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Ex-Police Officer Arrested for 'Disheartening' Crimes

Zachary Wester, former Fla. sheriff's deputy, accused of planting drugs in drivers' cars

(Newser) - For nearly a year, an ex-Florida sheriff's deputy suspected of planting meth and other drugs on drivers has been under the eye of investigators. On Wednesday he was arrested based on their findings. The Tallahassee Democrat reports 26-year-old Zachary Wester, formerly of the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, faces... More »

He Froze While Vegas Shooter Wreaked Havoc. Now, His Fate

Police officer Cordell Hendrex was fired in March, per Vegas police

(Newser) - A veteran Las Vegas cop who froze in the hallway of a casino-hotel as a gunman carried out the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history has been fired from the force, police say. Officer Cordell Hendrex was fired from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department on March 20, a... More »

Couple Threatened by Phoenix Cops: Apologies No Good

Iesha Harper, Dravon Ames want officers involved fired after disturbing video circulates

(Newser) - Iesha Harper and Dravon Ames, a black couple with two young children seen in a video that emerged last week showing cops in Phoenix screaming at them, guns drawn, after an alleged shoplifting incident , have since received apologies from the city's police chief and mayor—but they're not... More »

It Was a Brutal Night for Cops in Memphis

At least 24 hurt in protest over fatal shooting by US Marshals

(Newser) - At least two dozen police officers were hurt Wednesday while trying to fend off protesters in Memphis, where tensions are high following a fatal shooting by US marshals. Police say protesters angered by the death of the man in north Memphis—which reportedly occurred on the lawn of his family... More »

He Used a Snapchat Filter to Get This Pic, Launched a Sting

A California cop was arrested as a result of Ethan's actions

(Newser) - Snapchat's gender-swapping filter has been used to make a viral Evanescence video , alter famous works of art , and reveal Glenn Close's unexpected male celebrity look-alike since it launched in May. Now, a use that's a little more impactful: NBC Bay Area reports a local college student used... More »

After 2 Cop Suicides in 24 Hours, a Call to 'Take Action'

'We have to discuss mental health,' says commissioner

(Newser) - The NYPD was rocked Wednesday as Deputy Chief Steven Silks was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his police vehicle, not far from the precinct station where he worked. Less than 24 hours later, officers' grief was amplified as the body of homicide detective Joseph Calabrese was found... More »

Cop Who Shot Justine Damond Explains His Thinking

'Action is better than reaction,' says Mohamed Noor about fatal shooting of Justine Damond

(Newser) - For nearly two years, the former cop who fatally shot Australian life coach Justine Damond in Minneapolis has stayed mum. That changed Thursday, when Mohamed Noor made his first public remarks on the July 2017 shooting and what led up to it, speaking at his trial in a Hennepin County,... More »

Officer Is First Killed in Agency's 165-Year History

29-year-old had wife, baby daughter

(Newser) - The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office in southwest Washington state is mourning Justin DeRosier, who is believed to be the first deputy killed in the line of duty in the agency's 165-year history. Sheriff Brad Thurman says the 29-year-old deputy was fatally shot Saturday while responding to a report... More »

Cop's Alleged 'Revenge' Plot to Win Back Ex Backfires: Police

David Scott Burroughs is accused of planting heroin, meth in love rival's car

(Newser) - When a law enforcement officer buys drugs, it's typically in a sting operation. North Carolina's David Scott Burroughs allegedly had another motive—and it had nothing to do with getting high. The former Anson County sheriff's deputy is accused of planting heroin and meth in the vehicle... More »

Cops Raid Arizona Home, Take Sick Toddler at 1am

Parents, seeking to regain custody of 3 kids, describe 'a very traumatic experience'

(Newser) - Guns drawn, police officers in tactical gear kicked down the door of the home after 1am and found their target: a 2-year-old boy thought to have a fever. It was "an abuse of power," Arizona Rep. Kelly Townsend tells KNXV of the scene in Chandler last month. The... More »

NYPD Cop Supposedly Killed 20 Years Ago 'Very Much Alive'

