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Partial Legal Settlement Over 2018 Killing of Maryland Teen Targets Police Reforms

Family members of Anton Black and the Coalition for Justice for Anton Black announced they have resolved part of their federal court litigation charging police and municipal officials in three Maryland communities with the unconstitutional killing of the Black teenager …

Providence Police Seek to Fire Officer After Video Shows Excess Force

A Rhode Island police department is seeking to fire an officer after video showed him smashing a handcuffed man’s face into the pavement during a fireworks celebration on Fourth of July weekend. The Providence Police Department said Friday that Capt. …

Massachusetts Police Sued Over Wrongful Arrest Deny Racial Profiling Claim

A Massachusetts police department whose officers are accused of wrongfully arresting a Black man while pursuing a white suspect said Friday that an outside investigation found no evidence of racial profiling. The town manager for Arlington, a Boston suburb, and …

Lawsuit Against Massachusetts Police Alleges Wrongful Arrest of Black Man

A suburban Boston police officer who was pursuing a white suspect pinned a 20-year-old Black man to the ground as he was walking home and placed a knee on the man’s neck despite having no evidence that he was involved …

Boston Police Unions Challenge Rules on Use of Force

Two police unions in Boston want to roll back limits on when they can use tear gas, pepper spray and other less-than-lethal crowd control methods, which the City Council implemented last year. The two unions are asking a judge to …

Former Virginia Police Chief Files Lawsuit Against Charlottesville

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.—A former Virginia police chief is suing the city she served as well as several current and former officials over her firing, saying in her $10 million lawsuit that she was terminated because of her race, color and sex. …

Liability of State Police, Casino/Track Owners at Issue in Pennsylvania Murder Case

On November 24, 2018, Alicia E. Shaffer Stalheim, 25, was murdered by her jealous boyfriend, Luis Rodriguez, seven months after Rodriguez learned Stalheim and her children met for ice cream with another man. Stalheim, Rodriquez and the other man, Gerry …

Federal Court Upholds Connecticut Law on Disclosing Police Records

A federal appeals court has upheld part of a 2020 Connecticut police accountability law that allows public disclosure of state trooper personnel files and internal investigations. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York on Thursday rejected a …

Baltimore Settles With Rapper for $300K Over Claims of False Arrest, Police Planting Drugs

A court settlement calls for the city of Baltimore to pay $300,000 to resolve claims that police officers planted drugs on a rapper known as Young Moose. The Baltimore Sun reports that the city’s spending board is poised to approve …

New York City to Pay $7M to Man Wrongfully Convicted in 1996 Killing

New York City has agreed to pay $7 million to a man who spent 23 years behind bars for a murder he didn’t commit, Comptroller Brad Lander said Monday. Grant Williams was exonerated last July in the 1996 shooting of …