Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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New York police proceed in Eric Garner case

The New York Police Department announced on Monday that it will allow disciplinary proceedings to go forward against a patrolman accused in the notorious chokehold death of an unarmed black man, saying it's run out of patience with federal authorities' indecision about whether to bring a criminal case.

On the eve of the four-year anniversary of Eric Garner's killing, a pointed letter from the NYPD's top lawyer informed the U.S. Department of Justice of an administrative case that could result in dismissal for the white officer, Daniel Pantaleo, because "there is no end in sight" to the federal probe.

Typically, the department waits for federal prosecutors to conclude civil rights violations inquiries before taking action. But other probes have taken far less time than the case of a victim whose dying words, "I can't breathe," became a slogan for the Black Lives Matter movement.

Gunman ID'd in KC police fight - Marlin Mack, a suspect seen on surveillance video moments before the off-campus shooting death of a University of Missouri-Kansas City graduate student, was identified Monday as the gunman killed in a firefight with Kansas City police after wounding three of their officers.

Mack, 25, died Sunday in a shootout with police at a Kansas City home after shooting three officers in two separate gunbattles about an hour apart, Kansas City Police Chief Rick Smith said Monday.

The officers are expected to recover. One officer was expected to be released from the hospital Monday; two others remained in stable condition, Smith said.

"The officers of this department did an outstanding job," Smith said. "This is a big deal for us. In many years, we have not had an officer shot and to get three people shot in one day is a pretty tragic event."

Aided by 40 tips, police had spent a week searching for a man they said was a person of interest in the killing of Sharath Koppu, who was shot during a robbery at J's Fish and Chicken Market, where he worked. …

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