Deputy Police Chief, Five Others Arrested on Drug Charges

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- The Fresno Police Department's second in command has been arrested in a federal drug conspiracy investigation. Deputy Chief Keith Foster, 51, is accused of distributing and possessing drugs. more

Video shows police beating man during traffic stop

Fighting back tears, a Detroit man and longtime auto worker with no criminal history, described how Inkster police officers dragged him from his car one night in January, choked him, beat him and Tasered him during a traffic stop that was caught on patrol car video. more

Polk County deputy sheriff resigns after stealing DVD from crime scene

A Polk County deputy sheriff was charged with stealing a DVD while responding to a convenience-store burglary Nov. 6, a spokeswoman said. more

UMass student sues Amherst police officers who arrested him for videotaping officers at Blarney Blowout

SPRINGFIELD - A lawyer for University of Massachusetts Amherst student Thomas Donovan on Tuesday filed a civil rights lawsuit in federal court against Amherst police officers, charging they assaulted and falsely arrested him for videotaping police during the Blarney Blowout last March. more

Police dashcam shows part of contested arrest - until officer turns camera off

ST. LOUIS - As video cameras begin to sweep post-Ferguson policing - and policymakers grapple with whether to bar the public from watching the images - one such recording sits at the heart of a new lawsuit. more

Philadelphia police officers charged with knocking man off scooter, severely beating him

PHILADELPHIA - Two city police officers were arrested Thursday and accused of knocking a man off a scooter and beating him so severely that another officer thought he had been shot. more

Officers face murder charges in Albuquerque homeless man's shooting

Albuquerque, New Mexico (CNN) - Two Albuquerque, New Mexico, police officers will face first-degree murder charges in last year's shooting of a homeless man in the hills above the city, a prosecutor announced Monday. more

Former Charlack police chief sentenced to probation for stealing city money

CLAYTON - A judge here sentenced former Charlack Police Chief Anthony Umbertino on Friday to five years on probation for stealing from the city. more

Video shows Texas police officer using stun gun on 76-year-old man

A Victoria police officer is under investigation after using a stun gun on a 76-year-old man after pulling him over Thursday for an expired inspection sticker. more

Attorney: Hooks shot in the back and head during raid

David Hooks was shot in the back and head as he was lying face down on the floor during a drug raid by Laurens County deputies. more

Ex-Hillsdale cop gets nearly four years in prison on drug charges

ST. LOUIS - A former Hillsdale police lieutenant was sentenced Thursday to 46 months in federal prison for robbing a drug courier, prosecutors said. more

Cops Seize Car When Told To Get A Warrant, Tell Owner That's What He Gets For 'Exercising His Rights'

Yeah, so you've read the headline. No criminal activity. No charges brought. And a cheap shot fired across the bow of the Fourth Amendment, not to mention Vermont's own Constitution. more

Sheriff pummels driver after he’s asked for his badge: ‘Here’s my badge, motherf*cker’

A New Mexico sheriff with a controversial past was convicted Friday on federal firearms charges, assault, and violation of a citizen’s civil rights in a road rage incident in March. more

Woman punched by California Highway Patrol officer gets $1.5 million

LOS ANGELES - A woman punched repeatedly by a California Highway Patrol officer on the side of a freeway in an incident caught on video will receive $1.5 million under a settlement, and the officer has agreed to resign. more

Video shows trooper shooting unarmed man, South Carolina police say

(CNN) -- One moment, a man reaches into his vehicle after a South Carolina trooper asked for his driver's license. more

St. Louis County cop charged with assaulting man with baton on MetroLink platform

A veteran St. Louis County police officer was arrested Friday morning and charged with assault for allegedly using his baton to hit a man in the hand after an argument in April while he was working security for MetroLink. more

New York choke hold death leads police to review training procedures

(CNN) -- New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton ordered an extensive review of the NYPD's training procedures after the death of Eric Garner, the man who was held in a choke hold and died while police attempted to arrest him, Bratton announced at a press conference Tuesday. more

Cop, rabbi, scoutmaster among arrests in child porn bust

New York (CNN) -- They are people children are supposed to trust: A New York Police Department officer, a Fire Department of New York paramedic, a rabbi and a scoutmaster were among more than 70 people arrested in a major child porn bust, authorities said Wednesday. more

Ex-Country Club Hills officer convicted after giving woman choice: sex with him or DWI arrest

CLAYTON - The former Country Club Hills police officer accused of telling a woman motorist she could either have sex with him or be arrested for drunken driving has been convicted of corruption. more

Deputy kills 13-year-old carrying fake rifle

(CNN) -- A sheriff's deputy mistakenly thought he saw a teen carrying an assault rifle on a California street this week and shot him dead, authorities said. more

Dallas cop’s shooting of mentally ill man questioned as video emerges

Surveillance video shows a mentally ill man shot by a Dallas cop never “lunged” at police before an officer opened fire. more

Police chief: 64 Cleveland officers broke rules in shooting

(CNN) -- More than 60 officers will be disciplined over a police chase last year that left two people dead in a hail of 137 bullets, Cleveland police said Tuesday. more

LAPD officer charged with assaulting arrested woman, who later died

(CNN) -- A Los Angeles police officer has been charged with assaulting a woman under arrest, Alesia Thomas, who lost consciousness in a patrol car and was declared dead soon thereafter, prosecutors announced Thursday. more

Video Captures Cop's Alleged Excessive Force Against Chicago Woman

A Chicago woman has filed a lawsuit against the Skokie Police Department claiming an officer used excessive force after she was arrested for DUI. more

Lawyer: More women claim illegal strip-searches

The attorney for a woman who alleged she was forcibly stripped by LaSalle County deputies after a DUI arrest last spring said other women have come forward claiming similar conduct, and he has asked a federal judge to bar destruction of potential video evidence. more

Florida sheriff's deputies shoot unarmed black man in his own driveway

Another day in Florida. more

Viral Video Appears To Show Hawthorne Police Fatally Shoot Dog

HAWTHORNE ( - A video posted online apparently shows Hawthorne police officers fatally shooting the dog of a man filming a nearby barricade situation, an attorney said Monday. more

'Highly Questionable' Method: Bra Searches by Lakeland Police are Criticized by State Attorney

LAKELAND | State Attorney Jerry Hill sent a letter to the Lakeland Police Department this week criticizing the actions of an officer who, in an unjustified hunt for drugs, instructed a woman to shake out her bra and searched her car as she pleaded with him to stop. more

Jasper Police Accused Of Beating Woman In Custody

JASPER (CBSDFW.COM) - The Southeast Texas town of Jasper has a history of racial unrest. Now an attorney says the city, its police department and two officers will be sued over the beating of an African American woman by two police officers - and it was caught on surveillance video. more

Hero cop, who sat next to the first lady, charged with rape

(CNN) -- A former "top cop," who had the honor of sitting next to first lady Michelle Obama during a televised presidential speech four years ago, is facing rape allegations. more

