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After George Floyd Death, a Big Ask by Ford Workers

Employee letter wants company to stop making police vehicles; that doesn't look likely

(Newser) - Ford Motor Co. makes about two-thirds of America's police vehicles , so a recent ask by some of the automaker's workers in the wake of protests over the death of George Floyd, racism, and police brutality is a significant one: They want the company to consider not making and... More »

This Police Department Disbanded in 2012. Violent Crime Has Plummeted

New force focused on walking beats, talking to residents of Camden, NJ

(Newser) - City Council members in Minneapolis have vowed to "dismantle" the city's police department, which would be an unusual—but not entirely unprecedented—move. CNN looks at the experience of Camden, NJ, which disbanded and replaced its police department in 2012 amid budget woes and corruption that was deemed... More »

What People Mean by 'Defund the Police'

It varies, but common idea is to divert money from police to social programs, communities

(Newser) - The George Floyd protests have resulted in a new mantra: "Defund the police." But what does that mean exactly? The definitions vary, but the most common one centers on redirecting some of the money that goes to police departments to social programs and marginalized communities, reports CNN . Police... More »

5 Months After Viral Arrest Video, Cop Fired

Christopher Meyer was caught on tape pointing a gun at couple who had their kids with them

(Newser) - On May 27, a Phoenix police officer was caught on video pointing a gun at a car holding a man, his pregnant fiancee, and their two children, yelling, "You're going to get f---ing shot" and "I'm going to put a cap in your ass." Nearly... More »

Cops: It's Too Hot to Commit Crime

Police in Braintree, Mass., would appreciate it if you would break the law when it's cooler outside

(Newser) - Baby, it's hot outside and the fine officers at the police department in Braintree, Mass., really do not feel like dealing with your criminal shenanigans until "Monday when it's cooler." CNN reports on the department's cheeky Facebook post, which encouraged "anyone thinking of doing... 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 »

Sessions Makes Big Last-Minute Move

Guidelines appear to curtail Justice Department's oversight of police departments

(Newser) - A memo dated Nov. 7 out of the Office of the Attorney General appears to be Jeff Sessions' last hurrah, but civil rights advocates aren't applauding. The New York Times reports that, before he left his post at President Trump's request, Sessions signed off on strict new guidelines... More »

Town's Entire Police Force Abruptly Resigns

Blandford, Mass., officers say their lives were at risk

(Newser) - The entire four-member police department of a small western Massachusetts town has resigned, citing poor equipment and unsafe working conditions, the AP reports. Interim Police Chief Roberta Sarnacki and three officers submitted their resignations in a letter to Blandford officials on Monday, effective immediately. The officers said the town's... More »

This May Explain Why Police Chief Was Absent So Often

Was allegedly working 2nd job while supposedly on duty in Southport, NC; department is shut down

(Newser) - Residents of the small coastal town of Southport, North Carolina, won't be seeing any of their local police officers for a while. Instead, Brunswick County deputies will be taking over because the town's entire police department has been shut down amid a corruption scandal, reports WECT . It's... More »

'Pawfficer' Gets Sworn In

Michigan police will use it partly for therapeutic purposes

(Newser) - A suburban Detroit police department is giving another cat a chance to take the law into her own paws, the AP reports. A cat named "Pawfficer Donut" was sworn in Friday by a judge, a day after a cat named Badges was removed from the Troy Police Department due... More »

Woman Shot Dead Was Told by Cops to 'Stop Calling 911'

Body cam video shows Fla. police noting Latina Herring's 'false accusations'

(Newser) - Body cam video released by police in Sanford, Fla., after a man allegedly went on a shooting spree last week that killed his girlfriend and her 8-year-old son, shows cops scoffing at the woman's "false accusations" and telling her to "stop calling 911," WESH reports. In... More »

Oakland Loses 3rd Top Cop in 8 Days

'I am here to run a police department, not a frat house,' mayor says

(Newser) - Oakland has gone through three top cops in nine days and the revolving door at police headquarters is now closed. When Acting Chief Paul Figueroa stepped down on Friday after just two days in the job, Mayor Libby Schaff said the department is going to be put under civilian control... More »

Oakland Mayor Cans Top Cop After 6 Days

Woman now claims she had sexual contact with dozens of officers

(Newser) - Ben Fairow's reign as Oakland's top cop was, in a word, brief. Fairow—who replaced resigning police chief Sean Whent on Friday amid an investigation into possible underage sex and murder —was removed from his post Wednesday after just six days, reports the Los Angeles Times . During... More »

California Police Department to Use Nunchucks

They're sometimes better than a baton, one sergeant says

(Newser) - If you run into a police officer in Anderson, California, don't be surprised if he's sporting some nunchucks instead of a baton. The Northern California police department is outfitting its 20 officers with the weapon popularized by Bruce Lee because it wanted another nonlethal way to bring a... More »

Police Chief Has Succinct Response to Motto Complaint

'Go fly a kite'

(Newser) - Police patrol cars in Childress, Texas, say "In God we trust" on the back, and recently, the police department got a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation "demanding" the words be removed, Chief Adrian Garcia wrote on Facebook yesterday, per KETK . He posted a picture of the... More »

No More Grenade Launchers, Bayonets for Local Police

Obama puts new rules on military equipment transferred to local departments

(Newser) - If a police department wants to outfit itself with military equipment, it will now have to make a very strong case for why it needs to. After an uproar over a program that allowed law enforcement to get surplus military gear—including armored vehicles, grenade launchers, bayonets, and camouflage uniforms—... More »

Feds Make Baltimore Cops Keep Spying Secret: Report

Data collected from Hailstorm device kept on the down-low, detective testifies

(Newser) - Baltimore police are under orders from the US government to withhold information about secretive cellphone surveillance technology from the public and even the courts, and are encouraged to seek dismissal of cases instead of divulging details about the program, according to a confidential document obtained by the AP. The agreement... More »

Feds: Cleveland Cops Use Excessive Force Routinely

Department will get an independent monitor

(Newser) - Cleveland police use unnecessary force so often that the department must let an independent monitor make sure reforms are put into place, reports NBC News . That's one result of a Justice Department investigation of 600 incidents between 2010 and 2013 that faults the department for poor training and a... 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 »

Crime-Ridden NJ City Axes Police Department

Camden to replace force with non-union county workers

(Newser) - Camden, New Jersey, is often cited as one of the most dangerous cities in America—so of course, it's getting rid of its police department. In a bid to rein in its budget, the city will lay off all 460 of its police officers by the end of the... More »

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