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February 27, 2015

Lawyer claims 2nd autopsy in Wash. OIS contradicts officials

Question of whether or not suspect was shot in the back is at the center of two conflicting autopsy reports - Full Story
February 26, 2015
Video: Police probe UOF in arrest of Fla. suspect who severed cop's spine

Video: Police probe UOF in arrest of Fla. suspect who severed cop's spine

Inquiry underway into whether officers' use of force was justified in the pursuit of a suspect who is accused of crashing into a cop and badly injuring him - Full Story
February 26, 2015
Official: Man killed in Wash. OIS wasn't shot in back

Official: Man killed in Wash. OIS wasn't shot in back

Three officers fired 17 shots at an unarmed Mexican man in Washington state, and five or six of the bullets hit him - Full Story
February 25, 2015

Ga. cop cleared in shooting of handcuffed man

Grand jury concluded Wednesday that the suspect was armed with a handgun that police missed while patting him down - Full Story
February 25, 2015

NYPD commish defends 'work in progress' retraining program

Officers attending training were reportedly told to 'close their eyes' and do breathing exercises during tense situations - Full Story
February 25, 2015

Video: Fla. cop investigated after confrontation with homeless man

Police have opened a criminal investigation into an officer who was videotaped pushing and slapping a homeless man at a bus terminal - Full Story
February 24, 2015
Video: Man charges at Md. cop before getting shot

Video: Man charges at Md. cop before getting shot

Deputy commissioner called the actions of the suspect "very unusual" and "very menacing and threatening" - Full Story
February 24, 2015

No charges for LAPD cops who fatally shot man on live TV

The shooting followed a nearly hour-long nighttime pursuit for alleged reckless driving that ended when the Corvette hit a car in an intersection - Full Story
February 23, 2015

Fla. cop reprimanded after being shot at 19 times in blue-on-blue

Officers mistook cop for a suspect after he joined in the pursuit in plainclothes - Full Story
February 23, 2015

New lawyer to withdraw $25M claim in Wash. OIS

Said claim was premature and the case needs more investigation into the police department's dealing with people who are mentally ill or don't speak English - Full Story



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