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3 Cops Accused of Cover-Up in Laquan McDonald Shooting

Chicago officers face multiple charges in 2014 death of black teen

(Newser) - Three current and former Chicago police officers have been charged with attempting to cover for former Officer Jason Van Dyke, who shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times while he walked away. The Chicago Tribune reports David March, Joseph Walsh, and Thomas Gaffney have been charged with conspiracy, official misconduct, and... More »

White Cop Shoots Black Off-Duty Officer at Crime Scene

The white officer was 'fearing for his safety'

(Newser) - A black off-duty officer with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department was shot by a white officer Wednesday night while trying to assist with some suspected car thieves, CBS News reports. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch , a stolen car crashed near the off-duty officer's home, and he came... More »

LA County Cops Fire at Pit Bull, Kill Teenager

17-year-old had been trying to restrain animal

(Newser) - A 17-year-old in Palmdale, Calif., was shot dead early Thursday after he tried to stop somebody else's pit bull from attacking police officers. Los Angeles County officials say Armando Garcia-Muro was hit by a "skip round" that ricocheted off the ground when deputies fired at the charging animal,... More »

Cop Found Not Guilty in Milwaukee Shooting

Dominique Heaggan-Brown shot Sylville Smith on the ground

(Newser) - A Milwaukee jury needed less than two days of deliberations to acquit a former police officer in the on-duty shooting of a black man last year that sparked two nights of violence on the city's north side. Jurors found Wednesday that Dominique Heaggan-Brown, who is also black, was not... More »

Dashcam Footage Shows Officer Kill Philando Castile

The footage was made public Tuesday

(Newser) - “Sir, I have to tell you that I do have a firearm on me," Philando Castile tells Officer Jeronimo Yanez seconds before he is shot multiple times. Police dashcam footage of Castile's death that was shown during Yanez's manslaughter trial was released to the public Tuesday,... More »

Pregnant Woman Calls Cops, Ends Up Being Fatally Shot

Seattle police say she was brandishing a knife at officers

(Newser) - A fatal police shooting in Seattle is making headlines over the unusual circumstances: A woman who called 911 Sunday morning to report a burglary ended up being fatally shot by the responding officers, reports the Seattle Times . The woman has been identified as 30-year-old Charleena Lyles. Police say she brandished... More »

Thousands Protest Acquittal in Death of Philando Castile

'My son loved this city and this city killed my son'

(Newser) - "They got free rein to keep killing us anyway they want," Valerie Castile said Friday night as protesters took to the streets of St. Paul, shutting down a freeway, after a Minnesota officer was acquitted in the killing of her son, Philando Castile, the Star Tribune reports. According... More »

Cop Acquitted in Fatal Shooting of Philando Castile

Jeronimo Yanez cleared of manslaughter, other charges

(Newser) - The Minnesota police officer who fatally shot black motorist Philando Castile in July has been acquitted of manslaughter and two lesser charges , the AP reports. Jeronimo Yanez shot Castile five times during a traffic stop seconds after Castile informed him he was carrying a gun; he testified that Castile was... More »

Cop Who Shot Tamir Rice Fired

Timothy Loehmann fired for omitting info on application to join Cleveland PD

(Newser) - More than two years after fatally shooting a 12-year-old boy holding a toy gun, Cleveland police officer Timothy Loehmann has been fired, Cleveland.com reports. According to WKYC , Loehmann wasn't fired for Tamir Rice's death but rather because the investigation into it led officials to discover he wasn'... More »

Cincinnati Briefly Honors Man Who Killed Officer

Mayor apologizes over errant proclamation

(Newser) - The mayor of Cincinnati has tearfully apologized to city police after his office unwittingly approved a proclamation honoring a man who killed an officer in an ambush. Mayor John Cranley delivered his apology Thursday at the police union hall, saying the proclamation was stamped by a new staffer. He said... More »

