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7 Bay Area Cops to Be Charged in Teen Sex Scandal

DA waiting to file charges until alleged victim is back in the state

(Newser) - Prosecutors said Friday they will charge seven current and former San Francisco Bay Area officers in a sexual misconduct scandal involving a teenager . The wide-ranging scandal surfaced when a teenage girl who described herself as a prostitute said she had sex with about 30 law enforcement officials in Oakland and... More »

Are We Ignoring an Easy Fix to Police Woes?

Proponents call for more female officers

(Newser) - On the heels of a damning report showing discrimination and sexism in the Baltimore Police Department, women’s groups are calling for what they say is a logical solution: more female cops. Among other things, they argue that accusations of rape and sexual assault would be better addressed if handled... More »

2 Cops Shot in Arkansas

No word yet on their conditions in Sebastian County

(Newser) - Two law enforcement officers have been shot by a gunman in Sebastian County, Arkansas, reports 4029tv.com . Their conditions are not known, nor are details about what led to the shooting, which took place around 7:15am local time. KFSM identifies the two men shot as the chief of police... More »

5 Celebrity Police Officers

A lot of actors have played cops on TV, but these celebs really are the law in real life

(Newser) - Former CHiPs star Erik Estrada recently became a reserve police officer in the tiny town of St. Anthony, Idaho, reports the Idaho State Journal . But the actor, who famously played a motorcycle cop on the '80s TV show, is hardly the first celebrity to add "real life cop"... More »

2 Cops Shot in San Diego; 1 Has Died

Police have suspect in custody, still searching for other possible suspects

(Newser) - Two members of the San Diego Police Department's Elite Gang Unit were shot in the city around 11pm Thursday and one officer has since died. It isn't clear what led to the shooting in the Southcrest neighborhood; the officers were participating in a traffic stop when the shots... More »

In Perilous Times, Cops Across US Buddy Up

2-person patrols are proliferating for officers' safety—but they may slow response time, up overtime

(Newser) - Police departments across the country are ordering officers to pair up after ambushes left eight officers dead in Texas and Louisiana , a precaution that could slow response times to low-level crimes and drive up overtime for already exhausted police. Some agencies that normally let officers patrol alone began forcing them... More »

Sheriff: Restaurant Owner Told Deputies They Can't Eat There

But owner says it was big misunderstanding due to language barrier

(Newser) - The sheriff of a county about 70 miles north of Seattle says the owner of a Chinese restaurant has asked that law enforcement no longer dine there. Per the AP , Skagit County Sheriff Will Reichardt said on Facebook that after four deputies finished lunch at Lucky Teriyaki in Sedro-Woolley Thursday,... More »

Slain DART Officer Was a Newlywed

Brent Thompson remarried 2 weeks ago

(Newser) - Just two weeks after her wedding day, Brent Thompson's bride is now a widow. Thompson, 43, was one of five police officers shot and killed in Dallas on Thursday and the first Dallas Area Rapid Transit officer killed in the line of duty since the agency was created in... More »

Video Shows School Cop Slapping, Kicking Teen

Officer on administrative leave during investigation

(Newser) - A Baltimore school police officer is under investigation for assault and misconduct after a four-second video surfaced apparently showing him slapping and kicking a 16-year-old boy. Officials say two officers were called to REACH Partnership School on Tuesday because two "intruders" were posing a threat, per the Baltimore Sun... More »

Dad Had Hands in Air as Cops Shot Boy, 6: Video

Bail for the 2 Louisiana cops has been set at $1M each

(Newser) - The two Louisiana cops accused of gunning down a 6-year-old autistic boy will each have to come up with $1 million bail, a judge ruled Monday, CNN reports. The judge also ordered 23-year-old Norris Greenhouse Jr. and 32-year-old Derrick Stafford—charged with the murder of Jeremy Mardis and attempted murder... 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 »

The 6 Baltimore Cops Charged

All have posted bond and been released

(Newser) - All six Baltimore cops charged in Freddie Gray's death have been released after posting bond. Here's a quick look, with info from the Washington Post and the Baltimore Sun :
  • Officer Caesar Goodson Jr: The 45-year-old was driving the van that transported Gray and is the only one to
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Police Union Slams 'Rush,' Asks Prosecutor to Recuse Self

Attorney says officers did nothing wrong

(Newser) - The police union in Baltimore slammed what it called a rush to judgment against the six officers in the Freddie Gray case and requested that prosecutor Marilyn Mosby recuse herself from the case in favor of a special prosecutor. In a letter to Mosby, the union alleges "many conflicts... More »

All 6 Baltimore Officers Are in Custody

Van driver faces more than 60 years in prison

(Newser) - All six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray are now in custody. "No one is above the law in our city," said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake after the charges were announced, reports AP . The defendants are officers Caesar Goodson Jr., William Porter, Edward Nero, Garrett... More »

Gun Ranges Are Poisoning America

Lead poisoning threatens cops, workers, and gun lovers

(Newser) - Many Americans love using gun ranges, and thousands have gotten sick because of it. In an ongoing investigation called "Loaded with Lead," the Seattle Times reports that "reckless" range owners often fail to clean and ventilate shooting areas plagued by lead dust and vapor. The result: a... More »

Cops Buy Back Elderly Man's Pawned Wedding Ring

He was struggling to care for wife with dementia

(Newser) - When police in Cornwall, Ontario, responded to a domestic call, they found an elderly woman with dementia arguing with her husband of 54 years. In talking to the husband, the officers learned that he had recently pawned his wedding ring, a sign of how desperate things were getting as he... More »

Married Cops Busted in Shooting of Daughter's Beau

Ohio couple had kicked her out of their house a week earlier

(Newser) - Married police officers in Tulsa, Okla., are in jail after the husband allegedly shot and killed their daughter's boyfriend. Shannon Kepler turned himself in not long after the shooting and was arrested on charges of first-degree murder and shooting with intent to kill, while his wife, Gina Kepler, was... More »

Officer Bra Sizes Revealed to Entire Police Dept.

Height, weight also included on mistakenly emailed spreadsheet

(Newser) - Well, this is certainly more embarrassing than most clerical errors: The bra sizes and weight of several female police officers were recently revealed to many of their colleagues in the Detroit Police Department. The information was included on a spreadsheet related to the ordering of bulletproof vests that was emailed... More »

Traumatized Newtown Police Tell of Darkest Day

Seven officers recount Sandy Hook Elementary massacre

(Newser) - It's been six weeks since the Newtown massacre, but for the police who were first on the scene, it may as well have been six minutes. The New York Times speaks to seven Newtown officers—some telling their stories for the first time—who describe horrifying and heart-wrenching details... More »

India to Recruit 2.5K Female Police Officers

Each precinct in New Delhi will get a dozen women

(Newser) - India is taking a tangible first step to address concerns that its largely male police departments look the other way when it comes to rapes and sexual assaults: It's recruiting women to the force, reports Pakistan Today . Each precinct in New Delhi, where last month's gang rape took... More »

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