Law Enforcement

South Dakota AG Says He Thought He Hit a Deer, but Found Man's Body the Next Day

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Wisconsin Supreme Court decision keeps Green Party off presidential ballot and allows absentee ballots to be sent out … Reward offered to identify suspect in shooting that seriously injured Los Angeles sheriff deputies … Hurricane Sally rapidly intensifies as it nears Gulf Coast.

Michigan Mulls Eliminating License Plate Registration Tags

The proposal would save the state roughly $500,000 in postage and printing costs, but the measure might require expensive technology investments.

Rochester Police Leaders Step Down Over Handling of Daniel Prude Death

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Prisoners extorting Alabama prison inmates’ family members … San Francisco mayor condemns Burning Man beach gathering … Colorado AG launches airline investigation.

Legal Experts Say Trump’s Push to Defund ‘Anarchist’ Cities Would Face Difficulty in Court

The president lost several legal battles in attempting to enforce a previous order to restrict so-called “sanctuary cities” from receiving federal grants.

Anger Can Build a Better World

COMMENTARY | Black Lives Matter protests are not anti-American, but as American as one can get.

Second Night of Unrest in Wisconsin City After Police Shooting of Black Man

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | A look at local and state government ties to Idaho militias … Colorado interstate reopens after two-week wildfire closure … Connecticut city to name sewer plant after John Oliver.

In One State, a Threat to Freeze Property Taxes in Cities That ‘Defund’ Police

The proposal from Texas’ governor and other Republicans in the state comes in response to cuts and other changes that Austin made to its police budget.

Chicago Leaders Condemn Looting As ‘Brazen and Extensive Criminal Destruction’

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | A judge sides with California in lawsuit about new gig worker law … New York lawmakers to probe storm power outages … Texas AG says state legislature likely needs to decide about moving a statue of a former Texas A&M University president and Confederate general.

The Escalating Crisis in Police Hiring

COMMENTARY | As revenues drop and passionate debates over police mission, budget and purpose continue, cities still face the arduous task of recruiting top-notch candidates.

Dozens of Minneapolis Police Officers on Leave for PTSD

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Members of a Pennsylvania city council could censure colleagues who attended Black Lives Matter protests … People in Louisiana aren’t providing their contacts to contact tracers … To go to Alaska, you must test negative.

DOJ Inspector General to Review Federal Law Enforcement Response to Protests

The move comes as officers the Trump administration deployed to Portland, Oregon draw scrutiny.

It Can Be Difficult to Revoke a Police Officer's License. Some States Are Trying to Make it Easier.

Nearly all states require police officers to be certified, but not every state has a process for revoking that license, even in the face of egregious misconduct.

Can Civilian Oversight Change Police Behavior?

COMMENTARY | Cities across the country are looking at creating police oversight bodies. That makes questions about their efficacy and value more important than ever.

Goodbye, Confederate Statues. Hello, Dolly Parton and Chef Boyardee?

There's little consensus on what to put up in place of Confederate monuments and other controversial political statues.

Don't Want to Wear a Mask? In Some Places, It Could Cost You.

States and cities are introducing penalties for people who don't comply with mandatory mask policies. But enforcement is tricky, with some public officials and civil rights experts arguing fines are counterproductive.

State AG Recommends Data Reporting Mandate for Police Deadly Force Incidents

As it stands, most police agencies in Washington state are not reporting this type of information through a program the FBI launched last year.

Fire Departments Anticipate Busy Fourth of July as Fireworks Sales Skyrocket

In a normal year, fire safety officials encourage people to attend public fireworks displays instead of attempting to create them at home. But most fireworks shows are canceled this year because of coronavirus.

Golden State Killer Pleads Guilty to 'Simply Staggering' Crimes that Terrified California Communities

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Houston prosecutor resigns over Facebook post … Protesters call for St. Louis mayor to resign … Bars to close in some California jurisdictions.

Lawmakers Push for Special Prosecutors to Oversee Cases Involving Police Killings

Proponents say assigning special prosecutors to investigate when police officers use deadly force can eliminate a potential conflict of interest among local district attorneys who regularly work with police.