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Headlines for Sunday, October 24, 2021

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AP: Allegations of Police Bias in Kansas Yield Few Sanctions

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A new Associated Press report shows that the vast majority of complaints of bias made against Kansas law enforcement agencies do not result in sanctions. An AP review of data shows agencies have received hundreds of complaints of bias over the past 10 years, but records available to the public show only two alleging racial bias resulted in consequences for officers. Advocates for racial equality question how that could be the case and suggest that law enforcement investigating complaints against other officers and a lack of transparency are problems. Representatives of law enforcement say police investigators that look into bias complaints receive specialized training and that proving bias is extremely difficult.


2 Injured in Wichita Road-Rage Shooting

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Two people were critically injured in a road-rage shooting in Wichita. KSN-TV reports that officers responding to an 11 p.m. Friday call of a shooting arrived to find two people with gunshot wounds Police say one is a 26-year-old woman believed to be the driver; the other is a man in his mid-20s is believed to be a passenger. Both were transported to a local hospital in critical, but stable condition. Police said they were headed eastbound on Kellogg when they were involved in some sort of road range incident with another vehicle. Several shots were fired from a white four-door car.


1 Dead, 1 Injured in Semi-truck Collision near Wichita

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — One person is dead and another injured after a semi-truck rear ended another one on I-35 near Wichita. The Kansas Highway Patrol said one of the semi-trucks was carrying vegetable oil and caught fire in Saturday's crash. KWCH-TV reported that its driver was ejected from the vehicle and later died from their injuries at a local hospital. The other driver is in the hospital with injuries that are not considered life-threatening.


Kansas Joins Oklahoma, Other States in Effort to Overturn Court Decision on Tribal Lands

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two northeast Oklahoma cities, state law enforcement and business groups and the states of Kansas, Texas, Louisiana, and Nebraska have filed briefs supporting the state's request that the U.S. Supreme Court overturn its decision that some tribal reservations were never disestablished. The cities of Tulsa and Owasso filed friend of the court briefs Thursday alleging crimes such as domestic violence have not been prosecuted because of what is known as the McGirt decision. A federal prosecutor and the Cherokee Nation dispute the claims. The McGirt decision found that Oklahoma has no jurisdiction over crimes committed by or against Native Americans on tribal reservations.


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