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Alaska court rules against youths in climate change lawsuit

Jan. 28, 2022 19:40 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Supreme Court on Friday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by 16 young Alaskans who claimed long-term effects of climate change will devastate Alaska and interfere with their individual constitutional rights. The lawsuit...

Defense: 3 officers at Floyd killing not trained adequately

Jan. 28, 2022 19:18 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An attorney for one of the three former Minneapolis police officers on trial for allegedly violating George Floyd’s civil rights suggested Friday that the department’s training is inadequate when it comes to intervening when a colleague is using excessive force and that...

Ex-Missouri police chief guilty of violating woman's rights

Jan. 28, 2022 13:43 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former southeastern Missouri police chief has pleaded guilty to violating a woman’s civil rights by forcing her to give her children to their paternal grandmother without a court order to do so. Marc Tragesser, 54, of Sikeston, pleaded guilty to the federal...

Witness: 3 officers at Floyd killing had duty to intervene

Jan. 27, 2022 18:25 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Three officers on trial for allegedly violating George Floyd’s civil rights would have been trained to use the least amount of force necessary and had a duty to intervene against inappropriate force, the commander of the Minneapolis police training division at the time of...

New York AG: No basis for Trump's lawsuit challenging probe

Jan. 26, 2022 22:39 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York’s attorney general wants to put a stop to former President Donald Trump's attempted end-run around a yearslong civil investigation into his business practices, asking a judge Wednesday to dismiss his lawsuit aimed at halting the probe. Attorney General...

Dayton settles for $500K in police killing of Michael Tuck

Jan. 26, 2022 20:49 PM EST

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The city of Dayton says it will pay $500,000 to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the mother of Michael Tuck Sr., who Dayton police shot and killed after he ran from police during a 2019 traffic stop. John Musto, Dayton’s assistant city attorney, said...

WA high court to hear case about transit fare enforcement

Jan. 26, 2022 10:07 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington state Supreme Court will consider whether fare enforcement on public transit represents an unconstitutional incursion into passengers’ right to privacy. Lower courts have rejected the case brought by a man who was asked in 2018 by Snohomish County...

Witness at officers' trial says he believed Floyd would die

Jan. 25, 2022 19:04 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A bystander who feared George Floyd would die under the knee of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin wept on the stand Tuesday at the federal civil rights trial of three other officers, as prosecutors attempted to show that even people without medical training...

EXPLAINER: Federal charges against 3 cops in Floyd killing

Jan. 24, 2022 14:53 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Three former officers who were with Derek Chauvin during the arrest that led to George Floyd's killing are on trial on charges they violated the Black man’s civil rights. In opening statements Monday, a prosecutor accused J. Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao of standing by...

Black man arrested as white felon twice his age suing police

Jan. 21, 2022 20:06 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 25-year-old Black man is suing two police agencies in Nevada after he was misidentified as a white ex-felon nearly twice his age, arrested, and held for six days in jails in two Las Vegas-area jurisdictions. Shane Lee Brown claims civil rights violations, false...