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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

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Marshals reviewing video 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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Exclusives

Police History: How Trooper Charlie Hanger caught the Oklahoma City bomber

Police History: How Trooper Charlie Hanger caught the Oklahoma City bomber

Thousands who have been left behind with gaping holes in their hearts from the events of April 19, 1995 may take some consolation in knowing that one cop made and incredible impact with one traffic stop. - Full Story

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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



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