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March 21, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
New Orleans police say a man first described as a police impersonator who ordered women to undress in their homes has turned out to be a rookie officer. Police Supt. Warren Riley said Darrius Clipps graduated from the police academy last April. They say he admitted two out of three home invasions and resigned. Clipps was booked on counts including malfeasance in office and sexual battery.
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WORLD
December 13, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
The death of a Brazilian who was mistakenly suspected by police of being a terrorist and shot on a London subway train was not a "lawful killing," an inquest jury decided. Directed by the coroner to decide between lawful killing or an open verdict, the jury chose the latter. The decision was a blow to Scotland Yard police and a boon to the family of Jean Charles de Menezes, who want those involved in his July 2005 death to face criminal charges.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 2008 | Richard Winton, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles police officer is under investigation for allegedly trying to force women he met while on duty to have sex with him, law enforcement sources said Friday. Police officials confirmed that Officer Russell Mecano, an eight-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, was arrested earlier this week on suspicion of soliciting a sex act, but declined to release further details in the case, saying a judge had ordered that court records in the ongoing probe remain secret.
WORLD
October 6, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A powerful earthquake struck the mountains near Kyrgyzstan's border with Tajikistan, killing 58 people, injuring 50 and destroying more than 100 buildings in Nura village in southern Kyrgyzstan, emergency officials said. No damage or casualties elsewhere were reported. The magnitude 6.6 quake's epicenter was in Kyrgyzstan, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Kyrgyzstan said the epicenter was in Tajikistan.
NATIONAL
September 6, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A judge dismissed charges against a bicyclist who was body-checked and knocked to the pavement by a police officer in a widely viewed YouTube video. At the prosecution's request, Criminal Court Judge James Burke dropped a charge of resisting arrest against Christopher Long, 29, of Hoboken, N.J. Long was arrested July 25 during a Critical Mass bicycle ride through Times Square. Police said he had obstructed traffic and deliberately steered his bicycle into an officer. After the video emerged showing the policeman knocking Long to the ground, Officer Patrick Pogan was stripped of his badge and gun and assigned to desk duty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2008 | Joanna Lin, Times Staff Writer
Defending her management of a long-troubled department, Inglewood Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks told reporters Wednesday that she helped initiate an independent review of her agency after the first of a spate of officer-involved shootings that left three people dead. Seabrooks said she also stood by her decision to return Officers Brian Ragan and Roman Fernandez to active duty a month after the May 11 shooting that left Michael Byoune, 19, dead and two others wounded.
NATIONAL
July 29, 2008 | From the Chicago Tribune
Seeking to defuse growing racial tensions in the small Louisiana town of Winnfield, the district attorney announced Monday that he would seek an indictment against a white officer in the death of a black man who was shocked nine times with a Taser while handcuffed. Winn Parish Dist. Atty. Chris Nevils said he would convene a grand jury Aug.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 2008 | Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton is seeking permission to make the department's review of officer-involved shootings and other use-of-force incidents less punitive for some officers who violate department rules. The Los Angeles Police Commission, which oversees the Police Department, is poised to vote today on whether to approve Bratton's proposed changes to how he and his command staff deal with officers who use serious force during altercations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 2008 | Jack Leonard and Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writers
Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton said Tuesday he has placed three officers on home assignment as the department moved swiftly to investigate allegations that officers lied under oath during a recently dismissed drug possession trial. Bratton said he ordered the reassignment after one of the officers notified a Los Angeles Police Department watch commander that a judge had thrown out the charges, ruling that a videotape of the arrest contradicted testimony by two of the officers.
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