Washington

Seattle police chief to resign

As City Council members in Seattle pursue an ambitious plan to cut dozens of police officers and create a new department dedicated to public safety, Police Chief Carmen Best said she plans to resign. Best, the first Black woman to hold the top policing job in the city, said in a message to the Police Department that she would retire next month and was “confident the department will make it through these difficult times.” Mayor Jenny Durkan, an ally of the police chief, said Best was making the move in hopes of changing the department’s fractious relationship with the City Council.

Maryland

Death toll from blast rises to 2

Two people are now confirmed dead following a natural gas explosion that destroyed three row houses in Baltimore and sent seven people to the hospital, authorities said. A man was pulled from the debris early Tuesday, Baltimore Fire Department spokeswoman Blair Adams said at a morning news conference. Family members identified him as Joseph Graham, 20, a student at Morgan State University who had attended a party at one of the row homes that was destroyed.

Colorado

Slain man’s parents sue police

The parents of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man who died after officers in suburban Denver stopped him on the street last year and put him in a chokehold, sued police and medical officials. With the federal civil rights lawsuit, the McClain family said they were seeking both accountability for the loss of a “beautiful soul” and to send a message that “racism and brutality have no place in American law enforcement.”

South Sudan

81 killed in weapons operation

At least 81 people were killed and dozens injured in South Sudan over the weekend as an operation to seize weapons from civilians got underway, authorities and a network of civil society organizations said. The clashes showed how the world’s youngest nation has continued to grapple with deadly violence as it tries to emerge from a punishing civil war. The efforts to disarm communities in South Sudan is an attempt by authorities to tackle insecurity and stem retaliatory attacks in a country fractured along ethnic lines. Around 55 members of the security forces and 26 civilians were killed in separate attacks, an army spokesman said.

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