Law and Policy


FILE - In this June 7, 2020, file photo, protesters participate in a Black Lives Matter rally on Mount Washington overlooking downtown Pittsburgh, to protest the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. In recent years, there have been dozens of examples of officers who had numerous complaints against them of excessive force, harassment or other misconduct before they were accused of killing someone on duty. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
Pittsburgh Protesters Are Now Suing the Police

The lawsuit includes videos of officers firing projectiles at protesters, firing a canister at the chest of a female protester from about 10 feet away, and firing tear gas and smoke at people walking away from the protest site.

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Colorado Is Reopening Investigation Into Horrifying Police Killing of Elijah McClain. Here’s What We Know.

In the video, Elijah McClain can be seen sobbing as he repeatedly tells officers, “I’m just different.” Samara McClain said her brother was a massage therapist who planned to go to college.

People attending a rally against racism clap and hold signs Saturday, June 13, 2020, in Beaver, Pa. in a protest in the wake of the death of George Floyd who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
PA Lawmakers Passed A Series of Police Reform Bills. Here’s What’s in Them.

The legislation requires police agencies implement strict use-of-force policies, document and report use-of-force incidents, and bans the use of chokeholds.

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VIDEO: Erie Cop Suspended After He Was Recorded Kicking a Defenseless Protester

The altercation happened shortly before midnight May 30 during nationwide demonstrations following the killing of George Floyd.

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The ‘Warrior Mindset’ of Cops Is One of the Biggest Obstacles to Police Reform

“Fear is motivating a lot of excessive force because you just have a lot of officers out there who don't know how to handle themselves properly” in situations that require the use of defensive tactics.

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Mayor Kenney Blasts Vigilante Group ‘Protecting’ Columbus Statue

In Philadelphia, a city with a deep Italian heritage, Columbus is celebrated with an annual holiday parade, and supporters at the statue said they considered him an emblem of their heritage.

FILE - In this June 1, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump departs the White House to visit outside St. John's Church, in Washington. Part of the church was set on fire during protests on Sunday night. Walking behind Trump from left are, Attorney General William Barr, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  Milley says his presence “created a perception of the military involved in domestic politics.” He called it “a mistake” that he has learned from.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
America’s Top Military Official: ‘I Should Not Have Been’ at Trump’s Photo Op

Army Gen. Mark Milley said he was wrong to have accompanied the president on his June 1 walk through Lafayette Square to St. John’s Church, where Trump held a bible aloft in an awkward publicity stunt.