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CCJA Quickfire Recap: Second Week of August

It can be hard to keep up with all of the news that occurs on a daily basis.

Because of this, and the Commonwealth Criminal Justice Academy present the "Quickfire Weekly Recap."

Here are some of the stories you may have missed that ran on our site this week:

Weekend (Aug. 8-10)

A large crowd of angry residents confronted police in Ferguson, Mo. Saturday afternoon after an officer fatally shot a man.

St. Louis County Police officieral said that a couple hundred people exited nearby apartment buildings after the man was shot, yelling things like "kill the police."

The sister of slain Nassau County, N.Y. Police Officer Arthur Lopez lamented that her brother would have likely survived being shot if had he been wearing his bulletproof vest

Charo Ramos made the comments at a news conference announcing $750,000 in state funding for Long Island police to buy bulletproof vests.

After 11 years of oversight, the Detroit Police Department may soon operate without a federal monitor.

The city and the U.S. Department of Justice jointly filed a motion, asking a U.S. District Court judge to no longer require federal oversight of the city's police department.

A Connecticut State Police trooper was recovering after being seriously injured when he was struck by a car.

Trooper Michael Quaglioroli suffered a head injury and multiple fractures, among other injuries.

Monday (Aug. 11)

Tensions boiled over in Ferguson, Mo. overnight as a vigil for a black man slain by police turned into chaos with people looting, vandalizing vehicles and confronting police.

Police say that 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot multiple times the previous afternoon after a scuffle involving an officer.

NYPD officers have become increasingly at odds with Mayor Bill de Blasio over the appearance he is taking sides against them after the death of a black suspect last month.

The conflict prompted Police Commissioner Bill Bratton to do damage control by calling the mayor "very pro-cop."

Cobb County, Ga. police arrested a woman who allegedly stole a cruiser and led officers on a chase

Officials said the pursuit ended in a crash that injured several people, including a police officer.

The LAPD misclassified nearly 1,200 violent crimes during a one-year span ending in September 2013, including hundreds of stabbings, beatings and robberies, a report found.

A Los Angeles Times investigation found that the incidents were recorded as minor offenses and as a result did not appear in the LAPD's published statistics on serious crime.

Tuesday (Aug. 12)

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck was reappointed to a second five-year term.

The Police Commission voted 4-1 in favor of Beck's reappointment despite concerns about the LAPD's disciplinary policies and openness with information.

Port St. Lucie, Fla. police officers captured a 12-foot-long, 120-pound python that was reportedly wrecking havoc in a community.

Residents said the snake, which was spotted by Sgt. John Holman, had been feasting on cats in the neighborhood.

A New York City official is calling for body cameras on police officers as a check on misconduct.

Public Advocate Letitia James called for a pilot program to put body-worn cameras on patrol officers in 15 percent of the city's precincts.

Wednesday (Aug. 13)

The West Deptford Police Department is investigating the shooting of its police station.

Officials say that someone in a dark sedan pulled up aiming a high-caliber weapon at the police building and opened fire.

A video was released of a Kalamazoo, Mich. police officer saving a choking woman during a traffic stop.

When Officer Jason Gates walked up to the vehicle, he found the female driver struggling to breathe Heimlich maneuver to dislodge a piece of food.

Another video released by police shows the lighter side of the job.

Rookie Kansas City Police Officer J. Krebs showed off his "best" moves during a dance-off with a group of neighborhood kids. Afterwards, he gave the children the "top prize" in the dance-off: Jolly Ranchers.

Thursday (Aug. 14)

A Cascade County, Mont. Sheriff's deputy was struck and killed by a vehicle and a suspect was arrested following a pursuit.

The deputy was hit by a driver, whom officials say drove off, triggering a high-speed pursuit before he was apprehended.

St. Louis County police in riot gear and armored tanks gave way to Missouri State Police troopers in Ferguson.

The troopers immediately set a different town in the city after four days of clashes with crowds protesting the weekend death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

A Minnesota judge ruled that state law requires the NFL to allow off-duty police officers to carry handguns into games.

While Hennepin County Judge Ivy Bernhardson determined that the law trumps the NFL rule, she left undecided how and when the law will be enforced.

Friday (Aug. 15)

Images of police in Ferguson, Ga. heavily outfitted in tactical gear have ignited efforts to rein in a Pentagon program that provides surplus military equipment to local law enforcement agencies.

Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., says he plans to introduce legislation when Congress returns in September to curb what he describes as an increasing militarization of police agencies across the country.