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Federal Grand Jury Probes Force by Ill. Sgt.

September 3, 2013
The Midlothian (Ill.) Police Department received two subpoenas earlier this year—one seeking the personnel file of Sgt. Steven Zamiar and another seeking police logs and call records tied to three days in 2011, as well as the agency's use-of-force policy.
<p>Photo via Colts.com.</p>

NFL Player Threatens Ind. Officer

September 3, 2013
An intoxicated NFL player threatened to assault an Indianapolis Metro Police officer during a bar confrontation, and said he couldn't be arrested because "I'm a Colts player."
<p>Tarantula photo via Wikimedia.</p>

Ore. Police Respond to 'Massive Freaking' Spider

September 3, 2013
A teenage girl told a dispatcher that the baseball-sized spider was likely a tarantula and was sitting on the back of her couch. "I've never seen a spider this big," she said.
<p>Photo via St. Louis Metro PD.</p>

St. Louis Regains Control of PD From State

September 2, 2013
St. Louis has regained control of its police department from the state after Mayor Francis Slay signed an executive order Saturday he said was "too long in coming."
<p>Photo courtesy of Draper PD.</p>

Utah Sgt. Fatally Shot While Approaching Vehicle

September 2, 2013
A Draper (Utah) Police sergeant radioed for help after being fatally shot while he drove his police cruiser toward an awkwardly parked vehicle early Sunday. Sgt. Derek Johnson, 32, was met with gunfire as he approached a silver Volvo.

DOJ Won't Challenge State Marijuana Legalization

August 30, 2013
Attorney General Eric Holder informed the governors of Washington and Colorado Thursday that the Department of Justice would allow the states to create a regime that would regulate and implement the ballot initiatives that legalized the use of marijuana for adults.
<p>Photo: POLICE file</p>

Texas Man Convicted In DUI Duty Death

August 30, 2013
An Ellis County, Texas, jury returned a guilty verdict Thursday against a 24-year-old man who struck and killed a Waxahachie Police officer in July 2012 while driving at more than three times the legal limit.

Cleveland Officers Barred From Shooting at Vehicles

August 30, 2013
A new order essentially bars Cleveland police from shooting at or from a moving vehicle, city officials announced Wednesday in what is the latest reform at a department where the use of force has been widely criticized.

Wash. Man Shoots Marijuana Arrow at Jail

August 29, 2013
A Bellingham, Wash., man wrapped a baggie of marijuana around an arrow and fired it at the second-floor recreation area of Whatcom County Jail on Tuesday morning, Aug. 27, according to the sheriff's office.

Video: Pregnant Women Resists Arrest In N.Y.

August 29, 2013
The Rochester (N.Y.) Police chief defended his officers, after a citizen's video showing an officer striking a woman who is resisting arrest and yelling that she is pregnant.
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