NY officer accused of leading drug robbery crew pleads not guilty

New York (CNN) -- A veteran New York police officer accused of equipping a robbery crew with state-of-the art police equipment and helping them loot drug dealers out of $1 million pleaded not guilty in federal court Thursday. more

California officer accused of sexually assaulting 6 women

(CNN) -- A California police department is doing some soul searching after arresting one of its own on allegations of sexually assaulting half a dozen women. more

Florida executes former cop

(CNN) -- A former police officer convicted of multiple murders in the 1980s was executed Tuesday night in Florida. more

Los Angeles Woman Suffers Cardiac Arrest After Being Shocked With Taser By Police

Angela Jones, a Los Angeles woman, suffered cardiac arrest after being shocked with a Taser gun by police during a traffic stop in June. The incident, which was caught on video by a California Highway Patrol dashboard camera, has once again raised questions about the safety of the weapon. more

Ex-cop in southwest Missouri pleads to child porn charge

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. • A former Carl Junction police officer is facing up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to possessing child pornography. more

LAPD officer used Taser on handcuffed woman

A Los Angeles police officer shocked a handcuffed woman with a Taser stun gun while joking with other officers at the scene, according to interviews and law enforcement records, adding to a series of controversial use-of-force incidents at the LAPD. more

Man tasered by police calls it "brutal"

Pinellas Park, Florida -- Daniel Jensen wasn't running from the law, he was trying to protect his home from burning up. Yet, Pinellas Park Police tasered him in the process. Jensen and his attorney say it's an excessive use of force. more

Video of police beating in Brooklyn sparks investigation

New York (CNN) -- A New York police officer is under investigation after a video emerged showing him beating a 21-year-old man at a community center in Brooklyn, police said Monday. more

Minnesota police officer facing charges for hitting man in detox

(CNN) -- A Duluth, Minnesota, police officer will face criminal charges for, as a video shows, beating up a man in a detox facility last month, the city's police department said Thursday. more

Police Commissioner Reacts to Video of Officer Hitting Woman

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey says the video showing one of his commanding officers hitting a woman on Sunday is another embarrassing moment for the department. He said at least six officers have damaged the department's reputation in the last two months. more

Police kill amputee in wheelchair at group home for the mentally ill

(CNN) -- Houston police shot to death a double amputee in a wheelchair who they said was trying to stab an officer with a pen. more

Texas woman, 77, yanked from SUV by officer

KEENE, TX -- Police say a North Texas officer followed policy by yanking a 77-year-old woman from her SUV when she refused to provide identification and said she first needed a bathroom. more

Melbourne fires cop accused of consorting with prostitutes

A Melbourne police officer suspected of arranging sexual encounters in his patrol car with at least three prostitutes during a year-long period has been fired. more

St. Louis police officer accused of assaulting handcuffed man

ST. LOUIS - The Police Department suspended a St. Louis patrolman and is seeking a felony charge against him for allegedly beating a trespassing suspect who was handcuffed and sitting in a wheelchair at the Lumière Place Casino downtown. more

Police shooting, protests rock Los Angeles suburb

CNN - Authorities in the Los Angeles suburb of Anaheim, California, have asked for a federal investigation into a pair of weekend police shootings that have sparked days of protests, the city's mayor said Wednesday. more

St. Louis police officer suspended, charged with burglary

ST. LOUIS - A resident of the Clifton Heights neighborhood awoke about 3:30 a.m. Sunday to find a stranger in the house, emptying a purse. more

St. Louis County police officer charged with sodomy

CLAYTON - A St. Louis County police officer was charged Wednesday with three counts of second-degree statutory sodomy after he was accused of having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a teenage girl more than 10 years ago. more

Deputy who did Cook County evictions charged with theft

CHICAGO - After years of complaints, a Cook County sheriff's deputy has been charged with federal theft charges for stealing from a home during an eviction. more

'Help me,' homeless man begs as cops fatally beat him in videotaped incident

(CNN) -- A graphic video played at a hearing Monday to determine whether two California police officers should stand trial in the beating death of a homeless man showed them kicking and punching the mentally ill man as he lay on the ground -- screaming in pain and begging for help. more

St. Louis police board approves settlement up to $275K for shooting victim

ST. LOUIS - The Board of Police Commissioners has agreed to pay up to $275,000 to Jeffrey Bladdick for a wound suffered when he shot by an intoxicated, off-duty St. Louis officer outside a bar in Pontoon Beach in 2008. more

St. Louis police facing charges after assaulting prisoners

ST. LOUIS - Two city police officers are charged with assaulting handcuffed teenage prisoners in separate incidents, officials announced Wednesday. more

St. Louis officers lied at trial and man served 40 months, lawyer says

ST. LOUIS - Douglas Hervey Jr. won a reversal of a felony conviction last year after presenting a police radio recording that apparently contradicted testimony of an officer who claimed to see him run from a stolen car. more

FBI arrests Connecticut cops accused of racial profiling

(CNN) -- The FBI has arrested three East Haven, Connecticut, police patrol officers and one sergeant for their alleged role in the mistreatment of Latinos -- the first arrests to stem from a federal investigation into racial profiling in that town. more

St. Louis police officer and brother indicted in drug conspiracy

ST. LOUIS - Several years ago, St. Louis police stopped regularly checking packages for drugs at delivery services like UPS and FedEx. more

Ex-East St. Louis police chief Baxton admits theft

EAST ST. LOUIS - The embattled police chief here - who survived years of controversies - was brought down by stolen video game players he gave to relatives. more

Officer beats 66-year-old man suffering from dementia

MELBOURNE, Fla. - WFTV obtained dash camera video of a violent police beating in Melbourne. more

Former St. Louis deputy sheriff admits buying drugs, chauffeuring dealer

ST. LOUIS - A former St. Louis sheriff's deputy admitted Wednesday that he bought drugs while in uniform and chauffeured a drug dealer around town. more

North Chicago police beating, Tasing caused man’s death: suit

The family of a North Chicago man who died a week after his arrest sued North Chicago police officers Tuesday in federal court, alleging excessive force and brutality. more

Normandy police officer charged with stealing

NORMANDY - A nearly five-year veteran of the police department has been charged with a felony after police say he used his police fuel credit card to buy $600 in gas for his family's personal vehicles. more

John Fox, Seattle Cop, Arrested for Drunkenly Crashing Unmarked Police Car

Seattle Police Detective John Fox apparently started drinking early on Thursday. more

Eight New York policemen charged in gun smuggling ring

(Reuters) - Eight New York City policemen were charged on Tuesday with helping run a gun-smuggling ring in a city whose mayor, Michael Bloomberg, is leading a national campaign against illegal guns. more

5 law officers among 70 charged in Arkansas drug trafficking bust

(CNN) -- Five law enforcement officers were among 70 people in Arkansas charged in a federal drug-trafficking crackdown that also involved public corruption charges, authorities said Tuesday. more

