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Lawyer: Suspect Didn't Shoot Ferguson Cops

Claims Jeffrey Williams was beaten, perhaps coerced, by police

(Newser) - Jeffrey Williams didn't intend to shoot two Ferguson police officers last Thursday, and he didn't intend to shoot protesters either, his lawyer says. In fact, "I don't think he shot anybody," defense attorney Jerryl Christmas tells the New York Times . "I clearly think that... More »

20-Year-Old Charged in Ferguson Cop Shootings

But Jeffrey Williams claims he wasn't aiming for police: prosecutor

(Newser) - The 20-year-old man charged in the shooting of two St. Louis-area officers had been at the protest outside of the Ferguson Police Department earlier that night, authorities said today. St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch says 20-year-old Jeffrey Williams told authorities he was firing at someone with whom he was... More »

Vigil Held in Ferguson as Manhunt Continues

Protesters return, but calm prevails

(Newser) - Restraint from both sides in Ferguson: Protesters returned to the streets of the city last night after the shooting of two police officers , but calm prevailed, with officers keeping their distance from demonstrators and no arrests made, the LA Times reports. The Rev. Traci D. Blackmon prayed for the injured... More »

Madison Teen's Killing Has 'Ripped Community Apart'

Protests dominate weekend after Tony Robinson's death

(Newser) - This weekend saw three days of protests and events on behalf of Tony Robinson, the unarmed black teenager killed by police in Madison, Wis. His death "has ripped this community apart," family friend Craig Spaulding tells NBC News . Indeed, passionate protests began "almost immediately" at the spot... More »

Wis. Teen Killed by Cop Was Unarmed

Police urge calm protest in death of Tony Robinson

(Newser) - Madison, Wis., saw peaceful protests yesterday in the wake of the shooting death of 19-year-old Tony Robinson by a police officer, with both Robinson's family and police urging non-violent demonstrations and the police chief vowing to "defend, facilitate, foster those First Amendment rights of assembly and freedom of... More »

Black Teen Killed by Police in Wisconsin

Authorities say Tony Robinson assaulted officer; protests follow

(Newser) - A police officer in Madison, Wisconsin, shot to death a black teenager last night during a confrontation, prompting a protest at the scene and chants of "black lives matter." The dead youth has been identified as 19-year-old Tony Robinson, reports NBC News . The police chief gives this account... More »

Identity of Homeless Man Shot by Cops Revealed

He was Charly Keundeu Keunang, from Cameroon

(Newser) - A homeless man shot to death by police during an LA Skid Row confrontation over the weekend was identified yesterday under his true name—not the stolen identity he had used for years. Charly Keundeu Keunang, 43, was listed as being indigent and homeless, and he died from multiple gunshot... More »

Homeless Man Shot by LAPD Was Fake Frenchman

Charley Saturmin Robinet wasn't his real name

(Newser) - The homeless man fatally shot in a scuffle with police on LA's Skid Row on Sunday was identified as Charley Saturmin Robinet, a French citizen. But it turns out the real Robinet "is alive and in France," the French consul general in LA tells the Los Angeles ... More »

Cleveland Mayor: Sorry for Blaming Tamir Rice

Documents will be re-worded soon, Frank Jackson says

(Newser) - Cleveland's mayor apologized today after the city's lawyers suggested in court documents that a 12-year-old boy who had a pellet gun when he was shot by police died as a result of his own actions. Mayor Frank Jackson says the city's response to a federal lawsuit filed... More »

'Disturbing' Video Captures LAPD Skid Row Shooting

Police say man tried to grab officer's gun

(Newser) - A homeless man was shot dead after a scuffle with police on the sidewalk in the "Skid Row" area of downtown Los Angeles yesterday, allegedly after trying to grab an officer's gun. Witnesses tell CBS that when officers responding to a report of a robbery arrived at the... More »

Cops Shot at Rock-Throwing Man 17 Times: Inquiry

More details released in Pasco shooting

(Newser) - Police in Washington state are releasing more details in the controversial police killing of a Mexican orchard worker in Pasco on Feb. 10. Antonio Zambrano-Montes, 35, was allegedly throwing rocks at passing cars and then at police officers, but video of the incident appears to show him running away from... More »

NYPD Cop Indicted in Fatal Shooting

Rookie officer will face criminal charges in Brooklyn death

(Newser) - A rookie cop with the NYPD will face criminal charges after shooting an unarmed black man to death in a stairwell, reports the Wall Street Journal . A Brooklyn grand jury indicted Peter Liang, 27, on charges of second-degree manslaughter in the November shooting of Akai Gurley, 28, reports the Daily ... More »

Police Doing Welfare Check on Elderly Man Kill Him

Cops say Army vet pointed gun at them

(Newser) - Police in North Carolina asked to check on the welfare of an elderly Army veteran ended up shooting him dead. James Howard Allen had recently undergone heart surgery, and police in Gastonia say that after relatives concerned about his well-being called them on Saturday night, they knocked on his door... More »

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 »

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