More than a dozen Minnesota police departments contacted by MinnPost said their officers are not allowed to use neck restraints or chokeholds, with many saying the tactics had been out of use for as long as they could remember.
Twenty-one travelers arrested on suspicion of violating Hawaii’s coronavirus quarantine order have agreed to leave the state because of threats, a member of the group said. The individual said the group didn’t realize that Hawaii’s mandatory 14-day quarantine on all people arriving in the state would be strictly enforced.
The share of coronavirus infections in rural Missouri is rising, and now accounts for about 30% of the state's new cases — a greater portion than ever before.
With bipartisan support, Pennsylvania lawmakers advanced a bill that would create a confidential misconduct database for officer background checks. Similar legislation has languished for months or even years without consideration in the GOP-controlled legislature.
Local officials are “temporarily” removing a statue of Spanish conquistador Don Juan de Oñate that stands outside offices of the Rio Grande National Heritage Area. Seen by some as a hero for leading colonization of New Mexico, Native Americans view Oñate as a killer who repressed and enslaved their ancestors.
All 15 of Mississippi’s community colleges are planning to have on-campus classes during the fall semester with precautions. The two-year colleges moved to online classes in mid-March as COVID-19 started to spread in Mississippi.
Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said he would ban chokeholds and mandate that officers use body cameras and dashboard cameras. The Democrat also will restrict a program that funnels military equipment to local law enforcement.
Gov. Janet Mills, a Democrat, approved outdoor service at Maine bars, breweries and tasting rooms. Gyms, nail salons and tattoo parlors can also reopen everywhere.
Before the coronavirus, Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom and California lawmakers pledged to solve what was then the state’s most pressing crisis: homelessness. Assembly Democrats are expected to vote this week on a bill that would commit $2 billion every year for homelessness, despite a projected $54 billion deficit.
The Virginia Citizens Defense League is among the five plaintiffs suing the state over a soon-to-become law that limits people to buying one handgun a month.
Starting June 22, in most Nebraska counties, bars and restaurants will be able to serve customers at 100% of their rated occupancy. Indoor gatherings, including arenas, can step up to 50% and outdoor gatherings, including stadiums, can go to 75% occupancy.
Democratic Gov. Jared Polis announced that Colorado would further loosen restrictions on people’s movement by the end of the week, allowing the reopening of bars and the resumption of outdoor events like concerts, fairs, rodeos and receptions.
Arizona reported 1,014 new cases Monday. More than 1,000 new cases have been reported on 10 of the past 14 days, including on the past six days. Intensive care beds for patients with suspected and confirmed COVID-19 hit 464.
Rhode Island House Democrats’ plan to plug a projected $235-million year-end budget hole opened up by the COVID-19 crisis would raid the state rainy-day fund and tap federal education aid.
Several local governments across Wisconsin have pledged to review their police departments’ use of force policies as protesters and activists continue to call for statewide changes to Wisconsin’s criminal justice system.
The Maryland State House Trust voted unanimously to remove a plaque that sympathizes with the Confederacy, part of a nationwide reckoning with monuments that honor the country’s racist past.
Greenhouse gas emissions from Wisconsin utilities this year are expected to be significantly lower than they were 15 years ago thanks to recent coal plant retirements, but a new report by state regulators forecasts little additional progress over the next six years.
Republican Gov. Phil Scott extended Vermont’s COVID-19 state of emergency, though he noted it is “just a vehicle” for the restrictions and reopening steps his administration continues to announce on a rolling basis.
Alabama saw the second-highest rate of new coronavirus cases per capita in the nation. Alabama trailed only Arizona, which saw 13.9 new cases per 10,000 people.
Since the coronavirus pandemic reached the state, health regulators have faulted four Maryland nursing homes for failing to follow infection control guidelines designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the facilities, according to federal documents.
A Georgia Senate panel took the first step toward putting guidelines in place to protect businesses and health care providers from being held liable if workers, customers or visitors contract COVID-19.
Despite a veto from Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards, the Louisiana House plowed ahead with a top priority for business lobbying groups, trying to lessen the money that people could win against insurance companies and businesses in car wreck lawsuits.
A Confederate statue removed from Mobile, Alabama, earlier this month has been relocated to a museum, the city’s mayor said. The History Museum of Mobile has received the bronze likeness of Admiral Raphael Semmes, which stood in the middle of a downtown street.
Computer hackers are stealing Mississippi unemployment benefits intended for those out of work because of COVID-19, Republican Gov. Tate Reeves said.
State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, a Democrat, announced that all New Jersey law enforcement agencies must publicly identify officers who commit serious disciplinary violations starting later this year.
Missourians who file for unemployment benefits will be required to search for work again beginning next month. The Missouri Department of Labor waived the search requirement in March as the state scrambled to respond to massive, pandemic-related job losses.
Some Texas Democrats are urging Republican Gov. Greg Abbott to call a special legislative session to pass laws on policing and criminal justice. They ask why the governor hasn’t yet spoken about Javier Ambler, who died after being stunned four times by police.
Nursing homes account for 34% of Michigan's COVID-19 related deaths. Most of the nursing home deaths were in the Detroit metro area.
COVID-19 transmission is increasing throughout Washington and has been since the end of May. New analysis shows that several parts of Eastern Washington have yet to reach their peak number of cases.
Oregon public health officials announced a record 184 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of known cases in the state to 5,820.
Idaho’s anti-transgender sports law goes into effect July 1, banning transgender women and girls from competing on sports teams that align with their gender identity. Advocates, including athletes and rights groups, are pressing the NCAA to move its national basketball tournament and other college competitions from Boise next year.
Delaware's black lawmakers are calling for an end to one of the most recognizable features of policing, a practice many say creates lasting damages for those accused of crimes: the mug shot. The legislators want police agencies to stop releasing the booking photographs of juveniles who are arrested.
After reports that a group planned to establish an "autonomous zone" outside the Tennessee Capitol, House Speaker Cameron Sexton quickly announced he was prepared to pass legislation to increase from a misdemeanor to a felony the criminal offense of camping on certain state property.
State officials have eased some of the guidelines for reopening child care centers, in-home programs, and summer camps after fielding complaints that their regulations would be ruinous to small businesses and unworkable with small children.
More than 43% of women business owners in Ohio are caring for their children at home while simultaneously working because of COVID-19 restrictions, according to a report published last month.
The number of Ohioans who are skipping meals or are uncertain if they’ll have enough food for their families has nearly doubled since the coronavirus outbreak hit the state.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, a Democrat, said the new rules would require officers to use de-escalation tactics prior to using physical or deadly force. All uses of deadly force must also be reported to the Georgia city's citizens review board.