Columbia, Mo., officer fired for excessive force

COLUMBIA, Mo. - A mid-Missouri police officer has been fired for what his chief says was excessive force against a man in a holding cell. more

Metro East prosecutor announces crackdown on bad cops

BELLEVILLE - A day after six Metro East police officers and a former police dispatcher were charged with official misconduct, St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly announced "Operation Enemy Within," a sprawling law enforcement initiative to prosecute bad cops. more

Woman assaulted by sheriff’s deputy in 2007 files federal lawsuit

An Independence woman sexually assaulted at age 15 by a Jackson County sheriff’s deputy filed a federal lawsuit Thursday related to that incident. more

State Police Probe Officer's Public Sex Photos

SANTA FE, N.M. -- A spokesman for the New Mexico State Police said the photos of a uniformed officer having sex on the hood of a car in public are an embarrassment to the department. more

Former Berkeley cop pleads guilty of statutory rape of teen

FERGUSON - A former rookie Berkeley police officer has pleaded guilty of statutory rape and sodomy involving a 15-year-old girl last summer in Ferguson. more

Former Bridgeton cop gets two years for taking bribe

ST. LOUIS - A former Bridgeton police officer who took a $5,000 bribe to help someone hide drug cash was sentenced in federal court here to two years in prison Thursday. more

St. Louis County officer stopped for drunk driving faces license revocation

CLAYTON - A former St. Louis County police officer faces the loss of his driver's license for refusing to take a breath test after being stopped on suspicion of drunk driving. more

Former suburban police officer convicted in St. Louis murder

ST. LOUIS - A onetime suburban police officer with a previous conviction for kidnapping and rape was found guilty by a jury in St. Louis on Thursday of second-degree murder. more

Women: Former Missouri sheriff made them expose themselves

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A former northwest Missouri sheriff faces eight federal misdemeanor counts of depriving women of their civil rights for allegedly forcing them to expose themselves. more

Ex-trooper in Illinois pleads guilty to child porn

WHEATON, Ill. - A former Illinois State Police trooper will spend 60 days in the DuPage County Jail after pleading guilty to official misconduct and possession of child pornography. more

Eyewitness to Miami Beach shooting alleges police misconduct

(CNN) -- An eyewitness to a fatal police shooting in Miami Beach last week claims police officers attempted to confiscate the video he filmed of the incident, and even crushed his phone underfoot in an attempt to destroy the recording. more

MTA Officers Detain Man For Taking Pictures

BALTIMORE (WJZ) - The Maryland Transit Administration says more training may be called for after three MTA officers detained a man for taking pictures at a light rail station. more

Police officer's past questioned in teen death

SAN ANTONIO - New information is coming to light about a tragic shooting last November. A teenage boy died after a North Side Independent School District police officer chased and then shot him. more

Sheriff's deputy, 2 others arrested in Arizona human trafficking bust

Authorities in Arizona have arrested three employees of a sheriff's office known for its tough stand on illegal immigration, accusing them of aiding human traffickers and drug smugglers. more

Allegations of Police Brutality in Effingham County

SPRINGFIELD, GA -- The Effingham County Sheriff's Department is not specifically commenting on some controversial video from a dashcam but the man who some witnesses say was "sucker punched" is. more

Bridgeton police officer admits to taking a bribe, tipping off suspect

ST. LOUIS - An officer on a north St. Louis County drug task force has admitted to accepting $5,000 in cash bribes and tipping off a suspect in a federal money laundering investigation. more

St. Louis officer admits leaking crime-scene photo

ST. LOUIS - A city police officer has admitted using his cellphone to take the crime scene photograph that was leaked from a deadly shootout two weeks ago, St. Louis police department officials said Monday. more

Former New Melle cop found guilty of harassment

ST. CHARLES COUNTY - A former New Melle police sergeant was found guilty Wednesday of harassing an elementary school teacher but not guilty of violating a protection order she filed against him. more

Police: Officer made up story about shooting near high school

Los Angeles (CNN) -- A police officer in Los Angeles who claimed he was shot while patrolling near a high school has now been arrested for making up the story, authorities said. more

Court awards $8 million for teens' deaths attributed to Illinois trooper

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The parents of two teens killed by the reckless driving of an Illinois state trooper deserve $8 million in damages, the Illinois Court of Claims announced Wednesday. It is believed to be the largest award ever granted by the special court that hears civil lawsuits against the state. more

Sex assault trial begins for former St. George police chief

HILLSBORO - The trial of the former St. George police chief on charges of sexually assaulting a teenage girl began Wednesday in circuit court. more

Second Uplands Park officer pleads guilty

ST. LOUIS - Justin Biancardi, a former volunteer police officer in Uplands Park, admitted Monday in federal court here that he helped a full-time officer shake down more than a dozen prostitutes for money in 2009. more

Jennings officer resigns after shooting at fleeing car

JENNINGS - The top police official in Jennings said Monday that a police officer was not justified when he fired shots last week at a car with a baby inside during a car chase that sprawled over several cities and ended with Velda City's police chief punching the car's driver. more

St. Louis police investigating video showing cop hitting man

ST. LOUIS - Police are investigating an incident at a St. Louis gas station after a YouTube video appearing to show a police officer beating a man with his baton was posted online. more

Federal probe in tow scandal ending with fourth sentencing

U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan said today that the federal investigation of the St. Louis towing scandal is ending with this morning's sentencing of its fourth and final figure to go to prison. more

Charges allege Uplands Park hired unlicensed officers

UPLANDS PARK - Lamont Aikens had a uniform, a badge and a patrol car last year when he chased a speeding car into St. Louis, where it crashed and killed a mother of four. more

Sunset Hills cop expected to plead guilty in drunken crash that killed four

CLAYTON - A former Sunset Hills police officer is expected to plead guilty Thursday to charges that she was driving drunk and killed four people in 2009. more

Video Shows Officer Playing 'Prank' On Homeless Woman

PHOENIX -- More information on the past behavior of a Phoenix police officer charged with second-degree murder reveals a video of him playing what he called a "prank" on a homeless woman. more

Denver mayor asks FBI to review videotape of alleged excessive force

DENVER - The City of Denver is asking the FBI to investigate a police beating in lower downtown Denver from 2009. Michael DeHerrera was talking on his cell phone as his friend was being arrested near the corner of 15th and Lawrence when the incident happened. more

Family of man killed by police awarded $1.9M

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A federal jury has awarded $1.85 million to the daughters of a man shot and killed by an off-duty Milwaukee police officer five years ago. more

Uplands Park officer admits on-duty sex assaults

ST. LOUIS - An Uplands Park police officer faces up to 25 years in federal prison after admitting Wednesday that he robbed and sexually assaulted four female paid escorts he had lured to meet with him. more

Witness: Cop shot unarmed man

Kemp was among a group of river-lovers who'd just returned to the home of Kemp's common-law wife after a trip in which they'd been drinking alcohol, said 30-year-old Ian Olson of Grand Junction. more

