On September 11, 2015, Connecticut resident Michael Picard was filming a protest near a police DUI checkpoint in West Hartford. Unbeknownst to the troopers who confiscated his camera, it was rolling while they appeared to fabricate criminal charges against him. The ACLU of Connecticut sued the police officers for violating Picard’s rights.
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Two days after recommending Hillary Clinton not be prosecuted for her use of a private email server, FBI Director James Comey testifies before the House Oversight Committee on the FBI’s investigation into the case, and the decision to not recommend criminal charges against her.
Laney Sweet, widow of Daniel Shaver, has released a conversation between herself, her former attorney, and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery that happened on March 14, 2016. Montgomery and a defense attorney filed a motion in court to seal the body cam footage of her husband being shot by (now former) Officer Philip Brailsford. Shaver is working to get the body cam footage released and the plea deal stopped. The family also has a fundraiser page : https://www.gofundme.com/danielmemorialfund
Mother of "affluenza" teen Ethan Couch has her first day in Tarrant county court, before Judge Wayne F. Salvant in Criminal District Court 2. Tonya Couch was arraigned on charges of hindering apprehension.
A man who pleaded guilty to stealing is suing Kansas City police, claiming they used excessive force in arresting him. Manuel Palacio, 24, alleges that officers kneed him in the back, beat him in the ribs and made verbal threats during the arrest in May 2014. This dashcam video captured the alleged abuse.
Arab lawmakers in Israel's parliament were tossed out from the house on Monday for heckling U.S. Vice President Mike Pence at the start of his speech. The main Arab party in the parliament said it would boycott Pence's speech - though it wasn't immediately clear whether they would walk out in protest, heckle or skip the session altogether. The Knesset, which is accustomed to such high-profile visits, had added a new layer of security, and besides the speaker and other dignitaries, lawmakers did not have direct access to Pence.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the boycott a disgrace. He and others gave Pence a standing ovation.
Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan says the partial government shutdown is "inflicting needless uncertainty on our country" and he is blaming it on Senate Democrats. He said that the Democrats are holding the government hostage to win protections for younger immigrants brought to the country illegally as children. Democrats, on the other hand, are blaming the shutdown on Republicans, who control Congress and the White House.
On the anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration, Americans awoke to the first day of a government shutdown and Congress staged a weekend session to show voters it was trying to resolve the stalemate. Republicans and Democrats showed no signs of ending their standoff over immigration and spending on Saturday. Critical government functions will continue, with uniformed service members, health inspectors and law enforcement officers set to work without pay. But if no deal is reached before Monday, hundreds of thousands of federal employees will be furloughed.