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Deputy Killed in Shootout at Calif. Auto Parts Store

Bystander, second officer wounded

(Newser) - Flags at California's Capitol are flying at half-staff after a Sacramento County sheriff's deputy was killed and a second wounded in a confrontation at a Pep Boys store. A bystander and the suspected gunman also were wounded in Monday afternoon's shootout at the auto parts store in... More »

School Resource Officer Used Taser to Wake Student

Officer Maryssa Boskoski has been suspended without pay

(Newser) - A school resource officer in northeast Ohio who decided using her Taser was the best way to wake up a sleeping student has been suspended and could face criminal charges. Officer Maryssa Boskoski didn't actually jolt the student with thousands of volts of electricity, News5 reports, but she activated... More »

Cop to 11-Year-Old Girl: It 'Hurt My Heart' to Tase You

Internal review shows Kevin Brown violated department policy

(Newser) - "You know, sweetheart, this is why there aren't any grocery stores in the black community." That's what Cincinnati police officer Kevin Brown told an 11-year-old African-American girl moments after tasing her for allegedly shoplifting $53 worth of food and clothing from a Kroger on Aug. 6.... More »

Heather Locklear Faces New Legal Trouble

Actress pleads not guilty to battery, obstructing an officer in June incident

(Newser) - Heather Locklear now faces charges over her June arrest involving an alleged attack on a police officer. The former Melrose Place star, who allegedly punched a cop and EMT while heavily intoxicated at her home in Thousand Oaks, Calif., was charged with a misdemeanor count of resisting, obstructing, or delaying... More »

Bloody Beating Video Spurs Baltimore Cop's Resignation

Video shows unnamed officer punching 26-year-old Dashawn McGrier; 2nd officer placed on admin duties

(Newser) - An incident that "deeply disturbed" Baltimore's interim police commissioner has led to one police officer's resignation and another being put on administrative duty. CNN has bystander video of a man shouting at one officer as another stands nearby; the first starts throwing punches and 10 seconds later... More »

Cincinnati Cop Tases Girl Accused of Stealing Food

Officer is on restricted duty amid investigation

(Newser) - A Cincinnati police officer is on restricted duty after using a Taser on an 11-year-old girl suspected of stealing food from a Kroger. "It's hard to understand why an 11-year-old would be tased. I expect answers in 24 hours," Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman tells the Cincinnati Enquirer... More »

Widow Held in Connection With Officer Husband's Death

Shantel Wagner maintains it was a suicide

(Newser) - Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office Sgt. Troy Smith is dead. The question is whether it was by his own hand or his wife's. A judge on Tuesday determined there was sufficient probable cause to hold Smith's wife, Shantel Parria Wagner, in connection with his June 24 death. The... More »

$50M Suit Filed by Family of Woman Killed by Minn. Cop

Justine Ruszczyk Damond's father says problems within Minneapolis PD are 'systemic'

(Newser) - The family of an Australian-US citizen who was killed by a Minneapolis cop last year after she called 911 to report a possible assault filed a lawsuit Monday alleging the officer conspired with his partner to hide what really happened. The complaint filed in US District Court alleges Justine Ruszczyk... More »

Hawaii Manhunt Underway After Cop Killed Near Lava Zone

Bronson Kaimana Kaliloa first officer to be fatally shot on Big Island

(Newser) - A suspect wanted in the killing of the first police officer to be fatally shot on Hawaii's Big Island likely remains hidden on the mostly rural eastern side of the vast island, authorities said Thursday. A manhunt has been underway since Justin Waiki allegedly shot and killed Officer Bronson... More »

El Paso Police Address Cop Who Pulled Gun on Kids

A mother has also accused an officer of choking her son

(Newser) - A Texas police department has issued a response to viral video that appears to show one of its own pulling a gun out on a group of kids. Per WLOS , the El Paso PD held a press conference Saturday about the incident, video of which began making the rounds on... More »