Former Montclair man shot to death in Newark park by Essex County sheriff's detective is identified

NEWARK - The man shot and killed in Branch Brook Park on Friday by an Essex County sheriff's detective has been identified as a former Montclair man visiting New Jersey from Atlanta, where he works as a CEO of a credit union. more

Inmates say they witnessed man's death when jailers restrained, shocked him repeatedly

Marvin Booker just wanted to get his shoes. more

More city cop abuse reports sustained

ST. LOUIS - The low rate at which the Police Department sustains physical-abuse complaints against officers — the subject of scathing comments by a federal judge in CRIME STATS more

Jury Selection Begins in Ill. Police Torture Trial

For decades, black men across Chicago described torture at the hands of former police Lt. Jon Burge and his officers, and for decades no one listened. Suspects landed in jail and even on death row for crimes they say they didn't commit after Burge and his men coerced confessions using terrifying methods including suffocation, a form of waterboarding and electric shocks. more

Lawyer questions police version of raid that killed girl

(CNN) -- An attorney representing the family of a 7-year-old girl shot to death Sunday in a police raid is accusing the Detroit Police Department of misrepresenting the incident. more

FBI looks at possible hate crime charge against Seattle officers

(CNN) -- The FBI in Seattle, Washington, is looking into allegations of civil rights violations in the case of a police officer caught on video kicking a Latino detainee, an agent said Wednesday. more

Philadelphia cop intentionally shot himself, commissioner says

(CNN) -- A Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, police officer who told authorities he was shot while on patrol last month has admitted he shot himself intentionally, the city's police commissioner said Tuesday. more

Trooper who pleaded guilty now insists he wasn't at fault

BELLEVILLE - lllinois trooper Matt Mitchell, who pleaded guilty of reckless homicide last week for an on-duty crash that killed two teens, insisted in a civil hearing this morning that he was not at fault for their deaths. more

Officer, bar, pay $2.255 million to settle suit in crash that killed 4

CLAYTON - A Sunset Hills police officer and the bar that served her alcohol have agreed to pay a total of $2.255 million — the limit of their insurance policies — to compensate the families of four CRIME STATS more

Authorities probe beating video of Maryland student

(CNN) -- A Prince George's County, Maryland, police officer has been suspended, and prosecutors are investigating an incident -- caught on video -- in which officers wielding nightsticks beat a University of Maryland student, officials said Tuesday. more

Police: Cop charged in man's death had pushed him down steps

OVERLAND -- An Overland police officer charged in a man's death had quarreled with the man and pushed him down a flight of stairs at an Overland duplex, investigators said Tuesday. more

Former sheriff's sergeant sentenced to prison in beating of suspect

A former Milwaukee County sheriff's sergeant was sentenced Friday to 18 months in prison for repeatedly slugging a handcuffed suspect in the face, an outburst his attorney blamed on post-traumatic stress disorder. more

Ex-cop pleads guilty in Katrina bridge shooting cover-up

New Orleans, Louisiana (CNN) -- A former New Orleans police lieutenant pleaded guilty Wednesday to obstruction of justice in connection with the police shootings of civilians in the days after Hurricane Katrina and court documents unsealed with the plea suggest that other officers will be indicted in the case. more

Milford cops release video of fatal crash

MILFORD -- A police videotape released Tuesday shows the car carrying two Orange teens in a June fatal crash turned directly into the path of Police Officer Jason Anderson’s vehicle, which was travelling at 94 miles per hour at the point of collision. more

Four St. Charles County-area cops charged with assault, false reporting

ST. CHARLES COUNTY -- Four St. Charles County area police officers who served on a regional drug task force are facing misdemeanor charges including assault. more

Police Officer Uses Taser On 10-Year-Old Girl

OZARK, Ark. -- Ozark police said they were called to a home where a mother asked for help with her unruly child, but the 10-year-old's father said he's outraged at the force police used against his daughter. more

FBI To Review Video Of Cop Using Taser On Man

The FBI will be reviewing dash cam video of a Minneapolis police officer using a Taser on a man as a possible civil rights violation, according to a statement released by the Minneapolis police chief Tuesday evening. more

Officer arrested in child porn case

ADAMS, Mass. -- Veteran Adams Police Officer Alan C. Vigiard, 45, was arrested last week and charged with possession of child pornography. He has been placed on administrative leave pending further investigation, authorities said Monday. more

Boise ombudsman says police officer used excessive force in an arrest this year

A report issued Wednesday by Boise Community Ombudsman Pierce Murphy found that a Boise police officer who used a Taser on a suspect's buttocks violated the police department's use-of-force policy. more

Dolton cop in beating case has troubling history

A Dolton cop caught on camera allegedly breaking a 15-year-old special needs student's nose for failing to tuck in his shirt has a troubling history that includes killing a man in a case of disputed self-defense. more

Assault charges dropped after video contradicts police officers' story

ST. LOUIS - Police said Anthony K. Barsh tried to assault a city officer by speeding at him with a car. more

Florida cops taped playing Wii bowling during drug raid

Some Florida cops may be in a Wii bit of trouble. more

Animal-cruelty charges dropped against Burlington County cop

If animals could talk, a few cows in Burlington County might ask state legislators to hurry up and outlaw bestiality. more

4 Chicago cops admit home invasions, thefts

CHICAGO (AP) -- Four former members of an elite Chicago police unit have admitted taking part in a brazen operation in which they barged into homes and stole money -- in one case after withholding insulin from a diabetic man until he told him were to find the cash. more

Case of Sunset Hills officer is back in court

The case of Sunset Hills police Officer Christine L. Miller is back in St. Louis County court today for a pretrial conference. more

Chief: Excessive Force Used On Councilman's Daughter

CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati's police chief said Monday that when an officer shocked the daughter of a city councilman with a Taser gun early Sunday, it was an excessive use of force. more

Moberly to pay $2.4 million over Taser death

ST. LOUIS - The city of Moberly, Mo., has agreed to pay $2.4 million to the family of Stanley Harlan, 23, who died during a 2008 drunken driving arrest. more

Suit alleges cops sold, destroyed man's property

ST. LOUIS - A judge was weighing Thursday whether the Police Department can be sued for disposing of seized property without giving the owner a chance to reclaim it. more

OHP Trooper Scuffle Caught On Videotape

BOLEY, OK -- Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers get into a fight with a paramedic and it is all caught on videotape. more

Cop accused in fatal hit-and-run wanted to 'go back'

The Chicago Police officer charged with striking and killing a 13-year-old South Side boy in a hit-and-run crash Friday told arresting officers that he just wanted to “go back.” more

Birmingham police beating video: Five officers fired

Five Birmingham police officers have been fired for a January 2008 beating of an already-unconscious suspect with fists, feet and a billy club, a battering caught on videotape until a police officer turned off the patrol car camera, city and police officials said today. more

