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New York police shoot unarmed man in Brooklyn

by Leigh Jones
Posted 4/05/18, 10:31 am

New York police shot and killed an unarmed man Wednesday afternoon, sparking criticism from neighbors who said the officers should have known he wasn’t a threat. Police confronted Saheed Vassell, 34, in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn after three people called 911 to report a man pointing a silver weapon at people on the street.

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Police chief fires Baton Rouge officer over 2016 shooting

by Leigh Jones
Posted 4/02/18, 11:15 am

Police officials in Baton Rouge, La., fired one of the officers involved in the 2016 fatal shooting of an African-American man and released long-awaited body camera footage that helps explain the decision. Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul said he fired Officer Blane Salamoni for violating department policies on use of force and “command of temper.” Both federal and state prosecutors declined to press criminal charges against Salamoni and Officer Howie Lake II for their role in the shooting death of Alton Sterling outside the Triple S Food Mart, where he was selling homemade CDs.

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Sacramento rallies for reform, one protester injured

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 4/02/18, 11:13 am

Saturday protests drew hundreds to downtown Sacramento, where the family of Stephon Clark, who was killed by police on March 18, called for police reforms. The 22-year-old’s family spoke at a rally Saturday afternoon organized by Matt Barnes, a Sacramento native and former NBA player. Clark’s fiancée, Salena Manni, appeared on stage with his two young sons. “All he wanted to do was go see his sons again, and unfortunately he can’t,” Clark’s uncle, Curtis Gordon, said at the rally.

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