Law Enforcement

Supreme Court Blocks Injured Officer's Suit Against Leader of Black Lives Matter Rally
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Blocks Injured Officer's Suit Against Leader of Black Lives Matter Rally

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday set aside an appeals court ruling by a panel of conservative judges that held an injured police officer could sue and win damages from the leader of a Black Lives Matter protest rally. The case had raised alarms... Read More

COVID-19 Curbs Community Policing at a Time of Diminishing Trust
In The News
COVID-19 Curbs Community Policing at a Time of Diminishing Trust

AUSTIN, Texas — The funeral last month for Jorge Cabrera featured familiar tributes to a fallen officer. Cabrera’s flag-draped coffin sat at the front of the church, near a large replica of a police badge with black ribbon. The strains... Read More

Portland First to Ban Private Entities From Using Facial Recognition Technology
Cities
Portland First to Ban Private Entities From Using Facial Recognition Technology
2020-09-11 20:30:53
by Kate Michael

PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland officials voted on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in favor of the nation’s first-ever ban on private entities using facial recognition technology in its city public spaces. In a second ordinance approved on the same day, the... Read More

Spike In Phony PPEs at Peak of COVID-19 Crisis Shines Spotlight on Issue of Illicit Trade
Trade
Spike In Phony PPEs at Peak of COVID-19 Crisis Shines Spotlight on Issue of Illicit Trade
2020-09-11 18:03:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - It wasn't unexpected. Counterfeits and knockoffs are all around us, from sneakers to handbags and even cures for the common cold. But a surge in demand for personal protection equipment, not to mention tobacco, alcohol and cleaning products,... Read More

2 Arrested in 2002 Cold-Case Killing of Run-DMC’s Jam Master Jay
Criminal Justice
2 Arrested in 2002 Cold-Case Killing of Run-DMC’s Jam Master Jay

After nearly 20 years of disappointment and dead ends, authorities charged two men with murder in the cold-case killing of hip-hop pioneer Jam Master Jay, who was gunned down in his Queens music studio in 2002 during what prosecutors described... Read More

The LAPD Branded These Two Brothers MS-13 Gang Members. Prosecutors Say They Were Deliberately Framed
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The LAPD Branded These Two Brothers MS-13 Gang Members. Prosecutors Say They Were Deliberately Framed

LOS ANGELES — Early on a Thursday morning in February, two men in suits rapped on the door of the South Los Angeles apartment that Gadseel Quiñonez shares with his little brother. The men were from the Los Angeles Police... Read More

Pandemic Spurs Surging Confidence in Health Care Systems, Diminished Confidence in Law Enforcement
Opinion Polls
Pandemic Spurs Surging Confidence in Health Care Systems, Diminished Confidence in Law Enforcement
2020-08-14 11:54:12
by Sara Wilkerson

Confidence in two of America’s institutions hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic – health care and public education – has risen sharply for Americans since last year, according to a recent Gallup poll measuring America’s confidence in its top institutions. ... Read More

Congress Reviews Police Actions Against Portland and D.C. Protesters
Political News
Congress Reviews Police Actions Against Portland and D.C. Protesters
2020-07-29 14:30:11
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Recent police action against protesters fell under criticism during two congressional hearings Tuesday. Some accusations of wrongdoing were directed at U.S. Attorney General William Barr, who Democratic lawmakers accused of abusing his authority by authorizing excessive force against... Read More

Standing Together: Heal America Tour to Host Community Discussion on Race, Reform in Minneapolis
In The News
Standing Together: Heal America Tour to Host Community Discussion on Race, Reform in Minneapolis
2020-07-28 21:57:19
by Reece Nations

MINNEAPOLIS - A panel of community leaders will lead a discussion on systemic injustices in Minneapolis, Minn., on Wednesday as a part of the “Heal America Tour”, a series of events designed to spark productive dialogues on inequality in America.... Read More

State Lawmakers Crack Down on Racially Motivated 911 Calls
Law
State Lawmakers Crack Down on Racially Motivated 911 Calls

Oregon state Rep. Janelle Bynum, who is Black, tries to seem nonthreatening when she goes door to door to talk to voters. She chooses her clothes carefully. She stops to take notes on her phone at the end of driveways,... Read More

Democrats Seek Probe on Police Actions, Use of Force in Portland
Law Enforcement
Democrats Seek Probe on Police Actions, Use of Force in Portland

WASHINGTON — House Democrats have asked for internal investigations into the use of federal police by Attorney General William Barr and the acting secretary of the Homeland Security Department, Chad Wolf, to crack down on protests in Portland, Oregon, and... Read More

Berkeley Votes To Replace Police With Unarmed City Workers in Traffic Stops
Cities
Berkeley Votes To Replace Police With Unarmed City Workers in Traffic Stops
2020-07-15 15:44:02
by Gaspard Le Dem

The city of Berkeley in Northern California will become the first U.S. city to remove police from traffic stops in an effort to reduce racial profiling and avoid deadly run-ins between law enforcement and Black drivers. On Wednesday morning, the... Read More

Park Police Criticized for Use of Force During Protest Near White House
Law Enforcement
Park Police Criticized for Use of Force During Protest Near White House
2020-06-30 16:38:02
by Tom Ramstack

