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A 'Hole' May Have Led to Fatal Shooting of NYC Man

Beat cops knew Saheed Vassell was mentally ill, but the officers who responded may not have

(Newser) - More details in the case of Saheed Vassell , an unarmed, mentally ill 34-year-old man shot and killed by NYC police. Four cops opened fire on Vassell in Brooklyn on Wednesday after 911 calls came in saying a man was pointing a silver firearm at people; after Vassell was shot, it... More »

NYPD Officers Mistake Pipe for Gun, Fatally Shoot Man

'This shouldn't have happened,' witness says

(Newser) - NYPD officers responding to reports of a man threatening people with a gun on Wednesday fatally shot a black man carrying a metal pipe, mistaking it for a firearm, police say. It happened just before 5pm in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn after three 911 callers said a "... More »

Cop Car Hits Stephon Clark Protester in 'Hit and Run'

'If I did that I'd be charged,' demonstrator says

(Newser) - Tensions flared Saturday at a vigil for Stephon Clark in Sacramento when a sheriff's vehicle knocked over a protester and drove off, the Sacramento Bee reports. The protester, Amanda Cleveland, lay motionless on the street until taken to hospital, and was later released with bruises on her head and... More »

Officer Who Killed Alton Sterling Fired

2nd Baton Rouge police officer suspended without pay

(Newser) - The Louisiana police officer who shot and killed Alton Sterling in July 2016 was fired from the Baton Rouge police force Friday, the New York Times reports. Blane Salamoni shot Sterling six times outside a convenience store where the 37-year-old was selling CDs. A second officer, Howie Lake, was suspended... More »

Stephon Clark Shot Multiple Times in Back

Private autopsy says he was shot 8 times in all, took up to 10 minutes to die

(Newser) - The family of Stephon Clark released the results of a private autopsy on Friday that shows police shot him eight times, mostly in the back, reports the Sacramento Bee . Bullets hit the 22-year-old in the back, neck, and thigh, per the Washington Post , and the AP says seven of the... More »

Fake Cop Fatally Shoots Real Officer

Kentucky suspect shot dead after manhunt

(Newser) - An off-duty police officer in Kentucky was pulled over and shot dead by a suspect impersonating an officer, police say. Phillip Meacham, a 38-year-old Hopkinsville officer, was fatally shot in the small Kentucky city Thursday afternoon when his private vehicle was pulled over, ABC 11 reports. Police say the suspect,... More »

Cops Won't Face Charges in Baton Rouge Shooting

State attorney general announces decision in Alton Sterling case

(Newser) - Louisiana's attorney general has ruled out criminal charges against two white Baton Rouge police officers in the fatal shooting of a black man whose death fueled widespread protests. Attorney General Jeff Landry's announcement Tuesday comes nearly 11 months after the Justice Department ruled out federal criminal charges in... More »

Protests Over Police Shooting Result in Sparse NBA Crowd

Game in Sacramento was delayed as protesters converged on arena in name of Stephon Clark

(Newser) - Body camera and helicopter footage of Sacramento police officers firing some 20 rounds at a 22-year-old father of two holding only a cellphone is out—and the reaction is intense. A day after the videos and 911 call audio were released, protesters blocked the entrance to Sacramento's Golden 1... More »

Man Was Holding Phone When Cops Killed Him in His Backyard

22-year-old Stephon Clark fatally shot by police in Sacramento

(Newser) - Stephon Clark was killed by California police in his own backyard when officers fired 20 rounds at him, striking him multiple times, CBS Sacramento reports. According to the Sacramento Bee , police in Sacramento were responding Sunday night to reports of a man breaking car windows when they found Clark in... More »

First Came the 911 Screams. Then a Cop and a Suspect Died

Tragedy after Tuesday standoff in Missouri

(Newser) - It started with a 911 call, punctuated by two women's screams. It ended with a police officer and a suspect dead. Following the 911 call Tuesday, police responded to a home in Clinton, Mo., around 9:20pm local time. They were met with gunfire from a suspect, who barricaded... More »

