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2 NYC Cops Shot, Killed in Patrol Car

Suspect flees to subway, commits suicide: authorities

(Newser) - An armed man walked up to two NYPD officers sitting inside a patrol car and opened fire this afternoon, striking them both before running into a nearby subway station and committing suicide, police said. Both officers were killed, the New York Times reports via police sources. The shooting took place... More »

Cop Charged With Torture in Teen's Wrongful Execution

China arrests Feng Zhiming for coercing 18-year-old's confession in '96

(Newser) - On Monday, the conviction of an 18-year-old teen in China for the rape and murder of a woman in a public restroom was overturned —18 years after he was put to death for the crime. Today, the police officer who led the investigation into the case of young Huugjilt... More »

CNN's #AskACop Doesn't Go So Well (for Cops)

Yes, another hashtag fail; yes, Don Lemon

(Newser) - It's been a year of epic hashtag fails: first #MyNYPD , then #CosbyMeme , and now CNN's #AskACop. In advance of the station's "Cops Under Fire" town hall segment last night, hosted by Don Lemon, CNN put a call out for people to tweet questions to its panel... More »

Police Union Head Calls NFL Player's Shirt 'Pathetic'

Jeff Follmer says Browns' Andrew Hawkins should apologize for Tamir Rice shirt

(Newser) - The president of the Cleveland police union is disgruntled at the latest sartorial protest in the shooting deaths of unarmed black individuals by police. Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins sported a shirt that read "Justice for Tamir Rice and John Crawford III " before the Browns' game against... More »

Witness Who Filmed Police Attack Sent to Jail

Levi Frasier recorded punching incident on his tablet

(Newser) - A guy who filmed an incident of police violence was arrested this week and spent a night in jail—which his attorney says should raise a few eyebrows, the Denver Post reports. "The timing is curious to say the least," the attorney says of Levi Frasier's arrest.... More »

Thousands Across US Protest Police Killings

25K reported at rally in Washington

(Newser) - Thousands of protesters marched across the country today—past the White House in the nation's capital, along iconic Fifth Avenue in New York, and in the middle of Nashville's honky-tonk district—to call attention to the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police and urge... More »

'Sweet Home Alabama' Gets Cop in Trouble at Chicago Protest

Officer played song at demonstration against police tactics

(Newser) - The Chicago Police Department says it will discipline an officer who played "Sweet Home Alabama" over a police-cruiser loudspeaker during a march protesting police treatment of African Americans. The song is considered an anthem to Southern pride. Some interpreted his playing of the song during last week's march... More »

Would-Be Cops Face Indonesia's 'Virginity Test'

Female applicants still undergo 'demeaning' test: human rights group

(Newser) - Women hoping to become police officers in Indonesia need to be strong, healthy—and should have an intact hymen, officials say, to determine whether or not they are moral. The revelation has sparked a new round of debates about women's rights in this highly conservative nation, the New York ... More »

Cop Pulls Gun on Oakland Protesters

CHP officer to chief: 'I didn't know if we were going to make it out alive'

(Newser) - Apparently in fear for his life, a cop pulled a gun on a group of 30 to 50 people in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday night as crowds protested the killings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. According to a California Highway Patrol chief, Avery Browne, the plainclothes detective, caught on camera... More »

Lawsuit: Cop Arrested Man for Taking Parking Spot

Florida man says it took years to clear his name

(Newser) - "It's a typical thing: Two people see a spot; two people go for it," a lawyer for Florida man Clausel Pierre says. "But in this case, one of those people was a police officer with the power to arrest." According a lawsuit Pierre filed late... More »

No Charges for Seattle Cop Who Broke Woman's Bone

Feds will review officer who punched handcuffed woman

(Newser) - County prosecutors won't charge a Seattle police officer after he punched and seriously hurt a handcuffed woman he says was kicking him. Now federal prosecutors plan to review the incident in a possible civil rights case, the Seattle Times reports. Miyekko Durden-Bosley, 23, was arrested on June 22 after... More »

Eric Garner's Mom: Protests Are 'Just So Awesome'

Garner family members moved by national protests

(Newser) - Eric Garner's family has a message for protesters: We're pretty impressed. Two family members of the man who died in a police chokehold say they're touched by public demonstrations that began after the white police officer involved was not indicted in Garner's death, reports the AP... More »

Pentagon Gifts Cops French Horns, Personal TVs

Defense Department also gave Calif. police ... snow gear

(Newser) - Just what Los Angeles County police need: 500 snowshoes and 1,600 parkas. Need aside, that's what they were handed by the Defense Department in March, according to a breakdown of $4.3 billion in surplus military supplies sent to police departments across the country since 1997. Think that'... More »

Our Tally of People Killed by Police Is Way Off

'WSJ' digs into the numbers

(Newser) - A timely investigation by the Wall Street Journal opens with a sobering conclusion: "It is nearly impossible to determine how many people are killed by the police each year." That after the paper zeroed in on America's 105 biggest police departments, which handed over internal data on... More »

Obama Wants $75M for 50K Police Body Cameras

Military gear programs 'very useful,' White House says

(Newser) - The White House says it wants to rebuild trust between police and communities after Ferguson, and President Obama unveiled what critics say are some pretty modest moves toward that goal yesterday. After a series of meetings with mayors, activists, and law enforcement officials, Obama announced plans that included a proposed... More »

St. Louis Cops Fume Over Rams' Ferguson Protest

Some players walked onto field with their hands up

(Newser) - At yesterday's game, five players for the St. Louis Rams took to the field with their hands up, showing solidarity with protesters against the shooting of Michael Brown . "We wanted to come out and show our respect to the protests and the people who have been doing a... More »

Cop Detains Black Man for Walking With Hands in Pockets

Enough for 'reasonable suspicion' on a cold Michigan day?

(Newser) - Brandon McKean could scarcely believe the reason a Pontiac, Mich., police officer gave for detaining and questioning him on Thanksgiving afternoon: walking with his hands in his pockets on a freezing day. "There's 10,000 people in Pontiac right now with their hands in their pockets," the... More »

Afghan Cops Shoot Bomb-Carrying Bird

Animal walking on highway appeared to have antenna

(Newser) - Police in Afghanistan were puzzled by a large bird walking on the highway: The animal, which wasn't a local species, appeared to have an antenna. They shot it—and it exploded, an official tells NBC News . It left "suspicious metal stuff" behind, Maj. Gen. Abdul Nabi Ilham says... More »

NYPD's New Goal: Clean Up Cops' Foul Mouths

'It's not that hard' to train out the curse words: deputy commissioner

(Newser) - The New York Police Department has a new deputy commissioner, and he's already on a mission. Michael Julian intends to cut down cursing among New York's cops, the New York Post reports. One reason for that: 30% of complaints against cops "involve a curse word," Julian... More »

Woman Loses Eye in Encounter With Cop in Ferguson

Dornnella Conner says she was just 'respecting Mike Brown' in Ferguson

(Newser) - A reportedly pregnant St. Louis woman who says she was simply "respecting Mike Brown" is blind in her left eye and can't see well out of her right eye after a police officer shot a round of beanbags at the car she was riding in, KMOV reports. Dornnella... More »

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