Chicago police chief fired after Laquan McDonald killing announces bid for mayor

If he’s going to get the third term he wants, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) will have to fend off a challenge from the police chief he fired over a scandalous police killing and cover-up that implicated both men’s offices. Former police superintendent Garry McCarthy formally announced his candidacy for mayor on Wednesday night in a video message posted to his website. McCarthy has … [Read more...]

Anti-Trump Inauguration protesters acquitted on all counts

None of the six men and women facing felony charges tied to an anti-Trump Inauguration Day protest committed a crime, jurors decided Thursday. The six defendants had faced seven charges each. The jury returned 42 separate not-guilty verdicts. The charges — conspiracy to riot, engaging in a riot, and five counts of criminal property destruction — came despite the government’s … [Read more...]

Judge: No, wearing all black isn’t ‘inciting a riot’

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A day that began with elation ended discouragingly for six young people who face decades in prison for being present at anti-Trump demonstrations on Inauguration Day. On Wednesday morning, lawyers for the six won Judge Lynn Leibovitz over to their argument that government prosecutors have failed to offer sufficient evidence to support one of the eight separate charges in … [Read more...]

BREAKING: Killer cop Michael Slager sentenced to 20 years in prison for killing Walter Scott

Former South Carolina police officer Michael Slager will spend 20 years in federal prison for killing unarmed motorist Walter Scott and trying to blame the incident on the dead man, a judge ruled Thursday. Slager may receive time-served credit that would leave him to serve about 18 years further. There is no parole in the federal prison system. Prior to issuing his final ruling, Norton said he saw … [Read more...]

This is what happens when James O’Keefe succeeds

WASHINGTON, D.C. — James O’Keefe failed to salvage the reputation of Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore earlier this week, putting the right-wing hack back in the spotlight. That light mostly casts O’Keefe as a fool, an incompetent jester at the margin of King Donald’s court. His hamfisted attempt to “sting” the Washington Post by feeding them salacious, fake accusations against … [Read more...]

Spain’s stalemate nearly ended peacefully, but Madrid wouldn’t accept Catalan surrender

The collision-course political crisis that’s wracked Spain for nearly a month seemed ready to end in detente early Thursday, with reports that Catalonia President Carles Puigdemont would back down on independence and call new elections to replace his government there. But after a tumultuous day of delayed and canceled speeches and tense negotiations with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s … [Read more...]

‘But you’re not black’: Georgia cop assures drunk driver she can reach for her phone safely

Georgia police officials are investigating a Cobb County officer who was caught on video reassuring a spooked white driver that “we only kill black people, right?” during a 2016 traffic stop. Lt. Greg Abbott, a 28-year veteran of the Cobb County force, “was attempting to de-escalate a situation involving an uncooperative passenger,” attorney Lance LoRusso told local news … [Read more...]

Pentagon tried to give $1.2 million in guns and bombs to a fake police department

The military is so eager to put war machines in cops’ hands that it doesn’t bother making sure they’re, you know, actually cops.Police in a U.S. city, or soldiers occupying a foreign one? In Ferguson, MO, in 2014, it was often hard to tell. CREDIT: AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, FileWant some surplus military hardware? Hankering for simulation rifles and pipe bombs that can be easily converted to active … [Read more...]

With long odds in Jason Van Dyke’s murder trial, the cover-up case offers hope

Nothing will fix Chicago’s broken police-citizen relationship overnight, but a new conspiracy case could be an important first step.Special prosecutor Patricia Brown Holmes announces conspiracy charges against three Chicago police officers for their alleged cover-up of the truth about a 2014 on-duty killing. CREDIT: AP Photo/G-Jun YamChicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke is still awaiting trial … [Read more...]

Three Chicago cops indicted in Laquan McDonald cover-up

Indictment leaves room to add defendants to a case that could reach Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office.Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. CREDIT: AP Photo/M. Spencer GreenThree officers who helped cover up the circumstances surrounding the police killing of teenager Laquan McDonald in 2014 will face criminal conspiracy charges, a special prosecutor in Illinois announced Tuesday.McDonald’s killer, Officer Jason … [Read more...]

