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June 18, 2015
Supreme Court allows use of child abuse evidence

Supreme Court allows use of child abuse evidence

Defendants don't have a constitutional right to cross-examine child accusers - Full Story
June 18, 2015

Ohio House approves change in requirements to become cop

Some changes include boosting hour requirements and a high school diploma - Full Story
June 18, 2015
Ex-officer suing Fla. town over racial profiling investigation

Ex-officer suing Fla. town over racial profiling investigation

Included in the lawsuit are the former chief, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and others - Full Story
June 18, 2015
Report: W.Va. has highest drug overdose death rate

Report: W.Va. has highest drug overdose death rate

Police have tried to cut down on the supply of illegal drugs with at least 406 drug-related arrests this year - Full Story
June 18, 2015
Prosecutor says detention of Va. student in viral photo was justified

Prosecutor says detention of Va. student in viral photo was justified

Said the officers could have used much stronger measures to counter "very significant physical resistance" - Full Story
June 18, 2015

Police: Man drives himself to station, asks for DUI arrest

Told police he drank a pint before driving to the station - Full Story
June 17, 2015
Union says Baltimore PD won't hand over riot transmission tapes

Union says Baltimore PD won't hand over riot transmission tapes

Union questioned PD's commitment to reform, while police officials and mayor accused union of misleading the public - Full Story
June 17, 2015
Judge accused of threatening Ky. police is suspended

Judge accused of threatening Ky. police is suspended

Allegedly threatened a "bullet in the head" for the next police officer to pull him over - Full Story
June 17, 2015

Ill. lawmakers OK bill pardoning underage drinkers who call 911

The legislation also grants police officers discretion to determine whether amnesty is appropriate to situation - Full Story
June 17, 2015

Cops: Would-be Good Samaritan helps, then makes things worse

Good Samaritan trying to help a western New York man in distress turned out to be a Bad Samaritan - Full Story



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