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Criminal Justice

Corporal Eugene Cole Was Dedicated To De-Escalation Above Deadly Force

The body of Somerset County Sheriff's Deputy Eugene Cole is brought out and loaded into a medical examiner's van on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. Photo by Kevin Bennet for Maine Public

Somerset County Corporal Eugene Cole was trained in de-escalation tactics, and he’d used them successfully during a police standoff two years ago. Cole considered deadly force a last resort, but it was a tool he recognized police needed to have. Cpl. Eugene Cole was shot and killed on April 25. The suspect, John Williams, was caught after a four-day manhunt.

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How U.S. Customs Officers Are Trained

CBP officers work at official ports of entry and they decide who enters the country and who doesn’t. But their broad authority has some civil rights advocates raising concerns.

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