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Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Abbott Order on Transportation Stops
In The States
Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Abbott Order on Transportation Stops
2021-08-04 20:00:35
by Reece Nations

U.S. District Judge Kathleen Cardone issued a temporary restraining order on Tuesday impeding Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order directing state troopers to detain drivers suspected of transporting migrants due to COVID-19 concerns. Abbott issued the order last week, allowing... Read More

Pentagon IDs Officer Killed in Violence Outside Building
Law Enforcement
Pentagon IDs Officer Killed in Violence Outside Building

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon police force on Wednesday identified the officer who was fatally stabbed at a transit center outside the Pentagon. The Pentagon Force Protection Agency said Officer George Gonzalez was a New York native and Army veteran... Read More

Officer Dead, Suspect Killed After Incident Outside Pentagon
Law Enforcement
Officer Dead, Suspect Killed After Incident Outside Pentagon
2021-08-03 21:08:07
by Dan McCue

A police officer died after being stabbed Tuesday during an incident at a transit station outside the Pentagon. The suspect in the stabbing was shot by law enforcement and died at the scene, officials said. The building was temporarily placed... Read More

House Passes $2.1 Billion Capitol Security Bill
Congress
House Passes $2.1 Billion Capitol Security Bill
2021-07-30 16:01:01
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- The House on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a $2.1 billion emergency spending bill that includes funding for the Capitol Police, a move that solved a potential budget shortfall that could have led to furloughs in August. The bill, H.R.... Read More

Report: Hate Crime Laws Lack Uniformity Across the US
Law Enforcement
Report: Hate Crime Laws Lack Uniformity Across the US

NEW YORK (AP) — More than half a century since they were modernized, hate crime laws in the U.S. are inconsistent and provide incomplete methods for addressing bias-motivated violence, according to a new report by advocates for better protections. The... Read More

Clyburn Predicts August Return to Vote on Reform Legislation
Congress
Clyburn Predicts August Return to Vote on Reform Legislation
2021-07-29 14:39:45
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON -- Reciting Thomas Paine’s The American Crisis from memory, Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., philosophized about fair weather patriots in America today during a discussion with Axios. Claiming that some people only “love the country when everything is going... Read More

'This is How I'm Going to Die': Officers Tell Jan. 6 Stories
Congress
'This is How I'm Going to Die': Officers Tell Jan. 6 Stories

WASHINGTON (AP) — "This is how I'm going to die, defending this entrance," Capitol Police Sergeant Aquilino Gonell recalled thinking, testifying Tuesday at the emotional opening hearing of the congressional panel investigating the violent Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. Gonell told... Read More

Confusion Besets New Police Reform Laws in Washington State
Law Enforcement
Confusion Besets New Police Reform Laws in Washington State

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state is embarking on a massive experiment in police reform and accountability following the racial justice protests that erupted after George Floyd's murder last year, as nearly a dozen laws took effect Sunday. But two months... Read More

Trump Inaugural Committee Head Accused of Being UAE Agent
Law
Trump Inaugural Committee Head Accused of Being UAE Agent

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The chair of former President Donald Trump's 2017 inaugural committee was arrested Tuesday on charges alleging he secretly conspired to influence U.S. policy to benefit the United Arab Emirates, even while he was seeking a position... Read More

New Chief Selected for Capitol Police after Jan. 6 Insurrection
Law Enforcement
New Chief Selected for Capitol Police after Jan. 6 Insurrection

WASHINGTON (AP) — A police official who has run large departments in Maryland and Virginia has been selected as chief of the U.S. Capitol Police in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 insurrection, in which pro-Trump rioters stormed the building... Read More

Trump Organization CFO Surrenders Ahead of Expected Charges
Law
Trump Organization CFO Surrenders Ahead of Expected Charges

The Trump Organization's longtime chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, surrendered to authorities early Thursday ahead of an expected court appearance on the first criminal indictment in a two-year investigation into business practices at Donald Trump's company. Weisselberg was photographed walking... Read More

Congress Told FBI Often Violates Privacy With Poorly Monitored Internet Warrants
Law Enforcement
Congress Told FBI Often Violates Privacy With Poorly Monitored Internet Warrants
2021-06-30 20:36:51
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Free press advocates told Congress Wednesday that the Justice Department is out of control in secretly seeking Internet-based information about its political adversaries. Comments from lawmakers during a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee indicated the FBI and... Read More

Microsoft Exec: Targeting of Americans' Records 'Routine'
Law Enforcement
Microsoft Exec: Targeting of Americans' Records 'Routine'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal law enforcement agencies secretly seek the data of Microsoft customers thousands of times a year, according to congressional testimony being given Wednesday by a senior executive at the technology company. Tom Burt, Microsoft's corporate vice president... Read More

Georgia Gov. Rips DOJ Lawsuit as ‘Politically Motivated Assault’
Political News
Georgia Gov. Rips DOJ Lawsuit as ‘Politically Motivated Assault’
2021-06-27 12:15:26
by Dan McCue

SAVANNAH -- Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp wasted no time on Friday responding to word the Justice Department is suing the state over a newly implemented voting law that critics believe restricts Black voter access to the polls. At a hastily... Read More

Hundreds Jailed in Global Sting Operation
Law Enforcement
Hundreds Jailed in Global Sting Operation
2021-06-22 19:29:13
by Reece Nations

