PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on Phoenix police pointing guns at a couple during a shoplifting investigation (all times local):
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has cleared the way for prisoners to sue the Corrections Department for alleged civil rights violations.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque has agreed to pay $3.75 million to the family of a man who was left disabled after being shot about seven times by police.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear the appeal of a former South Carolina policeman sentenced to 20 years in federal prison in the shooting death of an unarmed...
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A retired Army officer overseeing a federally mandated reform of Puerto Rico's police department resigned on Tuesday, saying he's lost trust in the...
Mississippi man pleads guilty in 2017 cross-burning
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man has pleaded guilty to a charge involving the burning of a cross near the homes of African American residents.
Wisconsin youth prison probe closes without charges
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal investigation into alleged civil rights violations at Wisconsin's troubled youth prison has ended without charges, prosecutors announced Friday.
Guards from troubled jail plead not guilty to charges
CLEVELAND (AP) — Four guards from a troubled and overcrowded county jail in Cleveland have pleaded not guilty to charges that include civil rights violations.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The ringleader of a group that firebombed the homes of African Americans in order to force them out of a Los Angeles housing project has pleaded guilty to federal...
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A former Mississippi prison guard was sentenced Friday to five years in federal prison after pleading guilty in November to beating an inmate.
Massachusetts man convicted of assault on Muslim woman
BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts man has been convicted of yelling slurs and attacking a Muslim woman who was on her way to prayer services during Ramadan.
Prosecutors say 36-year-old Sean Devlin was convicted by a judge Thursday of charges including assault and battery and civil rights violations. Sentencing is scheduled for Friday.
St. Louis police officer charged with civil rights violation
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis police officer has been charged in federal court with a misdemeanor civil rights violation.
The charge was filed Wednesday against Officer Kenneth Grooms II. Court documents say "while acting under color of law, willfully deprived 'John Doe' of the right, protected and secured by the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution and laws of the United States, to be free from unreasonable seizure." The incident is alleged to have occurred on May 5.
Man who tried to break into mosque pleads guilty
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man who tried to break into a mosque nearly two years ago because he did not like Islam has been sentenced to time served.
SC officer wants rehearing in shooting conviction appeal
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Attorneys for an imprisoned former policeman want a federal appellate court to reconsider its ruling upholding his conviction and 20-year sentence for killing an unarmed motorist who was running away from a traffic stop in South Carolina.
South Carolina officer loses appeal over shooting conviction
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — An appellate court has upheld the conviction and 20-year sentence of a white former South Carolina policeman for the shooting death of an unarmed black motorist who was running away from a traffic stop.
Woman whose son died in police shooting to sue city
DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — A lawyer for the Connecticut woman injured when police shot and killed her son has filed notice of intent to sue the city of Danbury.
Black Florida teen fights back after SAT cheating accusation
MIAMI (AP) — An African-American teen in Florida is fighting back after being accused of cheating on the SAT.
Kamilah Campbell improved her score by 330 points when she took it again in October. The 18-year-old says she spent hours studying so she could get into Florida State University. But a representative from the standardized test said her score is under review and that she likely had prior knowledge of the test.
Former jailers at youth lockup cleared of all charges
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Two former guards at an Arkansas juvenile facility have been acquitted on charges related to pepper-spraying juvenile detainees.
Prison guards accused of attacking young inmates
MIAMI (AP) — Authorities say two Florida prison guards assaulted and intimidated several young inmates at the facility where they worked.
Court records show Terrance Reynolds was arrested Monday and charged with conspiring to commit civil rights violations and making false statements. Brendan Butler was sentenced to two years in prison earlier this year after pleading guilty to a civil rights charge in Miami federal court.
Ex-police officer charged with providing badge to robbers
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — An ex-police officer in Memphis, Tennessee, has been charged with providing civilians with a badge and other police equipment so that they could pretend to be law enforcement officers and rob drug crews.
The U.S. attorney's office said Monday that former Memphis Police Department officer Sam Blue has been charged with criminal civil rights violations including robbery and kidnapping for crimes that took place from January 2014 through mid-July this year.
