Police to overhaul policies
The Ferguson Police Department has agreed to overhaul its policies, training and practices as part of a sweeping deal with the Justice Department following the 2014 fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, city and federal officials announced Wednesday. The recommendations, detailed in a 131-page proposed consent decree, are meant to correct problems identified in a scathing Justice Department report last year that identified unconstitutional and discriminatory practices across the city police force and municipal court system. The city had been under federal scrutiny since the August 2014 shooting of Brown, who was black and unarmed, by white police officer Darren Wilson.
Bill bans sale of fetal tissue
The Kentucky Senate voted Wednesday to ban the sale of fetal body parts, the latest reaction to undercover Planned Parenthood videos in Texas that led to a grand jury indictment of two anti-abortion activists. Republican state Sen. Max Wise, who wrote Kentucky’s bill, criticized the grand jury’s decision and said the bill would protect the state from the “cold-hearted trading of body parts for money.” The bill makes it a felony to sell all or part of a fetus that was part of an induced abortion.
Convicted killer executed
A Texas man was executed Wednesday evening for fatally shooting a game warden nine years ago during a shootout after a 90-minute chase that began when he was suspected of poaching. James Freeman, 35, was asked by the warden if he had a final statement. “No, I do not,” he replied. He was pronounced dead at 6:30 p.m., 16 minutes after Texas prison officials began a lethal dose of pentobarbital. As the pentobarbital began taking effect, he snored about five times and coughed slightly once. The lethal injection was the second in as many weeks in Texas.
Tornado tosses cars, trucks
A tornado picked up a southbound vehicle on Florida’s Turnpike near Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday morning and dropped it in the northbound lane as a line of severe storms hit the area, officials said. They said the storms tossed cars and trucks, knocked down trees and damaged some roofs in south Florida. Broward Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles said one person was hurt on the turnpike. He didn’t know how many vehicles were overturned in the area. The southbound lanes were closed for a time north of Fort Lauderdale.
Compiled from wire reports