Sessions, in Last-Minute Act, Sharply Limits Use of Consent Decrees to Curb Police Abuses

WASHINGTON — Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions has drastically limited the ability of federal law enforcement officials to use court-enforced agreements to overhaul local police departments accused of abuses and civil rights violations, the Justice Department announced on Thursday. In a major last-minute act, Mr. Sessions signed a memorandum on Wednesday before President Trump fired … Read more

7-Count Federal Indictment Returned Against Louisville Metro Police Department Officer

LOUISVILLE, KY – A federal grand jury has returned a seven count federal indictment against a former Louisville Metro Police Department officer. “No man is above the law,” U.S. Attorney Russell M. Coleman said during a press conference Wednesday. Kenneth Betts was charged with three counts of enticement, one count of attempted enticement, one count … Read more

Andrew Henderson, Whose Camera Was Seized as he Recorded Deputies, Sues Ramsey County

It’s been more than five years since Andrew Henderson had his camera seized by a Ramsey County deputy after Henderson refused to identify himself or stop recording law enforcement’s conduct outside his Little Canada apartment. He says he’s still reeling from it, though, and has now taken steps he says are aimed at ensuring no … Read more

Berkeley County Deputy, School Officer Enters Plea Agreement in Sexting Case

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A former school resource officer and Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department deputy may have to register as a sex offender for life as part of a plea agreement. The Herald Mail reports Thomas Carroll, 44 of Martinsburg, worked at Musselman High School when allegations rose in December 2016 that he shared sexually explicit … Read more

WATCH: Jury Convicts Paterson Police Officer Jose Urena in Fatal Hit-and-Run Case

A Passaic County jury, after almost three days of deliberations, convicted police officer Jose Urena, Jr. in the fatal Temple Street hit-and-run that left Jaquill “Jake” Fields dead. Urena was found guilty of both counts — knowingly leaving the scene of a fatal vehicle accident and endangering an injured victim – on Monday afternoon. He … Read more

Massachusetts Police Association Executive Rick Pedrini Relieved of Duty After Controversial Columns

The Arlington police lieutenant who is taking over as head of the Massachusetts Police Association has been relieved of duty and placed on paid administrative leave from his police department after writing columns railing against criminal justice reform and progressive policing practices. Rick Pedrini was placed on paid leave and relieved of duty Tuesday, according … Read more