police shooting

Stories 1 - 20 |  Next >>

NYPD Fatally Shoots Schizophrenic Woman With Bat

Police say Black Lives Matter supporter was screaming at neighbors, lunged at officer

(Newser) - A supporter of Black Lives Matter with schizophrenia was shot dead by police in the Bronx on Tuesday after authorities say she swung a baseball bat at an officer. In the NYPD's telling, officers were responding to a complaint about a woman acting irrationally when they entered 66-year-old Deborah... More »

Worried Husband's Call to Cops Ends in Tragedy for Wife

Woman shot, killed during mental health check after she wouldn't stand down with gun: Austin police

(Newser) - Police in Texas shot and killed a woman after responding to a mental health call, NBC News reports. The woman's husband called police, saying she was acting erratically and he was worried about her; he also informed police that she had a weapon. When officers arrived on the scene... More »

'Embarrassing' Era Ending: FBI to Collect Cop Shooting Stats

Starting in 2017, DOJ will cull all police shootings, lethal or not

(Newser) - For the past couple years, the Guardian and Washington Post have kept better data on US police shootings than any law enforcement agency—a fact FBI Director James Comey said last year was "embarrassing and ridiculous," per the Guardian . Now the government wants to remedy that, with US... More »

2 Cops Shot, 1 Suspect Dead in Boston

Both officers in 'extremely critical' condition

(Newser) - Two Boston police officers are fighting for their lives after a suspect opened fire at the scene of a domestic disturbance late Wednesday. Police Commissioner William B. Evans says the officers entered a home in Orient Heights at 10:51pm, after an apparent fight between roommates, and were met by... More »

Terence Crutcher Had PCP in System When Shot

This doesn't change the case, lawyer says

(Newser) - The unarmed black man shot dead by police officer Betty Shelby in Tulsa, Okla., last month had PCP in his system when he died, according to a toxicology analysis in an autopsy report released Tuesday. The Oklahoma Chief Medical Examiner's Office says the hallucinogen was found in the blood... More »

Family of Man Shot 14 Times by Cops Wants Charges

Lawyer says police 'acted like big game hunters'

(Newser) - The family of a man killed in July by Sacramento police after 911 callers reported he was waving a knife and acting erratically demanded Monday that two officers face murder charges after dash-cam video revealed they talked inside their police cruiser about running him down. He dodged the cruiser twice... More »

Cops Release 2 Videos of Fatal Calif. Shooting

They 'provoked a mentally disturbed person,' lawyer says

(Newser) - After days of protests, police in El Cajon, Calif. released two videos Friday of Tuesday's fatal shooting of an unarmed black man . Both videos— one from a camera at a taco stand's drive-through window and one from a bystander —show police confronting Ugandan refugee Alfred Olango, but... More »

Tulsa Cop Had Odd 'Distortion' Before Shooting: Lawyer

Attorney says Betty Shelby went temporarily deaf before shooting Terence Crutcher

(Newser) - Betty Shelby's defense team tried (and failed) to get her a special early arraignment Thursday for the shooting death of unarmed black man Terence Crutcher , hoping to avoid the "utter chaos" of the media covering the high-profile case, the Tulsa World reports. Now Shelby is set to head... More »

Police Violence Leads to Far Fewer 911 Calls

Especially in black neighborhoods

(Newser) - The so-called "Ferguson Effect" says homicides go up after high-profile police-on-citizen violence because police become too worried about being investigated for use of force. But the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports a new study published Thursday has another explanation. Researchers found that 911 calls related to crime dropped 20% in... More »

Video Shows Cops Mistakenly Shooting 6-Year-Old Boy

'I never saw a kid in the car'

(Newser) - New body cam footage shows the moment two marshals in Marksville, Louisiana, realize they accidentally killed 6-year-old Jeremy Mardis. The marshals, 32-year-old Derrick Stafford and 23-year-old Norris Greenhouse, each face one count of murder and attempted murder. The body cam footage, which CNN says came from a separate officer, was... More »

