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Mo. guardsmen: Ferguson protesters the 'enemy'

As the Missouri National Guard prepared to deploy to help quell riots in Ferguson, Missouri, that raged sporadically last year, the guard used highly militarized words such as "enemy forces" and "adversaries" to refer to protesters, according to documents obtained by CNN.

The guard came to Ferguson …


Who gave this reserve cop a gun? (Opinion)

Robert Bates, 73, shot and killed a man while playing cops and robbers with real police.

Bates was a reserve deputy sheriff, which allowed him to "work full time jobs in the community and volunteer ... time in a myriad of events such as the Special Olympics and Tulsa State Fair," according to the …


In North Charleston, a price is being paid

Jeffrey Spell felt embarrassed the flowers were cheap lilies left over in the grocery store from Easter. He carried them solemnly into the park where Walter Scott was shot and killed by a police officer a week ago.

Once there were trailers here, on each side of the asphalt. I can still see the …


How easy is it to confuse a gun for a Taser?

On the surface, the mix-up seems incomprehensible: How can a volunteer sheriff's deputy accidentally fire a handgun instead of a Taser, killing a man?

That's apparently what happened in Tulsa, Oklahoma, when a 73-year-old reserve deputy, Robert Bates, killed Eric Harris. Bates said he meant to use …


Deputy charged in Tulsa shooting

The Tulsa County deputy who shot and killed a man instead of using his Taser now faces a manslaughter charge.

Video shows Reserve Deputy Robert Bates announcing he is going to deploy his Taser after an undercover weapons sting on April 2, but then shooting Eric Courtney Harris in the back with a …


New audio captures aftermath of South Carolina shooting - CNN.com

Story highlights

In the first recording, an unidentified officer talks to Slager about what might happen
• The second audio captures a phone call between Slager and someone CNN believes is his wife

(CNN)Two pieces of audio recorded in the immediate aftermath of a deadly police shooting in South Carolina …

South Carolina

Did police use excessive force? A look at 3 cases

A man dies in police custody after a dog allegedly mauls him. A mentally ill man is shot dead after his family calls police asking for help. An officer shoots into a vehicle after a car chase, killing a man originally suspected of drunk driving.

As debate once again surges about whether police are …


Lessons learned from Ferguson to S. Carolina

The shootings' main similarity is that the officer was white and the victim was black and unarmed. Outside of that, the highly publicized police shootings in Ferguson and North Charleston bear only mild resemblance.

So what's changed between the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, …

Ferguson, MO

Police shooting: Who was Walter Scott?

The world learned his name after he was killed by a South Carolina police officer.

But in his life, 50-year-old Walter Scott was also the father of four children and served in the Coast Guard before being honorably discharged.

"He was outgoing -- loved everybody, (was) very known in the community and …

Walter Scott

What we know about Michael Thomas Slager

Officer Michael Slager's five-year career with the North Charleston Police Department in South Carolina ended after he resorted to deadly force following a routine traffic stop.

Slager, 33, has been fired, officials said Wednesday. His wife is eight months' pregnant and the city will continue paying …


S.C. cop shoots unarmed man: A timeline

The stark video of a South Carolina officer gunning down an apparently unarmed black man as he ran away with his back to police has prompted an equally fast-moving reaction by officials and the public alike.

The video is being dissected frame by frame by authorities and media outlets, all in an …


South Carolina shooting: Witness speaks

Feidin Santana, the man who recorded a South Carolina police officer fatally shooting a fleeing, unarmed man, told CNN on Thursday night he was told by another cop to stop using his phone to capture the incident.

"One of the officers told me to stop, but it was because I (said) to them that what …

South Carolina

What did officer drop after shooting man?

The officer charged with murder in the shooting death of an unarmed black man in South Carolina has been fired as anger continues to build around his case.

A video shows Officer Michael Slager, who is white, firing eight shots at 50-year-old Walter Scott as Scott has his back to him and is running …

Walter Scott

Love: What Walter Scott's death reminds us

On Tuesday, a white police officer in North Charleston, South Carolina, was charged with murder for shooting an unarmed black man in the back. Officer Michael Slager was arrested after raw video surfaced showing him firing numerous shots at Walter Scott as Scott ran away from a traffic stop.

