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The latest coverage of the law enforcement community and all aspects of the U.S. intelligence.

In this Feb. 26, 2013, file photo, inmates walk through the exercise yard at California State Prison Sacramento, near Folsom, Calif. California is giving 76,000 inmates, including violent and repeat felons, the opportunity to leave prison earlier as the state aims to further trim the population of what once was the nation's largest state correctional system. The new rules take effect Saturday, May 1, 2021, but it will be months or years before any inmates go free earlier.   (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

76,000 California inmates now eligible for earlier releases

- Associated Press

California is giving 76,000 inmates, including violent and repeat felons, the opportunity to leave prison earlier as the state aims to further trim the population of what once was the nation’s largest state correctional system.

Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry listens during the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate, from the East Room of the White House, Thursday, April 22, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

GOP senators call for probe of Kerry’s alleged intel-sharing with Iran

- The Washington Times

The furor over claims that John Kerry may have disclosed intelligence secrets about Israeli military strikes to the Iranians escalated again Thursday, as 19 Republican senators Thursday demanded an investigation into the charges and that President Biden must fire Mr. Kerry as his top climate policy aide if the charges prove true.

The Rev. T. Anthony Spearman, president of the North Carolina NAACP and clergy urge state attorney general, Josh Stein, to take over the investigation into the police shooting death of Andrew Brown Jr. during a press conference at the Mt. Lebanon AME Zion Church, Tuesday, April 27, 2021, in Elizabeth City, N.C. The FBI launched a civil rights probe Tuesday into the death of Brown, a Black man killed by deputies in North Carolina, as his family released an independent autopsy showing he was shot five times, including in the back of the head. (Travis Long/The News & Observer via AP)

Judge denies requests for video in North Carolina shooting

- Associated Press

A judge on Wednesday denied requests to release body camera video in the case of a Black man who was shot to death by North Carolina deputies as they tried to arrest him on drug-related warrants.

A demonstrator yells from her car as protesters took to the streets in Elizabeth City, N.C., on Monday, April 26, 2021, to protest the killing of Andrew Brown by police and to demand the full body camera footage be released. (Stephen M. Katz/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)

Pathologist: Black man killed by deputies was shot 5 times

- Associated Press

Andrew Brown Jr., a Black man killed by deputies in North Carolina, was shot five times, including in the back of the head, according to an independent autopsy report released Tuesday by his family’s attorneys.

(Associated Press)

Virginia trooper off force after traffic stop viral video

Associated Press

A White state trooper who was seen on video telling a Black driver “you are going to get your a-whipped” and yanking him out of the car by his neck is no longer with the Virginia State Police, a spokeswoman said.

Six-year-old Diamond Wood marches through the streets of downtown Elizabeth City, N.C., Friday, April 23, 2021. Several days of protests followed the shooting death of Andrew Brown Jr. on Wednesday by sheriff's deputies serving drug-related search and arrest warrants. (Robert Willett/The News & Observer via AP)

North Carolina sheriff to seek release of body camera video of fatal shooting

- Associated Press

A North Carolina sheriff whose deputies shot and killed a Black man while serving warrants said Saturday that he will ask a court to release body camera video as soon as he’s confident it won’t compromise an investigation into how the shooting happened.

Law enforcement investigate the scene of a shooting, Wednesday, April 21, 2021, in Elizabeth City, N.C. At least one law enforcement officer with a sheriff's department in North Carolina shot and killed a man while executing a search warrant Wednesday, the sheriff's office said. (Stephen M. Katz/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)

Sheriff: Deputy fatally shot Black man while serving warrant in North Carolina

- Associated Press

A North Carolina deputy shot and killed a Black man while serving a search warrant Wednesday, authorities said, spurring an outcry from community members who demanded law enforcement accountability and the immediate release of body camera footage.

In an image from police bodycam video that the Columbus Police Department played during a news conference Tuesday night, April 20, 2021, a teenage girl, foreground, appears to wield a knife during an altercation before being shot by a police officer Tuesday, April 20, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. Police shot and the girl just as the verdict was being announced in the trial for the killing of George Floyd. State law allows police to use deadly force to protect themselves or others, and investigators will determine whether this shooting was such an instance, Interim Police Chief Michael Woods said at the news conference. (Columbus Police Department via WSYX-TV via AP)

Columbus police officer fatally shoots girl swinging knife

- Associated Press

Columbus police shot and killed a teenage girl who swung at two other people with a knife Tuesday, according to bodycam footage from the officer who fired the shots just minutes before the verdict in George Floyd’s killing was read.

People cheer after a guilty verdict was announced at the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin for the 2020 death of George Floyd, Tuesday, April 20, 2021, in Minneapolis, Minn. Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin has been convicted of murder and manslaughter in the death of Floyd. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Chaos averted as Chauvin guilty verdict incites revelry, not riots

- The Washington Times

The widespread civil unrest many feared in the wake of a verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial seemed to have been largely averted, at least in the late-afternoon daylight hours, after Tuesday’s news that the former police officer had been found guilty on all charges connected to the death of George Floyd.

In this image from video, prosecutor Steve Schleicher gives closing arguments as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presides Monday, April 19, 2021, in the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis. Chauvin is charged in the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd.  (Court TV via AP, Pool)

Prosecutor: Chauvin ‘had to know’ Floyd’s life was in danger

- Associated Press

Officer Derek Chauvin “had to know” he was squeezing the life out of George Floyd as the Black man cried out over and over that he couldn’t breathe and finally fell silent, a prosecutor told jurors Monday as closing arguments began at Chauvin’s murder trial.

Attorneys at Chauvin trial in Floyd death make final pitch

- Associated Press

Attorneys in the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged with killing George Floyd are set to make their closing arguments Monday, each side seeking to distill three weeks of testimony to persuade jurors to deliver their view of the right verdict.

This image from Chicago Police Department body cam video shows the moment before Chicago Police officer Eric Stillman fatally shot Adam Toledo, 13, on March 29, 2021, in Chicago. (Chicago Police Department via AP)

Prosecutor on leave over statements about boy shot by police

Associated Press

A prosecutor who implied in court that 13-year-old Adam Toledo was holding a gun the instant he was fatally shot by a Chicago police officer was placed on leave a day after a video showing the boy’s hands were empty was released to the public.