(Reuters) – Police SWAT teams are forcing their way into homes, often using explosive devices, simply to serve drug possession search warrants in tactics that a leading civil rights groups said on Tuesday treated civilians as wartime enemies.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said federal government programs that armed police “with the weapons and tactics of war” had led forces across the United States to become unnecessarily and dangerously militarized.
DENVER (Reuters) – Authorities searched on Friday for a man who fired a rifle at a vehicle carrying Los Angeles rapper Schoolboy Q in the parking lot of a Colorado amphitheater after his performance at a concert headlined by Nas, wounding three other men in the car.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said Schoolboy Q was not injured and that it was not releasing the identities of the victims nor their relationship to the 27-year-old rapper, whose real name is Quincey Matthew Hanley.
(Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court struck down on Thursday a Los Angeles city ordinance that bars people from living in their cars, describing the rule as cryptic and saying that it has been used to discriminate against the poor and homeless.
The ruling overturned a 2011 lower court decision in a lawsuit brought by a group including four homeless people who parked in the city’s Venice district and were cited and arrested under the ordinance, which prohibits the use of vehicles as living quarters.
(Reuters) – Phoenix police have arrested a man convicted of a violent burglary in the murder of a 29-year-old priest who was killed and his pastor badly injured during a break-in at a Catholic church last week, authorities said on Monday.
Police said DNA evidence linked 54-year-old Gary Michael Moran to the scene, and that he had admitted to investigators being involved in a struggle at the Mater Misericordiae (Mother of Mercy) Mission church.
DENVER (Reuters) – A Colorado maker of marijuana edibles says it was surprised to be sued by Hershey Co, which accused it of ripping off the design of the company’s iconic chocolates and candies, because it changed its packaging six months ago.
Hershey sued TinctureBelle LLC in U.S. District Court in Denver last week, alleging trademark infringement. It also said there was a safety risk because consumers, especially children, might eat the pot products by mistake.
CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro cautioned opposition leaders to keep their expectations modest on Thursday as he hosted them for mediated talks intended to stem two months of deadly political unrest.
Maduro has held similar meetings previously but this was the first to include Henrique Capriles, who Maduro narrowly beat in last year’s presidential election, and the first to be brokered by foreign ministers from the Unasur bloc of South American governments.
CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro hosted opposition leaders on Thursday at the start of mediated talks intended to stem two months of political unrest that has killed dozens in the OPEC nation.
The meeting, brokered by foreign ministers from the Unasur bloc of South American governments, took place at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas and was broadcast live on TV.
CARACAS (Reuters) – After her bus was stopped at a barricade set up by protesters in Venezuela one night last week, a pregnant 28-year-old got off to walk home in the dark.
Adriana Urquiola, who worked as a sign language interpreter at a TV station, was returning from a shopping trip. Moments later, she was shot several times and died.
CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela has arrested three air force generals accused of plotting a coup in league with opposition politicians during the country’s rumbling civil unrest, the president said on Tuesday.
The move follows weeks of violence around anti-government protests that have killed 36 people in the nation’s worst unrest for a decade.
CARACAS (Reuters) – A pregnant woman was shot dead near Caracas and a soldier was killed in the western state of Merida, officials said, as the death toll from weeks of anti-government protests in Venezuela rose to 36 on Monday.
Supporters of both sides and members of the security forces are among those killed in the nation’s worst unrest in a decade, due to demonstrations against socialist President Nicolas Maduro that kicked off last month.