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June 29, 2022, 1:17 PM

Ben Crump joins legal team of Black man injured while transported by New Haven police

Civil rights attorney Ben Crump has joined the legal team of Richard Cox, a Black man who was injured while being transported by New Haven police.
June 29, 2022, 1:17 PM
Ben Crump joins legal team of Black man injured while in police custody
June 22, 2022, 12:14 PM

Latino officer files discrimination charge against former police chief

A second Sheffield Lake police officer has filed a charge of discrimination with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission against former police chief Anthony Campo.
June 22, 2022, 12:14 PM
Latino officer files discrimination charge against former police chief
June 10, 2022, 1:16 AM

Michigan police officer charged with murder in killing of Patrick Lyoya

Patrick Lyoya, an immigrant from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, was shot in the head on April 4 after a police officer pulled him over for an unregistered license plate.
June 10, 2022, 1:16 AM
Michigan police officer charged with murder in killing of Patrick Lyoya
June 9, 2022, 9:54 PM

DOJ investigating Louisiana State Police for excessive force, racist policing

State prosecutors last month charged three police troopers who were accused of beating a Black motorist during a 2020 arrest.
June 9, 2022, 9:54 PM
DOJ investigating Louisiana State Police for excessive force, racist policing
June 9, 2022, 8:52 PM

Louisiana State Police under investigation for excessive force or racially discriminatory policing

LSP announced it would launch an external review of itself earlier this year.
June 9, 2022, 8:52 PM
DOJ investigating Louisiana State Police for excessive force, racist policing
2 months ago

Family to sue Kenosha police after accusing officer of kneeling on 12-year-old girl’s neck

The family of a 12-year-old girl is suing police after accusing an off-duty police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin of kneeling on her neck while trying to stop a fight.
2 months ago
Family to sue Kenosha police after accusing officer of kneeling on girl’s neck
2 months ago

Report calls out abuse of social media by Minneapolis police

Among the scathing findings of an investigation launched after the police killing of George Floyd is that the Minneapolis Police Department used covert or fake social media accounts to monitor Black activists and organizations
2 months ago
2 months ago

Civil rights leaders speak at Patrick Lyoya's funeral

A funeral was held Friday for Michigan resident Patrick Lyoya, who was shot by a police officer in early April.
2 months ago
Civil rights leaders speak at Patrick Lyoya's funeral
2 months ago

Viral video of Syracuse police's treatment of young boy draws scrutiny

The boy, who was not injured, allegedly stole a bag of chips.
2 months ago
Viral video of Syracuse police's treatment of young boy draws scrutiny
2 months ago

Amir Locke’s family join growing call to end “no knock” warrants

Amir Locke's parents reiterated their calls to end the controversial police practice that has come under scrutiny by law enforcement and elected officials.
2 months ago
Amir Locke’s family join growing call to end “no knock” warrants
3 months ago

Video: Michigan cop on Black man's back, fatally shot him

Video shows a Michigan police officer struggling with a Black man over a Taser before fatally shooting him in the head while the man was face down on the ground
3 months ago
Michigan city to release video of death by police officer
3 months ago

Controversial policing strategies spread to other cities, report says

Police departments around the country are experimenting on new ways to protect their communities.
3 months ago
Controversial policing strategies spread to other cities, report says
3 months ago

Family seeks answers, changes after veteran killed by deputy

The parents of a military veteran killed by a sheriff’s deputy say they want answers about what happened and changes to how police respond to a mental health crisis
3 months ago
Family seeks answers, changes after veteran killed by deputy
3 months ago

Kenosha officer accused of kneeling on girl's neck resigns from school district

An off-duty police officer in Kenosha resigned from his role in the school district amid an investigation into the tactics he used to restrain a 12 year-old girl.
3 months ago
Cop accused of kneeling on girl resigns from school, citing 'strain' on family
3 months ago

Parents call for charges after off-duty cop puts knee on 12-year-old girl's neck

A video shows an off-duty police officer placing his knee on the girl’s neck while breaking up a cafeteria fight.
3 months ago
Parents call for charges after off-duty cop puts knee on 12-year-old girl's neck
3 months ago

Daughter speaks out on dad's death in police custody after shouting 'I can't breathe'

Edward Bronstein died two months before George Floyd.
3 months ago
Daughter speaks out on dad's death in police custody after shouting 'I can't breathe'
3 months ago

