The trial of Brian Coll, a former guard at New York City's Rikers Island jail, is set to begin on charges related to the violent death of an inmate and subsequent cover-up by Coll and two other Rikers guards.
Three police officers in Los Angeles, California, were legally justified and acting in self-defense when they fatally shot a homeless man, Charly Leundeu Keunang, in March 2015, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office has determined.
Claiming "unjustified and excessive use of force," the family of Kajuan Raye has sued the police sergeant who fatally shot the unarmed teen last week in Chicago, Illinois. John Poulos, the accused sergeant, also fatally shot an unarmed black man in 2013.
The number of US law enforcement deaths attributable to firearms in 2016 (60) is already beyond last year's total but is yet to top totals in 2007 and 2011. Meanwhile, 860 people have been fatally shot by police forces so far this year, after 991 in 2015.
Protests aimed at attracting public attention to issues ranging from police brutality to retail workers rights started in several US cities on Black Friday, the big shopping day following the Thanksgiving festivities.
A Chicago police sergeant shot and killed 19-year-old Kajuan Raye after believing Raye "matched the description" of a battery suspect and had allegedly pointed a weapon at the sergeant. Chicago police, however, did not recover the alleged gun.