Texas police shake down drivers, lawsuit claims

TENAHA, Texas (CNN) -- Roderick Daniels was traveling through East Texas in October 2007 when, he says, he was the victim of a highway robbery. more

Officer who detained ABC-7 crew demoted

EL PASO, Texas -- A police sergeant who was involved in a confrontation with an ABC-7 news crew has been demoted. The demotion of Raul Ramirez is for use of force in a matter that has nothing to do with the incident on I-10 two weeks ago in which reporter Darren Hunt and photographer Ric Dupont were arrested. more

Video sharpens focus on raid

THE NARCOTICS officers knew they were being watched on video surveillance moments after they entered the bodega. more

State Police look into Taser death in Bay City

State Police said Monday they have started an investigation into the death of a 15-year-old Tasered by Bay City police officers who were trying to break up a fight between him and another male at an apartment. more

Officers in court Wednesday in brutality case

PEORIA -- Two Peoria police officers arrested after a brutality claim will appear in court Wednesday, when Peoria County State's Attorney Kevin Lyons said he plans to read a copy of the complaint and factual basis for their arrest. more

St. Louis police officer pleads guilty of planting evidence, other charges

A man admitted Friday in federal court that when he was a city police officer he helped plant evidence, stole cash and filed false criminal charges. more

Caught on tape: New Jersey woman claims cop beat her

A New Jersey woman has filed a lawsuit claiming police officers beat her, after she was stopped for illegally riding her bike on the sidewalk. The encounter was caught on a police dashcam video. more

Wal-Mart Greeter Sues Chattanooga and Chattanooga Police Detectives for $21,000,000

The elderly Wal-Mart greeter shoved to the ground by a Chattanooga Police officer has filed suit. more

Officer admits excessive force on man in wheelchair

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A Chicago, Illinois, police officer who was videotaped beating a man restrained in a wheelchair at a hospital emergency room pleaded guilty Thursday to using "excessive or unreasonable force" against the victim, Justice Department officials announced. more

Ex-St. Louis police officer is accused of illegally accessing files

Federal prosecutors say that a former St. Louis police officer used a law enforcement database to find out whether secret arrest warrants had been issued against her friends. more

New video shows BART officer shooting Hayward man in the back

A BART police officer struggling to handcuff a 22-year-old man stood up over the facedown Hayward resident and fired a single shot into his back while a handful of officers watched, a video taken by a train passenger apparently shows. more

Federal civil jury faults St. Louis police officers in beating lawsuit

St. Louis - A federal jury awarded $91,000 on Thursday to a man who said St. Louis police officers beat him while he tried to sell T-shirts near Busch Stadium during a Cardinals game in 2005. more

St. Louis police kept seized cash that should have been returned

St. Louis — For years, St. Louis police wrongly kept and earned interest on millions of dollars seized in the arrests of suspects, the department admitted Wednesday. more

Former Alton cop gets 10 years for stealing evidence

A former Alton police officer was sentenced today to 10 years in federal prison for stealing evidence, including money taken in bank robberies. more

Oakland Tribune reporter won't be charged

OAKLAND - Alameda County prosecutors are not filing charges against an Oakland Tribune photographer who was detained and had her video footage taken by Oakland police. more

St. Louis fires police officer involved in Illinois shooting

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department said this morning it has fired one of the St. Louis city police officers involved in Sunday's shootings outside a Pontoon Beach tavern. more

Anaheim officer mistakenly kills man on his front lawn

An Anaheim police officer chasing burglary suspects shot and killed an innocent 20-year-old man who heard a commotion and emerged from his house early Tuesday holding what authorities said was either a broomstick or a shower rod. more

Maryland Police Put Activists' Names On Terror Lists

The Maryland State Police classified 53 nonviolent activists as terrorists and entered their names and personal information into state and federal databases that track terrorism suspects, the state police chief acknowledged yesterday. more

Suspect dies after police use Taser

Police in Moberly, Mo., on Thursday defended the use of a Taser on a suspected drunken driver after the man later died at local hospital. more

Jury Awards Louisville Woman In Police Brutality Case

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Five years after a Louisville woman claimed a former Strathmoor Village police officer attacked her and charged her with crimes she didn't commit, a jury has sided with her and awarded her more than $1 million. more

Tape contradicts cop's testimony about fight

A Denver police officer appears to have lied under oath when he denied slamming a man's face into the ground during an arrest, according to court transcripts reviewed by the Rocky Mountain News. more

Police Beating Of Cuffed Man Caught On Camera

Three police officers could face charges after disturbing video of the beating of a man in handcuffs sent shockwaves through the community. more

Cop demands free coffee, but not at this Starbucks

A Chicago Police officer has been suspended and ordered into counseling after she was found guilty of demanding free Starbucks coffee from six different stores on the North Side from 2001 to 2004, sometimes flashing her badge, displaying her gun and screaming at employees. more

Feds investigating drug raid on small-town mayor's home

Federal officials have opened a civil rights investigation into a police narcotics raid on the home of a Maryland mayor in which police burst in without knocking and shot the mayor's two dogs to death. more

OxyContin bust nets 56 Miami-Dade government employees

Fifty-six government employees -- including a police officer, a felony court clerk, two corrections officers and 27 school bus drivers and attendants -- were arrested in a scam that used health insurance information to fraudulently obtain prescriptions for the painkiller OxyContin, authorities said Wednesday. more

Rookie cop in hot water after video shows him slamming biker

A rookie NYPD cop was stripped of his badge and gun Monday after a stunning video caught him slamming a bicyclist to the ground in an apparent unprovoked attack. more

Minneapolis police: A mistake, an apology and then medals

First, the city apologized. Then it gave awards. more

Parents question why Ozark police used stun gun on injured son

OZARK, Mo. -- A family wants answers about what happened to their son that left him hospitalized. Early Saturday morning, police found Mace Hutchinson, 16, underneath the Highway F overpass over U.S. 65. more

Man dies after cop hits him with Taser 9 times

WINNFIELD, Louisiana (CNN) -- A police officer shocked a handcuffed Baron "Scooter" Pikes nine times with a Taser after arresting him on a cocaine charge. more

Chief reassigns 3 LAPD officers after drug charges are dismissed

Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton said Tuesday he has placed three officers on home assignment as the department moved swiftly to investigate allegations that officers lied under oath during a recently dismissed drug possession trial. more

Police say they used Taser on 'combative' bicyclist

Reports of police officers using a Taser stun gun in an attempt to subdue a well-known local bicyclist Tuesday night in Southeast Portland has sparked protest on the Internet. more

Video: APD officer, photographer scuffle

An Eyewitness News 4 photographer was cuffed and cited Thursday morning for disobeying a police officer. It was a situation where the photographer was trying to do his job. And now the Albuquerque Police Department is reviewing the tape to see if the officer crossed the line. more

Officials: Race had no role in Philly police beating

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (CNN) -- The videotaped beatings of three restrained men by several members of the Philadelphia police force were inexcusable but had nothing to do with race, the city's mayor and police commissioner said Thursday. more

