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'They Laughed': Man Details Alleged Police Brutality in Mesa

Jose Conde says cops beat him, then mocked him during his January arrest

(Newser) - "This is no laughing matter." So said a 23-year-old Arizona man at a Thursday presser in which he detailed his January arrest by the Mesa Police Department, the Arizona Republic reports. Per CNN , Jose Conde says on Jan. 28 he was searched, then hurled to the ground, "... More »

4 Cops Charged in Theft of Suspect's Scarface Statue

Charges against the suspect have been stayed

(Newser) - Four Toronto-area police officers face charges of theft, obstructing police, and perjury after they allegedly stole a "one-of-a-kind" Scarface statue from a suspected drug dealer. Though she said it was "highly likely" Lowell Somerville would've been found guilty of trafficking and heroin possession, a judge stayed charges... More »

Maryland Shooter Had Prior Relationship With Girl He Shot

Female victim identified as 16-year-old Jaelynn Willey

(Newser) - There's no shortage of praise for the school resource officer who engaged a shooter at Great Mills High School in Maryland on Tuesday, even as details of the incident are still taking shape. Police believe Austin Wyatt Rollins, 17, fired on 16-year-old Jaelynn Willey, with whom he had a... More »

Officer Dead, 2 Injured in Pennsylvania Shooting

Man reportedly opened fire at Harrisburg home

(Newser) - A law enforcement officer is dead and two others are wounded after a man reportedly opened fire during the serving of a federal arrest warrant in Pennsylvania on Thursday. The members of a US Marshals task force had arrived at a Harrisburg home to serve a woman with a warrant... More »

Mass Arrests at a Party Bring Controversy in Georgia

Cops nab more than 60, many of whom complain of bogus pot charges

(Newser) - Cops showed up at a party in Georgia about 2:30am Sunday to investigate a complaint of shots fired, and when all was said and done, more than 60 people were arrested, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . Now, controversy has ensued over whether the officers in Cartersville overreacted. Many of those... More »

They Were Stuck in a Burning Car. Then Came 2 Young Cops

Nicholas Schlei and Nicholas Reid, both 23, hailed as heroes after rescuing teens

(Newser) - Two young Milwaukee police officers are being hailed as heroes for rescuing two unconscious teenagers from a burning car. Officers Nicholas Schlei and Nicholas Reid, both 23, were on patrol Tuesday night when a Pontiac Grand Am crashed into a utility pole and overturned. Flames erupted from the car's... More »

White Ex-Cop Guilty of Shooting Daughter's Black Boyfriend

Jury convicts Shannon Kepler of first-degree manslaughter

(Newser) - A white former Oklahoma police officer was convicted of first-degree manslaughter in the off-duty fatal shooting of his daughter's black boyfriend after jurors in three previous trials couldn't decide whether to find him guilty of murder. Jurors deliberated about six hours Wednesday night before finding ex-Tulsa officer Shannon... More »

Armed Robbers Pick Wrong Venue: Bar Filled With Cops

'It's kind of odd you would even attempt it,' bar owner says

(Newser) - There's never really a "right" place or time to try to pull off an armed robbery, but some places and times are worse than others, as two suspects found out Tuesday. Per the Baltimore Sun , off-duty Baltimore County cops attending a fellow officer's retirement party at Monaghan'... More »

NYC Transit Workers Describe 'Leaking' Corpses on the Job

MTA union reps: Bodies from train accidents are stored in worker break areas, bathrooms

(Newser) - Ever wonder where the bodies of people hit by subway trains are brought to immediately after an accident? "Whatever room happens to be nearest" in New York City's subways, even if that room is an employee lunchroom, bathroom, or other break area, a transit union source tells the... More »

Black Cops Respond to Trump: 'We Are Not Thugs'

DEA chief says president 'condoned police misconduct'

