Thousands take to the streets to protest Philando Castile shooting verdict

The officer who fatally shot Castile during a traffic stop last summer was acquitted.Protesters gather outside the state Capitol in St. Paul, Minn., Friday, June 16, 2017, after St. Anthony police Officer Jeronimo Yanez was cleared in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile, a black motorist whose death captured national attention when his girlfriend streamed the grim aftermath on Facebook. CREDIT: … [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...]

In rare victory, Australia will pay $53 million to refugees in abuse case

“Money can’t bring back my four years I spent in hell,” one refugee said.Protestors against asylum seekers being deported, gather for a rally in Sydney, Australia, Feb. 4, 2016. CREDIT: AP Photo/Rob GriffithThousands of people have suffered under Australia’s harsh detention and immigration policies. Now, the country is paying — a lot. In a settlement decision with 1,905 claimants detained on … [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...]

Trump’s lawyer reportedly brags he can get the president to fire government officials

Kasowitz is said to have told Trump “this guy is going to get you.”Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara laughs during the 125th commencement exercises for New York Law School at Lincoln Center, Thursday, May 25, 2017, in New York. CREDIT: AP Photo/Kathy WillensPresident Donald Trump’s personal attorney Marc Kasowitz bragged to friends that he was behind the president’s decision to fire U.S. Attorney … [Read more...]

Louisiana takes major step to reduce its prison population

Hundreds of prisoners could be released early, but staying out of prison will be an uphill battle.Re-entry program participants work in the auto repair training shop inside the Louisiana State Penitentiary. CREDIT: AP Photo/Gerald HerbertLouisiana finally has a shot at losing its title of incarceration capital of the world after the legislature approved a wide-ranging criminal justice reform … [Read more...]

Department of Justice has trouble hiring qualified people after Comey firing

The president’s decision to fire Comey is not helping the Justice Department’s search for US attorneys.President Donald Trump speaks to U.S. military troops at Naval Air Station Sigonella, Saturday, May 27, 2017, in Sigonella, Italy. CREDIT: AP/Evan VucciPresident Donald Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey has set back efforts to hire well-qualified people for key Justice Department … [Read more...]

Tamir Rice’s killer fired from Cleveland police

Timothy Loehmann is off the street, but technically it’s not because he killed a 12-year-old.A protester holds a sign commemorating slain Tamir Rice. CREDIT: AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, FileCleveland Police Officer Timothy Loehmann was fired Tuesday morning by city officials, nearly two years after he shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice outside a recreation center in the city.Loehmann’s partner … [Read more...]

Tough-guy sheriff allied with Trump lost a staring contest, called for backup

Sheriff Clarke’s lawyers say the man shook his head in “a physically threatening manner.”Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke. CREDIT: AP Photo/Susan Walsh)Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke is reportedly under consideration for a top job in President Donald Trump’s Department of Homeland Security.But while Clarke is an appalling choice to moderates and progressives because of his long track … [Read more...]

The Justice Department temporarily shut down a legal services group that opposed the Muslim ban

A judge eventually issued a restraining order to prevent the Justice Department crackdown.CREDIT: AP Photo/Paul Sancya, FileThe Justice Department temporarily shut down a non-profit group in Seattle that provides free pro se, or temporary, legal representation to immigrants for nearly a month on a technicality, the Nation reported.The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP), which offers legal … [Read more...]

Dallas school police tased a 7 year old, and then body slammed a 12 year old the next day

Families say a boy with special needs and a young girl were treated violently by officers at two different schools.CREDIT: ScreenshotDallas Independent School District is under fire after two separate violent incidents in the last week.Yosio Lopez, a 7-year-old student with special needs, was reportedly handcuffed and tasered by police while at school last Tuesday. According to CNN, police … [Read more...]

‘Not Guilty’: Oklahoma cop acquitted in September killing of unarmed motorist

Like most things involving Terence Crutcher’s death, the trial moved fast.Tiffany Crutcher, center, addresses reporters after the police officer who killed her brother Terence last fall was found not guilty of manslaughter. CREDIT: AP Photo/Sue OgrockiAn Oklahoma jury acquitted Tulsa police officer Betty Jo Shelby of manslaughter on Wednesday.Jurors deliberated for nine hours before returning the … [Read more...]

Why Sheriff Clarke will be a disaster in his new job, according to his predecessor

‘Just plain awful’Sheriff David Clarke Jr. CREDIT: AP Photo/Jacquelyn MartinSheriff David Clarke Jr.— a controversial law enforcement official known for his outlandish remarks and fatal detention practices — announced Wednesday that he would be appointed as an Assistant Secretary within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in June.According to various media outlets, former DHS personnel, … [Read more...]

Two big reasons Trump will have a tough time pushing the special counsel around

Things just got real.Russia investigation special counsel Robert Mueller CREDIT: AP Photo/J. Scott ApplewhiteDeputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the senior Justice Department official overseeing the investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, announced on Wednesday that he was appointing former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee the investigation.Mueller’s … [Read more...]

Immigrants faced worms in food and medical neglect at 2 detention centers in Georgia

“Major medical needs take ten to fifteen days to address.”In this April 13, 2009, file photo, an employee waits at the front gate of the Stewart Detention Facility, a Corrections Corporation of America immigration facility in Lumpkin, Ga. CCA. CREDIT: AP Photo/Kate Brumback, FileImmigrant detainees routinely received substandard health care and were given unsanitary food and water that made them … [Read more...]

Cop who killed Walter Scott to plead guilty on civil rights charge, avoid second murder trial

Michael Slager narrowly avoided a guilty verdict in South Carolina his first time out. Now, there won’t be a second.Fired Officer Michael Slager, right, leaving court in December after a judge declared a mistrial. Slager killed unarmed, fleeing Walter Scott near Charleston in 2015. CREDIT: AP Photo/Mic Smith, FileFormer South Carolina police officer Michael Slager will plead guilty Tuesday … [Read more...]

Police story about why they gunned down an unarmed black ninth grader falls apart

Camera footage reveals car was not driving in “an aggressive manner.”CREDIT: TwitterPolice now say the car carrying a black ninth grader was driving away from them when they shot into it, rather than towards them.At a press conference on Monday, Jonathan Haber, the police chief for the Dallas suburb of Balch Springs, Texas, walked back earlier comments made by the police department about the … [Read more...]