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Judge drops most serious charges against Md. cops accused of assault

Judge drops most serious charges against Md. cops accused of assault

Two police officers on trial for allegedly beating up a University of Maryland student - Full Story


Shoot to kill or shoot to wound?

Shoot to kill or shoot to wound?

I know law enforcement shoots neither to wound nor kill. But the rest of the public doesn’t necessarily understand that. Law enforcement cannot afford to leave the public's understanding to Hollywood, TV, and video games. - Full Story


Calif. deputy shoots suspect in hospital ER

Man had one wrist handcuffed to a gurney when he suddenly grabbed the gun from an officer's belt - Full Story


UK police TASER blind man, mistaking white stick for sword

Officers received multiple reports that a man was walking through the town of Chorley "armed with a samurai sword." - Full Story


Man slaps Philly cop at Oktoberfest

A viral video surfaced this weekend showing a man slapping a Philadelphia police officer at Oktoberfest after a woman who had tried to restrain the suspect screamed, "Stop!"


Video of man slapping Philly officer goes viral

Man is seen yelling at an approaching bike officer as a woman tries to restrain him and screams, "Stop!" - Full Story


Video: Officers strike man who pushed them at NY youth center

As suspect comes to his feet, he appears to enter in a heated exchange with the officers - Full Story


NY man shot by trooper known for police brawls

The 51-year-old had fought with officers several times before - Full Story


Nude student on LSD when fatally shot by officer

Gil Collar took the potent hallucinogen during a music festival Saturday before assaulting two people - Full Story


Video: Police deploy TASER on LSD-tripping tourist

Suspect had "an adverse reaction" to LSD he took during a St. Patrick's Day celebration - Full Story

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