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'Memory Cop' Spots More Than 2K Suspects

Ability is 'impossible to explain,' British officer says

(Newser) - Who needs RoboCop when you have Andy Pope? The Birmingham, England, police officer is a "super recognizer" who has now spotted more than 2,000 suspects, the BBC reports. The 43-year-old officer, nicknamed "memory man" by colleagues in the West Midlands Police, spends most of his time patrolling...

Minneapolis Shifts $8M From Police Funding

But staffing levels will remain intact

(Newser) - The Minneapolis City Council unanimously approved a budget Thursday that will shift about $8 million from the police department toward violence prevention and other programs—but will keep the mayor's targeted staffing levels for sworn officers intact, averting a possible veto. Mayor Jacob Frey, who had threatened to veto...

Cop Suspended for Starting 'Major Crimes Dead Pool'

He asked colleagues to bet where Hartford's first murder of 2021 would happen

(Newser) - Hartford Police Chief Jason Thody says he was "disgusted, angry, and disappointed" to discover that a detective had tried to organize a betting pool on where the Connecticut city's first murder of 2021 would happen. Thody says Detective Jeffrey Placzek, a 16-year veteran of the force, will face...

Chief Slams Detective for 'Appalling Lack of Judgment'

It all revolves around a 'dead pool'

(Newser) - A Connecticut police detective ran into trouble when he tried to establish a "Major Crimes Dead Pool" by inviting colleagues to place bets on where the city's first murder of 2021 would take place. The detective, who has not been named, was charged with violating the Hartford Police...

LSU Player: I Was 'Violated Numerous Times' in Police Stop

3 Baton Rouge officers placed on leave

(Newser) - Police in Baton Rouge say three officers have been placed on administrative leave following a Saturday night incident in which LSU Tigers player Koy Moore said he was "violated." "Last night, I was approached by a policeman. They pulled guns on me assuming I had a gun...

High School Paper Outs Secret of State Police

Kentucky police used Hitler quotes in training new officers

(Newser) - A high school newspaper in Kentucky reports that state police have relied on quotes from Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf in training new officers, per the Daily Beast . According to the Manual RedEye —the student paper at duPont Manual High School in Louisville—Kentucky State Police have used a...

A Cop Told This Guy to Stop. He Retaliated.

Videos show a Seattle officer's encounter with a man brandishing a flaming object

(Newser) - A Seattle police officer was nearly set ablaze Thursday when a man apparently tossed a flaming piece of wood in his SUV, CNN reports. The officer was seeking a man said to be brandishing a flaming object when the encounter occurred in an alleyway. Police dashcam and bodycam videos show...

Firing Recommended for 'All Lives Splatter' Cop

He made inflammatory posts after incident that killed Seattle protester

(Newser) - A long-serving King County Sheriff's Office detective in Washington state is likely to lose his job over online posts mocking an incident that killed a Seattle protester . After a car slammed into protesters on July 4, Mike Brown's Facebook posts included a meme showing people being hit by...

Black Man Mounted Cops Led by Rope Sues for $1M

He says he was treated 'as though he were a slave'

(Newser) - A Black man who was led by a rope by two white officers on horseback in Galveston last year is suing the Texas city and its police department for $1 million, saying he suffered humiliation and fear during his arrest. A lawsuit filed last week in Galveston County district court...

Arrest Made in Ambush of 2 LA County Deputies

Suspect 'hates policemen and he wants them dead'

(Newser) - California investigators have arrested and charged a man in connection with the shooting of two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies earlier this month as they sat in their squad car, authorities said Wednesday. Attempted murder charges were filed against Deonte Lee Murray, 36, District Attorney Jackie Lacey told reporters....

Ex-Cop Gets Life for Killing Paramedic

He pleaded guilty to felony murder

(Newser) - A former police sergeant in Georgia pleaded guilty Monday to the murder of a paramedic he was having an affair with and sentenced to life in prison. The Ledger-Enquirer reports former Columbus officer William “Bill” Talley III pleaded guilty to felony murder, aggravated assault, and using a gun to...

Florida Men Arrested for 'Dangerous, Stupid' Use of Laser

They pointed it at police helicopter in flight

(Newser) - If two Florida men weren't already aware that flashing a laser at a pilot in flight is a felony in the state, they definitely are now. Police say two men were arrested in two days last week for pointing lasers at the Volusia Sheriff’s Office Air One helicopter,...

Cops in Greater Danger as Public Anger Rises

'People are seeking to do harm to cops'

(Newser) - A man walks up to a squad car and opens fire on two sheriff's deputies sitting inside. Two police officers are shot after responding to sounds of gunfire during a protest. The shootings—one in Los Angeles and the other 2000 miles away in Louisville, Kentucky, less than two...

Cops Show Up After Overeager Hockey Fans Yell One Word

Apparently your neighbors might get nervous hearing 'Shoot! Shoot!'

(Newser) - There are casual sports fans who tune in only during playoff season, and then there are the die-hards. Devon Garnett is definitely in the latter camp , though his enthusiasm for hockey caused a bit of a commotion Wednesday. That's the night the Tampa Bay Lightning played Game 3 of...

Cops in This City Don't Have to Show Their Names Anymore

New policy in Buffalo, NY, replaces names with numbers on badges

(Newser) - Back in August, protesters in Buffalo, NY, started noticing that police officers were covering their names on their badges, despite official police department policy noting that "name tags must always be displayed on the outer most garment." That policy has just been modified, and local activists aren't...

Report: Cops Got Steakhouse Reward for Using Force

Commander praised 'WilCo badasses'

(Newser) - An Austin-area sheriff's office praised deputies for using force and rewarded them with steakhouse gift cards, former employees say. Former Williamson County deputy Christopher Pisa, who is being investigated by Texas Rangers for using force on a Black woman during a traffic stop last year, told them Commander Steve...

Rochester's Top Cops Retire En Masse

Mayor says entire command staff is leaving

(Newser) - Top police leaders in Rochester, New York, announced their retirements Tuesday amid nightly protests over the city's handling of the suffocation death of Daniel Prude , with the outgoing chief accusing critics of trying to "destroy my character and integrity." Police Chief La’Ron Singletary and Deputy Chief...

Molotov Cocktails Fly in Portland

Police declare a riot and arrest more than 50 people

(Newser) - Hundreds of people gathered for rallies and marches against police violence and racial injustice Saturday night in Portland, Oregon, as often violent nightly demonstrations that have happened for 100 days since George Floyd was killed showed no signs of ceasing, the AP reports. Molotov cocktails thrown in the street during...

Daniel Prude Protesters: Here's the Change We Want

'People in crisis deserve help, not handcuffs'

(Newser) - The death of Daniel Prude after a confrontation with police sparked a third night of demonstrations in New York's third-largest city, with protesters demanding more accountability for how it happened and legislation to change how authorities respond to mental health emergencies, the AP reports. Advocates for such legislation say...

Seattle Patrol Cop Was Paid $414K Last Year

City council president says department has totally failed to clamp down on overtime

(Newser) - Citizens who have dealt with Seattle Police Officer Ron Willis say he is a good, hard-working cop—but public interest groups are wondering how he ended up getting paid more in 2019 than the mayor, the police chief, and even the president. The 58-year-old patrol officer made $414,543 last...

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