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June 03, 2014
Seattle chief reverses finding on use of force case

Seattle chief reverses finding on use of force case

Interim Chief Harry Bailey has reversed a finding that an officer used excessive force when he stepped on the head of a handcuffed man in 2010 - Full Story
June 02, 2014

Calif. court: Police must ID officers in on-duty shootings

Police agencies must reveal the names of officers involved in on-duty shootings unless there is specific evidence that disclosure would pose a safety threat - Full Story
May 31, 2014
No charges filed in blue-on-blue death of SF transit officer

No charges filed in blue-on-blue death of SF transit officer

Bay Area Rapid Transit Detective Michael Maes shot BART police Sgt. Tom Smith on Jan. 21 as the two searched an apartment - Full Story
May 31, 2014
6 Cleveland police officers charged in fatal '12 pursuit

6 Cleveland police officers charged in fatal '12 pursuit

Prosecutor Tim McGinty argued that the incident escalated when police continued to fire after the threat to public safety was over - Full Story
May 30, 2014
Police: Driver intentionally hit NY trooper, charged with murder

Police: Driver intentionally hit NY trooper, charged with murder

Almond Upton admitted to police that he deliberately swerved his pickup truck from the left passing lane to the right shoulder to hit Trooper Christopher Skinner - Full Story
May 29, 2014

Critics pounce as Chicago mayor offers strict gun store law

Forced by court order to allow long-banned gun stores to open in Chicago, mayor has introduced law that is so strict critics say it is little more than a continuation of the city's longtime ban - Full Story
May 29, 2014
UCSB rampage shows gaps in mental health law

UCSB rampage shows gaps in mental health law

Shootings has tragically exposed the limitations of involuntary-commitment laws that allow authorities to temporarily confine people - Full Story
May 29, 2014

Seattle police file lawsuit, say force policies unconstitutional

Officers have filed a federal civil rights complaint against city and federal officials, saying use-of-force polices restrict their rights to protect themselves - Full Story
May 28, 2014

Video: Conn. police defend cop's scuffle with teen in YouTube clip

Suspect plans to file a lawsuit against the department - Full Story
May 28, 2014

Gun bill would allow police to seize firearms, prevent purchases

Lawmakers reacted to the Santa Barbara shooting by announcing plans Tuesday for a bill to create a "gun violence restraining order" - Full Story



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