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  • Community input sought on Albuquerque police dept.

    The U.S. Justice Department is seeking community input on possible reforms for the Albuquerque Police Department over its use of force.

  • Renetta Torres, left, and her husband Stephen, right, shed tears during the Department of Justice Press Conference on the Albuquerque Police Department practice of use of deadly force, Thursday April 10, 2014. The Torres 's son Christopher was fatally shot in April 2011 by officers servicing a warrant at the family's home. (AP Photo/Albuquerque Journal, Adolphe Pierre-Louis)

    Albuquerque readies for change amid Justice report

    The Albuquerque Police Department needs to stop shooting at vehicles, revamp its internal affairs unit and teach its officers how to better deal with mentally ill suspects, the U.S. Justice Department said in a harsh report released this week.

  • Arkansas police chief arraigned on federal charges

    A northern Arkansas police chief was arraigned on federal charges Tuesday after being accused of using excessive force in the arrest of a Bull Shoals resident and falsifying a report on the incident.

  • The Rev. Al Sharpton speaks during Sunday services at the Bethel Gospel Assembly as the congregation mourns the deaths of two members in Wednesday's explosions in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York, Sunday, March 16, 2014. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the women lost "were examples to all of us" because of the faith and spirit they demonstrated. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

    KNIGHT: Vote fraud as 'payback time'

    Melowese Richardson is the poster girl for vote fraud.

  • Women: J&J trashed records in product injury suits

    Lawyers and advocates for women alleging Johnson & Johnson products injured them urged the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday to investigate their claims the health care giant deliberately destroyed many documents critical to their lawsuits.

  • Albuquereque Mayor Richard Berry talks with the media regarding last week's APD shooting in the foothills in Albuquereque, N.M., Monday, March 24, 2014. In a rare show of displeasure with the troubled Police Department, Berry said it was wrong for the new police chief to say officers were justified in killing a homeless camper in the Sandia foothills. (AP Photo/Albuquerque Journal, Roberto E. Rosales)

    New Albuquerque police shooting probe sought

    Albuquerque police oversight panel members on Tuesday demanded an independent investigation into the fatal police shooting of a homeless man as video footage from the altercation brought further condemnation from across the state.

  • Officers' body cameras raise privacy concerns

    Officers at thousands of law enforcement agencies are wearing tiny cameras to record their interactions with the public, but in many cases the devices are being rolled out faster than departments are able to create policies to govern their use.

  • Critics: Sheriff needs at least $10M more a year

    Orleans Parish Prison is still dangerously understaffed and the sheriff's office needs at least $10 million more to meet requirements of a court settlement, inmates and the U.S. Justice Department say in court papers.

  • DOJ: NC sheriff deputies shared racist video game

    Federal prosecutors say deputies of a North Carolina sheriff accused of illegally targeting Latino drivers shared links to a bloody video game in which players shoot people entering the country illegally, including children and pregnant women.

  • This Oct. 28, 2013 image from lapel video released Monday, March 3, 2014, by the Albuquerque Police Department shows Albuquerque police officer Brian Pitzer, right, before shooting eight times at suspected carjacker 34-year-old Joaquin Ortega, rear, as the armed suspect was running from police in Albuquerque, N.M. The video also shows that four shots came after Ortega had tossed his gun during the chase. Ortega survived the shooting. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Albuquerque Police Department)

    Video: Albuquerque officer shot at suspect 8 times

    An Albuquerque police officer shot at a suspected carjacker eight times as the man backed away then turned and ran to escape, newly released police video shows.

  • Feds say Pa. prisons misuse solitary confinement

    A new report by the U.S. Justice Department concluded the Pennsylvania prison system has employed solitary confinement too often for inmates who exhibit mental illness or have intellectual disabilities.

  • Arpaio's office accused of targeting businessman

    A lawyer for an Arizona restaurant owner says the sheriff's office for metro Phoenix targeted his client on identity theft allegations in a bid to discourage him from cooperating with federal officials pressing a civil rights lawsuit against the sheriff.

  • Democratic lawyers seek to reopen Swallow probe

    A Democratic lawyers' group is pressing the U.S. Justice Department to reopen its investigation of former Utah Attorney General John Swallow.

  • Judge orders processing of Ensign probe documents

    A federal judge is ordering the U.S. Justice Department to begin cataloging and releasing records of an ethics investigation of former U.S. Sen. John Ensign of Nevada.

  • US, Ariz. district agree on English learning steps

    The U.S. Justice Department has reached an agreement with a northeastern Arizona school district on improvements on the district's instruction of Navajo students learning the English language.

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