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Prosecutors to announce results of criminal probe in Bay Area police sex scandal
A months-long investigation of a scandal that rocked the Oakland Police Department will come to a head Friday when the Alameda County district attorney's office is expected to announce whether criminal charges will be filed in connection with claims that officers had sex with a self-described teenage...
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Brooklyn man who said he was beaten by police admits to lying
A Brooklyn man who accused four NYPD cops of beating him KO'd his lawsuit when he admitted that he lied under oath.
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Police union encourages officers to work 49ers games
A police union says it is again encouraging its officers to work at San Francisco 49ers home games despite statements about police by quarterback Colin Kaepernick. But the union emphasizes ...
-1 points by Las Vegas Sun | San Francisco 49ers United States Police brutality Police Finland California The Star-Spangled Banner Police officer
Third of police shootings started with foot chases, Tribune analysis finds
Levail Smith had just cracked open a can of beer outside a Rogers Park laundromat on the Fourth of July two years ago when a Chicago police tactical officer pulled over his unmarked car and approached him. Smith, a 45-year-old ex-Marine with a history of mental problems, walked away briskly, ignoring...
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Santa Clara police union urges officers to work at 49ers game, despite 'concerns' over Kaepernick's comments
The union representing rank-and-file members of the Santa Clara Police Department recommended Thursday that officers continue to voluntarily work at San Francisco 49ers home games. In a letter addressed to Santa Clara Mayor Lisa Gillmor and released publicly, the union’s board of directors said...
1122 points by Los Angeles Times | San Francisco 49ers Police Constable Police brutality Sheriff The Star-Spangled Banner St. Louis Rams United States
4 Oakland police officers fired after underage sex scandal
The investigation of Oakland’s Police Department is winding down as a dozen officers face repercussions for having sexual contact with a teenage sex worker. Four will be terminated, seven suspended without pay and one will undergo counseling. Read Full Article at RT.com
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One Chicago cop charged, another cleared in alleged brutality cases caught on video
Chicago police were breaking up a loud West Side block party in July 2014 when cellphone video captured Officer Brett Kahn walking up to a partygoer and slamming him in the head while holding a collapsible metal baton. One year later, in the city's Brighton Park neighborhood, police dashboard-camera...
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Pros, cons of stun gun use by DPD debated
Detroit police are considering equipping officers with electronic stun guns        
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Pros, cons of stun gun use by Detroit cops debated
Detroit police are considering equipping officers with electronic stun guns        
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Broncos LB, ex-Cimarron-Memorial standout Brandon Marshall takes a knee during national anthem
Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall, a college teammate of Colin Kaepernick, took to a knee during the playing of the national anthem before Denver’s season opener against Carolina.
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Calif. police pummel wild man during arrest in CVS
Dramatic cell phone video captured the wildly violent arrest of a southern California man who allegedly caused a disturbance inside a CVS.
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Detroit considering stun guns for police officers
DETROIT (AP) - An 11-member board that has some oversight of the Detroit police department is seeking public opinion on arming officers with stun guns. Chief James Craig supports the use of Tasers, saying they're a tool that an officer can use instead of deadly force. He's familiar with them ...
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Embattled Lt. Glenn Evans gets support in lawsuit against CPD
Community activists from some crime-plagued neighborhoods showed up at the church to support Lt. Glenn Evans in a federal lawsuit against the city.
