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Family of Gunned-Down Protester Reacts to Suspect's Suicide

'Are we supposed to feel bad?' James Scurlock's sister asks after bar owner killed himself

(Newser) - Rather than face a manslaughter charge in the shooting death of Black protester James Scurlock, white Nebraska bar owner Jake Gardner apparently took his own life over the weekend. But while one of Gardner's attorneys called it an "extremely sad day," Scurlock's family doesn't feel... More »

'Tragedy of Epic Proportions' at Upstate NY House Party

2 dead, 14 injured in early Saturday shooting

(Newser) - It's being called "the largest Rochester shooting in memory." Police in the upstate New York city responded to a 911 call early Saturday after reports of a shooting, and what they found was tragic: two young adults killed and 14 wounded at a backyard house party, per... More »

Grand Jury Doesn't Buy White Bar Owner's Claim

Jake Gardner is charged with manslaughter in May 30 shooting death of James Scurlock

(Newser) - A white Nebraska bar owner says he was acting in self-defense when he shot and killed a young Black protester in the spring on the streets of Omaha, claiming the protester had put him in a chokehold. A grand jury, however, felt otherwise. Ex-Marine Jake Gardner, 38, was charged on... More »

New Video Emerges After Man With Bike 'Violation' Killed

LA deputies say Dijon Kizzee was reaching for weapon; attorney, witnesses have different take

(Newser) - Conflicting narratives have emerged in the case of Dijon Kizzee, the 29-year-old Black man shot dead Monday by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies after an incident reportedly involving Kizzee's violation of bicycle codes. USA Today reports that the sheriff's department, via a statement, contends Kizzee tried to... More »

Man Allegedly Broke Bike Rule, Was Shot '20+ Times'

Dijon Kizzee's death at the hands of LA County sheriff's deputies is roiling LA

(Newser) - Dijon Kizzee. That's the name of a 29-year-old Black man fatally shot by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Westmont on Monday. As of early Wednesday, the names of the deputies involved hadn't been released, despite calls from family and activists. "... More »

12-Year-Old's Death Causes an Outcry in Sweden

She was shot to death, an innocent bystander in an apparent gang feud

(Newser) - The Swedish government vowed Tuesday to find the perpetrators of a drive-by shooting that killed a 12-year-old girl in what authorities said appears to be the latest violence from suburban feuds between criminal gangs fighting over territory. "If we don't stop the new recruitment of young people into... More »

Guy Worked at Burger King 3 Days When Shot for Slow Order

Shooting in Orlando, Fla., followed parking lot fight

(Newser) - Desmond Joshua Jr. had just started working at a Florida Burger King when he was shot and killed over a delayed order, according to police. A 37-year-old man is facing murder charges after his girlfriend was caught up in a long line at an Orlando location around 7:30pm Saturday,... 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 »

He Escaped From Custody. Then, a Chase and Gunfire

Ex-deputy Aaron Russell charged with 2nd-degree murder of unarmed man in San Diego

(Newser) - A California sheriff's deputy has been charged with murder after shooting an unarmed man who'd escaped from a park ranger's car. Aaron Russell, 23, was arrested Monday and booked into San Diego County Jail on charges of second-degree murder, which could result in 15 years to life... More »

Cops: 2 Teens Killed After Asking Shooter How Tall He Is

Victims asked suspect about his height in store, were later gunned down, say Chicago police

(Newser) - "I know it doesn't make any sense," says Chicago detective Brendan Deenihan, per KMOV . He's referring to the fatal shooting of two teenagers who asked their suspected shooter how tall he was. Victims Charles Riley, 16, and Jesean Francis, 17, were in a store buying candy... More »

After 7 Killed in Alabama, 2 Suspects Nabbed in Oregon

Cops say Frederic Rogers, John Legg, accused of killing 7, were part of '7 Deadly Sins' club

(Newser) - Two men who allegedly shot seven people to death at an Alabama home earlier this month are now in custody in Oregon. The Marion County Sheriff's Office said the suspects—Frederic Rogers, 22, and John Legg, 19, neither of whom have a criminal record—were detained "without incident"... More »

102 People Were Shot in Chicago Over the Weekend

A 3-year-old boy is among the 14 fatalities

(Newser) - Fourteen people, including five children, were killed as more than 100 people were shot in a wave of gunfire in Chicago over Father's Day weekend—the city's highest number of shooting victims in a single weekend this year, per the AP . Among the victims was a 3-year-old boy,... 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 »

FBI Cracks Phone of Shooter on Base, Finds al-Qaeda Link

Saudi shooter at Pensacola naval base killed 3 Americans

(Newser) - Last year, a Saudi military officer training at a US naval base in Florida shot and killed three American sailors and wounded eight others. Now, federal authorities have finally broken into one or both of his iPhones and discovered a link to al-Qaeda, reports the New York Times . The gunman,... More »

For George Zimmerman's Lawyer, the Tables Have Turned

Mark O'Mara is now repping slain black teen Adrein Green

(Newser) - The attorney who represented George Zimmerman in the fatal 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., now has the opposite case. Mark O'Mara is representing the family of a black teen who was fatally shot before 2am on May 5 as he allegedly attempted to burglarize a vehicle,... More »

2nd Video Appears in Jogger's Shooting Death

As outrage grows, Atlanta's mayor calls Ahmaud Arbery's death a 'lynching'

(Newser) - Atlanta's mayor has stepped into the debate over Ahmaud Arbery's killing—and she isn't holding back. "The rhetoric that we hear coming out of the White House ... I think many who are prone to being racist are given permission to do it in an overt way... More »

Man Killed by Police on Livestream Watched by Family

High-speed chase preceded Wednesday's shooting in Indianapolis

(Newser) - A protest extended late into the night Wednesday in Indianapolis, where a black man was fatally shot by police in an encounter livestreamed on Facebook. A high-speed chase began around 6pm as police said they spotted a vehicle driving 90mph on Interstate 65, nearly hitting other cars and "disobeying... More »

Mom: Video Proves Son Was 'Hunted Down Like an Animal'

A Georgia grand jury will weigh charges in the Feb. 23 death of Ahmaud Arbery

(Newser) - "I am trembling with anger over what I just witnessed," wrote activist Shaun King Tuesday in a tweet that advised readers to "CLICK AWAY" from the video he shared if necessary. "This is the lynching of Ahmaud Arbery," he continued. "It's one of... More »

Mail Carrier Killed After Writing of Feeling 'Seriously Unsafe'

45-year-old Angela Summers was gunned down in Indianapolis while on the job

(Newser) - A 45-year-old mail carrier and mom of a 14-year-old is dead in Indianapolis after being gunned down on the job. The New York Times reports Angela Summers was killed Monday afternoon while delivering mail, and a 21-year-old man has been arrested. One man in the neighborhood where Summers was shot... More »

A Mom's Anguished Cry: 'My Twin Daughters Are Dead'

Joann Hoyt's ex-boyfriend accused of fatally shooting her 15-year-old girls in their Calif. home

(Newser) - Teen twins gunned down this week are being mourned in their California community, and their mother's ex-boyfriend has been arrested and charged in their deaths. Caira and Leah Christopher—15-year-old sophomores at Helix Charter High School in La Mesa, described by a relative as "always smiling and always... More »

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