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    THE POLICE watchdog has ordered forces to explain why black and ethnic minorities are subjected to more stop and searches than whites. Police were also urged to consider scrapping stops for possession of drugs because they are said to contribute to the racial disparity. 2Police must explain why black and ethnic minorities are subjected to more stop and searchesCredit: Alamy A report from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) said the disproportionate use of police powers risks losing trust of communities. The watchdog highlighted the death of George Floyd in the US as an example of the potential fall-out when police interaction with ethnic minorities goes wrong. Black people are almost nine times more likely to be stopped and searched than whites, according to latest Home Office data for 2019/20. They are also over 5.5 times more likely to have force used on them by...
    STOWE, V.T. (CBS) — A skier died on Monday afternoon at Stowe Mountain Resort in Vermont. The man hit a tree while skiing, Stowe Police said. The skier was identified as 60-year-old Arthur Powers from Westport, Connecticut. Ski patrol responded and took Powers off the mountain where Stowe EMS took over rescue efforts but he was pronounced dead at the resort. Stowe Police and the Chief Medical Examiner are investigating.
    By ANDREW SELSKY, Associated Press SALEM, Ore. (AP) — As racial injustice protesters swarmed the streets of Portland, Oregon, day after day last year, a voice would come over a police loudspeaker, announcing they had assembled unlawfully and would be arrested or face tear gas and rubber bullets if they didn’t disperse. Law enforcement agencies can respond that way under an arcane Oregon law that critics say allows them to violate people's First Amendment rights to free speech and peaceful assembly. Now, state Rep. Janelle Bynum, a Black Democratic lawmaker, is seeking to repeal the law in this predominantly white state. The push comes after Portland saw more than 100 straight days of sometimes violent protests following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in late May. Other states have dealt with the issue. In 1971, the Virginia Supreme Court invalidated Virginia’s unlawful assembly statute on First Amendment grounds,...
    A NEW law is set to ban illegal traveller camps on private land in Britain. Those who breach the new rules will face a three-month prison sentence, a £2,500 fine, or both. 1A new law is set to ban illegal traveller camps on private land in BritainCredit: Getty Images - Getty The reform, to be announced next week, will enable police to seize vehicles and arrest travellers who refuse to move on at the landowner’s request. As it stands, trespass is a civil offence, forcing landowners to fight lengthy court battles to get intruders off their land. But it is estimated there are some 23,000 traveller caravans in England, with 14 per cent of those parked on unauthorised sites. The new law will come as part of a new criminal justice bill this month, and targets unauthorised camps which ministers say can cause distress to local communities and councils through...
    Brexit leader Nigel Farage warned that lockdowns in the United Kingdom are pushing the country into a full-on police state, predicting that the battle to regain individual liberty will be a tougher struggle than leaving the European Union. Mr Farage said that is unlikely that the British government will relinquish the emergency powers it has accumulated during the coronavirus crisis. “Once the state takes power how on earth do we get those powers back? Do we have enough independently-minded MPs in Westminster to challenge the executive once we’re through this crisis to say those powers need to be returned, those liberties and freedoms need to go back to the people?” “I’m beginning to think that the battle for our individual liberty could be an even bigger battle than the battle to get us out of the European Union,” Farage said. “It is turning neighbour against neighbour, it is turning people...
    HAMMOND, Ind. (CBS) — A Chicago Police sergeant has been relieved of her duties after an incident in the fall where she was arrested on charges of striking an Indiana Gaming Commission officer at the Horseshoe Hammond Casino in Northwest Indiana. Lori Cooper was charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct in the Oct. 30 incident. Lori Cooper (Credit: Hammond Police) A police report obtained by CBS 2 said around 4 a.m. Oct. 30, the casino contacted Hammond police saying two women were in the restroom intoxicated and one of them, Cooper, had battered a casino worker. The casino worker told a Hammond police officer she did not want to seek charges, the police report said. Cooper and the woman who was with her were then ordered to leave the casino, the police report said. They began walking toward the exit after being told multiple times that they had to...