Special license plates shield officials from traffic tickets

It's 1:45 p.m. on a Wednesday in February and a Toyota Camry is driving west on the 91 Express Lanes, for free, for the 470th time. more

Officer accused of pointing gun is charged

ST. LOUIS -- A St. Louis County police officer accused of pointing his gun at a parking lot attendant during the St. Patrick's Day parade was charged Wednesday with third-degree assault. more

Videos show troopers kicking, hitting suspects

COLUMBIA, S.C. --A South Carolina state trooper is seen kicking a suspect in the head multiple times after a high speed interstate chase in the latest in a string of alarming Highway Patrol videos. more

Video Of Woman Pushed Down Stairs Prompts Calls For Charges Against Officer

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Video showing a woman being pushed down some stairs by a police officer that led to a battery charge against the woman has prompted calls for charges against the officer. more

S.C. Highway Patrol Videos lead to probes

Federal authorities are investigating alleged misconduct and civil rights violations by the Highway Patrol shown in videos in which state troopers used racial slurs, threatened to kill a suspect and — most recently — struck suspects fleeing on foot with their patrol cars. more

Man dies after police use stun gun

A man died Tuesday night after Chicago police shocked him with a Taser stun gun because he was combative during an arrest on the West Side, authorities said Wednesday morning. more

Lima officer is indicted in shootings; misdemeanor charges upset victims' family

LIMA, Ohio - A veteran Lima police officer was indicted yesterday on misdemeanor charges for shooting a woman to death and wounding her young son during a drug raid. more

Police brutality or slip and fall?

A Shreveport police officer has been fired after an incident in which a female prisoner taken into custody on suspicion of DWI wound up lying on a floor at the police station in a pool of blood. more

Bel-Ridge police chief investigated

St. Louis -- Authorities are investigating Bel-Ridge police Chief Gordon Brock on an allegation that he inappropriately deleted an arrest record from an areawide law enforcement computer database. more

Deputy now suspended after dumping man from wheelchair

Tampa, Florida - The Hillsborough Co. Sheriff's Office held a press conference at 10:30am regarding the deputy who can be seen on video dumping a man in a wheelchair onto the ground. more

Naughty Cops Caught on Video

It would be pretty tame as an episode of "Girls Gone Wild," but surveillance video of what happened at Elkhart, Indiana Police headquarters last Thanksgiving was hot enough for two workers to lose their jobs. more

Strip search of woman by Sheriff's Deputies called outrageous

CANTON -- Hope Steffey's night began with a call to police for help. It ended with her face down, completely naked and sobbing on a jail cell floor. more

Cedar Rapids police officer stripped of duties

CEDAR RAPIDS - A Cedar Rapids police officer will never wear a law enforcement uniform anywhere again, according to an agreement between the officer and the government. more

Trooper in fatal crash was going 126 mph

BELLEVILLE -- An Illinois state trooper's cruiser was traveling 126 mph moments before it veered out of control, crossed an interstate median and killed two teenage sisters, a coroner's jury was told Wednesday. more

Another black eye

New Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis will take a "hard, close look" at taking further action against an officer suspended after a surveillance camera captured him beating a man handcuffed and shackled to a wheelchair, a police spokeswoman says. more

FBI to assist in investigation of Lima woman killed in deadly raid

LIMA, Ohio - The FBI has joined state investigators in a probe of the fatal shooting of a Lima woman and a veteran police sergeant was identified as the shooter yesterday. more

Mayor: If Mistakes Made, SWAT Mess Will Be Fixed

LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. -- A woman who said her apartment and belongings were ruined during a SWAT incident may soon get help from the city. more

Recording Nets Charges for NY Detective

NEW YORK (AP) -- A teenage suspect who secretly recorded his interrogation on an MP3 player has landed a veteran detective in the middle of perjury charges, authorities said Thursday. more

Hearing Impaired Man Tased by Police

(Wichita, KS) -- Donnell Williams had just gotten out of the bath tub, wearing only a towel around his waist, when he turned the corner to see guns pointing right at him. more

Ill. cop fired for harassing anti-abortion protesters

DES PLAINES, Ill. -- A suburban Chicago police officer has been fired for harassing anti-abortion protesters. more

Utah Cop's Itchy Taser Finger Probed

A dashboard camera video posted on YouTube less than 24 hours ago showing a Utah Highway Patrol officer firing a Taser at a driver he stopped for speeding has prompted authorities there to expedite an internal investigation into the incident. more

Jury finds 3 Sauget officers should pay 2 men $107,000

East St. Louis — A federal jury in East St. Louis ordered three Sauget police officers Monday to pay $107,000 to two men from Michigan who claimed they were beaten and shocked with stun guns during an arrest three years ago. more

Man dies after police jolt him with stun gun

(CNN) -- A 20-year-old man died Sunday after being shot with a Taser device during a scuffle with a sheriff's deputy in Maryland, a spokeswoman for the Frederick County Sheriff's Office said. more

Police officer tasers woman, 82

CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago's Police Department is investigating an officer's use of a Taser on an 82-year-old woman who police say was swinging a hammer when they arrived. more

Cop's home searched for clues to wife's disappearance

BOLINGBROOK, Illinois (AP) -- State police searched the home of a police sergeant from a Chicago suburb whose wife disappeared last month and whose former wife was found dead in her bathtub three years ago. more

Rights advocates attend council meeting

Both human and women's rights advocates descended on the Independence City Council meeting Monday night in hopes of getting a chance to voice their concerns to the council over the treatment of Yvette Hayes. more

Ohio cop on leave after video shows woman being hit by stun gun

(CNN) -- An Ohio police officer has been put on paid administrative leave after his own police cruiser's dash camera captured him using a stun gun to subdue a handcuffed woman, an attorney for the city of Warren, Ohio, told CNN on Thursday. more

Cops on leave after Taser incident, student's behavior under scrutiny

(CNN) -- Two University of Florida police officers were on leave with pay Wednesday as university officials tried to sort out what caused them to use an electronic stun gun to subdue a student, the school's president said. more

Officers involved in bar room fight

HOUSE SPRINGS — As many as five Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies have been suspended with pay because of a bar room brawl early Thursday morning, said Sheriff Oliver "Glenn" Boyer. more

Arnold officer resigns after restaurant flap

Florissant — An Arnold police officer was suspended and then resigned Thursday after threatening a man at a White Castle while off duty earlier in the morning. more

Officer who berated driver loses job in St. George

ST. GEORGE — A police officer who was recorded berating a motorist earlier this month has lost his job. more

Officer Accused Of Bragging Online About Using Taser Gun

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office has launched an investigation into allegations that a local corrections deputy bragged about using a Taser gun on people in an Internet chat room. more

Cop shoots at snake, kills boy, 5

NOBLE, Oklahoma (AP) -- A police officer shooting at a snake apparently killed a 5-year-old boy who was fishing at a nearby pond, officials said. more

