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‘How Could Anyone Evil Paint Something so Beautiful?’

‘How Could Anyone Evil Paint Something so Beautiful?’

WAYNESBURG, Pa. — The boy loved to walk in the woods. He savored the gurgle of the creek as the water tumbled over the rocks, the sweet melody of birdsong, the wind rustling the leaves in the trees that soared high overhead. It seems a faraway place to him now — now that he has grown into a man, a
Victims of Chicago Police Torture Offered CompensationCHICAGO (AP) — Victims of police torture under former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge would share $5.5 million, receive an apology and see their story taught in school under a reparations package proposed Tuesday that city leaders hope will help close one of the most shameful chapters in Chicago’s history. More than 100 people who [...]
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Seattle Alternative to Jail Works, University Study SaysSEATTLE (AP) — Gailen Lopton was in a downtown alley two weeks ago, having a buddy jab him in the neck with a heroin-filled syringe, when he suddenly found himself in the company of Seattle’s finest. The police officers weren’t looking to lock him up, though. Instead, they offered him a chance to enroll in [...]
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Ferguson Shows Why Courts Need to Be AccountableMAPLEWOOD, Mo. — Earlier this month, officials in Ferguson left their positions at dizzying speed in the wake of a scathing U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) report documenting corrupt court practices. As the city government collapsed like a house of cards, I stood in line at the municipal court in neighboring Maplewood, 15 minutes south [...]
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Chicago Police Target Blacks in ‘Stop-and-Frisk,’ ACLU SaysCHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police officers initiated stop, question and frisk encounters at a much higher rate last summer than their New York City counterparts ever did, and just like with New York’s heavily criticized program, Chicago Blacks and other racial minorities were disproportionately targeted, according to a civil liberties group.  The American Civil Liberties Union [...]
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Police Body Camera Video Access Limited Under State BillsIOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — State legislators around the country are pushing to make it much harder for the public to obtain police officer body camera videos, undermining their promise as a tool people can use to hold law enforcement accountable. Lawmakers in at least 15 states have introduced bills to exempt video recordings of [...]
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Deaf Man Sues Va. Sheriff, Saying No Access to InterpreterWASHINGTON (AP) — He knew he was in jail, but he didn’t know why. Eventually, Abreham Zemedagegehu learned that he’d been accused of stealing an iPad — an iPad whose owner later found it. He spent the next six weeks in jail, unable to communicate with his jailers because he is deaf. He described a [...]
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Birmingham to Be Part of Program to Reduce Racial Bias  WASHINGTON (AP) — Six cities will participate in a federal pilot program aimed at reducing racial bias and improving ties between law enforcement and communities, Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday.  The cities are Fort Worth, Texas; Gary, Indiana; Stockton, California; Birmingham, Alabama; Minneapolis; and Pittsburgh. The announcement of their selection came six months [...]
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Prison Played No Role in U.S. Crime Drop, Researchers Say  Crime has declined, big-time. The violent crime rate in America is about half of what it was at its height in 1991. Property crime is down by 43 percent.  Everyone agrees that when crime goes down, it’s a good thing. But why crime has declined has been the subject of much debate. By reviewing [...]
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Efforts to Reduce Prison Population Receive $75 MillionNEW YORK (AP) — To reduce the number of people locked up in local jails around the U.S., the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced it plans to give $75 million to local jail officials working on ways to remove nonviolent offenders, people too poor to afford bail and the mentally ill from [...]
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