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Column: One last salute to four of our greatest athletes

Aug. 12, 2022 23:28 PM EDT

To call them four of the greatest athletes in the history of women's sports is a bit of a slight. Let's just call them four of the greatest. Period. In what should be a melancholy, reflective time for all sports fans, Serena Williams, Sue Bird, Sylvia...

Mistrial declared for officer charged with manslaughter

Aug. 12, 2022 14:40 PM EDT

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — The trial of a Virginia police officer charged in the fatal shooting of a mentally ill man has ended in a mistrial. Edmund “Ryan” Hoyt, a patrol officer with the Norfolk Police Department, was charged with voluntary manslaughter in the 2020 death of...

Police captain charged with smashing man's head to ground

Aug. 11, 2022 15:56 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A veteran police captain in Rhode Island shown on video smashing a handcuffed man’s face into the pavement over the July 4 weekend was charged with simple assault Thursday. Providence Police Capt. Stephen Gencarella pleaded not guilty during his...

Man exonerated of 4 killings offers free gas in Detroit

Aug. 09, 2022 12:07 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Drivers lined up early Tuesday to get free gas in Detroit from a man who spent eight years in prison before he was cleared of four killings. Davontae Sanford limited the $25,000 offer to women and older men. “The city had my back, so it’s only...

Ex-California policeman charged with on-duty sex assaults

Aug. 05, 2022 21:05 PM EDT

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A former Fresno-area police officer has been charged with sexually assaulting four women while on duty, federal prosecutors said Friday. A federal grand jury indictment unsealed Friday charges J. Deshawn Torrence with depriving the women of their...

Police sued over wrongful arrest deny racial profiling claim

Aug. 05, 2022 18:49 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts police department whose officers are accused of wrongfully arresting a Black man while pursuing a white suspect said Friday that an outside investigation found no evidence of racial profiling. The town manager for Arlington, a Boston suburb, and its...

Suit: Police chasing white suspect wrongly arrest Black man

Aug. 03, 2022 14:36 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A suburban Boston police officer who was pursuing a white suspect pinned a 20-year-old Black man to the ground as he was walking home and placed a knee on the man's neck despite having no evidence that he was involved in any crime, according to a federal civil rights lawsuit filed...

Editorial Roundup: United States

Aug. 03, 2022 13:58 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: July 30 The Washington Post on U.S. accepting Ukrainian immigrants The United States has now met President Biden’s goal, announced in March, to legally admit “up to” 100,000...

Man's 63-month prison term matches longest for Capitol riot

Jul. 26, 2022 14:55 PM EDT

A man who attacked police officers with poles during the riot at the U.S. Capitol was sentenced on Tuesday to more than five years in prison, matching the longest term of imprisonment so far among hundreds of Capitol riot prosecutions. Mark Ponder, a 56-year-old resident of...

Portland cop pleads guilty to protest misconduct, assault

Jul. 25, 2022 20:51 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A now-retired Portland, Oregon, police officer has pleaded guilty to official misconduct and assault related to an incident during a protest against police brutality. Scott Groshong, 52, pleaded guilty on Monday and was sentenced to three years of probation...