EXPLAINER: Rittenhouse plane part of widespread surveillance
The FBI surveillance plane that captured footage of the night Kyle Rittenhouse shot three people during a protest against police brutality in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year was part of a wider government strategy to keep tabs on demonstrations against racial injustice.
Subpoenas target Baltimore's top prosecutor, city councilman
Federal prosecutors have launched a criminal investigation into the finances of Baltimores top prosecutor and her husband, who is city council president. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)BALTIMORE – Federal prosecutors have launched a criminal investigation into the finances of Baltimore's top prosecutor and her husband, who is city council president. Marilyn Mosby has been a high-profile prosecutor who has aligned herself with criminal-justice reformers. Marilyn Mosby said she had no obligation to seek approval because nonprofit groups paid for the travel. Two churches also told the Sun they received subpoenas asking whether Nick Mosby had made contributions to them.
Police groups endorse Biden’s pick for civil rights chief
Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division nominee Kristen Clarke speaks during an event with President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del., Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON – Some of the largest law enforcement groups in the U.S. are throwing their support behind President Joe Biden’s nominee to run the Justice Department’s civil rights division. Other supporters also include the National Association of Police Organizations, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association, the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives and dozens of crime victims. As attorney general in the Obama administration, Eric Holder frequently criticized violent police confrontations and opened a series of civil rights investigations into local law enforcement practices. The civil rights investigations often ended with court-approved consent decrees that mandated reforms.
Maryland police reform would repeal officer job protections
Jones hopes the time has come to repeal the state’s Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights — police protections in state law she says have shielded authorities from responsibility, including the officers who she believes suffocated her brother. Police union leaders, however, are concerned the changes could erode important law enforcement protections. The Maryland law created procedural protections in disciplinary matters. For example, in 2013, the year of West's death, officers accused in complaints were given a 10-day waiting period before the police department could interview them. But Clyde Boatwright, the president of the Maryland Fraternal Order of Police, is concerned the proposals will go too far.
Yankees make most of schedule change, defeat Orioles 9-3
New York Yankees' Aaron Judge (99) greets DJ LeMahieu, right, after LaMahieu hit a solo home run off Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Asher Wojciechowski during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Yankees make most of schedule change, defeat Orioles 9-3
New York Yankees' Aaron Judge (99) greets DJ LeMahieu, right, after LaMahieu hit a solo home run off Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Asher Wojciechowski during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)BALTIMORE If the New York Yankees must adjust on the fly to a sudden change in the schedule, there's no team they'd rather face than the Baltimore Orioles. So Major League Baseball thrust the Yankees and Orioles together while the Marlins and Phillies recover. I thought our mindset was really good," New York manager Aaron Boone said of the team's need to change direction without much notice. Orioles: Means was 0-2 with a 12.27 ERA in two starts against the Yankees as a rookie last year.
Wide shift in opinion on police, race rare in US polling
Its rare for public opinion on social issues to change sharply and swiftly. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)WASHINGTON It's rare for public opinion on social issues to change sharply and swiftly. The recent shifts in public opinion stand out when compared with years of survey research conducted following similar slayings of Black people by police. SLOW AND STEADY SOCIAL CHANGEOpinion on social issues often change gradually over an extended period of time. POLITICAL CHANGEMeanwhile, significant shifts in public opinion inevitably follow presidential and midterm elections.
AP-NORC poll: Sweeping change in US views of police violence
More Americans now say police brutality is a serious problem that too often goes undisciplined and unequally targets black Americans. In the latest poll, roughly 3 in 10 said police violence is a moderately serious problem. Most black Americans continue to say police violence is a very serious problem. Smith also feels many white Americans are unaware of the fear or anxiety black Americans experience in those interactions. Nine in 10 black Americans and 7 in 10 white Americans say white people are treated more fairly.
Trump signs order on police reform, doesn't mention racism
Law enforcement officials applaud after President Donald Trump signed an executive order on police reform, in the Rose Garden of the White House, Tuesday, June 16, 2020, in Washington. But he made no mention of the roiling national debate over racism spawned by police killings of black men and women. Reducing crime and raising standards are not opposite goals," he said before signing the order Tuesday, flanked by police officials. Trumps executive order would establish a database that tracks police officers with excessive use-of-force complaints in their records. The White House has said that is a step too far.
A look at Democrats' sweeping proposals to overhaul policing
The law would allow an officer to be charged for acting with reckless disregard for someones life, causing that person's death. The bill would amend federal misconduct statutes to make it easier for courts to find officers personally liable for the violation of civil rights. The proposal would give specific subpoena power to federal civil rights prosecutors to conduct those investigations and would aid state attorneys general with conducting similar investigations. As attorney general in the Obama administration, Eric Holder frequently criticized violent police confrontations and opened a series of civil rights investigations into local law enforcement practices. The civil rights investigations often ended with court-approved consent decrees that mandated reforms.
Protests in top 25 virus hot spots ignite fears of contagion
Protests were held in U.S. cities over the death of Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. Many of the protests broke out in places where the virus is still circulating widely in the population. Some have seen major protests over multiple days, including Minneapolis-St. Paul, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. Experts point out that other factors associated with protests could accelerate the spread of the virus. Public health experts said it will take two to three weeks to know whether the protests cause a surge in coronavirus cases.
Protesters invoke different names to decry police treatment
In Tulsa, Oklahoma, people gathered in a spot where white mobs killed hundreds of blacks a century ago and chanted the name of Terence Crutcher. Terence Crutcher was fatally shot in 2016 by a white police officer, Betty Shelby, who was later acquitted of manslaughter. The shooting remains under investigation, and Ramos' mom, Brenda Ramos, questioned why the officer who shot him hasn't been arrested or at least suspended. Now I am in this terrible heartbreaking club," Ramos' mom, Brenda Ramos, told reporters over the weekend. Andrew Cuomo posted a slide with the names of many black men killed or abused by police in cities around the nation.
'I can't breathe' a rally cry anew for police protests in US
Protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody Monday, broke out in Minneapolis for a third straight night. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)WASHINGTON I cant breathe.Eric Garner uttered those words six years ago, locked in a police chokehold. It became a rallying cry after his death for demonstrators across the country who protested the killings of African Americans by police. Floyd's death came after Ahmaud Arbery was shot to death in Georgia by a former district attorney investigator and his son, who were not arrested until after video emerged months later. Davis has gone to some protests, but came this morning with his two adolescent children to show them what was happening.
Baltimore voters face watershed moment with mayoral primary
In this June 7, 2018, photo, Thiru Vignarajah is shown after a candidate's forum for the office of Baltimore State's Attorney, in Baltimore. Although Tuesday's election is a primary, Democrats outnumber Republicans 10-1 in Baltimore, all but assuring them a general election win in November. The other front-runners are City Council President Brandon Scott, former Maryland Attorney General Thiru Vignarajah and former U.S. Treasury Department Undersecretary for Domestic Finance Mary Miller. Bernard C. Jack Young automatically became mayor after Catherine Pugh resigned, given his position at the time as City Council president. Young is seeking reelection, promising voters he will clean up the city, reduce crime and invest in the communitys youth.