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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 15, 2015
NM suspect killed in shootout stole armor, gun from deputy's home

NM suspect killed in shootout stole armor, gun from deputy's home

Suspect broke into a deputy's home on Monday morning and stole the vest and three firearms - Full Story
January 14, 2015

Calif. officer run down with his own patrol car

Officer is hospitalized with serious injuries after being run down Tuesday night by a possible burglary suspect - Full Story
January 14, 2015
NM suspect killed by police wore body armor

NM suspect killed by police wore body armor

Tuesday's shooting marks the department's third this year - Full Story
January 13, 2015
Ill. officer stands trial in fatal beanbag shooting of armed man

Ill. officer stands trial in fatal beanbag shooting of armed man

Officer's attorney argued that officer did what he was trained to do to subdue a dangerous suspect who was coming at him with a knife - Full Story
January 13, 2015
Report: Ex-cop fired over 100 rounds at police in SD standoff

Report: Ex-cop fired over 100 rounds at police in SD standoff

City mayor called standoff with man who planned to kill cops among 'most intense' in U.S. - Full Story
January 12, 2015
Albuquerque officer remains critical after blue-on-blue

Albuquerque officer remains critical after blue-on-blue

Officer remains in critical condition after undergoing a third surgery - Full Story
January 12, 2015

Lawyer: 'Nothing unreasonable' about ECD use on 76-year-old

Former Officer Nathanial Robinson plans to appeal his firing after being terminated last week over his use of force in the incident - Full Story
January 12, 2015

2 NM officers charged with murder in deadly standoff

Officers fatally shot James Boyd, who was holding two knives, during an hourslong standoff in March - Full Story
January 11, 2015

Video: Utah man fatally shot after attacking cop, dozens protest shooting

Officer shot and killed suspect after he began hitting the officer with a shovel - Full Story



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