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Cincinnati Briefly Honors Man Who Killed Officer

Mayor apologizes over errant proclamation

(Newser) - The mayor of Cincinnati has tearfully apologized to city police after his office unwittingly approved a proclamation honoring a man who killed an officer in an ambush. Mayor John Cranley delivered his apology Thursday at the police union hall, saying the proclamation was stamped by a new staffer. He said... More »

Tulsa Officer Who Said Man's 'Death Is His Fault' Acquitted

Jury hands down not guilty verdict for Betty Shelby in Terence Crutcher case

(Newser) - Protesters gathered on the streets of Tulsa Wednesday night after a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man whose car had stalled was acquitted of manslaughter. The jury took more than eight hours to deliver a not guilty verdict for Betty Shelby, who shot 40-year-old father of... More »

Teen Killed by Officers After Calling 911 Left Suicide Note

Police believe he wanted to be shot and killed

(Newser) - A 15-year-old boy left a suicide note before he was killed by officers after pointing a BB gun at them in a San Diego high school parking lot in the dark over the weekend. Assistant Police Chief Brian Ahearn tells the AP that police found the note on the Torrey... More »

He Called 911 on Himself. Cops Shot the Teen Dead

The incident occurred early Saturday outside a San Diego high school

(Newser) - A 15-year-old boy was shot dead outside his San Diego high school early Saturday morning, minutes after he apparently called 911 to request a welfare check on himself. Police say that when they responded to a call to check on the safety of a teenager outside Torrey Pines High School,... More »

Cop Who Shot Texas Teen Turns Himself In

Roy Oliver released on $300K bail

(Newser) - Roy Oliver, the former Texas police officer who fatally shot 15-year-old Jordan Edwards last Saturday night, turned himself in hours after an arrest warrant was issued Friday. Oliver, who was fired from the force in the Dallas suburb of of Balch Springs on Tuesday, was freed Friday night after posting... More »

Cop Who Shot 15-Year-Old Boy Charged With Murder

Roy Oliver killed Jordan Edwards when he shot at car of full of teens

(Newser) - A white Texas police officer has been charged with murder in the shooting of a black teenager for which the officer was fired , according to an arrest warrant issued Friday. The warrant for Roy Oliver, a former officer in the Dallas suburb of Balch Springs, was issued by the Dallas... More »

Texas Cop Who Killed Teen as He Left Party Is Fired

Chief: 'There were violations. I acted on them'

(Newser) - The police officer who fatally shot 15-year-old Jordan Edwards near Dallas on Saturday night has been fired and the boy's family says they hope he is charged with murder. Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber announced Tuesday evening that officer Roy Oliver had been fired for violating departmental policies,... More »

US Justice Dept. Won't Charge Cops in Alton Sterling's Death

The state is still free to file its own charges

(Newser) - The US Justice Department has decided not to charge two white Baton Rouge police officers in the death of a black man whose fatal shooting was captured on cellphone video, fueling protests in Louisiana's capital and beyond, the AP reports. Federal authorities opened a civil rights investigation immediately after... More »

Police Chief: Shooting Death of Teen Didn't Meet 'Core Values'

Family of Texas' Jordan Edwards said he had 'humble and sharing spirit'

(Newser) - The family of Jordan Edwards, the 15-year-old shot dead by a cop near Dallas Saturday night , issued a statement Tuesday remembering the boy as a "humble and sharing spirit" killed in an act of "horrific, unexplainable violence," per CBS Dallas-Fort Worth . The statement added Jordan's brothers... More »

Ex-Cop Pleading Guilty in Walter Scott Shooting

Michael Slager will plead guilty to federal civil rights charges

(Newser) - The former South Carolina police officer who fatally shot Walter Scott, an unarmed black motorist he had pulled over for a broken taillight, will plead guilty in the federal civil rights case against him Tuesday. In return, the state will drop a pending murder charge against him, the AP reports.... More »

