OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A court on Thursday upheld the rape and sexual assault convictions and 263-year prison sentence of a former Oklahoma City police officer whose case has been watched closely by the Black Lives Matter movement and some conservatives. The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals unanimously rejected appeals by Daniel Holtzclaw that included […]

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on allegations that San Francisco Bay Area law enforcement officers had sex with an underage girl (all times local): 9:25 a.m. A district attorney in California has placed an investigator on leave in connection with a widespread sex scandal, saying her agency will not turn a blind eye to […]

The St. Louis police secretly settled dozens of cases. Many of those cases have not been reviewed for possible criminal charges.

The St. Louis police secretly settled dozens of cases. Many of those cases have not been reviewed for possible criminal charges.

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An Ohio man was awarded $22 million after being beaten and locked in a storage closet by two East Cleveland police officers for four days. Arnold Black was arrested in 2012 for allegedly transporting cocaine in his pick-up truck while traveling through East Cleveland. One of the two arresting officers severely beat Black and took him […]

An advisory panel found that Waller County Jail needs a major overhaul including a new facility, better mental health screenings for inmates and a body cam policy for officers.

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HOUSTON (AP) — The Texas state trooper who pulled over Sandra Bland and now faces a perjury charge in the case remains on the payroll even as a federal judge heard arguments Thursday on whether a wrongful death lawsuit should be delayed until he’s tried in criminal court. Brian Encinia deserves a fair criminal trial […]

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NEW YORK (AP) — A friend of an unarmed man who was shot by a rookie New York Police Department officer in a darkened housing project stairwell can be heard wailing in the background on a recording of a 911 call that was played publicly for the first time Monday at the officer’s manslaughter trial. […]

This week, I walked out of the barber shop this week and asked a friend, an African-American professional, to name his top concern of 2015. Without hesitating, he said with conviction, “Police brutality and racial justice.” His response did not come as a surprise. I suspect that other Black men and women feel the same. […]

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The rape convictions that could put a fired Oklahoma City police officer behind bars for life are vindication for some of the women he targeted, and also a reminder of how difficult it is to achieve justice in such cases. Most victims never report sexual assaults, and those who accused ex-officer […]

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former Oklahoma City police officer was convicted Thursday of 18 of the 36 counts he faced, including four counts of first-degree rape, related to accusations that he victimized 13 women on his police beat in a minority, low-income neighborhood. Daniel Holtzclaw, 29, sobbed as the verdict was read aloud. He […]

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CHICAGO (AP) — The number of U.S. police officers charged with murder or manslaughter for on-duty shootings has tripled this year — a sharp increase that at least one expert says could be the result of more video evidence. In the past, the annual average was fewer than five officers charged. In the final weeks […]