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Pandemic probe: Brazilian governor targeted in police raid

Jun. 30, 2020 1:21 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The governor of Brazil’s Amazonas state was targeted by a police raid on Tuesday over allegations of corruption related to COVID-19 spending. Federal police ordered the preventive detention of eight people and raided more than a dozen addresses of people linked to Gov. Wilson...

Supporters of Staff Inspector Joseph Bologna gather outside the 15th Police District on June 8, 2020. He faces aggravated assault and other charges stemming from a series of viral videos that emerged depicting him beating a Temple University student and other protestors during demonstrations. In big cities like Philadelphia, outrage over episodes of police misconduct are met with promises from political leaders to achieve meaningful reform. The May 25 death of Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police has led to a rare instance of broad political agreement: Something has to change this time. (Alejandro A. Alvarez/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Police union amassed power over decades, now facing changes

Jun. 27, 2020 3:06 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Five years before any Philadelphian had heard of George Floyd, hundreds marched through the city, through snow and heat, chanting the name of another black man who was killed by a police officer: Brandon Tate-Brown. Tate-Brown, 26, had been stopped by two rookie Philadelphia patrol...

FILE - In this June 23, 2020 file photo, A woman holds up a sign saying

US police registry would fail without changes in states

Jun. 26, 2020 8:14 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Without major changes in almost every state, a national police misconduct database like what the White House and Congress have proposed after George Floyd's death would fail to account for thousands of problem officers. Lawmakers nationwide are struggling with how to reform policing...

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2014, file photo, New York City police officer David Afanador leaves state court in New York following his arraignment. Afanador, 39, was arrested Thursday, June 25, 2020, on charges of strangulation and attempted strangulation over an altercation last weekend on the Rockaway Beach boardwalk. The confrontation on the boardwalk came after weeks of protests following the death of George Floyd in Minnesota. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

NYPD officer charged in swift test of state’s chokehold ban

Jun. 25, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Moving swiftly amid a global furor over police misconduct, New York City prosecutors on Thursday filed criminal charges against a police officer caught on video putting a Black man in what they said was a banned chokehold, causing him to appear to lose consciousness. Officer David Afanador...

Ex-officer facing charges for kneeling on Black woman's neck

Jun. 25, 2020 3:34 PM EDT

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida police officer was charged Thursday with battery and misconduct for allegedly kneeling on a Black woman's neck outside a Miami-area strip club months ago. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said in a news release that former Miami Gardens police officer...

FILE - In this May 29, 2020 file photo, Denver Police officers form a line of defense as they square off with participants in a protest over the death of George Floyd, in Denver. Hundreds of officers across the country were fired, sometimes repeatedly, for violating policies but got their jobs back after appealing their cases to an arbitrator who successfully overturned their discipline – a all-too-common practice that experts say stands in the way of real accountability. On Monday, June 22, 2020 James Pasco, executive director of the National Fraternal Order of Police,  said

Police in misconduct cases stay on force through arbitration

Jun. 24, 2020 3:35 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — An Oregon police officer lost his job and then returned to work after fatally shooting an unarmed Black man in the back. A Florida sergeant was let go six times for using excessive force and stealing from suspects, while a Texas lieutenant was terminated five times after being accused of...

Police cars are parked outside the Duke Hotel where Gholamreza Mansouri died after falling from a high floor inside a hotel, in Bucharest, Romania, Friday, June 19, 2020. Gholamreza Mansouri, a former judge from Iran sought by his country to face corruption charges has died after falling from a high floor inside a hotel. Romanian police said only that a man had fallen from a high floor at a hotel in Bucharest, the Romanian capital, and was found dead. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

Iranian ex-judge dies in Romania, falls from hotel window

Jun. 19, 2020 1:36 PM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A former Iranian judge sought by his country to face corruption charges died Friday after a fall in a hotel in Bucharest, the capital of Romania, the head of the Iranian police’s international department said. The confirmation of Gholamreza Mansouri's death came from...

FILE - In this Friday, June 5, 2020 file photo Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara speaks to reporters outside the FOP lodge in Chicago. The Illinois Supreme Court says Chicago can keep all records of complaints about police officers no matter how old they are. The court ruled 6-1 on Thursday, June, 18, 2020, that state law trumps a provision of the police union's contract with the city that calls for records more than five years old to be destroyed. Catanzara was bitterly disappointed in the ruling, saying that preserving reports could hurt and haunt police officers in the city for years to come, whether or not they did anything wrong. (Tyler LaRiviere/Sun Times via AP, File)

Court: Chicago can preserve old records of police complaints

Jun. 18, 2020 4:57 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Chicago can keep all records of complaints against police officers that are more than five years old, delivering a victory for police reform advocates who say the records are crucial to keeping track of officers accused of brutality...

FILE - In this June 7, 2020, file photo, protesters participate in a Black Lives Matter rally on Mount Washington overlooking downtown Pittsburgh, to protest the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. In recent years, there have been dozens of examples of officers who had numerous complaints against them of excessive force, harassment or other misconduct before they were accused of killing someone on duty. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Police disciplinary records are largely kept secret in US

Jun. 12, 2020 4:13 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Officer Derek Chauvin had more than a dozen misconduct complaints against him before he put his knee on George Floyd's neck. Daniel Pantaleo, the New York City officer who seized Eric Garner in a deadly chokehold, had eight. Ryan Pownall, a Philadelphia officer facing murder charges in...

Wendy Long, left, and Sister Mamie, repost signs that were removed form the Lafayette Park parameter fence at the site of protests, Wednesday, June 10, 2020, near the White House in Washington. The protests began over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The Latest: Columbus statue pulled down in St. Paul

Jun. 10, 2020 7:36 PM EDT

TOP OF THE HOUR: — Officer charged in George Floyd's death posts bail. — George Floyd's brother gives emotional testimony on Capitol Hill. — Museums interested in preserving artifacts from protests in nation's capital. ___ ST. PAUL, Minn. — Protesters have pulled down a statute of...