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ACLU Sues Baton Rouge Police Over Protests

Lawsuit claims riot-gear clad cops stomped on protesters' rights

(Newser) - Civil rights groups and activists sued Baton Rouge law enforcement agencies over their treatment of protesters rallying against the police shooting death of Alton Sterling, saying officers used excessive force and physically and verbally abused peaceful demonstrators, the AP reports. The lawsuit was announced Wednesday by the ACLU of Louisiana.... More »

Reserve Deputy Convicted for Accidentally Shooting Suspect

He's facing four years in prison for manslaughter

(Newser) - A former Oklahoma volunteer sheriff's deputy who said he mistook his handgun for his stun gun when he fatally shot an unarmed suspect last year was convicted of second-degree manslaughter on Wednesday, the AP reports. Robert Bates, a wealthy 74-year-old insurance executive, was accused of fatally shooting Eric Harris... More »

School Cop Body-Slams 12-Year-Old Girl in Video

Joshua Kehm has been placed on paid leave

(Newser) - A school police officer is on paid leave after a video surfaced showing him body-slamming a 12-year-old girl, apparently knocking her unconscious. The video recorded March 29 opens showing San Antonio Independent School District Police Officer Joshua Kehm with his arms around sixth-grader Janissa Valdez at Rhodes Middle School. "... More »

Cop Fired for Shooting Naked, Unarmed Teen

David Joseph killed by Texas officer who says 17-year-old charged him on Feb. 8

(Newser) - Officer Geoffrey Freeman had a stun gun, pepper spray, a baton, and a beanbag gun at his fingertips when he confronted a 17-year-old running naked through the streets on Feb. 8, the New York Daily News reports. Instead, the Texas cop with 10 years on the Austin police force drew... More »

Fatal 137-Shot Barrage Gets 6 Cleveland Cops Fired

2012 incident killed 2 unarmed people

(Newser) - Cleveland officials said Wednesday they're terminating six police officers who fired during a 137-shot barrage that killed two unarmed people after a high-speed chase, the AP reports. It wasn't immediately clear if the fired officers include Patrolman Michael Brelo, who was acquitted of manslaughter charges in May for... More »

FBI: We're Going to Start Counting Deaths by Cop Better

New system will list deadly encounters by gun, Taser, physical force

(Newser) - The FBI is finally on the case: The agency is revamping its data-collection system to more accurately portray how many deaths come at the hands of police officers each year, the Guardian reports, giving itself a pat on the back as part of the impetus behind the initiative. Officials say... More »

Video: Man Tased Repeatedly Before Dying in Custody

The incident happened two years ago and no charges were ever filed

(Newser) - A 46-year-old man having a medical emergency died after being tased up to 20 times by police officers while restrained and in custody, MSNBC reports. That was more than two years ago. Since then, no charges have been filed, and the three Virginia police officers involved were promoted. Now police... More »

Student Sues Cops for Violent Campus Arrest

Smoking on campus was apparently her only crime

(Newser) - Jaclyn Pazera was sitting in her philosophy class at Illinois' College of DuPage last December when two officers came in, tipped her desk over with her in it, and forcefully arrested her, the AP reports. Her alleged crime: smoking a cigarette on campus, apparently. Pazera filed a lawsuit against the... More »

Applause as $1M Bond Set for Cop Charged With Murder

Judge admonishes courtroom to settle down during Ray Tensing arraignment

(Newser) - A plea of "not guilty" in Ohio's Hamilton County Courthouse went routinely this morning for ex-University of Cincinnati officer Ray Tensing, charged in the shooting death of motorist Samuel DuBose , Cincinnati.com reports. But when Judge Megan Shanahan set Tensing's bond at $1 million, the courtroom burst... More »

Video: White Delaware Cop Kicks Black Suspect in Face

Newly released footage shows August 2013 incident near Dover gas station

(Newser) - "Oh my God. That's bad. That's messed up." That was the reaction of one Delaware viewer interviewed by the News Journal to a video released yesterday showing a white Dover Police Department officer kicking a black suspect in the head during an August 2013 incident, the... More »

