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NY overhauls handgun rules in effort to preserve some limits

Jul. 01, 2022 21:16 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers approved a sweeping overhaul Friday of the state’s handgun licensing rules, seeking to preserve some limits on firearms after the Supreme Court ruled that most people have a right to carry a handgun for personal protection. The measure,...

Judge: Arizona violates prisoners’ rights with poor care

Jul. 01, 2022 19:14 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge ruled Arizona has been violating the constitutional rights of incarcerated people in state-run prisons by providing them with inadequate medical and mental health care, saying the state has known about the problem for years but refused to correct its failures. ...

Woman gets probation in attack on Spanish-speaking women

Jul. 01, 2022 12:01 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts woman charged with attacking a mother and daughter for speaking Spanish in 2020 has been found guilty of misdemeanor assault and battery. Stephanie Armstrong was sentenced Thursday to two years of probation following a two-day, non-jury trial in Boston...

San Diego County to pay $8.1 million for unarmed man's death

Jun. 30, 2022 22:24 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego County will pay $8.1 million to the family of an unarmed man who was shot in the back by a sheriff's deputy after he jumped out of a patrol car. The county and the family of Nicholas Bils agreed to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit on June 20, the San...

Prosecutors seek prison for 3 ex-cops in Floyd killing

Jun. 29, 2022 20:00 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Federal prosecutors asked a judge Wednesday to sentence one of the four former Minneapolis police officers convicted of civil rights violations in George Floyd's killing to as many as 6 1/2 years in prison but to impose significantly stiffer yet unspecified sentences on two...

LAPD officer who died was beaten in training, mother claims

Jun. 25, 2022 15:28 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles police officer who died of neck injuries suffered during training had been beaten by fellow officers in an exercise meant to “simulate a mob,” according to a wrongful-death claim filed against the city by his mother. Houston Tipping, 32, was...

Lawsuits challenge Oklahoma anti-protest law; riot charges

Jun. 24, 2022 14:01 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Six Oklahomans have filed two federal lawsuits that challenge a state law intended to crack down on protesters and that allege their civil rights were violated when they were arrested in Oklahoma City in 2020. The anti-protest law is unconstitutionally broad...

Lawsuit filed over deputy's fatal shooting of Arkansas teen

Jun. 23, 2022 20:00 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The family of an unarmed Arkansas teenager fatally shot by a sheriff's deputy during a traffic stop filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against the deputy and a county sheriff over the teen's death. The family of Hunter Brittain filed the lawsuit against...

Oregon man shot with stun gun while in creek sues police

Jun. 23, 2022 13:37 PM EDT

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — A federal civil rights lawsuit alleges two southern Oregon police officers used excessive force against a man who fled from a vehicle stop and was shot with a Taser while standing in a creek. The lawsuit says two Eagle Point officers fired their stun guns at...

Supreme Court rules out suing police for Miranda violations

Jun. 23, 2022 11:17 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that law enforcement officers can’t be sued when they violate the rights of criminal suspects by failing to provide the familiar Miranda warning before questioning them. The justices ruled 6-3 in favor of a sheriff's deputy...