Federal prosecutors have decided not to file any criminal charges against two U.S. Park Police officers who fatally shot an unarmed motorist in Virginia in 2017. The officers fired nine times into a vehicle that drove away from them after a highway stop.
In an op-ed about avoiding tragedy in “suicide by cop” incidents, Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo calls for a new approach to training police on using guns in confrontations with disturbed people armed with knives.
Crime rates and police use of force are at historic lows in New York City, but this year police have fired their weapons far more often this year. The police commissioner says there’s no change in policy or pattern to explain it.
Former DeKalb County, Ga., police officer Robert “Chip” Olsen was sentenced to a 12-year prison term for killing an naked mentally ill Afghanistan war veteran. Olsen was acquitted of felony murder charges.
Almost one year after a San Bernardino, Ca., police officer shot to death a man who had put down his gun, the police chief said he was no longer on the force. The district attorney still is investigating.
New York City agreed to pay $5.5 million to settle a federal lawsuit claiming that an undercover detective used excessive force to kill a man who was trying to break up a fight. The settlement comes as the city is dealing with five fatal police shootings in four weeks.
The video from a 2017 incident was released pending a civil trial. Reviews said an officer shot a teen in the belief he was reaching for a gun. His family’s attorney said he was trying to hold up his pants.
When a white Fort Worth police officer who shot and killed a black woman in her house, the victim was holding a gun after she heard noises outside her window. Holding a gun inside a home is legal in Texas.
Experts say there’s no one correct way for officers to respond to “wellness calls.” At police academies, recruits spend hours being put through simulations of a variety of calls designed to show them ways to de-escalate situations or prevent unjustified shootings.