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Cleveland police's proposed use-of-force policy designed to address past issues
A proposed use-of-force policy the Cleveland police monitoring team put forth on Thursday is designed to be a stepping stone on which all other departmental reforms can be built, the head monitor said. Watch video CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A proposed use-of-force policy the Cleveland police monitoring team put forth on Thursday is designed to be a stepping stone on which all other departmental reforms can be built, the head monitor said. Matthew Barge said the proposed policy, mandated in a settlement the city entered into with the U.S. Justice Department, is designed to be more streamlined, after receiving complaints from officers that the old one was wonky and unclear. Barge said the policy would be "a road map to a different organization and a new approach to force." The proposed policy was made public following input from the Justice Department, the city and other stakeholders. The monitoring team is seeking public input on the policy. A final version will go before Chief U.S. District Judge Solomon Oliver Jr. for approval. Barge said the team would accept suggestions for at least a few weeks, and that the monitoring team will hold community forums on the city's east and west sides. (To provide feedback, visit the monitoring team's website.) The city's policy must be changed because the Justice Department said Cleveland officers too often use force. Under a plan approved by the judge, it must be approved and in place, complete with additional training for officers, by the end of the year. Barge said that not everything included in the proposed policy can be tied to specific instances in Cleveland police history. Some are, while others are tied to issues that happened in other parts of the country. Here are a few key portions of the proposed use-of-force policies, and why they were included. Reasonable and proportional force The proposed new policy says, like the current one, that officers can use force when it is "objectionably reasonable" -- a legal standard that means an average officer would have made the same decision. This takes into account the fact that officers often have to make split-second decisions. They must also take into account the totality of the circumstances. The proposed policy says the officer can use force "only as necessary, meaning only when no reasonably effective alternative to the use of force appears to exist." If an officer must use force, it can only be enough to fulfill a lawful duty, such as subduing a violent suspect. Barge said it was designed to have a clear set of guidelines that officers should be thinking through before he or she uses force. The policy clarification was necessary because of a myriad of instances where officers used force against a suspect, even when the suspect was not resisting or violent. The Justice Department cited multiple cases as examples for such a policy change. Most notable was the 22-mile police chase in November 2012 that ended in police firing 137 shots and killing Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams. The shots were fired as a result of the car backfiring, as Russell and Williams did not have a weapon. De-escalation techniques Under the proposed policy, officers must take every step possible to de-escalate situations before resorting to force. This can be as small of a task to moving to escape danger and doing their best to "slow down the situation so that more time, options and resources for the incident to be resolved." They should also question whether the reason a person isn't complying with an officer's orders because of a medical condition, mental illness, a language barrier or drug use. If a person is experiencing a mental health crisis, a specialized officer should be called to the scene. Don'ts The proposed policy also has a page-long section of what officers are prohibited to do when using force. These include: * Using force to subdue subjects who are not suspected of any criminal conduct, other than to ensure the safety of an officer or other person. * Use force in retaliation. * Use force against people who yell at officers and are not committing a crime. * Using force against somebody exercising their First Amendment rights. * Use neck holds. * Fire warning shots. The proposed policy acknowledges that there are "rare and exceptional circumstances" that may lead to use of force in these situations. Medical attention Under the proposed policy, officers must provide medical care to anybody injured after he or she used force. The current policy only requires officers to request a supervisor go to the scene and call for medical assistance if someone appeared to be or said they were injured. This policy change is likely necessary for several instances, including the case of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. Officer Timothy Loehmann shot Tamir in November 2014. After Loehmann shot Rice, Loehmann and his partner Frank Garmback stood around, presumably waiting until an ambulance arrived. An FBI agent who heard about the shooting over a scanner arrived soon after and gave the boy help. Duty to intervene Under the new provisions, officers would be required to intervene and stop use of force abuses carried out by their fellow officers. A sense of loyalty among officers is believed to have caused some internal and criminal investigations into officer conduct to implode.  This includes the case of Edward Henderson, whom police officer kicked on Jan. 1, 2011 as he lay on the ground, subdued following a car chase on the Detroit Shoreway. Four officers were charged in state court but their charges were dropped when federal prosecutors picked up the case. The investigation stalled after federal authorities were unable to identify the officers shown on the video. None of the officers involved in Henderson's arrest filed reports that indicated they used force. Henderson was convicted of felonious assault of a peace officer, after police said he tried to run an officer over at the beginning of the chase. He served three years in prison. The city agreed to pay Henderson $600,000 to settle an excessive force lawsuit.  Barge said it is going to take a long time to have this type of duty baked into the police culture, but that it is an important. If you would like to comment on this story, please visit Thursday's crime and courts comments section.
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Embattled Chicago cop: 'These are families, and I'm here to protect them'
With his career on the line, embattled former Chicago Police Cmdr. Glenn Evans took his case to the public on Thursday, saying he can no longer quietly allow the agency that investigates the most series police misconduct allegations, among others, to "malign" him. Surrounded by supporters at a...
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Atlantic City police officer shot during robbery improving
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - An Atlantic City police officer shot while responding to a robbery is improving at a hospital. Atlantic City police said Thursday that Officer Joshlee Vadell is sitting up and talking after having a ventilator removed. He is listed in stable condition. Prosecutors say the nine-year ...
1 points by The Washington Times | Police New Jersey Constable Legal professions Police officer Police brutality Crime London
The party may soon be over for party buses full of rowdy patrons
An incident between passengers on two party buses has prompted Ald. Brendan Reilly, to draft an ordinance to make operators crack down on such antics.
