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Cops: Guy Impersonated Cop, Swiped Doughnut

Daniel Mark Wright is accused of impersonating sheriff's deputy, stealing a 7-Eleven baked good

(Newser) - People have pretended they're law enforcement officers to pull people over , to make arrests , and yes, to get discounts on coffee and doughnuts . But authorities say a Utah man who impersonated a cop felt even more entitled, going so far as to steal a doughnut from 7-Eleven. Per a...

The Alleged Kidnapper Was an On-Duty Cop

Memphis officer Patric Ferguson charged with abducting, killing another man

(Newser) - The crime itself is jarring enough: Police say one man kidnapped another at gunpoint, forced him into a car, then shot him to death inside the vehicle. The chilling twist: The suspect was on duty at the time as a police officer in Memphis, Tenn., and authorities say the vehicle...

'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...

Bodycam Shows Ohio Cop Shot Andre Hill Within Seconds

And no aid was given for some time

(Newser) - Officer Adam Coy didn't have his body camera on when he fatally shot Andre Maurice Hill on Tuesday, but he turned it on nine seconds later—and the camera's look-back technology captured the preceding 60 seconds. Police in Columbus, Ohio, released the footage on Wednesday, and it shows...

Police Officer Rushes Into Burning House for His Sons

The boys weren't hurt, but their father is hospitalized

(Newser) - An Oklahoma police officer says he'd have run into a burning house to save anybody. But it wasn't just anybody who was trapped by flames on Friday—it was his two children. Anthony Louie, a police officer in Seminole, was on duty when he got a call about...

More Problems for Cop Indicted in Breonna Taylor Case

10 women accuse Brett Hankison of sexual misconduct in lawsuit

(Newser) - The lone police officer charged in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor now faces allegations of sexual assault and battery. A lawsuit filed Tuesday describes former Louisville Metro Police Department Detective Brett Hankison as a "sexual predator" who "used his police uniform and secondary nightclub employment as mechanisms...

Cop Dies in Encounter With Rooster

Filipino officer was breaking up a cockfight when he was struck with a gaff

(Newser) - Police officers in the Philippines are mourning the loss of one of their own, killed in an encounter with a rooster. Lieutenant Christian Bolok was breaking up an illegal cockfight in San Jose, Northern Samar province, on Monday when he picked up a rooster and was struck in his left...

Florida Cop Faces Suspension for Trump Mask

Miami officer will be disciplined, officials say

(Newser) - A Miami police officer who wore a Trump campaign mask at a voting station will be disciplined, the mayor says. "There were people claiming it was voter intimidation," Mayor Francis Suarez says, per Fox News . "Officers have a responsibility … to protect our residents and they have...

For 20 Minutes, Her Pleas of 'I Can't Breathe' Were Ignored

Ex-Colorado cop appealing his firing over 2019 incident

(Newser) - A Colorado police officer ignored a Black woman's cries of "I can't breathe" while she lay hogtied in the back of a patrol car, her face on the floor. That's according to bodycam footage revealed Tuesday during an appeal hearing for now former Aurora police officer...

Cop Who Said He Was Shot in Ambush Is Arrested

Louisiana's John Goulart Jr., 25, allegedly staged the whole incident

(Newser) - A Louisiana police officer who said he was ambushed and shot while on duty last weekend has been arrested, with local authorities now saying he staged the whole thing. Per KALB and Heavy.com , John Goulart Jr. of the Pineville Police Department first told fellow officers he'd been getting...

'Criminals Are Canonized,' Says Cop in Breonna Taylor Shooting

Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly complains about 'thugs,' much more in email to colleagues

(Newser) - Louisville is holding its breath , as is Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, one of three officers involved in the Breonna Taylor shooting, who could face charges with a grand jury decision. His words, however, are flowing. On Tuesday, Mattingly penned an email to 1,000-plus colleagues in which he defended his actions...

Cop Repeats N-Word in Tense Confrontation on Bodycam

Sgt. Chad Walker insists he was repeating back what Black bar patron called him in Columbia, SC

(Newser) - A police effort to enforce a late-night alcohol ban in South Carolina turned ugly over the weekend after one cop was caught on video—recorded by bystanders and also by his own body camera—repeatedly saying the n-word during a heated confrontation with bar patrons. The Washington Post reports that...

Cop's Wife Dies While Trapped in SUV

Rear doors could only be opened from the outside

(Newser) - The wife of a Miami police officer died after becoming trapped in the back seat of her husband's police-issued SUV. Clara Paulino was apparently looking for something in the back seat of the Ford Explorer, parked at her Miami Shores home, on Friday afternoon when she became trapped inside,...

Cop Who Tased Woman Is Fired Over 'Core Values'

Michael Oxford was let go from the Gwinnett County Police Department

(Newser) - A Georgia police officer has been fired after Tasing a Black woman during an arrest—but it wasn't the Tasing or the arrest that got him fired, NBC News reports. Gwinnett County Police said the officer, Michael Oxford, "violated our policy and did not meet our core values"...

Amber Guyger: It Really Wasn't Murder

The former Dallas police officer appeals her sentence

(Newser) - The former Dallas cop who killed an unarmed Black man in his own home—a deadly mistake—has formally appealed her sentence , per CNN . Amber Guyger's lawyers are calling her murder conviction unfair because she considered Botham Jean, 26, a threat at the time. A lighter sentence for criminally...

Thailand Resurrects 8-Year-Old Case Against Red Bull Heir

Thai PM orders investigation into fatal 2012 hit-and-run involving Vorayuth 'Boss' Yoovidhya

(Newser) - Thailand's prime minister responded Wednesday to growing public furor by ordering a probe into the dropping of criminal charges against a Thai heir to the Red Bull energy drink fortune, accused of killing a policeman in a hit-and-run accident eight years ago. The case involving Vorayuth Yoovidhya, whose family...

Unmarked Van Used in 'Incredibly Disturbing' NYC Arrest

Plainclothes officers forced protester into vehicle in tactic similar to that used by feds in Portland

(Newser) - An arrest that one city official called "incredibly disturbing" took place on the streets of New York City on Tuesday evening, drawing comparisons to detentions taking place in Portland, Ore., by federal agents who've loaded protesters into unmarked minivans. This time, however, the NYPD was involved, per the...

Chauvin, Wife Hit With Charges Unrelated to George Floyd

The former Minneapolis officer is accused of not paying his taxes

(Newser) - The former cop charged with killing George Floyd is facing a new accusation: not paying his taxes. Derek Chauvin and his wife were charged Wednesday with felony tax crimes over his alleged failure to claim more than $460,000 in income dating back to 2014—some $96,000 of which...

3 Journalists Hit With Rubber Bullets, and Cop Is Charged

Detroit Cpl. Daniel Debono faces felony assault charges in May 31 incident

(Newser) - A Detroit police corporal is charged with felony assault after allegedly shooting three journalists with rubber bullets. Nicole Hester of MLive and two photojournalists, Seth Herald for AFP and Matt Hatcher for Getty Images, encountered Cpl. Daniel Debono and two other officers while leaving a protest over the death of...

NM Cop in Fatal Video: 'I'm Going to ... Choke You Out, Bro'

Lawyer says neck restraint was sanctioned by police at the time of suspect's death in custody

(Newser) - The former New Mexico police officer who used a fatal chokehold on a Latino man is now charged with second-degree murder. Former Las Cruces police officer Christopher Smelser was initially charged with involuntary manslaughter in the Feb. 29 death of Antonio Valenzuela. State Attorney General Hector Balderas filed the new...

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