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Police will be required to report officer-involved deaths under new US system

Police shootings to be reporterPolice departments will be required to give the US justice department full details of deadly incidents involving their officers each quarter, under a new government system for counting killings by police that was influenced by the Guardian.

Announcing a new program for documenting all “arrest-related deaths”, federal officials said they would actively work to confirm fatal cases seen in media reports and other open sources rather than wait for departments to report them voluntarily.


Sexual predators left off list of banned gymnastics coaches

USA gymnast leaves predator coaches off banned listUSA Gymnastics touts a list of coaches it has banned as a key safeguard to warn gym owners and parents about dangers, including sexual predators.

And to protect young gymnasts.

But an Indianapolis Star investigation has uncovered one example after another of coaches who were not only suspected of abuse, but actually convicted of molesting children, yet they did not show up on the banned coaches list for years — even decades — after that conviction.


2 jailers moved into policing jobs after Bland's death

Bland jailers moved to police jobsLess than two months after the death of Sandra Bland, a black woman who was jailed in Texas after a routine traffic stop, two of her jailers quietly moved to other jobs.

Rafael Zuniga and Michael Serges left the Waller County sheriff's office in September 2015 for the Waller Police Department, a smaller agency with less responsibility, according to state records obtained by The Associated Press. They started work on the same day.


41 arrested in Tennessee human-trafficking probe

TBI Director Mark GwynnOver the course of three days this week, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation arrested 41 people, including 14 from Nashville, connected with human trafficking, the TBI announced Friday.

"This week I learned that we are only scratching the surface," TBI Director Mark Gwyn said at a news conference. "This is our most significant operation to date."


Muslim couple removed from Delta flight: 'It was humiliating'

Muslim couple removed from flightThe pilot contacted the ground crew. He would not take off until couple was removed.

"We had been in our seats for 45 minutes," Nazia Ali, 34, said Thursday from the Cincinnati area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). "The ground agent said, `Can you step out with me? We'd like to ask you a few questions.' So I said, `Do you want us to get our things?' And he said, `Yes, please grab all of your personal belongings. You're not going to be on this flight.' "

In the wake of the couple's removal from the flight, the Muslim advocacy group filed a religious profiling complaint against Delta Air Lines to the U.S. Department of Transportation.


Virginia Mayor R. Scott Silverthorne faces drug charges after meth-for-sex sting

R. Scott SilverthorneA three-term northern Virginia mayor was arrested on drug charges after he tried to trade two grams of methamphetamine for sex acts in what turned out to be an undercover sting operation, police said Friday.

City of Fairfax Mayor R. Scott Silverthorne was arrested Thursday night after meeting at a Tysons Corner hotel just outside the Capital Beltway with undercover detectives he approached through a website used to arrange casual sexual encounters between men, Fairfax County police said at a press conference.


Paul O'Neal Chicago police shooting video released

Paul O'Neal shooting video releasedVideo showing the Chicago police shooting that killed 18-year-old Paul O'Neal was released Friday.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson was scheduled to speak on the release of the video around 1 p.m. A small group of protesters stood in front of the microphones, blocking Johnson, and refused to let him talk. The shouted their displeasure with the department. Eventually, Johnson decided to go back inside police headquarters.


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