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Guns Found Where Police Say Sheriff Shot Woman

This undated photo provided by the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department shows Victor Hill. The Atlanta-area sheriff was charged with a misdemeanor Wednesday, May 6, 2015, in the shooting of a real estate agent at a model home. (Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department via AP)

Investigators recovered multiple guns as well as a fake training gun from the empty model home where police said a Georgia sheriff shot and critically wounded a woman, according to law enforcement documents. Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill faces a misdemeanor charge of reckless conduct in the May 3 shooting, which critically wounded real estate agent Gwenevere McCord, 43, Gwinnett ...

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Family Of Afghan Immigrant Killed By San Diego Police Sues City

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The family of an Afghan immigrant who was shot and killed by a San Diego policeman who had not activated his body camera, prompting the department to revise its policy, has filed a $20 million claim against the city. The claim, the precursor to a federal lawsuit, alleges that San Diego Police Officer Neal Browder used excessive force and violated ...

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‘Stand Your Ground’ Defense Planned By Man Accused Of Shooting George Zimmerman

FILE - In this July 9, 2013 file photo, George Zimmerman leaves the courtroom for a lunch break his trial in Seminole Circuit Court, in Sanford, Fla. A police report says a man charged with shooting at George Zimmerman on May 11, 2015, had “a fixation” on the former neighborhood watch leader. The report made public Tuesday, May 19, 2015,  says 36-year-old Matthew Apperson had recently been admitted to a mental institution and had shown signs of paranoia, anxiety and bipolar disorder. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool, File via AP)

An attorney for a Florida man charged with shooting at George Zimmerman said Friday that he planned to use a “Stand Your Ground” defense — the same legal strategy considered but ultimately not used by lawyers for the former neighborhood watch leader who was acquitted in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin. Such a defense would entitle Matthew Apperson to ...

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MET WITH A HUG: One of the six Baltimore officers charged with the brutal death of Freddie Gray embraced upon prison arrival — 3 officers entered without handcuffs

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Inside the gates of Baltimore’s jail, suspects who face charges for murder, manslaughter and other violent crimes typically are escorted from police vehicles in handcuffs. But when three of the city officers charged in Freddie Gray‘s death arrived, they were not restrained — and one was greeted with a hug. Caesar R. Goodson Jr., William G. Porter and Edward M. ...

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Texas Handgun Open Carry Bill Clears Legislature

Scott Smith, a supporter of open carry gun laws, wears a pistol as he prepares for a rally at the Capitol, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Texas lawmakers on Friday approved carrying handguns openly on the streets of the nation’s second most-populous state, sending the bill to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who immediately promised to sign it and reverse a ban dating to the post-Civil War era. Gun owners would still have to get a license to carry a handgun in a visible holster. The state ...

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Heroin drug ring leader, 4 others arrested in the Bronx after fatal overdose upstate led police to $5M worth of drugs

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A fatal upstate heroin overdose sparked a probe that dismantled a major drug ring while recovering $5 million in dope and $115,000 cash, authorities announced Friday. The ring’s leader and four underlings were busted Thursday at a heroin packaging mill inside a W. 238th St. apartment in the Bronx, said Bridget Brennan, the city’s special narcotics prosecutor. She estimated the ...

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FIFA Officials Indicted by US for Receiving $150 Million in Bribes to Influence World Cup Games

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With billions of dollars at stake, Morocco, Egypt and South Africa jockeyed in 2004 for the privilege of hosting soccer’s most prestigious tournament, the World Cup. The outcome hinged on a decision by the executive committee of FIFA, soccer’s governing body, and a single vote could tip the decision. And at least one vote, prosecutors said Wednesday, was for sale. ...

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We Pay A Shocking Amount For Police Misconduct, And Cops Want Us Just To Accept It. We Shouldn’t.

Protestors calling for the end of police brutality marched through downtown Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013.  Calling it an epidemic of police brutality, organizers of the demonstration called for the drug testing of officers after officer-involved shootings, for body cameras to be worn by every officer, and other demands. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

In November 2012, Cleveland patrolman Michael Brelo joined more than 100 fellow officers in an armada of 62 police cruisers to pursue a 1979 light blue Chevy Malibu. After a 22-mile chase that reached upwards of 100 miles per hour, the vehicle came to a halt in East Cleveland. Neither the driver, 43-year-old Timothy Russell, nor his passenger, 30-year-old Malissa ...

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Are Baltimore Officers Trying To Avoid Majority Black Jury By Seeking Change Of Venue?

April V. Taylor The case of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old unarmed Black man whose died after having his spine 80 percent severed while in police custody, has garnered international attention, and in the latest update, defense attorneys for the six officers facing criminal charges in Gray’s death have filed an 85-page document requesting a change of venue, citing that a ...

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White Employees Suing HBCU For Reverse Discrimination

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April V. Taylor Three former employees of HBCU North Carolina Central University have filed lawsuits accusing prominent Chancellor Debra Saunders-White of widely discriminating against non-Blacks at the school and spending taxpayer money on personal expenses. Two of the plaintiffs are Marianne Murphy, who is a former professor at NCCU’s business school, and Francis Smiht, who is a former director of ...

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