Cell Phone Picture Called Obstruction Of Justice

PHILADELPHIA -- A Philadelphia family said they are outraged over the arrest of one of their family members. more

Officer loses job over jail 'sex show'

PHILADELPHIA - An officer who ordered two women to put on a "sex show" in a jail cell will be fired. more

Jury awards victim $1 million

A phone call from Kennewick police administrators in July 2003 to see how Ken Rogers was doing in the aftermath of a botched police chase could have saved the city more than $1 million in a federal verdict. more

LAPD chief: Cops who fired at protesters are off streets

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Police Chief William Bratton said Sunday that up to 60 members of an elite squad that swarmed into a park and fired rubber bullets during a May Day immigration rally are no longer on the street. more

Deputy Suspended After Arresting Woman Rushing To Ill Dad

TAMPA, Fla. -- A Hillsborough County deputy has been suspended after he arrested a woman who was speeding to the emergency room to check on her father. more

Pennington Defends Police Training

Atlanta Police Chief Richard Pennington held his second news conference in as many days Tuesday to defend the training of his officers following the guilty pleas by two narcotics detectives in the shooting death of an elderly woman. more

Ex-city officer alters gun story on witness stand

St. Louis — A former city police officer told a jury Thursday that he shot a 16-year-old to death in fear of his life but that the youth never pointed a weapon directly at him. more

Sikh American Veteran Assaulted by Police Officer in Illinois

Washington D.C., April 11, 2007 -- The Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF), the oldest Sikh American civil rights and advocacy organization in the country, today called upon the Joliet Police Department to investigate the actions of one of its officers when patrolling a local neighborhood. more

Plant growers served search warrant

On a regular Saturday evening, three roommates stood around their apartment going about their normal routine when suddenly eight to 10 police officers, guns drawn, came into the apartment and served the unsuspecting men a search warrant. more

Witnesses: Police lacked cause to kill suspect

The 25-year-old man shot to death last week by a Wilmington officer never threatened police, according to five witnesses working nearby and a sixth witness standing next to the victim when the confrontation began. more

Off-Duty Cop Caught On Tape Beating Bartender

CHICAGO (CBS) ? A woman was injured during a frightening attack and it was all caught on tape. The attacker was an off-duty Chicago police officer who has now been charged. CBS 2 Investigator Dave Savini reports. more

Mo. cop said to have offered smokes for sex

CHAFFEE, Mo. (AP) -- A police officer in this small southeast Missouri town faces four misdemeanor counts of patronizing prostitution for allegedly offering women cigarettes in return for watching them participate in sex acts. more

Woman sues K.C. cops in newborn's death

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A woman whose premature baby died the day after she was arrested has sued the Kansas City Police Department and two officers who repeatedly ignored her pleas for medical help while they were arresting her. more

Man sues police over beating after high-speed chase

Edmon Burns filed a lawsuit Tuesday claiming Maplewood and St. Louis police violated his civil rights by beating and kicking him at the end of a vehicle chase broadcast live by a TV news helicopter last year. more

NYPD vice cops facing corruption charges

(Brooklyn-WABC, August 16, 2006) - Three NYPD officers are expected to turn themselves in today. They're accused of breaking into a massage parlor in Brooklyn. more

Detective fired over stun gun use

The St. Louis Police Board voted 3-1 Monday night to fire a police detective accused of using a stun gun against a handcuffed suspect in an attempt to learn his name. more

Police admit they planted a gun at Huntington Beach crime scene

With a horrified suspect watching, Huntington Beach police planted evidence -- a loaded revolver -- in the man’s car during a DUI accident investigation in January, the Weekly has learned. more

Mayor: Police barrage at groom 'unacceptable'

NEW YORK (AP) -- Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday he was "deeply disturbed" by the barrage of gunfire unleashed by officers in a weekend shooting that killed a groom on his wedding day. more

Woman, 92, dies in shootout with police

ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) -- The niece of a 92-year-old woman shot to death by police said her aunt likely had reason to shoot three narcotics investigators as they stormed her house. more

Officer in Taser case identified

The UCLA police officer videotaped last week using a Taser gun on a student also shot a homeless man at a campus study hall room three years ago and was earlier recommended for dismissal in connection with an alleged assault on fraternity row, authorities said. more

Bella Villa police chief accused of groping

A third woman has filed a lawsuit accusing Bella Villa Police Chief Edward Locke Jr. of sexual misconduct. The 71-year-old claims he groped her breast. more

Video of violent arrest triggers probe of LA police officers

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The FBI opened an investigation Thursday into video footage of a police officer repeatedly striking a suspect in the face during a struggle on a Hollywood street. more

Autopsy conducted on teen who died after being Tasered

JERSEYVILLE -- A 17-year-old youth who was carrying a Bible and a cordless house phone when he was shot twice by police with a stun gun might have died from "a case of excited delirium," a medical examiner said today. more

'Jelly bellies' memo costs police chief his job

WINTER HAVEN, Florida (AP) -- Police Chief Paul Goward was tired of looking around his department and seeing blubber hanging over the belts of some of his officers. So he sent out a memo exhorting the "jelly bellies" to shape up. more

Indictment: Crooked deputies sold guns, drugs to public

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A Virginia sheriff covered up a scheme in which a dozen of his deputies sold seized guns and drugs to the public, a federal indictment alleges. more

Limited Duty, Full-Time Pay

Anthony Medoro had troubles with his boss. His supervisor was "dictatorial and micromanaging" and undermined his self-confidence, Medoro said. The stress was so oppressive he couldn't bear going to work. more

Police sergeant accused of rape indicted

BLOOMINGTON, Illinois (AP) -- A police sergeant accused of raping four women since 2002 was charged in a grand jury indictment unsealed Thursday with 35 counts, including multiple attacks on three of the victims. more

Cop: Sorry for joking about woman shot in head

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida (AP) -- A high-ranking sheriff's officer apologized Wednesday for insensitive comments he and other officers made about demonstrators after a free-trade summit in 2003 in Miami. more

One dead in Northwest Plaza shooting

ST. ANN -- An off-duty Berkeley police officer, shopping at Northwest Plaza, shot and killed a man after a confrontation in a clothing store shortly before 2 p.m. Wednesday, authorities said. more

Four St. Louis County deputies accused of taking bribes

Four former St. Louis County deputy sheriffs have been indicted on charges that they took bribes from moving companies in return for favorable treatment in enforcing court-ordered evictions. more

Former policeman charged with sexual assault

A former Moline Acres police officer has been indicted for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman during a traffic stop, then lying about it to FBI agents, the U.S. Attorney’s office announced this morning. more

Couple sue state trooper who forced them to disrobe

CHICAGO (AP) -- A couple have filed a federal lawsuit against the Illinois State Police trooper convicted of forcing them to strip during a traffic stop last June. more

