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April 20, 2015
Sheriff: Okla. reserve cop's training record wasn't falsified

Sheriff: Okla. reserve cop's training record wasn't falsified

Sheriff also said the FBI had determined Robert Bates didn't violate suspect's civil rights - Full Story
April 20, 2015
Protests, investigation after Md. man dies in custody

Protests, investigation after Md. man dies in custody

25-year-old man died one week after he was rushed to the hospital with spinal injuries following an encounter with Baltimore officers - Full Story
April 19, 2015
Video: Ohio cop refuses to shoot murder suspect charging at him

Video: Ohio cop refuses to shoot murder suspect charging at him

An Ohio police officer is being praised for holding his fire even as a slaying suspect charged him, saying repeatedly, "shoot me" - Full Story
April 19, 2015

Okla. reserve deputy's attorneys release training records

Some of the records seem to indicate reserve cop was proficient in firearms and dozens of other training courses - Full Story
April 17, 2015

Officials investigate after Md. man dies in custody

Witnesses said the officers acted professionally in taking down the man Thursday night as he cursed at police - Full Story
April 17, 2015

Video: Okla. reserve deputy disputes claim he lacked training

Said in interview that characterizations of him as a wealthy donor who paid to join the force are "unbelievably unfair" - Full Story
April 16, 2015

Video: Okla. police fatally shoot armed mentally ill man

Deputy police chief called shooting a "tragic incident" - Full Story
April 16, 2015

Ill. cop, suspect shot as officers serve warrant

Seizure of a personal computer on a quiet Edwardsville street turned into a struggle that left an officer with a gunshot wound to his hand - Full Story
April 16, 2015

Tulsa County to audit reserve deputy program after OIS

Tulsa County employs about 130 reservists, who are given less training than regular deputies - Full Story
April 16, 2015
Calif. cops shoot woman who rammed undercover car

Calif. cops shoot woman who rammed undercover car

The driver drove on the sidewalk, hit several parked cars and rammed the unmarked police car - Full Story



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