Latest Civil rights violations News

Judge denies 19-year-old's ask to attend father's execution

Nov. 26, 2022 13:09 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal judge has denied a request from a 19-year-old woman to allow her to watch her father’s death by injection, upholding a Missouri law that bars anyone under 21 from witnessing an execution. Kevin Johnson is set to be executed Tuesday for killing Kirkwood,...

Gary man awarded $25.5M in lawsuit against ex-cop, Hammond

Nov. 25, 2022 14:07 PM EST

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A federal jury has awarded a Gary man $25.5 million in his lawsuit alleging that a now-retired police officer violated his civil rights and deprived him of a fair trial in a case involving a 1980 rape and robbery. The jury in U.S. District Court in Hammond...

Ex-Hawaii guard sentenced to 12 years for assaulting inmate

Nov. 18, 2022 20:39 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A former Hawaii prison guard was sentenced to 12 years in prison for assaulting an inmate. Jonathan Taum supervised three other guards while transporting an inmate at the Hawaii Community Correctional Center in 2015. According to U.S. prosecutors, the inmate became...

Former player sues Albany coach Killings, AD, and school

Nov. 17, 2022 23:36 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Albany men’s basketball coach Dwayne Killings, athletic director Mark Benson, and the university are being sued by a former walk-on regarding a pregame incident a year ago that involved physical contact and what happened in the aftermath. The lawsuit, first...

Activist Carol Leigh, who coined term `sex work', dies at 71

Nov. 17, 2022 21:24 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Carol Leigh, a San Francisco activist who is credited with coining the term “sex work" and who sought for decades to improve conditions for prostitutes and others in the adult entertainment business, has died. She was 71. Kate Marquez, the executor of her...

Feds probe Missouri's treatment of severely mentally ill

Nov. 16, 2022 17:40 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Justice Department on Wednesday announced it's investigating whether Missouri has violated civil rights laws by institutionalizing adults with severe mental illnesses. The investigation will review whether Missouri's use of guardianships and...

Business group sues over new corporate ownership database

Nov. 15, 2022 15:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A small business lobbying group filed suit Tuesday to block the Treasury Department's upcoming requirement that tens of millions of small businesses register with the government as part of an effort to prevent the criminal abuse of anonymous shell companies. The...

Family of man fatally shot by police to get $3M settlement

Nov. 10, 2022 19:32 PM EST

VALLEJO, Calif. (AP) — A San Francisco Bay Area city will pay the mother of a 21-year-old man shot and killed by police in 2017 nearly $3 million to settle a wrongful death and federal civil rights lawsuit. The family of Angel Ramos filed the lawsuit against the city of Vallejo as...

Effort to further restrict abortion fails in South Carolina

Nov. 09, 2022 17:01 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — After a dozen meetings and sessions over the summer and fall, South Carolina efforts to pass a stricter abortion law failed Wednesday after senators rejected a House-backed proposal and House members didn't return for another meeting to try and work out a compromise. ...

Former Oklahoma undersheriff faces prison for inmate assault

Nov. 09, 2022 13:07 PM EST

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — A former undersheriff in southeast Oklahoma has pleaded guilty in federal court to a civil rights violation for repeatedly striking a handcuffed inmate in 2017. Federal prosecutors say former LeFlore County Undersheriff Kendall Morgan, 44, pleaded guilty...