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Election officials at U.S. Senate hearing describe threats, spread of misinformation

During a hearing on protecting election officials, Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee explored how to combat violent threats against election officials - while Republicans questioned threats against crisis pregnancy centers and Supreme Court justices. ... Read more»

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U.S. House passes ban on assault weapons after spate of gun violence

The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed a ban on semi-automatic firearms — the weapons used in multiple mass shootings during the last three months — on a near party-line vote.... Read more»

Texas gov empowers state authorities to return migrants to border crossings

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday cleared state authorities to return migrants they apprehend to the border, setting up a potential clash with the federal government over the authority to enforce immigration law.... Read more»

Police who don't read Miranda rights can't be sued, Supreme Court rules

Law enforcement officers who fail to give suspects Miranda warnings cannot face lawsuits for violating that bedrock protection, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday, and Miranda violations do not equal violations of the Fifth Amendment.... Read more»

Uvalde school district’s police chief didn’t know about 911 calls coming from inside school, lawmaker says

A Texas lawmaker said Thursday that the school district police chief in charge of the scene at the Uvalde school shooting last week was not informed of the multiple 911 calls made inside the building while the shooter was still inside.... Read more»

Narratives, and blame, shift again as dysfunction engulfs Uvalde shooting probe

The official response to the mass shooting at an Uvalde elementary school — a response already marred by shifting narratives, finger-pointing and a general lack of timely and accurate information — took a further turn toward dysfunction on Tuesday.... Read more»

Justice Dep't will review Uvalde response as furor mounts over law enforcement actions

The U.S. Department of Justice will review the law enforcement’s response to the Uvalde school massacre - at the request of Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin - as local police face intense scrutiny for not acting quickly enough to confront the shooter.... Read more»

U.S. Senate Republicans block bill requiring agencies monitor domestic terrorism

U.S. Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked a bill that would require federal agencies to monitor domestic terrorism incidents, including those potentially related to white supremacy. ... Read more»

Fund the police: Biden wants stimulus dollars spent on crime prevention

Gun violence has soared across the United States during the pandemic, and President Joe Biden urged local leaders Friday to help police quell the bloodletting with money they got through his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package. ... Read more»

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Chiefs: Dropping gun permits threatens public safety—and officers’ lives

It’s not a stretch to think so-called “permitless carry” will alter the nature of gun violence in states where residents no longer need permits, background checks, or training to carry concealed handguns in public, and law enforcement officials are concerned.... Read more»

Biden in Jan. 6 speech decries 'web of lies' created by Trump about 2020 election

President Joe Biden on Thursday warned of the dangers of a collapse of American democracy, standing in a historic chamber in the U.S. Capitol that was besieged by an angry mob of pro-Trump supporters who attempted to halt the certification of the 2020 presidential election. ... Read more»

Capitol police embraced reforms but chief says staffing shortage poses hurdle

One day ahead of the Jan. 6 anniversary, Capitol Police Chief Thomas Manger detailed in testimony before the Senate how his department has worked to prevent the communication pitfalls and internal deficiencies that failed to stop last year's violent attack. ... Read more»

Arizona saw 10-fold jump in catalytic converter thefts; 2nd-most in nation

Theft of catalytic converters – the part of a car’s exhaust system that changes toxic gases to less-harmful emissions – is surging across the country and in Arizona, with cases making a a 956.4% increase from last year, second in the nation only to Colorado.... Read more»

Pascua Yaqui Tribe awarded grant to support domestic violence prosecution efforts

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe received a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women for more than $100,000 to prosecute non-Native offenders of domestic violence-related crimes committed within their community.... Read more»

House Republicans slam treatment of Jan. 6 defendants held at D.C. jail

Four House Republicans - including Paul Gosar of Arizona - held a Tuesday press conference to complain about the poor conditions at a District of Columbia jail housing inmates charged with violence in connection with the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. ... Read more»

'Little victims everywhere': Child sexual abuse ravages Native communities

Child sexual abuse is among the worst scourges on Indigenous communities in North America, yet little hard data exists on the extent of the problem - not until the last decade has the Justice Department been required to publicly disclose what happens to those investigations.... Read more»

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