juvenile detention facility where immigrant teens claimed they were abused (all times local): 4:40 p.m. A lawyer for immigrant children who say they were cuffed and beaten by the staff inside a Virginia detention facility says they plan to press forward with a...

3 men face hate crimes charges in Minnesota mosque bombing

Jun. 21, 2018 7:47 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A grand jury added federal civil rights and hate crimes violations to the charges three Illinois men face in the bombing of a mosque in suburban Minneapolis, prosecutors announced Thursday. The new five-count indictment names Michael Hari, 47, Michael McWhorter, 29, and Joe Morris, 23....

Former UVA student settles suit against ABC agents for $250K

Jun. 20, 2018 1:01 PM EDT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A former University of Virginia student who filed a civil rights lawsuit after his 2015 arrest by alcohol-enforcement agents has received a nearly $250,000 settlement. Martese Johnson sued Virginia's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and three of its agents after the...

Lawsuit: Chicago police falsely ID thousands as gang members

Jun. 19, 2018 6:18 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Civil rights groups filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging that the Chicago Police Department relies on an error-plagued database that names up to 195,000 people as gang members, including many who have never been in a gang. Many people were erroneously listed in the database simply because of a...

Lawsuit claims Kansas official exposed private voter data

Jun. 19, 2018 2:48 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A civil rights group filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach challenging a multi-state voter registration database it claims exposed sensitive information including partial Social Security numbers from nearly a thousand state voters. The complaint...

The Latest: Mayor hopes lawsuit improves police conduct

Jun. 19, 2018 2:28 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit filed against Milwaukee and the city's police department by NBA player Sterling Brown alleging excessive force (all times local): 1:25 p.m. Milwaukee's mayor says he hopes the relationship between police and residents can improve in the wake of an excessive force...

Lawsuit over white nationalist's Twitter ban clears hurdle

Jun. 15, 2018 2:14 PM EDT

A California judge has refused to throw out a lawsuit that accuses Twitter of violating the free speech rights of a leading white nationalist figure by banning his social media account. San Francisco Superior Court Judge Harold Kahn ruled in Jared Taylor's favor during a hearing Thursday on Twitter's request to...

Justices strike down Minnesota voter clothing restrictions

Jun. 14, 2018 5:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down Minnesota's broad restrictions on voters wearing "political" hats, T-shirts and pins to the polls, but said states can place limits on such apparel. Minnesota contended the restrictions were reasonable, kept order at polling places and prevented...

Police in Florida charged with framing teen to boost stats

Jun. 11, 2018 2:49 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Authorities say a former police chief and two officers for a small Florida community framed a teen for several burglaries to improve their arrest statistics. A U.S. attorney's office news release says former Biscayne Park police Chief Raimundo Atesiano and former Officers Charlie Dayoub and...