Criminal groups in 16 countries were tracked for years by law enforcement agencies under the guise of a secure smartphone-based messaging application known as “ANOM,” leading to over 800 arrests. ANOM was developed by an individual cooperating with the San... Read More

Judge Tosses Most Claims Over Clearing Protesters in DC Park
Law
Judge Tosses Most Claims Over Clearing Protesters in DC Park

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge dismissed most claims filed by activists and civil liberties groups who accused the Trump administration of violating the civil rights of protesters who were forcefully removed by police before then-President Donald Trump walked to... Read More

Stretch of Mass Shootings Occur Nationwide Over Weekend
Crime
Stretch of Mass Shootings Occur Nationwide Over Weekend
2021-06-14 18:24:33
by Reece Nations

A violent string of mass shootings killed at least 10 people and left another 50 injured in nine separate incidents across six states between Friday and Sunday this past weekend. Mass shootings are typically defined as incidents in which four... Read More

Trump DOJ Seized Data from House Democrats in Leaks Probe
Justice
Trump DOJ Seized Data from House Democrats in Leaks Probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department under former President Donald Trump seized data from the accounts of at least two members of the House Intelligence Committee in 2018 as part of an aggressive crackdown on leaks related to the Russia... Read More

Mexican Drug Kingpin’s Wife Pleads Guilty in D.C. Court
Crime
Mexican Drug Kingpin’s Wife Pleads Guilty in D.C. Court
2021-06-11 14:33:47
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The wife of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 15 after pleading guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., to drug trafficking and money laundering charges. Emma Coronel Aispuro,... Read More

Sting: FBI-run Messaging App Tricks Organized Crime
Law Enforcement
Sting: FBI-run Messaging App Tricks Organized Crime

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Criminal gangs divulged plans for moving drug shipments and carrying out killings on a messaging app secretly run by the FBI, law enforcement agencies said Tuesday, as they unveiled a global sting operation they said... Read More

Justice Dept. Drops Subpoena Seeking USA Today Readers
Media
Justice Dept. Drops Subpoena Seeking USA Today Readers
2021-06-07 19:40:11
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department late Friday withdrew its subpoena ordering media organization USA Today to turn over records identifying readers of a story about a Feb. 2 shootout in Florida that killed two FBI agents and injured three others.... Read More

Congress and States Struggle With Police Immunity Reforms
Law Enforcement
Congress and States Struggle With Police Immunity Reforms
2021-06-03 19:55:58
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A bill to modify the immunity from liability for police officers failed in the Louisiana State Legislature Tuesday over a dispute that mirrors similar action in Congress. The bill would have made officers liable to victims for their... Read More

Judge Set to Rule on Immunity For Police at Lafayette Square
Law Enforcement
Judge Set to Rule on Immunity For Police at Lafayette Square
2021-06-02 12:19:59
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A Washington, D.C. federal judge is expected to rule within days on whether lawsuits can go forward accusing police of violating protesters’ civil rights in the way they cleared Lafayette Square in front of the White House last... Read More

Charges After US Capitol Insurrection Roil Far-Right Groups
Law
Charges After US Capitol Insurrection Roil Far-Right Groups

Indictments. Infighting. Incarceration.  Former President Donald Trump's lies about a stolen 2020 election united right-wing supporters, conspiracy theorists and militants on Jan. 6, but the aftermath of the insurrection is roiling two of the most prominent far-right extremist groups at... Read More

Gottheimer Leads Effort to Have Panic Alarms Installed in all Schools
Law Enforcement
Gottheimer Leads Effort to Have Panic Alarms Installed in all Schools
2021-06-01 20:07:45
by TWN Staff

Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., is leading a bipartisan effort to have silent panic alarms installed in every primary and secondary school across the nation. The vehicle for this is the Alyssa’s Legacy Youth in School Safety Alert Act, named for... Read More

Supreme Court Upholds Tribal Police in Traffic Stop
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Upholds Tribal Police in Traffic Stop
2021-06-01 19:12:50
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that tribal police officers can stop and search non-Native Americans on tribal lands for potential violations of state or federal law. The justices unanimously reversed an appellate ruling in favor of a non-Native... Read More

New Grand Jury Seated for Next Stage of Trump Investigation
Law
New Grand Jury Seated for Next Stage of Trump Investigation

NEW YORK (AP) — New York prosecutors have convened a special grand jury to consider evidence in a criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump's business dealings, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The... Read More

Trump Criminal Investigation Looms Over Manhattan DA Race
Cities
Trump Criminal Investigation Looms Over Manhattan DA Race

NEW YORK (AP) — Eight days after Donald Trump turns 75 next month, New York City voters will cast their last ballots in an election that's sure to have consequences for the former president. It's not another White House run,... Read More

Police Cannot Search Homes in Name of ‘Community Caretaking,’ Supreme Court Rules
Law Enforcement
Police Cannot Search Homes in Name of ‘Community Caretaking,’ Supreme Court Rules
2021-05-19 17:44:43
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday that a longstanding exception to the Fourth Amendment does not permit police to search private homes without a warrant. The “community caretaking” exception originates from the 1973 case Cady v. Dombrowski, in... Read More

Takeaways: Partisan Discord Instead of Jan. 6 Answers
Congress
Takeaways: Partisan Discord Instead of Jan. 6 Answers

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House hearing about what went wrong in the Jan. 6 Capitol siege frequently spiraled into partisan shouting matches on Wednesday, with lawmakers more often blaming each other than thoroughly questioning witnesses about the events of the... Read More

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