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The Suspect Ran Onto the Roof. A Cop Sent Him Flying

Internal affairs says 2 cops flouted departmental policy on the use of force

(Newser) - After a seven-month internal investigation, a Florida police department has found that two of its officers flouted policy on the use of force in pushing a teen suspect off a roof. WKMG reports the 41-page document released Wednesday by the Kissimmee Police Department says officer Plenio Massiah was goaded into... More »

Police Chief: Cop's Move to Call ICE 'Unacceptable'

Virginia officer contacted agency on driver involved in traffic accident

(Newser) - A Virginia police officer who responded to a traffic accident Sept. 21 found that one of the drivers involved lacked a state driver's license. He then looked up the driver, found out they were wanted by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement for not showing up at a deportation hearing,... More »

Authorities: Cops Took Revenge on Man Who Filed Complaint on Them

NJ officers Stephen Martinsen and Thomas Dowling allegedly vandalized man's cars

(Newser) - Ernest Mignoli is known in Asbury Park, NJ, for speaking out about the city and its police department, but when two of his cars were recently vandalized, even he didn't think the perps could've been some of the very people he constantly criticizes. That's why he tells... More »

He Was the Onlooker in This Famous, Jarring Photo

Dallas detective Jim Leavelle dead at 99, was handcuffed to Lee Harvey Oswald

(Newser) - Jim Leavelle would never forget the day—Nov. 24, 1963—that he stood handcuffed to President John F. Kennedy's killer as Lee Harvey Oswald was fatally shot. "I'm reminded of it every day through somebody," the Dallas homicide detective said in an interview some 50 years... More »

2 Kids Dead in Crash Involving Stolen Police SUV

Driver, accused in earlier stabbing, is hospitalized

(Newser) - "I've never seen anybody get Tased and not fall down immediately, let alone fight back with a police officer and take his vehicle." That's exactly what a witness described seeing Monday in Dayton, Ohio, before a crash that killed two children and left 10 others injured,... More »

Judge on Eric Garner Cop: 'Self-Serving,' 'Untruthful'

Court opinion on Daniel Pantaleo says his story on chokehold is 'implausible'

(Newser) - Earlier this month, a judge passed down her recommendation that Daniel Pantaleo—the NYPD cop accused of putting Eric Garner in the chokehold that killed him—be fired. Now the New York Times has gotten its hands on the nearly 50-page court opinion from Judge Rosemarie Maldonado, and she doesn'... More »

He Was House-Hunting With His Wife. He Saw KKK Memorabilia

Michigan cop suspended after potential homebuyer says he spotted Klan application, Confederate flags

(Newser) - A US Army veteran house-hunting with his wife made some distressing finds in one of the Michigan homes they toured, and now a Muskegon cop has been suspended as a result. The Washington Post reports that Rob Mathis, who's black, showed up with his wife, Reyna, at the five-bedroom... More »

2 Fla. Cops Sent In Their DNA. Turns Out They're Brothers

Neither officer had any idea of the other's existence before 23andMe informed them

(Newser) - Two police officers who live and work hours apart in Florida each submitted DNA swabs to 23andMe—and ended up discovering that they're brothers. Sgt. David Stull, 51, with the Orange County Sheriff's Office, sent an email to Eric Reynolds, 49, of the Boynton Beach Police Department explaining... More »

Fire Officer Over Death of Eric Garner, Judge Says

Police commissioner will make the final decision

(Newser) - An administrative judge has recommended firing the New York City police officer accused of using a chokehold in the 2014 death of Eric Garner. The judge's findings in the disciplinary case of officer Daniel Pantaleo were provided Friday to his lawyer and the city agency that acted as a... More »

5 Cops in Trouble Over Stormy Daniels Arrest

Columbus Police say termination is possible

(Newser) - Some vindication for Stormy Daniels. Police officers violated rules of conduct when arresting the porn star at a Columbus, Ohio, strip club in July 2018, according to the Columbus Police Department. It brought departmental charges against five officers on Wednesday, per CNN , but did not publicly specify the violations. Daniels,... More »

Pic of US Teen Accused of Killing Italian Cop Raises Eyebrows

Blindfolding suspects is illegal in Italy, offending officer apparently made a 'mistake' in doing so

(Newser) - On June 19, Italian military officer Mario Cerciello Rega was married in his hometown of Somma Vesuviana. Now, his widow will attend his funeral Monday, at the same church where they were wed, after he was allegedly killed by two American teens, per ABC News . Gabriel Christian Natale Hjorth, 18,... More »

Small Alaskan Villages Hire Cops Who Shouldn't Be Cops

Because they have no choice and the state can't provide oversight, says new investigation

(Newser) - Earlier this year, ProPublica and the Anchorage Daily News reported that one-third of Alaskan communities have no police officer of any kind. That's bad. A follow-up report by the same news outlets, however, might be worse. The investigation found that communities that do have officers are often so desperate... More »

2 Cops Fired Over AOC Facebook Post

One officer said she 'needs a round'

(Newser) - Two Louisiana police officers have been fired over a Facebook post that appeared to threaten Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez —one for posting it, and the other for liking it. Gretna Police Chief Arthur Lawson said Charlie Rispolo and Angelo Varisco were fired for violating the department's social media policy,... More »

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 »

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