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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A Twitter backlash against New York City police has spread to the West Coast with people posting critical comments and photos of the Los Angeles Police Department. The New York Police Department was hit with a barrage of negative publicity after agency officials urged people to post pictures that praised officers under the hashtag #myNYPD. On Wednesday, people were using a #myLAPD hashtag to post critical comments and photos of Los Angeles police officers. One post showed a photo of police officers in riot gear wielding batons.
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WORLD
April 23, 2014 | By Vincent Bevins
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- The mysterious death of a young dancer during a police operation led to violent clashes between slum residents and police in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday night that left one man dead. Residents set fires and put up barricades, shutting down parts of the Copacabana and Ipanema neighborhoods into the night. One 30-year-old man died, reportedly shot in the head, and a 12-year old boy was injured. The incident was the latest in which the efforts of Rio's often-criticized Military Police to occupy and "pacify" Rio's hundreds of favelas, or slums, have been set back amid resurgent violence, pushback from communities and accusations of human rights abuses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
Police in Westminster are trying to determine what a man found dead on the patio of a fumigated house was doing there. Just before 6 p.m. Tuesday, police were called to a home in the 14400 block of Monroe Lane after a worker for a Southern California pest control company went to check on a customer's home and found the body of a man inside the company's fumigation tent. The unidentified man was shirtless and holding a black T-shirt and hooded sweatshirt, but had no identification.
NATIONAL
April 23, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Two weeks after federal officials criticized its aggressive use of force, the Albuquerque Police Department tried but failed to retrieve video from the on-body camera of an officer who two days ago shot to death a woman suspected of stealing a car. Police Chief Gorden Eden Jr. told reporters at a televised briefing Wednesday that the department has faced similar issues with the small body-mounted cameras and that this officer's device has been...
NATIONAL
April 23, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A 49-year-old man who had been in and out of prison for two decades stalked and rated young women outside Portland schools and shopping centers, hoping to lure or to force them into a green van that he had turned into a “movable dungeon,” authorities said.  Kelly Swoboda became the target of a search earlier this year after police suspected him in a kidnapping. He was killed during a shootout with police outside a high school in March. A more extensive picture of Swoboda's creepy behavior and his even weirder van emerged in a 312-page transcript of a grand jury proceeding that was made public this week.
NATIONAL
April 22, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
Less than two weeks after federal officials rebuked the Albuquerque Police Department for a rash of unjustified officer-involved shootings, an officer fatally shot a 19-year-old woman suspected of stealing a vehicle before pointing a gun at police, authorities said. Mary Hawkes became the first person to be killed by Albuquerque police since the Justice Department released a scathing report that called for a "systematic change" to address what it said was a long-ingrained culture of deadly force in the Police Department.
NATIONAL
April 22, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the authority of police officers to stop cars and question drivers based on anonymous tips to hotlines. In a 5-4 decision, the justices ruled that such stops do not amount to an unreasonable search or seizure, even if the arresting officer did not observe the vehicle speeding or swerving. The decision affirms a ruling of the California courts. The case began in August 2008 when a 911 dispatch team in Mendocino County received a midafternoon report that a pickup truck had forced another vehicle off the road.
NATIONAL
April 22, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
Less than two weeks after federal officials rebuked the Albuquerque Police Department for a rash of unjustified officer-involved shootings, an officer fatally shot a 19-year-old woman suspected of stealing a vehicle and pointing a gun at police, authorities said. Mary Hawkes became the first person to be killed by Albuquerque police since the U.S. Justice Department released a scathing report that called for a systematic change to address what it said was a long-ingrained culture of deadly force within the Police Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A man allegedly armed with a gun was shot in a confrontation with officers in downtown Los Angeles, police said Monday evening. No officers were injured in the shooting in the 600 block of South Grand Avenue, the Los Angeles Police Department said. There were no immediate details on the condition of the man who was shot. Around 4:30 p.m.,  officers responded to a radio call regarding an assault with a deadly weapon, Officer Sara Faden said.  "The officers encountered a suspect with a gun," she said.  Investigators were at the scene gathering evidence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
Los Angeles police detectives asked for the public's help Monday in finding the person who fatally shot a 25-year-old man over the weekend in Boyle Heights. The shooting of Ramon Gerardo Vera occurred about 12:20 a.m. Saturday in the 2900 block of East Olympic Boulevard, police said in a statement. HOMICIDE REPORT: A story for every victim Investigators said Vera was shot multiple times with a 12-gauge shotgun in a parking lot of an apartment complex. He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics with the Los Angeles Fire Department.  Detectives said they believe the shooting was gang-related.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Hollenbeck homicide detectives at (323)
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