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Suspended Georgia sheriff convicted of civil rights abuses
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Suspended Georgia sheriff convicted of civil rights abuses

ATLANTA — A federal jury on Wednesday returned a guilty verdict on six of seven charges against a suspended Georgia sheriff accused of violating the constitutional rights of people in his custody by unnecessarily strapping them into restraint chairs. Prosecutors said Victor Hill, who was suspended as Clayton County sheriff after his indictment last year,...

Ex-Minneapolis cop pleads guilty in George Floyd killing
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Ex-Minneapolis cop pleads guilty in George Floyd killing

MINNEAPOLIS — A former Minneapolis police officer pleaded guilty Monday to aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd just as jury selection was about to begin. Another former officer waived his right to a jury trial, setting up an unusual proceeding in which the judge will issue a verdict after lawyers...

Timeline of events since George Floyd’s arrest and murder
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Timeline of events since George Floyd’s arrest and murder

MINNEAPOLIS — A timeline of key events beginning with George Floyd’s arrest on May 25, 2020, by four police officers in Minneapolis: May 25, 2020 — Officers respond to a call shortly after 8 p.m. about a possible counterfeit $20 bill being used at a corner store and encounter a Black man, later identified as...

Missouri district defends response to slavery petition
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Missouri district defends response to slavery petition

RIVERSIDE, Mo. — A northwest Missouri school district faced a massive disruption after four freshmen students posted a “petition” that suggested restarting slavery, district officials said in a response to a federal lawsuit filed by the students’ parents. One student at Park Hill South High School was expelled and three others were suspended for 180...

Sheriff charged with civil rights violations to stand trial
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Sheriff charged with civil rights violations to stand trial

ATLANTA — An Atlanta-area sheriff stands accused of punishing detainees by having them strapped into a restraint chair for hours even though they posed no threat and obeyed instructions. Now a jury must decide whether he violated the men’s civil rights. A federal grand jury in April 2021 indicted Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill, saying...

Federal judge halts key parts of New York’s new gun law
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Federal judge halts key parts of New York’s new gun law

ALBANY, N.Y. — A federal judge halted key provisions Thursday of New York’s latest attempt to restrict who can carry a handgun in public and where firearms can be brought, saying multiple parts of a law the state passed this year are unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Glenn Suddaby focused on multiple parts of the law,...

Ex-Nevada deputy attorney general indicted on murder charge
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Ex-Nevada deputy attorney general indicted on murder charge

HONOLULU — A Hawaii grand jury on Friday indicted a former deputy Nevada attorney general on charges of second-degree murder in connection with the 50-year-old cold case of a Honolulu woman killed in 1972. Tudor Chirila, 77, is in custody in Reno, Nevada, where he is fighting extradition to Hawaii, saying his rights were violated...

Mother settles lawsuit over Texas arrest captured on video
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Mother settles lawsuit over Texas arrest captured on video

FORT WORTH, Texas — A Texas city has settled a federal civil rights lawsuit filed by a Black mother after she and her daughter were wrestled to the ground and arrested by a white police officer following a dispute with a neighbor. Jacqueline Craig and one of her daughters were wrestled to the ground and...

Ex-cop Lane to be sentenced for aiding in George Floyd death
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Ex-cop Lane to be sentenced for aiding in George Floyd death

MINNEAPOLIS — A former Minneapolis police officer who pleaded guilty to a state charge of aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday. Thomas Lane is already serving a 2 1/2-year federal sentence for violating Floyd’s civil rights. When it comes to the state’s case, prosecutors...

Ex-Kansas police detective charged with preying on women
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Ex-Kansas police detective charged with preying on women

TOPEKA, Kan. — A former Kansas City, Kansas, police detective who has long been accused of sexually preying on Black women during criminal investigations was indicted Thursday on charges that he sexually abused two women, the FBI said. Roger Golubski, 69, was arrested at his home in Edwardsville after a federal grand jury indicted him...