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Cop Saves 10-Year-Old Girl ... From Homework Emergency

Lena Draper went to the police with a tough math question last week

(Newser) - When you're 10 years old, a tough math question can definitely feel like a life-or-death emergency. So when Ohio fifth-grader Lena Draper couldn't figure out the answer to (8 + 29) x 15, she turned to the Marion Police Department. "I'm having trouble with my homework,... More »

Officer Allegedly Told He's Too Gay to Be Promoted

Sgt. Keith Wildhaber was told to 'tone down' his gayness

(Newser) - A St. Louis County police sergeant alleges in a lawsuit against the department that he was told to "tone down" his gayness if he wanted a promotion, the AP reports. Sgt. Keith Wildhaber, a 22-year-old veteran of the department, also alleges he was passed over for promotions and reassigned... More »

Man Says Cop Raped Him, Cops Suggest It Was Accident

4 French officers charged after arrest last week

(Newser) - A 22-year-old French man says a police officer used a baton to rape him during an arrest in a Paris suburb, leaving him to undergo emergency surgery for injuries to his rectum. According to one of the involved officer's lawyers, the baton might've slipped into the man's... More »

Cop Sent to Bust Up Fight Busts a Move Instead

The "fight" was actually a college dance troupe's music video

(Newser) - Attention all units, officer (getting) down. Constable Jarrod Singh of Toronto's Durham Regional Police Service was called to the scene of a fight Sunday night, CBC reports. He arrived to find eight people surrounding another person. Singh says he can see how someone mistook it for a fight; but... More »

Hong Kong Billionaire Has Mysteriously Gone Missing

Mystery deepens on whereabouts, reason for alleged abduction of Xiao Jianhua

(Newser) - A website rumor was just the start of a mystery that involves a missing Canadian billionaire and a possible abduction from a ritzy Hong Kong hotel by Chinese cops. The BBC reports on Xiao Jianhua, who was reported missing over the weekend and has been the subject of conflicting reports... More »

Israeli Cops Question Netanyahu for 3 Hours

Corruption probe now a full criminal investigation: Israeli AG

(Newser) - Israeli police investigators descended on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's home Monday to continue a corruption probe, and while officials are being tight-lipped on what was discussed, a police spokesman revealed that questioning revolved around Netanyahu being "under caution on the suspicions of receiving benefits," CNN reports. The... More »

NYPD Cops Get OK to Sport Turbans, Beards for Religion

Both Sikh and Muslim officers have pushed for policy change

(Newser) - The NYPD announced Wednesday it has revised policy so that police officers can now sport beards and turbans if called for by their religion, the New York Times reports. Per NBC New York , officers must get the green light before showing up for work with either, but once they get... More »

Things This Man Used to Propose: Cops, Tasers, a 'Gun'

But nobody got Tasered—or dumped

(Newser) - Daiwon McPherson got the unusual marriage proposal he was looking for and lived to tell the tale. The Alabama man faked a standoff with police Friday night to surprise girlfriend Shawna Blackmon with a ring. McPherson, 33, arranged the proposal with the help of two police officers and some fellow... More »

New Clue in Mass. Jogger's Murder: 'Dark-Colored SUV'

Cops hunt vehicle spotted near where Vanessa Marcotte was killed in Princeton, Mass.

(Newser) - The hunt is on for a vehicle that police think may be linked to the murder this summer of a NYC Google worker visiting her family in Massachusetts. The body of 27-year-old Vanessa Marcotte was discovered in August in the woods in Princeton, and per ABC News , there's now... More »

Pot Use No Longer a Deal-Breaker for Police Recruits

'I want people who have lived a life just like everybody else'

(Newser) - Police departments are relaxing age-old standards for accepting recruits, from lowering educational requirements to forgiving some prior drug use, to try to attract more people to their ranks, reports the AP . The changes are designed to deal with decreased interest in a job that offers low pay, rigorous physical demands,... More »

