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May 29, 2015

Calif. bills reinstating penalties for some crimes fail

Several of the bills attempted to counter voters' approval of Proposition 47, which reduced a range of felony crimes to misdemeanors - Full Story
May 29, 2015

Ill. house committee approves police body camera measure

Supporters of the bipartisan package say it is designed to help improve relations between police departments and the community - Full Story
May 28, 2015
Civilians get new authority in Cleveland PD settlement

Civilians get new authority in Cleveland PD settlement

Calls for civilians to play influential roles in investigating police misconduct and establishing policies and procedures - Full Story
May 28, 2015
Baltimore gets bloodier as arrests drop post-Freddie Gray

Baltimore gets bloodier as arrests drop post-Freddie Gray

Arrests were already declining before Freddie Gray died on April 19 of injuries he suffered in police custody, but they dropped sharply thereafter - Full Story
May 27, 2015
Community policing at center of Cleveland reform plan

Community policing at center of Cleveland reform plan

Community policing, improved training and policies concerning the use of force are key elements in the 105-page agreement - Full Story
May 26, 2015

Bystander takes down suspect who ran from Va. trooper

Witnesses say a Good Samaritan tackled the suspect, allowing the pursuing trooper to catch up and arrest him - Full Story
May 26, 2015

Baltimore police: Dozens shot, 8 killed in separate shootings

As many as 19 injuries have been reported due to different shootings since Friday - Full Story
May 25, 2015

Baltimore police contract hurts accountability, study says

The contract states that officers cannot be disciplined if prosecutors place them on the "do not call list" — a list of officers who are not called to testify due to credibility issues - Full Story
May 18, 2015
Obama puts stricter controls on military equipment for police

Obama puts stricter controls on military equipment for police

Obama is prohibiting the federal government from providing some equipment to local PDs - Full Story
May 17, 2015
NYC police boss pitches amnesty idea to clear 1.2M warrants

NYC police boss pitches amnesty idea to clear 1.2M warrants

Police Commissioner William Bratton has floated one approach that advocates and others are already supporting: amnesty - Full Story



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