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Cleveland Cop Who Killed Unarmed Couple Is Cleared

He fired through windshield at pair after police chase

(Newser) - A white Cleveland police officer has been cleared of wrongdoing in a high-profile city shooting that left two unarmed black people dead. A judge today found Michael Brelo not guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the 2012 shootings that followed a massive police chase involving more than 100 cops, reports Cleveland.... More »

Police Shoot Unarmed Men Suspected of Stealing Beer

Olympia, Washington, sees protests in the aftermath

(Newser) - The latest outpouring of community anger over a police shooting is taking place in Olympia, Washington, where two unarmed black stepbrothers were shot by a white officer after the shoplifting of beer. Both are hospitalized but expected to live. Hundreds marched peacefully from a park to city hall yesterday evening,... More »

Cop Killed Day Before Maternity Leave Was to Start

Kerrie Orozco got in shootout with suspect

(Newser) - Kerrie Orozco should have been starting her maternity leave today. Instead, her family is mourning her death; the Omaha police officer was shot yesterday while serving an arrest warrant and died at a hospital, NBC News reports. The suspect, 26-year-old Marcus Wheeler, was wanted for another shooting in Omaha last... More »

Madison Officer Won't Be Charged in Shooting of Biracial Teen: DA

Matt Kenny shot Tony Robinson, 19, in March, police say

(Newser) - A Wisconsin prosecutor has decided not to charge a white police officer in the death of an unarmed biracial man in Madison. Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne announced today that he wouldn't file any charges against Madison officer Matt Kenny in 19-year-old Tony Robinson's death on March... More »

Subway Worker Canned for Lauding Police Deaths

Sierra McCurdy posted that 'police take away innocent people lives everyday'

(Newser) - A Subway worker in Mississippi is out of work after posting on Facebook that two police officers shot and killed Saturday basically had it coming, the Clarion-Ledger reports. "Two police officers shot tonight in Hattiesburg," posted a woman who goes by C-Babi Denell Senshala and Sierra McCurdy. She... More »

Mississippi Town Rattled by First Cop Killings Since 1984

Hattiesburg mourns slain officers

(Newser) - As Hattiesburg, Miss., mourns two police officers killed in the line of duty Saturday evening, four people accused of involvement are due in court. Marvin Banks and Joanie Calloway have been charged with capital murder, while Curtis Banks—Marvin's younger brother—has been charged with being an accessory after... More »

2 Brothers Held in Fatal Shooting of 2 Miss. Cops

Officers shot, killed during routine traffic stop

(Newser) - Two police officers were shot and killed last night during a routine traffic stop in Hattiesburg, Miss., and two brothers were arrested early today after a manhunt, reports the Jackson Clarion-Ledger . "All I know right now is that there was a traffic stop and someone started shooting at them... More »

Idaho Cop Shot by Man Who Stole Patrol Car Dies

Suspect was arrested after 125mph chase

(Newser) - A northern Idaho police officer shot by a man who stole his patrol car has died of his injuries, police say. Sgt. Greg Moore died at 5:50pm yesterday at Kootenai Health in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, a police spokeswoman said in a statement. Moore was shot about 1:30am... More »

Tamir Rice's Mom Wants 'Justice,' Lives in Shelter

And family of boy shot by cops refuses to halt civil lawsuit

(Newser) - Five months is long enough, they say, and they're not willing to wait. The family of Tamir Rice—the 12-year-old boy gunned down by Cleveland police last year while carrying a toy gun—said today they won't hold off their civil lawsuit, the Washington Post reports. "The... More »

NYPD Cop Shot in Head

Officer in stable condition after suspect opens fire

(Newser) - An NYPD officer is in critical but stable condition this morning after being shot in the head last night by a suspect he and his partner approached after noticing the man was "adjusting an object in his waistband" suspiciously, commissioner Bill Bratton says. As the New York Daily News... More »

Deputy Charged for Killing Black Man 'by Mistake'

Robert Bates faces second-degree manslaughter

(Newser) - A 73-year-old reserve deputy in Tulsa, Okla., was charged today with second-degree manslaughter for shooting an unarmed black man while arresting him, Tulsa World reports. Bob Bates says he mistakenly drew his firearm believing it was a Taser, then fired the bullet that killed Eric Harris, 44. "He made... More »

After Scott Shot Dead, Talk of 'Pumping' Adrenaline

Dashcam captured conversation between officers

(Newser) - The dashcam in Michael Slager's patrol car captured more than the now-fired officer stopping Walter Scott for a busted taillight. The Guardian reports the camera recorded for an hour following that stop, and it picked up a conversation between two officers just after the shooting. It captures a senior... More »

Cops: Deputy, 73, Shot Man Dead 'by Mistake'

Family accuses Tulsa insurance exec of being 'pay to play' cop

(Newser) - Yet another disturbing video of a police shooting has surfaced—this time involving a deputy that the victim's family say should never have been there. Reserve Deputy Bob Bates, a 73-year-old insurance executive, told police he thought he was reaching for his Taser when he shot Eric Harris in... More »

Police Video Shows Scott Running From Patrol Car

Dash cam footage doesn't capture shooting

(Newser) - South Carolina police have released dash cam video of the traffic stop that led to the fatal shooting of Walter Scott. The footage doesn't capture the actual shooting by officer Michael Slager, notes NBC News . Instead it shows a routine stop for a broken tail light—until Scott bolts... More »

Man Who Filmed SC Shooting Considered Erasing Video

But he turned it over to Scott family instead

(Newser) - The disturbing video that resulted in murder charges for a North Charleston, SC, police officer almost never saw the light of day. In an MSNBC interview, Feiden Santana says he feared for his life after taking video of Michael Slager shooting Walter Scott in the back as the 50-year-old Scott... More »

South Carolina Cop Fired After Fatal Shooting

Mayor says every officer in North Charleston will wear body cameras

(Newser) - With protests gaining steam, the city of North Charleston is trying to stay aggressive in its reaction to a white police officer's fatal shooting of an unarmed black man: Officer Michael Slager, who already has been charged with murder , has been fired from the force, the mayor said today.... More »

What the Video Shows in Cop Killing of SC Black Man

It's not clear whether Walter Scott really grabbed officer's Taser

(Newser) - A white South Carolina cop stands accused of murdering an unarmed black man: What exactly does video of the Saturday incident show?
  • Before the video begins: Officer Michael Slager, 33, says he pulled Walter Scott, 50, over because Scott's Mercedes-Benz had a broken taillight. Slager says Scott fled and
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SC Cop Charged With Murder After Shooting Unarmed Man

Post and Courier: Video shows him firing 8 times as victim fled

(Newser) - A police officer in North Charleston, South Carolina, is being charged with murder after a bystander's video appears to show him firing at a fleeing suspect eight times or more, reports the Post and Courier . (That story includes the video, which is graphic.) The video appears to contradict... More »

Post-Katrina Police Shooting Finally Ruled a Homicide

Previous coroner said there wasn't enough evidence

(Newser) - After almost a decade, the death of a man shot dead by police in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina has been declared a homicide—a ruling that the Orleans Parish coroner stresses is "simply from a medical standpoint and simply means a death was caused by the intentional actions... More »

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 »

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