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July 05, 2012

Kelly Thomas' father sues over fatal confrontation with officers

Lawsuit claims wrongful death, alleges that the city previously ignored citizens' complaints - Full Story
July 05, 2012

NY cop sliced in eye kills attacker

An MTA officer fatally shot a man before he could strike again - Full Story
July 02, 2012

Report disputes rationale for rise in LAPD shootings

Police Chief Charlie Beck says more officers are firing their weapons because more are being attacked - Full Story
July 02, 2012

$21M lawsuit filed in NY officer-involved shooting

8 White Plains officers allegedly used excessive force - Full Story
June 27, 2012

Lawsuit alleges 'brutality' in Pa. videotaped arrest

Police say suspect tried to ram police cruisers during a pursuit and spit in an officer's face - Full Story
June 26, 2012

Tenn. sheriff: Man killed when he pointed gun

Deputies arrived a home Saturday and were met with an angry man holding a shotgun - Full Story
June 25, 2012

Off-duty NYPD cop shot twice, still nabs suspect

Officer Nelson Vergara served two tours of duty in Iraq as a Marine and became a one-man army when he was attacked in the Bronx - Full Story
June 25, 2012

Suspect dead, 3 officers wounded in Ky. shootings

Sheriff says it "was like Vietnam" as the gunman fired rapidly and repeatedly at authorities - Full Story
June 25, 2012

'Sleeper hold' tactic questioned in death of Calif. man

Baton strikes and TASER were ineffective in the violent encounter with a schizophrenic individual - Full Story
June 22, 2012

Man killed in shootout with DC detective

A Metro transit police detective shot and killed a man Wednesday in Prince George's County - Full Story

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