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Justice Department Brings Federal Criminal Charges Against Derek Chauvin, 3 Others

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| Prosecutors accuse the former officer and others of using excessive force and violating George Floyd's rights. The rare federal charges follow state charges in a trial where Chauvin was convicted.

Grand Jury Indicts Puerto Rican Boxer Félix Verdejo In Death Of Pregnant Lover

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The indictment on Thursday also included charges against Verdejo's accomplice, who officials say was promised some payment to help drug, kill, and dispose of Keishla Marlen Rodríguez Ortiz.

'Creepy' Robot Dog Loses Job With New York Police Department

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Following public outrage, the NYPD terminated a $94,000 contract to test a canine-like surveillance device designed to keep officers out of harms way. Critics panned the tech and its potential abuses.

Sheriff Releases Names Of 7 Deputies On Scene Of Andrew Brown Jr. Death

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The Pasquotank County, N.C., Sheriff's Office said three deputies who fired shots will stay on leave pending investigations but that it's "obvious" from videos that four deputies didn't shoot.

Lawyer Says Police Didn't Need To Arrest Man Who Died After Being Pinned To Ground

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Mario Gonzalez, 26, died in police custody on April 19. Body camera footage showed police pinning him to the ground for several minutes.

3 Men Indicted On Federal Hate Crime Charges In Ahmaud Arbery Killing

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Gregory McMichael, his son Travis McMichael and William "Roddie" Bryan face charges of attempted kidnapping and hate crimes in the death of Arbery, a Black man gunned down while on a run last year.

At Supreme Court, Mean Girls Meet 1st Amendment

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At issue is whether schools can punish students for off-campus speech. At the center of the case is a teenager suspended from her cheerleading team after using a vulgarity on Snapchat.

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Man Dies After Alameda, Calif., Police Pin Him To Ground For Several Minutes

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The city of Alameda, Calif., released body camera footage Tuesday showing the police encounter with Mario Gonzalez. He died after being pinned to the ground.

Supreme Court To Take Up First Major Gun Rights Case In More Than A Decade

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At issue is how much the Second Amendment protects the right of individuals to carry concealed weapons outside their home for self-defense. The case will likely be argued in the fall.