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Baltimore asks Justice Department to investigate police practices
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake asked the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday to investigate the city's police department for civil rights violations after the death of a black man from injuries sustained in police custody. The investigation will look into police practices such as frisks, street stops of suspects and arrests to see if they violate the U.S. Constitution, Rawlings-Blake said at a news conference. The request follows the April 19 death of Freddie Gray, 25, who sustained spinal injuries after being arrested. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan lifted a state of emergency for Baltimore on Wednesday.
Wed, 06 May 2015 16:12:06 -0400
Bill Clinton says tough '90s crime bill went too far
Former President Bill Clinton acknowledged on Wednesday that an anti-crime crackdown he pushed in 1994 went too far, and said he now supports his wife Hillary's plans to reverse some of those justice policies. Bill Clinton signed into law a crime bill that imposed tougher sentences, put thousands of more police on the streets and helped fund the building of extra prisons. The anti-crime legislation was known for its federal "three strikes" provision that sent violent offenders to prison for life. We have too wide a net.We have too many people in prison.And we wound up spending - putting so many people in prison that there wasnt enough money left to educate them, train them for new jobs and increase the chances when they came out that they could live productive lives," he said, according to a CNN transcript of the interview.
Wed, 06 May 2015 15:15:51 -0400
Boston bomber volunteered as family fell apart, jurors told
By Richard Valdmanis BOSTON (Reuters) - Lawyers seeking to spare convicted Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev from the death penalty called witnesses on Wednesday who described his volunteer work with disabled children, his respect for his older brother, and his father's mental illness in the years before the attack. The brother, 26-year-old boxer Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed after a gunfight with police days after the bombing.
Wed, 06 May 2015 16:18:43 -0400
Texas incident fuels concern about lone-wolf terror attacks
The attempted attack on a provocative cartoon contest in Texas appears to reflect a scenario that has long troubled national security officials: A do-it-yourself terror plot, inspired by the Islamic State extremist group and facilitated through social media. Trying to gauge which individuals in the United States pose such threats and how vigorously they should be monitored is a daunting challenge. Wed, 06 May 2015 16:25:48 -0400
Exterminator goes on trial in Philadelphia doctor's death
PHILADELPHIA (AP) A pediatrician researching tuberculosis, HIV and other infectious diseases was strangled by an exterminator after she questioned his work and was then tied up with equestrian gear and set on fire, a prosecutor said Wednesday in opening statements at his murder trial. Wed, 06 May 2015 16:21:58 -0400