Long Beach, California, police are investigating whether an elderly man who fatally shot a woman who was running away after ransacking his home in Bixby Knolls should be arrested in the killing. Tom Greer, 80, told KNBC-TV Wednesday that he shot the woman twice in the back when she ran away with a male accomplice even though she told Greer she was pregnant. "The lady didn't run as fast as the man so I shot her in the back twice. She's dead ... but he got away," Greer said," Greer said. "She says, 'Don't shoot me, I'm pregnant -- I'm going to have a baby.' And I shot her anyway." (Police later determined she had not been pregnant.)
The attorneys for Arizona death row inmate Joseph Wood filed an emergency stay after the state's execution attempt Wednesday afternoon left him "gasping and snorting for more than an hour," according to their motion read. "He is still alive. This execution has violated Wood's Eighth Amendment right to be executed in the absence of cruel and unusual punishment. We respectfully request that this Court stop the execution and require that the Department of Corrections use the lifesaving provisions required in its protocol." Earlier this year, Oklahoma put executions on hold after the drugs used on Clayton Lockett took 43 minutes to kill him, Oklahoma officials said. read more
"When Michigan police found the body of a 25-year-old man in a park last week, they had a macabre mystery on their hands.
The man's name was Charles Gerard Oppenneer, and investigators think he was killed by an injury to his head.
The problem is they don't know for sure what caused his death, because they still haven't found his head. Police say he was decapitated after he was killed.
Then on Monday, the story turned even more disturbing. "
"New Jersey's largest police department will be placed under federal oversight for repeatedly violating residents' civil rights, using excessive force and failing to discipline officers for a wide range of misconduct, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.
The Newark Police Department, a 1,000-member force that patrols one of the most violent cities in the Northeast, will be subject to court-ordered reform, a move that comes after a three-year investigation into rampant misconduct in the agency, according to the Justice Department and court documents." read more
A former Arcadia, California, police officer pleaded no contest Friday to stealing nearly $42,000 from a police association while serving as treasurer, using the money to buy such items as cigars and motorcycle parts. Christian E. Blesch, 36, pleaded no contest to one count of grand theft by embezzlement and was set to be sentenced Sept. 30, when he will be ordered to serve 180 days in county jail and placed on probation for three years. Deputy Dist. Atty. Geoffrey Rendon said Blesch began stealing funds from the Arcadia Police Officers' Association since 2011. read more