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April 22, 2015
Training expert: Okla. police laws need changes

Training expert: Okla. police laws need changes

Steve Emmons is working with lawmakers to require more training after reserve cop said he mistook his handgun for a stun gun in a fatal OIS - Full Story
April 22, 2015
Over 1K protesters take to Baltimore streets after in-custody death

Over 1K protesters take to Baltimore streets after in-custody death

Tuesday's demonstration marked the beginning of a week of protests and rallies planned across the city - Full Story
April 22, 2015

Video: Marshals reviewing footage of deputy grabbing, smashing woman's phone

Woman on the sidewalk appears to be filming officers with her cellphone when a deputy U.S. Marshal approaches her - Full Story
April 21, 2015
Low-level Chicago drug offenders to get treatment, not jail

Low-level Chicago drug offenders to get treatment, not jail

Cook County will no longer prosecute most misdemeanor marijuana possession cases and will steer many nonviolent felony drug cases to treatment - Full Story
April 21, 2015

Mo. PD losing cops at increasing rate

St. Louis County police officers are quitting the force in what may be unprecedented numbers, leaving commanders scrambling to fill vacancies - Full Story
April 21, 2015
DOJ opens Baltimore police probe; hundreds protest

DOJ opens Baltimore police probe; hundreds protest

Said Tuesday it has opened a civil rights investigation into in-custody death of Freddie Gray - Full Story
April 21, 2015

Justices: Traffic stop cannot be extended to bring in K-9

Supreme Court said police may not extend a traffic stop to seek evidence of crimes unrelated to the offense that prompted initial stop - Full Story
April 20, 2015

St. Louis board votes to create civilian police oversight panel

Seven-person St. Louis Civilian Oversight Board, which will make recommendations but cannot discipline officers - Full Story
April 19, 2015

Denver police issue dozens of citations at pot events

"We'd prefer not to be buzzkills this 4/20 weekend. Consume responsibly, and designate a sober driver now" - Full Story
April 17, 2015

Colo. law enforcement switches message to safe pot use

The revised campaign starts this weekend, when tens of thousands are expected at public rallies and concerts in observation of 4/20 - Full Story



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