Calif. Man Shot by Cops Had Vaping Device, Not Gun

Sister says she told cops he was unarmed

(Newser) - The black man fatally shot by police on Tuesday after adopting what police called a "shooting stance" was holding a 3-inch-long vaping device, not a gun, police have confirmed. Protesters gathered for a second day in El Cajon, Calif., on Wednesday to demand answers in the death of Alfred... More »

Hundreds Protest After Calif. Cops Shoot Unarmed Man

His sister says she called police for help

(Newser) - Hundreds of protesters gathered in the San Diego County city of El Cajon on Tuesday after yet another controversial police shooting of a black man. El Cajon police chief Jeff Davis says the man, identified by relatives as 30-year-old Alfred Orlango, was shot and killed after he raised an object... More »

Gun Allegedly Found on Keith Scott Was Stolen: Sources

And the man who allegedly stole it claims he sold it to Scott

(Newser) - "Multiple sources" tell WBTV the gun Charlotte police say they found on Keith Scott after he was fatally shot by an officer had been reported stolen. Not only that, but sources say the man who allegedly stole the gun in a burglary claims he sold it to Scott. Scott... More »

Actor Calls for Black Americans to Boycott Work for a Day

Isaiah Washington demands action on police brutality

(Newser) - It's time for black Americans to send the rest of the country a message by boycotting "the very system that was built on the backs of black people here in America," says actor Isaiah Washington. The former Grey's Anatomy star has joined the #Missing24 movement to... More »

Charlotte Police Release Video of Shooting

It does not show Keith Scott pointing a weapon

(Newser) - In a reversal of course, police in Charlotte on Saturday released bodycam and dashcam footage from the fatal shooting of Keith Scott. (See it here via the Washington Post .) In addition to the video, police also released a photo of the gun they say was spotted in Scott's... More »

Family of Keith Scott Releases Video of Charlotte Shooting

The video was taken by Scott's wife, Rakeyia Scott

(Newser) - The public received its first look at footage of the shooting death of Keith Scott at the hands of Charlotte police when lawyers for his family released cellphone video Friday showing the moments before and after he was killed, NBC News reports. The video was taken by Rakeyia Scott and... More »

Medical Examiner Calls Tulsa Police Shooting a Homicide

Officer Betty Shelby turns herself in, is released on bond

(Newser) - The Oklahoma man killed by police this week died from a "penetrating gunshot wound of chest," the state medical examiner's office said Friday, classifying the death as a homicide. However, spokeswoman Amy Elliott said a full autopsy report and toxicology results are not yet complete, reports AP... More »

Tulsa Teacher Posts Poignant Essay After Police Shooting

'Tragedy lives and breathes' among classmates of Terence Crutcher's daughter

(Newser) - A teacher at a Tulsa charter school attended by the daughter of an unarmed black man killed by a white officer says the tragedy "lives and breathes" among her students in a moving essay she posted on Facebook detailing her experience helping students cope. Rebecca Lee is a teacher... More »

Charlotte Cop Videos Raise 'More Questions Than Answers'

City is calmer on 3rd night of protests

(Newser) - Relatives of Charlotte man Keith Lamont Scott have seen police body camera videos from the scene of his shooting—and reached a very different conclusion from police. Family attorney Justin Bamberg tells the Charlotte Observer that the family has "more questions than answers" after seeing the videos, which he... More »

Police Officer Who Killed Unarmed Man in Oklahoma Charged

Betty Shelby has been charged with manslaughter

(Newser) - Prosecutors in Tulsa, Oklahoma, filed manslaughter charges Thursday against the white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man on a city street , the AP reports. District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler filed the charges against officer Betty Shelby, who shot and killed 40-year-old Terence Crutcher on Sept. 16. Dashcam and... More »

Stories 1 - 20 |  Next >>