LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Department of Justice has opened an investigation into how Kentucky cares for mentally ill adults in the Louisville area.
The probe will look into potential violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
A civil rights lawsuit was filed Tuesday against Tulsa, Oklahoma, police officers, the city and Mayor G.T. Bynum by a Black woman who alleges she was attacked and arrested while she was having a mental health crisis.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A legal battle aimed at providing adequate services to people with developmental disabilities in New Mexico has come to a close after more than three decades.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — San Jose State University’s former director of sports medicine faces charges of civil rights violations for allegedly sexually assaulting female student athletes while treating them for injuries, the U.S.
GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A former police officer for a Mississippi city has been sentenced to 16 months in prison for stealing money from multiple people during traffic stops, searches and arrests and for making false statements to a federal agent.
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A federal jury has acquitted an Atlantic City police officer of charges stemming from a K-9 attack that resulted in a $3 million settlement.
The panel on Thursday found Sterling Wheaten not guilty of a civil rights violation and falsifying records after deliberating about three hours.
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A federal jury began deliberating Thursday in an excessive force case against an Atlantic City police officer.
Sterling Wheaten was charged with a civil rights violation and falsifying records stemming from an encounter with David Castellani outside a casino in 2013.
ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) — Two Massachusetts high school students have been charged with assaulting a transgender student from a rival school following a boys basketball game last week.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 25-year-old Black man is suing two police agencies in Nevada after he was misidentified as a white ex-felon nearly twice his age, arrested, and held for six days in jails in two Las Vegas-area jurisdictions.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Three former Minneapolis police officers charged with federal civil rights violations in George Floyd's death will go on trial Jan. 20.
The trial date was given Thursday in a docket filing, with proceedings to be held in St.
CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — A former Long Island prosecutor convicted of obstructing justice after a prisoner was beaten has begun serving a five-year federal prison sentence.
Former Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota and a former top aide, Christopher McPartland, surrendered at separate federal prisons Friday, prison officials told Newsday.
A former St. Louis police officer convicted of beating a Black undercover detective during a 2017 racial injustice protest has been sentenced to one year and one day in prison — far more lenient than prosecutors and the victim had hoped for.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former police officer has been found guilty of violating the civil rights of a person under arrest in West Virginia by using excessive force.
Everett Maynard, 44, was convicted by a federal jury in Charleston, the U.S.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Lawyers for a former St. Louis police officer convicted of helping other officers beat a Black undercover detective plan to ask a judge to sentence him to 26 months in prison.
Prosecutors are seeking a 10-year sentence for Dustin Boone, who is scheduled to be sentenced next week for his role in the Sept.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A federal jury on Tuesday convicted a former Minneapolis police officer for confiscating drugs during three separate investigations, which he then kept for his own use.
Ty Jindra, 29, was found guilty of stealing Tramadol, methamphetamine and oxycodone.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man pleaded guilty Wednesday to civil rights violations for setting fires at four churches, prosecutors said.
Alan Douglas Fox, 28, of Nashville, admitted during the plea hearing that he intentionally set the fires because of the churches' religious character, the U.S.
A former Louisiana State Police trooper has been charged with a civil rights violation for pummeling a Black motorist 18 times with a flashlight — the first criminal case to emerge from federal investigations into troopers' beatings of at least three Black men.
ATLANTA (AP) — Emory University has received a $5 million grant to establish a new center at the law school focused on advancing civil rights and social justice.
The money is coming from a charitable foundation funded by Southern Company Gas, the university said Thursday.
MIAMI (AP) — A former Florida prison guard has been sentenced to two years and nine months in prison for conspiring to assault young inmates at a South Florida facility.
Terrance Reynolds, 31, was sentenced Wednesday in Miami federal court, according to court records.
CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — A former Long Island prosecutor was sentenced to 5 years in prison on Tuesday for helping cover up the police beating of a prisoner suspected of stealing sex toys and other items from a police chief’s vehicle.
CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — A former Long Island prosecutor and one of his top aides convicted of helping cover up the beating of a suspect are facing sentencing this week.
Former Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota and Christopher McPartland were convicted in December 2019 on counts of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, witness tampering and civil rights violations.
HULL, Mass. (AP) — The former superintendent of Hull public schools alleges in a lawsuit that he was discriminated against because he is gay and his firing has made it impossible for him to land a new job in education.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A former Kentucky inmate has been awarded $2.2 million in a federal lawsuit that accused a deputy jailer of ordering inmates to beat him because he had dated the deputy's wife.
