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DOJ: More police departments declining to report hate crimes

A rising number of law enforcement agencies are opting not to share statistics about hate crimes with the FBI — just as hate crimes are skyrocketing, according to U.S. Justice Department numbers. The big picture: The decline in reporting hurts efforts to accurately document violence against Asian Americans, Black Americans, and LGBTQ+ people, advocates and DOJContinue reading “DOJ: More police departments declining to report hate crimes”

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Mass shooting near SXSW activities in downtown Austin, 4 people shot

Police officers arrested a suspect connected to an overnight mass shooting on East 6th Street near SXSW festivities in downtown Austin, according to the Austin Police Department (APD).  Four victims were shot around 2 a.m. and taken to hospitals Sunday with non-life-threatening injuries, Austin-Travis County EMS said. APD had seven times officers than normal in the entertainment district because of SXSWContinue reading “Mass shooting near SXSW activities in downtown Austin, 4 people shot”

Maryland police discussed killing Black Lives Matter protesters in texts, officer’s suit alleges

Maryland-National Capital Park Police Officer Mark Miles filed the federal civil rights lawsuit, which alleges discrimination, harassment and retaliation. Maryland police officers discussed killing Black Lives Matter protesters in text messages, a Black police officer alleges in a civil rights lawsuit. The federal suit, which was filed Monday in Maryland, also accuses the officer’s whiteContinue reading “Maryland police discussed killing Black Lives Matter protesters in texts, officer’s suit alleges”

Ottawa police confirms it’s investigating officers for allegedly supporting ‘Freedom Convoy’

Investigations began during illegal protest’s ‘early days,’ interim chief says The Ottawa Police Service has confirmed it’s been investigating a small number of officers who may have supported the so-called Freedom Convoy since the early days of the illegal occupation in the downtown core. Interim Chief Steve Bell told CBC Radio’s Ottawa Morning Thursday the force isContinue reading “Ottawa police confirms it’s investigating officers for allegedly supporting ‘Freedom Convoy’”

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Canada pushes back against Republican-fueled support for COVID-19 protests

Canada’s public safety minister said Monday that U.S. officials should stay out of his country’s domestic affairs, joining other Canadian leaders in pushing back against prominent Republicans who offered support for the protests of COVID-19 mandates that have besieged downtown Ottawa for more than a week. A day after the city declared a state of emergency,Continue reading “Canada pushes back against Republican-fueled support for COVID-19 protests”

Biden Authorizes Capitol Police to Call on National Guard ‘Unilaterally’ in Emergencies

“This legislation will help ensure the Capitol Police Chief has the authority needed to call for reinforcements at the Capitol swiftly during emergencies,” said Sen. Amy Klobuchar The Capitol Police gained new powers when Biden on Wednesday signed into law a bill authorizing the police chief to “unilaterally” request emergency backup from the National Guard and federal law enforcement,Continue reading “Biden Authorizes Capitol Police to Call on National Guard ‘Unilaterally’ in Emergencies”

Glenn Foster family attorney: ex-Saints player strangled in Alabama cops’ custody, autopsy suggests

The initial findings of an independent autopsy performed on former New Orleans Saints defensive end Glenn Foster Jr. suggest he was strangled when he died in the custody of Alabama authorities earlier this month. “Glenn Foster’s death, while in the Pickens County sheriff’s custody and care, was not from natural causes, as the independent autopsy suggests there wasContinue reading “Glenn Foster family attorney: ex-Saints player strangled in Alabama cops’ custody, autopsy suggests”

Idaho: Sheriff charged with felony aggravated assault after allegedly threatening youth group with gun

A local sheriff faces serious felony charges for allegedly threatening a youth group with a gun in November. The Idaho Attorney General’s Office charged Bingham County Sheriff Craig Rowland on Tuesday with felony aggravated battery, felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor exhibition of a gun. Referring to the incident on Nov. 9, Rowland told Blackfoot PoliceContinue reading “Idaho: Sheriff charged with felony aggravated assault after allegedly threatening youth group with gun”

Tim Steller’s opinion: Violent incident tests whether Tucson Police Department can police itself

When a man threw her daughter down in a Tucson parking lot, Michelle Aloisi couldn’t help but act. It was Nov. 14, a nice Sunday at noon outside the Culinary Dropout restaurant. Aloisi, who is 62 and a registered nurse, had finished enjoying a brunch with her two adult daughters. Shocked by the sudden turnContinue reading “Tim Steller’s opinion: Violent incident tests whether Tucson Police Department can police itself”