In 'Hideous' Photo, Cop Gives Thumbs-Up Over Dead Body

Lawyer for dead man's mother says a lawsuit is coming

(Newser) - A "hideous" photo of a St. Louis police officer is drawing comparisons to photos from Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison , reports BuzzFeed . Leaked to KMOV , it shows a smiling officer giving a thumbs-up as he holds the limp arm of 28-year-old Omar Rahman, a black man who died of... More »

Police Officer Hit, Killed by Fleeing Suspects in Car Chase

He may have been deploying tire spikes at the time

(Newser) - A suburban Salt Lake City police officer was killed Sunday when authorities say he was struck by people fleeing in a stolen vehicle, the AP reports. West Valley City police Officer Cody Brotherson was deploying tire spikes when he was hit, authorities said. He is the first officer to die... More »

People 'Checking In' to Pipeline Protest in Droves on Facebook

To confuse law enforcement—but cops insist they're not tracking protesters on social media

(Newser) - Dakota Access Pipeline protesters continue to face down law enforcement in North Dakota—and now they're trying to use social media to confuse the police, the Daily Dot reports. On a Facebook page labeled as an unofficial account for the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, the feed is filled with... More »

Cop Charged With Theft Thanks to Own Body Camera

Julian Archuleta claimed money 'must have fallen in his bag'

(Newser) - A Denver cop who claimed $1,200 "must have fallen into his bag" at the scene of a car crash was arrested and suspended without pay after footage from his own body camera told a different story. The footage showed Julian Archuleta, a 48-year-old who has been on the... More »

NYPD Fatally Shoots Schizophrenic Woman With Bat

Police say Black Lives Matter supporter was screaming at neighbors, lunged at officer

(Newser) - A supporter of Black Lives Matter with schizophrenia was shot dead by police in the Bronx on Tuesday after authorities say she swung a baseball bat at an officer. In the NYPD's telling, officers were responding to a complaint about a woman acting irrationally when they entered 66-year-old Deborah... More »

Anti-US Protest Turns Bloody in Philippines

Police van rams into Manila protesters supporting Duterte

(Newser) - A Philippine police van rammed into protesters, leaving several bloodied, as an anti-US rally turned violent Wednesday at the American Embassy in Manila. At least three student activists had to be taken to a hospital after they were run over by the van driven by a police officer, protest leader... More »

Leader of Police Group Offers Unprecedented Apology

He wants to break 'historic cycle of mistrust'

(Newser) - It is time to break the "historic cycle of mistrust" between police and minority groups in America, the leader of America's biggest association of police chiefs said at the group's annual meeting in San Diego Monday, offering an unprecedented apology. There is much to be proud of... More »

Worried Husband's Call to Cops Ends in Tragedy for Wife

Woman shot, killed during mental health check after she wouldn't stand down with gun: Austin police

(Newser) - Police in Texas shot and killed a woman after responding to a mental health call, NBC News reports. The woman's husband called police, saying she was acting erratically and he was worried about her; he also informed police that she had a weapon. When officers arrived on the scene... More »

2 Officers Killed, 1 Wounded in Calif. Domestic Dispute

Gunman who opened fire during a domestic dispute now in custody

(Newser) - Police have taken into custody the man suspected of fatally shooting two officers and wounding another in Palm Springs, Calif. The Riverside County Sheriff's Department made the announcement early Sunday, reports the AP Police have not released the suspect's identity. Palm Springs Police Chief Bryan Reyes says two... More »

Chicago Chief: Cop Wary of Pulling Gun Nearly Died

Officer was beaten unconscious, didn't want national scrutiny

(Newser) - With a new police shooting in the news seemingly every week, some officers are starting to doubt themselves and put their own lives at risk, says Chicago's police chief. Superintendent Eddie Johnson said one of his officers was beaten to unconsciousness by a man under the influence of PCP... More »

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