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Massachusetts police narcotics squad routinely used excessive force: DOJ
amphotora/iStock By JACK DATE, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- A Justice Department investigation into a specialized narcotics unit of the Springfield, Massachusetts, Police Department found officers routinely used excessive force, including punching people in the face and using head strikes in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution."We found in that case there was a drug unit in the Springfield Police Department that was engaged in a pattern and practice of using excessive force," Attorney General William Barr told ABC News Chief Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas in an exclusive interview.The investigation, the only pattern or practice investigation initiated during the Trump...
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California prison using tents, warehouse to treat inmates with COVID-19
DanHenson1/iStock By MEREDITH DELISO and MEREDITH LONGO, ABC News(SAN QUENTIN, Calif.) -- San Quentin State Prison in California has erected tents and is converting a warehouse to treat a coronavirus outbreak that's infected more than 1,800 inmates and staff.Aerial footage shows nine tents on the institution's baseball field, part of the prison's efforts to treat inmates with COVID-19 right on the grounds while opening up space for social distancing, quarantine and isolation in the crowded facility.The tents are currently operational, a spokesperson for the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation (CDCR) confirmed to ABC News. Each tent can house 10...
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Ghislaine Maxwell given paper clothes at jail to avoid suicide attempt: Sources
Laura Cavanaugh/Getty Images By LUKE BARR and MARK OSBORNE, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Ghislaine Maxwell, the recently arrested confidant of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, was given paper clothes upon checking into the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York, over fears that she might take her own life, two federal law enforcement sources confirm to ABC News.It's unclear whether Maxwell has been placed on suicide watch.Sources stressed to ABC News that it is standard procedure for high-profile inmates or new inmates. However, one source told ABC News that the federal Bureau of Prisons has gone to "great measures" to...
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