211 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Police Police brutality Constable Bus
Prosecutor: No charges against Chicago police in man's death
CHICAGO (AP) - Prosecutors won't charge Chicago police officers in connection with the death in custody of a 24-year-old burglary suspect whose arrest was captured by dash-cam video. State's Attorney Anita Alvarez says prosecutors can't "prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the officers used excessive force" in arresting Heriberto Godinez ...
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Man believed to be first arrested under 'Blue Lives Matter' law
Raul Delatoba faces charges of damaging property and disturbing the peace as well as a hate crime charge.
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No charges against Chicago police in death of handcuffed suspect
Cook County prosecutors have decided not to pursue criminal charges against Chicago police officers in the death last summer of a handcuffed man during an arrest that was caught on police dashboard camera video. In making the announcement, State's Attorney Anita Alvarez said prosecutors would not...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Police Police brutality Chicago Police Department Criminal law Pathology Illinois Death Jury
No criminal charges in case of man who died in police custody
Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez will not file criminal charges in the case of Heriberto Godinez, who died in police custody in 2015.
65 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Police Police brutality Arrest Cook County Illinois Criminal law Chicago Police Department Police officer Ethanol
Chicago cop charged with baton hitting caught on video
Cook County prosecutors have charged a Chicago police officer with aggravated battery more than two years after he was captured on video striking a man with his service baton at a West Side block party. Brett Kahn, 31, an officer since 2012, turned himself in Thursday morning to an investigator...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Battery Crime Police Police brutality Criminal law Arrest Chicago Police Department Cook County Illinois
Las Vegas Girl Scouts deliver cookies, goodwill to Metro police officers
The Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada are working to make the world a better place, one cookie at a time. Last month, the group donated several hundred cases of its famous cookies to an organization it knew worked toward the same goal — the Metropolitan Police Department.
9 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Police Constable Sheriff Las Vegas metropolitan area Police officer Nevada Police brutality Uniform
Chicago police expanding use of gunshot detection, cameras
CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Police Department is expanding the use of a gunshot detection system and surveillance cameras in areas of the city that are dealing with high rates of gun violence. Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson says in a statement the expanded ShotSpotter system and crime cameras will ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Police Chicago Police Department City Police brutality Crime Surveillance Dennis Farina Crime prevention
Top cop after violent holiday weekend: 'It's not a police issue, it's a society issue'
After another violent holiday weekend, Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Tuesday his department is doing all it can to combat violence rooted in "impoverished neighborhoods" where "people without hope do these kinds of things.""It's not a police issue, it's a society issue," Johnson...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Police Labor Day Workweek Sunday Weekend Chicago Police Department Police brutality Chicago
How change came to Ferguson, Mo., and a community 'willing to answer the call'
“The reason Ferguson happened the way it happened had a lot to do with people not being a part of the process,” said Ferguson Police Chief Delrish Moss, who was sworn in earlier this year.
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Detroit police revisit arming officers with Tasers
Chief supports them as a way to avoid using deadly force; others say there’s still risk of death when deployed        
-1 points by The Detroit News | Police Constable Deadly force Police officer Police brutality Taser Law enforcement agency Law enforcement agency powers
4 cops fired in wake of sex scandal
Four police officers in Oakland, California, have been fired for involvement in a department-wide sex scandal, Mayor Libby Schaaf said in a press conference Wednesday.
1885 points by CNN | Police Constable Sheriff Sexual intercourse Rape Alameda County California Police brutality Sexual assault
Chicago Police to expand use of ShotSpotter gunshot sensors
The CPD plans to put more gunfire-location sensors in two high-crime districts to combat the extraordinary violence gripping those parts of the city.
524 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Police Chicago Police Department Police brutality Surveillance London Constable Sheriff Detective
The solution to J’Ouvert violence is to let police do their job
New York has overcome similar violence problems in the past, but in those days police were allowed to be police.
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Burke urges CPD to make QuickClot Combat Gauze standard issue
The alderman urged the CPD to make the QuickClot Combat Gauze that costs roughly $47 a roll and $120 for the First-Aid kit standard issue.
60 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Police Police brutality Bleeding Chicago Police Department Ballistic trauma Wound Military Rahm Emanuel
Ferguson activist found shot dead in burning car
Missouri detectives have not determined a motive or identified any witnesses in an investigation into the death of a man who led protests in the city of Ferguson following the fatal 2014 shooting of Michael Brown by a law enforcement officer, police said on Wednesday. Protest leader Darren Seals, 29, was found shot inside a...
