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2 men arrested in shooting of NYPD officers

A pair of New York police officers shot and wounded while responding to an armed robbery in the Bronx were going off-duty and probably not wearing their bulletproof vests, police officials said Tuesday.

In fact, Andrew Dossi, Aliro Pellerano and three other officers were changing clothes at the end …


Ferguson grand juror demands right to talk - CNN Video

A member of the grand jury that declined to bring charges in the August 2014 shooting death of Michael Brown is suing the St. Louis County prosecutor to be allowed to speak on the case, the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri said Monday.


Does video of police tell the whole truth?

By Ray Sanchez and Pete Burn, CNN Updated Monday, January 12, 2015

Seeing is believing. So video of almost anything should make everything much clearer, right?

Not always. And it's an issue that's been in the news with the video of the struggle between New York City police officers and Eric Garner. …


Divergent views on race and police in America

I obey the speed limit, use turn signals, and don't cruise around with broken tail lights. I don't have substance-abuse problems, unless you count Diet Dr. Pepper. I live in a safe neighborhood, and no one in my family has a criminal record. I like to think all of that is why I spend virtually no …


At Wenjian Liu's funeral, a second show of dissent

For the second time in days, New York police -- joined by officers from departments across the country -- buried one of their own Sunday. And again, a silent protest in blue repeated itself as some officers turned their backs on the city's mayor.

The show of dissent happened a week earlier at the …


NYPD commissioner: No 'disrespect' at funeral

The ceremonial burning of paper money and the melodic sounds of Buddhist chants are marking a weekend of remembrance for the second police officer killed in an ambush by a lone gunman in December -- a sendoff that reflects the changing face of a department once known for its deep Irish and Italian …


Help offered to slain NYPD officers' families

Here are some of the offers that have poured in to help the families of slain New York City police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos:

The Silver Shield Foundation said it will fund the education of the Ramos children. (Liu had no children.) The fund was set up in 1982 to help the families of …


Tamir Rice investigation transferred

The city of Cleveland has transferred the investigation into the fatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy by a Cleveland police officer to the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department, the city announced Friday.

Cleveland Police Officer Timothy Loehmann fatally shot Tamir Rice in November in a city park. …


The crucible of Ferguson

For a while, Stefannie Wheat wished she could turn back the clock to a time before the hot August afternoon when Michael Brown's body fell limp on Canfield Road.

She grew frustrated and angry that her life was upended by the shooting death of an unarmed young black man at the hands of a white police …

Race & Ethnicity

Group: Officers killed in ambushes up in 2014

The number of law enforcement officers shot to death in the line of duty is up by more than 50% this year, and the leading method of those shootings was ambush-style attack.

That's according to the nonprofit Washington-based National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, which released its …


Rubin: Iran, talk about your own racism

Grand jury dismissal of charges against police officers in the July 17, 2014, chokehold death of Eric Garner in New York has returned racism to the forefront of the American political debate.

The entrance of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei into the fray, with tweets condemning American police …


Ayatollah vilifies U.S. police on Twitter

In a series of blunt tweets over the holiday weekend, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei entered America's debate on race and police violence -- comparing unrest in states like New York and Missouri to conflicts in the Middle East.

On Sunday he tweeted: "#Jesus endured sufferings to oppose …


Louis: Two sides to America's policing issues

The tens of thousands of law enforcement officers who flocked to New York City for the funeral of slain police officer Rafael Ramos showed that civil rights demonstrators have achieved one of their central goals: What was once seen as an isolated string of local controversies about police-community …

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Fallen NYPD Officer Ramos laid to rest

An extraordinary sea of dark blue flooded the streets around a Queens church Saturday morning -- thousands of police paying respects for one of two New York police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty last weekend.

More than 25,000 police officers from throughout the country and even …

New York

Officer on leave after Brown memorial comment

The spokesman for the Ferguson, Missouri, police department is on unpaid leave and facing disciplinary action after reportedly describing the memorial honoring Michael Brown as a "pile of trash" in an interview with The Washington Post, the city has announced.