Family sues Los Angeles over grocery store shootout death
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Relatives of a woman killed by a Los Angeles police bullet during a shootout with a gunman at a Trader Joe's store have sued the city.
The father and brother of 27-year-old Melyda Corado filed the lawsuit Thursday alleging civil rights violations, wrongful death and battery.
Athletes file lawsuit against police over arrests
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Marshall University football player, a former soccer player and a relative of the soccer player have filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Huntington and five police officers alleging civil rights violations when they were arrested last year.
Exonerated man sues detective over blood spatter evaluation
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A southwestern Missouri man who spent eight years behind bars for his wife's death before being exonerated is suing the detective who helped convict him.
Lisa Jennings' Christmas Day death in 2006 was initially ruled a suicide. She had been shot at her Buffalo home. But an investigation led by Missouri State Highway Patrol detective Dan Nash determined that hand blood spatters were inconsistent with suicide.
West Virginia man accused of threatening governor in letter
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man is accused of threatening Gov. Jim Justice in a letter.
WCHS-TV cited a criminal complaint that says police met with an employee at the Capitol complex on Oct. 17 regarding the letter. The complaint did not detail the letter's contents.
Hate crime considered in Kentucky grocery shooting
JEFFERSONTOWN, Ky. (AP) — The fatal shooting death of two black grocery patrons by a white gunman is being investigated as a possible hate crime, a U.S. official said Friday.
Federal investigators are examining if there were any violations of federal law, "which includes potential civil rights violations such as hate crimes," said U.S. Attorney Russell M. Coleman in Louisville.
Claim filed against LAPD over store shootout death
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Relatives of a woman who was killed by a Los Angeles police bullet during a shootout with a gunman at a Trader Joe's store have filed a claim with the city.
City News Service says the father and brother of 27-year-old Melyda Corado filed the claim Thursday alleging civil rights violations, excessive force and negligence. They could sue if the claim's denied.
City News Service says an LAPD spokesman declined comment.
Former Alabama police officer indicted for unlawful force
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An indictment is accusing a former Tallassee Police officer of civil rights violations and obstruction of justice for allegedly slamming a handcuffed man to the ground and stunning another man in handcuffs who was not resisting.
FBI assessing possible civil rights violations by Mesa cops
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — The FBI has notified Mesa police that they are assessing possible civil rights violations in the alleged use of force by officers during two arrests, including one captured on widely circulated video.
One of the incidents is the beating of an unarmed black man as he stood against an apartment complex's wall on May 23.
Apartment surveillance video shows several police officers repeatedly punching 33-year-old Robert Johnson after he failed to follow their instructions to sit down.
2 women to appeal lawsuit over Houston rape kit backlog
HOUSTON (AP) — Two women will appeal a federal judge's recent dismissal of their class-action lawsuit against Houston and the city's officials over delays in testing rape kits.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice will investigate potential civil rights violations at a New Jersey women's prison where eight employees have been charged with sexually abusing inmates in recent years.
HARTWELL, Ga. (AP) — A former Georgia judge is accused of forcibly kissing and groping several women who sought help with traffic violations.
2 Texas deputies charged for assaulting inmate
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Two deputies have been indicted on accusations of assaulting an inmate while responding to a disturbance at a south central Texas jail.
Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar announced Wednesday that 30-year-old Michael Gomez and 26-year-old Joseph Anthony Hernandez have both been charged with official oppression, assault bodily injury and civil rights violation of a person in custody.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former Department of Homeland Security officer has pleaded guilty in Los Angeles to a federal civil rights violation for kicking a handcuffed detainee in the head.
City News Service reports Jason Michael Rouswell was charged with one count of deprivation of rights under color of law in connection with the 2016 assault outside a Social Security Administration office. The 46-year-old entered his plea in federal court on Monday.
LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — A judge has ruled against a former library assistant who sued a Massachusetts city claiming civil rights violations, discrimination and retaliation.
