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Black Mom, 4 Kids Out for Salon Day Now Getting a Police Apology

Children were handcuffed, made to lie on ground during stolen-vehicle mix-up in Aurora, Colo.

(Newser) - The same Colorado police department involved in the death of Elijah McClain now has a new controversy on its hands—this time involving a Black family pulled over for an allegedly stolen vehicle. Per the Denver Post , Brittney Gilliam had taken her nieces, sister, and daughter out to get their... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

Network Cancels Reality Show, Loses Half Its Viewers

A&E nixed 'Live PD' and saw its prime-time viewership drop by 49%

(Newser) - Who knew a reality TV series had so much pull? A&E found that out the hard way after it canceled Live PD last month, a show that shadows police officers as they work their beats. The Wall Street Journal reports that after the show was nixed on June 10,... More »

His Viral TikTok Video Was Maybe Not the Best Idea

William Reeves Durga arrested in Georgia after taunting cops

(Newser) - A Georgia man wanted for his alleged role in a drug operation taunted police officers on TikTok with the message "come and get me b----." His arrest came swiftly thereafter. LaGrange Police had asked for the public's help in locating 21-year-old William Reeves Durga on July 2... More »

Protest in Chicago Park Leaves 18 Cops Injured

Demonstrators tried to yank down statue of Christopher Columbus in Grant Park

(Newser) - At least 18 police officers in Chicago were hurt Friday during a clash with 1,000 or so protesters who converged upon a park and tried to yank down a statue of Christopher Columbus. The officers had been at an earlier rally in support of Black and Indigenous people "... More »

Sheriff: Cop Pointing Gun at Unarmed Man's Head 'Despicable'

Former Sgt. Janak Amin has been fired, arrested; colleagues reported incident in Tampa

(Newser) - A former 21-year veteran of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office in Florida is now facing charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after being accused by his colleagues of pointing a gun at the head of an unresisting Black man already in custody. The Tampa Bay Times reports... More »

2 Texas Cops Killed in Shootout

McAllen officers were responding to domestic disturbance; suspect shot himself

(Newser) - Two police officers were shot and killed Saturday by a suspect who later fatally shot himself in a South Texas border town after responding to a domestic disturbance call, authorities said. McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez identified the slain officers as Edelmiro Garza, 45, and Ismael Chavez, 39. Garza... More »

Cop Suspended for 'Unfathomable' Post on Dead Protester

'All Lives Splatter' post has Mike Brown in hot water after Summer Taylor's death in Seattle

(Newser) - A cousin of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee who's been a cop for 40 years has been suspended over inflammatory online posts following the death of a protester in Seattle. Summer Taylor, 24, was hit by a car on a closed freeway Saturday and later died ; Mike Brown, a King... More »

2 Cops Charged With Murder in Oklahoma

Investigators say Jared Lakey was tased more than 50 times

(Newser) - Two Oklahoma police officers are charged with second-degree murder after allegedly using a Taser on a man more than 50 times. Jared Lakey, 28, died on July 6, 2019, two days after he confronted officers Joshua Taylor and Brandon Dingman in Wilson, per the Frontier . Taylor had responded to a... More »

Police Move In to Seattle Protest Zone

Early Wednesday clear-out followed mayor's executive order, ended in 2 dozen arrests

(Newser) - A week after officials announced plans to retake an occupied protest zone in Seattle, police have moved in. The FBI assisted officers from Seattle and Bellevue in clearing out the area encompassing several blocks in the city's Capitol Hill section, widely known as the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest, early... More »

2 Black Kids Played in a Hotel Pool. The Cops Were Called

Employee at NC Hampton Inn fired after summoning police regarding 'trespassing' guests

(Newser) - An employee at a Hampton Inn in North Carolina has been fired after calling the cops on Black guests who were using the pool. Two police officers responded to a trespassing complaint at the Williamston location on Friday after the employee, an unidentified white woman, reported finding two children unattended... More »

Cops Allegedly Posed at Elijah McClain Memorial

They reportedly re-enacted fatal chokehold, and all are under investigation

(Newser) - Three police officers are under investigation in Aurora, Colorado, after they were photographed near the site of Elijah McClain's fatal encounter with police , reports CBS Denver . Reporter Brian Maass says the photos show officers reenacting the chokehold used on the 23-year-old. The site where he died is now a... More »

He Went to Get an Iced Tea. His Death Spurred an Outcry

Colo. governor says his office will take closer look at 2019 death of Elijah McClain

(Newser) - Last August, a 23-year-old unarmed black man died after an incident involving the police in Aurora, Colo. Now, Gov. Jared Polis says his office will examine how the state can assist in the investigation into Elijah McClain's death amid renewed public interest in the case, per the Denver Post... More »

Cop Involved in Breonna Taylor Shooting to Be Fired

'Shock to the conscience,' Louisville police chief says of Brett Hankison's conduct in fatal March shooting

(Newser) - One of the police officers in Louisville, Ky., involved in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor is getting the boot from his job. The Courier Journal reports that termination proceedings have begun against Brett Hankison, one of three cops to fire into the 26-year-old EMT's apartment on March 13... More »

Guy Fined for Farting 'With Full Intent' at Police

'Our colleagues don't like to be farted at so much'

(Newser) - A man in Vienna has been fined $565 for breaking wind loudly in front of police—a move that the Austrian capital's police force was at pains to defend on Tuesday. The Oesterreich newspaper reported that the fine stemmed from an incident on June 5 and that the offender... More »

Report: If Convicted, Chauvin Still Stands to Collect Pension

CNN reports he could receive $1.5M in benefits over 30 years

(Newser) - Derek Chauvin, the Minnesota police officer charged with killing George Floyd, stands to receive a pension whose value could end up topping $1 million—even if convicted. That's according to CNN , which reports Minnesota does not have a law ordering the forfeiture of pensions for employees convicted of felonies... More »

Officers' Personal Data Is Showing Up Online

Homeland Security warns leaks could put police at risk

(Newser) - Personal information of police officers nationwide is being leaked online amid tense interactions at demonstrations across the US over the police custody death of George Floyd and others, according to an unclassified intelligence document from the Department of Homeland Security, obtained by the AP . The document warns that the effort,... More »

Shop Ends Cop Discount, Sells Out of Doughnuts

'We're fed up' with injustice, RI shop said

(Newser) - Allie's Donuts has allied itself with Black Lives Matter activists calling for police reforms. The doughnut shop in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, declared on Instagram Saturday that it was ending discounts for police officers and members of the military, Fox13 reports. The owner said the move was sparked by... More »

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