A political protester and an Australian television reporter led criticisms during a congressional hearing Monday against U.S. Park Police who aggressively cleared Lafayette Square park near the White House June 1. Police forced Black Lives Matter protesters to back away... Read More

House Passes Policing Overhaul Plan As Partisan Impasse Deepens
Congress
House Passes Policing Overhaul Plan As Partisan Impasse Deepens

WASHINGTON — The House passed a sweeping overhaul of policing rules Thursday on a near party-line vote with little expectation it will break a partisan stalemate that’s put any Senate plans to act on hold. The legislation, named the George... Read More

Senate Democrats Say GOP Policing Bill Needs to Start Over From Scratch
Law Enforcement
Senate Democrats Say GOP Policing Bill Needs to Start Over From Scratch

WASHINGTON — The path to any quick passage of a Senate policing overhaul got rockier Tuesday, with Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer signaling Democrats’ willingness to block the measure unless their GOP colleagues start over with bipartisan negotiations. “This... Read More

Republicans Unveil Plan on Police Reform as Democrats Move to Advance Theirs
Law Enforcement
Republicans Unveil Plan on Police Reform as Democrats Move to Advance Theirs

WASHINGTON — Greater disclosure of police use of force and no-knock warrants, and financial incentives for local law enforcement departments to ban chokeholds, are the centerpieces of a Senate GOP policing reform bill announced Wednesday. The Senate bill and a... Read More

New Democrat Coalition Endorses Justice in Policing Act
Congress
New Democrat Coalition Endorses Justice in Policing Act
2020-06-16 15:54:58
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The New Democrat Coalition on Tuesday endorsed the Justice in Policing Act, bicameral legislation that seeks to better hold police accountable, change the culture of law enforcement, and build trust between law enforcement and communities. “Action is long... Read More

Capitol Police, a Department Shrouded in Secrecy
Law Enforcement
Capitol Police, a Department Shrouded in Secrecy

WASHINGTON — Democrats and Republicans in Congress have called for an overhaul of law enforcement practices following the police killing of George Floyd, but those same lawmakers who want accountability and transparency nationwide aren’t taking a stance on whether their... Read More

D.C. Council Hearing Sparks Thousands of Calls to Defund Local Police Department
Cities
D.C. Council Hearing Sparks Thousands of Calls to Defund Local Police Department
2020-06-16 14:33:36
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - Thousands of people called on the D.C. Council to defund the Metropolitan Police Department on Monday during a six-hour virtual hearing that drew an unprecedented response from local activists and community leaders. In an impressive show of unity,... Read More

Congress Tackling Police Reform, But GOP and Democratic Lawmakers Differ on Aims
Congress
Congress Tackling Police Reform, But GOP and Democratic Lawmakers Differ on Aims

WASHINGTON — Against the backdrop of another black man’s death at the hands of a white police officer, this time in Atlanta, Republican allies of President Trump clashed Sunday with Democratic lawmakers over police-reform legislation expected to be a focal... Read More

‘Deconstruct’ But Don’t Defund Police, Democrats’ Clyburn Says
Law Enforcement
‘Deconstruct’ But Don’t Defund Police, Democrats’ Clyburn Says

House Democratic Whip James Clyburn rejected calls within his party to defund police departments, aligning with more moderate proposals as Congress works on a response to nationwide protests against police brutality and racism. “Nobody is going to defund the police,”... Read More

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Signs Package of Police Reform Bills
State News
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Signs Package of Police Reform Bills
2020-06-12 20:45:14
by Dan McCue

New York’s Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed what he called the "most aggressive" police reform legislative package in the nation on Friday, just days after the state legislature moved to make officers more accountable. Among other things, the package of... Read More

Civil Rights Leaders Tell Congress Police Practices Need Reform
Congress
Civil Rights Leaders Tell Congress Police Practices Need Reform
2020-06-10 18:14:32
by Tom Ramstack

African American civil rights leaders spoke out in support Wednesday of a bill pending in Congress that would set national standards for police behavior. It also would ban chokeholds, reduce legal immunity for police misconduct and create a national database... Read More

Senate GOP Policing Plan May Hold Some Compromises for Democrats
Congress
Senate GOP Policing Plan May Hold Some Compromises for Democrats

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans, led by South Carolina’s Tim Scott, are putting together their own policing legislation and say they hope to find common ground with Democrats on issues such as body cameras, data collection on use of force and... Read More

Biden, Trump Take Opposing Stands: One Visits Floyd Family; the Other Meets With Police
Political News
Biden, Trump Take Opposing Stands: One Visits Floyd Family; the Other Meets With Police

WASHINGTON — As Joe Biden stood with the family of George Floyd on Monday in demanding police accountability, President Donald Trump also made clear where he stands, meeting with law enforcement officers and accusing Biden of undermining public safety. Much... Read More

House and Senate Democrats Unveil Wide-Ranging Policing Overhaul, Take Knee at Capitol
Congress
House and Senate Democrats Unveil Wide-Ranging Policing Overhaul, Take Knee at Capitol
2020-06-08 19:54:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House and Senate Democrats proposed a sweeping overhaul of police oversight and procedures Monday, the first legislative response to mass protests that have gripped the nation in the wake of the death of an unarmed black man while... Read More

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