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Murder Retrial Nears Verdict in Rule-Breaking Detective's Case

Another look at Louis Scarcella's work has resulted in overturned convictions

(Newser) - In the bloody years when killings peaked in New York City, detective Louis Scarcella built a reputation for closing cases. A second-generation cop who ran marathons, worked a side job at a Coney Island amusement park and jokingly put "adventurer" on his business card, the now-retired sleuth has been...

Court Officer Suspended, Accused of Ignoring Rape

New Orleans police make clear it wasn't one of their officers involved

(Newser) - New Orleans' police chief said it wasn't his officer who failed to intervene in a rape in the city's French Quarter. A witness had reported the crime on July 26, telling a 911 operator that a man was raping an unconscious woman while an officer about a block...

Woman Says She Gave Cops 'White Privilege Card'

Police in Anchorage are investigating

(Newser) - The Anchorage Police Department says it's investigating a woman's claim that she was pulled over by police and didn't receive a ticket after she showed them a "White Privilege Card." In a now-deleted Facebook post, Mimi Israelah said she was pulled over for weaving on...

Cop Mistaken for Suspect, Beaten Will Lead Boston Police

Michael Cox was working undercover in 1995 when officers mistook him for suspect

(Newser) - A former Boston police officer who was beaten more than 25 years ago by colleagues who mistook him for a suspect in a fatal shooting will be the new leader of the city's police department, Mayor Michelle Wu announced Wednesday. The commissioner post is a homecoming for Michael Cox,...

In This State, Filming of Cops Is Now Restricted

It's now illegal in Arizona to knowingly record cop 8 feet away or closer without officer's OK

(Newser) - Arizona's governor has signed a law that restricts how the public can video police at a time when there's growing pressure across the US for greater law-enforcement transparency. Civil rights and media groups opposed the measure that Republican Gov. Doug Ducey signed Thursday. The law makes it illegal...

'He Waited for a Key That Was Never Needed'

Texas official denounces police response in Uvalde school shooting

(Newser) - The police official in charge at Robb Elementary School while a gunman was killing students and teachers inside "decided to put the lives of officers ahead of the lives of children," the head of the Texas State Police said Tuesday. In testimony before a special state Senate committee...

Chief Who Displayed Nazi Insignia Will Get $1.5M Payout

Seattle-area city is paying him to resign

(Newser) - A suburban Seattle city will pay more than $1.5 million to settle a dispute with a former assistant police chief who was disciplined for posting a Nazi rank insignia on his office door and joking about the Holocaust. Former Kent Assistant Police Chief Derek Kammerzell, who had been with...

Union Defends Officers That Watched Man Drown

They weren't trained in water rescues, Tempe union says

(Newser) - Police officers in Tempe, Ariz., who refused to rescue a drowning man were following their training, which doesn't include water rescues, their union says. "Attempting such a high-risk rescue could easily result in the death of the person in the water and the officer, who could be pulled...

At Uvalde City Council Meeting, a Big No-Show

Embattled school police chief Pete Arredondo, newly elected to council, bailed on his first meeting

(Newser) - The Texas school district police chief who's been accused of waiting too long to order law enforcement to confront the gunman at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde has said that he'd "eventually" answer questions about the mass shooting that killed 19 students and two teachers last month....

Texas Official: Police Made 'Wrong Decision' at Shooting

On-site commander at Uvalde shooting faulted for decision to wait before moving in

(Newser) - A top Texas law enforcement official said Friday what angry parents have said all along about the delayed police response to the mass shooting in Uvalde: "It was the wrong decision. Period," said Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw, reports the Washington Post . At a news...

Israel Begins Investigation of Police Actions at Funeral

Officers beat mourners during procession for Al Jazeera journalist

(Newser) - Update: Israeli police announced Saturday they're investigating the actions of officers during a journalist's funeral that became violent. International criticism of the officers, who attacked pallbearers trying to reach a church in Jerusalem, has been widespread since the confrontation Friday, the Wall Street Journal reports. President Biden is...

Idaho Officer's Accusation: Police Chief Broke My Neck

Sgt. Kirk Rush files tort claim alleging harm at the hands of Boise Police Chief Ryan Lee

(Newser) - An Idaho police officer alleges his department's chief broke his neck while demonstrating an unusual neck restraint last October. CBS News explains that state law requires a person who intends to sue a government agency to first file a tort claim, which that agency can then respond to. Sgt....

After 2-Year Probe, a 'Scathing' Report on Minneapolis PD

Investigation finds pattern of racial discrimination

(Newser) - A state investigation launched after George Floyd’s killing in the custody of four Minneapolis police officers has determined that the department engages in a pattern of race discrimination. The state launched its investigation barely a week after Floyd's death on May 25, 2020, and Minnesota's Department of...

A Divisive Reaction to Video of Syracuse Cops and 8-Year-Old
A Divisive Reaction to Video of
Syracuse Cops and 8-Year-Old
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A Divisive Reaction to Video of Syracuse Cops and 8-Year-Old

Boy was accused of stealing a bag of chips

(Newser) - If not for Kenneth Jackson, Anthony Weah wouldn't know the full story. Weah was running errands Sunday in Syracuse, New York, when police called to say his sons allegedly stole chips from a store, and could he return home. Weah tells Syracuse.com that he came upon a calm...

Biden Applause Line: &#39;Fund the Police&#39;
Biden Applause Line:
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Biden Applause Line: 'Fund the Police'

Liberal members were not fans of the sentiment

(Newser) - President Biden drew sustained applause during his State of the Union speech when he refuted the slogan pushed by progressives to "defund the police." Said Biden: “The answer is not to defund the police. The answer is to fund the police.” While it drew many members...

Other Teen in Mall Fight Says Cops Were Racist

'I don’t understand why they arrested him and not me,' he says of Black teen

(Newser) - One of two teenagers involved in a fight at a New Jersey mall earlier this month says he isn't white—but he agrees that it was racist for police to give him better treatment than the Black teenager he traded blows with. Video from the Bridgewater Commons Mall shows...

Police Help Woman Who Contacted Wrong Force—3K Miles Away

Canadian woman mistakenly reported break-in to Durham police in the UK, rather than Ontario

(Newser) - Police in the UK helped ensure a Canadian woman received help after she reported a break-in to the wrong Durham police force. The victim had meant to contact Ontario's Durham Regional Police Force on Wednesday morning. Instead, she reached out to the Durham Constabulary in the UK using a...

Cops Show Up at Dawn at Ambassador Bridge

Trucker protest seemed to dissolve peacefully as police moved in to enforce injunction

(Newser) - A tense standoff at a US-Canadian border crossing crucial to both countries' economies appeared to be dissolving peacefully Saturday as Canadian police moved in to disperse the nearly weeklong blockade, and demonstrators began leaving without resistance. Many protesters drove away from the Ambassador Bridge spanning the river between Detroit and...

Susan Sarandon Apologizes for 'Insensitive' Post

Actress had shared a meme comparing police officers attending an NYPD funeral to 'fascism'

(Newser) - Update: Susan Sarandon is now apologizing for sharing a social media post that compared police officers attending the funeral of a fallen NYPD colleague to "fascism." People reports that on Friday, the 75-year-old actress posted a statement on her Instagram story and on Twitter , where she offered a...

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...

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