Chicago police blasted for racial bias, ‘cover-up culture’

Chicago police blasted for racial bias, ‘cover-up culture’

Chicago police have trampled on the rights of residents for years, permitting racial bias, using excessive force and shooting people who did not pose immediate threats, the US Justice Department announced Friday after a yearlong investigation. The practices endanger civilians and officers, cause avoidable injuries and deaths and erode community trust that is “the cornerstone […]

Israel’s Netanyahu questioned by police in corruption probe

Israel’s Netanyahu questioned by police in corruption probe

Police questioned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for three hours under caution at his official residence in Jerusalem on Monday on suspicion of receiving gifts from businessmen in breach of his role as a public servant. Part of a police statement issued after the questioning ended said that “investigators questioned PM Benjamin Netanyahu under caution on […]

Turkish police detain 73 academics in ongoing post-coup crackdown

Turkish police detain 73 academics in ongoing post-coup crackdown

Turkish police detained 73 academics in dawn raids on Friday targeting followers of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, accused by Ankara of orchestrating an attempted coup in July, state-run news agency Anadolu reported. Some 110,000 people have been sacked or suspended in the civil service, army and judiciary and 36,000 people jailed pending trial in the […]

Police move in on bulging Paris migrant camp

Police move in on bulging Paris migrant camp

  French police have begun a vast operation to check the “administrative status” of hundreds of migrants amassed in a makeshift camp in northeastern Paris, days after thousands of people were moved from a larger camp in Calais. Officers backed by riot police converged Monday morning on the streets around Stalingrad subway station, where an […]

France needs to ‘rethink the relationship’ between the police and citizens

France needs to ‘rethink the relationship’ between the police and citizens

As despair mounts among France’s overworked police force, FRANCE 24 speaks to criminologist Mathieu Zagrodzki about the frustration that has seen law enforcement take to the streets in protest against an increasing work load and extra hours. French President François Hollande meets with representatives of police unions on Wednesday after more than a week of […]

French police seek clues after luxury hotel owner is abducted

French police seek clues after luxury hotel owner is abducted

French investigators said Tuesday they were searching for clues into the abduction of a 76-year-old luxury hotel owner a day after she was snatched near her Riviera home. Prosecutor Jean-Michael Pretre said Jacqueline Veyrac was getting into her SUV outside a pharmacy she had just visited when the abductors grabbed her, covered her head and […]

Dozens killed in attack on police academy in Pakistan’s Quetta

Dozens killed in attack on police academy in Pakistan’s Quetta

At least 59 people were killed and 117 critically wounded when gunman stormed a Pakistani police training academy in the southwestern city of Quetta, government officials said on Tuesday. Some 200 trainees were stationed at the facility when the attack occurred late on Monday, officials said, and some were taken hostage during the attack which […]

French police defy government in growing protest movement over lawlessness

French police defy government in growing protest movement over lawlessness

Hundreds of police officers have been protesting in Paris and other cities to denounce what they say are insufficient resources to fight mounting lawlessness, defying government demands that they stop the unauthorised demonstrations. Six months from an election, the protest, now in its third day, has put President François Hollande’s Socialist government on the defensive […]

French police chief orders investigation after officers hold Paris protest

French police chief orders investigation after officers hold Paris protest

The head of France’s national police force on Tuesday ordered an internal investigation after hundreds of police officers held an unauthorized protest in central Paris overnight. Angry police officers marched on the iconic Champs Elysées boulevard in the French capital after dark on Monday, complaining that they are understaffed and ill-equipped. The rebel police officers, […]

Germany bomb plot suspect handed over to police by fellow Syrians

Germany bomb plot suspect handed over to police by fellow Syrians

A Syrian man suspected of plotting a bomb attack was apprehended by three of his countrymen, who overpowered him, tied him up in their apartment, and then alerted police, authorities said on Monday. The overnight arrest of Jaber A. ended a nearly two-day nationwide search for the 22-year-old that German authorities launched after finding several […]

French tourism companies call for special police in Paris amid safety fears

French tourism companies call for special police in Paris amid safety fears

France’s tourism sector on Tuesday urged French authorities to set up a special police force in Paris to fight crime targeting tourists as safety fears curb the number of visitors to the French capital. Foreign tourist arrivals to France could fall 4-5 percent this year following Islamic militant attacks and repeated robberies against Asian tourists, […]

Police take Washington shooting suspect into custody

Police take Washington shooting suspect into custody

The gunman believed to have opened fire with a rifle at a Washington state mall, killing five people, was captured on Saturday one day after the attack, authorities said. Authorities identified the shooter as Arcan Cetin, 20, a resident of Oak Harbor, Washington. Police said he was taken into custody without incident in Oak Harbor, […]