Video: Officer used stun gun on Black driver in traffic stop

Video footage shows a Tennessee police officer fired his stun gun at a food delivery man who began recording his traffic stop, saying he was feeling unsafe
3 months ago
Video: Officer used stun gun on Black driver in traffic stop
4 months ago

Breonna Taylor’s mom urges DOJ to charge officers

Two years after Breonna Taylor was shot and killed by police, her mother met with Department of Justice officials, urging federal charges against the officers.
4 months ago
Breonna Taylor’s mom urges DOJ to charge officers
4 months ago

Minneapolis cop seeks dismissal of charges in fatal pursuit

A former Minneapolis police officer has asked a judge to dismiss charges that he killed a man during a high-speed chase, saying the pursuit was justified
4 months ago
Minneapolis cop seeks dismissal of charges in fatal pursuit
4 months ago

Off-duty police officer accused of kneeling on 12-year-old girl's neck while stopping fight

An off-duty police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin, is accused of kneeling on the neck of a 12-year-old girl while trying to stop a fight that the girl was involved in.
4 months ago
Off-duty police officer accused of kneeling on girl's neck while stopping fight
4 months ago

Report: Minneapolis didn't follow protocols in Floyd unrest

A report on how Minneapolis police, fire and other agencies responded to protests that erupted following the killing of George Floyd paints a picture of miscommunication and a lack of planning
4 months ago
Report: Minneapolis didn't follow protocols in Floyd unrest
4 months ago

Family of Andrew Joseph III calls for end of qualified immunity

Family of slain Black teen Andrew Joseph III calls to end qualified immunity.
4 months ago
Family of Black teen fatally struck by car calls for end of qualified immunity
4 months ago
Jury finds ex-officer not guilty on all counts in shooting during Breonna Taylor raid
4 months ago

Ex-officer cleared in shooting during Breonna Taylor raid

A Kentucky jury has cleared a former police officer who fired shots during the 2020 drug raid that ended with Breonna Taylor’s death
4 months ago
Jurors weigh fate of officer fired after Breonna Taylor raid
4 months ago

Ex-cop pleads guilty in rough arrest of woman with dementia

A former Colorado police officer shown on body camera video roughly arresting a 73-year-old woman with dementia has pleaded guilty to assault in a plea deal objected to by the woman’s family
4 months ago
Ex-cop pleads guilty in rough arrest of woman with dementia
4 months ago

Report: Feds should create guidelines on less-lethal weapons

One of the nation’s leading police research groups is calling on the Justice Department to study how police use less-lethal weapons like tear gas and bean-bag guns
4 months ago
Report: Feds should create guidelines on less-lethal weapons
4 months ago

Black teen handcuffed in viral video of mall fight speaks out on police treatment

Kye Husain, the Black teen who was handcuffed as police broke up a fight at a New Jersey mall, spoke out about police treatment amid an internal investigation.
4 months ago
Black teen handcuffed in viral video speaks out on police treatment
4 months ago

Police open internal investigation after viral video sparks outrage

Sonia Pruitt, founder of the Black Police Experience, discusses the actions taken by New Jersey police after a young Black man received more use of force than another teenager.
4 months ago
Police open internal investigation after viral video sparks outrage
4 months ago

New Jersey police response to mall fight under investigation

A viral video of police responding to a fight between two teens at the Bridgewater Commons Mall has prompted an internal investigation over the officers' apparent treatment of the Black teenager.
4 months ago
New Jersey police response to mall fight under investigation
4 months ago

Cops under fire over video of mall arrest

A viral video of police responding to a fight between two teenagers at a New Jersey mall has prompted an internal probe over the treatment of a Black teen.
4 months ago
Cops under fire over video of mall arrest
4 months ago

Defund the police movement is 'not the position of the Democratic Party': Pelosi

George Stephanopoulos interviews House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on "This Week."
4 months ago
Defund the police movement is 'not the position of the Democratic Party': Pelosi
4 months ago

Prosecutor requests investigation into Purdue cop shown holding down Black student in snow

A video recorded by the student's girlfriend has since gained attention on social media. It depicts the officer putting his forearm over the student's neck.
4 months ago
Prosecutor requests investigation after incident between Purdue cop and student
5 months ago