Family Wins One of Biggest Awards Ever Against Baltimore Cops

Kids and parents of Korryn Gaines awarded more than $37M—but some say they may not see it all

(Newser) - The children of a 23-year-old woman shot to death by Baltimore cops in 2016 after an hourslong standoff have been awarded more than $37 million in the civil lawsuit against Baltimore County and the police officer who fired the first shot. The Baltimore Sun reports that an all-woman jury, after... More »

Chicago Police Commander Fatally Shot on Duty

Paul Bauer had been at 'active shooter' training

(Newser) - A Chicago police commander attending an "active shooter" training session became the highest-ranking officer killed in the city in decades when he was shot after confronting a suspect Tuesday afternoon. Police officials and other sources tell the Chicago Tribune that Cmdr. Paul Bauer was fatally shot near a government... More »

Cop Who Decided Not to Shoot Wins Settlement

Stephen Mader gets $175K from West Virginia police department that fired him

(Newser) - A West Virginia cop who made headlines for not shooting a man holding a gun has just won a $175,000 wrongful termination settlement from his former police department. The unusual case goes back to 2016, when Weirton police officer Stephen Mader responded to a call about a possibly suicidal... More »

2 Officers Killed While Investigating 911 Call in Ohio

Suspect is in custody

(Newser) - Two Ohio police officers were killed in a shooting Saturday afternoon in a Columbus suburb, CBS News reports. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer , someone called 911 from an address in Westerville around noon then hung up. Police chief Joe Morbitzer says officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering were "immediately... More »

Tenn. Sheriff After Fatal Shooting: 'I Love This S---'

Lawsuit alleges excessive force in June shooting in Tennessee

(Newser) - The fatal shooting of an unarmed Tennessee man is now the focus of a federal lawsuit based on footage in which a sheriff suggests he ordered the killing to avoid damage to police cars. In the aftermath of the April 13, 2017, shooting of Michael Dial—determined to be justified—... More »

Wisconsin Man Runs $65K Ad Over Son's 2004 Death

Michael Bell took out the Washington Post ad Tuesday

(Newser) - There is no limit to this father's quest for justice: Michael Bell spent $64,259 to run a full-page age in Tuesday's Washington Post calling for his son's Nov. 9, 2004 death to be reinvestigated. The Wisconsin 21-year-old died at the hands of a Kenosha police officer... More »

Fatal Colorado Ambush: 'He Knew We Were Coming':

One deputy was fatally shot almost immediately in Highlands Ranch

(Newser) - Police in suburban Denver are describing the fatal shooting of a deputy and the wounding of four other officers as an ambush. “He knew we were coming,” says Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock, per the Denver Post . The sheriff says four deputies initially arrived at the gunman's... More »

5 Deputies Shot in Denver Suburb

One is dead; two civilians also injured; gunman also was shot

(Newser) - Authorities in Colorado say one deputy has died and four others were wounded, along with two civilians, in a shooting in suburban Denver, reports the AP . The Douglas County Sheriff's Office said via Twitter that the shooting happened after deputies were called to the scene of a domestic disturbance... More »

Arrest Made in Prank Call That Led to Fatal Police Shooting

Tyler Barriss arrested in California in connection to death of man in Kansas

(Newser) - Police have arrested a 25-year-old man in Los Angeles in connection with a "swatting" prank that left a 28-year-old Kansas man dead Thursday night, KWCH reports. Tyler Barriss, arrested Friday afternoon, is accused of making a false report to police. He was arrested two years ago in connection to... More »

Sheriff's Deputies Fatally Shoot 6-Year-Old Boy

They were aiming at a suspected car thief, who was also killed

(Newser) - Sheriff's deputies shot and killed a 6-year-old boy Thursday in Texas, WOAI reports. Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar says four deputies opened fire on 30-year-old Amanda Jones, a suspected car thief, after they "cornered" her outside a mobile home occupied by Kameron Prescott and his family in the... More »

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