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March 25, 2015
Calif. officer shot to death, suspect dead

Calif. officer shot to death, suspect dead

A man threatening to commit suicide unleashed a barrage of gunfire on officers called to check on him, killing a 14-year veteran of the San Jose department - Full Story
March 24, 2015
Pa. cop charged in fatal shooting of driver lying facedown

Pa. cop charged in fatal shooting of driver lying facedown

Attorney says officer acted in self-defense, and he warned the case could cause cops to hesitate in high-pressure situations - Full Story
March 24, 2015

Video: Iowa cop cleared in accidental killing of woman, footage released

No criminal charges will be filed against officer for discharging his weapon during a domestic disturbance - Full Story
March 24, 2015
Ohio cop charged in 137-round shooting wants bench trial

Ohio cop charged in 137-round shooting wants bench trial

Allowing white cop to have judge decide his fate in OIS that killed 2 black suspects would be unfair because it excludes blacks from being jurors, prosecutors argued - Full Story
March 24, 2015

Protesters shut down meeting over fatal SF OIS

Family members calling for investigation into whether plainclothes cops who killed woman had properly ID'd themselves when they approached her car - Full Story
March 24, 2015

Police: Man fatally shot by Calif. cop left apology note

Responding officer exited his patrol car and "was immediately confronted by the male suspect who was armed with a large knife" - Full Story
March 23, 2015

DOJ report on Philly PD cites poor training

Poor training has left cops with the mistaken belief that fearing for their lives alone is justification for using deadly force, Justice Department said Monday - Full Story
March 23, 2015

Suspect dead, 8 cops injured in Ariz. melee

Brawl in a parking lot left one suspect dead and several injured, including one officer who was shot in the leg - Full Story
March 20, 2015

Border agent fatally shoots man near US-Canada border

Man was shot in the head Thursday after an officer reported shots had been fired and asked for backup - Full Story



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