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Cop Who Killed Texas Woman Wasn't Doing Welfare Check

And Atatiana Jefferson's funeral has been delayed amid a family conflict

(Newser) - Seems the police officer who killed Atatiana Jefferson wasn't told to do a welfare check, CNN reports. Authorities say a neighbor's worried phone call was relayed to dispatch as an "open-structure call"—meaning it could have been an abandoned house, door left open, or even a... More »

Cops Find Dead Woman at Actor's Home. Then, a Shootout

Police say Ron Ely's wife was killed by the couple's son

(Newser) - Two people were killed Tuesday at the California home of actor Ron Ely, who's described as safe and uninjured. Deputies responded to a call about a family dispute at the home in the Santa Barbara suburb of Hope Ranch around 8:15pm to find the body of an elderly... More »

Fort Worth Chief: 'Absolutely No Excuse' for Woman's Killing

Officer's arrest warrant says victim pulled gun after hearing suspicious noises

(Newser) - The furor Tuesday over the killing of a black woman by a white Fort Worth officer became increasingly about a gun pointed at a bedroom window. But the police chief and activists said the focus was on the wrong gun. Officer Aaron Dean was arrested on a murder charge Monday... More »

Cop Who Shot Woman Through Window Charged With Murder

Aaron Dean was arrested hours after he resigned

(Newser) - The Fort Worth police officer who shot Atatiana Jefferson through her bedroom window early Saturday was charged with murder Monday—hours after he resigned . Officials say Aaron Dean was booked into the Tarrant County Correction Center and later released on $200,000 bond, NBC reports. Interim Police Chief Ed Kraus... More »

Ex-Officer Who Killed Veteran Convicted, but Not of Murder

Jury finds Robert Olsen guilty of lesser charges

(Newser) - A Georgia jury has found a former police officer guilty of aggravated assault, making a false statement, and violation of oath of office in the killing of an unarmed, naked man who was mentally ill. But not of murder. Robert Olsen could receive up to 35 years in prison when... More »

Cop Who Killed Fort Worth Woman Through Window Has Resigned

Aaron Dean would have been fired had he not, said Fort Worth's interim police chief

(Newser) - The Fort Worth officer who fired into a home's open window , killing Atatiana Jefferson, has resigned, per Interim Police Chief Ed Kraus. Kraus noted the department had intended to fire Aaron Dean today, but he resigned first. He added that criminal charges are possible and that he'll receive... More »

Nephew, 8, Was in the Room When Police Shot Woman

They were playing a video game when they heard noises outside

(Newser) - Atatiana Jefferson was proud of being a "cool auntie" and had been up late playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew when she was killed in her Fort Worth home by police early Saturday, lawyer Lee Merritt says. He says Jefferson and the boy—who was in the room... More »

'That's Murder': Family Reacts to Police Bodycam Footage

Atatiana Jefferson was killed at her Texas home

(Newser) - A white police officer who killed a black woman inside her own home in Texas didn't have time to perceive a threat before shooting her, an attorney for the woman's family said. "You didn't hear the officer shout, 'Gun, gun, gun,'" attorney Lee... More »

Officer Kills Woman in Her Home After Welfare Call

Atatiana Jefferson was apparently shot through her window

(Newser) - Authorities in Texas say a black woman was fatally shot by a white officer inside her Fort Worth home after police were called to the residence for a welfare check, the AP reports. The shooting happened early Saturday after a neighbor called police to say the front door to the... More »

Cop Charged After 2nd Shooting With Similar Details

Sheriff's deputy Lauren Michael charged with assault after scooter incident in Kansas City

(Newser) - A 29-year-old sheriff's deputy in Jackson County, Mo., has been charged with felony assault and criminal action, and an investigation has been launched regarding a 2017 incident for which she'd received a medal of valor. "Laws that protect law enforcement's actions are a high hurdle for... More »

Dallas Cop Who Killed Neighbor Hears Her Fate

Amber Guyger shows little emotion as the sentence is read in court

(Newser) - A white Dallas police officer was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for killing her black neighbor in his apartment, which she said she mistook for her own unit one floor below, the AP reports. Amber Guyger didn't appear to show much reaction, at least from the angle... More »

Verdict Is in for Ex-Cop Who Killed Man in His Home

Amber Guyger is found guilty of murder

(Newser) - The verdict is in for Amber Guyger. On Tuesday a Dallas jury unanimously found her guilty of murdering Botham Jean after entering his apartment last year by mistake, NBC News reports. The former Dallas police officer had pleaded not guilty, saying her building's floor plan was confusing, but prosecutors... More »

Traffic Stop Officer Killed in 'Ruthless, Cold-Blooded Way'

Sandeep Dhaliwal was considered a 'trailblazer'

(Newser) - A sheriff's deputy described as "a trailblazer" because he was the first Sikh deputy of the Harris County Sheriff's Office when he joined the force 10 years ago, was shot and killed while making a traffic stop Friday near Houston, the AP reports. Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal, 42,... More »

Cop Accused of Killing Man in His Home: I Wish He'd Shot Me

At murder trial, ex-Dallas cop Amber Guyger says she thought Botham Jean was going to kill her

(Newser) - The former Dallas cop who shot and killed neighbor Botham Jean in his own apartment took the stand Friday morning at her Texas murder trial, emotional as her defense team continued to insist that Jean's death was a "tragic but innocent" mistake that happened after she entered his... More »

Cop Who Killed Mentally Ill Man Learns His Fate

Officer Salvador Sanchez won't be charged

(Newser) - An off-duty Los Angeles police officer will not be charged for fatally shooting a mentally ill man who had attacked him and his young son from behind in a California Costco, the AP reports. In announcing a grand jury's findings, Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin said Officer Salvador... More »

Cops Fatally Shoot Man Who Livestreamed Car Chase

Minnesota man had posted 'so sorry' shortly before he started running red lights

(Newser) - A Minneapolis-area man posted what now appears to be a goodbye message online, took cops on a car chase he livestreamed through two towns, and then was shot to death by police when he finally exited his car with what looked to be a knife. The Star Tribune reports on... More »

Minneapolis Approves $200K for Jamar Clark's Family

City settled for $20M in Justine Damond case

(Newser) - The Minneapolis City Council has approved a $200,000 settlement for the family of a black man who was killed by police in 2015. Jamar Clark's death during a struggle with two white officers led to weeks of protests outside a nearby police station. Prosecutors declined to seek criminal... More »

Alleged Cop Shooter Surrendered After 4-Way Phone Call

Maurice Hill has a long criminal history—and a newborn daughter

(Newser) - During a seven-hour standoff with police, Maurice Hill called his lawyer. "[He] was like, 'I'm in a situation, I need your help,'" Shaka Johnson tells CBS Philadelphia of the suspect accused of shooting six police officers in Philadelphia on Wednesday. "I told him, '... More »

Kansas City Police Shoot 'Very Angry' Rifle-Toting Man

Suspect told hotel manager he had killed wife

(Newser) - Police in Kansas City, Kansas, shot and killed a man on Tuesday who told a hotel manager that he had killed his wife and was heading to a popular shopping and restaurant area. The "very angry and distraught" man entered the Country Inn & Suites near the Legends Outlet... More »

5 Years Later, Father of Michael Brown Issues a Plea

He wants investigation reopened into the fatal police shooting of his son

(Newser) - On the fifth anniversary of Michael Brown's death in Ferguson, his father is urging the St. Louis County prosecutor to reopen the investigation into the fatal shooting of the black, unarmed 18-year-old by a white police officer, per the AP . Michael Brown Sr. spoke Friday outside the St. Louis... More »

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