    A Chicago police officer who was off duty when he shot a man in the hand during a Friday confrontation has been stripped of his police powers while the incident is investigated, police said. The officer wasn't working late Friday when he heard gunshots “and approached an occupied parked vehicle” in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood, Chicago police said Saturday in a statement. A confrontation between the officer and the vehicle's occupants followed during which the officer fired his weapon, striking a man in the hand, police said. The wounded man was taken to a hospital and arrested pending further investigation, while the off-duty officer, who was not injured, was taken to an area hospital for observation. Police did not say what prompted Police Superintendent David Brown to make the unusual decision to relieve the officer of his police powers pending an investigation by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability —...
    By CURT ANDERSON, AP Legal Affairs Writer ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man who questioned government authority over individuals living in the U.S. through an online forum was fatally shot, allegedly by a woman who has espoused similar “sovereign citizen” views, police said Tuesday. The Marion County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that Neely Petrie-Blanchard was arrested in Georgia one day after the killing of Christopher Hallett in his Ocala-area home. Witnesses to the shooting said Petrie-Blanchard accused Hallett of working with the government to deny her custody of her children. Hallett, 50, ran an entity called E-Clause LLC that featured a Facebook page filled with documents, graphics and articles about whether governments have authority in many instances over individuals. This viewpoint is frequently summarized as the “sovereign citizen” movement. Petrie-Blanchard, who turns 34 on Thursday, was being held without bail Tuesday in a jail in...
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man who questioned government authority over individuals living in the U.S. through an online forum was fatally shot, allegedly by a woman who has espoused similar “sovereign citizen” views, police said Tuesday. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that Neely Petrie-Blanchard was arrested in Georgia one day after the killing of Christopher Hallett in his Ocala-area home. Witnesses to the shooting said Petrie-Blanchard accused Hallett of working with the government to deny her custody of her children. Hallett, 50, ran an entity called E-Clause LLC that featured a Facebook page filled with documents, graphics and articles about whether governments have authority in many instances over individuals. This viewpoint is frequently summarized as the “sovereign citizen” movement. Petrie-Blanchard, who turns 34 on Thursday, was being held without bail Tuesday in a jail in Lowndes County, Georgia. It was not clear...
    CHICAGO -- The Chicago Police Department has received hundreds of complaints against its officers since late May, when demonstrations broke out in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, according to police officials.Eight officers have been stripped of their police powers since that time due to the complaints, according to police officials. Details of the conduct that led to the actions against the officers were not immediately available. However, officials say some officers working the demonstrations were accused of verbally abusing protesters, denying them access to attorneys, and carrying out improper searches among other allegations.RELATED: Chicago George Floyd protests: Businesses board up after day of rallies turns violent; at least 6 shot, 1 killedEMBED More News Videos In the city's South Loop, wooden boards covered up broken shards of glass outside Burnham Mart. The number of complaints filed against officers was revealed Tuesday by Sydney Roberts, head...
    The United Kingdom is in serious danger of replacing democracy with totalitarianism, one of Britain’s most distinguished legal minds, Lord Sumption has warned. Lord Sumption — author, lawyer, and former Supreme Court Justice — made his devastating critique of government policy at the Cambridge Freshfields Annual Law Lecture, delivered by Zoom. He began: During the Covid-19 pandemic, the British state has exercised coercive powers over its citizens on a scale never previously attempted. It has taken effective legal control, enforced by the police, over the personal lives of the entire population: where they could go, whom they could meet, what they could do even within their own homes. For three months it placed everybody under a form of house arrest, qualified only by their right to do a limited number of things approved by ministers. All of this has been authorised by ministerial decree with minimal Parliamentary involvement. It has...
    ‘COVID cops’ with special spy powers have been hired by councils to snoop on Brits and ensure they are obeying lockdown and the rule of six. The enforcement officers – some on salaries of more than £34,000 - have been given special powers by authorities to conduct operations “covertly or overtly”. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 4The cops wore masks as they dragged the reveller from his night They will be given body-cams and other spying equipment to collect information on rule breakers and will also wear plainclothes on undercover stings, the Metro reports. The new force is expected to be tougher than the marshals – nicknamed ‘covid wombles’ by police officers – who check up on pubs and restaurants and dish out fines if social distancing rules are being broken. This is because they actually have the power to investigate alleged...
    SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) — Voters in San Jose will have their say on whether or not to expand the powers of the Independent Police Auditor when it comes to deadly force and police brutality cases, this November. In cities across America, there is growing concern about officer-involved shootings or cases of excessive force when citizens are seriously hurt. People want to be sure they can trust their police to be accountable and transparent when those cases are investigated. In San Jose voters are being asked to decide on a police reform issue called Measure G. “I like the police. And I think I want to be able to call on them when I need them. But I’d like to see the reform happen, yes,” said Linda Sherry of Los Gatos. “What’s critical about Measure G is the expansion of the police auditor’s responsibility over all police involved shootings...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A Chicago Police officer was caught on video hurling a homophobic slur at a protester during civil unrest in the downtown area on Saturday, May 30. The Civilian Office of Police Accountability recommended that the officer be fired. But as CBS 2’s Jermont Terry reported, the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police said the penalty is too harsh. The video during the May 30 protests and the officer’s actions will not go away. After someone tosses a barricade in his direction, the officer says, “Wait until I turn my back, you f****t!” The officer was later identified as Matthew Drinnan. COPA recommended his termination last week. “No one talks about the fact that he was the victim of an aggravated battery,” said Chicago FOP President John Catanzara. “He was hit in the back with a traffic cone.” The video does show the demonstrator throwing the cone toward the...
    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — In a rare admission of wrongdoing, the Indian military on Friday said its soldiers in Kashmir exceeded their legal powers in the killings of three local men it had described as Pakistani terrorists. Col. Rajesh Kalia, an Indian army spokesman, said police are investigating whether the men were actually involved in militancy. He said the victims have now been identified as residents of Rajouri district whose families had filed a complaint accusing soldiers of killing them in a staged gunbattle. On July 18, the Indian army said its soldiers killed three “unidentified Pakistani terrorists” in the southern Shopian area. About a month later, three Kashmiri families in Rajouri identified the victims as their missing relatives using photographs of the bodies that circulated on social media, and filed a complaint with police. Police ordered an investigation, and the results have not yet been released. “Their...
    Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy announced Thursday that two county police officers have been indicted on charges in separate incidents. She also provided an update about a man who was shot and killed by multiple officers in September 2019. Braveboy announced the two indictments at a press briefing with Tyrone Powers, a use-of-force expert the county had retained to investigate three separate incidents, two of which involved police use of force and another where an officer is accused of misrepresenting himself, resulting in theft. Officer Bryant Strong was indicted on charges in a use-of-force incident in which he seriously injured 24-year-old Demonte Ward-Blake in a traffic stop on October 2019. Ward-Blake’s family lawyer said that his client is paralyzed from the waist down from a broken vertebrate in his neck after Strong slammed him into the ground following a body search. Strong was indicted by a grand jury...
    By Don Thompson, Associated Press SACRAMENTO (AP) — County supervisors could increase their oversight of sheriffs under one of several pending legislative proposals that gained momentum Friday in the wake of national unrest after the death in May of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. California lawmakers will also vote on bills banning the use of carotid restraints and chokeholds by police and limiting their use of rubber bullets and tear gas against peaceful protesters. Other more controversial measures to end the careers of officers with troubled histories, allow independent investigations in shootings by police, and make public more police misconduct records also were set for consideration before the Legislature adjourns for the year on Monday. “We’re in the midst of a global outcry to increase the level of accountability from our peace officers,” Democratic Sen. Holly Mitchell said of the sheriff oversight measure. “This bill will go...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — County supervisors could increase their oversight of sheriffs under one of several pending legislative proposals that gained momentum Friday in the wake of national unrest after the death in May of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. California lawmakers will also vote on bills banning the use of carotid restraints and chokeholds by police and limiting their use of rubber bullets and tear gas against peaceful protesters. Other more controversial measures to end the careers of officers with troubled histories, allow independent investigations in shootings by police, and make public more police misconduct records also were set for consideration before the Legislature adjourns for the year on Monday. “We’re in the midst of a global outcry to increase the level of accountability from our peace officers,” Democratic Sen. Holly Mitchell said of the sheriff oversight measure. “This bill will go a long way to...