BOSTON (AP) — A man already charged with stabbing a rabbi outside a Jewish school in Boston now faces additional hate crime offenses, prosecutors said Thursday.
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A former northeastern Pennsylvania police chief has pleaded guilty to a civil rights violation in what authorities said were threats to retaliate against a social media critic by filing unfounded criminal charges.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former St. Louis police officer has been convicted of a civil rights violation for beating a Black undercover officer during protests in 2017, but the jury could not reach a verdict against a second former officer.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers on Monday have voted to formally expand the state Attorney General's powers to include investigating allegations of certain hate crimes and civil rights violations and to initiate legal proceedings.
ATLANTA (AP) — The attorney for a Georgia sheriff charged with federal civil rights violations on Sunday blasted the public release of a review panel’s report urging the governor to suspend the sheriff from office.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is stepping up its enforcement of hate crimes and other bias-related incidents, furthering a promise by Attorney General Merrick Garland to focus on civil rights violations.
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's governor on Wednesday suspended a sheriff accused of violating the civil rights of several people in his custody by ordering them unnecessarily strapped into restraint chairs and left there for hours.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Three former Minneapolis police officers who are charged with violating George Floyd’ s civil rights are scheduled to be arraigned in federal court in July, with a trial date to be determined.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is sending a strong message about its priorities these days.
In just over the past two weeks, it has opened investigations of police in Louisville, Kentucky, and ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta-area sheriff who's no stranger to controversy is accused of violating the civil rights of several people in his agency's custody by ordering that they be unnecessarily strapped into a restraint chair and left there for hours, according to a federal indictment...
ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta-area sheriff who's no stranger to controversy is accused of violating the civil rights of several people in his agency's custody by ordering that they be unnecessarily strapped into a restraint chair and left there for hours, according to a federal indictment...
HOLBROOK, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has been charged with hate crimes after authorities say he drove his pickup truck toward a group of Black children while yelling a racial slur...
HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (AP) — Federal prosecutors are seeing lengthy prison terms for a former Long Island prosecutor and one of his top aides convicted of helping to cover up the beating of a suspect...
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — The sentencing of a former New Jersey police chief, who was convicted of lying to the FBI and is awaiting retrial on hate crime assault and civil rights violation charges, was postponed...
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A state prison guard on Tuesday pleaded guilty to federal felony charges related to the 2018 beating death of an inmate at Western Illinois Correctional Center...
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Attorneys for the five children of Daniel Prude, a Black man who died after being restrained by police during a mental health episode, announced a federal lawsuit Monday against the city of Rochester and at least six police officers, alleging wrongful death and civil rights violations...
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Policing reforms are making for strange bedfellows in New Mexico as the co-founders of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and the conservative-backed nonprofit group Americans for Prosperity lobby for a bill to eliminate police immunity from lawsuits on civil rights violations...
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John E. Finn, Wesleyan University
LOS ANGLES (AP) — The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is under investigation for potential civil rights violations as state officials determine whether deputies have engaged in a pattern or practice of unconstitutional policing, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Friday...
HONOLULU (AP) — A former Honolulu police officer was sentenced to three years of probation Wednesday for failing to report a fellow officer who forced a homeless man to lick a public urinal...
NORWAY, Maine (AP) — Maine's attorney general has filed a complaint under the Maine Civil Rights Act against an Oxford County man who is charged with threatening a Black woman in the town of Norway...
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Public Safety will hand over records to a federal grand jury investigating a trooper's misconduct after unsuccessfully fighting a subpoena for months, a state spokesman said Friday...
PHOENIX (AP) — The family of an unarmed man shot and killed by an Arizona state trooper the same day George Floyd died said Friday they want a federal investigation...
NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) — A federal court ruled the amount of money paid to the family of a 22-year-old Louisiana man who died in a sheriff's patrol car must be made public...
MIAMI (AP) — A former Florida prison guard has been convicted of conspiring to assault young inmates at a South Florida facility...
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner on Monday filed what she called an unprecedented federal civil rights lawsuit, accusing the city, the local police union and others of a coordinated and racist conspiracy aimed at forcing her out of office...
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Prisoner advocates are calling on the federal government to investigate Mississippi’s prison system for possible civil rights violations, saying the violence of recent days highlights deliberate violations of inmates’ constitutional right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment...