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February 18, 2015
Records: Police wanted Guard in Ferguson neighborhood

Records: Police wanted Guard in Ferguson neighborhood

Security planning began long before the grand jury announcement - Full Story
February 18, 2015

Governor apologizes to India for Ala. use of force incident

57-year-old Sureshbhai Patel was hurt in a confrontation with Madison police while visiting relatives - Full Story
February 18, 2015
More PDs choosing restraint over quick action in crowd control

More PDs choosing restraint over quick action in crowd control

Police chiefs in Chicago; Boston; Nashville, Tennessee, and elsewhere have taken a largely hands-off approach to demonstrations - Full Story
February 18, 2015

Agency suggests changes after 'COPS' crewman's death

Called for additional training and safety instructions for crew members of the TV show in response to the shooting death of an audio technician - Full Story
February 17, 2015
Hispanic group calls for federal probe of Wash. OIS

Hispanic group calls for federal probe of Wash. OIS

Chairman Felix Vargas says he supports LE in general, but he believes there's a conflict of interest in the investigation by a local law enforcement team - Full Story
February 17, 2015
Video: Ohio cop kills man who pulled pistol during stop

Video: Ohio cop kills man who pulled pistol during stop

Newly released dash cam captured the deadly 2013 shooting of a suspect who pulled a handgun on an officer after being stopped - Full Story
February 17, 2015

Video: Dash cam turned off during Mo. stop of armed man, suit filed

Police spokeswoman said officer who turned off camera "has been recommended" for discipline, but is appealing - Full Story
February 17, 2015

Calif. cop shoots naked suspect after gun struggle

Officer drew his gun and told the man to surrender, but he attacked the officer, and the officer dropped his weapon - Full Story
February 16, 2015
Prisoner shot by officer during transport at Texas airport

Prisoner shot by officer during transport at Texas airport

A prisoner trying to escape while being transported through Terminal C at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport was shot by the officer who was escorting him - Full Story
February 15, 2015
Hundreds protest fatal police shooting in Wash.

Hundreds protest fatal police shooting in Wash.

Coroner has decided to order an inquest, which would be open to the public, in hopes of calming "some of the fears and outrage of the community" - Full Story



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