The newspaper quoted Officer Timothy …

Michael Brown

NYPD: 9 arrested for allegedly posting, phoning in threats to officers - CNN.com

New York (CNN)Nine men have been arrested in connection with alleged threats made toward New York police since Saturday afternoon, when two NYPD officers were shot in the head from behind while sitting in their patrol car, authorities said.

Police said this week that they have assessed hundreds of …


Tension, tenderness and a sea of blue as slain NYPD officer is laid to rest - CNN.com

An extraordinary sea of dark blue flooded the streets around a Queens church Saturday morning -- thousands of police paying respects for one of two New York police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty last weekend.

More than 25,000 police officers from throughout the country and even …

New York

NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos saw streets as his ministry - CNN.com

Photos: Two NYPD officers fatally shot 14 photos

Two NYPD officers fatally shot – People light candles during a vigil on Sunday, December 21, for two NYPD officers who were ambushed and killed on Saturday. The two NYPD officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, were shot while sitting in their police …

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In iconic civil rights city, police shooting video raises questions - CNN.com

Selma, Alabama (CNN)On a recent morning, Edward Shaw and other family members walked into the Selma Police Department in search of answers.

They had come to see official video footage of a police shooting that took place more than a year ago.

Ananias Shaw, 74, was killed last December after he rushed …

Civil Rights

Police: Teen killed near Ferguson was armed

A Missouri police officer shot and killed a teenager Tuesday night in Berkeley, Missouri, just 2 miles from the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, where Michael Brown was killed by police, an event that set off protests across the country.

But even though both cases involve white officers and black …


No charges for Milwaukee officer involved in fatal shooting - CNN.com

A district attorney has decided against charges in the case of a police officer who fatally shot a mentally ill man more than a dozen times in Milwaukee.

The officer, Christopher Manney, killed Dontre Hamilton during a confrontation in April.

The officer says he opened fire when Hamilton grabbed his …


De Blasio consoles NYC in wake of police shooting - CNN.com

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio took on the role of the consoler on Tuesday in the wake of the weekend's shooting of two New York police officers, following in the footsteps of many before him that have had to knit the city back together following tragedy.

De Blasio, accompanied by his wife, laid …


Protesters return to New York, despite mayor's plea for pause - CNN.com

A protest against racism and police violence packed sidewalks in New York on Tuesday, despite calls from the city's mayor for a pause in demonstrations.

As they marched past shops on the city's storied Fifth Avenue, some protesters chanted "Hey-hey, ho-ho. These racist cops have got to go" and "How …

New York

NYC police killer's mother 'deeply sorry,' says her son was 'spiraling out of control' - CNN.com

(CNN)The mother of the man who killed two New York police officers has spoken out, apologizing for the horror her son Ismaaiyl Brinsley caused before taking his own life.

"Ismaaiyl was a very troubled young man whose life was in turmoil and spiraling out of control," Shakuwra Dabre said in a …


Defense attorney: Giuliani is an 'idiot' - CNN Video

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Louis: Dark times in a divided New York City

We don't yet know what polluted swamp of mental sickness led Ismaaiyl Brinsley to embark on a multistate rampage that culminated with the barbaric, execution-style killing of NYPD Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos on a New York City street.

But the madman's actions could not have happened at a …

New York

NYC mayor meets with families of slain police

Amid criticism that he's fanned tensions between the public and police, New York's mayor met with the families of two slain officers on Monday.

"They are in tremendous pain," Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters, "and they are worried deeply."

The mayor said speaking with Officer Rafael Ramos' two …

New York

Opinion: N.Y. cops union head doesn't get it

Some years ago I was the municipal prosecutor in a midsize New Jersey town. I had weekly "night court" duties, where we handled traffic violations, DUIs and other nonfelonies. I can say without reservation that during the years I worked as a prosecutor, I held the police in the highest regard and …


Cries of Black Lives Matter echo in megamall

A choir of protests echoed through the country's quintessential megamall, when a few hundred demonstrators from Black Lives Matter raised their voices at the Mall of America.

They held the protest Saturday against the Bloomington, Minnesota, mall's wishes, and were met by police who made at least 20 …

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