Lester Pearson, Vincent Ling's alleged 'killer,' was taken into custody in Florida

(Newser) - On Sunday, the New York Daily News and other outlets posted a story on what surely must've felt like a victory of sorts for the NYPD, and justice for one of their own: the capture of a fugitive who was said to have killed an off-duty cop in the... More »

White Ex-Cop Acquitted in Fatal Shooting of Black Teen

Michael Rosfeld found not guilty in shooting death of 17-year-old Antwon Rose II outside Pittsburgh

(Newser) - A jury on Friday acquitted a white former police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager in the back as he was fleeing a high-stakes traffic stop outside Pittsburgh, a confrontation that was captured on video and led to weeks of unrest. Former East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld... More »

Feds: Vice Squad Cop Forced Women to Have Sex

Ohio's Andrew Mitchell also accused of lying to feds, covering up crimes

(Newser) - A longtime police officer forced women to have sex with him under threat of an arrest, pressured others to help cover up crimes, and lied to federal investigators when he said he'd never had sex with prostitutes, according to charges unveiled Monday. Columbus vice squad officer Andrew Mitchell, 55,... More »

Ex-Cop Accused of Treating Database Like a Dating Service

He contacted more than 150 women, chief says

(Newser) - An ex-cop in Florida is accusing of abusing the Driver and Vehicle Information Database for his own sleazy purposes. Leonel Marines is being investigated by the FBI for allegedly treating the database like a dating website, using it to find and contact women, WBTW. Bradenton Police Chief Melanie Bevan told... More »

He Refused to Go Back to Prison—Until the Pizza Arrived

Florida suspect nabbed after 4-hour standoff

(Newser) - "Never underestimate the power of pizza with flavored crust." That's according to Florida's Pensacola Police Department, whose promise of pizza convinced a suspect to surrender Tuesday, thereby ending a four-hour standoff. Cops responding to a report of a possible battery arrived at a home around 10am... More »

'No Choice': Why Afghans Keep Signing On for Deadly Duty

New York Times: Options are limited in war-torn country

(Newser) - It's a tough choice people face in Afghanistan, where almost constant war has raged on for more than four decades: Keep fighting and sustaining massive casualties, or broker peace with the Taliban to end these mass deaths—and risk putting enemies into power who may then slaughter members of... More »

Drug Raid Ended in 2 Deaths. Now, a Cop Accused of Lying

Gerald Goines will 'more than likely be charged with serious crime' after raid that also hurt 5 cops

(Newser) - More details are emerging after a drug raid in Texas last month that left two people dead and five police officers injured. Undercover narcotics officers had been carrying out a search warrant on Jan. 28 for a Houston house that was reputed to be a drug den when shots rang... More »

NYPD Officer's Alleged 50 Cent Threat: 'Shoot Him on Sight'

Deputy Inspector Emmanuel Gonzalez is being investigated for supposed 'WTF' remark

(Newser) - An apparent beef between 50 Cent and an NYPD precinct commander now has the officer under investigation after an incident that allegedly happened last spring. The New York Daily News reports that on June 7, the rapper was set to appear at an NYPD-sanctioned boxing match in the Bronx, and... More »

Ex-Cop Who Shot Chicago Teen Beaten in Prison: Lawyer

Jason Van Dyke's wife: 'We are all petrified and in fear for Jason's life'

(Newser) - The former police officer who killed Chicago teen Laquan McDonald just started serving time in his almost seven-year sentence, but he's already run into trouble. Jennifer Blagg, one of Jason Van Dyke's defense lawyers, tells USA Today her client was assaulted by other inmates after being moved from... More »

He Allegedly Killed a Fellow Cop. Now, a New Accusation

Nathaniel Hendren was reportedly drinking while on duty, per disciplinary document

(Newser) - Authorities in St. Louis are still trying to get to the bottom of how off-duty police officer Katlyn Alix was shot and killed last week while at the apartment of an on-duty colleague, and now the latter is facing allegations that he, along with his partner who was also on... More »

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