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Video: L.A. Homeless Man Reached for Officer's Waistband Before Being Shot

March 2, 2015
An enhanced version of a video recording of Los Angeles police officers fatally shooting a homeless man on skid row Sunday appears to show the man's hand reaching in the direction of one officer's waistband.

Private Police Carry Guns and Make Arrests in Virginia

March 2, 2015
More and more Virginians are obtaining police powers using a little-known provision of state law that allows private citizens to petition the courts for the authority to carry a gun, display a badge and make arrests. The number of "special conservators of the peace" has doubled in Virginia over the past decade

Justice Department to Fault Ferguson Police, Seeing Racial Bias in Traffic Stops

March 2, 2015
The Justice Department has nearly completed a highly critical report accusing the police in Ferguson, Mo., of making discriminatory traffic stops of African-Americans that created years of racial animosity leading up to an officer's shooting of a black teenager last summer.

House Rejects Stop-Gap Funding for Homeland Security

February 27, 2015
In a chaotic scene on the House floor, 51 Republicans rebuffed a major last-minute effort by their leadership to salvage the measure. House leaders kept the roll call vote open for almost an hour, long after the official voting time had expired, as they sought to persuade members to change their votes.
<p>Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to leave office next month. (Photo: CC_Flickr:&nbsp;<a href=&quot;http://www.flickr.com/photos/european_parliament/6165936527&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;>European Parliment</a>)</p>

Holder Wants to Make It Easier to Prosecute Officers for Civil Rights Violations

February 27, 2015
Holder said that between now and his departure, probably in early March when the Senate is expected to confirm Loretta Lynch as his successor, he will call for a lower standard of proof for civil rights crimes. Such a change would make it easier for the federal government to bring charges in the case of a future Ferguson or Trayvon Martin.

Video: St. Louis Chief Blames "Ferguson Effect" for Drop in Self-Initiated Policing

February 27, 2015
One of the steepest drops in S.I.A. occurred after the August 2014 police shooting of Michael Brown in a St. Louis suburb. Another steep drop in S.I.A. occurred after the Grand Jury decision on Nov. 24. Dotson said criminals felt empowered, while officers felt hampered by what he calls the "Ferguson Effect."

Court Rules Officer Who Spoke Out Against Arrest Quotas Can Sue NYPD

February 27, 2015
A federal appeals court on Thursday reinstated a lawsuit by an NYPD officer, who claims he was punished for speaking out against arrest and ticket quotas.
<p>Glen Hochman, who killed daughters Alissa and Deanna (front left and center), omitted wife Anamarie (rear) as his pension beneficiary before committing suicide, depriving her and daughter Samantha (far right). (Photo: Facebook)</p>

Authorities Say Retired New York Officer Premeditatedly Murdered Daughters, Planned to Impoverish Wife

February 27, 2015
Sources say Hochman, 52, intentionally planned to impoverish his wife and surviving daughter by cutting them out of his pension benefits before he murdered his other daughters and then turned the gun on himself.

Video: Indiana Officer Reportedly Poisoned by Fast-Food Tea

February 27, 2015
An Indianapolis police officer took a sip of McDonald's iced tea over the weekend and wound up in the hospital because the drink apparently was contaminated with cleaning chemicals.

Senate Approves Homeland Security Funding, House Vote Uncertain

February 26, 2015
On Wednesday, the Senate moved forward on that plan, voting 98-2 in favor of clearing the way for a funding bill void of controversial immigration issues.
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