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August 19, 2015

New trial upheld for 5 ex-cops in post-Katrina shootings

Following the hurricane in 2005, four cops are charged with deadly shootings of unarmed people, one is charged in cover-up - Full Story
August 19, 2015

Teen shot by NJ police during foot pursuit faces assault, gun charges

The boy pointed a .22-caliber handgun at the officers when two state troopers and a sheriff's officer began to chase him - Full Story
August 18, 2015

Ex-police officer indicted on murder charge in 2013 Va. shooting

The officer shot and killed an unarmed man as he stood inside his front door with his hands up - Full Story
August 18, 2015
Autopsy: Target of 2-week Calif. manhunt killed by deputies' gunfire

Autopsy: Target of 2-week Calif. manhunt killed by deputies' gunfire

The man was suspected of killing a retired dentist, taking three men hostage and wounding two deputies - Full Story
August 18, 2015

Jury to hear closing arguments in NC police shooting

Officer Randall Kerrick faces up to 11 years in prison if convicted - Full Story
August 18, 2015

NM cop says police saved his life by shooting knife-wielding homeless man

The K-9 officer confronted by a knife-wielding homeless man claims he would have been dead if not for shooting - Full Story
August 16, 2015
Target of 2-week manhunt killed in California

Target of 2-week manhunt killed in California

Benjamin Peter Ashley was struck by two deputies who tried to stop him as he walked on a rural road toward foothills east of Bakersfield - Full Story
August 14, 2015
Beaten Ala. cop says he was afraid to use force

Beaten Ala. cop says he was afraid to use force

Department said the police are under intense scrutiny so any use of force can be viewed as unjust - Full Story
August 14, 2015

County halts Ferguson state of emergency

State of emergency was imposed in Ferguson and the surrounding area after shootings during protests - Full Story
August 14, 2015

Video: Miami cop under investigation after struggle with suspect in back of cruiser

The video going viral had over 80K views in just a few hours and landed officer in hot water - Full Story



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