    Three police officers in Metro Nashville have had their police powers restricted after forcing open the door of a family's home looking for a suspect who no longer lived there. Interim Police Chief John Drake said Wednesday the officers executed a warrant at the home around 6 a.m. Tuesday in pursuit of a teenager wanted in a property crime investigation, CNN reported. The officers announced themselves before using a battering ram to force the door open, Drake said.  "In all candor, this shouldn't have happened," Drake said. "This mother and her children should not have been subjected to this type of behavior from a police department." The police later learned the teenager had not lived at the address for several months. The three officers were reportedly operating on "stale information," Drake said, adding that body-camera footage from the incident "greatly disturbed" him. According to the footage, a young woman can be heard...
    (CNN)Three Metro Nashville police officers have had their law enforcement powers restricted after they improperly forced open the door of a family's home Tuesday around dawn, Interim Police Chief John Drake said.The officers who've been decommissioned announced themselves, then began using a battering ram as they executed a warrant in search of evidence connected to a teenager wanted in a property crimes investigation, Drake said Wednesday at a news conference. They were not there for a violent criminal or drug raid, he added.Officials later learned the teenager had not lived at that address in several months, he said. No one was injured in the incident."In all candor, this shouldn't have happened," Drake said. "This mother and her children should not have been subjected to this type of behavior from a police department."The case comes as police actions and policies across the United States are under scrutiny following the in-custody death...
    LONDON (Reuters) - New powers allowing British police officers to stop, question and detain people at the borders on suspicion of espionage or foreign interference came into force on Thursday in a response to a 2018 chemical attack blamed on Russian agents. Russia has denied playing any part in the nerve agent poisoning of Sergei Skripal, a former Russian spy, and his daughter Yulia Skripal, in the English cathedral city of Salisbury. Britain has named two Russian military intelligence agents as the prime suspects in the case, which led to the biggest Western expulsions of Russian diplomats and spies since the Cold War. In response, Britain introduced new legislation, the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act 2019, which includes the new powers now coming into effect. Known as Schedule 3 powers, they will allow specially trained police officers to stop, question, and when necessary detain and search individuals travelling through UK...
    By ZEN SOO, Associated Press HONG KONG (AP) — An aide to Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai says Lai was arrested Monday morning under the city’s national security law on suspicion of collusion with foreign powers. “Jimmy Lai is being arrested for collusion with foreign powers at this time,” Mark Simon wrote on Twitter. Hong Kong police said in a statement that seven people had been arrested on suspicion of violating the national security law, but did not reveal the names of those arrested. Lai, who owns popular tabloid Apple Daily, is an outspoken pro-democracy figure in Hong Kong and regularly criticizes China’s authoritarian rule. Simon said that police searched both Lai and his son’s home, as well as other members of media group Next Media, which Lai founded. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – Two new measures are heading for consideration by San Jose voters in November: One would expand the planning commission, increase the police auditor’s authority and change the timeline for redistricting, and the other would increase the city’s card room tax to fund a variety of programs. The San Jose City Council approved both measures at its meeting on Tuesday. Councilmember Sergio Jimenez said he is comfortable with the consolidated version of the first measure because all the changes it proposes would require charter amendments. “I think that the community… is smart enough to sort of pass that out and understand what we’re putting forward,” he said. The first measure would extend the city’s independent police auditor’s powers to include the review of all investigations against police officers, reports of officer-involved shootings and other use-of-force allegations. “This is a logical next step in terms of what...
    San Jose voters in November will be asked to increase taxes on cardrooms, provide the city’s independent police auditor with additional powers and expand the city’s planning commission. After nixing a proposed ‘strong mayor’ ballot measure last week, the San Jose City Council decided to place two measures on the upcoming November 3 ballot. While one of the measures focuses entirely on changes to gambling operations within the city, the other measure combines three separate changes to the city’s charter — expanding the authority of the independent police auditor, increasing the number of members on the city’s planning commission and allowing the council to establish new timelines to conduct redistricting following a census. Card rooms  The city’s cardroom revenue measure would raise taxes on the city’s two card rooms — Bay 101 and Casino Matrix — and increase the number of table games in the city by 30 — or...
    PARIS (Reuters) - France's new prime minister announced plans on Saturday to introduce on-the-spot fines for some drug offences amid mounting concern about over-stretched policing after a series of violent episodes in urban areas. Jean Castex, appointed by President Emmanuel Macron in a government reshuffle earlier this month, announced the measures during a visit to Nice, where heavy gunfire was reported earlier this week, though no one was injured. The new penalties will allow police to "apply a sanction without delay" and help in the struggle against drug dealing, said Castex, who also announced police reinforcements for the Riviera city. The Nice shooting followed clashes in the eastern city of Dijon last month between rival groups and the killing of a bus driver in the southwestern city of Bayonne. Social tension has increased during coronavirus confinement, when some police forces refrained from heavy-handed lockdown enforcement in areas with difficult community...
