The Texas county where a black woman died in an apparent jail suicide that garnered national attention had been cited by a state monitor for not doing enough to keep an eye on inmates and properly filling out intake forms, an official said on Thursday. Sandra Bland was found hanged in her cell three days after her July 10 arrest for a minor traffic offense in Waller County, about 50 miles northwest of Houston, an incident activists say is another example of police brutality toward minorities. Brandon Wood, the executive director of the Texas Commission on Jail Standards, told a Texas House of Representatives Committee that the county had not done enough to fill out mental health forms required by the state and monitoring those it kept behind bars.
NEW YORK (AP) — The family of a diamond dealer killed by a pair of crooked New York Police Department detectives — known as the Mafia Cops for moonlighting as hit men for the mob — has won a $5 million settlement in a wrongful-death lawsuit.
General Electric Co is taking steps to shift some U.S. manufacturing work overseas now that the U.S. Export-Import Bank will be shuttered at least until September, the industrial giant's global operations boss told Reuters on Thursday. GE Vice Chairman John Rice said the conglomerate is bidding on over $10 billion worth of projects that require support from an export credit agency (ECA) like Ex-Im.
ATLANTA (AP) — Police worked Thursday to identify two white males who were caught on surveillance camera laying Confederate battle flags neatly on the ground near the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s church.