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Border Agent Acquitted of Murder in Fatal Shooting of Teen

April 24, 2018
An Arizona jury acquitted a U.S. Border Patrol agent of a second-degree murder charge in the death of a teen from Mexico but deadlocked on lesser counts of manslaughter.

Killing of Massachusetts Officer Renews Calls for State Death Penalty

April 19, 2018
The killing of a Massachusetts police officer has some Republicans calling for the reinstatement of the death penalty for the murder of law enforcement officers in the state.

Trump Administration Ends Crackdown on Legal Marijuana

April 13, 2018
In conversation with Trump this week, Gardner said he was assured that the federal government would not interfere with Colorado's marijuana industry and that Trump would champion a new law that gives states the authority to set their own pot policies.

3 Chicago Officers Charged in Laquan McDonald Case to Choose Bench Trial

April 12, 2018
Lawyers for three Chicago police officers charged with impeding an investigation into the fatal police shooting of teenager Laquan McDonald said Thursday they plan for a Cook County judge to decide the outcome of the officers' trials, not a jury.

Funding for Local Police Cannot be Based on ICE Cooperation, Judge Rules

April 12, 2018
The U.S. Department of Justice cannot force local police departments to cooperate with immigration agents as a condition for receiving federal funding for a law enforcement program, a judge in Los Angeles ruled this week.

Jury Awards Family $100,000 in Civil Trial of NC Officer Who Fatally Shot Man

April 10, 2018
A jury awarded a family $100,000 Tuesday in the case of a Charlotte-Mecklenburg, NC, police officer who fatally shot a man five years ago. The family had asked for $1.1 million.

Last Suit Accusing NYPD of Spying on Muslims Is Settled

April 5, 2018
The last of three major lawsuits over the surveillance of Muslims by the New York Police Department was settled on Thursday, ending years of litigation over a broad, decade-long spying program.

No Charges for NC Officers Who Fatally Shot Man in 'Ambush' Outside Police HQ

April 3, 2018
Two CMPD officers and two probation officers returned fire when Jonathan Bennett, 23, pulled into the parking lot just before 11 p.m. on Jan. 11 and began shooting, Merriweather's report states.

California Supreme Court Upholds Law Allowing DNA Collection Upon Arrest

April 2, 2018
The California Supreme Court decided 4-3 Monday that the state may continue to take DNA from people arrested for a felony crime.

Widow of Slain Texas Trooper Pushing for Tougher "Bond" Laws

March 6, 2018
Trooper Damon Allen was shot and killed on Thanksgiving Day in Freestone County, TX. Investigators say the trooper's suspected killer was out on bond for assaulting a Smith County, TX, deputy in July. Allen's wife wants to prevent repeat offenders from killing law enforcement officers.

Maryland's Highest Court Reinstates Officers' Names to Courts Database

March 6, 2018
Maryland’s highest court voted unanimously Tuesday to restore police officers’ names to the public online court database, overturning a change made last year that prompted an outcry when it went into effect last week.

LAPD Officer Won't Be Charged in Fatal Shooting of Armed Teen

March 6, 2018
Los Angeles County prosecutors outlined their reasoning in an 11-page memo made public Monday, saying Officer Eden Medina reasonably believed the teenager posed a deadly threat and used "reasonable force" to defend himself and others.

President Trump Directs Justice Department to Ban Bump Stocks

February 20, 2018
President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he has signed a memo directing the Justice Department to propose regulations to "ban all devices" like the rapid-fire bump stocks involved in last year's Las Vegas massacre.

Jury Awards More Than $37M to Family of Maryland Woman Over Fatal Police Shooting

February 16, 2018
A Baltimore County jury has ruled in favor of the family of Korryn Gaines — and awarded more than $37 million in damages — in the civil lawsuit brought by the family of the Randallstown, MD, woman who was fatally shot by a county police officer after a six-hour standoff in 2016.

Missouri Bill to Up Penalties for Harming Police Dogs Fails

February 15, 2018
Missouri lawmakers voted down a bill that would have increased the penalties for killing or injuring police dogs in the state.

NYPD Officer Found Not Guilty in Fatal Shooting of Mentally Ill Woman

February 15, 2018
A New York Police Department sergeant has been found not guilty in the fatal shooting of a bat-wielding mentally ill woman.

Baltimore Officers May Now be Personally Liable for Some Lawsuit Damages

February 7, 2018
The Baltimore police union said that forcing officers to pay up personally was a change in policy by the city. But City Solicitor Andre Davis said Wednesday the policy has not changed and officers have potentially been on the hook for decades in such cases.

No Charges for Officers in Dallas Sniper's Death

January 31, 2018
Dallas police officers who used a bomb robot to kill the sniper who ambushed officers and civilians during a downtown protest will not face charges, a grand jury has determined.

San Francisco to Wipe Out Thousands of Marijuana Convictions

January 31, 2018
San Francisco will retroactively apply California's new marijuana legalization laws to prior convictions, expunging or reducing misdemeanor and felony convictions dating back to 1975, the district attorney's office announced Wednesday.

Video: Trial for Philly Officer's Accused Shooter Begins

January 25, 2018
Officer Jesse Hartnett was shot three times two years ago. As each charge was read, his accused shooter - rather than entering a plea of guilty or not guilty - replied, "I don't plead to anyone but Allah."
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