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Police Escort Slain Officer's Girl on First Day of School

Officers in Ohio keep a promise

(Newser) - Officers brought a smile to the face of a 5-year-old girl when they escorted her to her first day of kindergarten in Ohio—nine months after her father was shot to death while off-duty. Akron officer Justin Winebrenner, 32, was killed in November while helping remove an unruly customer from... More »

Teen Saves Kidnapped Woman, Is Hailed as a Hero

Malyk Bonnet, 17, went out of his way to help a woman who looked scared

(Newser) - Canada is hailing a 17-year-old cook in Montreal a brave, resourceful hero after his quick thinking helped save a kidnapped woman. It all started on Saturday, Aug. 1, when Malyk Bonnet was heading home from work in the north end of Montreal and noticed a couple fighting at the bus... More »

Report: 600 Shots Fired in Bank Robbery 'Excessive'

2 suspects, 1 hostage were killed in Stockton shootout

(Newser) - California police managed to stop three alleged bank robbers who they say took off in a getaway car with three hostages last year, but it took 600 bullets from 32 officers in one of the most violent conflicts between cops and criminals in law enforcement history, according to a new... More »

Assaulted Cop: Headlines Made Me Too Hesitant

Union official says officers are 'walking on eggshells'

(Newser) - An Alabama police detective says he was pistol-whipped into unconsciousness with his own gun because he didn't want to be the newest cop vilified for killing an unarmed man, CNN reports. "I hesitated because I didn't want to be in the media," he says. The Birmingham... More »

Police Dog Trapped in Hot Car for 20 Hours Dies

Texas deputy forgot to bring Belgian Malinois inside after his shift was over

(Newser) - A Texas deputy has been let go from the Jim Wells County Sheriff's Department after he forgot to bring his police dog partner inside Sunday and the dog died, NBC News reports. Latham Roldan—the trainer for Jola, a Belgian Malinois, for three years—"just left the kennel"... More »

Police: Cop Assaulted Cop Fiancee Over Her T-Shirt

Denver officer Lane Gardner gets charged with domestic violence

(Newser) - A Denver police officer allegedly assaulted his fiancee—who is also a Denver officer—because he thought she was cheating on him with a firefighter, ABC 7 reports. Jennifer Jaidinger, 42, arrived home early last Friday morning to find Lane Gardner, 48, drunk and demanding to know where she had... More »

Woman: Cops Did Forced Cavity Search in Parking Lot

Charnesia Corley says she didn't give consent for vaginal search

(Newser) - A 21-year-old Texas woman with no criminal record has accused Harris County cops of pulling her over for allegedly running a stop sign, claiming they smelled pot, then conducting a body cavity search on her in a gas station parking lot, the Guardian reports. "I feel like they sexually... More »

Rogue Cops? 158 Drug Convictions Tossed in Philly

Narcotics officers were accused of being crooked

(Newser) - To the shock of at least one man who left court free as a result, a Philadelphia judge yesterday reversed 158 narcotics convictions considered tainted by police corruption, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. As part of the reversals, two people will be released from prison and another 60 will have their... More »

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 »

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