(Newser) - "We are not thugs. We are professionals," says the leader of a black policing group, addressing a speech in which President Trump urged officers to not be "too nice" when arresting suspects. Perry Tarrant of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives met with AG Jeff... More »

Video Allegedly Shows More Planted Evidence in Baltimore

2 cops under investigation after November traffic stop

(Newser) - More drug charges have been dropped in Baltimore as a result of a second body-camera video that apparently shows police officers planting evidence. The unreleased video "appears to depict multiple officers working together to manufacture evidence," according to the city's public defender. The news comes less than... More »

Public Defender: Video Shows Baltimore Cop Planting Drugs

City police commissioner says officer may have been 're-creating' drug bust

(Newser) - A man in jail since January on heroin possession charges got a lucky break: bodycam footage apparently showing a Baltimore cop planting drugs. The Baltimore Sun and Washington Post report on probes now in the works after the city's public defender released the video last week, taped by the... More »

Baton Rouge Cop Sues Black Lives Matter, Leaders

Complaint by officer injured in gunman's ambush says BLM incited violence

(Newser) - Last July, a police officer in Baton Rouge, La., was seriously injured after a gunman ambushed him and five other members of law enforcement, killing three—and now that officer is suing various arms of the Black Lives Matter movement and some of its leaders, CNN reports. The complaint filed... More »

Cops Commit Crimes, Too. This One Is Just 'Invisible'

Huffington Post examines domestic abuse by police

(Newser) - Police officers are trained to dominate, interrogate, and show strength. These are the skills that, in theory, make them good police officers—but those same skills can also make for a dangerous abuser, write Melissa Jeltsen and Dana Liebelson at the Huffington Post . "If domestic abuse is one of... More »

Oakland Pays $1M to Teen in Police Sex Scandal

'I feel happy that I can close this chapter and move on'

(Newser) - A former teenage sex worker who claimed to have had sexual contact with more than two dozen Bay Area police officers, including while underage, is getting a nearly $1 million payout. The city of Oakland has agreed to pay $989,000 to settle a claim with the 19-year-old, who has... More »

Cops Prove They're 'Bloody Legends' With a Selfie

Photo on drunk Tasmanian man's phone was only way he knew how he got home

(Newser) - Reece Park didn't remember getting home after a night of drinking Saturday. Luckily, his phone held the evidence in the form of a selfie snapped by police. The photo , which has since gone viral, shows two Tasmanian police officers smiling in Park's bedroom as Park appears barely awake... More »

Cop Fired for Kicking Handcuffed Man in Head

2nd officer also fired for punching Georgia motorist as he came out of car with hands up

(Newser) - Two videos circulating on social media showed a Georgia man being assaulted by two cops during a traffic stop this week, and now those cops have been fired, the AP reports. Robert McDonald was canned Thursday after the first video came to light involving motorist Demetrius Bryan Hollins, the Gwinnett... More »

Police Raffle Has Shocking Grand Prize, Literally

An officer will be hit by a stun gun in Louisiana

(Newser) - A police union in Louisiana is raffling off a grand prize that is raising eyebrows: the use of a stun gun on one of its officers, per the AP . DeRidder Police Chief John Gott says officers themselves suggested one of their own be stunned April 15 to raise funds for... More »

A Name Change for Taser, Free Body Cams for Cops

Newly branded Axon offering police departments trial run for cameras, software

(Newser) - Does this mean we now have to say a suspect was "Axoned"? In a rebranding move meant to put some distance between the Taser International company and its famous stun gun, the firm is changing its name, Reuters reports. Although CEO Rick Smith says his team is "... More »

Sessions Orders Review of Obama-Era Police Reforms

AG signals he'll roll back agreements with departments in Ferguson, Baltimore, etc.

(Newser) - Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered the Justice Department to review reform agreements reached with troubled police departments across the country, such as those in Ferguson and Baltimore, noting "it is not the responsibility of the federal government to manage non-federal law enforcement agencies." The court-enforced consent decrees... More »

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