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Cops Shoot Man in Animal Suit With Bomb Made of Chocolate Bars

'This is a very, very unusual event'

(Newser) - A young man in an animal costume and surgical mask who walked into a Baltimore TV station Thursday claiming to have a bomb was shot and wounded by police, who determined that his alleged explosive consisted of aluminum-wrapped chocolate bars duct-taped to a flotation device, the AP reports. The 25-year-old... More »

Reserve Deputy Convicted for Accidentally Shooting Suspect

He's facing four years in prison for manslaughter

(Newser) - A former Oklahoma volunteer sheriff's deputy who said he mistook his handgun for his stun gun when he fatally shot an unarmed suspect last year was convicted of second-degree manslaughter on Wednesday, the AP reports. Robert Bates, a wealthy 74-year-old insurance executive, was accused of fatally shooting Eric Harris... More »

13-Year-Old With BB Gun Shot by Baltimore Police

He's expected to survive

(Newser) - Baltimore police say an officer shot and wounded a 13-year-old who refused to drop a BB gun that was a replica of a semiautomatic pistol, the AP reports. Commissioner Kevin Davis says two detectives were driving in West Baltimore when they saw the teen carrying what appeared to be a... More »

Tamir Rice Family to Get $6M From Cleveland

City agrees to settle federal lawsuit over boy's shooting

(Newser) - The city of Cleveland will pay the family of Tamir Rice $6 million over the boy's fatal shooting in 2014, reports CNN . The payment settles a federal lawsuit filed by the family after a trainee police officer shot and killed Tamir at a city park. Under the settlement—Tamir'... More »

NYPD Officer Convicted of Manslaughter Gets House Arrest

He also had his crime reduced to criminally negligent homicide

(Newser) - Facing 15 years in prison on a manslaughter conviction, NYPD officer Peter Liang will avoid jail, instead getting six months of house arrest and five years of probation, NPR reports. Liang, 28, was convicted of killing Akai Gurley in 2014 when he was startled by a noise while patrolling a... More »

Witness: Chicago Cop Shot Teen Scaling Fence

Cops say 16-year-old had a gun

(Newser) - Chicago is on edge after the shooting of yet another black teenager in disputed circumstances. Pierre Loury, 16, was shot dead after a foot chase Monday night. Police say he fled a vehicle believed to have been involved in an earlier shooting and was shot when he turned and pointed... More »

White Officer Gets Probation in Black Driver's Killing

SC officer pleaded guilty to misdemeanor

(Newser) - A white South Carolina police officer who was charged with a felony for shooting and killing a black driver at the end of a chase took a plea deal Monday and was sentenced to three years of probation. Justin Craven, 27, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor misconduct in office. A prosecutor... More »

Officer Shoots Hatchet-Wielding Woman in Wal-Mart

The developmentally disabled woman died Friday

(Newser) - A police officer fatally shot a developmentally disabled woman inside a Wisconsin Wal-Mart after she refused to drop a hatchet she had grabbed from a shelf, the AP reports. Chippewa County sheriff Jim Kowalczyk says the woman was shopping with chaperones Friday at the store in Lake Hallie. The sheriff... More »

Ex: Man Who Killed Trooper Hated Police

Trooper may have been trying to make small talk at Greyhound station

(Newser) - More information is emerging about the shooter and Virginia state trooper killed in Thursday's violence at a Greyhound bus station in Richmond. The AP reports 37-year-old Chad Dermyer, a former Marine, was participating in a counterterrorism exercise at the bus station with a dozen or so other troopers. Part... More »

Police Union Hires Chicago Cop Charged With Murder

Jason Van Dyke is making $12 an hour as a 'jack-of-all-trades'

(Newser) - Jason Van Dyke , the white Chicago police officer charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of black teen Laquan McDonald , has a new gig with the police union: janitor. The AP reports Chicago's Fraternal Order of Police hired Van Dyke—who is on unpaid leave from the... More »

