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'He Purposely Killed Him': Cop Indicted in Ohio Death

White officer shot unarmed black man during traffic stop

(Newser) - A white University of Cincinnati police officer has been indicted on murder charges after he fatally shot an unarmed black man in the head during a traffic stop, reports the Guardian . Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters didn't hold back in his criticism of accused officer Ray Tensing, reports Cincinnati.... More »

Police Shoot, Kill Angry Escaped Cow

Honolulu police say they were 'forced to take action'

(Newser) - Honolulu police shot and killed a cow that had escaped its pasture and was wandering around the Farrington Highway, causing major delays. The brown cow was reported around 3:30pm Thursday. Drivers watched the animal cross lanes through traffic and charge at several people. Officers fired three shots at the... More »

Judge Makes Cops Release Video of Fatal Shooting

Police in Gardena, California, had fought to keep it under wraps

(Newser) - Another video of a police shooting is making headlines, but this one happened two years ago. In it, officers in Gardena, California, fatally shoot Ricardo Diaz Zeferino, 35, who had been stopped with two other men during the investigation of a bicycle theft. At one point, the three men have... More »

Norway's Cops Missed 100% of Shots Last Year

Officers drew weapons 42 times, fired only twice

(Newser) - American police officers could learn a thing or two from Norway's men in blue, though perhaps not in terms of accuracy: Newly released stats show Norwegian officers, who typically don't carry guns, threatened to use their weapons 42 times last year but only fired twice; they missed both... More »

Albuquerque Officers Charged With Murder in Homeless Man's Death

City erupted after James Boyd's shooting last year

(Newser) - Two New Mexico police officers will be charged with second-degree murder in last year's shooting death of a homeless man near a tent in the mountains where he had been camping, a special prosecutor said today. James Boyd was killed during a standoff after video showed him appearing to... More »

Officer Aims for Dog, Hits Child Instead

4-year-old in stable condition

(Newser) - A Columbus, Ohio, neighborhood is shaken after a police officer accidentally shot a child over the weekend. Officer Jonathan Thomas was investigating an alleged hit-and-run Friday afternoon when an injured person was reported at a nearby home, the Columbus Dispatch reports. According to a police spokesperson, a dog charged at... More »

Guy Linked to Police HQ Shootup Had Scary Past

James Boulware allegedly threatened to attack 'schools and churches'

(Newser) - The man linked to a violent assault on Dallas police headquarters was accused two years earlier of choking his mother, then fleeing to an East Texas town where schools were locked down out of fear he would attack them as "soft targets," according to accounts from police and... More »

Rookie Cop: Tamir 'Gave Me No Choice'

County prosecutor's report released about Tamir Rice shooting

(Newser) - Did rookie cop Timothy Loehmann shout a warning before gunning down 12-year-old Tamir Rice last November? A newly released report doesn't quote Loehmann directly—he and his partner wouldn't talk to sheriff's investigators—but other officers say he did yell commands and felt he had to shoot... More »

Judge: Cops in Tamir Rice Case Should Be Charged

But he doesn't have the authority to make it happen.

(Newser) - A judge said today that enough evidence exists to charge two white policemen in the fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland—a move the AP calls a "largely symbolic" ruling because he can't compel prosecutors to charge them. Municipal Court Judge Ronald Adrine ruled there's... More »

Slain Boston Terror Suspect Threatened to Behead Cops

Another suspect charged; cops believe dead man radicalized by ISIS

(Newser) - The terror suspect shot dead in Boston yesterday when officers confronted him in a CVS parking lot had reportedly been threatening to cut off the heads of law enforcement officials. An FBI agent says authorities didn't have a warrant but planned to "interview him and talk to him... More »

Man Under Terror Surveillance Killed in Boston

Also: Tsarnaev friend gets 6 years

(Newser) - Two prominent terror-related stories out of Boston today:
  • Suspect killed: A police officer and an FBI agent shot and killed a man who had been under surveillance as a terror suspect this morning, reports the Boston Globe . The man identified as Usaama Rahim pulled a "military-style" knife when confronted
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Oklahoma Troopers: Here's Why We Shot a Pastor

Nehemiah Fischer allegedly attacked trooper, had a gun

(Newser) - An assistant pastor killed during an encounter with Oklahoma troopers Friday night played a key role in his own demise, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. In a short press conference Monday, Capt. Paul Timmons said the shooting victim, Nehemiah Fischer, attacked a trooper and pushed him to the ground.... More »

Cops Fatally Shoot 2 Americans Per Day

The Washington Post starts 'unprecedented' tally

(Newser) - Police are shooting Americans dead at a rate of over two per day, according to a Washington Post tally that the newspaper calls "an unprecedented examination of these shootings." In the first five months of its year-long project to compile fatal police shootings, the Post has documented 385—... More »

More Taxi Drivers Die on the Job Than Cops

Loggers, garbage collectors, and farmers are all deadlier

(Newser) - Police officers on patrol face a mortality risk that's three times higher than the average full-time worker's risk, but more than a dozen occupations turn out to be significantly riskier, according to data from 2013 compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics . The deadliest job in America turns... More »

Cleveland Cuts Deal With Justice Department

Settlement may allow feds to manage police reform

(Newser) - Cleveland and the US Justice Department have reached a settlement over alleged abuses by the city's police officers , including the needless use of deadly force, the New York Times reports. No details are out yet, but in similar deals, the Justice Department has demanded that independent monitors manage reforms... More »

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 »

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