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In this Jan. 6, 2021 image from video provided by Robyn Stevens Brody, a line of men wearing helmets and olive drab body armor walk up the marble stairs outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington in an orderly single-file line, each man holding the jacket collar of the man ahead. The formation, known as

Capitol rioters included highly trained ex-military and cops

Jan. 15, 2021 9:37 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump’s supporters massed outside the Capitol last week and sang the national anthem, a line of men wearing olive-drab helmets and body armor trudged purposefully up the marble stairs in a single-file line, each man holding the jacket collar of the one ahead....

FILE - This May 31, 2020 file photo shows New York City Police facing off with activists during a protest march in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of the Brooklyn borough of New York.  New York’s attorney general sued the New York Police Department on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 alleging the rough treatment of protesters last spring in the wake of George Floyd’s killing was part of a longstanding pattern of abuse that stemmed from inadequate training, supervision and discipline.  (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen, FIle)

NY attorney general sues NYPD over Floyd protest response

Jan. 14, 2021 4:58 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York’s attorney general sued the New York Police Department on Thursday, calling the rough treatment of protesters against racial injustice last spring part of a longstanding pattern of abuse that stemmed from inadequate training, supervision and discipline. Attorney General...

Seattle union head criticized for U.S. Capitol riot comments

Jan. 10, 2021 12:20 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle's internal police watchdog is investigating tweets by the head of the city's police officers union that suggested Black Lives Matter and other liberal activists share blame for last week's violence at the U.S. Capitol. The Seattle Times reports that the Office of Police...

A Washington State Patrol trooper walks past new security fencing installed on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, around the state Capitol in Olympia, Wash.. in anticipation of the legislative session opening on Monday. (Tony Overman/The Olympian via AP)

Washington Legislature set to meet amid pandemic, unrest

Jan. 10, 2021 11:10 AM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — When Washington lawmakers finished their legislative session last spring, COVID-19 response dominated their work. Nearly a year later, the economic and social impacts of the virus once again will be center stage as the Legislature convenes for the first time in person in nearly a...

2 Seattle officers placed on leave in probe into Capitol mob

Jan. 9, 2021 1:41 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle’s police chief says two city officers were apparently in Washington, D.C., Wednesday when a violent mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the nation’s Capitol and that an investigation will be launched to find out whether they committed criminal...

FILE - In this September 2019 file photo taken in Evanston, Ill., and provided by Adria-Joi Watkins, Watkins, left, poses in a selfie with her second cousin Jacob Blake. A police officer shot Blake in the back multiple times after responding to a domestic dispute on Aug. 23, 2020. On Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, a Wisconsin prosecutor declined to file criminal charges against the officer who shot Blake. (Adria-Joi Watkins via AP, File)

Activists seek laws after officer cleared in Blake shooting

Jan. 6, 2021 7:55 PM EST

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin prosecutor's decision not to bring charges against the officer who shot Jacob Blake in the back came as little surprise to some activists for racial justice, who predict laws must change before police are truly held accountable for using force against Black men. After the...

FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020 file photo, Minnesota Vikings middle linebacker Eric Kendricks (54) readies for the play in the second quarter during an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Minneapolis. Eric Kendricks and the Minnesota Vikings have had a rough year between the lines, but the 2019 All-Pro linebacker, whose 2020 season has been shortened by a calf injury, has made quite an impact off the field. He’s the team’s nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award, for his community work focused on criminal justice reform. (AP Photo/David Berding, File)

Vikings LB Kendricks has done vital work on and off field

Dec. 31, 2020 2:47 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Eric Kendricks was playing at an All-Pro level again this year when the Minnesota linebacker hurt a calf muscle, which has now sidelined him for all of December. Though the injury to an irreplaceable player was one of many setbacks for the Vikings in a season with more downs than ups,...

FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, file photo, a man walks past a closed store in Wilmette, Ill., amid the coronavirus pandemic. Responses to the coronavirus pandemic and police brutality dominated legislative sessions in 2020 and led to many new laws that will take effect in the new year. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

Virus aid, police reform dominate new US laws for 2021

Dec. 30, 2020 10:55 AM EST

Responses to the coronavirus pandemic and police brutality dominated legislative sessions in 2020, leading to scores of new laws that will take effect in the new year. Virus-related laws include those offering help to essential workers, boosting unemployment benefits and requiring time off for sick employees. A...

FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2020, file photo, a neighbor watches New York City Police Department officers work a crime scene where several young men were shot and wounded at the Ravenswood Houses in the Queens borough of New York. Heralded as the safest big city in America in recent years, New York City is closing out its bloodiest year in nearly a decade, grappling with a surge in homicides and a pandemic authorities say has helped fuel violence. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

'Dark period': Killings spike in NYC amid pandemic, unrest

Dec. 29, 2020 4:53 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Heralded as the safest big city in America in recent years, New York City is closing out its bloodiest year in nearly a decade, grappling with a surge in homicides and a pandemic authorities say has helped fuel violence. The city had recorded 447 killings as of Tuesday, a 41% increase over...

FILE- In this Aug. 5, 2019 file photo, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal is shown during a bill signing ceremony at the state capital in Trenton, N.J. The release of New Jersey state troopers' disciplinary reports going back to 2000 won't go forward on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, as the attorney general planned because of a court order blocking their release. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

New Jersey AG overhauls police use-of-force rules

Dec. 21, 2020 4:35 PM EST

New Jersey's top law enforcement official on Monday unveiled new guidelines governing the use of force for the state's nearly 40,000 police officers, saying the changes would make the state “a national leader in policing reform” and help restore public trust. The new policy, which had been promised...