Human rights and civil liberties

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at the National Sheriffs' Association convention in New Orleans, Monday, June 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
June 20, 2018 - 10:35 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 600 members of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' church have denounced him over the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy that has led to children being separated from their parents at the border. Members of the United Methodist Church from across the...
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A boy stares out of a heavily tinted bus window leaving a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility, Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in McAllen, Texas. More than 2,300 minors have been separated from their families crossing the border to the U.S. under a zero-tolerance policy where everyone caught crossing illegally is prosecuted. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
June 20, 2018 - 9:52 am
MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — Trump administration officials say they have no clear plan yet on how to reunite the thousands of children separated from their families at the border since the implementation of a zero-tolerance policy in which anyone caught entering the U.S. illegally is criminally...
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FILE - In this Jan. 2, 2018, file photo, United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks to reporters at United Nations headquarters. Haley says the U.S. is withdrawing from UN Human Rights Council, calling it 'not worthy of its name.' (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
June 20, 2018 - 5:15 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is leaving the United Nations' Human Rights Council, which Ambassador Nikki Haley called "an organization that is not worthy of its name." It's the latest withdrawal by the Trump administration from an international institution. Haley said Tuesday the U.S. had...
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FILE - In this June 1, 2018, file photo, members of the the Culinary Union carry signs at a union hall in Las Vegas. Thousands of unionized workers at Las Vegas casino-resorts operated by MGM Resorts International are set to approve their newly negotiated five-year contract. The agreement up for a vote Tuesday, June 19, 2018, includes wage increases and stronger protections against sexual harassment for 24,000 bartenders, housekeepers and other members of the Culinary Union.(AP Photo/John Locher, File)
June 19, 2018 - 11:55 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Thousands of unionized workers at Las Vegas casino-resorts operated by MGM Resorts International, including Bellagio, Aria and Mandalay Bay, approved a new five-year contract Tuesday. The contract includes wage increases, new paid bereavement leave and stronger protections against...
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Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, is congratulated by Pastor Les Simmons after her bill to limit police use of deadly force was approved by the Senate Public Safety Committee, Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. California senators are advancing a first-in-the-nation bill to significantly change the standards for when police can open fire, acting after an emotion-charged debate over killings that have recently roiled the country. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
June 19, 2018 - 8:06 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California would lead the U.S. in significantly changing the standard for when police can fire their weapons under legislation that cleared its first hurdle Tuesday after an emotionally charged debate over deadly shootings that have roiled the country. It's time to change...
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Rep. Darren Sota, D-Fla., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill with Rev. Al Sharpton and social justice leaders to call on the Trump administration in conjunction with the U.S. Attorney General Session to stop separating children from their families at the U.S. border, Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Beatrice Jin)
June 19, 2018 - 6:27 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Calling on the Trump administration to end its "insensitive policy," the Rev. Al Sharpton and a coalition of social justice leaders announced Tuesday that they plan to visit immigrant children separated from their families at the U.S. border with Mexico. In a Capitol Hill news...
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FILE - In this Jan. 2, 2018, file photo, United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks to reporters at United Nations headquarters. Haley says the U.S. is withdrawing from UN Human Rights Council, calling it 'not worthy of its name.' (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
June 19, 2018 - 6:18 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States announced Tuesday it was leaving the United Nations' Human Rights Council, with Ambassador Nikki Haley calling it "an organization that is not worthy of its name." It was the latest withdrawal by the Trump administration from an international institution. Haley,...
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Antonio Gutierrez speaks during a protest announcing a federal class-action lawsuit filed against the city by several community groups, alleging that officers, given "unlimited" discretion to add individuals to the department's massive gang database, often falsely label people as gang members "based solely on their race and neighborhood," Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at City Hall in Chicago. Four men who say they have been inaccurately labeled gang members by Chicago police were joined by members of various community groups at the protest. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune via AP)
June 19, 2018 - 6:18 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Civil rights groups filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging that the Chicago Police Department relies on an error-plagued database that names up to 195,000 people as gang members, including many who have never been in a gang. Many people were erroneously listed in the database simply...
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FILE - This is a Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2008 file photo, showing a general view of the Human Rights Room (Room XX) at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Diplomats say the United States is about to quit the United Nation’s main human rights body, primarily over Washington’s claim that the Human Rights Council is biased against Israel. The move would be the Trump administration’s latest snub of the international community. The U.S. State Department said Friday, June 15, 2018 no decision has been made to leave. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP, File)
June 19, 2018 - 6:17 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. withdrawal from the United Nations' main human rights body (all times EDT): 6:15 p.m. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office is praising the "courageous" decision by the Trump administration to pull out of the U.N.-backed Human Rights Council...
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FILE - In this April 1, 2018, file photo, Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown is seen during an NBA basketball game in Denver. Brown filed a lawsuit Tuesday, June 19, 2018, against the city of Milwaukee and its police department, claiming unlawful arrest and excessive force when officers used a stun gun on him during his arrest in January 2018 for a parking violation. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
June 19, 2018 - 5:16 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown sued the city of Milwaukee and its police department Tuesday, saying officers' use of a stun gun during his arrest for a parking violation constitutes excessive force and that they targeted him because he is black. Brown's attorney Mark Thomsen...
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