    The Minnesota legislature kicked off its second special session Monday, and Gov. Tim Walz signed Executive Order 20-78, extending the COVID-19 peacetime emergency through Aug. 12. Walz first declared a peacetime emergency on March 13. “COVID-19 continues to present an unprecedented and rapidly evolving challenge to our state,” Walz said in a statement. “The peacetime emergency has provided us tools to save lives and mitigate the devastating impacts of this pandemic. As cases skyrocket in other states, we can’t let our guard down now.” The latest order extends $50 million of federal funding per month and prior executive orders. The Republican-controlled Senate voted 36-31 Monday to revoke those emergency powers. The DFL-dominated House says it will vote to keep those powers. The Senate also adopted a resolution to adjourn until next Monday to allow the House to work through bills. The chambers will...
            by Scott McClallen  The Minnesota legislature kicked off its second special session Monday, and Gov. Tim Walz signed Executive Order 20-78, extending the COVID-19 peacetime emergency through Aug. 12. Walz first declared a peacetime emergency on March 13. “COVID-19 continues to present an unprecedented and rapidly evolving challenge to our state,” Walz said in a statement. “The peacetime emergency has provided us tools to save lives and mitigate the devastating impacts of this pandemic. As cases skyrocket in other states, we can’t let our guard down now.” The latest order extends $50 million of federal funding per month and prior executive orders. The Republican-controlled Senate voted 36-31 Monday to revoke those emergency powers. The DFL-dominated House says it will vote to keep those powers. The Senate also adopted a resolution to adjourn until next Monday to allow the House to work through bills. The chambers will...
              Gov. Tim Walz said he plans to extend his COVID-19 peacetime emergency declaration for another 30 days when lawmakers return to St. Paul Monday for a special session. The governor announced Friday night that he has convened a special legislative session for July 13, the same day his peacetime emergency declaration is set to expire. According to Minnesota law, the governor must convene both houses of the Legislature if he wishes to extend a peacetime emergency when the Legislature is not in session. Lawmakers were called back to St. Paul in June for an eight-day special session that cost taxpayers an estimated $108,000. Walz said he expects lawmakers to address police reform and other leftover business from the regular session, such as a borrowing package for public infrastructure projects. “I am asking Republicans and Democrats in the Legislature to work together on the...
    CHICAGO (CBS)– The Joliet police sergeant who blew the whistle on the death of Eric Lurry in Joliet police custody was stripped of his police powers and placed on administrative leave Monday. Javier Esqueda, a 27 year veteran, blew the whistle last week exclusively to CBS2 investigator Dave Savini about the death of Lurry in the back of a Joliet squad car in January. Cop who blew whistle on death of #EricLurry is stripped of his badge. “That’s what you get,” says one source for going against the “blue wall of silence” Lurry had nose pinched shut for 98 seconds in cuffs. Police Sgt Javier Esqueda, a 27 year vet fighting for job. @cbschicago pic.twitter.com/E61I1pGqcQ — Dave Savini CBS (@davesavinicbs2) July 7, 2020 Esqueda sounded the alarm about two videos that captured the last moments of Lurry’s life from January. Video, obtained by CBS 2, shows Lurry’s nose held shut...
    Hong Kong (CNN)Schools in Hong Kong have been told that they must remove books and teaching materials that could violate the sweeping national security law that was imposed by Beijing last week, sparking concerns over mounting censorship in the city. The Education Bureau on Monday ordered schools to review all reading materials in the curriculum. The move comes on the same day that police were given expansive new investigative and surveillance powers over the territory and its citizens, including internet and publishing platforms."If any teaching materials have content which is outdated or involves the four crimes under the law, unless they are being used to positively teach pupils about their national security awareness or sense of safeguarding national security, otherwise if they involve other serious crime or socially and morally unacceptable act, they should be removed," the Education Bureau said in a statement."School management and teachers should review all learning...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The ABC7 I-Team has learned that another Chicago police officer has been removed from the street following the arrest incident at Brickyard Mall late last month captured on video that showed officers breaking car windows and throwing women to the ground. This is the third CPD officer to be taken off the street during the ongoing investigation.RELATED: Chicago police officers under investigation in Brickyard Mall incident; women describe being pulled from car and thrown to groundAccording to the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, officers are temporarily relieved of police power only "if there is evidence suggesting egregious behavior."WATCH: Raw video of incident shot by bystander EMBED More News Videos Watch video of the incident captured by a bystander in the parking lot of the Brickyard Mall Sunday. Two other officers were pulled from the street in early June following the Brickyard arrests, but COPA officials say the...