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Louisiana cop found guilty of killing 6-year-old autistic boy
Tears rolled down the cop's cheeks as a prosecutor showed pictures of his young victim.
-1 points by Daily News | Police Jury Police brutality Constable Prosecutor Crime Murder Manslaughter
Louisiana officer convicted of manslaughter in boy's death
MARKSVILLE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana law enforcement officer was convicted Friday on a lesser charge of manslaughter in a shooting that killed a 6-year-old autistic boy, a gruesome encounter captured on tape by another officer's body camera.
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Cop convicted of manslaughter in shooting of 6-year-old autistic boy
MARKSVILLE, La. — A Louisiana law enforcement officer was convicted Friday on a lesser charge of manslaughter in a shooting that killed a 6-year-old autistic boy, a gruesome encounter captured on tape by another officer’s body camera. Jurors found Derrick Stafford guilty of manslaughter and attempted manslaughter charges, multiple news outlets reported. He had faced...
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Most police stops OK, but minorities face more patdowns — report
Long-awaited report finds 90% of Chicago police 'investigatory stops' are justified, but minorities are more likely to face 'bad stops' and patdowns.
-1 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Police Police brutality Magistrate Chicago Police Department United States magistrate judge Judge American Civil Liberties Union Stop consonant
2 more arrested in London, 1 more dies as police piece together attack
UK police are combing through “massive amounts of computer data” and more than 2,500 items seized in searches across the country as they look for clues about why a British-born man became radicalized and launched a deadly attack on Parliament
-1 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Constable London Police Birmingham Police officer Terrorism Police brutality Palace of Westminster
Police release image of London attacker
Police across the UK have raided addresses associated with Wednesday's terrorist attack in central London, which left four people dead and dozens injured.
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Review of Minnesota police department includes traffic stops
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A federal assessment of the Minnesota police department involved in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile will include a look at traffic stops. The Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services has outlined the goals and objectives for its assessment of the St. Anthony Police ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Police Constable Law enforcement Community policing United States Department of Justice Police officer Police brutality London
Chicago cop who killed Laquan McDonald gets 16 new charges – 1 for every bullet fired
A grand jury has levied 16 new counts of aggravated battery with a firearm to the murder charges against Chicago Police Department Officer Jason Van Dyke, who is accused of fatally shooting Laquan McDonald in October 2014. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Protesters in Baton Rouge police killing claim history of 'racist law enforcement' – lawsuit
The aggressive mass arrest of protesters who took the streets of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to demand accountability for the police killing of Alton Sterling in July 2016 were part of a history of racist actions by the city's police, a new lawsuit says. Read Full Article at RT.com
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PHA residents become PHA cops amid 41% drop in Philly public housing crime

-1 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Police Constable Police officer Police brutality Law enforcement Crime Security Community policing
4 found dead in Sacramento; 1 arrested in San Francisco
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Police detained a suspect in San Francisco just hours after finding four bodies, including two children, in a home 80 miles away in Sacramento.
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Inmate death points to longstanding racial injustices: Column
As protections for officers increase, incidents that point to police brutality fall through cracks         
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Detroit police shooting suspect due in court
Raymond Durham, accused of wounding two Detroit police officers last week, is scheduled for a probable cause conference        
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CPD detective sues city for alleged Whistleblower Act violation
A Chicago Police officer is suing the city of Chicago for allegedly violating the Illinois Whistleblower act.
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Defense attorneys win access to internal affairs complaints against Baltimore police officer
Attorneys for a group of defendants arrested by a Baltimore police sergeant can view the internal affairs files for more than 30 complaints against him and use them to challenge his credibility, a city judge has ruled.Sgt. Joseph Donato's record includes excessive-force and false-arrest complaints...
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Westminster attack: Vigil held in Trafalgar Square
Mourners fill Trafalgar Square after police identify British man who killed four people near parliament.
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Investigator who leaked chokehold officer's records resigns
NEW YORK (AP) - A police watchdog agency investigator who leaked the disciplinary record of a white police officer involved in the chokehold death of unarmed black man Eric Garner resigned on Thursday. The investigator, who was not publicly identified, worked for the Civilian Complaint Review Board for less than ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Police brutality
Van Dyke indicted on 16 added counts for each shot to Laquan McDonald
A new indictment unsealed Thursday in the murder case against Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke added 16 counts of aggravated battery — one for each time the officer shot Laquan McDonald in 2014. In the indictment returned March 16 by a new grand jury, Van Dyke is still charged with six counts...
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