LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge approved a $5 million settlement among the operators of an oil pipeline, the state of Arkansas and the federal government Wednesday, finding that the deal to end claims stemming from a spill two years ago satisfied the public interest even if it might not be the best pact possible.
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed a law on Wednesday to improve training for police officers, banning excessive use of force including choke holds and creating guidelines on using body cameras. Illinois is among the first states to pass police reform legislation since a fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen by a white police officer in Missouri last year sparked a national debate about police conduct. Other states to pass reform bills include Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland and California, but Illinois' law is one of the broadest and most comprehensive, said Rich Williams, policy specialist for the National Conference of State Legislatures.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — An attorney for a Texas police officer in training who fatally shot an unarmed, black college football player during a suspected burglary at a car dealership defended his client's actions Wednesday and rebuked those of the police chief who fired him.