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July 27, 2012

Seattle strikes deal on police actions

Days before it faced a federal civil-rights lawsuit, the city has reached a tentative agreement with the Department of Justice - Full Story
July 27, 2012

Video: Cop takes down man in NY subway station

The activist who recorded the video claims it shows excessive force - Full Story
July 24, 2012

Pa. officer kills man breaking into his home

A second burglar fled from the house, but was apprehended later Monday after driving off in the officer's car - Full Story
July 24, 2012

Video: Traffic stop leads to Ala. officer's firing

Officer told internal affairs he pulled over a woman and her teenage daughter, believing there to be a domestic violence situation - Full Story
July 19, 2012

SF cops kill chocolate factory slasher

A San Francisco police officer fatally shot a man blocks from the chocolate factory where he reportedly slashed a coworker using a box cutter - Full Story
July 18, 2012

ACLU targets jaywalker TASER video

Police plan to use arrest footage to train officers, but an ACLU attorney claims officers made things worse - Full Story
July 17, 2012

Fla. deputies shoot, kill 'wrong' suspect

Police lieutenant: 'The bottom line is, you point a gun at a deputy...you're going to get shot' - Full Story
July 16, 2012
No charges in ATF agent's blue-on-blue death

No charges in ATF agent's blue-on-blue death

Report: An off-duty police officer and a retired police lieutenant were justified when they used deadly force - Full Story
July 14, 2012

Vet: Chimps dangerous, officer did right thing

Animals' physical strength and unpredictability leave few options for someone encountering one that's agitated - Full Story
July 13, 2012

Officers plead not guilty in Kelly Thomas death

Kelly Thomas died five days after a struggle with officers who were responding to a report of a man breaking into cars - Full Story

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