Pressure builds on Charlotte, NC police to release fatal shooting videos

Pressure builds on Charlotte, NC police to release fatal shooting videos

The family of a black man shot dead by a police officer in Charlotte, North Carolina earlier this week has called on authorities to release police footage of the incident, claiming that the videos contradict the police’s version of the shooting. Charlotte police claim that 43 year-old Keith Lamont Scott was shot to death in […]

Third night of protests over police shooting in US city of Charlotte

Third night of protests over police shooting in US city of Charlotte

Protesters massed on Charlotte’s streets for a third night Thursday in the latest sign of mounting pressure for police to release video that could resolve wildly different accounts of the shooting of a black man. Demonstrators chanted “release the tape” and “we want the tape” while briefly blocking an intersection near Bank of America headquarters […]

Protest over police shooting turns deadly in US city of Charlotte

Protest over police shooting turns deadly in US city of Charlotte

One person was shot dead on Wednesday in a second night of unrest in Charlotte, North Carolina, officials said, as riot police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse unruly protesters after the fatal police shooting of a black man. Charlotte Police Chief Kerr Putney confirmed that a person shot during the protest had […]

US launches civil rights probe of Oklahoma police shooting

US launches civil rights probe of Oklahoma police shooting

US authorities have launched a civil rights probe into the police shooting of an unarmed black man in Tulsa, Oklahoma, after video footage of the incident sparked renewed outrage over law enforcement’s treatment of African-Americans. The fatal shooting on Friday of Terence Crutcher was recorded by police car dashboard cameras and a police helicopter camera […]

Civilians and police killed in DR Congo opposition rally

Civilians and police killed in DR Congo opposition rally

Congolese police on Monday clashed with protesters marching against what they claim is a bid by President Joseph Kabila to extend his mandate, killing at least 17 people and prompting a threat of further sanctions from the United States. The protest, attended by thousands, came at a time of growing local and international pressure on […]

Bangladeshi police kill suspected mastermind of Dhaka café attack

Bangladeshi police kill suspected mastermind of Dhaka café attack

Police in Bangladesh killed three suspected militants Saturday, including an alleged mastermind of a major attack on a café last month that left 20 people dead. Top counterterrorism official Monirul Islam said police raided a two-story house in Narayanganj district near Dhaka and killed the suspects early Saturday. The dead included Tamim Chowdhury, a Bangladeshi-born […]

Man killed by Belgian police after opening fire in Ghent

Man killed by Belgian police after opening fire in Ghent

An unidentified man opened fire in the centre of the Belgian city of Ghent on Monday before being shot by police, local media reported. Ghent public prosecutors confirmed there had been a shooting in the city centre at around 6:30 p.m. (1630 GMT), but declined to say how many people were involved, whether the gunman […]

Baltimore police racially biased, says scathing US government report

Baltimore police racially biased, says scathing US government report

The US Justice Department on Wednesday unveiled a scathing report that found the Baltimore police department has disproportionately stopped, searched and arrested African Americans for years. The report was released at a news conference in the city more than a year after riots provoked by the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray from injuries suffered in […]

Canadian police kill suspect after terror tip

Canadian police kill suspect after terror tip

Canadian police killed a man on Wednesday, national television news channels reported, after the police said they had identified a suspect after receiving “credible information of a potential terrorist threat”. The suspect was killed during a police raid in a small Ontario town, CTV News and CBC News reported. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) […]

Police and protesters clash as Olympic torch passes through Rio

Police and protesters clash as Olympic torch passes through Rio

Police used rubber bullets and pepper spray against protesters as the Olympic torch passed through a poor suburb of Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday, two days before South America’s first Olympic Games open under tight security. Some 85,000 police, soldiers and security personnel will be deployed in Rio, more than double the amount in London […]

Burundi rejects deployment of UN police force as ‘violation of sovereignty’

Burundi rejects deployment of UN police force as ‘violation of sovereignty’

Burundi’s government has rejected the deployment of 228 UN police to the troubled African nation, saying a French-led UN resolution authorising the force was made without its consent. The UN Security Council on Friday agreed to deploy the force in its strongest move to date to try to end more than a year of violence. […]

Police seek gunman after deadly shooting in Texas capital

Police seek gunman after deadly shooting in Texas capital

A gunman killed a woman and seriously wounded three others in Austin early on Sunday when he shot into a crowd as people streamed out of nightclubs in the Texas capital’s downtown area, police said. The unidentified gunman opened fire at about 2:15 a.m. local time before fleeing, Austin police chief of staff Brian Manley […]

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