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Albuquerque Officers Charged With Murder in Homeless Man's Death

City erupted after James Boyd's shooting last year

(Newser) - Two New Mexico police officers will be charged with second-degree murder in last year's shooting death of a homeless man near a tent in the mountains where he had been camping, a special prosecutor said today. James Boyd was killed during a standoff after video showed him appearing to... More »

Officer Aims for Dog, Hits Child Instead

4-year-old in stable condition

(Newser) - A Columbus, Ohio, neighborhood is shaken after a police officer accidentally shot a child over the weekend. Officer Jonathan Thomas was investigating an alleged hit-and-run Friday afternoon when an injured person was reported at a nearby home, the Columbus Dispatch reports. According to a police spokesperson, a dog charged at... More »

Guy Linked to Police HQ Shootup Had Scary Past

James Boulware allegedly threatened to attack 'schools and churches'

(Newser) - The man linked to a violent assault on Dallas police headquarters was accused two years earlier of choking his mother, then fleeing to an East Texas town where schools were locked down out of fear he would attack them as "soft targets," according to accounts from police and... More »

Rookie Cop: Tamir 'Gave Me No Choice'

County prosecutor's report released about Tamir Rice shooting

(Newser) - Did rookie cop Timothy Loehmann shout a warning before gunning down 12-year-old Tamir Rice last November? A newly released report doesn't quote Loehmann directly—he and his partner wouldn't talk to sheriff's investigators—but other officers say he did yell commands and felt he had to shoot... More »

Judge: Cops in Tamir Rice Case Should Be Charged

But he doesn't have the authority to make it happen.

(Newser) - A judge said today that enough evidence exists to charge two white policemen in the fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland—a move the AP calls a "largely symbolic" ruling because he can't compel prosecutors to charge them. Municipal Court Judge Ronald Adrine ruled there's... More »

Slain Boston Terror Suspect Threatened to Behead Cops

Another suspect charged; cops believe dead man radicalized by ISIS

(Newser) - The terror suspect shot dead in Boston yesterday when officers confronted him in a CVS parking lot had reportedly been threatening to cut off the heads of law enforcement officials. An FBI agent says authorities didn't have a warrant but planned to "interview him and talk to him... More »

Man Under Terror Surveillance Killed in Boston

Also: Tsarnaev friend gets 6 years

(Newser) - Two prominent terror-related stories out of Boston today:
  • Suspect killed: A police officer and an FBI agent shot and killed a man who had been under surveillance as a terror suspect this morning, reports the Boston Globe . The man identified as Usaama Rahim pulled a "military-style" knife when confronted
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Oklahoma Troopers: Here's Why We Shot a Pastor

Nehemiah Fischer allegedly attacked trooper, had a gun

(Newser) - An assistant pastor killed during an encounter with Oklahoma troopers Friday night played a key role in his own demise, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. In a short press conference Monday, Capt. Paul Timmons said the shooting victim, Nehemiah Fischer, attacked a trooper and pushed him to the ground.... More »

Cops Fatally Shoot 2 Americans Per Day

The Washington Post starts 'unprecedented' tally

(Newser) - Police are shooting Americans dead at a rate of over two per day, according to a Washington Post tally that the newspaper calls "an unprecedented examination of these shootings." In the first five months of its year-long project to compile fatal police shootings, the Post has documented 385—... More »

More Taxi Drivers Die on the Job Than Cops

Loggers, garbage collectors, and farmers are all deadlier

(Newser) - Police officers on patrol face a mortality risk that's three times higher than the average full-time worker's risk, but more than a dozen occupations turn out to be significantly riskier, according to data from 2013 compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics . The deadliest job in America turns... More »

Cleveland Cuts Deal With Justice Department

Settlement may allow feds to manage police reform

(Newser) - Cleveland and the US Justice Department have reached a settlement over alleged abuses by the city's police officers , including the needless use of deadly force, the New York Times reports. No details are out yet, but in similar deals, the Justice Department has demanded that independent monitors manage reforms... More »

Cleveland Cop Who Killed Unarmed Couple Is Cleared

He fired through windshield at pair after police chase

(Newser) - A white Cleveland police officer has been cleared of wrongdoing in a high-profile city shooting that left two unarmed black people dead. A judge today found Michael Brelo not guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the 2012 shootings that followed a massive police chase involving more than 100 cops, reports Cleveland.... More »

Police Shoot Unarmed Men Suspected of Stealing Beer

Olympia, Washington, sees protests in the aftermath

(Newser) - The latest outpouring of community anger over a police shooting is taking place in Olympia, Washington, where two unarmed black stepbrothers were shot by a white officer after the shoplifting of beer. Both are hospitalized but expected to live. Hundreds marched peacefully from a park to city hall yesterday evening,... More »

Cop Killed Day Before Maternity Leave Was to Start

Kerrie Orozco got in shootout with suspect

(Newser) - Kerrie Orozco should have been starting her maternity leave today. Instead, her family is mourning her death; the Omaha police officer was shot yesterday while serving an arrest warrant and died at a hospital, NBC News reports. The suspect, 26-year-old Marcus Wheeler, was wanted for another shooting in Omaha last... More »

Madison Officer Won't Be Charged in Shooting of Biracial Teen: DA

Matt Kenny shot Tony Robinson, 19, in March, police say

(Newser) - A Wisconsin prosecutor has decided not to charge a white police officer in the death of an unarmed biracial man in Madison. Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne announced today that he wouldn't file any charges against Madison officer Matt Kenny in 19-year-old Tony Robinson's death on March... More »

Subway Worker Canned for Lauding Police Deaths

Sierra McCurdy posted that 'police take away innocent people lives everyday'

(Newser) - A Subway worker in Mississippi is out of work after posting on Facebook that two police officers shot and killed Saturday basically had it coming, the Clarion-Ledger reports. "Two police officers shot tonight in Hattiesburg," posted a woman who goes by C-Babi Denell Senshala and Sierra McCurdy. She... More »

Mississippi Town Rattled by First Cop Killings Since 1984

Hattiesburg mourns slain officers

(Newser) - As Hattiesburg, Miss., mourns two police officers killed in the line of duty Saturday evening, four people accused of involvement are due in court. Marvin Banks and Joanie Calloway have been charged with capital murder, while Curtis Banks—Marvin's younger brother—has been charged with being an accessory after... More »

2 Brothers Held in Fatal Shooting of 2 Miss. Cops

Officers shot, killed during routine traffic stop

(Newser) - Two police officers were shot and killed last night during a routine traffic stop in Hattiesburg, Miss., and two brothers were arrested early today after a manhunt, reports the Jackson Clarion-Ledger . "All I know right now is that there was a traffic stop and someone started shooting at them... More »

Idaho Cop Shot by Man Who Stole Patrol Car Dies

Suspect was arrested after 125mph chase

(Newser) - A northern Idaho police officer shot by a man who stole his patrol car has died of his injuries, police say. Sgt. Greg Moore died at 5:50pm yesterday at Kootenai Health in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, a police spokeswoman said in a statement. Moore was shot about 1:30am... More »

Tamir Rice's Mom Wants 'Justice,' Lives in Shelter

And family of boy shot by cops refuses to halt civil lawsuit

(Newser) - Five months is long enough, they say, and they're not willing to wait. The family of Tamir Rice—the 12-year-old boy gunned down by Cleveland police last year while carrying a toy gun—said today they won't hold off their civil lawsuit, the Washington Post reports. "The... More »

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