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Mo. councilwoman accused of firing cops who arrested son

Police Chief GT Walker believes police officers were fired because they messed with the son of a councilwoman.

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Mo. councilwoman accused of firing cops who arrested son

Police chief believes officers were fired because they messed with the son of a councilwoman - Full Story

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Calif. cops try humor to grab drivers' attention

Drivers are doing double takes as they come upon quirky road signs sprinkled along a major street - Full Story

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NYPD commish wants to raise resisting arrest to a felony charge

Commissioner William Bratton argued that the change would help deter suspects from fighting with officers - Full Story

Exclusives

Why the less-lethal 'Alternative' is bad idea

Why the less-lethal 'Alternative' is bad idea

The Alternative less lethal device — as it’s being envisioned to be deployed — is likely to do no good and might do considerable harm. - Full Story

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For police body cameras, big costs loom in storage

For police body cameras, big costs loom in storage

The storage expenses — running into the millions of dollars in some cities — often go overlooked in the debates over using cameras - Full Story

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Report: NYC's 911 system overhaul delayed, over budget

Report: NYC's 911 system overhaul delayed, over budget

Decade-long, multi-billion dollar effort to overhaul its 911 system is $700 million over budget and years behind schedule - Full Story

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Holder: Use debate on police force to aid relations

Holder: Use debate on police force to aid relations

Attorney General Eric Holder called for the dialogue at a meeting with politicians, law enforcement officials and community leaders in California - Full Story

Columns

Are you forgetting a crucial element in use-of-force training? Terrence P. Dwyer, Esq. - Police Liability and Litigation

Are you forgetting a crucial element in use-of-force training?

Every officer must know the U.S. Supreme Court holding in Graham v. Connor — the standard for police officer use of force is one of “objective reasonableness” — but it is equally important that officers know their specific state statutes concerning use of force - Full Story

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Cleveland police start wearing body cams after controversial OIS

Announcement makes Cleveland the latest city to deploy body cameras as a transparency measure following a controversial shooting in the last year - Full Story



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