    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s parliament on Thursday approved a contentious government-proposed bill that will grant neighborhood watchmen powers that are almost on par with the country’s police force. The bill passed overnight with backing from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling party and its nationalist ally, despite opposition parties’ concerns that the legislation empowers an under-qualified force and will lead to human rights violations and a further erosion of freedoms. It was approved after days of tense debate that culminated in violence Tuesday, with an opposition legislator saying he was punched by a lawmaker from the nationalist party. The watchmen, known as “bekci,” traditionally guarded neighborhoods and parks and were armed only with batons and whistles. The force was abolished and folded into the police in 2008, but Erdogan’s government revived it following a failed coup attempt in 2016. The bill allows the more than 21,000 neighborhood guards —...
    CHICAGO — The Chicago Police officer who flipped his middle finger at protesters last week has been stripped of police powers, officials confirmed. Police Supt. David Brown relieved the officer of police powers for conduct unbecoming after the officer directed a “vulgar, offensive gesture” at a member of the public while on duty and in uniform, said officer Kellie Bartoli, a police spokesperson. The officer has been reassigned to administrative duties. The incident happened as thousands of protesters marched from Lincoln Park High School to the Chicago Police Training Academy Thursday evening. At about 5:55 p.m., a caravan of protesters in cars attempted to turn on to Armitage Avenue, but a bus carrying police officers turned south on the stretch first. A protester flipped their middle finger at the bus. An officer flipped both of his middle fingers at the protesters in return. A Block Club...
    (CNN)A Chicago police officer who flipped off a crowd of protesters has been sent to desk duty.Chicago Police Superintendent David O. Brown has relieved a Chicago police officer of his police powers after he extended his middle fingers towards protesters last Thursday, according to a Chicago Police Department (CPD) statement issued Tuesday."The officer used a vulgar, offensive gesture directed at a member of the public while on duty and in uniform. The member will be limited to administrative duties at the direction of the Superintendent," it said, describing the officer's conduct as "unbecoming."The incident in Chicago is one of many in the past 2 weeks that saw police officers antagonize otherwise peaceful protesters demanding justice in the death of George Floyd. A few have gone further -- in one week there were at least nine instances of police using excessive force caught on camera. A number of officers have been...
    BELMONT CRAGIN — The Chicago police officers who pulled a woman from her car, dragged her by the hair and knelt on her neck outside a Northwest Side mall on Sunday should be stripped of their police powers and reassigned to desk duty while the investigation continues, the city’s police oversight agency recommended Friday. But Chicago police spokeswoman Sally Bown on Friday said “nothing has changed at this time with the status of the officers” and the investigation is ongoing. The violent attack, first reported by Block Club Chicago, was captured on cellphone video. WARNING: Video contains violent encounter My cousins pulled over for Chicago police at brickyard yesterday at 1 pm and police bust the windows out, pulled one out by her hair. Glass got in her eyes. Police took one of my cousins and took the car. They left her mother and my other cousin – the driver –...
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Hundreds of cities have imposed curfews to keep the peace during a week of violent unrest across the U.S., employing a tactic that gives law enforcement sweeping arrest powers but is frequently flouted and criticized as being unconstitutional. From New York City to Fargo, North Dakota, cities large and small have put curfews in place — in some cases for the first time in decades — sending out emergency notices on phones and highway signs urging people to stay off the streets. But the deadlines aren’t hard and fast — many of them have exceptions for people heading to and from work, reporters, public transportation and even people buying groceries. Many protesters and citizens have routinely disregarded the restrictions, and police have allowed peaceful demonstrations to continue after curfew while focusing their attention on violent unrest. A curfew allows police the ability without any other...
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