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In major American cities, police departments are losing officers and can't find enough recruits to replace them. Pandemic burnout, budget cuts and anti-police protests after George Floyd's murder have combined to reduce police ranks and many departments are downsizing. The evolution has affected residents in ways large and small.

A Windsor police officer who pepper sprayed and repeatedly threatened a Black Army lieutenant during a controversial 2020 traffic stop, knocking him to the ground when he got out of his vehicle, should not face any criminal charges but should be investigated for federal civil rights violations, a special prosecutor has determined.

A man trying to escape arrest in North Carolina ended up begging police to come get him after he jumped in a lake and began to drown, according to the Wilmington Police Department. It happened around 12:30 p.m. Saturday, July 9, in Wilmington’s 100-acre Greenfield Lake, which is unsafe for swimming due to an “increasing numbers of alligators.” Wilmington is 120 miles southeast of Raleigh. ...

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