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Michael Jordan 'Deeply Troubled' at Racial Tension, Police Shootings

NBA star speaks out

(Newser) - Michael Jordan is speaking out—and taking action—with regard to the social unrest in America right now. "As a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a senseless act of violence, and a black man, I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans... More »

Dallas PD Applications Up 344%

Police chief put out a call for recruits after massacre

(Newser) - After five police officers were murdered in Dallas July 7, applications to join the city's police force are up 344%, CNN reports. Four days after the shootings, the city's police chief urged Black Lives Matter protesters to join the force if they wanted to see changes. "We'... More »

Union: Bullet That Hit Man on Ground Meant for Autistic Man

It's a 'stunning admission'

(Newser) - It turns out the North Miami police officer shown on video shooting a black man who was lying on the ground with his hands in the air was actually trying to shoot the autistic man sitting next to him. That's according to the head of the police union. The... More »

Cop Shoots Man on Ground With Hands in Air

Therapist was trying to calm down an autistic man

(Newser) - A therapist trying to calm down an autistic man was shot by police on a North Miami street on Monday—despite the fact that he was lying on the ground with his hands up. Charles Kinsey, who works at a mental health center, was trying to bring back a 23-year-old... More »

In Perilous Times, Cops Across US Buddy Up

2-person patrols are proliferating for officers' safety—but they may slow response time, up overtime

(Newser) - Police departments across the country are ordering officers to pair up after ambushes left eight officers dead in Texas and Louisiana , a precaution that could slow response times to low-level crimes and drive up overtime for already exhausted police. Some agencies that normally let officers patrol alone began forcing them... More »

Missouri Cop Shot in Traffic Stop Is Paralyzed

Michael Flamion suffered 'catastrophic' spinal cord damage

(Newser) - The suburban St. Louis police officer shot in the neck during a traffic stop on July 8 is paralyzed from the neck down and on a ventilator, unable to breathe on his own, says Ballwin Police Chief Kevin Scott. Michael Flamion is, however, "very alert," able to move... More »

Teen Migrant Killed After Slashing 4 on German Train

Victims' injuries are serous

(Newser) - A teenage Afghan migrant armed with an ax and a knife attacked passengers aboard a regional train in southern Germany on Monday night, injuring four people before he was shot and killed by police as he fled, authorities said. Wuerzburg police said on their Facebook page that three of the... More »

'No Lives Matter' Anymore: Slain Cop's Sister

Joycelyn Jackson never worried about her brother until recently

(Newser) - "It's coming to the point where no lives matter. Whether you're black or white or Hispanic or whatever." That's what Joycelyn Jackson has to say after her younger brother, Montrell Jackson, was killed along with two other police officers in Baton Rouge on Sunday. Joycelyn... More »

Slain Officer Wrote of Struggles as Black Cop

Baton Rouge shooter was former Marine

(Newser) - "I swear to God I love this city but I wonder if this city loves me," wrote Montrell Jackson a few days before he was gunned down along with two other Baton Rouge officers on Sunday morning. The 32-year-old, who joined the force 10 years ago, made emotional... More »

3 Cops Shot, Killed in Baton Rouge

At least 3 more shot, and 1 shooter is dead; 2 others believed at large

(Newser) - At least three police officers in Baton Rouge have died after being shot Sunday, reports the Advocate , in a chaotic scene that is reportedly still active. Three other cops were shot and one suspected gunman is dead, reports the AP ; another two suspects are believed to still be at large.... More »

Deputy Disables Robber's Gun With 'One in a Billion Shot'

'I don't know that that can be done again'

(Newser) - In what a Colorado district attorney calls a "one in a billion shot," a Jefferson County deputy successfully disabled a robber's gun by firing a bullet down its barrel, the Denver Post reports. According to KUSA , the shooting happened in January, but authorities released their report on... More »

Cops Release Bodycam Footage in Shooting of Unarmed Teen

Dylan Noble was killed on June 25

(Newser) - Another fatal police shooting from last month is getting attention, and the police department involved released body camera video footage from the incident Wednesday, the Fresno Bee reports. Dylan Noble, 19, was killed in Fresno, Calif., on June 25 after police responded to a 911 call about a man walking... More »

ACLU Sues Baton Rouge Police Over Protests

Lawsuit claims riot-gear clad cops stomped on protesters' rights

(Newser) - Civil rights groups and activists sued Baton Rouge law enforcement agencies over their treatment of protesters rallying against the police shooting death of Alton Sterling, saying officers used excessive force and physically and verbally abused peaceful demonstrators, the AP reports. The lawsuit was announced Wednesday by the ACLU of Louisiana.... More »

Owner of Store Where Alton Sterling Was Killed Sues Cops

DA recuses himself in investigation

(Newser) - The owner of the Triple S Mart in Baton Rouge, La., in front of which police shot and killed Alton Sterling on July 5, has filed a lawsuit claiming that he was falsely arrested and imprisoned and that police illegally seized his property, the Daily Beast reports. In the suit—... More »

Dallas Gunman Drilled in His Yard, Learned to 'Shoot and Move'

Micah Johnson attended private self-defense school, learned tactics

(Newser) - The gunman who killed five police officers at a protest march had practiced military-style drills in his yard and trained at a private self-defense school that teaches special tactics, including "shooting on the move," a maneuver in which an attacker fires and changes position before firing again. Micah... More »

Lawyer: Minn. Cop Was Reacting to Gun, Not Race

Says Philando Castile's death wasn't racially motivated

(Newser) - The Minnesota officer who fatally shot Philando Castile as he was reaching for his wallet during a traffic stop did so because of "the presence of that gun and the display of that gun," his lawyer tells the AP . "This had nothing to do with race. This... More »

Bahamas Issues Travel Advisory Over US Police Shootings

'Exercise extreme caution...in interactions with the police'

(Newser) - In a reversal of how this kind of thing normally works, the Bahamas issued a travel advisory Friday to its citizens visiting the US, NBC News reports. According to BBC , the advisory was brought on by the deadly week in the US. Or as the Bahamas' Ministry of Foreign Affairs... More »

Robert Kennedy's Eulogy for MLK Resonates This Week

'What we need in the United States is not division'

(Newser) - In the wake of the shooting death of two black men at the hands of police officers and the deaths of five police officers shot by a sniper this week, many people are sharing Robert Kennedy's 1968 speech eulogizing Martin Luther King Jr., Time reports. The speech, considered one... More »

Police Officers Ambushed, Attacked in Several States

All are expected to survive

(Newser) - Police say officers have been targeted in Tennessee, Georgia, and Missouri in the aftermath of two high-profile killings of black men by law enforcement, the AP reports. Details:
  • The attack in Tennessee , which left a civilian dead and three others, including one police officer, injured , occurred hours before the killing
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Beyoncé Says Police Killings Are a 'War'

Obama, Drake, others address deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling

(Newser) - With two deadly shootings of black men at the hands of police caught on tape this week, the country is reacting with outrage, sadness, and protests. Here's how some politicians, celebrities, and others—including President Obama and Beyoncé—addressed the deaths of Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton... More »

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