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Misty Upham's Dad: She Died Fleeing Police

Cops had taunted Native American actress, dad says

(Newser) - The father of a Native American actress found dead in the woods this week says his daughter died while running away from the cops, Fox News reports. Misty Upham, 32, who acted in August: Osage County and Django Unchained, "did not commit suicide," Charles Upham writes on Facebook... More »

St. Louis Cops: Dead Teen Had Gunshot Residue

Say tests prove Vonderrit Myers fired in fatal exchange with off-duty cop

(Newser) - Gunshot residue was on the hand, waistband, and shirt of an 18-year-old man killed by a St. Louis police officer last week , authorities said yesterday. Police union leaders said the lab test by the Missouri State Highway Patrol dispels claims that Vonderrit Myers didn't shoot at the officer on... More »

NYPD Got 219 Chokehold Complaints in a Year

Official report sees recent rise

(Newser) - In an official report following the chokehold death of Eric Garner , New York police overseers find that complaints about chokeholds are on the rise. The city's police department received 219 such complaints between July 2013 and June 2014, the Wall Street Journal reports. That's the most since 2009,... More »

Cop Shot as Ferguson Simmers

Unnamed officer expected to survive; incident unrelated to 2 protests overnight

(Newser) - A Ferguson police officer was shot in the arm last night after encountering two men at a community center who ran from him and then opened fire during a foot chase, authorities said. St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said at a media briefing early today that the officer... More »

Cop: Footage Shows Ghost at Station

Straight-faced New Mexico officer says he spotted it on surveillance video

(Newser) - Bust out the Ghostbusters jokes: A police officer in New Mexico swears his station is haunted, and he says he's got video to back it up, KOAT reports. Officer Karl Romero was working last weekend and spotted something weird moving on surveillance footage of the Espanola Police Department, he... More »

Cop Tries to Shake Terror Suspect's Hand, Is Stabbed

Australian police then kill Numan Haider, 18

(Newser) - Australian police shot and killed a terror suspect after he stabbed two officers yesterday, officials say. The suspect has been identified as Numan Haider, an 18-year-old Australian whose passport had been canceled amid terror concerns, the AP reports. Officers were concerned he was planning to behead police, cover their bodies... More »

Police Scandal Leads to 6K Nixed Speeding Tickets

Houston officers filed falsified reports: officials

(Newser) - Some 6,150 speeding-ticket recipients are getting off easy: Their cases are being dismissed because they may have been victims of police misconduct, according to an investigation. Four Houston officers were found to have falsely reported each other as witnesses on tickets they wrote, investigators say. In some cases, one... More »

117 Colleges Now Have Military Equipment: Report

Including grenade launchers, armored vehicles

(Newser) - It's not just municipal police forces that have obtained military-style weaponry through a federal program: Modified grenade launchers and M-16 rifles are on college campuses, too, the Chronicle of Higher Education reports. The publication finds that 117 colleges have received equipment thanks to a federal system called the 1033... More »

Woman's Sloooow Getaway: Via Motorized Wheelchair

Shirley Mason, 46, accused of stealing motorized cart, clothes

(Newser) - A Michigan woman says she "didn't feel like walking" home after allegedly stealing $600 in clothing from Walmart, the Muskegon Chronicle reports. Shirley Mason's turtle-paced getaway on one of the store's motorized wheelchairs ended two miles down the road when police caught up with her. A... More »

Cops: Woman Rubs Officer's Pepper Spray Back Into His Eyes

A Florida arrest gets a little out of hand

(Newser) - When a Florida sheriff's deputy spotted two women arguing in a store parking lot, he intervened, Keys News reports—but the response was more than he bargained for. As the officer attempted to arrest Sara Henderson, 33, on charges of disorderly intoxication, he says she fought back. In the... More »

Hillary Clinton Speaks Out on Ferguson

'We are better than that,' she says

(Newser) - "We don't want to see our streets look like a war zone. Not in America. We are better than that," Hillary Clinton told a tech conference in San Francisco yesterday in her first public remarks on events in Ferguson, Mo . Clinton praised "decent and respectful law... More »

Obama Calls for Review of Police Gear

Ferguson puts spotlight on use of military equipment

(Newser) - Amid the uproar in Ferguson, President Obama is addressing concerns over military-grade equipment's availability to local police, officials tell the New York Times and CNN . Obama has ordered a review of policies surrounding the gear's use, questioning whether police are properly trained to use it as well as... More »

Cop: Do What I Say and You Won't Get Shot

Sunil Dutta's piece sparks anger

(Newser) - As the crisis in Ferguson rages on , Los Angeles police officer Sunil Dutta has penned what's proven to be an inflammatory essay in the Washington Post . His message: "In the overwhelming majority of cases, it is not the cops, but the people they stop, who can prevent detentions... More »

All 7 Hostages Free, Safe in 20-Hour Chicago Ordeal

2 suspects arrested; officers treated for wounds

(Newser) - All of the hostages who were being held at a home near Chicago in a standoff that started early yesterday afternoon have been rescued, NBC Chicago reports. Four children had been released last night, and the two remaining children and an adult woman were found safe this morning after police... More »

Cops Unamused by Man's 'Police Maserati'

Driver charged with impersonating police officer

(Newser) - A Massachusetts driver with a Maserati painted like a police car was stopped by a police officer who realized that even the cops in Monaco don't drive Maseratis. The Braintree driver, who was charged with impersonating a police officer, had made the $100,000 luxury Italian car look like... More »

Fugitive's Mistake? He Wins Police Doughnut Contest

Burglary suspect arrested after victory appears in newspaper

(Newser) - When you're on the lam from police, it might be best to avoid entering doughnut-eating contests sponsored by the aforementioned police. Because you just might win, get written up in the local paper, and then not be on the lam anymore. Such is the strange fate of Bradley Hardison... More »

Woman in Big Trouble for Slapping Police Horse

Selma Gonzalez says she was only petting the horse

(Newser) - It was a tough night for police horse Greyhawk. He was on duty outside the International Boutique Nightclub in Scottsdale last month when Selma Iris Gonzalez, 25, allegedly slapped him on the butt. The slap was loud enough to be heard even over the noise from the bar, reports AZ... More »

Firearms Instructor Shoots Himself During Gun Lesson

11-year police veteran was teaching family members

(Newser) - If making mistakes is best way to learn, Texas firearms instructor Sgt. Heath Vanek gave his family members a great lesson last month. The Hewitt Police Department officer was teaching them to shoot, and while showing them how to clear the chamber of a jammed semi-automatic … he shot himself... More »

Woman Tries to Steal Cop Car —With Cops in It

Said she planned to drive it to her car: police

(Newser) - A woman in Pittsburgh made the bold move of trying to steal a police car; unfortunately for her, it contained police. According to authorities, an apparently drunk Ria Buford, 32, was hanging out with friends near the unmarked car following a huge after-party for a concert. Plainclothes officers were sitting... More »

Parents Locked Autistic Twins, 22, in Basement: Cops

John and Janice Land abuse and imprisonment charges

(Newser) - To stop his 22-year-old autistic twin sons from misbehaving, John Land told police he installed an external deadbolt and padlock on a basement bedroom with the “sole intention” of keeping the men locked away during the overnight hours, NBC4 reports. The conditions police found last week at the Rockville,... More »

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