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Former Officers Plead Not Guilty to Federal Charges Over George Floyd Death

All four of the men appeared at the hearing remotely via videoconference. Chauvin appeared from a room in the state's maximum security prison, where he is serving a 22 1/2-year sentence for murder in Floyd's death.

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Justice Department Announces Investigation of Phoenix PD

Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams said her department has already engaged in reform efforts and would cooperate with Justice officials.

Chauvin, 3 Other Fired Officers Now Face Federal Charges in Floyd Death

The three-count indictment names Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao. Specifically, Chauvin, Thao and Kueng are charged with violating Floyd’s right to be free from unreasonable seizure and excessive force. All four officers are charged for their failure to provide Floyd with medical care.

CA Attorney General Launches Civil Rights Investigation of LASD

Under the California Constitution and California Civil Code section 52.3, the AG is authorized to conduct civil investigations into whether a law enforcement agency has engaged in a pattern or practice of violating state or federal law.

Feds Will Not Charge Cleveland Officers Involved in 2014 Tamir Rice Shooting

The DOJ announced that career prosecutors reviewing the federal investigation into the fatal shooting of Tamir Rice found insufficient evidence to support federal criminal charges against the Cleveland Police officers involved in the incident.

Trump Pardons Former Officer Who Served 10 Years Over K-9 Bite

Years later a series of articles in the Washington Post alleging police brutality at the Prince George's County PD triggered an FBI investigation into the dog bite incident, Mohr was indicted and tried.

Man Files First Amendment Violation Suit Against Colorado Officers

Sexton was watching officers distribute speeding tickets in the city's downtown area on January 30, 2019, when he began filming and yelling obscenities and insults at officers, including "F*** the police."

FBI Agent Shot Arresting Kentucky Constables

The constables conspired to violate the civil rights of people through bogus searches and by taking their property without proper cause, a federal grand jury charged.

Citizen Video Audits: Know Their Rights...And Yours

There are people who make a living off of filming you and baiting you into taking actions that violate their rights. Knowing the law is your best defense.

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Lawmaker Asks DOJ to Probe Police Use of Facial Recognition Technology

In a letter to acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore — who leads DOJ's Civil Rights Division — Representative Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) said that "if not appropriately implemented, use of the technology may threaten the life and liberty of Americans with crushing force."

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