• Police shooting audio appears to back up officer statements

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A Charlotte, North Carolina, police officer calls for backup, saying he has spotted a man with a gun and a marijuana joint in his SUV. In follow-up radio traffic, the officer says a suspect has been wounded and is lying on the ground.

  • In this Tuesday Sept. 20, 2016, file photo, defendants Keith Sandy, former Albuquerque Police Department detective and former Repeat Offender Project officer, left, and Dominique Perez, right, former Albuquerque police officer and SWAT member are seen in court in Albuquerque, N.M. Sandy and Dominique Perez are charged with the 2014 fatal shooting of an armed, homeless man, James Boyd. Defense attorneys have argued that Boyd, who was mentally ill and had history of violence against law enforcement, was a threat.  Perez’s legal team began laying out its case Wednesday, Sept. 28, saying he was obligated to shoot to protect the life of a K-9 handler. (Jim Thompson/The Albuquerque Journal via AP, Pool, File)

    The Latest: Man who recorded standoff testifies at cop trial

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of two former police officers charged in the death of a homeless man in New Mexico (all times local):

  • Commissioner criticizes officers’ appearance at gala

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore’s police commissioner is criticizing an appearance at a conservative group’s gala by three officers charged but not convicted in the death of a black man injured in a police van.

  • Pamela Benge, center, spoke of her son, Alfred Olango, at a press conference on Thursday Sept. 29, 2016, in San Diego, Calif., to address the killing of Olango, a Ugandan refugee shot by an El Cajon police officer on Tuesday. In an emotional appearance before reporters, Benge said  her son Alfred was joyful and loving and was not mentally ill. (AP Photo/Don Boomer)

    Long wait, short encounter before deadly police shooting

    EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — An unarmed black man fatally shot by an officer in a San Diego suburb was unjustly killed and the police department and chief prosecutor are trying to sway public opinion by only releasing a single, favorable frame from video of the shooting, representatives of the man’s family said Thursday in demanding the full video be shown.

    Updated: 7:23 pm

  • John Carlos, left, and Tommie Smith smile during an event in Washington on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016. Carlos and Smith voiced their support for Colin Kaepernick and other athletes staging national anthem protests, 48 years after they raised their gloved fists on the podium in a symbolic protest at the Olympics. (AP Photo/Sait Serkan Gurbuz)

    Raised-fist protesters Smith, Carlos support Kaepernick

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Tommie Smith and John Carlos were proud to raise their gloved fists in a symbolic protest at the Olympics, and now they’re proud that Colin Kaepernick and other athletes are staging national anthem protests to raise awareness about racial inequality and police brutality.

  • The Latest: Prosecution rests case against 2 police officers

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of two police officers standing trial in the shooting death of a homeless man (all times local):

  • Sheriff’s Office: Shooting reported at South Carolina elementary school

    TOWNVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Sheriff’s Office: Shooting reported at South Carolina elementary school.

  • Protesters confront a line of police outside Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016. The Carolina Panthers hosted an NFL football game with the Minnesota Vikings at the stadium. When the national anthem was played, the protesters all dropped to one knee as many NFL players have been doing for weeks to call attention to issues, including police shootings. (Diedra Laird/The Charlotte Observer via AP)

    Friend: ‘No hate’ in Charlotte officer who shot black man

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Before he became known as the police officer who fatally shot a black man, sparking days of protests in North Carolina’s largest city, friends knew Brent Vinson as someone who naturally ascended into leadership, a former college football player with a peacemaker’s heart.

  • In this Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016 frame from video provided by the El Cajon Police Department, a man, second from left, faces police officers in El Cajon, Calif. The man reportedly acting erratically at a strip mall in suburban San Diego was shot and killed by police after pulling an object from his pocket, pointing it at officers and assuming a "shooting stance," authorities said. Some protesters claimed the man was shot with his hands raised, but police disputed that and produced the frame from cellphone video taken by a witness that appeared to show the man in the "shooting stance" as two officers approached with weapons drawn. (El Cajon Police Department via AP)

    Police shoot, kill man in San Diego area; protesters gather

    EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — The fatal police shooting of a Ugandan refugee who drew something from his pocket and extended his hands in a “shooting stance” happened about a minute after officers in a San Diego suburb arrived where a distraught man was reportedly walking in traffic, a police spokesman said Wednesday.

  • Deb Roschen goes through notebooks of evidence of how authorities accessed information about her through law enforcement databases, during an interview in Rochester, Minn., on July 11, 2016. The former county commissioner alleged in a 2013 lawsuit that law enforcement and government employees inappropriately ran repeated queries on her and other politicians over 10 years. The searches were in retaliation for questioning county spending and sheriff’s programs, she says. "Now there are people who do not like me that have all my private information ... any information that could be used against me. They could steal my identity, they could sell it to someone," Roschen said. "The sense of being vulnerable," she added, "there's no fix to that." (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)

    A look at police abuse of confidential databases nationwide

    An Associated Press investigation found police officers across the country abuse sensitive law enforcement databases to get information on romantic partners, business associates, neighbors, journalists and others for reasons totally unrelated to police work. In the worst cases, officers have stalked, harassed and tampered with or sold information they obtained through criminal history and motor vehicle databases. Those resources give officers vital information about people they encounter on the job, but they can also be misused.