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Police Shooting

Safer Streets and Communities Start at Home

Bernard B. Kerik | Posted 07.14.2014 | Crime
Bernard B. Kerik

The total number of American law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty by gunfire so far this year is 27, versus 16 last year. Some experts blame anti-government, and white supremacist groups, and gang violence for these increases, but I believe it's much more.

How Not to Shoot the Family Dog

Tricia Spencer | Posted 04.20.2014 | Crime
Tricia Spencer

Emotions are running high in the wake of yet another shooting of a family dog by a police officer. This time it happened in the small town of Filer, Idaho. It's not the first time such a thing has happened, and unless something changes, it surely won't be the last.

Off-Duty Cop Opens Fire During Fender Bender Dispute

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime

A police sergeant is under investigation by the San Francisco Police Department after shooting another motorist while off duty when a fender bender d...

Teenager With Schizophrenia Allegedly Shot, Killed By Officer

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime

A North Carolina teenager suffering from a schizophrenic episode was shot and killed by an officer only seconds after arriving on the scene, the man's...

WATCH: Police Fire On Minivan Full Of Children

David Lohr | Posted 11.18.2013 | Crime

A Tennessee woman on vacation with her five children led cops on a wild pursuit that ended shortly after an officer fired upon her minivan. Newly r...

FBI To Investigate Shooting Of 13-Year-Old Carrying Fake Rifle

AP | PAUL ELIAS | Posted 10.26.2013 | Crime

SAN FRANCISCO -- SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Federal Bureau of Investigation is conducting an independent investigation of the fatal shooting of a popu...

New Orleans Cop Gets Four Years For Fatal Drug Raid Shooting Caught On Video

Radley Balko | Posted 09.12.2013 | Politics

A rare instance of accountability after a botched drug raid: As Natasha Allen walked away from the Orleans Parish criminal courthouse Friday, ...

Armed Teen Shot, Killed After Threatening Police

AP | Posted 10.04.2013 | New York

NEW YORK -- A rookie police officer shot and killed a 14-year-old boy on a street early Sunday after he refused to drop his gun and pointed it in the ...

WOW: A Very Expensive Shooting

AP | Posted 05.09.2013 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- A jury has awarded $8.8 million to the family of a robber who was shot and killed by a police officer east of Los Angeles in Culver Cit...

MDPD Shoots, Kills Suspicious Man In The Hammocks

Posted 03.13.2013 | Miami

Miami-Dade Police say they were forced to shoot and kill a man in Soutwest Miami-Dade Tuesday night after he scrambled into a police cruiser and tried...

Raid Of The Day: Isaac Singletary

Radley Balko | Posted 04.21.2013 | Politics

Known around the neighborhood as "Pops," 80-year-old Isaac Singletary moved into his high-crime Jacksonville, Florida neighborhood in 1987 to care...

When Cops Are a Danger to the Public

Brian Rooney | Posted 04.15.2013 | Crime
Brian Rooney

In those moments when the guns come out, it is a difficult and dangerous job. But difficult and dangerous circumstances are when all that training is supposed to kick in, not be abandoned in a moment of "incredible tension."

Raid Of The Day: Scott Bryant

Radley Balko | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics

In late March of 1995, deputies with the Dodge County, Wisconsin Sheriff's Department claimed to have found traces of marijuana in a trashcan outs...

3 Cops Shot In NJ Police Station

AP | Posted 02.27.2013 | Crime

GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP, N.J. — A man who had been arrested for allegedly stalking an ex-girlfriend overpowered an officer inside a police station, ...

Feds Probe Houston Cops For Shooting Unarmed Individuals

AP | JUAN A. LOZANO | Posted 12.05.2012 | Crime

HOUSTON -- The U.S. Justice Department is investigating six cases over the last two years in which Houston police officers fatally shot or allegedly u...

David Lohr

Pregnant Woman Fatally Shot By Police As She Allegedly Tried To Run Officer Down | David Lohr | Posted 10.29.2012 | Crime

A pregnant woman who tried to run over a South Carolina officer while in the midst of a traffic stop in Woodruff, S.C., was fatally shot by the office...

Police Officer Reportedly Shot At Suspect 41 Times

The Huffington Post | Katherine Bindley | Posted 09.13.2012 | Crime

Investigators are trying to piece together what happened after a 30-minute high-speed chase in Texas ended with a police officer allegedly shooting at...

Officer Who Frisked Chavis Carter To Be Punished

AP | JEANNIE NUSS | Posted 10.28.2012 | Black Voices

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- An Arkansas police officer was reprimanded for not properly searching a young man who authorities said subsequently shot himself ...

WATCH: Could A Man Shoot Himself In The Back Of A Patrol Car?

AP | JEANNIE NUSS | Posted 08.18.2012 | Crime

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Police video recorded the night a young man was fatally shot in a northeast Arkansas patrol car while his hands were cuffed behin...

Police Chief: Woman Fatally Shot By Officer A 'Freak Accident'

AP | COREY WILLIAMS | Posted 09.08.2012 | Detroit

DETROIT — The mother of a Detroit woman shot and killed while dancing with an off-duty police officer questioned Monday why he would carry a loa...

Despite 'War On Cops' Talk, Police Officer Fatalities Drop Dramatically In 2012

Radley Balko | Posted 08.22.2012 | Crime
Radley Balko

We're now about halfway through 2012, and this year is on pace to be the safest ever for America's police officers. Oddly, no one is reporting it.

Cop Charged In Shooting Of Unarmed 18-Year-Old

AP | TOM HAYS | Posted 08.12.2012 | New York

NEW YORK — A New York Police Department officer has been indicted in the shooting in February of an unarmed man who was pursued into his Bronx h...

Questions Persist in Shooting of Black Motorist by White Cops

David Protess | Posted 06.24.2012 | Chicago
David Protess

Who is telling the truth in this case -- Howard Morgan or law enforcement? Unfortunately, an obstacle to answering is that much of the forensic evidence was inexplicably destroyed or not collected.

N.H. Police Chief Killed, 4 Officers Hurt In Shootout

AP | JAY LINDSAY and MICHAEL RUBINKAM | Posted 06.12.2012 | Crime

GREENLAND, N.H. — Michael Maloney was only a few days from retirement as chief of a small-town New Hampshire police department. After more than ...

L.A. Freeway Pursuit Ends In Gunfire, Suspect Killed

AP | JEFF WILSON | Posted 06.11.2012 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles police say a motorist shot to death after a wild auto chase had called 911 during the pursuit, claimed he had a gun an...