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Cop Who Didn't Shoot Man Wishes He'd Had 'a Few More Seconds'

Stephen Mader held back when he thought RJ Williams was trying to do a 'suicide by cop'

(Newser) - A rookie white cop, a young black man shot to death by police, and a firing—but the story doesn't develop in an expected way. Writing for ProPublica , Joe Sexton takes a deep dive into the 2016 shooting of 23-year-old RJ Williams in Weirton, West Virginia. Williams was shot... More »

Officer Who Shot Man in His Home Indicted for Murder

Amber Guyger says she thought she was in her apartment

(Newser) - In September, Amber Guyger, at that time a Dallas police officer, walked into the apartment of Botham Shem Jean and shot the 26-year-old to death . Guyger lived in the same building as Jean and claimed that she thought she was entering her own unit and believed he was an intruder.... More »

Cop Allegedly Shot by Fellow Officer, on Purpose

Authorities in Canada say the two got into an altercation during a crash investigation

(Newser) - A Canadian police officer is hospitalized in stable condition after a fellow cop shot him numerous times during a Thursday altercation, reports the CBC . Det. Sgt. Shane Donovan and Const. Nathan Parker of Niagara Regional Police Services were conducting a follow-up investigation at the scene of a DUI crash in... More »

Mall Shooting Story Gets Way Bigger

'Outraged' parents of shooting victim demand justice

(Newser) - The parents of a man killed by Alabama police Friday are calling for justice after authorities apparently shot the wrong guy, ABC News reports. "I'm outraged as a mother because I carried him for nine months," says April Pipkins, mother of police-shooting victim Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr.... More »

Cops Killed Guy Who Wasn't the Mall Shooter

Seems Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr. was fleeing the scene

(Newser) - The guy shot by police at an Alabama mall Thanksgiving night wasn't really an alleged gunman, AL.com reports. The Jefferson County Coroner's Office released a statement Friday saying police actually shot and killed Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr., 21, who was carrying a gun as he fled the... More »

Fundraiser for Slain Guard Gets $150K From Kanye

He made huge donation to family of Jemel Roberson

(Newser) - A GoFundMe fundraiser for the family of a black security guard shot dead by police soared past its goal after a massive donation from none other than Kanye West. The rapper donated $150,000 to help the family of Jemel Roberson, a bar security guard who was killed by a... More »

Wanted Man Dies After Chase Through Fire Zone

Parolee reportedly brandished metallic object

(Newser) - A man who lost his life in the area of the Camp Fire succumbed not to flames but to bullet wounds. An "armed and dangerous wanted parolee" led police on a high-speed chase Thursday and was ultimately shot and killed, Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey says, per the... More »

Bouncer Killed by Cop Had Good Reason to Work Overtime

Lawyers say he was supporting his partner, who's pregnant with 2nd child

(Newser) - Lawyers who've filed a wrongful death lawsuit in the fatal police shooting of a black security guard at an Illinois bar Sunday say the 26-year-old was working overtime to support his partner, who's pregnant with the couple's second child. Jemel Roberson and Avontea Boose, who have a... More »

Black Bouncer Killed by Cops Responding to Bar Shooting

Jemel Roberson was fatally shot in Illinois

(Newser) - A black security guard was mistakenly fired upon and killed by police who were responding to a shooting at an Illinois bar early Sunday. Per WGN , Jemel Roberson was the armed bouncer at Manny’s Blue Room Bar in Robbins, where witnesses reportedly said he asked some drunk men to... More »

He Was Killed in His Own Home by a Cop. Now, a Lawsuit

Amber Guyger is 'dangerous individual,' complaint brought by Botham Jean's family says

(Newser) - The family of a black man who was shot to death in his own apartment by a Dallas cop has brought a lawsuit against both the former police officer and the city of Dallas, the Dallas Morning News reports. The complaint filed by the parents and sister of 26-year-old Botham... More »

She Left the US to Raise a Black Son. Then, the 'Inevitable'

Family demands answers in tasing death of Chinedu Okobi

(Newser) - When 72-year-old Amaka Okobi heard a black man had had a deadly encounter with police in Millbrae, Calif., she thought, "Oh God, I feel so bad for his mother." Only later did she learn the man was her own 36-year-old son, said to have been tased by at... More »

Cop Who Killed Tamir Rice Gets a New Job

Timothy Loehmann's new employer is in Bellaire, Ohio

(Newser) - The former Cleveland police officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice has been hired by a police department in a small Ohio village, the AP reports. Bellaire's police chief, Richard Flanagan, confirmed Friday that he hired Timothy Loehmann as a part-time officer. "He was cleared of any and... More »

High School Band Show Shocks With Cops at Gunpoint

Pics of Mississippi high school band's performance circulate on social media

(Newser) - A high school band's halftime performance showing police being held at gunpoint is fueling anger in a Mississippi city dealing with the recent killings of two officers, the AP reports. Pictures of the Forest Hill High School band's performance that circulated on social media (see a photo at... More »

7 Officers Shot, 1 Killed in SC Standoff

Florence suspect was taken into custody

(Newser) - A suspect in South Carolina is in custody after a standoff that left one law enforcement officer dead and six others injured. Authorities in Florence say three sheriff's deputies and four police officers were shot in the incident, which started around 5pm when the suspect opened fire on deputies... More »

Dallas Cop Who Killed Neighbor Is Fired

Amber Guyger faces manslaughter charges in death of Botham Jean

(Newser) - The Dallas police officer who killed a neighbor in a high-profile shooting is out of a job. Dallas police chief U. Renee Hall fired Amber Guyger, 30, during a hearing on Monday, reports Dallas News . Hall cited "adverse conduct." Guyger faces manslaughter charges in the Sept. 6 death... More »

Cop Says Man Shot in Home Ignored Her Commands

Lawyer slams 'self-serving' affidavit

(Newser) - Amber Guyger, the Dallas police officer arrested for fatally shooting a man after she entered the wrong apartment, says Botham Jean ignored her verbal commands. According to an affidavit released Monday, Guyger told investigators that the door of Botham's apartment was unlocked and slightly ajar and it opened when... More »

Dallas Cop Charged Days After Killing Man in Own Apartment

Amber Guyger faces manslaughter charge

(Newser) - A Dallas police officer who killed a man in his home after entering the wrong apartment unit was arrested Sunday night—and the man's relatives, whose lawyer said Officer Amber Guyger was receiving favorable treatment , are wondering why it didn't happen sooner. The 30-year-old officer was arrested on... More »

Grieving Family Asks For Dallas Cop to Face Charges

A rep in the Botham Jean case wants Officer Amber Guyger 'treated like every other citizen'

(Newser) - The lawyer for the family of a man who was gunned down at his home by a Dallas police officer is calling for her to be arrested and charged, saying the fact that she remains free days after the shooting shows she's receiving favorable treatment. S. Lee Merritt, who... More »

Officer Opens Wrong Door; a Tragedy Results

The Dallas officer faces a manslaughter charge

(Newser) - "Right now, there are more questions than answers." That's what Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall told reporters Friday when updating them about a shooting in which it appears an officer entered the wrong unit in her apartment complex and killed a man who was inside, NBC reports.... More »

Police Shoot, Kill Former ER Actress

Cops say Vanessa Marquez pointed what looked like a gun, may have had mental health issues

(Newser) - Police shot and killed actress Vanessa Marquez on Thursday after she allegedly pointed a BB gun at officers, Variety reports. Officers arrived at the South Pasadena home of Marquez—who is best known for her role as nurse Wendy Goldman on ER—around noon to perform a welfare check, authorities... More »

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