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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 »

Family of Chicago Teen: It Was a Police Shooting, Not Suicide

Relatives of Steven Rosenthal, 15, dispute official account that he shot himself

(Newser) - A 15-year-old Chicago teen was shot to death last week, but the police and his family have very different accounts of what happened. Police say they spotted Steven Rosenthal with a gun Friday evening and gave chase on foot, reports the Chicago Tribune . During the chase, the teen used the... More »

Michael Brown's Mother Throws Hat Into Political Ring

Lezley McSpadden has announced she's running for Ferguson City Council

(Newser) - The mother of Michael Brown has announced she's entering the political fray in the St. Louis suburb where her unarmed teenage son was shot dead by police in 2014. In an event organized down the street from where 18-year-old Brown was shot dead by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson,... More »

'Hero' Killed by Cops Got 5 Warnings Over 13 Seconds

But the scene was noisy and chaotic, and Richard Black's family says his hearing wasn't good

(Newser) - Officers repeatedly instructed Richard "Gary" Black to drop his weapon and show his hands after arriving at his Colorado home in the early hours of Monday morning. The request was made five times over a period the Denver Post reports was 13 seconds. When he didn't, but instead... More »

Suit: Cop Shot Unarmed Teen 'Without Warning'

Excessive force alleged in Antwon Rose's June death

(Newser) - A lawsuit alleging "excessive and deadly force" has followed a homicide charge in the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager in East Pittsburgh. "It is time that we begin to seek answers," a lawyer tells ABC News of the federal suit filed Tuesday on behalf... More »

Before Cops Killed Homeowner, He Fought Fierce Intruder

Stepson says officers 'shot the first thing they saw moving'

(Newser) - If Richard Black's Purple Heart and Bronze Star weren't example enough of his bravery, stepson Chad Hayashi says his last act summed it up. According to Hayashi, the 73-year-old Vietnam veteran fatally shot a naked intruder found choking his 11-year-old grandson, also nude, in the bathtub of their... More »

LAPD Makes This Fatal Error for First Time in 13 Years

Officers fatally shot a woman who was being held by a man wielding a knife

(Newser) - Dramatic video released Tuesday shows Los Angeles officers fatally shooting a man and the woman he was holding with a knife to her throat, the first of two recent killings of hostages or bystanders as police tried to stop attackers. Officers opened fire outside a church after the man began... More »

Homeowner Killed by Cop Was Protecting Grandson: Lawyer

Police have still released few details in the Colorado shooting

(Newser) - A decorated Vietnam War veteran woke up to the sound of his front door crashing in and saw a naked intruder attack his grandson, so he acted to protect his loved ones, according to his family's lawyer. As the man tried to choke and drown the boy in the... More »

Homeowner Kills Intruder, Then Cops Kill Homeowner

Police mistook armed resident for intruder

(Newser) - Police say "a very chaotic and violent scene" greeted officers who were called to an Aurora, Colo., home over reports of a home invasion early Monday—and amid that chaos, a man who lived in the home was shot and killed by an officer. Around 1:30am, multiple 911... More »

No Charges for Minnesota Cops Who Fatally Shot Man

Body camera footage released in Thurman Blevins' death

(Newser) - There will be no charges filed in the fatal police shooting of a Minneapolis man that sparked protests across the city last month. The Minneapolis Police Department on Sunday night released body camera footage of the incident that led to the death of Thurman Blevins, a black man killed by... More »

$50M Suit Filed by Family of Woman Killed by Minn. Cop

Justine Ruszczyk Damond's father says problems within Minneapolis PD are 'systemic'

(Newser) - The family of an Australian-US citizen who was killed by a Minneapolis cop last year after she called 911 to report a possible assault filed a lawsuit Monday alleging the officer conspired with his partner to hide what really happened. The complaint filed in US District Court alleges Justine Ruszczyk... More »

A Jury Awarded Them 4 Cents. Mike Evans Gave Them $11K

Pro NFL player Mike Evans is helping people out

(Newser) - A wide receiver who just scored an $82 million contract extension is helping a family that was recently awarded 4 cents, ESPN reports. Mike Evans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers donated $11,000 Saturday to the family of a man who was shot dead by a Florida sheriff's deputy... More »

4 Years Later, NYPD Charges Cop Who Choked Eric Garner

Officer Daniel Pantaleo will get his day in court

(Newser) - The New York Police Department has begun disciplinary proceedings against a white officer nearly four years after he was accused in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man who gasped, "I can't breathe." A police spokesman says departmental charges were presented Friday to Officer Daniel Pantaleo... More »

Police Shooting Sparks Violent Clash With Protesters

Unidentified man was shot multiple times in Chicago

(Newser) - Chicago police clashed with a large crowd Saturday after an officer shot and killed a man on the city's South Side, the Chicago Tribune reports. Protesters threw rocks and bottles at officers and four were arrested as cops struck people with batons and dragged them to the ground. The... More »

Former Basketball Star Dies in Police Standoff

Tyler Honeycutt apparently took his own life

(Newser) - A former college basketball star who later played for the Sacramento Kings and Houston Rockets was found dead Saturday after exchanging gunfire with the LAPD, the LA Times reports. SWAT officers responded to a "man with a gun" call at the Sherman Oaks, Calif., home of Tyler Honeycutt, where... More »

Cop Who Shot Antwon Rose as He Fled Charged With Homicide

Officer Michael Rosfeld appeared in City Court in Pittsburgh

(Newser) - Hours after being sworn in with the East Pittsburgh Police Department, Officer Michael Rosfeld shot Antwon Rose. Now the cop has been charged in connection with the June 19 killing. Philly.com reports Rosfeld appeared in City Court in Pittsburgh Wednesday to face one count of criminal homicide. He... More »

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