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Tulsa Cop Had Odd 'Distortion' Before Shooting: Lawyer

Attorney says Betty Shelby went temporarily deaf before shooting Terence Crutcher

(Newser) - Betty Shelby's defense team tried (and failed) to get her a special early arraignment Thursday for the shooting death of unarmed black man Terence Crutcher , hoping to avoid the "utter chaos" of the media covering the high-profile case, the Tulsa World reports. Now Shelby is set to head... More »

Police Violence Leads to Far Fewer 911 Calls

Especially in black neighborhoods

(Newser) - The so-called "Ferguson Effect" says homicides go up after high-profile police-on-citizen violence because police become too worried about being investigated for use of force. But the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports a new study published Thursday has another explanation. Researchers found that 911 calls related to crime dropped 20% in... More »

Serena Williams: Here's Why I'm Speaking Out on Police Brutality

'There comes a time when silence is betrayal'

(Newser) - Tennis star Serena Williams vowed in an emotional Facebook post Tuesday to no longer "be silent" about police brutality of black people. She told the story of recently asking her 18-year-old nephew to drive her somewhere, then noticing as he drove that there was a police car stopped on... More »

Charlotte Girl on Police Brutality: 'I Can't Stand How We're Treated'

Charlotte's 9-year-old Zianna Oliphant wept as she delivered her speech

(Newser) - The shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott last week hit hard in Charlotte, NC. But someone who's feeling particular distress over it is young Zianna Oliphant, who spoke at a Charlotte City Council meeting Monday evening, addressing a hushed room with tears streaming down her cheeks as she spoke... More »

Man Dies 3 Days After Calling Police for Help

'Mr. Boyd was in need of medical attention, and the police responded with violence'

(Newser) - A 21-year-old Baltimore County man died in the hospital three days after being repeatedly punched by officers responding to his 911 call, the Guardian reports. According to the Baltimore Sun , Tawon Boyd called 911 early last Sunday. He told officers his girlfriend, Deona Styron, had "got him intoxicated and... More »

Can Blacks 'Get a Little' Ahmad Rahami Treatment?

Meaning not getting gunned down whenever cops want to talk or apprehend them: Shaun King

(Newser) - Shaun King is relieved cops caught New York/New Jersey bombing suspect Ahmad Rahami Monday. And he calls it "amazing" in his essay for the New York Daily News that the two police officers in Linden, NJ, who apprehended Rahami were able to bring in the armed 28-year-old alive, all... More »

Cops May Stop Providing Security at 49ers Games

Police union says Kaepernick is creating a 'hostile work environment'

(Newser) - If Colin Kaepernick is going to continue boycotting the national anthem in protest of police brutality, then the police might just boycott the San Francisco 49ers in protest of Colin Kaepernick. NBC Bay Area reports the Santa Clara police union has threatened to stop providing security for 49ers games unless... More »

Top Cop Wants 7 Officers Fired in Laquan McDonald's Killing

They're accused of filing false reports to cover up what actually happened

(Newser) - Chicago police superintendent Eddie Johnson recommended Thursday that seven officers be fired for their roles in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald , the Chicago Tribune reports. According to the AP , the officers are accused of violating Rule 14 against making false reports. Video released of the October... More »

Cincinnati Cops Want Extra Pay for Wearing Body Cameras

Union argues wearing them 'will change several aspects of their job'

(Newser) - Cincinnati cops are fighting a move by city officials to outfit them with body cameras—unless their salaries change, that is. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that some city cops began wearing cameras last week, and the police union reacted by saying it and the city need to sit down at... More »

Video Shows Violent Arrest of Texas Schoolteacher

White officer tells Breaion King that black people are 'violent' and 'intimidating'

(Newser) - Twenty-six-year-old elementary school teacher Breaion King was pulled over for driving 15mph over the speed limit in Austin, Texas, NBC News reports. Moments later, she was being pulled from her car by officer Bryan Richter and thrown to the ground—twice. According to the Austin American-Statesman , the incident happened in... More »

Ex-Lawmaker After Dallas Shootings: 'Watch Out Obama'

Joe Walsh insists he wasn't trying to incite violence

(Newser) - Joe Walsh, a Republican congressman who represented an Illinois district from 2011 to 2013, is stirring things up with his reaction to this week's violence. Late Thursday, reacting to the shootings of police officers in Dallas and President Obama's angry response to the fatal shootings of Alton Sterling... More »

Jay Z Releases Song Railing on Police Brutality

After Beyonce offers her own tribute to latest victims at concert

(Newser) - Jay Z responded to the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile Thursday night with the release of an emotional new song , "Spiritual," decrying police brutality, E! reports. "Yeah, I am not poison, no I am not poison / Just a boy from the hood that /... More »

Cops Spark Ire With Freddie Gray Tweets

Police union's memes get immediate response

(Newser) - The Baltimore police union is catching flak for a couple of tweets it posted in the wake of a police officer's acquittal last week, the Hill reports. Officer Caesar Goodson, who drove the police van in which Freddie Gray died in 2015, was found not guilty on all charges... More »

Mother Who Let Son Drive Golf Cart Charged With Child Abuse

A bizarre tale of police brutality during a family's vacation

(Newser) - A 43-year-old North Carolina mom let her 11-year-old son drive a golf cart on vacation and ended up being charged with child abuse. The Charlotte Observer has the bizarre he said/she said story. Julie Mall decided to let her underage son drive the two blocks from the beach to their... More »

Court: Freddie Gray Officer Must Testify Against Fellow Cops

It's a 'big victory for the state'

(Newser) - Baltimore police officer William Porter will have to testify against five fellow officers in connection to the death of Freddie Gray , Maryland's court of appeals ruled Tuesday, in what the Baltimore Sun calls a "big victory for the state." Gray was 25 when his spine was severed... More »

Video Shows School Cop Slapping, Kicking Teen

Officer on administrative leave during investigation

(Newser) - A Baltimore school police officer is under investigation for assault and misconduct after a four-second video surfaced apparently showing him slapping and kicking a 16-year-old boy. Officials say two officers were called to REACH Partnership School on Tuesday because two "intruders" were posing a threat, per the Baltimore Sun... More »

Black-ish Nails Episode on Police Brutality

Positive reactions flooding in

(Newser) - On Wednesday night, ABC's Black-ish aired a ripped-from-the-headlines show that some might call a "very special episode." The entire half-hour featured the sitcom family sitting in the living room watching the news to see if a police officer would be indicted in a police brutality case. The... More »

Black Man Fleeing Police Seeks Refugee Status

But Canada turns down Kyle Lydell Canty

(Newser) - An African American who applied to Canada for refugee status based on his fear of police brutality got some bad news last month: He's been rejected, the Huffington Post reports. Kyle Lydell Canty made his case in October at an Immigration and Refugee Board hearing, where he said black... More »

Cop: Freddie Gray Gave Me No Reason to Call Medic

Officer William Porter takes stand in Freddie Gray trial

(Newser) - The first of six Baltimore police officers to be put on trial in the death of Freddie Gray took the stand Wednesday, the AP reports. Officer William Porter has been charged with manslaughter in the death of the 25-year-old Gray, which set off massive riots in Baltimore last April. Prosecutors... More »

FBI: We're Going to Start Counting Deaths by Cop Better

New system will list deadly encounters by gun, Taser, physical force

(Newser) - The FBI is finally on the case: The agency is revamping its data-collection system to more accurately portray how many deaths come at the hands of police officers each year, the Guardian reports, giving itself a pat on the back as part of the impetus behind the initiative. Officials say... More »

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