FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) – About 150 people have been arrested during several days of protests around Ferguson, Missouri, where largely peaceful demonstrations over police shootings of unarmed black men have been punctuated by flashes of violence.
Police said on Tuesday that 22 people had been arrested overnight in Ferguson and another 63 were arrested for trying to block a highway.
By Scott Malone
FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) – Four civilians carrying automatic rifles and sidearms patrolled a riot-torn street in Ferguson, Missouri, early Tuesday, saying they were there to protect a media organization but drawing swift criticism from police and protesters alike.
The appearance of the four men, all white, quickly drew stares in the mostly black neighborhood, which exploded into violence again on Sunday night as protesters marked the police killing of an unarmed black teen a year ago.
FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) – Protesters regrouped in Ferguson, Missouri, on Monday evening after a state of emergency was declared, aimed at preventing a repeat of violence the night before on the anniversary of the police shooting of an unarmed black man.
Protesters, some carrying placards, assembled on a street near the site where Michael Brown, a black teenager, was shot dead by white officer Darren Wilson a year ago and ignited a national firestorm on race relations.
By Scott Malone
(Reuters) – Maine’s top court ruled on Thursday that the
state’s combative Republican governor, Paul LePage, had missed a
deadline in July to veto 65 bills he had intended to block, and
that those bills were now law.
The decision by six of the seven justices of the state’s
Supreme Judicial Court came in response to an official question
from the governor’s office on July 17, the day after state
legislators informed him that he had missed his veto deadline.
BOSTON (Reuters) – Federal investigators in Boston on Thursday released 25-year-old surveillance video showing a security guard admitting a man to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum the night before it was robbed of $500 million worth of art in the largest such heist in U.S. history.
The six-minute, 40-second video shows a white man, wearing glasses and apparently in his 50s or 60s, being let in by the guard through a rear entrance to the museum shortly after midnight on March 17, 1990, about 24 hours before the heist.
BOSTON (Reuters) – Two marijuana advocacy groups on Wednesday are set to submit proposed ballot initiatives that would allow Massachusetts voters to decide whether to legalize recreational pot smoking in the state.
The initiatives could become part of a wave of similar measures put before voters in a half-dozen U.S. states in 2016 as pro-marijuana groups follow a strategy that has already legalized the drug in four states plus the District of Columbia.
BOSTON (Reuters) – A Boston-area police officer is due in court on Tuesday to face charges after repeatedly punching a handcuffed suspect he had taken into custody and then lying about it, according to local prosecutors and police.
The officer, Felix Rivera, has been suspended from his position with the Chelsea police department following the September 2014 incident, which led to charges of assault and battery, filing a false police report and violating the suspect’s civil rights.
BOSTON (Reuters) – Massachusetts prosecutors said on Monday that an anonymous caller, who told lawyers for former NFL star Aaron Hernandez that one of the jurors who found him guilty of murder should have been disqualified, had a sexual relationship with the athlete.
The former New England Patriots tight end was found guilty in April of murdering an acquaintance, Odin Lloyd, in 2013, and sentenced to life in prison at the end of the first of two murder trials he will face this year.
By Zachary Fagenson and Scott Malone
(Reuters) – A Florida appeals court on Wednesday reinstated
the 2008 murder conviction of Boston mob boss James “Whitey”
Bulger’s longtime FBI handler for providing information the
gangster used to carry out a 1982 hit.
The state’s full Third District Court of Appeals reversed
its own decision of a year ago, which had found that the former
agent, John Connolly, had been wrongly convicted and sentenced
to 40 years in prison for his role in the murder of John
Callahan, the president of sports betting operation World
BOSTON (Reuters) – As recently as late Monday morning, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh had dismissed the group opposing the city’s bid for the 2024 Olympic Games as “10 people on Twitter.”
But hours later, the three thirtysomethings behind the No Boston Olympics organization emerged victorious when the U.S. Olympic Committee said it would abandon its effort to bring the 2024 Summer Games to Boston following strong public opposition.