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UN official: Chilean police abused protester's human rights

Dec. 13, 2019 4:02 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A U.N. human rights report released Friday accused Chilean security forces of serious human rights violations against protesters over the past two months, including deaths, torture, sexual abuse and the use of excessive force. The report was released by the U.N. Human Rights Office,...

Critics say Guatemala commission undermining anti-graft push

Dec. 13, 2019 12:21 PM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — One by one, witnesses sat in the elegant wooden chair in Guatemala’s Congress in recent weeks to air their grievances against the U.N.-sponsored anti-graft commission that over the course of 12 years helped bring to justice hundreds of politicians, businesspeople, judges and...

County settles jail lawsuit but also faces new inmate claim

Dec. 13, 2019 11:36 AM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio county facing federal and state investigations and lawsuits over the treatment of inmates at its troubled jail in Cleveland agreed to settle one claim Thursday even as another one was filed. Cuyahoga County agreed to pay Corrionne Lawrence, 25, $140,000 to settle a federal lawsuit...

Attorney: Video of Baltimore officer shows pattern of abuse

Dec. 13, 2019 6:14 AM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — Body camera video belonging to a veteran city police sergeant charged with forcibly arresting someone without justification has revealed a pattern of similar abuses, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced Thursday. The suspended Sgt. Ethan Newberg, 49, has now been...

Bail denied for Maryland officer charged with sexual assault

Dec. 10, 2019 1:58 PM EST

TOWSON, Md. (AP) — A Maryland police officer charged with sexually assaulting at least three women was denied bail. A judge made the decision Monday after prosecutors argued that Baltimore County Officer Anthony Michael Westerman was a risk to public safety, news outlets reported. He was being held at the...

Indicted jail officers faced earlier excessive force claims

Dec. 5, 2019 4:27 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — When a prisoner shattered glass panes in a control center at a Baltimore jail, the staff summoned a paramilitary-style tactical team to help quell the disturbance. Some inmates used pieces of shirts or bedsheets to hide their faces. What happened at the jail on that Friday afternoon in May...

Georgia college pays $145,000 to settle anthem protest case

Dec. 5, 2019 1:41 PM EST

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) — Kennesaw State University's decision to remove its cheerleaders from the field after they protested police brutality during the national anthem has cost Georgia taxpayers $145,000 in a legal settlement. Former KSU cheerleader Tommia Dean settled her lawsuit and will get $93,000 of the...

Judge frees jail officers charged with excessive force

Dec. 5, 2019 9:22 AM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — A judge in Baltimore has agreed to release from custody a group of correctional officers charged with using excessive force on prisoners at state-operated jails in the city. The Baltimore Sun reports that a prosecutor asked Wednesday for some of the 25 indicted officers to be held until...

25 jail officers indicted, accused of using excessive force

Dec. 3, 2019 7:55 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — More than two dozen correctional officers in Baltimore were charged Tuesday with using excessive force on prisoners at state-operated jails in a city plagued by decades of institutional corruption, inside and outside jailhouse walls. The 25 indicted officers are accused of assaulting and...

Man body-slammed by Chicago officer charged with battery

Dec. 1, 2019 6:43 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Bail was set at $5,000 Sunday for a 29-year-old man facing battery and other charges after a Chicago police officer body-slammed him onto a street during his arrest. The charges against Bernard Kersh, including aggravated battery of an officer, stem from him spitting at and threatening the...