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Protests in St. Louis over a former police officer's acquittal in the shooting death of a black man continued Monday after a weekend capped by the arrests of more than 80 people.

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The Salt Lake City hospital where a police officer roughly arrested a nurse who was protecting her patient's rights in July will no longer allow law enforcement agents inside its patient care areas. They'll now have to check in rather than enter through the emergency room.

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The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is looking into possible problems with the evidence room at the City of Purcell Police Department.

During a violation of protective order investigation, McClain County Sheriff’s Department detectives found guns, knives and other items at an individual’s home that were missing from the Purcell Police Department’s evidence room, according to Sheriff Don Hewett.

“We discovered that there were some items there [at the home] that technically should not have been there,” Hewett said.

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Just days after a police shooting claimed the life of an Australian national in Minneapolis, Justine Ruszczyk's death is stirring shock and consternation in the country where she was raised.

Minneapolis officers failed to turn on their body cameras in the first fatal police shooting since the city began equipping cops with the devices last year.

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The Oklahoma City Council heard from the public Tuesday morning on bond and sales tax proposals that would inject more than $1.1 billion in funding for public safety and infrastructure.

Sgt. Mark Nelson of the Oklahoma City Fraternal Order of Police advocated for the funds going to public safety, noting that as Oklahoma City's population has grown in the past 20 years, police staffing numbers have remained about the same.

Public Safety Lifts State Trooper 100-Mile Limit

Jun 1, 2017
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Oklahoma State Highway Patrol Troopers can now drive as many miles as they want.

The state Department of Public Safety lifted the restriction Thursday that only allowed troopers to drive 100 miles per day.

The 100-mile limit was adopted in December due to a budget shortage.

“When your job is to patrol the roadways, it is very easy to get to 100 miles,” Trooper Dwight Durant said.

A jury has acquitted Tulsa police Officer Betty Jo Shelby, who killed unarmed motorist Terence Crutcher in an encounter that was captured on video by a police helicopter last September. The case in Oklahoma sparked criticisms that Shelby, who is white, overreacted when she shot Crutcher, who was black.

After a rapid investigation, the police chief in Balch Springs, Texas, has dismissed the officer who shot and killed Jordan Edwards, 15, on Saturday.

The unarmed black teenager was in a car leaving a house party in the Dallas suburb. His 16-year-old brother was driving the vehicle, attorneys for the family say.

Bill Zeeble of member station KERA in Dallas reports for our Newscast unit:

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The police chief of a small northeast Oklahoma community says he issued himself a citation for speeding, but only after being caught on video.

Sperry Police Chief Justin Burch posted an apology on the department's Facebook page Saturday, saying he was "wrong in traveling at 75 and 80 mph." Sperry is about 10 miles north of Tulsa.

Burch admits he's not sure he would have issued the ticket if not for the video, and that he had a "reason for being in a hurry." Nonetheless, he admits he must "be held accountable."

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