Tag: Police Brutality, Misconduct and Shootings

A New Baltimore Police Chief Faces a Litany of Troubles

The job of commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department has proved to be one of the most tenuous in the country. The mayor this week selected Michael Harrison as the city’s fifth police chief in four years, and asked him to try to solve a list of persistent problems that […]

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Killing of California Officer Prompts Manhunt and Fuels Immigration Debate

LOS ANGELES — The police in California’s Central Valley are hunting for a man who they believe killed a police officer and is in the country illegally, according to authorities. The shooting occurred around 1 a.m. Wednesday, when Ronil Singh, a 33-year-old officer, was gunned down after pulling over a […]

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They Grabbed Her Baby and Arrested Her at a Welfare Office. Now She’s Speaking Out.

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Jazmine Headley took her baby boy to a public benefits office in Brooklyn on a recent Friday to find out why the city had abruptly stopped paying for him to go to day care […]

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A Conflicted War: MS-13, Trump and America’s Stake in El Salvador’s Security

SAN SALVADOR — On a cloudy afternoon, Mayra Ayala shepherded her family along the winding footpaths of a hillside cemetery in Ilobasco, a town about 35 miles from the capital. The group of nine clambered over dozens of brightly painted mausoleums while descending to a purple tomb topped with three […]

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As Winter Arrives, Thousands of Migrants Are Trapped in Bosnia

BIHAC, Bosnia and Herzegovina — His right arm was swollen and badly bruised. He didn’t so much walk as shuffle because of injuries to his legs that, like those elsewhere on his body, he said were inflicted by Croatian police batons. Grimacing from pain and exhaustion as he staggered back […]

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New York Today: N.Y. Today: Officer Who Choked Eric Garner Faces Police Charges

Weather: Cold and sunny shall be the whole of the weekend forecast. Highs around 37, lows in the 20s. Today will be breezy too, so bundle up. Alternate-side parking: in effect today, suspended tomorrow. NYPD sets May trial date for officer in Garner case Four years after placing Eric Garner […]

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Police Shoot Armed Man During Gun Battle in the Bronx; 2 Bystanders Injured

The police shot a man during a chase and gun battle in the Bronx on Wednesday night that rattled the University Heights neighborhood and left the gunman, a female bystander and 12-year-old girl injured. At a news conference late Wednesday, Chief Terence A. Monahan of the New York Police Department […]

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Who Will Now Police the Police?

Last month, a video was released of two police officers in Elkhart, Ind., repeatedly punching a handcuffed man in the face. The episode was just the latest in a long-troubled police department where nearly all of its supervisors have disciplinary records. This is the sort of problem that Congress sought […]

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A Mall Shooting, a Black Man’s Death, and a Debate Over Race and Gun Rights

HOOVER, Ala. — After gunshots rang out in a cavernous suburban shopping mall on Thanksgiving night, Ashlyn McMillan encountered a man she considered a hero. He directed frantic shoppers to safety, hand on his gun to defend against a looming threat. “Get down,” Ms. McMillan recalled him saying. “Go in […]

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3 Philippine Police Officers Are Convicted in a Drug War Killing

MANILA — A Philippine court on Thursday convicted three police officers for the murder of a 17-year-old boy and sentenced them each to up to 40 years in prison, in the first such conviction in a wave of killings prompted by President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. Nearly 5,000 people […]

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China’s Tactic to Catch a Fugitive Official: Hold His Two American Children

WASHINGTON — When Victor and Cynthia Liu landed with their mother on a tropical Chinese island in June to visit an ailing grandfather, they thought they would soon be on a plane back to their East Coast lives — he to start his sophomore year at Georgetown University, and she […]

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Black Man Killed by Officer in Alabama Mall Shooting Was Not the Gunman, Police Now Say

The police in Alabama said an officer fatally shot a 21-year-old black man on Thursday night who they said shot at least one person at a mall near Birmingham, turning a Thanksgiving holiday shopping scene into chaos. But on Friday the police said evidence suggests that the man actually was […]

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Border Patrol Agent Who Shot Mexican Teenager Is Acquitted of Involuntary Manslaughter

A Border Patrol agent who shot and killed a Mexican teenager from across the border in Arizona was acquitted Wednesday of involuntary manslaughter in a case that has drawn national attention amid heightened debate over immigration. In 2012, the border guard, Lonnie Swartz, opened fire into the Mexican city of […]

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Teen Claims Body-Cams Show the Police Framed Him. What Do You See?

Marijuana arrests are the latest battleground for critics of the police who are fighting to reverse years of racially imbalanced policing in New York. While the Police Department has sharply scaled back marijuana arrests recently, more than 6,000 people were arrested in the first six months of 2018 over small […]

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Man Pleads Guilty to ‘Swatting’ Hoax That Resulted in a Fatal Shooting

A California man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to making dozens of hoax phone calls during which he reported fake crimes, including one high-profile call last year that resulted in another man in Wichita, Kan., being fatally shot by a police officer. Under a plea agreement, the caller, Tyler Barriss, 25, […]

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Sessions, in Last-Minute Act, Sharply Limits Use of Consent Decrees to Curb Police Abuses

WASHINGTON — Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions has drastically limited the ability of federal law enforcement officials to use court-enforced agreements to overhaul local police departments accused of abuses and civil rights violations, the Justice Department announced late on Thursday. In a major last-minute act, Mr. Sessions signed a memorandum […]

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An Artist Honors Tamir Rice, One Orange Object at a Time

CLEVELAND — Boxes of pizza and trays filled with steaming food lined wooden tables at the Spaces art gallery here. Visitors to a recent opening could help themselves, but if they chose corn on the cob or chicken nuggets, they had to reach over the sign that read: “Please enjoy this offering of Tamir Rice’s […]

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Family of Australian Woman Shot by Police Sues Minneapolis

The family of an unarmed woman who was fatally shot by a Minneapolis police officer last summer filed a federal lawsuit on Monday against the officer, his partner, top police officials and the city itself. The suit on behalf of the family of the woman, Justine Maia Ruszczyk, seeks $50 million in damages. In the […]

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In Duterte’s Philippines, Having a Beer Can Now Land You in Jail

MANILA — When six plainclothes policemen, hands gripping their holstered guns, charged down the winding alleys of the slum where Edwin Panis lives, he didn’t imagine they could be coming for him. Mr. Panis, 45, was drinking beer with friends near his shack on an embankment overlooking Manila Bay. A stevedore and neighborhood security officer, […]

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