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$500K Lawsuit Claims Cops Arrested Wrong Shane Brown

Shane Lee Brown says he spent 6 days in jail after being mistaken as a wanted felon

(Newser) - A young Black man is suing two police departments in Nevada after he says he spent six days in jail—simply for having nearly the same name as a wanted felon, who is white and twice his age. Shane Lee Brown, a 25-year-old with dark hair, says police were actually...

Report: Petito Likely 'Long- Term' Domestic Violence Victim

'Mistakes' were made in Aug. 12 police stop, independent report adds

(Newser) - An investigation has found that Utah police made "several unintentional mistakes" when they stopped Gabby Petito and her boyfriend before she was killed, per the AP . The independent report released Wednesday examines a police stop in Moab on Aug. 12 after the couple's van was seen speeding and...

Robbery in Progress, Cops Opted to Play Pokemon Go

Fired LAPD officers, caught playing on dashcam instead of responding to a call, lose appeal

(Newser) - A California judge has refused to reinstate two former Los Angeles police officers who chose to play Pokemon Go rather than respond to a robbery in progress. The officers, Louis Lozano and Eric Mitchell, had ignored a commanding officer's request for backup during a robbery at the Crenshaw Mall...

Black Buyer, Realtor Sue Over Incident at Michigan Home

Police say a White neighbor called to report a break-in

(Newser) - Update: A Black real estate agent and the clients he was showing a Wyoming, Michigan, home to have filed a federal lawsuit against the city after being held at gunpoint, detained, and handcuffed during the August showing. Police were called by a neighbor who suspected a Black squatter who had...

Detectives Charged With Perjury In Wrongful Conviction Case

Three homicide detectives are accused of coercing a confession and lying about it in court

(Newser) - A man who spent 25 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of murder was set free after his second trial in 2016 cleared him. Now, a grand jury has indicted the three Philadelphia police officers who put him away in the first place and tried to keep him in...

Married Seattle Cops Who Were in DC Jan. 6 Fired

Alexander and Caitlin Everett, who are married, said they didn't know there was an attack

(Newser) - Two Seattle police officers, a married couple, have been fired for their presence at the US Capitol riot on Jan. 6. Alexander and Caitlin Everett say they were only attending a political event. But photos and video shot that day show them standing in a restricted area, in full view...

5 Miami Beach Cops Charged After 'Unspeakable' Actions

Footage shows officers kicking suspect and tackling, punching a bystander

(Newser) - Five police officers have been charged with battery after two Black men were violently arrested at a hotel in South Beach in Miami Beach. The arrests last week were captured on surveillance video recorded by the Royal Palm Hotel , the AP reports. The footage picks up Delonta Crudup running into...

Video Shows Cop Tasering 75-Year-Old Without Warning

Cop later fired, charged with assault in Colorado

(Newser) - A grandfather is in the hospital and a former police officer is facing charges. Nicholas Hanning, until recently part of the Idaho Springs, Colorado, police department, said he jolted Michael Clark, 75, with a Taser when Clark refused to put down a weapon, the Washington Post reports. But newly released...

Entire Portland Police Team Resigns After Officer Indicted

The group of about 50 will keep their jobs but not work protests anymore

(Newser) - About 50 officers in the Portland, Oregon, police force have quit the crowd-control squad tasked with handling protests. The officers aren’t quitting their jobs—they’re just leaving the Rapid Response Team, an extra duty they volunteer for on top of their regular duties, per the AP . The team...

Boardwalk Clashes Revive Calls for Police Legislation

Maryland officers used Taser on teen stopped for vaping

(Newser) - Multiple new instances in one city on the same night of police using force against young Black men have renewed pressure on Maryland's legislature to act. Lawmakers already approved police legislation in April, but it will be more than a year before parts of it take effect, USA Today...

Army Officer Says Cops Threatened His Career

Caron Nazario alleges misconduct

(Newser) - A second lieutenant in the US Army is suing after a December traffic stop in which he alleges he was held at gunpoint, pepper-sprayed, and knocked to the ground by Virginia police officers who suggested he'd be executed before threatening his military career. Per USA Today , Caron Nazario is...

Maryland Repeals Police Bill of Rights

Lawmakers override governor's vetoes of police accountability legislation

(Newser) - Maryland became the first state to throw out its Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights when lawmakers overrode the governor's vetoes of police accountability legislation on Saturday. Among other changes, the laws will allow citizens to participate in the disciplinary process involving police, the Washington Post reports. Gov. Larry...

Wyoming Sheriff Breaks Ground
Wyoming Sheriff Breaks Ground

Wyoming Sheriff Breaks Ground

The state's first Black sheriff wants to focus on peace

(Newser) - As a student at the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy, Aaron Appelhans used to look at the photos of past graduating classes hanging on the wall. "I got to see, for the most part, ain't a whole lot of people that looked like me around here," he recalled...

It's the Police Raid Chicago Didn't Want You to See

Anjanette Young says there's been no accountability since 2019 raid on wrong home

(Newser) - Anjanette Young was undressing for bed when almost a dozen armed officers broke down the door of her Chicago townhouse, announcing a search warrant, on Feb. 21, 2019. "Oh, my God. This cannot be right," she told the officers, per the Washington Post . "You got the wrong...

Biden Blames Party Losses on 'Defund the Police'

President-elect tells civil rights leaders that cost Democrats elections

(Newser) - In suggesting civil rights leaders choose their words carefully when debating criminal justice changes with Republicans, President-elect Joe Biden had an example of the risk. "That's how they beat the living hell out of us across the country, saying that we're talking about defunding the police,"...

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...

New York Draws Matrix for Police Punishments

Goals are consistency and fairness, officials say

(Newser) - A New York City police officer who refuses to call for medical help for an injured person should be docked 20 vacation or suspension days. Intentionally making a false statement would be a firing offense, as would not intervening when another officer kills someone by wrongly using deadly force. All...

Police Captain: Bent Badges Indicated Kill Tally

John Whitney says he was fired for speaking out about Vallejo Police

(Newser) - A former California police captain says he was fired for raising concerns about misconduct, including officers bending tips of their seven-point badge to indicate the number of people they'd killed. John Whitney, formerly of Vallejo Police, says he learned of the practice last February after officers fatally shot Willie...

Minneapolis Cops Slashed Tires of Protesters' Cars

Agencies say they were concerned vehicles would be used aggressively

(Newser) - Minneapolis police officers slashed tires on parked cars during recent protests in the city, the Star-Tribune reports. Two agencies have acknowledged doing so after Mother Jones published videos of cops puncturing tires in a K-Mart parking lot on May 30 and on a highway overpass the following day. Both locations...

Black Store Owner Reported Robbery, Got Punched by Cop

March incident is making headlines

(Newser) - An armed black business owner who called to report a robbery in his store in Alabama was punched in the face by a responding police officer who mistook him for a suspect, police said, per the AP . After the March 15 altercation, Kevin Penn, owner of Star Spirits & Beverages...

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