The …

Walter Scott

Opinion: End stonewalling on police shootings

It's a good thing -- a lucky thing -- that a bystander had the courage and presence of mind to record the shocking video that shows a white police officer, Michael Slager, gunning down and killing an apparently unarmed black man named Walter Scott after a traffic stop in North Charleston, South …


Ferguson election reshapes City Council

Change has come to Ferguson.

After months of turmoil and upheaval, months of frustration and anger, the beleaguered city has a new governing board. And it looks very different than the old one.

Buoyed by a higher-than-normal 30% turnout, two African-American candidates won their wards Tuesday night …


Being Moody: Cops tell their side

In a cramped, windowless basement of a corporate office building here, ex-cop Bryan Patterson, a hulk of a man with booming voice and a shaved head, shouts in my ear while I try to unlatch a Glock from a plastic holster without getting shot.

"Take cover!" Patterson hollers, and I leap behind a …


Ferguson residents speak ahead of key vote

After months of tension and protests, Ferguson residents go to the polls Tuesday to elect three new members of City Council. Even though Ferguson is about 70% black, five of six council seats are held by whites.

That will change in this election: Two black men are running for one of the open seats, …

Ferguson, MO

Opinion: Change is coming to Ferguson

Change is coming to Ferguson. In the next few weeks the Department of Justice (DOJ) will begin to negotiate in earnest with the city to restructure the police department, which the department has charged with engaging in a pattern and practice of racial discrimination.

It should not be forgotten …

Ferguson, MO

Ferguson's ugly, racist emails released

The racist and offensive emails that resulted in three Ferguson, Missouri, city employees either resigning or being fired have been released.

The exchanges between the city's top court clerk and two police officers were discovered during a U.S. Justice Department investigation of racial prejudice in …

Ferguson, MO

Ferguson: Man admits to shooting, police say

Jeffrey Williams admitted he fired the shots that struck two officers in Ferguson, police said, but claimed he wasn't aiming for them.

Nonetheless, the 20-year-old from the St. Louis area has been arrested for the shootings of two police officers during last week's protests in Ferguson, Missouri, a …


Opinion: Why would you want to be a cop?

Most of my students at John Jay College of Criminal Justice want to become police officers. I try to appeal to their better natures and encourage them to maintain their idealism. But sometimes when I ask, "Why do you want to be a cop?" it can seem like a warning.

Since December, two police officers …


Ferguson police deny beating shooting suspect

"Completely false."

That's how police are responding to allegations that they beat the man arrested for shooting two police officers during protests in Ferguson, Missouri, last week.

Jeffrey Williams, 20, has been charged with two counts of first-degree assault, a count of firing a weapon from a …


Man arrested in Ferguson officer shootings

A 20-year-old man from the St. Louis area has been arrested in connection with the shooting of two police officers during last week's protests in Ferguson, Missouri, a prosecutor said Sunday.

Jeffrey Williams was arrested late Saturday, and he has been charged with two counts of first-degree …

Ferguson, MO

Ferguson: Group seeks mayor recall signatures

Ferguson's police chief and other city officials are already out. Now some residents have told the Missouri city they'll try to oust the mayor, too.

Five residents Friday filed an affidavit saying they'll try to force a referendum on whether to remove Mayor James Knowles -- capping a tumultuous week …

Ferguson, MO

Tough task ahead for Ferguson's next chief

Empathy. Confidence. Passion. These are the traits the next police chief in Ferguson, Missouri, will need to shrink the ocean of distrust between community and police.

So says Cecil Smith. And maybe he should know.

Smith is the police chief in Sanford, Florida, another community rocked by racial …


Cops press probe; Ferguson mayor won't resign

Almost two days after two officers were shot and wounded at a Ferguson, Missouri, protest, investigators were still seeking breaks in the case, authorities said Friday.

"I cannot tell you an arrest is imminent, and there's certainly no one in custody," St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar told …


Brazile: Police, get friendly with community

With the ongoing protests over the shooting death by police of black teenager Tony Robinson in Madison, Wisconsin, the racist chanting of fraternity members at the University of Oklahoma, and now the inexcusable shootings of two police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, it's safe to say that the …


Ferguson security: State, county step in

With tensions running high after the shooting of two officers in Ferguson, Missouri, state and county police took over protest security in the St. Louis suburb Thursday.

St. Louis County Police and the Missouri State Highway Patrol are assuming "command of the security detail regarding protests," …