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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 »

Police Chief Kills Himself Moments After Suspension

Bay St. Louis Mayor suggests Mike DeNardo would've been cleared

(Newser) - A Mississippi police chief under investigation for a "personnel" issue was suspended without pay around 3pm Thursday. Moments later, colleagues say Bay St. Louis' top cop walked into the police station parking lot and intentionally shot himself in the chest. Mike DeNardo, 63, was alert and talking while being... More »

Dallas Chief's Stevie Wonder Speech Resonates

Chief David Brown delivered soulful tribute at memorial service

(Newser) - President Obama delivered a stirring call for unity at Tuesday's memorial service for five slain Dallas police officers, but the city's top cop's soulful tribute is the one getting the most attention. Dallas Police Chief David Brown recited lyrics from Stevie Wonder's "As," explaining... More »

Oakland Mayor Cans Top Cop After 6 Days

Woman now claims she had sexual contact with dozens of officers

(Newser) - Ben Fairow's reign as Oakland's top cop was, in a word, brief. Fairow—who replaced resigning police chief Sean Whent on Friday amid an investigation into possible underage sex and murder —was removed from his post Wednesday after just six days, reports the Los Angeles Times . During... More »

Cops: Portland Police Chief Shot Buddy, Lied About It

Larry O'Dea placed on administrative leave

(Newser) - Portland's police chief has been placed on administrative leave amid claims that he accidentally shot his friend, then lied about it, reports the Oregonian . When questioned by reporters on Friday, Larry O'Dea, a 29-year bureau veteran and police chief since January 2015, publicly admitted to shooting a 54-year-old... More »

Mayor Emanuel: Chicago Police Chief Is Out

Superintendent Garry McCarthy is fired in wake of Laquan McDonald video

(Newser) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Tuesday the firing of Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, the AP reports, just a week after the release of dashcam video that showed the 2014 killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald at the hands of Officer Jason Van Dyke. "This morning, I formally asked for [McCarthy'... More »

Baltimore Mayor Fires Police Chief

Anthony Batts is out amid rising crime and criticism over Freddie Gray

(Newser) - Not-so-surprising news out of Baltimore: Police chief Anthony Batts is out of a job. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced his firing today, reports the Baltimore Sun . "We need a change," she said. "The people of Baltimore deserve better." Though the mayor praised the chief's nearly three... More »

Police Chief Who Shot Ex-Wife Could Get 1 Year

William McCollom faces misdemeanor reckless-conduct charge

(Newser) - A Georgia police chief who said he accidentally shot his ex-wife while they slept was indicted yesterday on a misdemeanor reckless-conduct charge. Peachtree City Chief William McCollom called 911 early New Year's Day to report inadvertently shooting his ex-wife, Margaret, as they slept in their suburban Atlanta home. The... More »

Ferguson Police Chief Quits

Thomas Jackson resigns after Justice Department criticism

(Newser) - And now the police chief. Ferguson chief Thomas Jackson has resigned in the wake of a scathing Justice Department report about the city's treatment of black people. CNN , Fox , and the New York Times were among those to report the news in advance, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch makes... More »

Police Chief Goes for '2-Girl Special,' Gets Fired

Miami Gardens Police Chief Stephen Johnson says he's sorry

(Newser) - A Florida police chief got arrested Friday for allegedly soliciting a prostitute and was promptly fired just 10 months into his tenure, NBC Miami reports. According to an arrest report , Miami Gardens Police Chief Stephen Johnson called a number in a "two-girl special" prostitution ad and negotiated a $100... More »

Ga. Police Chief's Wife: He Shot Me by Accident

Margaret McCollom interviewed in hospital

(Newser) - Margaret McCollom, who was shot by her police chief husband on New Year's Day, is standing by her man, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation says in a press release. Chief William McCollom has insisted that he shot his wife by accident in the middle of the night, and Margaret... More »

Police Chief Says He Accidentally Shot Wife

Top cop in Peachtree City, Ga., is on leave pending investigation

(Newser) - The police chief of Peachtree City, Ga., is on leave as investigators figure out how he ended up shooting his wife in their bedroom early this morning, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . William McCollom called 911 about 4:15am to say he had accidentally shot 58-year-old Margaret McCollum. She survived but... More »

Police Chief Accused of Dating Fugitive Heroin Addict

Lucas Mace faces 12 criminal counts in Ohio village

(Newser) - A former Ohio police chief is facing 12 criminal charges for allegedly harboring a woman sought on drug charges—and dating her in his spare time, Raw Story reports. As police chief of Glouster, Ohio (population 1,800), Lucas Mace met 23-year-old Hillary Hooper on the scene of a traffic... More »

Tesla Model S Sells —for 91.4 Bitcoins

Plus a police chief is now getting paid in the virtual currency

(Newser) - Bitcoin continues to inch toward the mainstream: First a university offered students the option of paying tuition in the digital currency ; now a Newport Beach Lamborghini dealer has opened its doors to Bitcoin business. This week it sold a pre-owned Tesla Model S for 91.4 Bitcoins, delivered via Bitpay... More »

Bill Bratton Returning as NYPD Chief

Mayor de Blasio names him to post starting in January

(Newser) - Bill Bratton, whose tenure as New York City police commissioner in the 1990s was marked by a steep decline in crime and clashes with then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, has been chosen to lead the nation's largest police force again. Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio announced the appointment today, saying Bratton is... More »

Town Votes to Give Gun-Lovin' Police Chief the Boot

Council announced yesterday, but Kessler's lawyer will request public hearing

(Newser) - A small-town Pennsylvania police chief's profanity-laced Internet tirades about the Second Amendment and liberals have earned him a measure of notoriety—and now, his bosses intend, a pink slip. Gilberton Borough Council members said last night they plan to fire Mark Kessler, nearly two months after voting to suspend... More »

Zimmerman Slammed by His Own Police Chief

Lake Mary police chief agrees with angry email then backpedals

(Newser) - Apparently Zimmerman does not have a friend in his local police chief. Steve Bracknell, who heads the department in Lake Mary, Florida, where Zimmerman lives, agreed with some pretty intense criticisms of the acquitted killer contained in two angry emails he received Tuesday about Zimmerman's recent altercation with his... More »

Pottymouthed Police Chief Suspended, Has 'No Regrets'

Mark Kessler off the job for 30 days without pay

(Newser) - The Pennsylvania police chief turned YouTube star—whose videos featured Herculean levels of shooting and swearing —will get some time away from his beloved weaponry on a 30-day suspension without pay, PennLive reports. The Gilberton Borough Council ruled last night that Mark Kessler used the town-owned guns without permission,... More »

Gun-Slingin' Police Chief Blasts 'Libtards'

Pennsylvania's Mark Kessler in the spotlight

(Newser) - If Pennsylvania police chief Mark Kessler is trying to achieve name recognition on a level with Arizona's Sheriff Joe , he's off to a pretty good start. Kessler released a YouTube video earlier this month that has gone viral, the Lehigh Valley's Morning Call reports; in it, the... More »

Police Chief Eats Daughter's Pot-Laced Cake

He ends up in hospital before she realizes what happened

(Newser) - Bad: Dad accidentally eats his kid's marijuana-laced cake. Worse: Dad gets sick. Worst of all: Dad just happens to be the local police chief. That's the strange tale from Laurelville, Ohio, courtesy of the Logan Daily News . Chief Mike Berkemeier is fine now, but he ended up in... More »

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