Brian Melendez was one of thousands of Native children swept into a state-run foster care system riddled with abuse and neglect. He beat the odds by becoming a probation officer and then a counselor on a Nevada reservation, where he helps young people deal with the trauma suffered at the hands of a deeply flawed justice system for Native Americans.
The “family assistance program” approved by the county board of supervisors this month will provide financial assistance and counselling. Board members said the program aimed to help those who had received “incomplete or contradictory information about the death of their loved ones.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio both criticized the Justice Department’s decision not to file charges against the New York City cop linked to the chokehold death of Eric Garner in 2014. But they differed over how aggressive the response should be.
The financier had asked to be placed on house arrest in his New York City home, and offered to pay for private armed guards there. Federal Judge Richard Berman had expressed skepticism about the proposal.
Death rates from opioids soared in towns, cities and counties that were saturated with billions of prescription pain pills from 2006 through 2012, according to federal data and a database of opioid shipments made public this week and analyzed by the Washington Post.
Preliminary Centers for Disease Control and Prevention figures show that nearly 68,000 drug overdose deaths were reported last year. The number may go up as more investigations are completed, but the agency expects the tally will end up below 69,000. Overdose deaths had been climbing each year since 1990.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) says President Donald Trump is “enthusiastic” about his idea of using any assets of convicted drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán and other drug lords to pay for construction of a wall at the Mexican border.
Herman Quay, former warden of the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, has been promoted to oversee three federal prisons. An aide to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler calls the move “certainly not acceptable.”
Prosecutors concluded their investigation into campaign finance violations involving President Donald Trump and must publicly release some of their files. It was not clear if any more charges would be filed.