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Cops Explain Why They Mocked Man Who Died

Dallas officers say they were trying to 'perk up' Tony Timpa

(Newser) - Dallas police officers who handcuffed and pinned down a struggling schizophrenic until he died say their mocking banter was really a strategy, the Dallas Morning News reports. The explanation emerged in audio of a police hearing into the 2016 death of Tony Timpa. "When we're kind of going... More »

Disturbing Video Shows Officers Mocking Dying Man

'You're gonna kill me!' shouted Dallas man

(Newser) - Tony Timpa called a 911 dispatcher from the parking lot of a porn store in Dallas on Aug. 10, 2016, telling the dispatcher he was off his medication for schizophrenia and depression and he was afraid. Police officers restrained him and mocked him as he died, according to disturbing video... More »

2 American Teens Jailed in Death of Italian Policeman

Mario Cerciello Rega was investigating the theft of a bag in Rome

(Newser) - Two American teenagers were jailed in Rome on Saturday as authorities carry out a murder investigation in the killing of an Italian police officer, the AP reports. A detention order issued by prosecutors was shown on Italian state broadcaster RAI, naming the suspects as Gabriel Christian Natale Hjorth and Finnegan... More »

Cops Go Undercover in Georgia

Police hand out tickets under the state's hands-free law

(Newser) - Drivers in Cobb County, Georgia got a little surprise this week when construction workers turned out to be undercover cops, CBS News reports. The helmet-wearing officers aimed to stop drivers from using smartphones behind the wheel, and wrote 170 tickets at one crossing alone in only a few hours, mostly... More »

Cop on Facebook: AOC 'Needs a Round'

The Louisiana officer posted the message Thursday

(Newser) - A Louisiana police officer posted a Facebook message Thursday saying Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a "vile Idiot" who "needs a round, and I don't mean the kind she used to serve." The post refers to AOC's time as a bartender and appears to suggest that... More »

Cop's Arrest Triggers DNA 'Cold Hit'

William Rodriguez, 33, faces 30 years if found guilty of two rapes

(Newser) - An LAPD officer arrested for rape is now facing a second rape accusation thanks to a nationwide DNA check, ABC 7 reports. Officer William Rodriguez, 33, was arrested Tuesday for allegedly raping a female acquaintance at his home last November. Detectives then linked him to an unsolved 2015 rape by... More »

Philadelphia Expected to Fire Cops After Database Reveals Offensive Posts

As many as 13 could be fired after database catalogs offensive Facebook posts

(Newser) - Some fallout from the database published online in June that catalogs thousands of racist or otherwise offensive Facebook posts of current and former police officers: Sources tell the Philadelphia Inquirer the city's police department plans to start the process of firing officers whose posts were documented there. As many... More »

'Unacceptable' Delay Blasted After Shooting of Rookie Cop

It took 45 minutes to rescue Tara O'Sullivan

(Newser) - "We suffered a devastating loss yesterday with the death of Officer Tara O'Sullivan, who was killed in the line of duty," Sacramento police academy director Lt. Steve Oliveira told 56 recruits at an emotional graduation ceremony Thursday night. O'Sullivan, who graduated from the academy in December... More »

Couple Threatened by Phoenix Cops: Apologies No Good

Iesha Harper, Dravon Ames want officers involved fired after disturbing video circulates

(Newser) - Iesha Harper and Dravon Ames, a black couple with two young children seen in a video that emerged last week showing cops in Phoenix screaming at them, guns drawn, after an alleged shoplifting incident , have since received apologies from the city's police chief and mayor—but they're not... More »

Cops Apologize for 'Lighthearted' Father's Day Tweet

They asked people to turn in dad with outstanding warrants

(Newser) - The Topeka Police Department said it was a "lighthearted" Father's Day tweet—but a lot of people weren't laughing. "Does your child’s father have warrants? Is he carrying around any drugs? Has he been committing any crimes?" the Sunday morning tweet asked. "Want to... More »

