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A Securitas placard rests on a car dashboard outside Grant North Residence Hall.

Inside NIU’s private security force

By Eddie Drinkwine | October 31, 2022

DeKALB — They guard our residence halls and patrol our streets, but you may not know who or what they are. Securitas USA is a private security company hired by the NIU Board of Trustees and arrived on campus on Aug. 15; but why were they hired in the...

An NIU police car parked on campus. NIU Police Chief Darren Mitchell is set to create a 3 year strategic plan.

Future NIU Police strategic plan to set modern-day policing criteria

By Abby Byer | April 18, 2022
Though not drafted yet, NIU Police Chief wants to create a strategic plan that will benefit the police force and community.
DeKalb Police Department warns against unemployment scams

Editorial: DeKalb Police Department must condemn excessive use of force

By Northern Star Editorial Board | November 19, 2020

During an arrest in the Lincoln Towers parking lot in August 2019, DeKalb Sgt. Jeffery Weese was caught on video choking Aurora resident Elonte McDowell, 26. On Nov. 11 it was announced that Weese would be resigning from his position in the DeKalb Police...

In Brazil, fear of spreading police protests during Carnival

By DIANE JEANTET | February 22, 2020

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A violent police strike in northeastern Brazil has shed light on dissatisfaction among cops elsewhere in the country, with some forces threatening to protest as rowdy Carnival celebrations start.The strike by military police demanding...

Nome, Alaska sued by woman who says rape wasn’t investigated

By MARK THIESSEN | February 21, 2020

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A former police dispatcher in a small Alaska town filed a lawsuit Thursday, alleging her colleagues in the Nome Police Department didn’t investigate after she filed a rape report.Clarice Hardy’s lawsuit claims the inaction...

Wrestler adds to abuse allegations against university doctor


ANN ARBOR, Michigan (AP) — An Olympic wrestler has accused a University of Michigan doctor of touching him inappropriately during medical exams at the school and said the physician's reputation for such conduct was well known among his teammates.Andy...

1 killed in shooting at Idaho senior complex, suspect dead

February 21, 2020

CALDWELL, Idaho (AP) — One person was killed and three were injured in a shooting at an apartment complex for senior citizens in a Boise suburb and the suspect also died, police said.Caldwell Police Chief Frank Wyant said police found multiple victims...

Family of man killed by trooper seeking more than $10M

By DAVE COLLINS | February 20, 2020

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Relatives of a black Connecticut man killed by a state trooper are seeking more than $10 million in wrongful death damages from state and local police, according to legal notices filed Thursday.Lawyers for the family of Mubarak...

Lawmakers target slavery clause in Minnesota Constitution

By STEVE KARNOWSKI | February 20, 2020

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Spurred by a police chief, Minnesota lawmakers launched a drive Thursday to remove from the state constitution a clause allowing slavery and involuntary servitude as punishment for crimes.St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell, who...

Fired Chicago Police superintendent getting $190K pension

February 20, 2020

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's former police chief has been receiving a pension of more than $15,800 a month since the mayor fired him for allegedly lying about a night he was found asleep in his city-issued SUV, according to a newspaper report.Eddie Johnson...

Mexican suspect once lived with dead girl’s family

February 20, 2020

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A woman who allegedly took a seven-year-old girl away from school to be killed may have lived with the girl's family for a while in Mexico City to escape domestic violence.The revelation may explain why the girl identified only as...

Suspect, 1 other found dead after 9 people killed in Germany

By MICHAEL PROBST | February 20, 2020

HANAU, Germany (AP) — A man suspected of fatally shooting nine people in the German city of Hanau was found dead at his home early Thursday, hours after the attacks in and outside two hookah lounges, police said.Officers also found another body at the...