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Tenn. cop responding to call shocked by marriage proposal

The officer didn’t expect what she found waiting for her.


Video: Va. sheriff uses controversial tactic during interrogation

The sheriff defended his use of a racial slur as an interrogation technique - Full Story


Butt dials: 30 percent of 911 calls in San Francisco

A research study by Google found a growth in emergency call rates but a decrease in dispatches - Full Story


Mass. officer absolved in New Year's Day vehicle death of student

Authorities said the student was struck by the officer's SUV as he lay on an unlit road at 4 a.m. - Full Story


5 phases of the active shooter: A tactical reload Lt. Dan Marcou - Blue Knights

5 phases of the active shooter: A tactical reload

After the tragedy in Oregon, we must redouble our efforts to energize and educate the public on how they can prevent these shootings by watching for certain common behaviors these killers exhibit - Full Story


Chicago police chief takes tough questions after complaints

Chicago police chief takes tough questions after complaints

Complaints cited a lack of responsiveness, persistent crime and low numbers of minorities employed at the department - Full Story


Drunk Conn. college student arrested after denied mac and cheese

A University of Connecticut student has gotten into a confrontation with a campus food court manager who wouldn't let him buy macaroni and cheese with bacon and jalapeno peppers and has been arrested.


5-year-old son of Tenn. officer killed in crash gives eulogy

Five-year-old son of Rosemary Vela, 24, who died in car crash, says goodbye to his mother at moving funeral.


Drunk Wis. driver crashes car, asks cop if she's in trouble

A drunk driver crashed into a house and asked the officer if she was in trouble as she was escorted to the cruiser.

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