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Man Who Killed Rookie NYPD Cop Dies of His Injuries

Jason Rivera, 22, killed while responding to domestic incident; another officer critically hurt

(Newser) - Update: The man who shot and killed an NYPD officer Friday has died. The suspect, Lashawn McNeil, was shot during the incident by one of the three NYPD officers who responded to a domestic violence call in Harlem, and McNeil died of his injuries Monday, the AP reports. The third...

He Poured Hand Sanitizer on Himself. Then a Cop Tased Him

NY AG investigating incident in Catskill, NY, after Jason Jones burst into flames; he died last month

(Newser) - Graphic video made public Friday shows a man who doused himself in hand sanitizer bursting into flames when a police officer used a stun gun on him at a New York police station in October. Security footage released by the state attorney general's office shows Jason Jones, 29, rolling...

Mayor Speaks About Teen's Death in Dirt-Bike Crash

Family says police in Boynton Beach, Fla., 'chased' Stanley Davis Jr. 'right to his damn grave'

(Newser) - Update: The mayor of Boynton, Florida, has weighed in on the Sunday death of a 13-year-old boy there. Mayor Steven B. Grant on Monday shared what he conveyed to Stanley Davis Jr.'s family with CBS12 . It quotes him as saying, "My statement to them was we should...

Cops Guarding a Murder Scene Took Victims' Pictures Instead

London cops Deniz Jaffer, Jamie Lewis get 2 years, 9 months in jail for sharing photos of slain sisters

(Newser) - In what the Guardian calls "the scandal that rocked Britain's largest force," two London cops who shared photos of two murdered sisters have been sentenced to two years and nine months in prison. Deniz Jaffer, 47, and Jamie Lewis, 33, of the Metropolitan Police had been stationed...

14 Arrested in Rash of Smash-and-Grab Robberies

LA police say at least one suspect is under 18

(Newser) - Update: In the week or so before Thanksgiving, police say there were about 11 smash-and-grab store robberies, some done by flash-mob style groups of people, in the Los Angeles area. In a press conference Thursday, LA police chief Michael Moore and Mayor Eric Garcetti say police have arrested 14 people...

Cops Grab Canoe to Save Elderly Man

He was submerged in cold waters off the Connecticut coast

(Newser) - Police officers in coastal Connecticut grabbed a nearby canoe belonging to a private citizen instead of waiting for a police boat when they located a missing elderly man early Tuesday. The Westport officers paddled to the rescue after spotting the man partially submerged off Saugatuck Shores Beach, reports the Hartford ...

After George Floyd, a Big Choice for Minneapolis Voters

Residents to decide whether to replace police department with new public-safety agency

(Newser) - Voters in Minneapolis were deciding Tuesday whether to replace the city's police department with a new Department of Public Safety, more than a year after George Floyd's death under the knee of a white police officer launched a movement to defund or abolish police across the country. The...

Florida Police Say They Made a Mistake Watching Laundrie

North Port officers thought they knew where he was

(Newser) - When Gabby Petito’s parents reported her missing on Sept. 11, police in North Port, Florida, started watching Brian Laundrie. They had his parents' house under surveillance, and North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison put it like this on Sept. 16, per NBC News : "All I’m going to...

DeSantis to Anti-Vax Cops: We'll Give You $5K to Move Here

Governor hopes to sign legislation that would offer bonus to relocating officers resisting vax mandates

(Newser) - Ron DeSantis has an offer for police officers around the country: If you don't want to get vaccinated and may have to leave your job because of it, his state has a place for you. The Florida governor appeared on Fox News on Sunday, telling host Maria Bartiromo that...

Elijah McClain's Parents Reach Settlement With City

They filed civil rights lawsuit after son's death

(Newser) - Update: The parents of Elijah McClain have reached a tentative settlement with the city of Aurora, Colorado over the death of their son after a fatal encounter with police in 2019. The 23-year-old massage therapist was thrown to the ground and placed in a chokehold before paramedics injected him with...

Supreme Court Twice Backs Qualified Immunity for Police

Justices block 2 excessive force lawsuits against officers

(Newser) - In two rulings Monday, the Supreme Court endorsed protections from lawsuits for police officers. Lower courts had allowed the excessive force suits to proceed, the Hill reports, one in Oklahoma and one in California. The justices overturned those decisions in summary rulings, without mention of any dissents. "All but...

Biden: Job of Police Is Harder Than Ever

At memorial ceremony, president says officers are expected to 'take a bullet' and act as psychologist

(Newser) - Standing outside the building defended by Capitol Police on Jan. 6, President Biden on Saturday honored officers killed in the line of duty. The annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service in Washington recognized those killed in 2019 and 2020, and their families, the Hill reports. "I've been coming...

Black Buyer, Realtor Sue Over Incident at Michigan Home

Police say a White neighbor called to report a break-in

(Newser) - Update: A Black real estate agent and the clients he was showing a Wyoming, Michigan, home to have filed a federal lawsuit against the city after being held at gunpoint, detained, and handcuffed during the August showing. Police were called by a neighbor who suspected a Black squatter who had...

Study: 55% of Police Killings Don't Appear in Statistics

Researchers call fatal police violence an 'urgent public health crisis'

(Newser) - Police killings in the US represent an "urgent public health crisis," the size of which is not accurately reflected in the official statistics that guide health policy, according to a new study in the Lancet medical journal. Researchers say they compared data from National Vital Statistics System to...

Deaf Man Jailed for 4 Months After Traffic Stop Sues Cops

One of the officers named in the suit was fired after using a Taser on a 75-year-old

(Newser) - A deaf man spent four months in jail after a traffic stop. He’s suing the officers who arrested him. Brady Mistic was arrested in September 2019 in Idaho Springs, Colorado, the Colorado Sun reports. The officers who pulled him over say he rolled through a stop sign. Mistic says...

Man With Swastika on Truck, Bayonet Arrested Near DNC

California man's father: 'He's not well'

(Newser) - Less than a week before a right-wing rally is scheduled to take place near the Capitol in Washington, DC, a man with a bayonet and machete was arrested near the Democratic National Committee headquarters. Capitol Police spotted a gray Dodge Dakota with swastika on a side mirror and an American...

Judge Rejects Charges for Hawaii Cops in Teen's Killing

Prosecutors filed murder, attempted murder charges after grand jury declined to indict

(Newser) - A Hawaii judge on Wednesday rejected murder and attempted murder charges against three Honolulu police officers in the fatal shooting of a teenager, preventing the case from going to trial. District Court Judge William Domingo, in a ruling from the bench, said there was no probable cause that the officers...

Dallas IT Worker Loses Files on Open Criminal Cases

Police might have to investigate the crimes again

(Newser) - A massive amount of information on criminal cases dating to July 2020 has been lost from the Dallas Police Department computer database, authorities revealed on Wednesday. In a statement, the Dallas County District Attorney's Office said the loss occurred in early April as the police department performed a data...

Report: Jailhouse Informants Were Offered 'Sex for Lies'

Their testimony may have sent innocent Philadelphia men to prison for decades

(Newser) - Former jailhouse informants in Philadelphia say detectives trying to clear up murder cases decades ago offered them the chance to have sex with girlfriends or sex workers in police interview rooms in return for false testimony that sent innocent men to prison. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that no case has...

In Washington State, a Test of Police Reform

New laws take effect, though critics say they're creating confusion for officers

(Newser) - Washington state is embarking on a massive experiment in police reform following the murder of George Floyd last year, with a dozen laws going into effect over the weekend, per the AP . But law enforcement officials remain uncertain about what they require, leading to discrepancies around the state in how...

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