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Black Friday Protest Takes Over Downtown Chicago

'Let them just feel the empty cash registers'

(Newser) - Instead of shopping, thousands of demonstrators in Chicago are taking to the streets on Black Friday to protest the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by a white police officer, as well as the way the city has handled the case, Reuters reports. According to the AP , the largest group... More »

New Videos Showing Laquan McDonald Released

Like the first, they include no audio of officers

(Newser) - A disturbing dashcam video isn't the only footage authorities have from the scene of Laquan McDonald's shooting in Chicago on Oct. 20, 2014. The Chicago Tribune has acquired videos from four additional police vehicles—including the one that carried Officer Jason Van Dyke before he shot the 17-year-old... More »

The Worst Part About That Chicago Cop Video

It's just how 'mundane' it is, writes journalist whose lawsuit made it public

(Newser) - A freelance journalist whose lawsuit forced Chicago cops to release the video of Laquan McDonald being shot to death thinks the video is most shocking because of how not-shocking it seems for the officers on scene. The shooting "horrifies in its banality," writes Brandon Smith in the Guardian... More »

Chicago Cop No Stranger to Complaints

Jason Van Dyke has had at least 18 lodged against him

(Newser) - The Chicago police officer charged with murder in the death of Laquan McDonald was the subject of at least 18 citizen complaints before the October 2014 incident, reports WLS . Jason Van Dyke was accused of excessive force in 10 of those incidents over his 14-year career, including two when he... More »

Chicago Protesters Chant '16' After Video's Release

After release of Laquan McDonald video, 'people are mad as hell'

(Newser) - Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Chicago Tuesday night soon after police released disturbing video of a white police officer fatally shooting a black teenager, and the Chicago Sun-Times reports that they chanted "16"—the number of times Officer Jason Van Dyke allegedly shot 17-year-old Laquan... More »

'Disturbing' Video Shows Cop Shooting Black Teen 16 Times

Officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with murder in the death of Laquan McDonald

(Newser) - Chicago is bracing for intense protests and demonstrations Tuesday evening after the city released an "extremely disturbing" video of the fatal shooting of a black teenager at the hands of a white police officer in October 2014, Slate reports. The police dashcam video of the shooting allegedly shows Officer... More »

Chicago Cop Charged With Murder in Teen's Shooting

Video will be released by Wednesday

(Newser) - A white Chicago police officer accused of fatally shooting a black teenager was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday, just a day ahead of a deadline for the city to release a squad-car video of the killing. It's believed to be the first time in city history an on-duty officer... More »

Source: Cop Who Shot Teen 16 Times to Be Charged

Chicago cops ordered to release video

(Newser) - County prosecutors are expected to charge a white Chicago police officer with murder in the fatal shooting of a black teenager, an official close to the investigation says. The official, speaking under the condition of anonymity, says Officer Jason Van Dyke is expected to be charged Tuesday. The charge would... More »

Officers Kill Unarmed Man Who Demanded Warrant: Report

John Livingston was a 33-year-old father of three

(Newser) - John Livingston was at home early Sunday in North Carolina when two deputies arrived looking for someone else—and a few minutes later Livingston was dead. What happened is the subject of a state investigation, but witnesses say the 33-year-old father of three was Maced or pepper sprayed, Tased, dragged... More »

Cops Kill Shooter Aiming at SF Hospital

'We have no idea why he did what he did,' says chief

(Newser) - Police fatally shot a man climbed to the sixth floor of a construction site and aimed a gun at a hospital in San Francisco on Wednesday, authorities say, reports KRON . The man first robbed a nearby sporting goods store in San Bruno with a handgun, making off with a rifle... More »

Dad Had Hands in Air as Cops Shot Boy, 6: Video

Bail for the 2 Louisiana cops has been set at $1M each

(Newser) - The two Louisiana cops accused of gunning down a 6-year-old autistic boy will each have to come up with $1 million bail, a judge ruled Monday, CNN reports. The judge also ordered 23-year-old Norris Greenhouse Jr. and 32-year-old Derrick Stafford—charged with the murder of Jeremy Mardis and attempted murder... More »

Jordan Cop Opens Fire, Kills 2 Americans

Total of 5, including the shooter, now dead

(Newser) - Two American instructors and a South African were killed by a police officer at a training center in Jordan on Monday before the shooter was killed by security forces, reports CNN . Two Americans and four Jordanians were also wounded in the incident, which took place in the cafeteria of the... More »

Sources: Illinois Cop's Shooting Death Was Suicide

Gliniewicz investigators set to make stunning announcement

(Newser) - After popular police officer Lt. Joe Gliniewicz was found shot to death on Sept. 1, a huge manhunt found no trace of the three suspects he had told dispatchers he was pursuing. It now looks as if they never existed. Sources tell the Chicago Tribune and the AP that at... More »

Cops Kill Rancher in Scuffle Over Loose Bull

Jack Yantis brought gun to scene after crash involving bull: cops

(Newser) - Two deputies in Idaho killed a cattle rancher after a dispute over an injured bull on Sunday, authorities say. The bizarre case unfolded after rancher Jack Yantis, 62, received a call that one of his bulls had gotten loose near Council, a town of 800 north of Boise, and was... More »

3 Victims, Suspect Dead in Colorado Shooting Spree

The suspect was reportedly killed in a shootout with police

(Newser) - Four people are dead—including the suspected gunman—following a shooting rampage Saturday in downtown Colorado Springs, KKTV reports. According to the AP , multiple crime scenes created a chaotic situation in the area. KKTV reports the first reported shooting was at 8:45am local time. A man was found dead... More »

Fugitive Rapist Dead in Police Shootout

Floyd Ray Cook initially shot an officer, fired at another: police

(Newser) - A fugitive accused of shooting a Tennessee police officer and firing at a Kentucky trooper was killed in a shootout with authorities early Friday, ending a nearly weeklong manhunt. Floyd Ray Cook, 62, was pronounced dead at the scene near Burkesville, Ky., after being confronted by state troopers and a... More »

No Charges for Cop Who Shot Man on 'First Date'

SC prosecutor cites teen's 'Outlaw' tattoo

(Newser) - Newly released dashcam footage of the fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager in a Hardee's parking lot doesn't match the police version of events , but South Carolina state prosecutors have decided not to file charges against the officer involved. Tenth Circuit Solicitor Chrissy Adams says the video—which... More »

FBI Director Blames 'Ferguson Effect' for Rise in Violent Crime

'A chill wind...has blown through American law enforcement'

(Newser) - The top law-enforcement official in the country blamed cellphone cameras and the "Ferguson effect" for the increase in violent crime being seen in many cities, the New York Times reports. "I do have a strong sense that some part of the explanation is a chill wind that has... More »

Plainclothes Cop Kills Man Stranded on Roadside

Police say Corey Jones, 31, was armed during confrontation

(Newser) - A Florida police officer fatally shot a black man who was having car trouble early Sunday. Nouman Raja of the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department was in plainclothes and an unmarked police cruiser when he arrived at Corey Jones' broken-down car off Interstate 95 around 3am, reports NBC News . Police... More »

Cop Shot Dead in Hospital Room

Suspect grabbed Minn. officer's gun, police say

(Newser) - In what Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton calls a "terrible, senseless murder," a police officer was shot dead in a St. Cloud hospital room by a suspect who grabbed his gun, authorities say. The suspect, 50-year-old Danny Leroy Hammond, was subdued by a stun gun by another officer and... More »

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