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July 02, 2014

7 extradited to US for DEA slaying in Colombia

Department of Justice says seven Colombians have been extradited to the United States to face charges related to the 2013 stabbing death of a U.S. drug agent - Full Story
July 01, 2014

SWAT officer diagnosed with cancer sues after termination

The former SWAT team member thought his potentially deadly cancer was the worst of his problems — until he got a termination letter - Full Story
July 01, 2014
Conviction in NYC 'cannibal cop' case overturned

Conviction in NYC 'cannibal cop' case overturned

Judge overturned officer's conviction of plotting to kidnap, kill and eat young women - Full Story
July 01, 2014

Court: Teen in Mexico shot by US agent had rights

A federal appeals court ruled Monday that a Mexican teenager killed by a Border Patrol agent was protected by the U.S. Constitution, even though he was on Mexican soil - Full Story
June 30, 2014
Transgender officer fired in Conn.

Transgender officer fired in Conn.

When Francesca Quaranta told her fellow police officers in 2012 that she was transgender, she said it began a long and harsh career decline that included discrimination and harassment - Full Story
June 28, 2014

NM police sued over fatal camper shooting

Lawsuit filed Friday says the more than 40 officers dispatched to handle James Boyd had "no meaningful control" of the standoff - Full Story
June 28, 2014
Defense attorney fatally shot outside office in Ky.

Defense attorney fatally shot outside office in Ky.

On Friday, man waited for lawyer to arrive at his office and shot him at least four times, killing him in front of several witnesses and at least one police officer - Full Story
June 28, 2014

Facebook gave data on 381 in police disabilities fraud case

The warrants aimed to gather evidence against police and fire retirees allegedly coached to claim they were too psychologically devastated to work - Full Story
June 26, 2014
Police ready new procedures after court's cellphone search ruling

Police ready new procedures after court's cellphone search ruling

Officers are being briefed during roll calls, new procedures are in place, and prosecutors are considering the effect on potentially thousands of pending court cases - Full Story
June 26, 2014

NJ gov. signs bill capping police, fire raises

The cap prevents police or fire unions that settle contract disputes in arbitration from winning raises of more than 2 percent - Full Story



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