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2020-12-04 15:22:25
by Tom Ramstack
Drug Policy Analysts Tell Congress New Strategy Needed Against Cartels

WASHINGTON -- Drug policy analysts told a congressional committee Thursday that the U.S. government has largely failed to stop illegal... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Drug policy analysts told a congressional committee Thursday that the U.S. government has largely failed to stop illegal drug smuggling because of an unfocused strategy against the cartels. Instead, they recommended flexibility that seeks solutions based on local... Read More

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... Read More

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

AUSTIN, Texas — The funeral last month for Jorge Cabrera featured familiar tributes to a fallen officer. Cabrera’s flag-draped coffin... Read More

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

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

PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland officials voted on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in favor of the nation’s first-ever ban on private... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - It wasn't unexpected. Counterfeits and knockoffs are all around us, from sneakers to handbags and even cures for... Read More

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

After nearly 20 years of disappointment and dead ends, authorities charged two men with murder in the cold-case killing of... Read More

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

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

Confidence in two of America’s institutions hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic – health care and public education – has... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - Recent police action against protesters fell under criticism during two congressional hearings Tuesday. Some accusations of wrongdoing were... Read More

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

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

MINNEAPOLIS - A panel of community leaders will lead a discussion on systemic injustices in Minneapolis, Minn., on Wednesday as... Read More

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

Oregon state Rep. Janelle Bynum, who is Black, tries to seem nonthreatening when she goes door to door to talk... Read More

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

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

The city of Berkeley in Northern California will become the first U.S. city to remove police from traffic stops in... Read More

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

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

A political protester and an Australian television reporter led criticisms during a congressional hearing Monday against U.S. Park Police who... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - The New Democrat Coalition on Tuesday endorsed the Justice in Policing Act, bicameral legislation that seeks to better... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - Thousands of people called on the D.C. Council to defund the Metropolitan Police Department on Monday during a... Read More

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

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

New York’s Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed what he called the "most aggressive" police reform legislative package in the nation... Read More

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

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

African American civil rights leaders spoke out in support Wednesday of a bill pending in Congress that would set national... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - House and Senate Democrats proposed a sweeping overhaul of police oversight and procedures Monday, the first legislative response... Read More

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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