New Portland Prosecutor Won’t Pursue Some Charges Against Protesters

The prosecutor whose territory includes Portland announced Tuesday his office will not prosecute cases of disorderly conduct, criminal trespassing, and interfering with law enforcement officers. Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt claimed the unusual move would lead to a safer community. Speaking at a press conference, Schmidt said he acknowledges the emotions of those involved in […]

Chicago-Area Prosecutor, Judge Challenge Claims That Lack of Consequences Led to Rioting

A Chicago-area prosecutor and the chief Cook County judge challenged claims by city officials that a lack of consequences for rioting earlier this summer led to widespread looting in Chicago overnight Sunday. Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx said the unrest in the wake of George Floyd’s death in police custody in Minneapolis in May […]

Rioters Launch Ball Bearings, Golf Balls, Rocks at Officers in Portland

Rioters launched projectiles at police officers in Portland late Monday, striking one officer in the face, hours after authorities said they wouldn’t charge a black activist who was detained during rioting over the weekend. Unrest continued in Oregon’s largest city in a nearly unbroken chain since May 28. A group gathered around 8 p.m. and […]

Seattle City Council Approves Nearly $4 Million in Cuts to Police Department

The Seattle City Council on Monday approved nearly $4 million in cuts to the city’s police department, a precursor to plans for larger cuts in next year’s budget. “Reducing the budget of the Seattle Police Department is a response to the calls for advocating for racial justice and investments in BIPOC communities,” Council President M. […]

40 Shot, 4 Dead, in Chicago Over Past Weekend: Police

Four people were killed and at least 36 others were injured in separate shootings across Chicago during the past weekend, officials said on Monday morning. The latest fatal shooting occurred on Monday on the South Side’s Grand Crossing, police told the Chicago Sun-Times. In that incident, a 22-year-old man was shot in the chest at […]

Widespread Looting in Chicago, Dozens of Stores Broken Into

Widespread looting took place in Chicago overnight, with Apple, Old Navy, and Tesla stores among those hit during the riots. The mayhem caused the city to raise bridges to cut off access to downtown, according to photographs and video footage. The Chicago Police Department didn’t answer its non-emergency line on Monday morning and no official […]

US Customs Seizes Shipments of Nearly 20,000 Fake Driver’s Licenses From China, Other Countries

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Chicago have seized more than 19,000 fake IDs in the first half of this year, with the majority arriving from China and Hong Kong, the federal agency said. The fake driver’s licenses were intercepted at the International Mail Facility (IMF) at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport between Jan. […]

Jeffrey Epstein’s Alleged Victims Get Chance to Challenge Plea Deal, Appeal Court Rules

Alleged victims of deceased convicted sex-trafficker Jeffrey Epstein will have a chance to challenge a federal non-prosecution agreement—often referred to as Epstein’s “sweetheart” plea deal—that was signed more than a decade ago. Courtney Wild, an Epstein accuser originally known as Jane Doe 1, as well as another plaintiff known as Jane Doe 2, had filed […]

Rioters Clash With Police in Portland, Hurl Chunks of Concrete at Officers

Rioters threw chunks of concrete, rocks, and other projectiles at police officers in Portland late Friday, as clashes between them and officers spilled again into nearby residential streets. Unrest in Oregon’s city started in late May and has continued virtually unabated since. People gathered outside the Penumbra Kelly Building, which holds law enforcement offices, about […]

Former LA Angels Employee Arrested, Charged in Pitcher Tyler Skaggs’ Overdose Death

A former employee of the Los Angeles Angels was taken into custody in connection with the fentanyl overdose death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas said on Friday. Eric Prescott Kay, 45, a former communications director for the Angels, was charged with conspiracy to distribute a mixture containing detectable […]