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High Court to Hear Appeal From Baltimore Police Officer

March 2, 2015
The Supreme Court will hear an appeal from a former Baltimore city police officer convicted on charges of extortion and conspiracy to commit extortion in a kickback scheme.

Video: Cleveland Blames Boy for Own Death, Then Apologizes

March 2, 2015
Mayor Frank Jackson of Cleveland apologized for the language in the city's response to the civil lawsuit filed by the family of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. Jackson called the document's phrasing inappropriate and insensitive to Rice and his family.
<p>Photo of Officer Thomas Madole: Alaska State Troopers</p>

Alaska Man Gets 99-year Sentence for Officer's Murder

March 2, 2015
A man has been sentenced to 99 years in jail for killing unarmed Alaska Village Public Safety Officer Thomas Madole on March 19, 2013

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."
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Real Gun? Toy Gun? What happens When Lawyers Without Law Enforcement Experience Write Gun Laws

February 27, 2015
Last September, after a two-month undercover operation, Police in San Leandro raided a home where they seized more than 500 marijuana plants, eight pounds of processed pot, $45,000 in drug money and two assault rifles that had been made to resemble toy guns.
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