Boy, 15, Killed When Texas Cop Fires Into Car Full of Teens

Police erred in their initial statement about how the car was being driven

(Newser) - A 15-year-old boy has died after a Dallas-area police officer fired into a car that authorities initially said was being driven in an "aggressive manner," the AP reports. However, the Balch Springs police chief later said his department incorrectly described why an officer shot at the vehicle. Jonathan... More »

Standoff After Trooper Killed Outside Convenience Store

Delaware state trooper was shot as he approached car in Wawa parking lot

(Newser) - A man shot and killed a Delaware state trooper outside a convenience store on Wednesday and later barricaded himself inside his house, where he continued to fire shots at officers, police said. The trooper was shot multiple times and died at a hospital, Col. Nathaniel McQueen, the state police superintendent,... More »

Cop Gets 40 Years in Fatal Shooting of Autistic Boy, 6

Boy was shot and killed after 2-mile car chase

(Newser) - A Louisiana law enforcement officer was sentenced Friday to 40 years in prison a week after a jury convicted him of manslaughter in the shooting death of a 6-year-old boy with autism , the AP reports. Derrick Stafford, 33, was convicted in the November 2015 shooting that killed Jeremy Mardis and... More »

Tenn. Deputy Celebrating His Birthday Is Shot Dead by Police

Daniel Hendrix became 'enraged' during birthday celebrations

(Newser) - An off-duty Tennessee sheriff's deputy celebrating his birthday with two other officers was shot dead by officers from a different force after the night took a disturbing turn, police say. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says Daniel Hendrix, a corrections officer for the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, became... More »

2 Undercover Cops Shot in Ambush

Miami-Dade police looking for 6 suspects

(Newser) - A manhunt is underway after two undercover officers conducting gang surveillance were shot in Brownsville, Florida, late Monday in what police describe as an ambush, say Miami-Dade police. The officers of the Homicide Street Violence Task Force were sitting in an unmarked van in the parking lot of an apartment... More »

Cop Found Guilty of Killing Autistic Boy, 6

La prosecutor called it an 'execution.'

(Newser) - A Louisiana deputy marshal charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of an autistic 6-year-old boy was convicted of the lesser offense of manslaughter Friday. Derrick Stafford was one of two officers who fired 18 bullets at the car of Christopher Few after a chase in 2015, unaware that... More »

Cops Trying to Stop Suspect End Up Killing Pregnant Teen

Elena Mondragon was in car with robbery suspect when cops tried to pull them over

(Newser) - A 16-year-old California girl who was fatally wounded during an incident with police earlier this week was pregnant, KTVU and KGO report. The teen, IDed as Elena Mondragon, was a passenger in a car that had been reported stolen and was being sought in a bunch of armed robberies. When... More »

Prosecutor Won't Seek Death Penalty, Fla. Governor Reacts

Gov. Rick Scott takes murder probe away from Aramis Ayala, hands it to Brad King

(Newser) - Orlando's police chief said this week he was "extremely upset" to hear prosecutors wouldn't be going for the death penalty in the case of a man accused of killing a cop and his own ex-girlfriend, the Orlando Weekly reports. Those feelings may be soothed after hearing Florida... More »

Cops Shoot Man Chasing Kids in Park

Bloodied man was wielding bottle

(Newser) - Jose Sanchez was coaching his soccer team of 13-year-old girls when a wild-eyed man began chasing children with what looked like a broken wine bottle at a California sports complex. People ran as the bloodied and shirtless man, later identified as 29-year-old Steven Schiltz, followed an adult soccer player over... More »

City Fires Cop Who Killed Woman, 73 in Drill

Fla. officer had been on leave since last summer

(Newser) - The Florida cop who killed a 73-year-old librarian when he fired real bullets during a role-playing exercise is now an ex-cop. Punta Gorda Officer Lee Coel has been on administrative leave since last summer, when he shot Mary Knowlton dead in front of her husband of 55 years, but he... More »

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