Deputy shoots, kills man in fight after traffic stop in Seattle

Police say a man who was fatally shot by a King County sheriff's deputy had knocked the deputy to the ground and bit and kicked him following a traffic stop early this morning. The man managed to rip the cord from the officer's portable radio and returned to his car. The man was in his car when he was shot by the deputy. The man died at the scene. The King County Medical Examiner's Office did not immediately release the name of the 33-year-old man. more

Deputy pleads not guilty to shooting vet

(CNN) -- A sheriff's deputy pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges stemming from the shooting of an unarmed Iraq war veteran in San Bernardino, California -- an incident captured in grainy, amateur video earlier this year. more

Report: Files Suggest City Officials Were Misled

DENVER - A former head of the Denver Police Department's intelligence bureau misled Chief Gerry Whitman and top city administrators into believing officers were complying with federal guidelines when spying on protesters, according to documents released Friday. more

Feds: Five cops were robbers

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- They cased homes containing drugs, money and weapons like suspects in any other robbery ring, prosecutors say. more

Deputy is charged in killings

TROY, Mo. - A Lincoln County sheriff's deputy acted recklessly when he fired shots through a pickup's rear window and killed two men last fall, authorities said Thursday after filing felony charges against the officer. more

FBI enters probe of police beating

The FBI today entered the case of a man who was beaten by four police officers Monday after leading police on a high-speed chase from Maplewood into north St. Louis. more

Off-duty policeman was drunk during wrong-way crash

An off-duty St. Louis police detective was drunk when he drove the wrong way on Interstate 270 near Troy, Ill., crashing head-on into a pickup truck and killing him, according to testimony today at the Madison County coroner's inquest. more

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 8 - In a black eye for a city that prides itself for tolerance, at least 18 police officers were suspended on Thursday for appearing in homemade videos for a Christmas party that parody the Police Department in skits described by officials as racist, sexist and homophobic. more

Cop downloaded pornography at work

TEMPLE TERRACE - A veteran Temple Terrace police officer charged last month with soliciting a lingerie modeling shop employee for sex has resigned - just before the release of an internal affairs investigation that uncovered further misconduct. more

Police charged with battery in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AP) -- Three police officers in New Orleans were charged with battery Sunday after an incident in which two repeatedly struck a 64-year-old man accused of public intoxication as another officer confronted a TV producer. more

Detective in Lafave case placed on leave

TAMPA - The case of Debra Lafave has taken lots of odd twists since she was charged with lewd and lascivious battery last summer. On Thursday, it took another: A Temple Terrace police officer with ties to her case was accused of sexual misconduct. more

Police: Handcuffing girl not a violation

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (AP) -- Police officers committed an error of judgment when they handcuffed an unruly kindergartner at school in March but did not violate policy, the department's chief said Thursday. more

Deputies to be punished over shooting

(CNN) -- More than a dozen Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies will be disciplined for their roles in a controversial shooting incident in which more than 120 rounds were fired at a vehicle driven by an unarmed suspect, Sheriff Lee Baca announced Thursday. more

Trooper Says 'Too Bad' To 911 Caller After Deadly Crash

LISBON, Conn. -- A Connecticut state trooper has been suspended for 15 days without pay after he was heard on a 911 tape saying "too bad" to a caller seeking help for a man injured in a motorcycle accident. more

Feds: Men were cops by day, hitmen by night

NEW YORK (AP) -- Two police detectives led double lives as Mafia hitmen, kidnapping and killing rival gangsters and giving confidential information to the mob for more than a decade, federal prosecutors charged Thursday. more

Police employees suspended for fire jokes

Five police officers and four dispatchers were suspended for sending computer messages after a nightclub caught fire, joking about the blaze and quoting a line from the song Disco Inferno -- "burn baby burn." more

Man Tasered By Police In Salad Bar Dispute

AURORA, Colo. -- Aurora police have reviewed a weekend incident in which a man accused of stealing salad from a Chuck E. Cheese salad bar was hit with a stun gun twice by officers and said that proper procedures were followed. more

Chicago police delay adding stun guns following incidents

CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) -- The Chicago Police Department will not distribute more Taser stun guns to its officers while it investigates the device's use on a man who died and a teen who was injured this week. more

No criminal charges in LA police beating

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- A police officer who was videotaped beating an auto theft suspect with a heavy flashlight -- a case that evoked comparisons to the Rodney King beating -- will not face criminal charges, prosecutors announced. more

Cop pays sticker price

He'll be punished for arrest threat over anti-Bush label

By Brian D. Crecente, Rocky Mountain News
January 26, 2005

Denver police Sgt. Michael Karasek will be disciplined for threatening to arrest a woman for displaying on her truck a profane bumper sticker about President Bush, Police Chief Gerry Whitman said Tuesday. more

Wrong-way driver was drunk

An off-duty University City police officer was drunk when he made a U-turn into oncoming traffic and crashed into a Bridgeton officer's car, killing them both, authorities announced Thursday. more

Officers Placed On Admin. Duty After Taser Gun Incident

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A police officer used his Taser gun on a 68-year-old grandmother in her home Tuesday night, KMBC's Donna Pitman reported. more

Berkeley police arrest P-D photographer, confiscate equipment

Gabriel B. Tait, a staff photographer for the Post-Dispatch, was arrested Saturday by Berkeley police while taking pictures at the scene of an auto accident. Police also confiscated his camera equipment and company-provided car. more

Police review policy after Tasers used on kids

MIAMI, Florida (CNN) -- Miami-Dade County Police are reviewing their policy on using Tasers after officers stunned two children with the weapons in the past few weeks. more

Boston police accept 'full responsibility' in death of Red Sox fan

(CNN) -- The Boston Police Department "accepts full responsibility" for the death of a 21-year-old college student killed by a police projectile fired to disperse crowds celebrating the Boston Red Sox victory over the New York Yankees. more

Jacksonville police fire pepper to disperse protesters

JACKSONVILLE (AP) Police in riot gear fired paintballs filled with cayenne pepper Thursday night to disperse a crowd of protesters assembled in this historic gold mining town where President Bush was spending the night after a campaign appearance. more

Loud phone call leads to pregnant woman's arrest

WHEATON, Maryland (AP) -- A pregnant woman said she was handcuffed by transit police and forced to lie on her stomach during an arrest that began with her talking too loudly on her cell phone. more

Caught On Tape: Cops Use Taser Gun On Man Trying To Get Home

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Deputies in hurricane-ravaged Fort Myers Beach used a Taser gun on a man allegedly trying to get by a police barrier to get home, and it was caught on tape. more

Two Pepper Sprayed Over Phone Call At Fla. Movie

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A college student who took a cell phone call from her mother in a movie theater was pepper sprayed by an officer and charged with disorderly conduct, along with her boyfriend. more

Police settle excessive force suit with 71-year-old woman

PORTLAND, Ore. - The city of Portland has agreed to pay $145,000 to an elderly blind woman after police pepper-sprayed and shocked her with a stun gun. more