Law Enforcement

Minneapolis Parks, Schools Cut Ties With Police Department

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Racial slur uttered after Ahmaud Arbery shooting, defendant said … Las Vegas bans protesters from carrying backpacks … Hawaii warns of scams targeting sex offenders.

Did Curfews Work? Cities Begin to Roll Back Restrictions

Police say curfews helped quell violence as they begin to lift restrictions, but civil liberties advocates say that they are actually used to stop peaceful protests.

'A Parade, Not A Protest': An Interview With Sheriff Who Took Off Riot Gear, Walked with Protesters

Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson won attention for marching in solidarity with protesters in Flint Township, Michigan. He says he knows it will take more efforts to really improve many people's perceptions of law enforcement.

Police Reform Is Popular. Rioting Is Not.

COMMENTARY | Once the fires are out, what is the best way to secure justice?

Why People Loot

On who looters are, what they want, and why some protests are more likely to include them.

Defense Secretary Opposes Deploying Federal Troops in Response to Unrest

His remarks come after President Trump earlier this week raised the possibility of invoking the Insurrection Act to send federal troops to assist with law enforcement in some cities.

Pandemic, Civil Unrest Complicate Voting in the Nation’s Capital

Washington, D.C. is among the jurisdictions that encouraged residents to vote by mail to stay safe amid the coronavirus pandemic, but voters who came out to the polls Tuesday still encountered long lines.

Democratic Governors Tell Trump They Don’t Want Military to Deal With Protests

But the Insurrection Act does give the president authority to deploy troops domestically.

George Floyd Case Renews Calls to Limit Legal Immunity for Police

The U.S. Supreme Court is considering whether or not to take up a series of cases that challenge the legal doctrine of qualified immunity, which has been used to shield officers from civil liability over their actions.

Protests Could Lead to Surge of Coronavirus Cases, Officials Say

Public health officials and lawmakers worried that mass gatherings protesting the death of George Floyd could lead to a future increase of new coronavirus cases.

Protests and Unrest Continue In Cities Across America

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Supreme Court lets state church restrictions stand … Arizona challenges Google location tracking policies … Boston Marathon canceled.

Minneapolis Leaders Condemn Unrest As Governor Calls Up National Guard

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Positive Covid-19 case in Pennsylvania legislature causes stir … New York City mayor eases retailers ability to walk away from leases … Oklahoma governor vetoes medical marijuana delivery bill.

Minneapolis Officers Fired After Man Dies in Police Custody

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | No raises for city workers in D.C. … Shutdown Colorado restaurant sues governor … Illinois moves toward allowing Chicago casino.

Did That Drone Just Tell Us to Stay 6 Feet Apart?

Police have deployed drones to check if residents are complying with social distancing requirements. One department even briefly considered using them to scan crowds for fevers.

Militias Direct Coronavirus Anger at State and Local Governments

Frustrated by the pandemic measures imposed by governors and local leaders, militia leaders have been part of organizing protests and say they are aided by an influx of new members.

State and Federal Prosecutors Target Bogus Cures and Treatment Scams

The coronavirus pandemic has led to an avalanche of products that are misleadingly marketed to make consumers believe they are effective treatments or prevention measures for the virus.

A California County Allows Sexual Assault Victims to Perform Their Own Forensic Exams During the Pandemic

The at-home rape kits are a temporary measure meant to ensure that victims of sexual assault continue to report their experiences in a timely manner, county officials said.

Travelers Ignoring Mandatory Quarantine Orders? One Mayor Thinks You're a 'Covidiot.'

Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami debuted the term after three people disregarded Hawaii's mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for travelers. Two more people have been arrested since.

Stay-At-Home Orders Can Be Dangerous for Victims of Domestic Violence. But Help Is Still Available.

Roughly half of agencies providing help to victims of domestic violence are closed during the coronavirus outbreak, but many have transitioned to virtual or phone services.

States Share Covid-19 Patient Addresses with First Responders

The move to share the home addresses of people who have tested positive for the coronavirus is meant to protect police and emergency workers, but some say the disclosures could give them a false sense of security.