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Jul 24, 2014 — The deal follows a Justice Department report released in April that showed the city's police used excessive force in dealing with many suspects.
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Jul 23, 2014 — Last week, a man died after a police takedown that appeared to involve a prohibited chokehold. But police trainers say such restraints, when properly administered, are safer than many alternatives.
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Jul 22, 2014 — From Toledo to Houston, cities are courting Detroit cops, who are seen as battle-tested from routinely dealing with high crime rates — and fed up from years of low pay and cuts in benefits.
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Jul 12, 2014 — District Attorney Kenneth Thompson says he will stop prosecuting some people arrested for low-level marijuana possession. But that won't stop the New York Police Department from making arrests.
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Jul 8, 2014 — More than 550 police officers stayed home on Tuesday, apparently angered by big increases in health insurance costs. The number of "blue flu" cases has been increasing daily.
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Jul 8, 2014 — Using food as a reward, a Lab named Thoreau has been trained to detect the scent of flash drives and other devices that can hold illegal images and video.
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Jul 6, 2014 — The woman was walking barefoot as she wandered in and out of traffic on a freeway. In a video taken by a passing motorist, the officer is seen repeatedly pummeling the unidentified woman.
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Jun 24, 2014 — The American Civil Liberties Union studied 800 deployments of SWAT teams in 20 locales across the country and found most were for drug searches.
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Apr 10, 2014 — After a nearly 18-month investigation, the Justice Department has concluded that the city's police department uses deadly force more often than is necessary, in violation of the Fourth Amendment.
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Mar 31, 2014 — The protest began Sunday as a march near police headquarters in downtown Albuquerque, N.M., and spread as it continued into the night. Police reportedly used tear gas to disperse crowds.
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