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Pittsburgh Chief Forced To Resign

The second-highest-ranking member of the union representing Pittsburgh police officers said the rank-and-file are still shocked this morning by the sudden forced resignation of Chief Nate Harper and morale remains low.

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Pittsburgh Mayor Calls for 'Outside' Chief

Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said Thursday he wants to hire a new police chief "with no relationships, with no ties, with really no history" related to the embattled department.

Report: Chicago Is False Confession Capital

News magazine "60 Minutes" labeled Chicago the "false confession capital" of the United States Sunday in a segment featuring several men who claimed they were coerced by police detectives into signing confessions for crimes they didn't commit.

Federal Civil Rights Probe Targets Albuquerque PD

The Department of Justice launched a civil rights probe of the Albuquerque (N.M.) Police Department Tuesday focusing on officers' use of force.

Feds Accuse N.C. Sheriff of Discriminatory Policing

The Department of Justice accused the Alamance County (N.C.) Sheriff's Office in a Tuesday letter of violating the Constitution by racially profiling and targeting Latinos.

Feds Drop Criminal Probe of Sheriff Arpaio

The letter from Ann Birmingham Scheel, acting on the U.S. attorney's behalf, repeatedly said there was insufficient evidence to bring charges against Sheriff Joe Arpaio, former County Attorney Andrew Thomas, or their employees.

Feds, New Orleans Announce Police Reforms

The New Orleans Police Department faces a sweeping operational overhaul outlined in a federal consent decree unveiled Tuesday by Attorney General Eric Holder and Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

Seattle Police Call DOJ Reform 'Wildly Unrealistic'

The Seattle Police Department is objecting to reforms proposed by the U.S. Department of Justice as wildly unrealistic and expensive, according to documents reviewed by the Associated Press.

Md. Deputy Chief Calls for DOJ Probe of His Department

The Anne Arundel County (Md.) Police Department's second in command said Monday night that he has asked the U.S. Justice Department to investigate alleged police misconduct.

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Seattle Announces Police Reforms

Pre-empting a meeting with Department of Justice officials, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn on Thursday proposed a series of police reforms in response to a damning federal report that came after several high-profile incidents involving minorities.

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