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Obama restricts police military gear, says it can alienate

CAMDEN, N.J. — President Barack Obama says the use of militarized gear by local police departments can give the public the feeling that law enforcement is like “an occupying force.” He says such an image can “alienate and intimidate” people ...

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Can you run from police? Courts apply a double standard

BALTIMORE — When police spotted Freddie Gray and he took off running through his Baltimore neighborhood, officers made a split-second decision to give chase, setting in motion his death in custody, rioting in the streets and now charges against six ...

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Rochester and police union reach agreement

An agreement has been reached between the city of Rochester and the Locust Club police union on Mayor Lovely Warren’s neighborhood-based police reorganization plan, which will set up police coverage in five sections of the city, instead of the current ...

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Demystifying the police use of force

Michael Lopez Sr., right, assistant public defender, answers a question during a “Demystifying the Police Use of Force Continuum” event put on by the Rochester Black Bar Association and Monroe Community College Student Events and Government Association. It was held at the Damon City Campus in Rochester on Wednesday. Joining him, at left, is Rochester Chief of Police Michael Ciminelli. Credit: Vasiliy Baziuk

There are no easy answers, but the conversation has begun. The protocols for police use of force were part of a college panel discussion Wednesday in Rochester that included contradictory accounts by local residents in their encounters with police. According ...

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Administration, police agree on new contract

The Rochester Police Locust Club has an agreement on a new contract with the city of Rochester. The contract, as announced Monday, was approved 485-58 Thursday evening. “This contract represents the first contract settlement between the city and Locust Club ...

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NY aims to help police ID unknown remains

ALBANY (AP) — Police in New York state are getting a new tool to help them identify the remains of unnamed people. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday signed a new law directing the state’s Division of Criminal Justice Statistics to ...

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Police at 12 colleges to get heroin antidote

BUFFALO (AP) — Public safety officers on 12 State University of New York campuses will soon be equipped with the heroin antidote naloxone. State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said the $27,000 in funding will come from a program that reimburses ...

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National Bar Association files suit against Ferguson, police

The National Bar Association filed suit Monday against the City of Ferguson and the Ferguson Police Department for delayed action and failure to comply with Missouri Sunshine Law. The bar association’s suit follows an earlier lawsuit filed by the ACLU ...

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Heroin OD antidote to be carried by police

It’s been called a wonder drug that saves lives, and now police officers in Rochester and Brighton will be equipped with naloxone kits to battle against a heroin and opioid abuse epidemic. State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Thursday ...

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Police add texting to crisis negotiation arsenal


Police negotiator Andres Wells was doing all he could to keep a suspect from committing suicide after a gas station robbery and 100 mph chase. But the man kept cutting phone calls short and pointing his handgun to his head. ...

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Police increasing patrols for distracted drivers

ALBANY (AP) — State and local police are increasing patrols and checkpoints statewide from April 10 to 15 to encourage drivers not to use their mobile phones. Authorities said “Operation Hang Up” combines anti-texting and cell phone law enforcement with ...

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Police phone-tracking contracts often kept secret

WASHINGTON — Police across the country may be intercepting phone calls or text messages to find suspects using a technology tool known as Stingray. But they’re refusing to turn over details about its use or heavily censoring files when they ...

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