POLICE

A police body camera is used in North Charleston, South Carolina.
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Members of the Springfield police union will vote on a contract agreement Friday. The deal includes a gradual 13 percent pay raise and — for the first time — police body cameras.

Smith and Wesson pistol.
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Massachusetts authorities say hundreds of residents previously cleared by a state board to own a firearm may lose their gun licenses because of a clash between state and federal regulations. 

An incident in 2016 between Agawam, Massachusetts, police and a suspect led to three officers getting fired.
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The FBI is ending its investigation into a group of western Massachusetts police officers for allegedly using excessive force against a prisoner. 

Springfield City Councilor Marcus Williams, left, leads a meeting of the council's Public Safety Committee on June 12, 2018.
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The president of the Springfield, Massachusetts, City Council says the council has been left out of the loop when it comes to contract negotiations for police officers.

A federal judge in Boston on Monday invoked the Declaration of Independence in a formal order to release two Brazilian nationals who had entered the United States illegally.

“This country was born with a declaration of universal human rights,” Judge Mark Wolf wrote to begin his 62-page opinion, “proclaiming that: ‘all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights,’ and that ‘among these’ is ‘Liberty.’ ”

In Gill, Massachusetts, Police Sgt. Christopher Redmond wore a body camera in this 2015 photo.
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The police union in Springfield, Massachusetts, has agreed to have officers wear body cameras. The department-wide policy is part of new contracts announced Friday. 

Investigators brought shovels onto the property in Springfield, Massachusetts, where three bodies were previously found.
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Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni said investigators are using ground-penetrating radar to search a Springfield, Massachusetts, property where three bodies have been found in recent days. 

Updated at 2:21 p.m. ET

The Russian journalist who was said to have been killed Tuesday in Kiev, Ukraine, turned up very much alive at a news conference Wednesday.

In a wild turn of events streamed live, Arkady Babchenko was introduced to applause and gasps from the reporters in attendance.

Updated at 9:58 a.m. ET

Harvey Weinstein surrendered Friday to authorities at a police station in New York City, where the former Hollywood megaproducer has been charged with rape and sexual misconduct.

Weinstein arrived early in the morning at the New York Police Department's 1st Precinct in Lower Manhattan, ushered into the station by law enforcement officers as members of the media crowded behind metal barriers. He kept his gaze lowered amid a barrage of shouted questions.

Ciro, a retired police dog, is led into the Pittsfield Veterinary Hospital for his last call.
Karen Brown / New England Public Radio

Earlier this week, police officers from across western Massachusetts paid their respects to a fellow member of the force: a terminally ill dog from the Pittsfield K-9 unit.

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