Minnesota town offers settlement almost as large as its police budget in Philando Castile killing

St. Anthony, MN — population 9,007 — spends roughly that much each year to have its own police force.Valerie Castile, second from left, marches alongside the casket of her son Philando during his funeral last summer. CREDIT: AP Photo/Jim MoneValerie Castile will receive nearly $3 million from the city of St. Anthony, Minnesota, family lawyers announced Monday.The payment preempts a wrongful death … [Read more...]

Second mistrial in Cincinnati leaves officer who killed Sam DuBose free

One week, three non-convictions in police killing trials.Hamilton County, Ohio, prosecutor Joseph Deters announces murder and manslaughter charges against University of Cincinnati police Officer Ray Tensing on July 29, 2015. CREDIT: AP Photo/John MinchilloDeeming the jury’s days-long deadlock hopeless, an Ohio judge declared a mistrial Friday in the case of University of Cincinnati police officer … [Read more...]

D.C. cops used ‘rape as punishment’ after Inauguration Day mass arrests, lawsuit says

Wide array of unconstitutional tactics alleged in suit over chilling round-up that hit peaceful protesters, journalists, and anarchists alike.Cameras, gas, and chaos on Inauguration Day in Washington, D.C. CREDIT: AP Photo/Mark TenallyWhen black-clad marchers began smashing windows in Washington, D.C., on Inauguration Day, the city’s police force — reputedly the best in the country at upholding … [Read more...]

New video reveals police shot Philando Castile in 7 seconds, waited 5 minutes to deliver first aid

The tape reveals a disturbing contrast: alacrity in gunplay, languor in medical attention.Protesters blocking a highway in Minnesota hold pictures of slain Philando Castile. CREDIT: AP Photo/Joe DanbornBarely seven seconds passed from the moment Philando Castile alerted Officer Jeronimo Yanez that he had a gun in the car and the moment when Yanez fired seven shots at Castile, dash camera video … [Read more...]

Oklahoma cop who avoided prison for killing unarmed man now faces wrongful death suit

Terence Crutcher’s family are seeking changes to police policy, not just money.From left: Terence Crutcher’s mother Leanna, father Joey, and sister Tiffany, with attorney Damario Solomon-Simmons following the acquittal of their son’s killer in May. CREDIT: AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, FileAcquitted of manslaughter and back on desk duty, Tulsa, Oklahoma Police Officer Betty Jo Shelby now faces a civil … [Read more...]

Trump finally nominated some U.S. Attorneys — but not for the office that’s investigating him

Replacing Preet Bharara in New York is Trump’s most important pick. He’s still stalling.Fired U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara, who has still not been replaced three months later. CREDIT: AP Photo/Kathy WillensNearly three months after firing every U.S. Attorney appointed by his predecessor, President Donald Trump finally nominated his first batch of replacements … [Read more...]

Sessions asks Congress to let him prosecute medical pot shops, patients

Eliminating medical cannabis would likely push more people toward opioids.Attorney General Jeff Sessions in 2016. CREDIT: AP Photo/J. Scott ApplewhiteWhile recreational marijuana companies remain in precarious territory under federal law, Congress has for years protected medicinal cannabis suppliers and patients from the boots and rifles of federal agents.Attorney General Jeff Sessions is begging … [Read more...]

Newest pot sales numbers show Colorado on track for an even bigger payday in 2017

The green rush won’t last forever. But it looks far from over.State agricultural regulators tour a cannabis growing facility in Colorado in January. CREDIT: AP Photo/Kristen WyattThree years, billions of dollars, and thousands of new jobs into Colorado’s legal marijuana experiment, we’re still nowhere near the economic ceiling of retail cannabis.New monthly revenue figures indicate the state is on … [Read more...]