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Denver Cops Shoot, Kill Teen Girl in Stolen Car

Police say she drove vehicle into officer

(Newser) - Several dozen people with candles and protest signs gathered last night near an alley where Denver police officers fatally shot a 16-year-old girl, recalling her bright smile and demanding answers about the deadly encounter. Police shot the teenager early yesterday after they say she struck and injured an officer with... More »

Anger Over NJ Cops Who Killed Man With Arms Raised

Jerame Reid killed during traffic stop Dec. 30

(Newser) - A police video of officers confronting and fatally shooting a black man in southern New Jersey has raised questions and anger over another death at the hands of police. The video of the Dec. 30 killing of Jerame Reid in Bridgeton after a nearly two-minute standoff was released this week.... More »

NM Cops Face Murder Charges in Homeless Man's Death

Albuquerque man was shot dead after standoff

(Newser) - Murder charges have been filed in a police shooting that sparked angry demonstrations in Albuquerque, NM, last year. Former Albuquerque police Detective Keith Sandy and SWAT team member Dominique Perez have been charged in the death of 38-year-old James Boyd, a mentally ill homeless man who was fatally shot after... More »

Officer Shoots Unarmed Man, Breaks Down Crying

Police officer Grant Morrison pulled the trigger last April

(Newser) - A Montana police officer who shot an unarmed man—and broke down crying afterward—was justified in pulling the trigger, a coroner's jury ruled this week. In a traffic stop last April, Billings police officer Grant Morrison pulled over a car with four people inside and repeatedly told them... More »

Cleveland Cops Tackled, Cuffed Dying Boy's Sister

They made no attempt to help Tamir Rice

(Newser) - A lawyer for Tamir Rice 's family calls it the cruelest thing he's ever seen. In newly released surveillance video, two Cleveland police officers can be seen pushing the boy's 14-year-old sister to the ground as she tried to run to her brother's side just 90... More »

2 NYPD Officers Shot, Wounded

They were investigating Bronx robbery

(Newser) - Two New York City police officers responding to a robbery in the Bronx were shot and wounded last night and a manhunt is underway for at least two suspects, authorities say. The officers were taken to St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx with non-life-threatening injuries. One officer was wounded in... More »

Number of Cops Killed by Guns Jumped 56% in 2014

But that number is lower than the decade average

(Newser) - The number of law enforcement officers killed by firearms jumped by 56% this year and included 15 ambush deaths. But gun-related police deaths still remain far below historic highs and lower than the average annual figures in the past decade, according to a report released today by the nonprofit National... More »

Autopsy: Black Man Shot in Back by LAPD

Family suing over Ezell Ford death

(Newser) - Demonstrators took to the streets of Los Angeles last night after autopsy results revealed that a 25-year-old black man killed by police in August had been shot in the back at close range. Ezell Ford was shot three times, according to the autopsy—in his right side, right arm, and... More »

After Shootings, Black Officers in Tough Position

As protests continue in Missouri

(Newser) - With the protests over the unarmed black men who have recently died at the hands of white police officers, black police officers across the country find themselves in an awkward position, the New York Times reports. "With us being black officers, we get a double punishment because we feel... More »

Mo. Police Chief: Dead Teen Drew Gun First

Surveillance footage released by police

(Newser) - "Bad choices were made," said St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar in a morning press conference following last night's police shooting of a teen in Berkeley, Mo., a town bordering Ferguson. "This individual could have complied, he could have ran away, he could have dropped... More »

Police Officer Kills Teen 2 Miles From Ferguson

St. Louis County Police say suspect was armed, pointed gun at cop

(Newser) - The town of Berkeley, Mo., is roughly 2 miles from Ferguson and today finds itself dealing with some Ferguson-like protests after a police officer shot and killed a black teen who was allegedly armed last night. Per a statement posted to Facebook by St. Louis County Police, the officer, doing... More »

Ex-Cop Who Killed Mentally Ill Black Man Not Charged

Christopher Manney shot Dontre Hamilton in self-defense: Milwaukee prosecutor

(Newser) - Christopher Manney, a white Milwaukee police officer who fatally shot Dontre Hamilton, a mentally ill black man, won't face criminal charges because he shot Hamilton in self-defense, Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm said today. Manney shot 31-year-old Hamilton on April 30 after responding to a call about a... More »

Murdered NYC Cop Leaves Behind Bride of 3 Months

As more details about shooter Ismaaiyl Brinsley trickle out

(Newser) - At opposite ends of Brooklyn, NYPD officers Rafael Ramos, 40, and Wenjian Liu, 32— shot and killed on Saturday by Ismaaiyl Brinsley—are being mourned, the New York Times reports. Neighbors describe Ramos, who joined the NYPD three years ago, as a "wonderful man" who took pride in his... More »

Cop Ambusher: 'Watch What I'm Going to Do'

Meanwhile, police departments are telling officers to be very cautious

(Newser) - The New York Police Department says a gunman who ambushed two officers in their car told two passers-by to "watch what I'm going to do." Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce says 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley talked to people on the street just moments before the shooting and told... More »

Tamir Rice's Mom: No Grand Jury, Please

Samaria Rice recounts day police shot her 12-year-old boy

(Newser) - The mother of a 12-year-old boy shot dead while brandishing a toy gun wants authorities to skip the grand jury. At a press conference in Cleveland, the attorney for Samaria Rice urged prosecutors to avoid a grand jury trial and directly charge the officer who shot Rice's son Tamir... More »

'Extraordinary Shot' Stopped Austin Gunman

Police Sgt. Adam Johnson hit him dead-on from 312 feet away

(Newser) - Police Sgt. Adam Johnson was gripping the reins of two horses when he fired and hit a gunman dead-center in the chest—from 312 feet away, Fox News reports. General reaction from those in the know: Wow. "At a minimum, it was [an] extraordinary shot," says a retired... More »

Phoenix Cop Kills Unarmed Black Man

Officer said he mistook pill bottle for gun

(Newser) - As people in cities around the country protested the Eric Garner case , demonstrators in Phoenix gathered in outrage at yet another killing of an unarmed black man by a white police officer. Rumain Brisbon, 34, was shot dead Tuesday night by an officer who says he mistook a pill bottle... More »

Ex-Cop Charged for Murder of Unarmed Black Man

Richard Combs, former SC police chief, indicted for shooting Bernard Bailey in 2011

(Newser) - On the same day a New York City grand jury declined to indict white police officer Daniel Pantaleo for killing unarmed black man Eric Garner (and not even two weeks after Michael Brown shooter Darren Wilson escaped indictmen t), a South Carolina grand jury took the other path. Richard Combs,... More »

Cop Who Shot Cleveland Boy 'Dismal' in Gun Training

He couldn't follow simple directions, chief wrote

(Newser) - The Cleveland police officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice was considered a major liability in his previous police job—but Cleveland never looked at his file. When Tim Loehmann was an officer in the Cleveland suburb of Independence, the deputy chief wrote that he seemed "distracted" and "... More »

Video: Cleveland Boy Shot Seconds After Police Arrive

Authorities say officer told Tamir Rice 3 times to show his hands as car approached

(Newser) - Cleveland police today released surveillance video of the fatal police shooting of a 12-year-old boy, and it shows that Tamir Rice got shot within seconds of the arrival of a police car. One officer exited the vehicle and shot the youth "immediately," reports the Plain Dealer , while a... More »

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