Civil rights violations

The Virginia state Capitol building is surrounded by fencing, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 in Richmond, Va., in preparation for Monday's rally by gun rights advocates. Gun-rights groups are asking a judge to block the Virginia governor's ban on firearms at a massive pro-gun rally scheduled for next week. Gov. Ralph Northam on Wednesday, Jan. 15, announced a state of emergency and banned all weapons from the rally at the Capitol. (Dean Hoffmeyer/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)
January 17, 2020 - 4:48 pm
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's highest court on Friday upheld a ban on firearms at an upcoming pro-gun rally in the state's capital, an event that authorities feared could erupt in violence at the hands of armed extremists. The Virginia Supreme Court's decision came a day after gun-rights groups...
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The RWE Niederaussem lignite-fired power station releases steam, behind two renewable energy producing wind turbines in Bergheim, Germany, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Germany plans an entirely coal phase out and to shut down all remaining coal-fired plants by 2038. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
January 15, 2020 - 8:35 am
BERLIN (AP) — Young climate activists in Germany announced Wednesday that they are seeking to join a lawsuit before the country's top court that aims to force the government to do more to combat global warming. The activists are backed by environmental groups such as Greenpeace, who say Germany's...
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This combination photo of undated file photos released by the Mississippi Department of Corrections shows Roosevelt Holliman, left, who was beaten and stabbed at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman on Jan. 2, 2020, and Denorris Howell, who was found dead in his cell on Jan. 3. More than two dozen Mississippi inmates sued the state Tuesday, Jan. 14, saying understaffed prisons are "plagued by violence" and inmates are forced to live in decrepit and dangerous conditions. The federal lawsuit follows an outbreak of violence that killed five inmates and left an undisclosed number of others injured between Dec. 29 and Jan. 3. (Mississippi Department of Corrections via AP)
January 15, 2020 - 7:20 am
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — More than two dozen Mississippi inmates sued the state Tuesday, saying understaffed prisons are “plagued by violence” and inmates are forced to live in decrepit and dangerous conditions. The federal lawsuit follows an outbreak of violence that killed five inmates and left an...
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Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby, center, speaks at a rally outside the Mel Carnahan Courthouse in St. Louis on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, with several other African-American female prosecutors in support of Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner in her efforts to reform the criminal justice system and her suit against the St. Louis police union among others. Gardner has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit accusing the city, the local police union and others of a coordinated and racist conspiracy aimed at forcing her out of office. (Christian Gooden/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)
January 15, 2020 - 6:34 am
ST. LOUIS (AP) — One day after St. Louis’ top prosecutor filed a federal lawsuit alleging a concerted and racist conspiracy to push her out of office, other black female prosecutors from across the U.S. defended Kim Gardner, saying they’ve faced the same resistance in their own communities. Six...
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January 14, 2020 - 12:20 pm
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Two University of Connecticut students arrested for shouting a racial slur outside a campus apartment complex sued the school Tuesday, citing free speech rights as they fight officials' attempts to remove them from school housing. Jarred Karal, of Plainville, and Ryan Mucaj,...
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FILE - In this June 20, 2019, file photo, the Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court is leaving in place the public nudity convictions of three women who removed their bathing suit tops on a New Hampshire beach as part of a campaign advocating for the rights of women to go topless. The justices declined Monday to review a state court decision that found no violation of the women's constitutional rights. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
January 13, 2020 - 7:39 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is leaving in place the public nudity convictions of three women who removed their bathing suit tops on a New Hampshire beach as part of a campaign advocating for the rights of women to go topless. The justices declined on Monday to review a state court decision...
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FILE - This undated Pennsylvania Department of Transportation photo shows Robert Bowers. Federal prosecutors announced in August they would seek the death penalty for Bowers who is charged with killing 11 people inside the tree of Life synagogue. Bowers had offered to plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence. (Pennsylvania Department of Transportation via AP, File)
December 28, 2019 - 4:21 am
Lawyers for the suspect in the synagogue shooting that killed 11 people in Pittsburgh have challenged his potential death sentence as unconstitutional. Lawyers for Robert Bowers argued in court papers filed this week that capital punishment violates the Fifth Amendment’s due process clause and the...
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December 27, 2019 - 11:35 am
FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A federal judge is ordering the government to make changes to its watchlist of more than 1 million people whose inclusion marks them as known or suspected terrorists, but for now he's giving the government latitude to propose the changes as it sees fit. The order issued...
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FILE In this Aug. 26, 2019, file photo, Kevin French react as his father, Russell French, describes the family's ordeal during a news conference in Corona, Calif. The family of a mentally ill man who was shot and killed by an off-duty Los Angeles police officer inside a Costco store sued the officer and the city on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. Prosecutors declined to charge Officer Salvador Sanchez for the June 14 shooting that killed Kenneth French. His parents, Russell and Paola French, were seriously wounded. (Jeff Gritchen/The Orange County Register via AP, File)
December 18, 2019 - 7:40 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The family of a mentally ill man who was shot and killed by an off-duty Los Angeles police officer inside a Costco store sued the officer and the city on Wednesday. Prosecutors declined to charge Officer Salvador Sanchez for the June 14 shooting that killed Kenneth French. His...
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November 04, 2019 - 11:41 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seems ready to say police may pull over a car when they know only that its owner's license is not valid — even if they don't know who's driving. The issue of traffic stops based on information gleaned from motor vehicle records has become more pressing with the...
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