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Tamir Rice's Mom: No Grand Jury, Please

Samaria Rice recounts day police shot her 12-year-old boy

(Newser) - The mother of a 12-year-old boy shot dead while brandishing a toy gun wants authorities to skip the grand jury. At a press conference in Cleveland, the attorney for Samaria Rice urged prosecutors to avoid a grand jury trial and directly charge the officer who shot Rice's son Tamir... More »

'Extraordinary Shot' Stopped Austin Gunman

Police Sgt. Adam Johnson hit him dead-on from 312 feet away

(Newser) - Police Sgt. Adam Johnson was gripping the reins of two horses when he fired and hit a gunman dead-center in the chest—from 312 feet away, Fox News reports. General reaction from those in the know: Wow. "At a minimum, it was [an] extraordinary shot," says a retired... More »

Phoenix Cop Kills Unarmed Black Man

Officer said he mistook pill bottle for gun

(Newser) - As people in cities around the country protested the Eric Garner case , demonstrators in Phoenix gathered in outrage at yet another killing of an unarmed black man by a white police officer. Rumain Brisbon, 34, was shot dead Tuesday night by an officer who says he mistook a pill bottle... More »

Ex-Cop Charged for Murder of Unarmed Black Man

Richard Combs, former SC police chief, indicted for shooting Bernard Bailey in 2011

(Newser) - On the same day a New York City grand jury declined to indict white police officer Daniel Pantaleo for killing unarmed black man Eric Garner (and not even two weeks after Michael Brown shooter Darren Wilson escaped indictmen t), a South Carolina grand jury took the other path. Richard Combs,... More »

Cop Who Shot Cleveland Boy 'Dismal' in Gun Training

He couldn't follow simple directions, chief wrote

(Newser) - The Cleveland police officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice was considered a major liability in his previous police job—but Cleveland never looked at his file. When Tim Loehmann was an officer in the Cleveland suburb of Independence, the deputy chief wrote that he seemed "distracted" and "... More »

Video: Cleveland Boy Shot Seconds After Police Arrive

Authorities say officer told Tamir Rice 3 times to show his hands as car approached

(Newser) - Cleveland police today released surveillance video of the fatal police shooting of a 12-year-old boy, and it shows that Tamir Rice got shot within seconds of the arrival of a police car. One officer exited the vehicle and shot the youth "immediately," reports the Plain Dealer , while a... More »

Cleveland: We'll Release Video of Shot 12-Year-Old

Audio in 12-year-old Tamir Rice's death, names of officers also to be released

(Newser) - Cleveland police said earlier this week they had no plans to release the surveillance video that shows Saturday's shooting of Tamir Rice , but those plans have apparently changed. A police department spokesman now says that the video documenting what happened between officers and 12-year-old Tamir, as well as audio... More »

Of Course Darren Wilson Wasn't Indicted

Observers call for action on accountability

(Newser) - As the media reacts to a grand jury's decision not to indict Darren Wilson, commentators appear to agree on one thing: This isn't a surprise. While grand juries usually return an indictment, FiveThirtyEight.com notes, that doesn't seem to be the case when it comes to police... More »

No Charges for Ferguson Cop

No criminal charges for Darren Wilson in shooting of Michael Brown

(Newser) - He's cleared: Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson will not face criminal charges in the shooting death of Michael Brown, reports CNN . St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch announced the grand jury's decision tonight, asserting among other things that "eyewitness accounts conflicted with physical evidence." He... More »

Ferguson Grand Jury Decision Coming Today

St. Louis newspaper expects news conference at 6:30 ET

(Newser) - Today's the day: A grand jury has decided whether Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson will face criminal charges in the shooting death of Michael Brown, reports the Washington Post . An attorney for Brown's relatives says they have been notified that the decision is in and that it will... More »

Surveillance Video Caught Shooting of Cleveland Boy

But police have no plans to release it

(Newser) - Cleveland authorities say they've got surveillance video of the confrontation Saturday night that ended with a rookie cop shooting a 12-year-old boy to death, reports CNN . It will be a big part of the police investigation into the Tamir Rice case, but as of now, there are no plans... More »

Dad of Boy Killed by Police: Why Didn't They Tase Him?

Tamir Rice was 'respectful' young man, he says

(Newser) - The father of a 12-year-old Cleveland boy shot dead after brandishing a BB gun wants to know why police had to use deadly force on his son. He tells the Cleveland Plain Dealer that Tamir Rice was a "respectful" young man and that he's shocked by accounts that... More »

National Guard Is Returning to Ferguson

Gov. Jay Nixon takes action before Michael Brown grand jury decision

(Newser) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency today and activated the National Guard in advance of a grand jury decision about whether a white police officer will be charged in the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. Nixon says the National... More »

Suspect Held After 3 California Deputies Shot

1 officer killed in shootings across two counties

(Newser) - An assailant shot and killed a Sacramento County sheriff's deputy and wounded two other deputies and a bystander today during a series of shootings that spanned more than 30 miles through two California counties. After a search in the Sierra Nevada foothills this afternoon, a suspect has been taken... More »

Ferguson Cop: I Was Pinned in Car, Feared for Life

Darren Wilson tells investigators he feared for his life, NY Times reports

(Newser) - The Ferguson police officer who shot Michael Brown to death told investigators that he feared for his life and struggled with Brown over control of his gun inside the patrol car, reports the New York Times . The newspaper quotes US officials familiar with the ongoing civil rights investigation into the... More »

St. Louis Cops: Dead Teen Had Gunshot Residue

Say tests prove Vonderrit Myers fired in fatal exchange with off-duty cop

(Newser) - Gunshot residue was on the hand, waistband, and shirt of an 18-year-old man killed by a St. Louis police officer last week , authorities said yesterday. Police union leaders said the lab test by the Missouri State Highway Patrol dispels claims that Vonderrit Myers didn't shoot at the officer on... More »

St. Louis Protesters Decry 'Epidemic of Police Violence'

Protest meant 'to destroy systematic racism and white supremacy,' organizer says

(Newser) - Demonstrators marched to St. Louis University early today, then hunkered down for a sit-in to cap three days of protest against what organizers are calling an "epidemic of police violence," the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Although police and campus security hovered around both the march and sit-in, no... More »

St. Louis Cops, Protesters Face Off for 2nd Night

City a 'racial powder keg' after latest police shooting

(Newser) - Protesters angered by the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by police faced off with officers in south St. Louis for a second night last night as accusations of racial profiling prompted calls for a federal investigation ahead of a weekend of planned rallies and civil disobedience. State and city... More »

Off-Duty Cop Fatally Shoots St. Louis Teen

Protesters invoke Michael Brown

(Newser) - "It's like Michael Brown all over again." That from the cousin of a teen who was fatally shot by an off-duty police officer in south St. Louis last night, sparking loud protests in the area. St. Louis Police Chief Col. Sam Dotson says the 32-year-old officer was... More »

Man Faces Murder Charge as Police Bullet Kills Bystander

Suspect Kody Roach was also shot at Florida bar

(Newser) - A Florida man faces murder charges after an innocent bystander was shot to death inside a bar. The unusual thing about the case is that he never fired a single shot—the bullet came from a police officer's gun, reports WESH-TV . But authorities hold 23-year-old Kody Roach responsible for... More »

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