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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


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


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


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


'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


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


Ga. officer kills gunman during traffic stop

A man with an outstanding arrest warrant pulled a gun and shot the driver of the car in which he was a passenger - Full Story


Photographer 'roughed up' by Nev. sheriff's deputies

Photojournalist covering a brush fire was cited for obstructing public officers - Full Story


Man rams cruiser, is fatally shot at Mich. Walmart

Police confronted a suspected shoplifter in the parking lot who refused to comply - Full Story


Suspect takes aim at Texas officers, is fatally shot

Man called police and told dispatchers he was armed, then took aim at officers when they arrived - Full Story

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