Chauvin Pleads Guilty to Federal Charge in Floyd’s Death
Civil Rights
Chauvin Pleads Guilty to Federal Charge in Floyd’s Death

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal charge of violating George Floyd’s civil rights, admitting for the first time that he kept his knee on Floyd’s neck — even after he... Read More

Mental Health
Police Reform Law Creates Issues for Officers Responding to Mental Health Calls
2021-09-13 16:01:53
by Alexa Hornbeck

A new law is dissuading some law enforcement officials in Washington from taking mental health calls, according to a memo from the attorney general’s office.  “Recently, certain law enforcement agencies may have expressed concerns that House Bill 1310 limits when... Read More

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

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

Senate Reaches Impasse on Police Bill, Opening Door to Bipartisan Negotiations
2020-06-24 19:15:26
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A policing reform bill proposed by the Senate's lone Black Republican failed to garner enough votes to pass on Wednesday after Senate Democrats said its proposed reforms didn't go far enough in the wake of the deaths of... Read More

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

In The News
Hoyer Says House May Return Early to Consider Policing Reforms
2020-06-02 19:24:34
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House could return to Capitol Hill early to consider legislation to overhaul policing policies in response to the killing of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody and the nationwide protest and violence that has followed. Last... Read More

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