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Texas DA Finds 'Help' for Sandra Bland Probe

And toxicology report reveals level of marijuana in her bloodstream

(Newser) - Elton Mathis won't be investigating Sandra Bland's death all alone. The Waller County district attorney has called in two lawyers to lead an "oversight committee" designed to advise the DA's probe, the Houston Chronicle reports. Whether defense attorneys Darrell Jordan and Lewis White can help figure... More »

Ex-Cop's Fundraiser for Freddie Gray 6: Blackface

Bobby Berger was fired from Baltimore PD in the '80s for his Al Jolson-inspired act

(Newser) - A former Baltimore police officer said yesterday that he plans to perform an Al Jolson routine in blackface to raise money for the six Baltimore officers indicted in the death of Freddie Gray. Bobby Berger, whose performances as Jolson created tension with the department in the 1980s, said yesterday that... More »

Asthmatic Dad Dies After Cops Hogtie Him Facedown

Troy Goode's family wants answers as arrest video emerges

(Newser) - Another death in police custody has a Tennessee family scrambling for answers. Family attorney Tim Edwards tells NBC News that Troy Goode, 30, "ingested" something outside a Widespread Panic concert in Southaven, Miss., on Saturday and "got paranoid." The Memphis man, father to a 15-month-old child, reportedly... More »

2 Fishy Deaths in Police Custody Raise Questions

Witnesses: Jonathan Sanders told cop 'I can't breathe' during 20-minute choke-hold

(Newser) - A 39-year-old black man died last Wednesday after a Mississippi cop held him in a choke-hold for "more than 20 minutes, close to 30 minutes," a lawyer says. Three witnesses related to the victim say Jonathan Sanders was riding a horse-drawn buggy in Stonewall when he made a... More »

Cop Accused of Tossing Gross Fluid on Co-Worker

Michael Iscenko, 54, allegedly wanted woman's attention

(Newser) - A New York police sergeant allegedly tossed semen on a co-worker as way of saying that, gosh, he really likes her. Michael Iscenko, 54, is accused of throwing his spunk on an unidentified woman at the office where they work, the Grio reports. Iscenko had already expressed his interest to... More »

Pity This US Police Force

In Gary, Indiana, the troubles are mounting

(Newser) - Times are tough for at least one American police force. With five recent resignations, the force in Gary, Indiana, has seen 20 cops quit this year. Now the city budgeted for 235 officers has fewer than 200, the Chicago Tribune reports. Seems it's about money: In the city of... More »

Norway's Cops Missed 100% of Shots Last Year

Officers drew weapons 42 times, fired only twice

(Newser) - American police officers could learn a thing or two from Norway's men in blue, though perhaps not in terms of accuracy: Newly released stats show Norwegian officers, who typically don't carry guns, threatened to use their weapons 42 times last year but only fired twice; they missed both... More »

Felony Charges Dropped After Traffic Stop Goes Viral

Student who waited to pull over in well-lit area was accused of fleeing

(Newser) - Some national attention may have helped the case of a Detroit motorist who faced felony charges over an apparent misunderstanding during a traffic stop. Charges of fleeing an officer were dropped today against 24-year-old DaJuawn Wallace after his predicament began gaining widespread coverage, reports the Detroit Free Press . Back in... More »

Sign in Baltimore Police Van: 'Enjoy Your Ride'

Cops investigating 'unacceptable' wording

(Newser) - An unsettling development involving police in Baltimore: Photos snapped Tuesday near the city's Central District Police Station show a sign on the inside of a police van door—like the one in which Freddie Gray rode —that reads: "Enjoy your ride, cuz we sure will!" The... More »

Sniper Kills Suspect in Police HQ Attack in Dallas

He is believed to be dead, had blamed cops for losing custody of his son

(Newser) - The chaos in Dallas is over after the city's police headquarters was attacked by a gunman with bombs. A police sniper has indeed killed the suspect inside his van, reports AP . It took a while to confirm because police were cautious about approaching the vehicle. It also appears that... More »

Florida Principal Defends Texas Cop, Loses Job

'I commend him,' said Alberto Iber of 99% minority school

(Newser) - North Miami Senior High School is in need of a new principal after its own defended a white police officer's actions during a Texas pool party melee , the Miami Herald reports. Alberto Iber has been reassigned to "administrative duties" (though the Sun-Sentinel reports he resigned) after writing this... More »

At This Rate, Cops Will Kill 1K People This Year

By the Guardian's count, that is

(Newser) - A Guardian project that's compiling killings by US police says we're right on track to hit more than 1,000 such deaths by year's end, because we've already hit the midpoint. The newspaper's The Counted project, an interactive database that the Guardian says uses both... More »

Texas Cop Resigns After Pool Party Video

Eric Casebolt in McKinney already had been suspended

(Newser) - Officer Eric Casebolt is out of a job. His lawyer tells Fox4News that Casebolt has resigned from the force in McKinney, Texas, after a volatile video emerged of him over the weekend responding to a call from a suburban pool party. In the video, he pins a black teenage girl... More »

Pool Party Teen: Cop Shoved Me, Pulled My Hair

Activists want Cpl. Eric Casebolt fired

(Newser) - Texas police have named the cop suspended after busting up a party at a community pool in McKinney. Eric Casebolt, who appears to pull a 15-year-old girl to the ground before pointing his gun at two teens in a YouTube video, has been put on administrative leave, reports the Dallas ... More »

Texas Cop Suspended After Pool Party Melee

Cop grabbed teenage girl and slammed her to the ground

(Newser) - An explosive video of Texas cops chasing, handcuffing, and cursing at black teenagers has led to one officer being placed on administrative leave, the Dallas Morning News reports. According to police in McKinney, Texas , it began with calls Friday night about teens using a community pool without permission and "... More »

Cops Fatally Shoot 2 Americans Per Day

The Washington Post starts 'unprecedented' tally

(Newser) - Police are shooting Americans dead at a rate of over two per day, according to a Washington Post tally that the newspaper calls "an unprecedented examination of these shootings." In the first five months of its year-long project to compile fatal police shootings, the Post has documented 385—... More »

Railroad Police Exist, and There Are Issues

Alleged harassment, racial profiling, and assault are among them

(Newser) - Heard of railroad police? Don't worry, neither had we. But they exist, they operate with little government oversight, and they've been accused of various offences ranging from harassment to racial profiling to physical assault, the New York Times reports. "There needs to be better oversight of these... More »

Chicago Man: Police Did the Unthinkable at 'Black Site'

Homan Square continues to get hammered for alleged abuse

(Newser) - The Guardian has been relentlessly pursuing a story out of Chicago—the subject of Homan Square, an alleged PD "black site" where suspects are reportedly taken to be brutally interrogated. Now a 13th man has shared with the paper his own allegations of abuse at the hands of officers... More »

Report: Many Brought to Baltimore Jails Hurt

Plus, Freddie Gray ran, but his death 'makes you run faster'

(Newser) - In more ways than one, Freddie Gray's story was not unusual in Baltimore. Gray reportedly died after police ignored his requests for medical care—and he wasn't alone in failing to receive help, the Baltimore Sun reports. Corrections officers weren't willing to admit some 2,600 people... More »

Court Rebuffs Suit by Parents Told Their Daughter Was Dead

Maria and Jose Guerra believed bad news for horrible 6 days

(Newser) - So law enforcement officers mistakenly informed Maria and Jose Guerra that their daughter was dead—and the grieving parents believed that misinformation for a grueling six days. Is that reason to sue? The Arizona couple did sue the Department of Public Safety for negligence, only to have the state's... More »

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