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U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT) told police in May that a reporter from The Guardian grabbed his wrist during a physical altercation at his campaign headquarters, blaming the “liberal media” for “trying to make a story,” say documents released in Montana. His statement appears to contradict the apology he later issued to reporter Ben Jacobs, which said that Jacobs “did not initiate any physical contact with me.”
Joye Frost, director of the U.S. Justice Department’s Office for Victims of Crime in the Obama administration, was named winner of the American Society of Criminology President’s Award by outgoing President James Lynch of the University of Maryland. Lynch said Frost’s work at the agency would have a “profound” impact on the delivery of aid to crime victims.
Cities in poor sections of the Coachella Valley use privatized prosecutors who bill residents exorbitant “prosecution fees” for minor infractions–$18,000 for a family with a busted garage door and trashy yard, $31,000 for a man who added on to his house without a permit. Advocates say the practice, sanctioned by local city councils, is a thinly veiled money-making scheme.
Assaults on North Carolina prison personnel had increased this year even before a deadly escape attempt Oct. 12 at Pasquotank Correctional Institute. Two officers, a vocational instructor and a maintenance worker were killed, and four inmates are charged with murder.
Sean Suiter, an 18-year police veteran, was shot and killed Wednesday while investigating a homicide in West Baltimore’s notoriously violent Harlem Park neighborhood. The 43-year-old detective was a husband and father of five.
Reporters and photographers were among those swept up by police for failing to disperse during protests in September. After the Post-Dispatch complained, police officials say officers will be reminded each month that journalists must be allowed to do their job.
After a four-day administrative trial, the city’s police board must now determine whether Lt. Brian Rice either neglected protocol while supervising the arrest of Freddie Gray or made reasonable decisions at the chaotic scene in 2015.
The newly released 10-year plan takes a public health approach, looking at causes of violence and modeling strategies used in other cities. It aims to curb gun violence, promote restorative justice, support children and families, and bolster coordination of violence prevention efforts.
An execution was called off in the state on Wednesday when medical personnel were unable to find suitable veins on the 69-year-old condemned man. A spokesman for the governor said the failed execution does not indicate a need for new protocols.
The NRA has spent $4.1 million on lobbying this year, a fraction of mega-spenders like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. So what accounts for its power in Washington? Analysts say it chooses its political battles wisely, swinging primary elections in favor of pro-gun candidates.