'He Had a Gun Drawn': Parents Arrested With 2 Young Children

The Phoenix couple has filed a claim for $10 million

(Newser) - A Phoenix couple wants $10 million after being arrested at gunpoint with their two small children, apparently over a stolen doll—and bystander videos don't look great for police, CNN reports. Dravon Ames and his fiancee, Iesha Harper, say they didn't see their 4-year-old daughter steal a doll... More »

Cop Suicide Crisis Gets Even Worse

The NYPD must be reeling after a third suicide this month

(Newser) - Hard to believe, but a third NYPD officer has committed suicide in less than 10 days. Officer Michael Caddy shot himself in a car near the 121st Precinct stationhouse on Staten Island at about 3:45pm on Friday, leaving behind a wife and child, the New York Daily News reports.... More »

Boy With Disabilities Gave Out Play Money. Cops Got Involved

Boy, 10, is also black; mother blames 'over-policing of minority children'

(Newser) - A 10-year-old black boy with disabilities was passing out pretend money on his Maryland school bus—and ended up questioned by police. The cops were called after one of the fake $100 bills was found at the bus depot May 14 and video from the bus was reviewed, the fourth-grader'... More »

Texas Cops Surround House, Get Huge Surprise

They thought there was an intruder. And there was.

(Newser) - Police who surrounded a house in eastern Texas because they thought they had a burglary in progress found a deer instead, the AP reports. The homeowner called Lufkin police early Thursday after she heard glass breaking. The woman hid in a closet and realized she had left her weapon in... More »

Database Claims to Document Thousands of Disturbing Social Media Posts From Cops

Departments say they are investigating officers' social media feeds

(Newser) - Police departments in at least five states are investigating their officers' social media feeds after the weekend publication of a database that appears to catalog thousands of inflammatory posts by active-duty and former cops, the AP reports. The posts were uncovered by a team of researchers who spent two years... More »

Ex-Cop Talks About Busting the Cop Who Trained Her

Shannon Spalding appears on the show 'Whistleblower'

(Newser) - Shannon Spalding says she was faced with a grueling task: taking down a fellow cop who had once trained her. But after becoming an undercover Chicago narcotics officer in 2006, she saw the damage being done. "People would say … 'I can't believe you're going to... More »

Fugitive Says He'll Surrender for 15K Likes on Facebook

Jose Simms promises he'll abide by deal with cops

(Newser) - A Connecticut police department has reached a deal with a fugitive that would have him surrender if enough people respond to a wanted poster on social media, an agreement that at least one expert calls unethical. Jose Simms, 29, who is believed to be somewhere in New York, has seven... More »

Couple Crosses Item Off Bucket List Outside Cop Shop

Alleged fornicator tells police it was 'a Key West moment'

(Newser) - Florida police were surprised to find a couple having sex on the sidewalk outside the station Monday night, the Smoking Gun reports. "I'm horny," alleged copulator Gary Hill told an officer when confronted outside the Key West Police Station, per a police report . "She was giving... More »

Crooks Ruin Their Robbery in Most Ridiculous Way

Seems one of three Houston robbers made an unexpected call

(Newser) - Note to burglars: Try to avoid butt-dialing 911 during your getaway. But that's apparently what three crooks did Sunday after hitting a Best Buy near Houston, ABC News reports. Officers were en route to the Sugar Land store when dispatch received a 911 call that transmitted only background noise.... More »

Kraft's Reported Convo With Cop Who Stopped Him: Dolphins

As in Miami team, which prosecutors say 'polite' Kraft mentioned while showing Super Bowl ring

(Newser) - What do you do when you're pulled over by the cops after leaving a day spa where you allegedly paid for sex? If the latest reports on Robert Kraft are accurate, you talk football and show off your Super Bowl ring. That's according to Florida prosecutors cited by... More »

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