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Parents sue for excessive force based on “officer-created danger,” but qualified immunity granted based on suspect’s manifest intentions
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
The standard for whether speech is protected has evolved to provide more protection
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
Jemarcus Williams received the maximum sentence of 16 to 40 years for two counts of DUI resulting in death in the 2023 incident
Officer Gregory Casillas died after being shot in the head while pursuing Isaias De Jesus Valencia; he had been on the job for only six months prior to the incident
Biden was convicted of lying about being drug-free when he purchased and briefly owned a gun while he was addicted to crack cocaine
“We’re extremely disappointed that after almost five years, these officers are finding themselves indicted for something they had seconds to decide...” the South Florida PBA stated
The city failed to withhold the correct percentage for the pension fund after a retroactive pay raise and is now asking officers to contribute that money plus interest
Nicholas Tartaglione was convicted last year in the torturing and strangling of one man and the shooting deaths of three other people
Mark Fuhrman, 72, who retired from the department after Simpson’s acquittal, was convicted of perjury in 1996 after testifying that he found a bloody glove at Simpson’s home
The APD is now compliant with the settlement agreement that resulted from the DOJ investigation, and must enter a “sustainment” phase to last until the end of 2025
Proper departmental training and officer implementation of best practices ensures those encounters with individuals in mental crisis end safely and not as another headline
The city of Fort Lupton and town of Platteville, which together employed the three officers sued in the 2022 crash, will each pay half of the settlement
Holley was sitting in her marked patrol car when she was ambushed and shot to death; the suspect was also convicted of killing another man the same way
The evidence would make it impossible for prosecutors to prove that Trooper Ryan Londregan’s actions were an illegal use of force, the county attorney’s office stated
The law, which is a part of an effort to crack down on “ghost guns” being used to commit crimes, requires serial numbers on firearms made with individual parts, kits or 3D printers
Mayor Bruce Harrel said that he met with former chief Adrian Diaz and they agreed Diaz should step down; Diaz has denied all allegations presented in the suits
The law requires officers to issue a verbal warning for individuals to step back; failure to comply could result in a fine or jail time
A Clark County deputy mistakenly shot and killed off-duty Officer Donald Sahota, who was trying to detain a robbery suspect who showed up at his home and stabbed him
The Raleigh Police Department has between 80 and 90 vacancies, while the Durham County Sheriff’s Office has a 37% vacancy rate
Both of the deputies inside the trailer sustained third degree burns in the fire, and Alfredo “Freddy” Flores, 51, died after spending six months in the hospital
“If you don’t want to become Facebook-famous…turn yourself in…If you need a ride, give us a call,” St. Lucie County Sheriff Keith Pearson said during one video
Larry Acree, 70, of Independence, is accused of shooting court employee Drexel Mack, along with two officers who came to the scene, including Cody Allen, who was killed
The lawsuit alleges state troopers did not follow their active shooter training and responsibility to confront the shooter
As AI technology evolves, law enforcement faces new challenges in distinguishing real from AI-generated content; this complexity is reshaping investigative methods and legal frameworks
Stephanie Lazarus, a 25-year veteran detective, was arrested in 2009 for a 1986 murder after DNA from a bite mark on the victim linked Lazarus to the victim’s death
Former Tacoma PD officer Timothy Rankine alleges in the tort claims seeking $47 million in damages that he was falsely accused of criminal and racist misconduct