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January 20, 2015

Officer injured, 19 arrested in Seattle protest

An officer suffered a sprain during what police described as a 'use of force incident' - Full Story
January 15, 2015
Officer-involved shootings prompt array of bills in state legislatures

Officer-involved shootings prompt array of bills in state legislatures

Lawmakers are moving quickly with scores of bills ranging from increasing police training to putting tighter limits on using deadly force - Full Story
January 14, 2015

Violent crime up in LA, officials outline plans to combat it

Mayor Eric Garcetti said he was disappointed to report the increase, but emphasized that the city's level of violence remained at historically low levels - Full Story
January 13, 2015
How can de Blasio heal the rift with the NYPD?

How can de Blasio heal the rift with the NYPD?

As Mayor Bill de Blasio plots his next move to end a crisis that has led to an NYPD work slowdown, his advisers have made it clear: he won't apologize - Full Story
January 12, 2015
NYPD: Signs of more arrests after suspected slowdown

NYPD: Signs of more arrests after suspected slowdown

NYPD statistics show arrests were up in the past week after plummeting in the weeks following the fatal ambush of two patrolmen in December - Full Story
January 12, 2015

Supreme Court won't hear dispute over DUI blood tests

Court won't hear an appeal from Colorado officials who want to make it easier for authorities to take blood samples from suspected drunk drivers without their permission or a warrant - Full Story
January 11, 2015
200 brave Philly cold in rally for police

200 brave Philly cold in rally for police

About 200 people braved temperatures below freezing to attend a rally near Independence Hall in support of local law enforcement officers - Full Story
January 10, 2015

Baltimore police: Patrol shift changes to revolutionize crime fight

City patrol officers will no longer work five eight-hour days, but four ten-hour days on one of four daily shifts - Full Story
January 06, 2015
Arrest stats point to NYPD slowdown

Arrest stats point to NYPD slowdown

Statistics show a steep decline in the number of arrests across all five boroughs in the two weeks since two officers were shot dead - Full Story
January 06, 2015
NYC mayor: Officers were disrespectful to turn backs

NYC mayor: Officers were disrespectful to turn backs

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday condemned the thousands of cops who turned their backs to him during a pair of funerals for slain police officers - Full Story



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