Source: Freddie Gray Injured by Bolt in Van

And Donta Allen, reported 2nd passenger in police van, says it was a smooth ride

(Newser) - A law enforcement official said to be familiar with the Freddie Gray investigation says the Baltimore man appears to have suffered serious head injuries while being transported in a police van on April 12, per the Washington Post . Investigators reportedly don't know yet what caused the injuries for sure,... More »

Dad Tased After Flying Drone at Park

Travis Sanders says he didn't know flying tiny 'aircraft' was illegal

(Newser) - Travis Sanders expected a fun night when he took his family to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park on Saturday. But things took an unexpected turn when the 35-year-old Pahoa resident was Tased by a park ranger and arrested after sending up a 3-inch quadcopter drone to take video of the... More »

Lawyer: Man Dies After Spine Severed in Police Custody

Family lawyer says Freddie Gray died from spinal injury after cop encounter

(Newser) - The family lawyer of a Baltimore man who died yesterday says his spine was 80% severed at his neck while in police custody, NBC News reports. The death of Freddie Gray (variously reported as 25 or 27) is raising red flags due to a lack of details and a gap... More »

Report: Tulsa Cops Told to Fudge Deputy's Training

Robert Bates may not have been as qualified as he claims

(Newser) - Questions have arisen about how qualified reserve deputy Robert Bates was for the job after he shot and killed Eric Harris in Tulsa, Okla., on April 2, claiming he mistook his firearm for his Taser. Bates' attorney has said his client, charged with second-degree manslaughter in Harris' death, had undergone... More »

Police Beating Victim: I Was Tasered While Cuffed

ACLU says federal probe of county cops overdue

(Newser) - The alleged horse thief whose beating by multiple San Bernardino sheriff's deputies was captured on video says it all happened while he was handcuffed and unable to protect himself. Francis Pusok, who was shown on the video being punched and kicked dozens of times after deputies captured him at... More »

'Disturbing' Video Shows Deputies Pummeling Man

Internal investigation launched in San Bernardino, Calif.

(Newser) - The pursuit of a fleeing suspect ended with what a California sheriff calls a "disturbing" video of the man lying on the ground and seemingly being beaten by multiple San Bernardino sheriff's deputies, NBC Los Angeles reports. The video, taken from an NBC News helicopter, starts with the... More »

SC Officer Was Accused of Excessive Force in 2013

In another incident involving an unarmed black man

(Newser) - The death of Walter Scott was not the first time Michael Slager has been accused of using excessive force on an unarmed black man. In 2013, the former South Carolina police officer was accused of barging into a North Charleston home and tasing a resident, Mario Givens, for no apparent... More »

Ala. Gov to India: Sorry for Paralyzing Tourist

Officer Eric Parker pleads not guilty to assault

(Newser) - Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has apologized to the government of India for "the unfortunate use of excessive force" that left an Indian man partially paralyzed and in need of spinal surgery, AL.com reports. Officer Eric Parker allegedly slammed Sureshbhai Patel, 57, to the ground while he walked in... More »

Chokeholds Not Rare in the NYPD, Investigation Finds

Review finds physical response often first reaction to 'verbal resistance'

(Newser) - The controversial chokehold used on Eric Garner before his July death isn't the only time the NYPD has relied on the maneuver. A report released today by the police department's inspector general found that in several cases over the past five years, the banned tactic was an officer'... More »

Ex-Cop Who Killed Mentally Ill Black Man Not Charged

Christopher Manney shot Dontre Hamilton in self-defense: Milwaukee prosecutor

(Newser) - Christopher Manney, a white Milwaukee police officer who fatally shot Dontre Hamilton, a mentally ill black man, won't face criminal charges because he shot Hamilton in self-defense, Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm said today. Manney shot 31-year-old Hamilton on April 30 after responding to a call about a... More »

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