Lawsuit alleges DC police department keeps 'watchlist' of critics

The lawsuit claims MPD uses the list to delay or deny requests for public information which are protected by DC law.
5 months ago
Lawsuit alleges DC police keep 'watchlist' of critics
5 months ago

Washington police reform bill backfired on people in crisis

Washington lawmakers are racing to fix the flawed police reform law.
5 months ago
6 months ago

Virginia AG sues town, alleging discriminatory policing

Virginia's attorney general says a small town’s police department has operated in a way that led to discrimination against African Americans and violated their constitutional rights
6 months ago
6 months ago

States diverge on police reforms after George Floyd killing

Democratic lawmakers in California, Maryland and Washington passed far-reaching policing reforms this year in response to the 2020 killing of George Floyd in Minnesota
6 months ago
6 months ago

How effective training could impact number of shootings by police

Fmr. NYPD chief of detectives explains importance of police training when it comes to handling weapons, and compares testimony in the Kim Potter trial to the trial of Derek Chauvin.
6 months ago
How effective training could impact number of shootings by police
7 months ago

Chicago expected to pay woman $2.9M over botched police raid

The Chicago City Council is expected to approve a $2.9 million settlement to a woman who was handcuffed while naked by police officers during a botched 2019 raid of her home
7 months ago
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Police reform moves forward amid officer's trial for death of Daunte Wright

In the wake of Daunte Wright's death, police reform efforts began in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.
7 months ago
After Black man's death, police reform moving forward
7 months ago

California police dept. investigated over alleged racist texts, discriminatory conduct

Following allegations of excessive force, racist text messages, and discriminatory misconduct, the Torrance Police Department is being investigated by the California DOJ.
7 months ago
Police dept. investigated over alleged racist texts, discriminatory conduct
7 months ago

Police department investigated over alleged racist texts, discriminatory conduct

An independent review of Torrance Police Department will seek "to identify and correct potential systemic failures in the department’s policies and practices."
7 months ago
Police department investigated over alleged racist texts, discriminatory conduct
7 months ago

Lack of local police participation could cause FBI's use-of-force database to shut down, GAO says

Lack of police participation in the FBI's use-of-force database could cause it to shut down, the General Accountability Office said.
7 months ago
Lack of police cooperation could cause FBI's use-of-force database to shut down: GAO
7 months ago

New era of policing

Cam Jordan and Crescent City Corps give an inside look at the officer training changing police-community relations in New Orleans in a NFL Media and Inspire Change series on NFL Network and NFL.com.
7 months ago
New era of policing
8 months ago

Defund the police candidates stumble in liberal Seattle

Seattle’s downtown business community is celebrating as the moderate candidates it backed take commanding leads in the races for mayor, city attorney and a key council race over liberals who had called to defund the police
8 months ago
8 months ago

What the Minneapolis vote on police reform means for the movement

Minneapolis voters on Tuesday rejected a charter amendment that would have replaced the Minneapolis Police Department with a Department of Public Safety.
8 months ago
What the Minneapolis vote on police reform means for the movement
8 months ago

Proposition to ‘defund the police’ rejected by Minnesota voters

A measure to defund the police and replace it with a new department of public safety in Minneapolis was soundly defeated.
8 months ago
Proposition to ‘defund the police’ rejected by Minnesota voters
8 months ago

AP projects voters in Minneapolis reject replacing police department

On the ballot was a charter amendment that would replace the Minneapolis police department with a department of public safety.
8 months ago
AP projects voters in Minneapolis reject replacing police department
8 months ago

Minneapolis voters reject charter amendment to replace police department, AP projects

Minneapolis voters rejected a charter amendment to replace the Minneapolis Police Department with a Department of Public Safety.
8 months ago
Minneapolis voters reject charter amendment to replace police department
8 months ago

Ballot question asks Minneapolis voters to consider replacing police department

Following the death of George Floyd, Minneapolis voters will consider a ballot proposal on replacing the police department with a department of public safety.
8 months ago
Ballot question asks Minneapolis voters to consider replacing police department
8 months ago

Residents of Minnesota speak out ahead of vote on future of policing

Residents in Minneapolis are deciding on whether or not to replace the police force nearly 18 months since the murder of George Floyd.
8 months ago
Residents of Minnesota speak out ahead of vote on future of policing