The Sun reports that Diane Cloutier sued the city of Lowell in 2015 seeking more than $500,000 in damages. She now has to pay more than $2,000 in legal costs.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Federal authorities said Friday they still are reviewing the case of a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black motorist in Cincinnati in 2015.
Citing inmate privacy concerns, Westmoreland County Prison officials this week officially closed the door on online public access to inmate mugshots on its website.
For years, the jail's website has provided public access to intake photographs of inmates and a list of the criminal charges against them. The public and media could access the information via the internet.
Las Cruces settles brutality, civil rights case for $1.4M
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A southern New Mexico city has settled a police brutality case for $1.4 million.
The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that a couple had sued the city, alleging police brutality and civil rights violations.
Feds: 23 civil rights violation cases at Utah schools
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Federal authorities are looking into at least 23 cases of alleged civil rights violations involving Utah elementary and high schools.
No jail for man who beat transgender woman dancing with wife
SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to five years' probation for beating a transgender woman outside a club after she danced with his wife.
Human trafficker sues three local agencies over civil rights violations
A Las Vegas man convicted of human trafficking in Sutter County has filed a federal lawsuit against three local agencies.
Gregory W. Walton II, 31, pleaded no contest to human trafficking in Sutter County Superior Court last year and was sentenced to three years of formal probation. He had spent more than a year in Sutter County Jail for the charge while going through the court process.
Vegas police officer sentenced to prison for excessive force
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A former Las Vegas police officer was sentenced Friday to a year in federal prison for a civil rights violation, after his body camera showed him slamming a woman's head against his patrol vehicle and dragging her to the ground three years ago.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada and several area attorneys active in police abuse cases said they could not immediately recall another Las Vegas police officer being sentenced to prison for similar excessive force.
Protester says trooper assaulted her during demonstration
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A protester says a state trooper bent her arm so badly behind her back as he tried to remove her from a demonstration that the pain lasted for a year after.
Shela Linton filed a civil rights violation complaint Friday against Vermont State Police seeking money and an apology.
Family sues New Mexico police over civil rights violations
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Public Safety is being sued by a Grants family who claims officers used excessive force, disrupting a birthday party, while searching their neighborhood last summer for an escaped prisoner.
Former South Carolina officer to appeal sentence in shooting
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A white former South Carolina policeman who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the shooting death of an unarmed black man is appealing his punishment.
U.S. District Judge David Norton sentenced former North Charleston officer Michael Slager on Dec. 7 after the ex-officer pleaded guilty to a civil rights violation in the 2015 shooting death of Walter Scott, who ran from Slager after a traffic stop.
Official: No civil rights violations in police force case
WAGNER, S.D. (AP) — Federal officials have determined that there weren't civil rights violations after an excessive police force claim from the family of a Yankton Sioux elder who had rushed to a Wagner nursing home to see his dying mother.
Prosecutor: Man indicted in Salvation Army worker’s slaying
CLEVELAND (AP) — A prosecutor says a Cleveland man accused of fatally shooting a Salvation Army worker has been indicted on charges including aggravated murder and authorities are investigating to see whether the slaying and subsequent crimes were racially motivated.
Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County prosecutor Michael O'Malley says William Jones was indicted Monday. Court records don't show an attorney for Jones.
The Latest: 3rd day of ex-officer’s sentencing wraps up
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the federal sentencing of a white former South Carolina officer who pleaded guilty to a federal civil rights violation in the shooting death of an unarmed black motorist (all times local):
Closing arguments have wrapped up in the federal sentencing trial of a former South Carolina police office facing prison time for the shooting of an unarmed motorist.
Walter Scott killing: Expert says struggle over stun gun preceded shooting
Former South Carolina officer Michael Slager fought the unarmed suspect on the ground and warned, "Let go of the Taser before I shoot you," a forensic witness testified Tuesday, attempting to back the ex-cop's claim the man had reached for his stun gun.
St. Louis police under investigation for alleged civil rights violations
The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is under federal investigation for potential civil rights violations in its handling of protests following the not-guilty verdict in the first-degree murder bench trial of former police officer Jason Stockley.