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NC officer opens fire after man rams cruiser

Sheriff Van Duncan said his officers "acted appropriately" when Jacob Cody Plemmons rammed his truck into a patrol car, pinning two deputies inside - Full Story


Texas officer fatally shoots suspect

SWAT officers were told 52-year-old Travis Henderson had a firearm and planned to harm himself - Full Story


Mass. officer shot by Sgt. improving

Authorities said Saturday that Hamilton Sgt. Ken Nagy had arranged to meet with Lantych Friday night when the 44-year-old Nagy shot him - Full Story


Video of man nearly shot by police shown in UK schools

Officers' encounter with a man whose weapon was thought to be real used in presentation to discourage gun crime, gangs - Full Story


Jury will hear Chicago police 'code of silence' claim

Bartender Karolina Obrycka filed a 2007 lawsuit over an altercation at Jesse's Shortstop Inn - Full Story


Ex-Philly officer will get life for fatal shooting

A former Philadelphia police officer has been convicted for shooting a neighbor while off-duty - Full Story


UC Davis police sued over pepper-spraying

The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Sacramento by 17 students and two graduates who took part in the demonstration - Full Story


The OODA loop, reaction time, and decision making Sgt. Steve "Pappy" Papenfuhs - Training to Think

The OODA loop, reaction time, and decision making

Since the mid-19th century, human reaction time and decision-making have made popular research topics fo... - Full Story

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Nev. chief retires in wake of diabetic man's case

Nev. chief retires in wake of diabetic man's case

The Henderson Police Chief announced her retirement Thursday in the wake of a case involving a diabetic man's treatment during a traffic stop. - Full Story


Police chief: Video refutes blogger's 'babysitting while white' story

Blogger Scott Henson admits errors in a post he published about APD officers responding to a kidnapping call - Full Story

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