Cop Fired for Shooting Naked, Unarmed Teen

David Joseph killed by Texas officer who says 17-year-old charged him on Feb. 8

(Newser) - Officer Geoffrey Freeman had a stun gun, pepper spray, a baton, and a beanbag gun at his fingertips when he confronted a 17-year-old running naked through the streets on Feb. 8, the New York Daily News reports. Instead, the Texas cop with 10 years on the Austin police force drew... More »

Other Officer 'Deliberately Aimed' at Maryland Cop in Fatal Shooting

But with no malice, police chief says

(Newser) - Jacai Colson, the Maryland police officer killed by friendly fire during a shootout outside a police station Sunday, was shot by another officer who "deliberately aimed at him," the Prince George's County police chief said Wednesday. The chief clarified that there was no malice involved, but the... More »

Cops: Gunman's 2 Brothers Filmed Police Station Attack

Friendly fire believed to have killed officer

(Newser) - Police in Maryland have been devastated to discover that the officer killed in a gun battle after a suspect opened fire on a police station was apparently shot by a fellow officer. Authorities say Jacai Colson, an undercover narcotics officer in plainclothes, arrived at the station in an unmarked car... More »

Maryland Cop Shot Dead Outside Station

It was totally unprovoked, police say

(Newser) - Flags were at half-staff across Maryland Sunday night after what authorities say was the totally unprovoked killing of a police officer outside a police station in Prince George's County. Undercover narcotics officer Jacai Colson, who would have turned 29 in a few days, was killed in a firefight after... More »

Cops Shoot Guy With Broomstick, Spark Riot

Salt Lake City police leave man in critical condition

(Newser) - A male who authorities say was wielding a broomstick was shot and critically injured by Salt Lake City officers Saturday night, touching off several hours of unrest downtown as officers donned riot gear and blocked streets and bystanders threw rocks and bottles, the AP reports. The male shot by two... More »

Va. Cop Sworn In, Killed Next Day; Pentagon Staff Sergeant Held

Ashley Guindon was among 3 officers shot while responding to a domestic dispute

(Newser) - A police officer was fatally shot Saturday, a day after being sworn in, and two of her colleagues were wounded while responding to a reported argument at a northern Virginia home. A man identified as an Army staff sergeant assigned to the Pentagon has been charged, reports the AP . Officers... More »

NYPD Officer Convicted in Fatal Shooting of Unarmed Man

He's facing up to 15 years for manslaughter

(Newser) - An NYPD officer faces 15 years in prison after being convicted of manslaughter Thursday for the 2014 shooting of an unarmed man in Brooklyn, NBC New York reports. According to the New York Times , Officer Peter Liang fired his gun after opening a door into a dark stairwell while patrolling... More »

Police Open Fire on Transgender YouTube Star

Kayden Clarke is killed in his Mesa, Ariz., home

(Newser) - A 24-year-old transgender YouTube star with Asperger's Syndrome apparently threatened suicide last week and ended up dead—when he was shot by police. Officers in Mesa, Ariz., arrived at Kayden Clarke's home on Thursday morning after friends said he'd sent text messages and emails threatening to kill... More »

Tabloid Backs Off Threat to Publish Cops' Addresses After Shooting

It came after a black man was killed in San Antonio

(Newser) - Police in San Antonio, Texas, say that an officer shot and killed Antronie Scott last week after he mistook the 36-year-old black man's cellphone for a gun, the San Antonio Express-News reports. Now the case is generating national headlines after the editor of a local tabloid raised the idea... More »

2013 Video of Cop Shooting Chicago Teen Finally Public

It shows carjacking suspect Cedrick Chatman shot in street

(Newser) - Video footage of a Chicago police officer fatally shooting a 17-year-old black teen has just been released—three years after the actual event. As recently as Dec. 23, city attorneys were fighting to keep the Jan. 7, 2013, footage from being made public, but the city on Wednesday reversed course.... More »

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