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Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Number of Cop Killings in First Half of 2015 Down Substantially from 2014

The number of officers shot and killed by suspects over the first half of 2015 is down substantially at 16 from the 23 officers killed over the same period last year, according to records kept by the Officer Down Memorial Page.

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DOJ Report Slams Missouri Agencies' Response to Ferguson Protests

The report suggests that last year’s unrest was aggravated by long-standing community animosity toward Ferguson police, and by a failure of commanders to provide more details to the public after an officer killed Michael Brown.

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Why It Was Legal for New York Trooper to Shoot Fleeing, Unarmed Escapee

State and federal law allows the use of deadly force to prevent an escape if the officer believes the suspect poses a significant threat. Law enforcement experts say this shooting was clear-cut.

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Responding Baltimore Officers Cope with Copwatch Cameras

After Whitt responded, saying he had a right to film police, the officer walked away, telling him, "Thank you for putting my safety at risk. I appreciate it. You're also putting your safety at risk by following me."

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Michigan Legislator Calls for Changes in Police Pursuit Policy Following Detroit Tragedy

National statistics show Michigan — which averaged more than two deaths a month last year in police chases — is one of the deadliest states when it comes to the number of people killed in pursuits.

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Heads Rolling Over New York Prison Break

The New York State Department of Corrections is replacing 12 prison employees, including the prison’s superintendent Steven Racette and deputy superintendent Stephen Brown. Racette was seen in a photo with Gov. Andrew Cuomo on June 6, when the daring prison break was discovered.

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2 Seattle Officers in Trouble Over Comments About De-Escalation Training

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole has asked the department’s internal-investigations unit to conduct a preliminary review of comments made by two officers in a New York Times video and story on de-escalation training.

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Groups Seek Changes to Cleveland Consent Decree

The NAACP and other civil rights groups want a federal judge to modify a consent decree aimed at reforming the troubled Cleveland police department by requiring outside agencies to investigate deadly police-use-of-force cases and to make the job of police inspector general more...

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