Prosecutors race to charge dozens of the most visible participants in the U.S. Capitol riot and investigate what kind of planning went into it, as Washington, D.C., prepares for the arrival of an estimated 20,000 National Guard troops to provide security during Inauguration Week.
Federal law, state constitutions, and criminal statutes in 29 states outlaw groups that engage in activities reserved for state agencies, including acting as law enforcement, training and drilling together, and making shows of force as armed groups at public gatherings. Hundreds of armed groups such as the Oath Keepers do exactly that.
A panel of federal judges has ordered that Dustin Higgs, 48, convicted in a Maryland triple murder in 1996, be executed as scheduled on Friday. A defense attorney complains of “super-spreader executions” during the pandemic.
Police in the U.S. are three times more likely to use force against left-wing protesters than right-wing protesters, according to new data from a non-profit that monitors political violence around the world.
Based on FBI data and the National Crime Victimization survey for 2018, blacks accounted for 29 percent of violent-crime offenders and 35 percent of violent-crime offenders in incidents reported to police, according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics.
After Eddie Lee Howard spent years fighting a murder conviction relying on dubious evidence, a prosecutor dropped the case. At least 26 people have been wrongfully convicted using bite marks, says the Innocence Project.
Researchers at a webinar session on mitigating racial disparities in the justice system endorsed the approaches of “procedural justice,” training on implicit bias and de-escalation of potentially violent incidents. Members of the public tend to get along with police officers who “treat them with dignity and respect,” said Yale law professor Tracey Meares.