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Civil rights leaders condemn police killings...NYPD shooter had criminal record... Florida officer shot dead

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 21, 2014 at 3:41 p.m.



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NEW YORK (AP) — Civil rights leaders are condemning the ambush killings of two New York police officers. But they're upset at police union officials and politicians who accuse anti-police brutality protesters of contributing to the atmosphere that led to the deaths. NAACP President Cornell Williams Brooks says it's "simply not fair" to link "the criminal insanity of a lone gunman" to the recent protests.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police say the gunman who ambushed two officers in their car talked to people on the street just moments before the shooting and told them to follow him on the social media site Instagram. He also allegedly told two passers-by to "watch what I'm going to do." Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce says Ismaaiyl (IHSH'-mayl) Brinsley had a long criminal history.

TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — A 23-year-old man is in custody on suspicion of first-degree murder.in the fatal shooting of a Florida police officer. Police in Tarpon Springs say 45-year-old Officer Charles Kondek was a 17-year veteran of the force. The Tampa Bay Times reports that Kondek was the father of five children. He had previously been a New York City officer for more than five years.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is preparing to nominate the top federal prosecutor in Atlanta to the No. 2 position at the Justice Department. Two people familiar with the move say Sally Quillian Yates is Obama's pick for deputy attorney general. If confirmed by the Senate, she'll oversee day-to-day operations. Yates has been U.S. attorney since 2010.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Documents obtained by The Associated Press show that Florida State quarterback Jameis (JAYM'-ihs) Winston has been cleared of the allegations he faced at a student code of conduct hearing this month. The hearing focused on sexual assault allegations a former student had brought against Winston. A prosecutor decided not to criminally charge him, citing a lack of evidence.

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