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Ferguson Cop: I Was Pinned in Car, Feared for Life

Darren Wilson tells investigators he feared for his life, NY Times reports

(Newser) - The Ferguson police officer who shot Michael Brown to death told investigators that he feared for his life and struggled with Brown over control of his gun inside the patrol car, reports the New York Times . The newspaper quotes US officials familiar with the ongoing civil rights investigation into the... More »

St. Louis Cops: Dead Teen Had Gunshot Residue

Say tests prove Vonderrit Myers fired in fatal exchange with off-duty cop

(Newser) - Gunshot residue was on the hand, waistband, and shirt of an 18-year-old man killed by a St. Louis police officer last week , authorities said yesterday. Police union leaders said the lab test by the Missouri State Highway Patrol dispels claims that Vonderrit Myers didn't shoot at the officer on... More »

St. Louis Protesters Decry 'Epidemic of Police Violence'

Protest meant 'to destroy systematic racism and white supremacy,' organizer says

(Newser) - Demonstrators marched to St. Louis University early today, then hunkered down for a sit-in to cap three days of protest against what organizers are calling an "epidemic of police violence," the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Although police and campus security hovered around both the march and sit-in, no... More »

St. Louis Cops, Protesters Face Off for 2nd Night

City a 'racial powder keg' after latest police shooting

(Newser) - Protesters angered by the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by police faced off with officers in south St. Louis for a second night last night as accusations of racial profiling prompted calls for a federal investigation ahead of a weekend of planned rallies and civil disobedience. State and city... More »

Off-Duty Cop Fatally Shoots St. Louis Teen

Protesters invoke Michael Brown

(Newser) - "It's like Michael Brown all over again." That from the cousin of a teen who was fatally shot by an off-duty police officer in south St. Louis last night, sparking loud protests in the area. St. Louis Police Chief Col. Sam Dotson says the 32-year-old officer was... More »

Man Faces Murder Charge as Police Bullet Kills Bystander

Suspect Kody Roach was also shot at Florida bar

(Newser) - A Florida man faces murder charges after an innocent bystander was shot to death inside a bar. The unusual thing about the case is that he never fired a single shot—the bullet came from a police officer's gun, reports WESH-TV . But authorities hold 23-year-old Kody Roach responsible for... More »

SC Trooper Charged for Shooting Unarmed Man

Victim was just reaching for license

(Newser) - Officials say a former South Carolina state trooper is charged with a felony in the shooting of an unarmed man during a traffic stop earlier this month. The SC Law Enforcement Division says in a news release that 31-year-old Sean Groubert was charged yesterday with assault and battery of a... More »

Ferguson Police Chief: 'I'm Truly Sorry'

Thomas Jackson also says violent acts won't be tolerated

(Newser) - Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson made many apologies today, including one to the family of slain teen Michael Brown , saying, "I'm truly sorry for the loss of your son. I'm also sorry that it took so long to remove Michael from the street," reports CNN... More »

White Witness: Michael Brown Had His Hands Up

Construction worker says Brown moved toward cop

(Newser) - A witness described by some media outlets as white has given his account of the Michael Brown shooting. One of two construction workers who gave accounts to the FBI, he says that Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson chased Brown, shot at him from behind, and when Brown turned around... More »

Feds to Probe Ferguson Cops

Civil rights investigation to be wide-ranging

(Newser) - The Justice Department is planning an investigation of the police department in Ferguson, Mo., that will go far beyond the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown last month. The probe, which will look at the force's behavior over the last several years to determine whether racial profiling and excessive... More »

Police: We Shot Man Who Aimed at Passing Cars

Portland cops say they wounded would-be carjacker

(Newser) - Police in Portland, Oregon, say an officer today shot a man who was a pointing a gun at passing cars on an Interstate 84 offramp today. Sgt. Pete Simpson says the man ran from the freeway after he was struck by a bullet, and he collapsed on a nearby street.... More »

Cops TV Crew Member Killed in Police Shooting

Robbery suspect also shot dead at a Wendy's in Omaha

(Newser) - Another high-profile police shooting is in the news, this time because a crew member of the reality TV show Cops got killed while filming it. Omaha police also killed a robbery suspect at a Wendy's restaurant during last night's shooting, reports the Omaha World-Herald . It all unfolded as... More »

Supreme Court Helps Cops Stay Unaccountable

Law professor: Series of decisions makes it all but impossible to convict

(Newser) - It's possible that a grand jury will find enough evidence to conclude that Officer Darren Wilson should go on trial for the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. But even if that happens, don't expect Wilson to be found guilty of excessive use of force, writes law... More »

CNN Posts Possible Audio of Michael Brown Shooting

Man records alleged gunshots during video chat with friend

(Newser) - Might these be the gunshots that killed Michael Brown? CNN has posted audio inadvertently recorded around the time of his shooting by a Ferguson man who was video chatting with a friend. A forensic audio expert tells the network that he hears a succession of six shots, then a pause,... More »

Handcuffed Son Didn't Shoot Himself, Grieving Dad Insists

Victor White III's father disputes coroner's report, police statements

(Newser) - Louisiana State Police say Victor White III died after shooting himself while handcuffed in the back of a police car in March, an assertion backed up by the Iberia Parish coroner’s office, reports NBC News . But White’s family isn’t buying the suicide story—mainly, they say, because... More »

Michael Brown Was 'No Angel'? Come On.

New York Times phrasing rankles a few readers

(Newser) - Michael Brown "was no angel," according to a New York Times piece by John Eligon—and the phrasing hasn't gone unnoticed. At Vox , Matthew Yglesias recalls that he himself was hardly a model teen, but "you don't need to be one to survive into adulthood.... More »

Ferguson Cop Manages to Lie Low Amid Furor

Conflicting reports emerge about Darren Wilson's injuries

(Newser) - The police officer in Ferguson, Mo., who shot Michael Brown has gone underground, in a big, big way. The media usually dig up information on major news figures via social media, or family and friends—but any social media accounts Darren Wilson had were scrapped before the police divulged his... More »

Cop Who Pointed Gun at Protesters Is Suspended

Officer in Ferguson also threatened to kill one of them

(Newser) - Officials say a police officer who was part of the effort to keep peace during protests in Ferguson, Mo., has been suspended indefinitely for pointing a semi-automatic assault rifle at demonstrators, then cursing and threatening to kill one of them. A St. Louis County police spokesman says the incident involving... More »

Ferguson's New Plan: Police Cameras

City calmer ahead of Holder visit

(Newser) - Ahead of a visit from Attorney General Eric Holder today, officials in Ferguson, Missouri, say they want to make big changes to law enforcement and end the "discord and heartbreak" that has followed the police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. A statement released by city leaders says it... More »

St. Louis Cops Kill Knife-Wielding Man

Shooting occurs a few miles from Ferguson

(Newser) - Exactly what authorities looking to calm tensions in Ferguson, Mo., didn't want to happen: Two St. Louis police officers shot and killed a man wielding a knife this afternoon, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch . City police chief Sam Dotson said the man took energy drinks and pastries from a... More »

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