Cop Shocks Wife With New Will After Killing Himself

Mike Smith wanted his Russian-born girlfriend to have everything

(Newser) - On the one hand, there's his wife. On the other, his blonde, Russian-born, NYPD lieutenant girlfriend. Who will receive the $810,000 pension benefits of Brooklyn cop Mike Smith after he shot himself in the head in his apartment in 2017? Complicating matters is the fact that Smith died... More »

Cop Pulls Over Daughter's Boyfriend, Bad Things Happen

Ohio officer John Kovach is out of a job

(Newser) - An Ohio police officer was fired for pulling over his daughter's boyfriend and detaining the young man in his squad car, Fox 8 reports. "You can get out. For what? You're going to jail. For what? Get out. For what? Have a seat in my car. We'... More »

After Baltimore Cop Is Killed, a Manhunt Is On

1 arrested, 3 sought in death of officer in Perry Hall

(Newser) - Police have charged a 16-year-old boy as an adult and are scouring a Baltimore suburb for three other suspects involved in the "shocking" death of a police officer on Monday. Dawnta Anthony Harris is awaiting a bail hearing. Amy Caprio, a four-year veteran of the Baltimore County Police Department,... More »

Cop Gets Federal Sex Charges Over His Brand of Condom

William Whitley pleaded guilty to sex trafficking charge

(Newser) - A former cop who paid underage girls for sex is facing a harsher sentence over his brand of condom, the Chicago Tribune reports. William Whitley, 61, pleaded guilty this week in federal court to sex trafficking of a minor and will likely serve 10 years to life. Prosecutors leveled federal... More »

Off-Duty Cop Sees Man Pocket Candy, Pulls Gun

California man had already paid for Mentos

(Newser) - Police in Orange County, Calif., say they are investigating a "disturbing" video in which an off-duty cop pulls a gun on a man he wrongly suspects of stealing candy at a service station. Jose Arreola, 49, tells the Orange County Register that he was badly shaken by the incident... More »

Cop Shot Dead by Stray Bullet Inside Home

Oliver Johnson Jr. was in his Arkansas home when shots were fired outside

(Newser) - An off-duty Arkansas police officer was killed inside his home Saturday afternoon by a bullet fired from outside, reports ABC News . Oliver Johnson Jr. was fatally shot in West Memphis and was a member of the police department in neighboring Forrest City. Police don't think he was the intended... More »

Dallas Officer Dies Day After Being Shot at Home Depot

Armando Luis Juarez has been arrested in the shooting

(Newser) - A 27-year-old Dallas police officer died Wednesday after being shot the day prior at a Home Depot in Lake Highlands. The Morning News identifies the officer as Rogelio Santander. He'd been called to the store around 4pm by a cop who was working an off-duty job there and noticed... More »

'Hero' Cop Who Swapped Self for Hostage Is Dead

Arnaud Beltrame, 44, was among the first responders

(Newser) - A French police officer who offered himself up to an Islamic extremist gunman in exchange for a hostage died of his injuries, raising the death toll in the attack to four, and the officer was honored Saturday as a national hero of "exceptional courage and selflessness." Lt. Col.... More »

Cop Faces Felony Charges After Arrest of Jaywalker

Outrage followed leaking of body camera video that showed violent arrest

(Newser) - A North Carolina police officer recorded beating a black man stopped for jaywalking now faces criminal charges. It began around midnight on Aug. 25 when officer Christopher Hickman and a police trainee stopped 33-year-old Johnnie Jermaine Rush in Asheville and accused him of jaywalking and trespassing through a parking lot,... More »

After 911 Call, Officers Were Sent to Wrong House—Fatally

Missouri officers responded to home in Clinton, when call really came from Windsor

(Newser) - "It is a coincidence," says Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Bill Lowe, and a deadly one. After a 911 call Tuesday in which women were heard screaming , police were dispatched to a home in Clinton, Mo., where all were shot, one fatally—and it was the wrong home. Lowe... More »

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