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Exploring the indictment of Chief Pete Arredondo and the legal challenges in proving criminal negligence in the Uvalde school shooting case
During Karen Read’s murder trial, Trooper Michael Proctor testified about derogatory messages he sent that were deemed in violation of department policies
The man shot Algona Police Department Officer Kevin Cram eight times after allegedly telling family members that he would not go back to jail
Temple University Police Officer Christopher Fitzgerald was shot to death by a robbery suspect in February 2023
The Court ruled that the officers never had sufficient reason to suspect that the man was trespassing and that, without it, they weren’t acting legally when they tried to detain him
One of the new measures allows the families of deceased Mississippi first responders to receive the responder’s salary for up to 60 days
“They don’t sign up to be shot,” said Phil Keith, a former Knoxville Police Department chief. “They sign up to be public servants”
The judge wasn’t satisfied with assurances that Duane Davis wasn’t going to profit from the sale of his “life story” to produce a TV series
The jury found Auburn Police Officer Jeffrey Nelson guilty of second-degree murder and first-degree assault in the 2019 death of Jesse Sarey
The man convicted in the 2020 death of Officer Tamarris Bohannon was ordered to serve two consecutive life sentences for first-degree murder and first-degree assault
Pete Arredondo was indicted by a grand jury on 10 counts of felony child endangerment/abandonment, Uvalde Sheriff Ruben Nolasco stated
A parolee asked the trial court to suppress the evidence, arguing the search of his phone and house violated his Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights
Based on the “totality of the circumstances,” the officer had reasonable suspicion to extend the traffic stop in a drug courier case
Gov. Brian Kemp said Senate Bill 63 would “ensure dangerous individuals cannot walk our streets and commit further crimes”
Robert Crimo III would face a mandatory sentence of life without parole if convicted of first-degree murder
Duane “Keffe D” Davis has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and has remained jailed since his arrest last Sept.
The termination stemmed from an altercation over the disposal of dog bones at a condominium complex
Let’s be clear, the myth that talking equals breathing has been debunked over and over again
Fred Wiechmann states that the city and its insurance company has refused to pay underinsured motorist benefits for his broken leg and other injuries
The motive for the proposed new citation is to help Seattle police crackdown on large street racing events, giving police tools to “hold vehicle owners accountable”
If the person’s only crime is low-level drug possession, and they’re not harassing people, police in Multnomah County must give them a chance to avoid prosecution
K-9
The man shot and killed Gary police K-9 Falco during a foot pursuit in July 2023; Falco served with the department for 8 years
Legislative leaders are moving forward with a hard-ball approach that would make voters choose between the two efforts — and could splinter support for the ballot measure
The court said a semiautomatic rifle with a bump stock is not an illegal machine gun because it doesn’t make the weapon fire more than one shot with one pull of the trigger
Parents sue for excessive force based on “officer-created danger,” but qualified immunity granted based on suspect’s manifest intentions
Jemarcus Williams received the maximum sentence of 16 to 40 years for two counts of DUI resulting in death in the 2023 incident
After making a citizen’s arrest of a drunk motorist, an Uber driver (and former cop) is arrested and charged with impersonating a police officer