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Laws decried as LGBT discrimination proposed across country

state legislaturesLegislation has been proposed in states across the country to protect those who — due to religious beliefs — decline to employ or serve certain people. Critics say the laws are aimed at the LGBT community and are discriminatory. Recent laws denounced as discriminatory in North Carolina and Mississippi has prompted a growing backlash from opponents. Here's a look at legislation around the country:


Alabama lawmakers are considering a measure to prevent the state from refusing to license childcare service providers who decline services that conflict with their religious beliefs. Religious organizations contract with the state to provide some childcare services, and opponents of the proposal have argued that the bill could be used to exclude gay and lesbian couples from adopting children or being foster parents. The proposal comes after the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously struck down an Alabama Supreme Court order that invalidated a lesbian couple's adoption in Georgia.


LAPD Unjustified in Killing Homeless Man

LAPD unjustified in killing homeless man

The Los Angeles police department’s civilian oversight board has called the shooting of a homeless man in Venice last year unjustified, increasing pressure on prosecutors to charge the officer.

The police commission rejected a claim by officer Clifford Proctor that he shot Brendon Glenn, a boardwalk skateboarder, because Glenn had grabbed his partner’s holster, according to records made public on Tuesday.


Brooklyn couple's noise complaints against neighbor tied to federal probe of NYPD

Bklyn couple noise complaint connected to NYPD probeA Brooklyn couple claims cops threatened to arrest them if they continued to make noise complaints against their neighbor whose brother’s close ties to the NYPD are now being probed by the feds.

The dispute started last summer after Mordechai Reichberg and his family, who live on the top floor, began to make a lot of noise, according to the pair, who asked to remain anonymous.


Sixth witness disputes police account of homeless man's killing in San Francisco

Witnesses dispute police testimony in SFA key witness to the police shooting of a homeless man in San Francisco on Thursday has come forward to say that the man was “relaxed”, “isolated”, and not “posing a threat to anyone” before two police officers opened fire.

Christine Pepin, a 45-year-old resident of Sunnyvale, is the latest witness to challenge the police narrative that Luis Gongora was armed and dangerous.


Former South Carolina Police Officer Gets Probation For Unarmed Black Man’s Slaying

Black lives matterA white former South Carolina police officer indicted on a felony charge over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black motorist was sentenced on Monday to three years probation over the February 2014 incident, local media reported.

Justin Gregory Craven, a former police officer in North Augusta, pleaded guilty to misconduct in office on Monday and was sentenced to probation as well as 80 hours of public service, local broadcaster WRDW reported.


Deutsche Bank freezes plans for North Carolina jobs on transgender law

Deutche BankDeutsche Bank (DBKGn.DE) is freezing plans to create 250 new jobs at its Cary, North Carolina, location after the state passed a controversial law targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) citizens.

"We take our commitment to building inclusive work environments seriously," John Cryan, the chief executive of Germany's largest lender, said in a statement on Tuesday.


Exclusive boarding schools face reckoning on sexual abuse

Abuse reports at exclusive New England schools

A series of sexual abuse scandals is forcing a reckoning at some of New England's most exclusive boarding schools and sending a shudder through similar institutions around the country that have long been training grounds for members of America's elite.

At St. George's School in Rhode Island, scores of alumni have come forward to complain of being sexually violated by teachers or schoolmates. At St. Paul's in New Hampshire, a rape trial revealed a tradition in which senior boys competed to have sex with younger girls. And at New Hampshire's Phillips Exeter Academy, several graduates have accused faculty members of sexual abuse and other inappropriate behavior.


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