Tulsa Officer Who Said Man's 'Death Is His Fault' Acquitted

Jury hands down not guilty verdict for Betty Shelby in Terence Crutcher case

(Newser) - Protesters gathered on the streets of Tulsa Wednesday night after a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man whose car had stalled was acquitted of manslaughter. The jury took more than eight hours to deliver a not guilty verdict for Betty Shelby, who shot 40-year-old father of... More »

Teen Killed by Officers After Calling 911 Left Suicide Note

Police believe he wanted to be shot and killed

(Newser) - A 15-year-old boy left a suicide note before he was killed by officers after pointing a BB gun at them in a San Diego high school parking lot in the dark over the weekend. Assistant Police Chief Brian Ahearn tells the AP that police found the note on the Torrey... More »

He Called 911 on Himself. Cops Shot the Teen Dead

The incident occurred early Saturday outside a San Diego high school

(Newser) - A 15-year-old boy was shot dead outside his San Diego high school early Saturday morning, minutes after he apparently called 911 to request a welfare check on himself. Police say that when they responded to a call to check on the safety of a teenager outside Torrey Pines High School,... More »

Cop Who Shot Texas Teen Turns Himself In

Roy Oliver released on $300K bail

(Newser) - Roy Oliver, the former Texas police officer who fatally shot 15-year-old Jordan Edwards last Saturday night, turned himself in hours after an arrest warrant was issued Friday. Oliver, who was fired from the force in the Dallas suburb of of Balch Springs on Tuesday, was freed Friday night after posting... More »

Cop Who Shot 15-Year-Old Boy Charged With Murder

Roy Oliver killed Jordan Edwards when he shot at car of full of teens

(Newser) - A white Texas police officer has been charged with murder in the shooting of a black teenager for which the officer was fired , according to an arrest warrant issued Friday. The warrant for Roy Oliver, a former officer in the Dallas suburb of Balch Springs, was issued by the Dallas... More »

Texas Cop Who Killed Teen as He Left Party Is Fired

Chief: 'There were violations. I acted on them'

(Newser) - The police officer who fatally shot 15-year-old Jordan Edwards near Dallas on Saturday night has been fired and the boy's family says they hope he is charged with murder. Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber announced Tuesday evening that officer Roy Oliver had been fired for violating departmental policies,... More »

US Justice Dept. Won't Charge Cops in Alton Sterling's Death

The state is still free to file its own charges

(Newser) - The US Justice Department has decided not to charge two white Baton Rouge police officers in the death of a black man whose fatal shooting was captured on cellphone video, fueling protests in Louisiana's capital and beyond, the AP reports. Federal authorities opened a civil rights investigation immediately after... More »

Police Chief: Shooting Death of Teen Didn't Meet 'Core Values'

Family of Texas' Jordan Edwards said he had 'humble and sharing spirit'

(Newser) - The family of Jordan Edwards, the 15-year-old shot dead by a cop near Dallas Saturday night , issued a statement Tuesday remembering the boy as a "humble and sharing spirit" killed in an act of "horrific, unexplainable violence," per CBS Dallas-Fort Worth . The statement added Jordan's brothers... More »

Ex-Cop Pleading Guilty in Walter Scott Shooting

Michael Slager will plead guilty to federal civil rights charges

(Newser) - The former South Carolina police officer who fatally shot Walter Scott, an unarmed black motorist he had pulled over for a broken taillight, will plead guilty in the federal civil rights case against him Tuesday. In return, the state will drop a pending murder charge against him, the AP reports.... More »

Boy, 15, Killed When Texas Cop Fires Into Car Full of Teens

Police erred in their initial statement about how the car was being driven

(Newser) - A 15-year-old boy has died after a Dallas-area police officer fired into a car that authorities initially said was being driven in an "aggressive manner," the AP reports. However, the Balch Springs police chief later said his department incorrectly described why an officer shot at the vehicle. Jonathan... More »

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