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Pope Urges Traffic Police to Show Mercy to Drivers

But he's against people using cellphones while driving

(Newser) - Pope Francis says police should exercise the Christian virtue of mercy—even when dealing with Italy's notorious traffic. At a meeting with officers in charge of the nation's roads Monday, he praised their work but urged them to show mercy in the situations they encounter daily, the BBC... More »

Manhunt Underway for Gunman Who Killed Rookie Cop

Suspect is said to be "armed and dangerous"

(Newser) - Police have identified a suspect in the tragic shooting of a rookie officer in western Pennsylvania. Per CNN , authorities named Rahmael Sal Holt, 29, as the alleged gunman who killed officer Brian Shaw Friday during a traffic stop turned foot chase. Details about the incident are still unfolding, including why... More »

Residents Boo LAPD's New Drone Program

Locals and privacy advocates not happy about yearlong test program

(Newser) - The LAPD is about to embark on a yearlong test program with a fleet of "small Unmanned Aerial Systems," aka drones—making it the country's largest police department to use them—and some residents aren't happy about it. The Los Angeles Times reports on Tuesday's... More »

Decapitated Man in Tennessee Really Something Else Entirely

Realistic decoration has passers-by calling 911

(Newser) - Police in Greene County, Tenn., have asked the public to stop calling 911 about a Halloween decoration that may be a tad too early—and too realistic. The sheriff's department has notified the public that what looks like a body crushed by a garage door is a puppet stuffed... More »

In a Twist, Cops Were the Ones Chanting in St. Louis

'Whose streets? Our streets' went the refrain after arrests

(Newser) - A common chant could be heard on the streets of St. Louis Sunday night as protesters demonstrated over a police shooting. "Whose streets? Our streets" went the refrain, a common one used by Black Lives Matter protesters. This time, however, it was police officers who were doing the chanting,... More »

Photo of Florida Cops Causes Internet to Die, Go to Heaven

The comments on the Facebook post made Gainesville PD chief 'blush'

(Newser) - America's finest, indeed. An Irma-related photo of three male members of the Gainesville Police Department has caused such a stir that the photo was updated to note "Officer Rengering is being placed into Cougar Prey Protective Care, similar to the witness protection program for his safety." And... More »

Las Vegas Cops Dispute NFL Player's Allegations

Michael Bennett says he was targeted for being black

(Newser) - Police in Las Vegas have rejected Seattle Seahawks player Michael Bennett's claim that he was racially profiled during a shooting scare after the Mayweather-McGregor fight Aug. 26. Kevin McMahill, the undersheriff of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, told reporters Wednesday that as officers responded to a call about... More »

Officer Who Said 'We Only Shoot Black People' to Be Fired

Police chief calls statement 'inexcusable'

(Newser) - A police lieutenant in Georgia who was recorded on video during a traffic stop saying " we only shoot black people " is being fired, the police chief said Thursday. Dashcam video from July 2016 shows a car stopped on the side of a road and a woman can be... More »

Trump to Lift Limits on Military Gear for Cops

He's promised to rescind Obama order

(Newser) - The Trump administration is preparing to restore the flow of surplus military equipment to local law enforcement agencies under a program that had been sharply curtailed amid an outcry over police use of armored vehicles and other war-fighting gear to confront protesters. Documents obtained by the AP indicate President Trump... More »

Town Goes 4 Days Without Police After Cops, Chief Quit

And yet lawlessness didn't break out in the Alaskan town of Sand Point

(Newser) - A small town at the edge of Alaska's Aleutian Islands had no police oversight for several days after its three officers quit in quick succession, followed by the police chief's resignation, the AP reports. The resignations took place as the remote town of Sand Point's population of... More »

Black Cops Respond to Trump: 'We Are Not Thugs'

DEA chief says president 'condoned police misconduct'

(Newser) - "We are not thugs. We are professionals," says the leader of a black policing group, addressing a speech in which President Trump urged officers to not be "too nice" when arresting suspects. Perry Tarrant of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives met with AG Jeff... More »

Video Allegedly Shows More Planted Evidence in Baltimore

2 cops under investigation after November traffic stop

(Newser) - More drug charges have been dropped in Baltimore as a result of a second body-camera video that apparently shows police officers planting evidence. The unreleased video "appears to depict multiple officers working together to manufacture evidence," according to the city's public defender. The news comes less than... More »

A&E Is Airing 'the Most Disturbing Show on TV'

'Live PD' claims to provide transparency. Writer calls that 'absurd'

(Newser) - Live PD is sort of like long-running hit show Cops, except that everything on the show is aired live (with an undisclosed delay) and unedited. In one instance, a South Carolina mother was watching the A&E show when she found out—along with everyone else watching the show—that... More »

Family of Man Killed by Cop Balks at Sheriff's $314K Bill

They want info on officer who killed him; lawyer says records fee is 'offensive'

(Newser) - When pedestrian Blane Land was struck and killed by a police officer in Jacksonville, Fla., in May, his family immediately began digging into the officer's prior conduct. As it turned out, Officer Tim James had been investigated at least 11 times by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office and would... More »

NYPD Is Knocking Cellphones Out of People's Hands: Report

Abundance of cameras has made some cops in NYC jumpy

(Newser) - A civilian review panel tasked with investigating complaints against New York City cops has spotted a trend: NYPD officers knocking cellphones and other video recording devices out of the hands of concerned citizens. In a three-year analysis of complaints against city officers starting in 2014, the Civilian Complaint Review Board... More »

Cop Rescues Child Abuse Victim—Then Goes Further

'He's the reason why I'm here right now'

(Newser) - "That's a measure of a man—and a very good police officer," Poteau Police Chief Stephen Fruen says of Officer Jody Thompson. KFSM reports the Oklahoma police officer went above and beyond the call of duty by adopting the victim of a child abuse case. Back in... More »

Cops Commit Crimes, Too. This One Is Just 'Invisible'

Huffington Post examines domestic abuse by police

(Newser) - Police officers are trained to dominate, interrogate, and show strength. These are the skills that, in theory, make them good police officers—but those same skills can also make for a dangerous abuser, write Melissa Jeltsen and Dana Liebelson at the Huffington Post . "If domestic abuse is one of... More »

Cops Show Less Respect to Black Drivers

It's the first major US study of police bodycam footage

(Newser) - In a conclusion that some may not consider surprising, researchers have found that police officers are more respectful to white people than black people during traffic stops, according to a study published Monday in PNAS . Ars Technica reports the data for the first major study of US bodycam footage comes... More »

SCOTUS Taking Up Cellphone Tower Case

High court will consider whether police need warrants

(Newser) - In a new case about digital age technology and privacy, the Supreme Court will consider whether police need warrants to review cellphone tower records that help them track the location of criminal suspects, the AP reports. The justices agreed Monday to hear an appeal from Timothy Carpenter, who was sentenced... More »

After Cops Raid Party, Mensa Applications Surge

'We do want new members, but perhaps not in this way,' says Mensa Sweden

(Newser) - Police had to break up a loud party in the wee hours of the morning at a hotel, an otherwise ho-hum event that wouldn't be making headlines except for the group involved. That would be Mensa, the exclusive society that accepts only those with the very highest IQs, reports... More »

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