When investigative reporters turn into crime fighters

Observers say it's what journalists, or others taking on the role of investigative reporters, can and should do — but not simply, or heedlessly, to play faux detective.

When investigative reporters turn into crime fighters

Robert Durst was a rich man living free despite police efforts to link him to murder. Adnan Syed was a young man imprisoned for life for killing an ex-girlfriend. Media scrutiny changed their fortunes, pushing both back into the courts: Durst is facing trial on a murder charge, and Syed awaits an appeal of his […]

Police charge 20-year-old with Ferguson shootings

Jeffrey Williams told authorities he was firing at someone with whom he was in a dispute.

Police charge 20-year-old with Ferguson shootings

Authorities said a man charged in the shooting of two police officers last week during a demonstration outside the Ferguson Police Department had attended the protest earlier that night, although multiple activists said he wasn’t a consistent fixture in their tight-knit group. St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch said Sunday in announcing the charges that […]

Police departments trying restraint

Police departments trying restraint

Denver’s police chief told officers not to intervene, but to stand by and watch, as protesters threw red paint on a memorial for fallen officers during a weekend march against police brutality. The stand-down order upset some officers, who said it sends a message that protesters can get away with increasingly brazen crimes. But at […]

Two open fire on LAPD police car

Two open fire on LAPD police car

Two men opened fire on a police car patrolling a tough part of Los Angeles, but the two officers inside were not injured and one was able to shoot back, authorities said. One suspect was later arrested and the other was on the loose. The shooting occurred Sunday night amid heightened tensions over attacks on […]

Police on alert nationwide after killing of NYPD officers

Police on alert nationwide after killing of NYPD officers

Big-city police departments and union leaders around the country are warning the rank and file to wear bulletproof vests and avoid making inflammatory posts on social media in the days after a man ambushed two officers and shot them to death inside their patrol car. The slayings of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu on […]

Police modify tactics on use of deadly force

Police modify tactics on use of deadly force

With tensions running high over the killings of blacks by police, departments around the country are changing policies and procedures to curb the use of deadly force, ease public distrust and protect officers from retaliation. New York City plans to issue stun guns to hundreds more officers. The Milwaukee department is making crisis-intervention training mandatory. […]

Another night of violent protests in Berkeley

Another night of violent protests in Berkeley

Raucous demonstrations hit Berkeley’s streets for a second straight night as protesters angered by police killings in Missouri and New York clashed with officers, vandalized businesses and even fought with each other, officials said. Sunday’s protest began peacefully on the University of California, Berkeley, campus but eventually grew rowdy and spilled into Oakland. Activists made […]

Clearing New York cop of death sparks protests nationally

Clearing New York cop of death sparks protests nationally

Thousands and thousands of diverse people united by anger took to the streets from New York City to San Francisco for a second straight night to protest a grand jury clearing a white police officer in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man. Grandparents marched with their grandchildren. Experienced activists stood alongside newcomers, and […]

Obama: No ‘militarized culture’ by Amerian police

Obama: No ‘militarized culture’ by Amerian police

President Barack Obama said Monday he wants to ensure the U.S. isn’t building a “militarized culture” within police departments, while maintaining federal programs that provide the type of military-style equipment that were used to dispel racially charged protests in Ferguson, Missouri. Instead, the president is asking Congress for funding to buy 50,000 body cameras to […]

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