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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
March 20, 2015

Board reviewing fatal Ohio Wal-Mart OIS suggests body cams

Report comes seven months after John Crawford III was shot, when police responded to a 911 call reporting a man waving what appeared to be a gun - Full Story
March 20, 2015

Navajo officer, gunman killed in Ariz. shooting

Incident highlights the danger that tribal officers can face when patrolling the huge reservation — sometimes alone - Full Story
March 19, 2015

Ga. chief vows transparency following recent shootings

Even as he's emerged as a leading national advocate of reform, top cop now finds his own agency under scrutiny - Full Story
March 19, 2015

San Diego body cam report: Fewer complaints, less UOF

Complaints have fallen 40.5% and use of "personal body" force by officers has been reduced by 46.5% - Full Story
March 19, 2015
Virginia gov. calls for investigation into student's controversial arrest

Virginia gov. calls for investigation into student's controversial arrest

Suspect was charged on two counts after a scuffle that began after the suspect was denied entry into a bar - Full Story
March 18, 2015
Wis. cop kills armed man upon return from leave for other OIS

Wis. cop kills armed man upon return from leave for other OIS

Kenosha police officer Pablo Torres returned from leave Saturday, 10 days after shooting a man who advanced on police armed with knives - Full Story



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